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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”.



Svala: "We all deal with something in life. No one has a perfect life."

Posted by Pedro.Eurovisionontop on May 2, 2017 at 12:20 PM Comments comments (0)

SVALA is already No. 1in the actual charts in Iceland and already had a lot of success in her life. But also a hard accident which changed her life for ever. Read now this interview with a very special depth!


1. SVALA - how would you like to introduce yourself to our readers?

My name is Svala Karitas Björgvinsdóttir and I´m an icelandic singer and songwriter. I started recording music when I was 7 years old. I´ve released countless hit singles and been in three bands throughout my career. I had my first number one single when I was 11 years old and then my second number one single when I was 16 years old in Iceland. When I was 20 years old I was signed by EMI in America and signed one of the biggest record contract ever made with an icelandic artist. My first american single which I co-wrote came out in 2001 and became quite popular in America and was on the top 30 Billboard Charts over there. I´ve released 2 solo albums and 3 albums with my band Steed Lord. I formed my band Steed Lord in 2006 and we had quite the success worldwide. The band was together for 10 awesome years. We toured all over the world, designed a clothing line for H&M, had our music in a lot of american tv shows, commercials and a couple of movies. I moved to Los Angeles in 2009 and I´ve lived there for 8 years with my husband who is a songwriter, producer and director. I have my own clothing line called KALI which is sold online. Last year I formed my new band Blissful and our single "Elevate" came out and did really well on Spotify. I became a judge on famous tv show The Voice in Iceland in 2015. I adore cats and science fiction books and movies.


2. You already had a lot of musical experiences. What was the biggest success for you so far?

It´s hard to say cause I feel proud of many things I´ve accomplished. I became a judge on the famous tv show The Voice in Iceland in 2015 and I´ve done two seasons of it. It´s a big honour to be a part of such a huge show that´s in 62 countries around the world.


3. 2008 you had a hard accident, how did this impact your life and musical career?

Yes it was an almost fatal car accident in Iceland with my band Steed Lord. We were all injured very seriously and had internal bleeding and many broken bones. I stayed in the hospital for 2 weeks and my husband was there for 4 months. He almost died. It was a horrible accident that changed our lives forever. He had many surgeries and we weren´t sure if he was gonna make it. Me and my husband and both his younger brothers and their dad were in the car. It brought the family together in a very beautiful way. After surviving such a serious car accident you don´t ever take life for granted. Every day and every second is a gift. It only took a half a second for another car to hit our car head on. Life can be taken away from you in a split second. After such an experience you stop worrying about material things and silly things. Life is so precious and life is so beautiful. I´m just thankful for every day I have on this earth. I may sound corny but it´s true, I´m so thankful that we all survived.


4. How did the idea came up to participate at the national pre selection?

It was actually my husbands idea and not mine hehehe. Me and him wrote Paper together with Lester Mendez and Lily Elise. For the last two years me and Einar, my husband, have been writing a lot of new music for our new band Blissful. And "Paper" came out of one of those writing sessions. We knew right away that this song was very epic and big. And my husband thought it would be a great idea to send it in to the national selection in Iceland. It took me a couple of days to be convinced but then I decided to do it cause the message is so important in my song and I knew that it would probably do pretty well there. Also I only wanted to compete in Eurovision if it was on my own terms and with a song that I co-wrote and could stand behind completely. And "Paper" is such a personal song and I´m very proud of it. And it feels right to compete with a song that I believe in so strongly.


5. What is the story behind your song „paper“?

I wrote my song “Paper” about a very personal experience. It´s about dealing with difficulties in your life but overcoming them. I´ve been very open in the media in Iceland that I dealt with a lot of anxiety throughout my teenage years and early twenties. Music has always been my salvation and my safe place and I wanted to write about what I went through when I dealt with those difficulties. We all deal with something in life. No one has a perfect life. This is what connects us as human beings. The word paper in my song is a metaphor for emotions. When I wrote the lyrics I wanted to describe the relationship I have with myself while dealing with anxiety. My anxiety makes me feel fragile and makes me feel vulnerable like paper. The purpose of me writing my song is to be open and honest about myself and not be ashamed about dealing with this. Because when we are open and when we talk to each other, we are setting ourselves free. By not being ashamed we are facing our fears and we are not giving up. I still have my bad days but thankfully I´m at a much better place now and anxiety doesn´t control my life anymore. But it´s so important to me to talk about it to be able to help others and inspire. Hopefully my song does that for people around the world that deal with difficulties in life.


6. How was your experience as a judge of the Voice in Iceland?

It has been such an amazing experience. I´ve been in the music business for a long time and basically since I was a little girl. And I love being able to be a mentor singers that are want to make it in the industry. I have so much to give and I love being able to support them and help them in taking their first steps towards their career. I became the ultimate stage mom with my team. I wanted all of them to win and do the best in the competition. I felt like they were my children heheh. Also being a part of such a huge tv show that´s in 62 countries around the world is such an honour. It is the biggest tv production ever made in Iceland and it´s been amazing to be a part of it.


7. For other countries actual participants of the Voice are going to Eurovision. Why are you going, even being judge of the same show?

Because I believe in the song I wrote.


8. What are your plans for the time after eurovision?

I´m releasing a lot of new music with my new band Blissful. And we are also releasing a lot of music videos that we direct ourselves that come out with the new music. I´ll be touring a lot around the world. And working on some new exciting projects.


9. Europe is in a very special decade. What is your message to our readers and to europe? What should be written on the „paper“ of europe

We have to lead by example!!! We need to always let love and compassion guide us. Live in the light and unite. Stay strong and not give up.



We thank Svala for this interview and wish the best for eurovision and the time afterwards... for sure for every single moment in life.


Pedro de Almeida

Norma John: Music can help us through difficult times and things of our lives

Posted by Pedro.Eurovisionontop on May 1, 2017 at 6:40 PM Comments comments (0)

The duo from Finland was the big surprise during the first rehearsals and is maybe not just a black bird, but also a potential back horse.


They present with their nothern coolness a cool song. Eurovision on top had the chance to speak to the duo and get some interesting facts about their participation.


1. How would you introduce Norman John?

Norma John is an indie band of two friends; Leena and Lasse. We write our own songs and do music because we love it and it’s our passion! We met each other 15 years ago when we were teenagers and started doing music together.


2. „Blackbird“ reminds the very successful dutch entree of 2013 in Malmö „Birds“. But what was the inspiration for your song?

The inspiration was life itself and it was a story that needed to be written. It came from our personal experiences. The bird part of our song is more symbolic :)


3. What have your musical career looked like in the last years?

We have been very busy with music these past years. We both have worked as a musician for a long time and we've been writing songs also to other artists. Lasse has been working also as a tv-studio musician and with other Scandinavian artists.


4. What do you think can eurovision bring to your musical career?

Eurovision is a great platform for new music and we really hope that people would listen to our music also after the competition. To be able to reach people and touch people with your own music, is really something we would hope to do in the future too.


5. What have you done in the night when Lordi won the contest for Finland?

Actually I (Lasse) had a gig somewhere in the middle of Finland that night. When we heard that Finland had won, we immediately played "Hard Rock Hallelujah"...hahah!!


6. What is your main objective for Eurovision this year?

Norma John is all about stories and we hope that people can connect to the song. Of course it would meen the world to us to get to the Eurovision final this year, with this story :)


7. What is the story and message behind your song?

The song is about loosing some-one. It is a song that almost everyone can relate to, because we´ve all been there! But we don’t think of it as just a sad song, it feels hopeful and empowering to us too. Music can help us through difficult times and things of our lives.


8. Europe is in a very special decade. What is your message to our readers and to europe? If the „blackbird“ shouldn’t sing, what birds should sing in europe actually?


Stay safe people, be kind to each other, spread the love, don't hate! And let all birds sing :D


We thank the band fo this interview and wish the best for Kiev.


Pedro de Almeida

Claudia Faniello "I'm still trying to fully absorb the fact that I'm actually going to Eurovision"

Posted by Pedro.Eurovisionontop on April 23, 2017 at 6:55 PM Comments comments (0)

It took 11 times for the sister of Fabrizio Faniello to follow him to Eurovision. This year is her time.

Read now what she told us about her participation.


1. It took you 11 times to get the ticket to represent Malta at the eurovision. Where does the motivation came from to try it so often?


To be resilient is a way of life for me, music is my everything and the Eurovision stage was in my bucket list. Dream , work hard and achieve.


2. Who is the private person Claudia?


A very relaxed human being, peaceful, dreamer and a traveller.


3. How would you describe the development of your musical career and work through since 2006, the first time you tried to get the ticket to eurovision?


Little by little with perseverance it has been an ongoing growth both musically and personally.


5. What was the inspiration behind your song?

 

Real life experiences


6. What is the one thing you are looking for the most in Kiev?


To be on stage and sing Breathlessly.


7. Any musical projects and objectives for the time after eurovision?

 

My 2nd Album


8. And - now where you did it, could you imagine to return to participate to represent Malta

 

I have no idea, I'm still trying to fully absorb the fact that I'm actually going.

 

9. Europe is in a very special decade. What is your message to our readers and to europe? Why shouldn’t europe become „breathlessly“?

 

I believe they all should become breathless by beautiful experiences they go through life. May they be real and in touch with their emotions.


We wish the best of luck to Claudia.


Pedro de Almeida

Jogi: "no matter what nationality or minority you belong to, the main answer is love"

Posted by Pedro.Eurovisionontop on April 13, 2017 at 12:30 PM Comments comments (1)

Joci is the first gypsy singing for Hungary and he is the one bringing back ethnic music to Eurovision this year.

Eurovision on top had the chance to speak to Joci and get some background about his participation.

Read now what Joci thinks about his participation this year.


1. Joci, how would your best friend introduce you?

He can always trust me, and depend on me. I never judge their lives, choices, however, if asked, can advise one thing or another. Also, I can be a real joker once a party gets going.


2. What was the background of your decision to participate at the Hungarian national final this year?

Once this song, Origo came to me, I knew that I must share it with a broader audience. I think its words together with the tune can touch a great mass. Europeans, Romanis, and, actually people from around the world.


3. What is the story behind your song?

Just read the english lyrics and feel free to understand and get the ‘feeling’.

Verse 1: Time for you to close your eyes To see me clear without disguise For you to have my heart in all You have to get to know my soul If you don’t need me let me go I was meant to be a John Doe Suffering’s a thing I know But the Lord is mindful of his own Chorus: Jálomá lommá, jálomá lommá Jálomá lommá lomalom Jálomá lommá, jálomá nédinná Jálomá lommá, lomálom

Verse 2: Why didn’t you let me know My skin’s color will stop the show My eyes are brown, you knew it well They’ll never change as I can tell You fill me up right to the brim But we’re overflown so leave me be Go away and shut the door You’ll be damned forevermore

Chorus: Jálomá lommá, jálomá lommá Jálomá lommá lomalom Jálomá lommá, jálomá nédinná Jálomá lommá, lomálom

Rap: At the age of 4 God talked to me And armed well to set me free With this weapon I couldn’t stop to exercise It grew to be my part like the sword for the Samurai I can trust it, he’s a friend I know Will show me the truth and a way to follow It’s covenant that stays with me forever It can’t be forsaken now or never The child’s blessed with mysterious powers They are all afraid, I can tell, the doubters My strings attack and the bodies cry There’s no defence, it’s like venom and it’s set to fire That’s spreading ‘round and through the masses You hear the tunes, you know I got this! A million scars and endless road near and far Tears of thousands streaming down my guitar

Chorus: Jálomá lommá, jálomá lommá Jálomá lommá lomalom Jálomá lommá, jálomá nédinná Jálomá lommá, lomálom


4. You said that you know that your song was powerful. Why is it so and what’s the message of Origo?

For me this song is like the achievement of a lifetime, it represents my whole life. I wrote both the music and the lyrics and I’ve managed to write it just as I wanted to. Pain, knocking around, being offended, coming together and the love of music – these are significant things in my life and are all included in this song. I know that this is a bit of a cliché but the message of the song is hope. We shall never give up and we have to fight for our dreams and desires. I’m the living example why you should never give up: my dream has come true.


5. You are one of the less countries this year singing in their own language and having an ethnic touch. Why did you decide to do so?

Because I am extremely proud of my mother tongue and its melody. Should we have translated it in English, something would have been lost. Not the real thing, plainly.


6. What have your musical career looked like so far?

Topsy and turvy, full of ups and downs. Not to be compared to the success I am experiencing nowadays.


7. What is your objective for eurovision?

The highest possible spot. But – more importantly – to transmit the meaning of my song: the pain, challenge and hope attached to it, which most people experience or have experienced in their lives one way or the other. On the other hand, I am not particularly attached to a certain outcome. The exposure this contest brings me is already the greatest thing that has ever happened to me. Instead of stressing myself out focusing on an end goal I try to put on the daily work, constantly working on being a better singer, a better artist and find more and more effective ways to get my message through. Right to the hearts of the people in my audience.


8. Did you manage to watch your performance in the final of A Dal 2017?

Yeah, I’ve watched my performance twice already, once during the show, right before the grand finale and I’ve also seen the part when I burst into tears during singing my song, Origo for the last time. I don’t think that my victory has sunk in: my heart knows it already, but I still need to grasp it with my mind. It was an electrifying evening, indeed. You get hungry if you make it to the final four and you start to believe that you can actually win. I believed in my song from the start, I knew that it was very powerful and that it can make it to the top. But I never would have thought that I could win – I simply couldn’t allow the thought to cross my mind as I was so


9. Can you make a living as a singer in Hungary?

Honestly, for me being a singer was the only choice as that’s the only thing I know how to do! That’s my path and I can’t sacrifice my only and my biggest treasure. And you can see this in my song, Origo. It’s as if I were not the author but merely an agent in this whole thing. Maybe the words were given to me by God and He helped with the melodies. He was with me during the whole of A Dal, in the prayers before I entered the stage. There’s an indescribable connection between us. And I’ll need him more than ever in Kyiv.


10. Europe is in a very special decade. What is your message to our readers and to europe? What should do europe in the „Ori?

My message is this: no matter what nationality or minority you belong to, the main answer is love which our parents must plant in our hearts. This is what matters, and protects us should we sometimes stray from the beaten path. Faith, basically. In love and each other.


We wish Joci the best of luck and hope that his message works at the eurovision.


Pedro de Almeida