Interview with Firelight of Malta: "We want to play it straight"
With the Eurovision Song Contest 2014 just around the corner, we had the chance to sit down with Richard Edwards, the frontman of Firelight, who will represent Malta in Copenhagen!
Check it out below.
You won Malta Eurovision Song Contest – do you feel any pressure from representing your country in the contest?
It was exciting to win. We can’t wait to get to Copenhagen and give the best performance we can for Malta. We know it is an honour to represent Malta.
Your song is called “Coming Home” – what is it about and what was the inspiration?
It will mean different things to different people. It may have a special significance for the many thousands of people in Europe who work abroad and are away from their families for months at a time.
“The performance will be all about the music”
Are you planning any changes to your performance for Eurovision?
The performance will be all about the music. Even though gimmicks have a long tradition at Eurovision we want to play it straight.
What do you hope people will remember you for once Eurovision is over?
I hope they will recognise that Firelight have a different sound. We have worked hard to create something special — a fusion of rock, pop and folk.
“Most people in Malta are Eurovision crazy”
This is the 59th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, are you a fan and if so, how long have you been watching?
I’ve been a fan for as long as I can remember. Most people in Malta are Eurovision crazy. A few of us in the band have competed in the national finals as individuals in previous years. You can imagine how fantastic the feeling was to be finally chosen to represent Malta.
Do you have any favorite Eurovision songs from previous years?
A couple of my favourites are Fly on the Wings of Love from Denmark and Rock n Roll Kids from Ireland.
Have you heard any of the other Eurovision songs this year? Which do you like?
There are quite a few good songs this year. Hungary and Armenia come to mind.
Have you ever visited Copenhagen?
Not yet but can’t wait to get there.
If you could pick anyone, who would you like to collaborate with in the future?
I wouldn’t mind strumming my guitar alongside Sir Paul McCartney.
“It really is my love”
If you weren’t a professional singer, what do you think you would be working with?
I’d be spending every day asking myself why I wasn’t working in music. It really is my love.
How do you best like to spend your time when you aren’t busy working?
I like chilling by the beach with family and friends. There’s no shortage of beautiful beaches in Malta, and the Mediterranean lifestyle is very conducive to relaxing and making music.
What accomplishment are you the most proud of?
I took part in X Factor in the UK and was delighted to get the thumbs up from Simon Cowell and make it to the final stages at boot camp.
Do you have a special message for the readers of ESCReporter.com?
The fans make the Eurovision the special event that it is. I want to thank all fans for the excitement they add. And I would ask if you like Coming Home by Firelight please make sure you vote for Malta. If you do that we promise to give a kiss to all of you.