"Go out, celebrate life!" - Interview with Eurovision star Nadav Guedj
Less than two weeks since the Israeli entry for Eurovision, “Golden Boy,” was premiered, we got the privilege to speak to the Israeli artist for 2015, Nadav Guedj. Being the youngest male singer at this year’s contest, Nadav spoke about his accomplishments and plans for his participation at Eurovision 2015.
Hello, Nadav! Thank you for taking the time to speak with us today!
My pleasure :)
You won “HaKokhav HaBa” – do you feel any pressure from representing your country in the contest?
I don’t really feel pressure but I do feel super excited and motivated to perform at the Eurovision Song Contest and represent everybody from my own country.
By winning “HaKokhav HaBa,” do you feel that this experience will help you in Eurovision?
“Hakokhav Haba” is Israel’s most watched reality music competition. I believe it did help me because it gave me a lot of experience with the stage and performing in front a live audience.
Your song is called “Golden Boy” – what is it about and what was the inspiration?
The lyrics of “Golden Boy” tell a simple yet emotional story about a brokenhearted boy who decides that the best cure for his ache is to go out, celebrate life, and invite people to enjoy it with him.
Are you planning any promotion or touring before Eurovision?
Yes, we plan to travel in April and visit the three major promotion concerts in Moscow, Amsterdam, and London.
What do you hope people will remember you for once Eurovision is over?
I hope to bring a fresh combination of European-Mediterranean sounds and influences to the contest.
“I am so happy to be part of it.”
This is the 60th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, are you a fan and if so how long have you watched?
While I grew up in Israel, I remember feeling excited about the competition and watching it every year. As I grew older and became a teenager, I found myself searching and listening to so many different kinds of music, so I kind of lost track of the competition. This is the reason why I’m so blown away by the production and scale of the competition. I am so happy to be part of it.
Do you have any favorite Eurovision songs?
I can say that I heard the Australian song this week and I think it’s an amazing one.
Have you ever visited Vienna?
No, this is will be the first time for me in Vienna and I’m super excited to visit the city and see what it has to offer.
“I’m just making my first steps
in the music industry”
How did you initially become a singer and what inspired you to pursue this career?
I’ve been singing ever since I can remember myself. I just turned 16 half a year go so I’m just making my first steps in the music industry. I won “Hakochav Haba” just a few weeks ago, so everything is still so fresh.
If you could pick anyone, who would you like to collaborate with in the future?
I would totally love to collaborate with Pharell Williams, Timbaland, Jay-Z, Snoop dog and Usher. I listen to their material practically every day.
“I love to get inspired by a
wide range of genres”
What music, artists, bands do you listen to yourself? Any favorites?
I love to get inspired by a wide range of genres and different kinds of music so I always listen to so many different artists. But, I can tell you that my favorite artist right now is Usher.
If you weren’t a professional singer, what do you think you would be working with?
I totally have no idea. Dude, I’m only 16 :)
How do you best like to spend your time when you aren’t busy working?
I spend hours in front of my PC in search of new music and new artists.
Besides music, what keeps you happy and motivated in life?
I have deep ties with my family and friends and they keep me energized all the time.
What accomplishment are you the most proud of?
I know I’m blessed. Being only 16 years old, I was given a chance of a lifetime to pursue music, visit new places, and meet so many different interesting peoples. I’ve only just started accomplishing.
Do you have a message for the readers of ESCReporter.com?
I feel that the Eurovision competition is all about music, people, and culture. I hope, that for one night, we could all dance together, Europe, Australia and everyone else.
For information on Nadav, check out the official Israeli Eurovision page on Facebook!