Interview with Aleksa Jelić: "I was always impressed by the diversity"
Aleksa Jelić was one of the participants in the Serbian national final for Eurovision 2015 and we managed to speak with him.
You were selected as one of the finalists of the Serbian national final, how were you selected?
I was very happy when Vladimir Grajic, the composer for this year’s national selection, invited me.
What is your song about and the genre?
My song is called “Vodi me” (“Take me”), it is an energetic dance-pop song with a good groove. It’s about love and happiness.
“Eurovision, to me, always represented
Europe in one beautiful show”
This is the 60th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, are you a fan and if so how long have you watched?
I’ve been a fan of Eurovision since I was very young. I was always impressed by the diversity of songs and performers, the different languages, costumes, the choreographies… Eurovision, to me, always represented Europe in one beautiful show.
Have you ever attended a Eurovision (perhaps in 2008) and what are your expectations of the Eurovision experience?
I would not have missed such event in Belgrade. For me, it was one of the most memorable events in Belgrade ever. Each year the show is getting better and bigger, so I have great expectations for Vienna.
Do you have any favorite Eurovision songs?
There are so many great songs but I would single out “Rise like a phoenix” and “Euphoria.”
Have you ever visited Vienna?
I love Vienna! Belgrade is only 600km away, so I’m often there.
Do you have an album coming out in the near future?
Yes, I’m preparing the “Greatest hits” compilation with new songs.
“Dance and music are important
parts of my life”
How did you initially become a singer and what inspired you to pursue this career?
My father is a rock singer and guitarist and my mother was a dancer when she was young. As very young, I decided upon a carrier as a ballet dancer, following my mother’s footsteps. But later on, after a love breakdown, I started singing and composing and learned to play the guitar to express my emotions into music. Dance and music are important parts of my life, and I couldn’t leave one while pursuing another so I always express myself as a performer.
If you could pick anyone, who would you like to collaborate with in the future?
It is hard to pick one of many, but If I’m thinking of Eurovision that would be Loreen and Conchita.
What music, artists, bands do you listen to yourself? Any favorites?
I listen to all kinds of music and genres, but I can always start and end my day with Madonna.
“As young I played the violin and viola”
What has been the biggest struggle in your career? Do you play any instruments?
My genre of music is mainly pop, and the mainstream music genre in Serbia is folk, so I needed some time to push through. I started my carrier in music in 2007 on the national contest for Eurovision. That was my first ever public appearance as a singer.
In 2008, I appeared again in the same contest, and ranked second. Although I received many awards and made two albums, it was only in 2013 when I took part in the show “Your face sounds familiar” that I persuaded the audience that, not only that I can dance, but also that I can sing and act. After that I made an addition to my career hosting “Dancing with the stars”. When young, I played the violin and viola, now I play piano and guitar.
Do you have a special message for our readers at ESCReporter.com?
Thank you for your support and I hope to see you in Vienna!