Defining themselves as “Violent Pop”, the six-piece band Blind Channel from Oulu, Finland, formed in September 2013 initially with two members – Joel Hokka and Joonas Porko before expanding to the current lineup seen today. The band’s distinctive production offers the listeners unique rock, rap, nu-metal and electronic compositions, and a feisty package of kicking guitar riffs, without forgetting tenacious pop melodies. The band officially represented Finland in the Eurovision Song Contest 2021 held in Rotterdam in May 2021, where they placed 6th place in the grand finale with the song ”Dark Side” and currently hold the record for the most streamed song by a Finnish artist in 2021.
In February 2021 the band participated in the Finnish national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest 2021 with the modern nu-metal track “Dark Side”. They won the selection with 54.3% of the vote (the highest in UMK history) and in May 2021 represented Finland in the Eurovision Song Contest, finishing in sixth place with a total of 301 points. Blind Channel received 218 of their total points from televoting, while 83 points were received from juries. The band painted their middle fingers red for their performance of “Dark Side,” after being informed that they could not lift a middle finger to the audience on the Eurovision stage due to the shows family friendly nature. On 19 May 2021 the band signed to Century Media/Sony Music.