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markus riva aka mikelis laksa
dj, singer, songwriter, producer, video director but as well actor, model, tv shows and contests host;

attracted by the music since the age of 3, with a classical music background as a boy at the choir of riga dom cathedral, quite humble, sometimes shy but with an nice positive attitude, markus is pursuing his dreams in playing, performing and creating songs. his surrounding and friends are all source of inspirations as well mental pains and heart breaks.
he released his latest solo cd “songs from nyc” on the 15.12.2010 with radio hits like “love to you”, “quiz”, “can’t sleep” and “chase”, the debut cd being released on the 15.05.2009.
recently awarded for the second time as the most stylish performer by the 2011 & 2012 latvian style and fashion award, markus scored #1 iTunes hit with a song by gaitis lazdans and markus riva – “how it feels to be a man”. the song was included in the international compilation by aztec records “this beat is poptronik, vol.1”. another #1 hit came across his way – in 2012, he released the song “we dance for reason” featuring ralph (from beat-box duo PeR) after their victory at the magic dance gala 2012. now the latest release is called ‘007’ and out in april, 2013 with already more than 340 000 hits on youtube.

markus is the artistic director of the club “dstyle black” in riga and one of the most recognizable party’s dj in latvia who plays every weekend, including the hot nightlife destinations as ‘coyote fly’, ‘bar.ber room’, ‘first’ etc. furthermore, a radio host for capital fm 94.9, markus has played in countless exclusive events such as for  ‘fashion tv’ ‘h&m first baltic store opening’ “g-star raw”, “ellite model look baltics 2011”, “playboy magazine”, “riga ligo festival”, “vef riga”, “cosmopolitan”, “riga fashion week” amongst others.

in 2010, 2011 & 2012 markus has been nominated for OE tv music awards, including best male singer, best song, best baltic act and best video.

markus has written songs for famous performers in LV – Yana Kay – “kad nakts”, “hurts”, for sabine berezina – “bye bye”, martins ruskis – “lauj”, lily – “download your dream” and many more. he is self-directing his music videos but as well for the latvian pop stars – yana kay, dj ella furman.

markus has played in musicals such as “the west side story”, “les miserables” and worked as a model in countless projects in latvia.


• Released the hit “We Dance for Reason” featuring Ralph (from Beat- Box duo PER) after their victory at the Magic Dance Gala 2012 and hits #1 on iTunes Latvia.
• Reached “Number One Hit Song on iTunes” by Markus Riva and Gaitis Lazdans “How it Feels to be a Man,” which included in the International compilation by Aztec Records “This Beat is Poptronik,” Vol.1″ in 2012.
• Released 2 solo CDs: debut album “Ticu” 15th of May, 2009 and “Songs from NYC” 15th of December, 2010, with radio hits “Love to You,” “Quiz”, “Can’t Sleep” and “Chase.”
• Nominated for OE TV Music Awards including; “Best Male Singer,” “Best Song,” and “Best Video” in 2010 and 2011.
• Played numerous exclusive events; “G-star Raw”, “H&M Latvia launch”, “Playboy Magazine”, “Riga Ligofestival”, “Vef Riga”, “Cosmopolitan”, “Riga Fashion Week”, “Ellite Model look 2011” among others.
• Gained a Latvian style and fashion award as “The Most Stylish Performer” by 2011 from Baltic Fashion Federation.
• Starred in the Latvian television series “The Junior TV”, hosted chart show at “Latvian Music Channel”.
• Acclaimed as “One of the Most Attractive New-Comers in Show Business”from “Cosmopolitan” magazine, 2010.
• Hosted the TV shows/contests like “Aprila Pilieni”, “Junior Eurovision song contest 2011”.
• Performed at “Nike Dance Stage” event among the other famous Latvian performers like Ladybird, Lily, and Ozols on May 17th, 2008.
• On June 7th, 2008 – Performer for the World’s leading dance event “Sensation White” at the Riga Arena which gathered more than 10,000 people.
• Songwriter for Yana Kay – “Kad Nakts”, “Hurts”, for Sabine Berezina – “Bye Bye”, Martins Ruskis – “Lauj”, Lily – “Download your Dream” and many more.
• Theatre Actor in musicals; “The West Side Story” and “Les Miserables.”
• Featured as a Model in multiple projects across Latvia.



Agency: Nightgate

Phone: +41 79 601 94 90


The artist

Nationality: Latvian

Resident in: Riga