Põhja-Tallinn is a district of the capital city of Estonia, but also more than that.
The eponymous hip-hop group, which was created in 2007, has constantly strived to improve and find its own lane.
Thus far, there have been three distinct line-ups. The first consisted of twelve MC's residing in Põhja-Tallinn,
who joined forces to create a gargantuan, eight-minute long borough anthem. 100 copies of the single were printed.
The next line-up, consisting of five MC's remaining from the aforementioned line-up, recorded an 8-track EP,
which they uploaded to the internet for free.
Their first video - made on a non-existent budget - was subject to an impressive 100 000 views over the course of a few months.
The third act took place at the 2011 Estonian HipHop Festival, where a band of three MC's, a female vocalist and a three-member instrumental band -
originally intended to give only one performance - took to the stage.
Over the course of the first few rehearsals it became clear that the collective was in great harmony and team spirit was strong.
The rest has been something of a long family trip in the Estonian music world.
Driven by the aforementioned team spirit, a debut single with an accompanying video was soon released and became an instant success.
All Estonian radio stations started spinning the record one after another, 40 successful live-shows throughout Estonia ensued.
During 2012, the ensemble's music videos received millions of views on Youtube.
The band also received numerous accolades: 1st, 2nd, 4th and 17th place in the yearly R2 Aastahitt list,
won Best Band, Best Newcomer and Best Hip-Hop Artist awards at the Estonian Music Awards,
6th place at the Eesti Laul competition, Best Band and Best Newcomer awards from the 2013 Kuldne Plaat (Golden Disc) award show.
2013 turned out to be full of events with its highs and lows, with over 30 successful concerts being given during the first
three months in various places over Estonia, with most of them being sold out.
Outside of the spotlight changes started to occur, as it became clear that Maia Vahtramäe was leaving the band.
PTLN was in a difficult situation, as many concerts and the summer tour was already agreed upon with the promoters
and all the other band members were still in a mood to continue. Together they started to look a new female
singer and a so-called cover face.
At the beginning two superb artists - Liis Lemsalu and Teele Viira - gave their helping hand (and voice) and filled in
on a couple of gigs.
With the help of ERR, Raadio 2 and in the focus of the press, photographers and TV cameras, Kerli Kivilaan, a 21-year old
university student, was chosen as the new female singer on the 1st of May.
On the 3rd of May, the new line-up held a release party for the new single "Kuula mind ära" in Rock Cafe.
This was followed by more than 60 concerts in nightclubs, at festivals and open air stages and the summer tour with Artjom Savitski,
Getter Jaani, the Explosion dance troupe and the legendary Black Velvet.
In addition to a hectic performing schedule, preparations were being made and demos were being recorded for a new album.
On the 20th of June, the Willie Nelson cover "Jälle teel" (made for the Watergate Festival and featuring the legendary Ivo Linna)
In the recording studio of the Türi Culture Centre 23 new tracks were recorded, 16 of which found their way onto the band's
sophomore album "Maailm meid saadab", released on the 15th of October.
Together with Metsakutsu, a 10-concert album release tour was arranged in order to promote the artists' new albums.
On the 18th of September, "Kallis", the second single from the album was released, which was followed by the third single, "Küsin
endalt nõu" on the 17th of October. The single "Läbi raskuste", featuring the Kaari Sillamaa Children's Choir and conducted by Katre Jaani,
was released on the 11th of December.
In the "R2 Aastahitt", an annual year-end list compiled by the listeners, Põhja-Tallinn was the most represented band in the top 40, with their songs placing
3rd, 6th, 8th, 15th and 25th respectively. In the Estonian Music Awards, "Maailm meid saadab" was nominated in the Best Hip-Hop/R&B Album category,
which it won, thus generating various discussions in forums and social media.
Striding ever proudly forward, the band released "Petteid loon'd", the fifth single from the album, on the 17th of February.
Põhja-Tallinn was the opening act for the US artist Nelly in the Saku Suurhall on the 9th of May 2014.
At the moment, the band is mulling over the creation of new material and also has more than 30 live performances due this Spring/Summer season.
Time will tell, where the world will send them.