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Interview with RAINER HOEGLMEIER: the face of Fur Alle

Posted by eurovision on top on October 15, 2017 at 2:30 PM Comments comments (0)

We are not pretty sure if the name RAINER HOEGLMEIER sounds familiar to every Eurovision fan but by saying Fur Alle (Germany 1985) you will recognize him. We had the chance to talk with Rainer about his life, Eurovision and his career. Did you know that he had a great success in Brasil? Do you know he lives in the US? Get to know better the great artist that is more than the face of Fur Alle!


You took part in Eurovision in 1985. Which memories do you keep from your participation on it?

I have many fond memories from the ESC but especially remember all the press that was there all the rehearsals and I heard every song so many times. We were treated very well and welcomed in Sweden it was an amazing experience. I also remember that we were very nervous when we started to sing and Petra who sang in the front with me grabbed my hand and then we just immersed in our song. The audience was also amazing!!


Was that participation important for you as an artist? What did you learn from it?

Yes, it was the most important station in my career something I will always cherish. I also learned what the ABBA song “The winner takes it all” really means. Even though we made a close second place the winner got all the attention. I also learned to enjoy every moment of the experience as it goes by quickly. My songwriters, producers and record company were extremely supportive and taught me a lot. I had a ton of fun and we worked as a team. I also learned never to cross anyone that helps you on your way as you will meet them again someday. I am still friends with my writers, producers and my band members.


For some of the first fans of Wind, you might still be the face of the band. Why did you leave Wind?

I left the band because I got married to an American and moved to the US. It was a hard decision but I did not want to stay in the way of the band’s success that’s why I left as soon as they found a replacement for me.


Do you think the career of the band would have been different with you?

I am sure it would have been different but not sure if it would have been better. The person that replaced me is a very talented vocalist and has a lot of charisma.


In the album Mittendrin you included Für alle and With Bleib wie Du bist you also included there Wind hits? It seems you still have a sentimental connection with Wind. Will we see a reunion one day?

As far as a reunion goes that depends on the rest of the band I am always open to that and always like meeting up with my former band members. And of course I am sentimental (in general) as well as my songs I recorded with Wind they were great songs for example “Herz aus Stein” was written by Rainer Pietsch who also was our conductor at the ESC and a incredible person as well as a brilliant writer so it was an honor to re-record this song with the lyrics of Bernd Meinunger also a friend of mine and one if not the most successful lyricist in the German music industry. Lass die Sonne in dein Herz which I recorded for my last Album was written by Ralph Siegel who was also my producer and writer and just such a cool song that it had to go on my CD as I always wanted to record this song.


How do you see Eurovision now? Do you follow it? Have you think in doing it again?

I follow the ESC over the internet as it is not being shown on TV here. With the right song I would love to get a second chance however I also realize that the contest is not what it was back then.


Moving to the USA might have been a big change in your personal life. What did you expect from it as an artist?

I had big dreams moving here as far as being a recording artist and also made some connections however nothing really worked out. I recorded a song with a local Producer that was also the brains behind Glenn Medeiros that had a big hit world wide with “Nothings gonna change my love for you” the business is much tougher here than anywhere else.


We read you are a hairdresser. What are the similarities between that job and music?

Lol its actually not true I am not a hairdresser I am one of 3 equal partners in a chain of hair salons (6 locations) my area of expertise is in Computers and marketing. That being said I have been in the fashion and hair industry since 1982 and these industries are very similar to the music biz there are many talented artists and it does not matter weather you create hair styles, clothing or music its all art.

In 1988 your song "Just a little love" entered the big Brazilian market because of a soap opera. How did it happen?

Until recently I had no idea this song was even available there so I can not even comment on that just happened to see it on Youtube. This song was produced by Ralph Siegel (a ESC icon) and written by a good friend of mine Wolfgang Keilhauer which I thanks to Facebook have ver much contact too. Wolfgang also wrote a great song for Boney M called “Somewhere in the World”.


In your website it is possible to read “I notice that the German Schlager really missed me ...”. Is it the way you expected?

I think the correct translation is I missed the German Schlager and yes until the age of internet I really missed German Schlager and just in general European music.


The Schlager industry in Germany is very big. Which advice would you give to a young artist that wants to have success?

Whatever it is you want to do is don’t stop believing in yourself and never ever give up. It took me many years and a lot of fortune and stars aligned the right way to get a break. The more you try the better chances you have and “READ EVERYTHING YOU SIGN CAREFULLY” Just because someone offers you a recording contract does not mean that anything will ever happen.


Tanz mit mir in den Sommer and Dream On are the new singles. What can we expect from you in the future?

On October 10th my Christmas album will be released. It has always been a dream of mine to release a Holiday CD in German and Englisch this made my dream come true. The CD has some newer and some previously released songs for the Holiday season along with a duett with my daughter that is called “Let there be Peace on Earth” which is fitting for the current international events and a song where my nephew played trumpets. The CD is called “Holy Night in New York / Da wo Du bist da ist Weihnacht”.



O. Torvald: comeback after the ESC experience

Posted by eurovision on top on October 15, 2017 at 2:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Straight to number 1 in the iTunes Ukrainian albums chart. By releasing the new album Бісайди (Bisaydi) O. Torvald made their comeback after Eurovision. 

Last week the band reveals the magazin Viva! that they passed, perhaps, the most difficult test in their career - participation in the Eurovision Song Contest-2017, after which they heard a lot of critics.

After the defeat at the Eurovision Song Contest-2017 and the press's attention, O.Torvald took a sharp step back. The group moved to a new base for rehearsals, changed the situation and what it would not cost - completely disconnected themselves from communication with the outside world: "In this crazy spring, we dreamed of one thing: to return to the studio and work on new music". This album is a collection of singles since it includes five absolutely new songs and three bonus tracks.


In November the band will present songs from the mini-album Beisaidi at concerts in the framework of their Ukrainian tour, and on December 2 at a big solo concert in Stereo Plaza.


Tracklist:

  • 01. Марі
  • 02. В Подушках
  • 03. Ліхтарі
  • 04. Не Я
  • 05. Бисайды
  • 06. L.V. (Скрябин Cover)
  • 07. Вечер в Рио (feat. Бумбокс)
  • 08. В Подушках (Nick Niker remix)

Listen the album here: www.radio.obozrevatel.com/playlists-music/o-torvald-2017-bisaydi-1006.html

Source: Viva!



Jessica Mauboy achieves big success in Australia

Posted by eurovision on top on October 15, 2017 at 11:55 AM Comments comments (0)

The Secret Daughter Season Two: Songs from the Original 7 Series is the second individual soundtrack album by Australian recording artist Jessica Mauboy, featuring music used in the second season of the television series of the same name, which stars Mauboy. The album was released on 6 October 2017 through Sony Music Australia and entered the Australian albums chart straight to number 2!


Even Jessica only did the interval act she was the first representative from Australia. One year after, Guy Sebastian took the Australian flag to Eurovision getting the 5th place, Dami Im in 2016 was the runner up and Isaiah placed 9th this year!


Other artists from Australia already took part in Eurovision representing other countries. Olivia Newton John or Gina G are the major examples. 


Mauboy rose to fame in 2006 on the fourth season of Australian Idol; she became the runner-up and subsequently signed a recording contract with Sony Music Australia.


Mauboy was chosen by SBS to perform at the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest, in recognition of Australia's love affair with the annual event. She performed the single "Sea of Flags" during the second semi-final in Denmark, making her the first solo artist from outside Europe to perform on the contest as a guest. SBS screened the documentary, Jessica Mauboy's Road to Eurovision on 10 May 2014 before their coverage of the second semi-final.




Lisbon as a postcard

Posted by eurovision on top on September 29, 2017 at 4:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Lisbon is in everyone's mouth! Not only because Salvador has won Eurovision but because for two years has been economic growth specially thanks to tourism that gives envy to other European capitals. Today we will start a series of articles until May, about the city that will receive the Eurovision Song Contest 2018. From history to their cultural life we will try to let you know everything you always wanted to know about Lisbon. Today, Lisbon as a postcard!


Surely there will be no problem choosing the postcards for Eurovision 2018 because the homework has been done a long time. Year after year Lisbon is being chosen to make advertise, shoot films, do weddings and video clips. The last big brand has been Apple that has chosen the mythical old Lisbon Bridge (Ponte 25 de Abril) to show the quality of its new iPhone.


Far is the time in which sites of Lisbon were used to pretend that they were other cities. It is now assumed to be Lisbon. It says the magazine "Visão": the reasons to choose Lisbon are its climate (many hours of sun); the great diversity of landscapes in a small area; the qualifications of its people in which many speak English; its food and low prices.


Madonna, Eric Cantona, Michael Fassbender, Florent Pagny or Monica Belucci have already chosen Lisbon to live even if that is not why the city is more fashionable, but its authenticity is still preserved.


The number of tourists increases every day, from those who want to discover this city to those who want to visit the places where their favorite stars have been shot. We refer to Bollywood. The Indian film industry has shot many of his films not only in Lisbon but throughout the country. Balupu or Satya Harishchandra are some of those films.



But advertising has positioned Lisbon as one of its favorites. David Beckham starred in many of those ads; Hermès filmed La Flânerie in its streets; Yves Saint Laurent used the terrace of their hotels; Lamborghini crossed its roads. But there are many more.


Recently, Eurovision stars have also discovered Portugal to shoot their videos. Michal Szpak, Dima Bilan, Jamala, Sergey Lazarev and now Sergio Dalma are some of those artists to whom Lisbon and Portugal have given them glamour.

So do not forget your mobile phone or your camera to appear as a whole famous star! And if you want to know where to get your photos, you can start watching music videos, TV commercials or Indian films.

It's Sennek for Belgium

Posted by eurovision on top on September 28, 2017 at 5:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Belgium just announced their representative for Lisbon. It's Laura Groeseneken.


Accordin to eurovision.tv "Laura Groeseneken was born in 1990 and comes from Leuven. The singer-songwriter has already worked on several high-profile musical projects like the 50th anniversary celebrations of the James Bond franchise, 007 In Concert, and alongside Alex Callier wrote the song Gravity for the Belgian group Hooverphonic. Laura works as a visual merchandiser for IKEA. Meanwhile, she is working on her solo career and writes her own songs under the name Sennek." 


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