«Instrumenti» - biography, albums, songs, video clips

Instrumenti is a music project founded by two musicians – Shipsi (Jānis Šipkēvics) and Reynsi (Reinis Sējāns).

During the years various musicians and visual artists from Latvia, Sweden, Finland, France and Iceland at some point have called themselves Instrumenti members.


Instrumenti, a two piece electro indie pop band, has proven to be amongst the best Baltic live acts of the decade.

Formed in 2009 by two academically educated musicians. Shipsi (vocals/keyboards) has one of the most impressive falsettos today’s music has to offer while Reynsi (drums/ keyboards/vocals) has a genuine talent of creating incredibly rich and warm sound backed up with beautiful harmonies. Instrumenti sound has been described as a mix of Muse, Sigur Rós and Michael Jackson.

In August 2011 Instrumenti released their debut album TRU recorded at the Greenhouse studios in Reykjavik, collaborating with producers and arrangers who’ve worked on most of Sigur Rós, Björk and Jónsi’s records.

Being the most sought-after Baltic act, Instrumenti have played the biggest venues in the Baltic states and have taken part in numerous festivals and showcases all over Europe (Germany, Austria, Iceland, Norway, Poland, UK, France, Belgium, Czech Republic etc.).


Instrumenti received two Music Awards at Annual Latvian Music Awards 2010 – Best Song for "Apēst Tevi" and Best Debut for "Pandemiya" EP.

Live shows

Instrumenti have performed in Germany, Austria, Iceland, Norway, Poland, UK, France, Belgium, Czech Republic, Sweden, Lithuania, Estonia, Russia, USA, UK.



Title Album details Certification
  • Released: 2011, August 31
  • Label: Instrumenti
  • Formats: CD
LV: Gold
  • Released: 2013, May 21
  • Label: Instrumenti
  • Formats: CD


Title Album details Certification
  • Released: 2009
  • Label: Instrumenti
  • Formats: CD
  • Containing singles "Life Jacket Under Your Seat", "Kvik Myndir", "(Back Of Your) Drawer", "Peace (There Must Be)", and the official video for "Kvik Myndir".


Title Album details Certification
Tru Live
  • Released: 2012, September 5
  • Label: Instrumenti
  • Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc

Airplay singles

Year Song Album Chart
2009 Zemeslodes Born To Die 1
Apēst tevi 1
(Back of Your) Drawer Pandemiya 20
Life Jacket Under Your Seat 30
Kvik Myndir 46
2010 Born to Die Born to Die 2
2011 Pilnīgi viens TRU 1
The Time Is Now 14
Lie Down (Viss ir otrādāk) feat. Gustavo 18
Pieturi mani sev klāt 24
2013 Don't Hold Onto Me PROCRASTINATION 24

Latvian Airplay Top


Song Director Year
Apēst tevi Ksenija Sundejeva-Zaķe 2009
Kvik myndir Ksenija Sundejeva-Zaķe 2010
Pilnīgi viens Ivars Trautmanis and Eduards Zaiganovs 2011
Don't Hold Onto Me Uģis Olte 2013
Heartcore Indriķis Ģelzis 2013


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