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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

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

Categories: Eurovision 2017, Finland, Interviews

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