Pollapönk: "Everyone has the right to live in peace and harmony"
This year, the group Pollapönk will represent Iceland at the Eurovision Song Contest in Copenhagen.
We had the chance to ask them some questions, before the rehearsals start up next week!
You won the Icelandic selection Söngvakeppni – do you feel any pressure from representing your country in the contest?
It is dream come true to get a big stage like this to get our message to as many people. We don’t feel any pressure but we are determined to have fun and do our very best to make Iceland proud.
“With this song it is Pollapönk’s aim to help
eliminate all bullying and prejudice”
Your song is called “No Prejudice” – what is it about and what was the inspiration?
The song Enga fordóma (No Prejudice) is about a young person who has the habit of stuttering around others and fears to be mocked or bullied because of this. With this song it is Pollapönk’s aim to help eliminate all bullying and prejudice as everyone has the right to live in peace and harmony with the rest of the world.
We think that the world needs to hear the “no prejudice” message. Especially from middle age, heterosexual, white men like us. Being middle age, heterosexual, white men makes us a majority group and we believe that we should use this opportunity to point out the injustice in this world.
Of course we know that it will not instantly make the world a better place. It is our small contribution.
Are you planning any changes to your performance for Eurovision?
If it ain´t broken then why try to fix it. There are meetings taking place every day on that matter. One thing’s for sure! It will be amazing!
What do you hope people will remember you for once Eurovision is over?
This is the 59th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, are you fans and if so, how long have you watched?
We all grew up watching Eurovision so yes we are Eurovision fans. Eurovision for us is family time.
“This has been a great platform for us to help
make the world a better place”
Do you have any favorite Eurovision songs from previous years?
Waterloo and Hubba hulle are our favorites We all have participated in the pre-contest before, Heidar og Haraldur with Botnledja and Arnar and Gudni with Dr. Spock.
We don’t generally like the concept to compete in music but nevertheless this has been a great platform for us to help make the world a better place with a message that the world needs to hear.
Have you heard any of the other Eurovision Songs from this year? Which do you like?
All the songs are good in their own way.
Have you ever visited Copenhagen?
Yes, many times.
How do you find a balance between your music careers and teaching careers?
Sometimes it is very hard, especially now these months before Eurovision. Things have been pretty crazy, in a good way.
If you weren’t professional singers and teachers, what do you think you would be working with?
We would be politicians.
How do you best like to spend your time when you aren’t busy working?
With our families.
Besides music, what keeps you happy and motivated in life?
Spending time with our families. Being healthy. Watching football.
What accomplishment are you the most proud of?
Do you have a special message for the readers of ESCReporter.com?
No prejudice! Spread the word.
Iceland will perform as song number 5, in the first Semi-Final on Tuesday, May 6.