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The SunStroke Project
SunStroke Project
is a Moldovan musical trio composed of Sergei Yalovitsky (vocals), Anton Ragoza (violinist and composer) and Sergey Stepanov (saxophonist). They are famous for representing Moldova
Moldova
in the Eurovision Song Contest 2010
Eurovision Song Contest 2010
together with Olia Tira
Olia Tira
and also in 2017. The name of the group was chosen by Anton Ragoza whilst working in the army with Sergey Stepanov, where out on the field he got sunstroke.[1] On 25 February 2017, SunStroke Project
SunStroke Project
was selected once more to represent Moldova
Moldova
in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017
Eurovision Song Contest 2017
with the song "Hey, Mamma!", and finished in third place after qualifying for the final on 9 May. In November 2010 the producer, Aleksei Myslitsky and some other members (including song authors) left SunStroke Project
SunStroke Project
to create a new band in Moscow called Offbeat Orchestra who have performed and released versions of some of the songs by SunStroke Project.[2][3]

Contents

1 Members 2 Career

2.1 2007–2008: "Sunstroke" era: Early pre-vocal releases 2.2 2008–2009: Pasha Parfeny
Pasha Parfeny
era 2.3 2010: Eurovision, Myslitsky era 2.4 2011–present: Touring and yearly singles

3 Discography

3.1 Studio albums 3.2 Extended plays 3.3 Singles

3.3.1 As lead artist 3.3.2 As featured artist 3.3.3 Promotional singles

3.4 Other covers

4 Internet phenomena 5 References 6 External links

Members[edit] Anton Ragoza was born on 6 January 1986 in Tiraspol, Transnistria. He is the violinist and primary musical composer for the band. Previously he has conducted the orchestra of Chișinău and won a series of prestigious awards in the field of classical music. Anton has a wide experience in performing in bands which play in the modern electronic genre. He identified Justin Timberlake
Justin Timberlake
and Michael Jackson
Michael Jackson
as musical inspirations.[4] Sergey Stepanov is the saxophonist. He was born on 3 September 1984 in Tiraspol, Transnistria. He currently lives in Chișinău, Moldova. His musical taste took contours on the music of artists such as David Sanborn and Eric Marienthal; and modern DJs like David Guetta, David Vendetta and Tiësto. He loves jazz though he also likes to experiment in vocal house, pop and R&B. He met Ragoza while in the army, and decided to create the band SunStroke Project.[5] In an interview at the 2010 Eurovision Song Contest, he identified Russian saxophonist Igor Butman
Igor Butman
as his musical inspiration.[4] Sergei Yalovitsky is the vocalist of the band. He previously worked as a singer on cruise lines. He has won various awards for singing in Moldova
Moldova
and Romania. Career[edit]

Sunstroke Project & Olia Tira

2007–2008: "Sunstroke" era: Early pre-vocal releases[edit] Shortly after the band was founded in 2007, their first (and, as of 2014, only) official album, Don't word more.. was released. The album is very rare, and only a few tracks are currently known to have been a part of it. One track, "Skream", is known to be the predecessor to Scream released a few years later with Myslicky. 2008–2009: Pasha Parfeny
Pasha Parfeny
era[edit] From late 2008 to summer 2009, Moldovan vocalist Pasha Parfeny
Pasha Parfeny
joined the band. Three singles were released during this few-month period. Each were produced by Alex Brashovean of the former Moldovan band O-Zone.[6] They sang for the Eurovision 2009 pre-selection for Moldova, where they took the 3rd place with the hit No Crime. Nelly Ciobanu was elected to represent Moldova
Moldova
at the contest that year. 2010: Eurovision, Myslitsky era[edit] "Believe" was the first new single to be released by the band with Sergei Yalovitsky as lead vocalist (A reworked In Your Eyes was the first single to be released with Yalovitsky). It was also their original entry to Moldova's national selection for Eurovision 2010 until it was withdrawn (as well as Olia Tira's entry)[7] in favor of "Run Away". SunStroke Project
SunStroke Project
together with Olia Tira
Olia Tira
represented Moldova
Moldova
in the Eurovision Song Contest 2010
Eurovision Song Contest 2010
with the song "Run Away". The final of the O melodie pentru Europa 2010 pre-selection took place in Chişinău
Chişinău
on 6 March 2010, with the song gaining the maximum 12 points from both the jury and SMS-voting.[8] The song reached 22nd place in the contest which had 39 entries. A collaboration between both artists. Along with DJ Alexei Myslicky, several other singles were produced throughout 2010. He later departed to form Offbeat Orchestra in Russia in late 2010. 2011–present: Touring and yearly singles[edit] Since 2011, Sunstroke Project has toured extensively and has worked more closely with their longtime label, Sens Music. An entry was made for SunStroke Project
SunStroke Project
and Olia Tira
Olia Tira
to represent Moldova
Moldova
in the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest with the single "Superman" but it did not make the next stage of selection. SunStroke Project
SunStroke Project
attempted to represent Moldova
Moldova
in the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest entering with two songs: "Lonely" and "Day After Day", the latter with Michael Ra. Both entries qualified[9] to the semi-final from the live audition round. However, as only one song could be chosen per artist, Sunstroke Project chose "Day After Day" to ultimately move forward. After qualifying from the semi-final, they finished third in the national final. SunStroke Project attempted to represent Moldova
Moldova
in the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest once again, with the upbeat electro-house song "Hey, Mamma!". The band came in first place after a tight voting procedure, qualifying them to represent Moldova
Moldova
in the Song Contest on May. Their performance reached third place in the 2017 competition, giving Moldova
Moldova
their best result in the contest. On returning to Moldova, SunStroke Project
SunStroke Project
were awarded the Order of Honour by the President of Moldova
Moldova
Igor Dodon. Discography[edit] Studio albums[edit]

Title Details

Don't word more..

Released: 2007 Label: Ragoza Music Formats: Digital download, CD

Extended plays[edit]

Title Details

Don't Touch the Classics, Vol. 1

Released: 4 December 2015 Label: Ragoza Music Formats: Digital download, CD

Don't Touch the Classics, Vol. 2

Released: 11 December 2015 Label: Ragoza Music Formats: Digital download, CD

Singles[edit] As lead artist[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Album

AUT [10] BEL (Fl) [11] FRA [12] GER [13] NLD [14] NOR [15] RUS [16] SPA [17] SWE [18] SWI [19]

"No Crime" 2009 — — — — — — — — — — Non-album single

"In Your Eyes" — — — — — — 299 — — — Don't Touch the Classics, Vol. 1

"Summer" — — — — — — 215 — — — Don't Touch the Classics, Vol. 2

"Run Away" (with Olia Tira) 2010 — — — — — 7 246 — 31 — Non-album single

"Play with Me" — — — — — — 215 — — — Don't Touch the Classics, Vol. 2

"Walking in the Rain" 2011 — — — — — — 236 — — — Non-album singles

"Superman" (featuring Olia Tira) 2012 — — — — — — — — — —

"Amor" 2014 — — — — — — 177 — — —

"Sunshine" (featuring Deepcentral) — — — — — — — — — —

"Not Giving It Up" 2015 — — — — — — — — — —

"Lonely" 2016 — — — — — — — — — —

"Home" — — — — — — — — — —

"Maria Juana" — — — — — — — — — —

"Dam Dam Dam" — — — — — — — — — —

"Hey, Mamma!" 2017 27 49 56 [20] 52 70 — 272 89 18 [21] 55

"Sun Gets Down" — — — — — — — — — —

"—" denotes a single that did not chart or was not released.

As featured artist[edit]

Title Year Album

"Bad Girls" ( Olia Tira
Olia Tira
single featuring Sunstroke Project) 2011 Non-album singles

"Go On" (Jucătoru single featuring Sunstroke Project) 2013

"Разорву мечты"[22] (Mila Kulikova single featuring Sunstroke Project) 2014

Promotional singles[edit]

Title Year Album

"Spit" 2007 Non-album singles

"Rain"

"Skream"

"Believe" 2010 Don't Touch the Classics, Vol. 1

"Sax U Up" Don't Touch the Classics, Vol. 2

"Epic Sax" Don't Touch the Classics, Vol. 1

"Scream"

"Listen" Don't Touch the Classics, Vol. 2

"Sunshine Day" 2011 Non-album single

"Set My Soul On" 2012 Don't Touch the Classics, Vol. 1

"Party" 2013 Don't Touch the Classics, Vol. 2

"Ce bine imi pare"[23] (featuring Alex Calancea Band) Non-album single

"Look At Me" (featuring Olia Tira) 2016

"—" denotes a single that did not chart or was not released.

Other covers[edit]

Title Year

"Rise Up"[24] (Yves La Rock cover) 2010

"Desire" (Michael Canitrot cover)

Internet phenomena[edit] Sergey Stepanov's saxophone solo in the 2010 Eurovision Song Contest for the song "Run Away" became famous across the Internet in a meme known as "Epic Sax Guy" or "Saxroll".[25] The remixes of his saxophone solo have millions of hits on YouTube. In December 2010 SunStroke Project
SunStroke Project
appeared on Moldovan TV programme Sare şi piper and sang a song titled "Epic Sax", named after the meme.[26] The phrase "Epic Sax Guys" forms part of the lyrics of the SunStroke Project's single "Superman", when they unsuccessfully attempted to represent Moldova
Moldova
in the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest. Stepanov himself acknowledges of his viral fame playing the Run Away saxophone riff when the group was interviewed during the first semi-finals of the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest.[27] References[edit]

^ Спецпроект (in Russian). Retrieved 2011-03-18.  ^ "SunStroke Project" (in Russian). Retrieved 2011-05-07.  ^ Vinogradov, Aleksandr (15 November 2010). "Алексей Мыслицкий создает новый музыкальный проект в Москве" [Alex Myslitsky creates a new music project in Moscow] (in Russian). Komsomolskaya Pravda. Retrieved 7 May 2011.  ^ a b "Interview with SunStroke Project
SunStroke Project
& Olia Tira
Olia Tira
(Moldova)". Retrieved 2011-03-15.  ^ http://www.moldova.org/everything-you-wanted-to-know-about-epic-sax-guy-209766-eng/ ^ http://www.sunstrokeproject.md/about.html. Retrieved 27 May 2014.  Missing or empty title= (help)[dead link] ^ "Moldova: First semifinal tonight". BlogILKAR'S LIFE AFTER HELSINKI 2007. Retrieved 27 May 2014.  ^ "Sun Stroke Project & Olia Tira
Olia Tira
vor reprezenta Moldova
Moldova
la Eurovision Song Contest 2010!". Unimedia (in Romanian). 6 March 2010. Retrieved 2010-03-31.  ^ Honciuc, Bogdan (17 January 2015). "Moldova: 24 semi-finalists selected after live auditions". Wiwibloggs. Retrieved 18 May 2017.  ^ "austriancharts.at – Discographie SunStroke Project". Hung Medien. Retrieved 25 May 2017.  ^ "ultratop.be – Discografie Sunstroke Project". Hung Medien. Retrieved 26 May 2017.  ^ "lescharts.com – Discographie Sunstroke Project". Hung Medien. Retrieved 20 May 2017.  ^ "offiziellecharts.de – Discographie Sunstroke Project". GfK Entertainment. Retrieved 19 May 2017.  ^ "dutchcharts.nl – Discografie Sunstroke Project". Hung Medien. Retrieved 19 May 2017.  ^ "norwegiancharts.com – Discography Sunstroke Project". Hung Medien.  ^ "Search > Sunstroke Project". Tophit. tophit.ru.  ^ "Top 100 Canciones — Semana 20: del 12.05.2017 al 18.05.2017" (in Spanish). Productores de Música de España. Retrieved 24 May 2017.  ^ "swedishcharts.com – Discography Sunstroke Project". Hung Medien. Retrieved 19 May 2017.  ^ "hitparade.ch – Discographie Sunstroke Project". Hung Medien. Retrieved 22 May 2017.  ^ "Le Top de la semaine : Top Singles Téléchargés – SNEP (Week 20, 2017)" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. Retrieved 20 May 2017.  ^ " Sverigetopplistan - Sveriges Officiella Topplista". Sverigetopplistan. Retrieved 26 May 2017.  ^ "Mila Kulikova feat Sunstroke Project". Разорву мечты. SensMusicChannel. Retrieved 27 May 2014.  ^ "Ce bine imi pare". Alex Calancea Band & SunStroke Project. Serghei Orlov. Retrieved 27 May 2014.  ^ Yves La Rock - Rise Up [Sunstroke Project Vandalism Remix] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5H5cjmql1Bg. Retrieved 27 May 2014.  Missing or empty title= (help) ^ Brown, Damon (August 2, 2010). "Is this guy the Web's new rickroll?". CNN. Archived from the original on 2010-08-14. Retrieved May 31, 2014.  ^ "Sunstroke Project la Sare şi piper" (in Romanian). Retrieved 2011-05-07.  ^ " Eurovision Song Contest 2017
Eurovision Song Contest 2017
- First Semi-Final - Live". YouTube. 9 May 2017. 

External links[edit]

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Official website SunStroke Project
SunStroke Project
on Facebook

Awards and achievements

Preceded by Nelly Ciobanu with "Hora Din Moldova" Moldova
Moldova
in the Eurovision Song Contest (with Olia Tira) 2010 Succeeded by Zdob și Zdub with "So Lucky"

Preceded by Lidia Isac with "Falling Stars" Moldova
Moldova
in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 Succeeded by DoReDos with "My Lucky Day"

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  Moldova
Moldova
in the Eurovision Song Contest

Participation

2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018

Artists

2000s

Zdob și Zdub Arsenium
Arsenium
feat. Natalia Gordienko
Natalia Gordienko
and Connect-R Natalia Barbu Geta Burlacu Nelly Ciobanu

2010s

SunStroke Project
SunStroke Project
and Olia Tira Zdob și Zdub Pasha Parfeny Aliona Moon Cristina Scarlat Eduard Romanyuta Lidia Isac SunStroke Project DoReDos

Songs

2000s

"Bunica Bate Toba" "Loca" "Fight" "A Century of Love" "Hora din Moldova"

2010s

"Run Away" "So Lucky" "Lăutar" "O mie" "Wild Soul" "I Want Your Love" "Falling Stars" "Hey, Mamma! "My Lucky Day"

Note: Entries scored out are when Moldova
Moldova
did not compete

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Eurovision Song Contest 2010

Countries

Final (by final results)

Germany (winner) Turkey Romania Denmark Azerbaijan Belgium Armenia Greece Georgia Ukraine Russia France Serbia Israel Spain Albania Bosnia and Herzegovina Portugal Iceland Norway Cyprus Moldova Ireland Belarus United Kingdom

Semi-final only (in alphabetical order)

Semi-final 1

Estonia Finland Latvia Macedonia Malta Poland Slovakia

Semi-final 2

Bulgaria Croatia Lithuania Netherlands Slovenia Sweden Switzerland

Artists

Final (by final results)

Lena maNga Paula Seling
Paula Seling
and Ovi Chanée and N'evergreen Safura Tom Dice Eva Rivas Giorgos Alkaios
Giorgos Alkaios
and Friends Sofia Nizharadze Alyosha Peter Nalitch
Peter Nalitch
and Friends Jessy Matador Milan Stanković Harel Skaat Daniel Diges Juliana Pasha Vukašin Brajić Filipa Azevedo Hera Björk Didrik Solli-Tangen Jon Lilygreen
Jon Lilygreen
and The Islanders SunStroke Project
SunStroke Project
and Olia Tira Niamh Kavanagh 3+2 feat Robert Wells Josh Dubovie

Semi-final only (in alphabetical order)

Semi-final 1

Aisha Gjoko Taneski, Billy Zver and Pejčin Kuunkuiskaajat Kristina Malcolm Lincoln
Malcolm Lincoln
and Manpower 4 Marcin Mroziński Thea Garrett

Semi-final 2

Anna Bergendahl Feminnem InCulto Michael von der Heide Miro Ansambel Žlindra and Kalamari Sieneke

Withdrawn

Vasyl Lazarovych

Songs

Final (by final results)

"Satellite" "We Could Be the Same" "Playing with Fire" "In a Moment Like This" "Drip Drop" "Me and My Guitar" "Apricot Stone" "OPA!" "Shine" "Sweet People" "Lost and Forgotten" "Allez Ola Olé" "Ovo je Balkan" "Milim" "Algo pequeñito" "It's All About You" "Thunder and Lightning" "Há dias assim" "Je ne sais quoi" "My Heart Is Yours" "Life Looks Better in Spring" "Run Away" "It's for You" "Butterflies" "That Sounds Good to Me"

Semi-final only (in alphabetical order)

Semi-final 1

"Horehronie" "Jas ja imam silata" "Legenda" "My Dream" "Siren" "Työlki ellää" "What For?"

Semi-final 2

"Angel si ti" "Eastern European Funk" "Ik ben verliefd (Sha-la-lie)" "Il pleut de l'or" "Lako je sve" "Narodnozabavni rock" "This Is My Life"

Withdrawn

"Far Away" "I Love You" "To Be Free"

(Note : "Withdrawn" refers to entries that withdrew after applying to enter)

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Eurovision Song Contest 2017

Countries

Finalists (by final results)

Portugal (winner) Bulgaria Moldova Belgium Sweden Italy Romania Hungary Australia Norway Netherlands France Croatia Azerbaijan United Kingdom Austria Belarus Armenia Greece Denmark Cyprus Poland Israel Ukraine Germany Spain

Semi-final 1

Albania Czech Republic Finland Georgia Iceland Latvia Montenegro Slovenia

Semi-final 2

Estonia Ireland Lithuania Macedonia Malta San Marino Serbia Switzerland

Withdrawn

Russia

Artists

Finalists (by final results)

Salvador Sobral Kristian Kostov Sunstroke Project Blanche Robin Bengtsson Francesco Gabbani Ilinca feat. Alex Florea Joci Pápai Isaiah JOWST
JOWST
feat. Aleksander Walmann O'G3NE Alma Jacques Houdek Dihaj Lucie Jones Nathan Trent Naviband Artsvik Demy Anja Hovig Kasia Moś IMRI O.Torvald Levina Manel Navarro

Semi-final 1

Lindita Martina Bárta Norma John Omar Naber Slavko Kalezić Svala Tamara Gachechiladze Triana Park

Semi-final 2

Brendan Murray Claudia Faniello Fusedmarc Jana Burčeska Koit Toome
Koit Toome
& Laura Tijana Bogićević Timebelle Valentina Monetta
Valentina Monetta
& Jimmie Wilson

Withdrawn

Julia Samoylova

Songs

Finalists (by final results)

"Amar pelos dois" "Beautiful Mess" "Hey, Mamma!" "City Lights" "I Can't Go On" "Occidentali's Karma" "Yodel It!" "Origo" "Don't Come Easy" "Grab the Moment" "Lights and Shadows" "Requiem" "My Friend" "Skeletons" "Never Give Up on You" "Running on Air" "Story of My Life" "Fly with Me" "This Is Love" "Where I Am" "Gravity" "Flashlight" "I Feel Alive" "Time" "Perfect Life" "Do It for Your Lover"

Semi-final 1

"Blackbird" "Keep the Faith" "Line" "My Turn" "On My Way" "Paper" "Space" "World"

Semi-final 2

"Apollo" "Breathlessly" "Dance Alone" "Dying to Try" "In Too Deep" "Rain of Revolution" "Spirit of the Night" "Verona"

Withdrawn

"Flame Is Burning"

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