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With the final of ESC 2018 – Die Entscheidungsshow coming up a week tomorrow, we’re getting to know the artists a little bit better. Today, we’re talking to Vanessa who tells us about her favourite Eurovision entry and how much sharing her music means to her!
First of all, thank you for taking the time to talk to us. How are you? Can you introduce yourself by telling us a little bit about yourself?
I am a passionate full-time vocal artist and songwriter, based in southern Germany. My origins are half Italian, half German and I have relatives in Switzerland.
From my early teenage years, I’ve been writing and composing music, as well as working on my singing skills – something I taught myself! Since 2009, I’ve focused on music full-time, sacrificing all my time and effort to my big love: Music. I’ve written and released a couple of albums, singles and features independently and alongside a few music videos in the last 10 years. I’ve also been working with many live projects and cover bands all around Switzerland, Germany and Europe. Live Concerts, Festivals, Corporate Events and Open Air Events are my daily business.
Over the years, I’ve gathered a lot of experience on stage but somehow lost focus on my own music. That’s why this year I’d like to give it one more shot in this highly competitive business, to be recognised as an original artist.
The song that you will be presenting for the “Die Entscheidungsshow” is “Redlights”. What can you tell us about the song?
“Redlights” is a very emotional song that gets under your skin.
The song was composed and produced by a brilliant composer team, Borislav Milanov and the Symphonix International Team, who have a lot of experience in composing music for the Eurovision Song Contest, so I’m honoured to have been able to work with them! For me, “Redlights” is a hit song and it’s got what it takes to enthuse and touch people all over Europe.
What was the inspiration for the song, and was it written specifically for Die Entscheidungsshow and Eurovision?
“Redlights” is basically about falling in love with somebody, even when you know, right from the beginning, that this love is going to end with a broken heart. A situation many people may be able to relate to. The image of running through red lights with your head down, not caring what’s left and right, shows how desperately in love you must be. The song has a very emotional and magical spirit.
“Redlights” was written to be Switzerland’s song for the Eurovision Song Contest 2018.
What is your impression of the Eurovision Song Contest in general? Do you watch it every year? What is your favourite entry?
For me, the Eurovision Song Contest embodies the great vision of bringing many nations together through music, which is very special and unique. Yes I’m always watching it! My favourite entry in the last few years was Loreen with “Euphoria”; I love the song and Loreen’s performance just touched me!
Apart from the Eurovision Song Contest, where would be your dream performance be?
I just dream of being able to perform my own music, which comes from my heart and my own life experiences, in front of all the people who appreciate my music, no matter where that would be and no matter how many people would listen. I love to make people happy; love to see the sparkling in their eyes while they forget about everything that bothers them for a few minutes or hours. Music is healing and brings us together!
Do you think performing at the Eurovision Song Contest will have a positive impact on your career?
If I make it to Lisbon, I will get the attention of more people than I’ve ever been able to reach with my singing. This will definitely have a very positive impact on my career. A whole new door might open, a door I’ve been trying to open for many hard-working years now. To connect with so many people at once is a huge opportunity for me to exchange love through music with many hearts all over Europe.
What is the best bit of advice you have ever been given?
With regards to music and my career: To be good to yourself, trust yourself and, most of all, be yourself. And, of course, enjoy the good moments! And that’s the advice I’m passing on to the world.
What’s the one thing that might surprise people about you?
I am a very open minded, natural and mostly funny person. I like to get in contact with my fans on stage as well as backstage or on social media. I always try to cherish personal contact with the people who like me and my music. The connection to my audience is one of the most important things for me when I’m on stage.
Can you tell us about your first experience with music?
For as long as I can remember, I’ve always felt very connected to music and singing. I discovered my voice and my passion to write and compose music at a very early age and developed it ever since. Music has always been my way to express myself and handle all kinds of situations.
Thanks for taking the time to talk to us, Vanessa, and we wish you the very best of luck in ESC 2018 – Die Entscheidungsshow on Sunday 4th February!
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