Interview with Elina & Stig: "There will be a completely new look!"
The Estonian duo Elina Born and Stig Rästa were selected to represent Estonia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2015 with their song “Goodbye To Yesterday.”
With less than four weeks until the first semi-final, Elina and Stig took the time to answer a few of our questions!
Hello Elina and Stig!
You won the Eesti Laul selection – do you feel any pressure from representing your country in the contest?
Elina & Stig: We don’t feel any added pressure but of course it is a great honour and a privilege at the same time.
“I had actually an image of a truck driver’s life
in my mind when writing this song.”
Your song is called “Goodbye to Yesterday” – what is it about and what was the inspiration?
Stig: Personally, it is a bit about a bad love story… but musically it’s been influenced by the 50s and 60s.
When I was a kid I listened to a lot of 50s and 60s music because my uncle had a huge collection of records. Music from that time has clearly influenced me but at the same time I think that I have composed a song authentic enough.
About lyrics… I don’t know why but I had actually an image of a truck driver’s life in my mind when writing this song.
Stig, your song is written and produced by yourself – how did it all come together?
Stig: I had some help from different musicians. The song is produced together with Vallo Kikas. What is interesting, Vallo’s background is actually in dance music.
Elina, you participated in “Eesti otsib superstaari.” Do you think that experience will help you in Eurovision.
Elina: The “Estonian Idol” gave me a lot of TV and stage experience. And of course that is the show where people started to recognize me as a singer.
Are you planning any promotion or touring before Eurovision?
Elina & Stig: At the moment we are not planning a promotional tour.
“There will be a completely new look”
Are you planning any changes to your performance for Eurovision?
Elina & Stig: There will be a completely new look, because we like to show the song from different angles. We will try to keep the atmosphere but we will be turning on some colours :)
This is the 60th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest. Are you fans, and if so, how long have you watched?
Elina & Stig: We wouldn’t consider ourselves fans but we have always watched the ESC.
Stig: We usually get together with friends and have a really good time watching and commenting.
Elina: As a teenager, I remember, everybody in our family had her/his own scoreboard. So we were really watching it passionately.
Have you ever attended Eurovision (perhaps in 2002), and what are your expectations of the Eurovision experience?
Elina & Stig: No, neither of us visited the ESC before. We are expecting a big stage, lot of attention, making new connections. Of course hundreds of millions people will be watching!
Do you have any favorite Eurovision songs?
Elina: From my childhood I remember being an absolute fan of Ruslana’s performance of “Wild Dances”. And also the Turkish winning entry by Sertab Erener.
Stig: I think one of my favourites is “Solo” by Alsou.
What do you hope people will remember you for once Eurovision is over?
Elina & Stig: We hope that they remember us for a great live performance but also for the song itself – it is a timeless piece that would be great to perform with an orchestra as it used to be at ESC until 1998.
Have you ever visited Vienna?
Elina: No. But I’m really looking forward to it!
Stig: Yes, I’ve been there for a couple of days. I’m really glad to be back!
“I do consider myself to be more of
a songwriter than a singer.”
How did you initially become a singer and what inspired you to pursue this career?
Stig: Actually, I do consider myself to be more of a songwriter than a singer.
Elina: Already as I child I felt it was easier to express my feelings through singing than with words.
If you could pick anyone, who would you like to collaborate with in the future?
Elina: Christina Aguilera, Beyonce, Frank Ocean, Marilyn Manson.
Stig: Max Martin, Sia.
What music, artists, bands do you listen to yourself? Any favorites?
Elina: Frank Ocean, Beyonce, Christina Aguilera, Sam Smith, Queen.
Stig: I listen to different music. From jazz to metal and from trance to rap. For example, when I am jogging, I listen to Slipknot or Korn. A songwriter has to keep himself open for all the music out there.
“I would take people to Mulgimaa”
What’s your favorite place in Estonia to show people who aren’t Estonian?
Stig: Lasnamäe’s ghetto where I was born and raised and the hipster-side of the town – Kalamaja. Also our islands, countryside and beautiful nature.
Elina: I would take people to Mulgimaa. My mother was born there in a small village called Kivilõppe, it is a very small village with only 35 people living there. That is the place I spent all of my childhood. It is situated on on a shore of a beautiful lake. I too like the countryside and small towns.
If you weren’t a professional singer, what do you think you would be working with?
Stig: I wanted to be a police officer as a small boy so I think I would be one today.
Elina: I would probably be a hairdresser.
How do you best like to spend your time when you aren’t busy working?
Stig: I like to ride my bike, get out to the nature. Also I like growing vegetables at my country cottage.
Elina: I like to work out, watch different TV-shows, especially “Vikings”. I also like working on my make-up skills.
Besides music, what keeps you happy and motivated in life?
Elina & Stig: As sun is a great deficit for most of the time in Estonia we both have to say that the answer is: SUN :)
Do you have a message for the readers of ESCReporter.com?
Elina & Stig: Thank you for your support, we are really-really happy!
Elina & Stig will perform for Estonia as song number 7 in the first semi-final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2015.
Photos: Stina Kase