ESC+Plus has talked to Vanotek, semifinalist of this year’s Romanian national selection for Eurovision. Vanotek will perform “I’m coming home” along with The Code & Georgian in the semi-final of Selectia Nationala 2016 to take place on March 4.
ESC+Plus: Hello! First of all, thank you so much for your time and congratulations on having been selected to take part in the Romanian national selection for Eurovision 2016!
Hello, thanks a lot! We are excited we’re selected for National Selection for Eurovision 2016!
Can you tell us about you, your musical career and important achievements?
I have produced music for several artists from Romania: Dan Balan, Sasha Lopez, Anda Adam, Corina, Yanka. I have my own project with other two artists – Havana and songs released by me – “My Heart is Gone” and of course, “I’m Coming Home”. I have studied with The Code and teamed up with him and Georgian for this song.
E+: What impelled you to take part in “Selectia Nationala 2016” with The Code & Georgian?
We didn’t think of getting into this competition. But we’ve received a lot of messages from people asking us to register for “Selectia Nationala”. So, we did it a few hours before the deadline. It was really crazy!
E+: How did you feel when you knew you had qualified for the semi-final? Did you expect it?
Super excited and happy! And a bit worried because we knew we have a strong competition and we have to work a lot to have an excellent show on 4th of March!
E+: What would it mean to you to represent Romania?
A lot! It would be amazing to represent Romania at Stockholm at Eurovision!
E+: Can you tell us about your song? What is the story behind the lyrics?
It’s a strong song with a sensitive message: no matter where you go, there’s no place like home!
E+: Why do you think your song has to be selected for Stockholm? What are you strengths to reach the top in the competition?
It has an international sound, a lot of people say that and I’m happy about it! It has a message that a lot of people connect with. A cool fresh sound. And of course, very good vocals thanks to Georgian!
E+: How are you preparing your stage performance for “Selectia Nationala 2016”?
We are working on this as we speak. We have just a few days before the show!
E+: Do you usually watch Eurovision? What are your favorite songs in the history of the competition?
We used to watch the show, but I can’t say I have favorite songs.
E+: Besides Eurovision, what are your plans for this year?
Releasing new songs, working on new music, concerts.
E+: Finally, can you send a message for our readers and Eurovision fans?
I hope you will watch Eurovision, fingers crossed for us! Hope you will support us! Vanotek, The Code and Georgian #ImComingHome for Eurovision.
E+: Thanks for your time and good luck!