Interview with Valentina Monetta: "My life is a big maybe"
For the third year in a row, Valentina Monetta, or Vale as she’s known by her fans, will represent the small nation of San Marino at the Eurovision Song Contest 2014!
We had the opportunity to ask Vale a few questions, which you can read below.
Thank you for sitting down with us! This is the third year in a row that you have represented San Marino at Eurovision, what is it that makes you return?
Maybe all that has happened since 2012, various approvals, me being Sammarinese, the way I take music professionally, the experience and the possibility to work with a producer like Ralph Siegel, the support of the state television .. but mostly what I can make people feel when singing.
“My life is a big maybe and I believe I’m not the only one having this for certain. We all are in the mercy of the wind.”
Your song is called “Maybe (Forse).” What is it about and what was the inspiration behind it?
Inspiration? My search for the answers to questions. My life is a big maybe and I believe I’m not the only one having this for certain. We all are in the mercy of the wind. An evolutionary process often, in an unnatural manner, does not give us the opportunity to assess the beauty of the doubt.
Maybe is the benefit of doubt. It is an encouragement to fall in love, over and over again, forever. In the magical game of living spontaneously .. letting go .. and perhaps taking risks.
You are once again working with Ralph Siegel and Mauro Balesti. Is there a particular reason you like working with the same people?
From 2012 on with Ralph .. too much to say. Ralph, Mauro and I embarked on this journey of learning, they made me want to search around and I learned how to give value to other aspects of the music, they pulled out of my voice new sounds and I think this is very exciting for any singer.
I believe in Ralph, he has a big heart and he believes in me … and when a producer gives you carte blanche on the production of your tracks for an album, it is an immense satisfaction. Then maybe something else will happen .. even if we already have given a lot of emotions with our work, I think. To break this cycle would have been a shame. We’ll see, we’ll find out just living ..
Are you planning on doing anything different at Eurovision this year?
Have you heard any of this year’s other Eurovision songs? If yes, which were your favorite?
I really like Germany and Hungary!
Do you have any favorite Eurovision songs from previous years?
Suus by Rona Nishliu, incredible. Anouk’s Birds. And the great Raphael Gualazzi!
Have you ever been to Copenhagen?
Yes, last year when I had a day off during Eurovision, we visited it. Wonderful street musicians….
If you could choose an artist to collaborate with in the future, who would that be?
Of Eurovision? Raphael Gualazzi.
What accomplishments in your career are you most proud of?
To have overcome some of my fears, but then I always invent new ones! But it’s stimulating. To have the skill to write songs again, believe in them. Being able to sing still and fall in love again….
Are there any special projects or causes that you are currently involved with?
My cause is sensitization.
Besides music, what makes you happy and motivated in life?
Life itself .. nature, children, animals… I’d be really motivated to do anything for them.
What are you hoping you for once Eurovision is over this year?
That my album and my work will be liked and listened in a loving company… and then I’m off to lagoons of Sardinia with my kite …..
Thank you so much for your time and good luck in Copenhagen! Do you have a message for our readers?
Enjoy your life! Thank you and kisses, Vale.
Valentina Monetta will represent San Marino in the second half of the first semi-final, with the song “Maybe (Forse).”
Photos: Augusto Betiula