Tonight PBS will air the Malta Eurovision Song Contest. The preparations are in full swing and from tomorrow the participants will start rehearsing at the MFCC. Today, Crosswalk has spoken to us about there entry So Simple.
First of all thank you for your time talking to us. How are you? Can you introduce yourselves? What can you tell us about yourself?
Hi there ESCUNITED!
We’re doing great. Really busy at the minute with all our MESC preparations, but enjoying the experience immensely. For those who don’t know us, we’re Crosswalk, a four-piece band made up of Janice on vocals, Kenny on guitars, Boris on bass, and Steve on drums. The band was originally formed in 1999 between Steve and Kenny, and over the years has had different members and experimented with different styles. So Simple is our first release with this new line-up.
Your song that you will be presenting for the Malta Eurovision Song Contest is “So Simple”. What can you tell us about the song?
So Simple is a country-infused song written by Dean Muscat and Boris Cezek. Musically, we tried to capture that famous Nashville sound that highlights the things we love about music most; live, organic instruments and authentic performances.
What was the inspiration for the song, and did you write it specifically for the Malta Eurovision Song Contest and Eurovision?
The actual story behind So Simple is a very long one. But to keep it simple (like our song says), with 2016 being quite miserable year in the news and with global events, we just wanted to create a positive reminder that no matter how complicated and crazy the outside world becomes, the things that give life meaning are usually the simplest. Whether it’s a loved one, friend, child or a pet, we all need someone to give us hope and make us smile.
The song wasn’t originally written with Eurovision in mind, but once the bulk of it was ready we felt it would actually make a good Eurovision song. So we are happy to have acted on that gut feeling, because otherwise we may not be here in the finals.
What is your impression of the Eurovision Song Contest in general? Do you watch it every year? What is your favourite entry?
We all have very different relationships with Eurovision, some of us have loved it forever, others have grown to enjoy it. We have so many favourite songs between us, but from recent years we all love two Netherlands’ entries; The Common Linnets’ Calm After the Storm and Douwe Bob’s Slow Down.
Apart from the Eurovision Song Contest, where would you dream to do a performance?
The Royal Albert Hall in London would be a beautiful venue to perform in.
Do you think performing at the Eurovision Song Contest will have a positive impact on your career?
Yes of course. Eurovision is a great stage that can give acts of all kind from all around Europe a place to be heard. Just to be in the finals, is already a great thing to say we have achieved as a band.
What’s the one thing that might surprise people about you?
The amount of coffee we consume a week.
What is the best bit of advice you have ever been given?
Always give 100%. Unless your donating blood.
If your life was a song title, what would it be?
Look Both Ways (Before Crossing)
You can listen to Crosswalk’s entry So Simple in this link: