Last week before a quick vacation I was privileged enough to sit down with Danny Estrin from Voyager to talk about the band’s journey to Eurovision and more. A special thank you goes out to Clementine Zawadzki, Danny, and the SBS team for arranging this interview across an 11 hour time difference!

Our most important question that we got to ask Danny was his reaction to closing the second semi-final, news that came out just hours before our Zoom interview. Speaking about it, he said confidently: “I prefer to call it headlining. It’s awesome especially for a heavier band with an energetic song, you’re closing it out and it’s the last thing people have heard on the night.” He also said that the band is headlining other concerts so it wouldn’t be much different for them.

He also mentioned that the band wasn’t sure if they were interested in doing Eurovision again after Australia Decided 2022, but it was ultimately the song “Promise” that opened the door for them to go. Not only was the song authentic to the band but it was also written with Eurovision in mind, unlike “Dreamer” which was retrofitted and cut down to fit the 3 minute requirement. It wasn’t until after “Promise” was written and sent in to SBS that the band learned they’d be selected by the broadcaster for Liverpool.

Who are Voyager?

Voyager is a band that was first created in 1999 at the University of Western Australia by Danny and other members, and since then has released a total of seven studio albums and been indorsed by a number of instrumental companies. And now they have added another accolade to their resume: they will be the first band to represent Australia at Eurovision. Their Eurovision 2023 song “Promise” was released on on February 21st and it quickly rose to 3rd on the Australian Independent Label Singles Chart.

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