Aarzemnieki interview: "Eurovision is very important for us"
We are counting down the final days before the rehearsals of the Eurovision Song Contest 2014 begin in Copenhagen.
Before it all starts, we had the chance to ask Katrīna Dimanta from Aarzemnieki a few questions!
Thank you for taking to the time to speak with us, Katrīna!
You won Dziesma 2014 – do you feel any pressure from representing Latvia in the contest?
Eurovision is the biggest music competition between so many countries. To have the chance to sing for Latvia is fantastic! We are honoured about it and will do our best to get the best possible result.
We don’t feel any pressure. We decided to take part in this Festival because we are convinced, that we can do it.
“Basically – everything is possible”
Your song is called “Cake to Bake” – what is it about and what was the inspiration?
The song says – don’t be too proud to admit to your fails or lack of knowledge, go and ask for help and learn something new. Basically – everything is possible, like to melt the ice of the polar caps, for instance :) (a line from the song)
Are you planning any promotion or touring before Eurovision?
We were already in Tallinn, Amsterdam and London. We would love to do a promo-tour, but that is too expensive. However we are trying to travel as much as we can. We would like to visit all the countries, but sorry, Eurovision is in May already.
Are you planning any changes to your performance for Eurovision?
The song and the performance remain authentically the same. Maybe we will have some dancing cakes on the stage, who knows ;)
What do you hope people will remember you for once Eurovision is over?
We hope people get positive emotions from our performance and keep them for the whole year, till the ESC 2015.
“Eurovision is very important for us”
This is the 59th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, are any of you fans and if so how long have you watched?
We always loved the music and the Eurovision Song Contest, we are not only Eurovision followers, but active participants. Eurovision is very important for us, because it is the biggest music competition between so many countries. To have the chance to sing for Latvia is fantastic!
Our vocalist Jöran Steinhauer is always up to date about the ESC, he even took part at the Latvian Pre-Selection already in 2008. Besides it is not a secret anymore that Brainstorm (Latvian band which participated at the ESC in year 2000) made Jöran such a fan of Latvia and the Contest.
I took part in Eurovision as well, I performed at the National Finals in Latvia, it was in year 2009 with a band named “Camillas” and the song “Time goes”.
Do you have any favorite Eurovision songs from previous years?
Jöran: Brainstorm “My Star” from Latvia, Katrina & The Waves – “Love, Shine a light” from UK
Katrīna: I fell in love with “Fairytale” by lovely Alexander Rybak since the first time I heard it in the end of 2008.
Jöran: …and we shouldn’t forget about 2011th entry of Estonia: Getter Jaani! I’m still convinced there was a mistake and the bottom of the table was actually was the top!
Have you heard any of the other songs, any favorites if so?
We have heard all the songs. But we don’t have any favourites yet. Maybe we will have one, when we see the performances live ;)
Have you ever visited Copenhagen?
Yes I have been in CPH but just for some short time. I visited little mermaid and did some small sightseeing.. I am really looking forward to be in this lovely city.
Aarzemnieki as a whole, do you plan on releasing more singles or an album in the upcoming future?
We hope so! But no plans in the moment, we are too busy with Eurovision.
If you could pick anyone, who would you like to collaborate with in the future?
I would personally choose Freddie Mercury, so sad that he died so young :(
Do you have a special message for the readers of ESCReporter.com?
Dear friends and fans, thank you very much for being a part of Eurovision. Without you, the ESC wouldn’t exist. You understand the importance and the positive idea of it. Musical and tasty greetings from “Aarzemnieki” :)
Thanks again! See you in Copenhagen!