Joker Out

Joker Out
Joker Out

Joker Out is a Ljubljana-based pop rock band, active since 2016. Their style is described as "shagadelic rock'n'roll".

The band was formed in May 2016, after the break-up of Apokalipsa, which featured Bojan Cvjetićanin, Martin Jurkovič, Matic Kovačič and Luka Škerlep. Three of them - Cvjetićanin, Jurkovič and Kovačič - were joined by Kris Guštin and Jan Peteh fr om the band Buržuazija and Joker Out was formed. In 2018, they performed at the final selection for the Škis Market (Škisolov, 8 March at Orto Bar), Šentrock (20 April, Šentjur pri Celju), May Games (15 May at Rožnik), Mountain of Rock (22 June), Lent (Večerov Stage, 23 June), Urban Act (22 August) and Dragon Festival (8 September).

Their next single "Gola", on which they collaborated for the first time with producer Žaret Pak, was released on 12 September 2019. Before that, they had a hiatus of about 8 months, due to the fact that Cvjetićanin wanted to try a solo career (also his artistic vision differed from that of Guština, the band's second author), but in the end he realised that he was better suited to working in a band. In the summer of 2019, they performed at Škisova tržnica, ŠVIC and Žirfest festivals.On 2 November, they gave their first fully solo concert at Ljubljana Castle, and in December they performed again at Rhythm of Youth.

"Gola" was followed by the fourth single "Vem, da greš" in March 2020, then "Umazane misli" (October 2020) and "A sem ti povedal" (July 2021). Between the release of "Dirty Thoughts" and "But I told you so", drummer Matic Kovačič was replaced by Jure Maček. "Dirty Thoughts" was voted "the best new Slovenian song of the last year" by the audience at the first performance of the Frišno/Fresh - Day of New Slovenian Music festival on 1 October 2021. Their first album, Dirty Thoughts, was released in October 2021 and was originally due for release in April 2020, but was postponed several times due to the coronavirus pandemic. It was presented at two consecutive concerts on 20 and 21 October 2021 at Cvetličarna, both of which sold out in 2020. The second concert was filmed by RTV Slovenia. In those two years, they were awarded two Golden Flutes: in 2020 for Newcomer of the Year and in 2021 for Performer of the Year.

They appeared in the second preliminary round of the Eurovision Song Contest on 11 May as number ten and qualified for the final, wh ere they will perform as number twenty-four. They finished 21st on Eurovision night. They immortalised their Eurovision experience in the documentary web series Carpe Diem.

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