Tinkara Kovač interview: "I really loved the beginnings of Eurovision"
Recently, ESC Reporter sat down with Slovenia’s representative for Eurovision 2014, Tinkara Kovač.
We asked her about her goals and experiences with Eurovision, as well as the the final version of her entry “Spet (Round and Round).”
Check out our exclusive interview with her below!
EN: What do you wish to bring to Eurovision Song Contest and what does it mean to you?
TK: Being myself.
EN: You have a formal education with a degree in flute. Which do you love more, singing or playing the flute?
TK: It is both part of a whole.
EN: What inspirations and influences do you bring into your musical career?
TK: Jethro Tull, Pink Floyd, U2 for example…
EN: Do you come from a musical family?
TK: When I was a young girl, my parents were sort of hippies and we listened to LPs and among them, there was this attractive creature, Ian Anderson, that played flute from the woods of United Kingdom…and I said, “I want to play flute, too.” Later in my music career, I invited him on one of my concerts in Slovenia, in Cankarjev dom, a sort of Royal Albert Hall of Slovenija, and he said yes. Then he invited me on his concerts with Jethro Tull or with orchestras, and he gave me a special flute with a dedication engraved in it. I will play that same flute on the Eurovision stage!
“I really loved the beginnings of Eurovision
because there was the live orchestra.”
EN: What are some experiences and memories that you have of Eurovision? What is your favorite Eurovision song?
TK: I was very young. I really loved the beginnings of Eurovision because there was the live orchestra. Gigliola Cinquetti and “Non Ho L’Età” is a magical evergreen which survived the Eurovision night and will last forever.
EN: You have tried to represent Slovenia in Eurovision on three previous occasions, what made you want to try again to go to Eurovision this year?
TK: It was not trying, I have to say. I just had songs, actual singles in my country, and participating on the preselection was an extra promotional push.
“This is not a fact of loving to be famous,
to be the first in one competition
– we are not horses!”
EN: Slovenia hasn’t qualified for the final since 2011. Is it a lot of pressure for you to do well for Slovenia?
TK: No, I feel very comfortable. I know I have a good song, a good team, and I am just waiting to sing from the bottom of my heart as I do always. This is not a fact of loving to be famous, to be the first in one competition – we are not horses! :)
EN: You wrote “Spet (Round and Round)” yourself along with Slovenia’s 2013 artist Hannah Mancini. How did you find yourself collaborating with Hannah?
TK: Raay, the composer of the music, introduced me to her and I really loved working with her. We found each other on the same inspirational vibrations.
EN: What are your thoughts on “Spet (Round and Round) right now? Is this the final version that we will hear in Copenhagen or will it be revamped?
TK: A little bit of magic and a sexy rock guitar in the background!
EN: What are you looking forward to the most about Eurovision 2014?
TK: To meet new musicians and visit new concert venues!
EN: Do you have a special message for our site, ESCReporter.com?
TK: Help me convince the organizers of ESC to bring the live music back to the stage! :)
Tinkara Kovač will represent Slovenia at the Eurovision Song Contest 2014, performing in the second half of the second semi-final, with the song “Round and Round.”