Sebalter: "I consider myself to be quite curious about music"
As the final round of first rehearsals wrapped up today, ESC Reporter spoke to Swiss entrant, Sebalter regarding his upcoming performance in Eurovision 2014 and the origins of his song “Hunter of Stars.”
Thank you for speaking with us!
You won the Swiss national final – do you feel any pressure from representing your country in the contest?
Of course there is a feeling of responsibility and serious commitment that is present. I am going to represent my country, and that is very important. But I will just try to give my very best on stage and to excite the audience.
“I liked the whistling part so much that I decided to keep it”
Your song is called “Hunter of Stars” – what is it about and what was the inspiration?
Last summer I did a road trip in the USA. One night I was travelling from Kansas City to Denver. I kept staring at the stars and the humongous landscape around and felt like I not only wanted to stare at the them but also to touch them. I got inspired and started to write the lyrics. The melody also popped up quite spontaneously. I recorded it on my phone by whistling, since I did not have my violin with me. When recording the song back in Switzerland, I liked the whistling part so much that I decided to keep it instead of switching to the violin.
The song has basically a main key of interpretation. There is always a clash between confidence and non-confidence in myself when it comes to flirt and love.
Did you promote or tour before Eurovision?
Yes, we have visited several countries that participate at the ESC in Copenhagen, such as England, the Netherlands, Malta and Lithuania. In addition, there were some concerts in Switzerland.
Are you planning any changes to your performance for Eurovision?
We constantly continued working on the song and on our performance. For example, we added some extra visual hooks as well as some choreographic elements to the show. However, I don`t want to exaggerate. I usually prefer to focus on the song and on my performance.
What do you hope people will remember you for once Eurovision is over?
I hope they will remember me for the good mood I brought with my song.
“I personally appreciate the glamour and the good vibe”
This is the 59th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, are you a fan and if so how long have you watched?
My interest for ESC grew in the past years. I personally appreciate the glamour and the good vibe the Eurovision Song Contest transmits and, above all, it is a show where a songwriter like me has the possibility to show his work. It is a very important stage.
Do you have any favorite Eurovision songs from previous years?
Last year, I very much liked the song “Only Teardrops” by Emmelie de Forest. My all-time favorite ESC-song is “Fairytale” by Alexander Rybak – it`s a fantastic song.
Have you heard any of the other Eurovision songs this year? Which do you like?
There are definitely some very talented artists at the ESC 2014. For instance, I love the songs by Malta and Norway. “Silent Storm,” the Norwegian entry by Carl Espen, is really sad and emotional. I am fond of that kind of music. In contrast, the Maltese entry “Coming Home” is a very energetic song that makes you feel good. But there are so many other entries I really like.
Have you ever visited Copenhagen?
Actually I planned to spend a long weekend in Copenhagen in October last year. But then I decided to wait for the Swiss preselection for ESC. I told myself, “Well, who knows, I might be going to Copenhagen in May.” And I was right to wait :)
“I consider myself to be quite curious about music”
If you could pick anyone, who would you like to collaborate with in the future? What music, artists, bands do you listen to yourself? Any favorites?
I consider myself to be quite curious about music. Therefore I am interested in listening to all different kind of music. But if I had to choose an artist to maybe work with once, I think it would be Bruce Springsteen!
Besides music, what keeps you happy and motivated in life? How do you best like to spend your time when you aren’t busy working?
I enjoy hiking and biking very much. And I travel as often as I can.
Do you have a special message for the readers of ESCReporter.com?
Thank you very much for your support. I am happy to be part of the ESC this year!
Thanks again, Sebalter! Good luck!