Ranka Kustannus (Ranka) is an independent record and publishing company established in 2013 by Riku Pääkkönen, the founder of the legendary metal and rock label Spinefarm Records, which put Finnish metal music on the map in the late 90s with bands like Nightwish and Children of Bodom. While Ranka’s artist roster is also more on the heavier side – including bands like Blind Channel, Cyan Kicks, Arion and Fear of Domination – interesting music for Ranka is not limited to those genres of rock and metal. Over the years the label has worked with pop, electronic and folk artists, and will continue to keep an eye on all music. This is, in fact, an essential part of Ranka’s mission: to discover good music and talented artists that stand out no matter the genre and to take it all to the next level, from good to great, and actively introduce new talent to the industry, both locally and internationally. The label pursues this modest undertaking with a gutsy, no-bs attitude operating always with great ambition. The latest go-big-or-go-home project took the label’s aspiring rock band Blind Channel to perform to millions of people worldwide at the international Eurovision Song Contest 2021 after the band first attended and won the Finnish New Music Contest. Success stories like this are sure to follow with Ranka’s thirst for action.