INTERVIEW - AUSTRIA - Zoë
thanks to Zoë
and Mirella Maiolo
Interview by Douwe Reveler for Sechuk.com
Published by Gary Speirs for Sechuk.com
ZOË, many congratulations on winning the
Austrian ticket to the Eurovision Song
How are you feeling and can you describe how you felt when you were
announced as the winner of the competition Wer singt für Österreich ?
was so happy! Indescribebly happy and grateful. It was a dream come true!
You know, it was the second attempt and I could not believe it..it took some
time until I realized it!
the other songs in Wer singt für Österreich which did you feel was your
closest rival ?
artists had amazing songs with strong performances. At the end I was on
stage with Elly V and Bella Wagner. Then Elly V and I have been chosen for the
really last round and I made it..
will talk about 'Loin d'ici' in more detail later but can you first
introduce yourself ? Where were you born and are you still living there ?
Can you describe the place ?
my name is ZOË, I am 19 years old and I am a singer, songwriter and actress
started my professional career as a singer right after my school leaving
exam. Last year I released my first album „debut“ and played roles in
two popular TV-series in Austria, and I started to get some international
attention through a website called globalrockstar.com.
you outline the highlights of your career so far ?
would like to mention this five points:
The collaboration with my father: writing and creating music with him
The first concert I played at the Global Rockstar event 2014
The release of my first album debut
The extremely affectionate reception of the Eurovision fans at „Eurovision
in Concert” in Amsterdam J That was the most moving moment for me so far
and where did you start singing ?
Music always played a particular role in my life.My parents told me that when I was born that instead of crying I made some noises...I was almost singing ;) But besides that I was always interested of what my father was doing in the studio..so I start singing very early and my first live performance was at an event of the company of my father, Global Rockstar. This is when my father and I wrote our first song together. This is the clip. I was 16 years old I think :
you come from a musical family and if so can you tell us more about them?
my family, music was always around me. My mum is a singer, my father is a
songwriter and producer and used to have his studio at home. I spent a lot
of time with him in the studio when I was very small and was always
interested in what he was doing. We always played music to have fun...Also
my grandfather is really addicted to music. When I was a small kid he
introduced me to the French Chanson.
are your main musical influences ?
love to listen to differents music styles, but I think I got influenced a
lot by The Beatles and ABBA.
you were not a singer what would be your dream occupation ?
always loved to be creative so I never thought about anything else. Singing
and acting are a way to express myself. Being a singer or an actress was my
are also a tv personality and actress. Can you tell us more about these two
aspects of your career?
yes, at school I already took part in small theaters groups and I liked it
and it was fun so that I continued this passion. In 2014 & 2015 I played
a small role in an Austrian TV sitcom and last year I also played in Pregau
a bit part.
participated in Wer singt für Österreich last year and came 3rd. Can you
tell us more about 'Quel filou', the song you participated with ?
filou was released on my album debut. It is also in French and it is about a
man who plays a little
bit and flirts
with woman but in a charming way. Filou means rascal ;) and
also this song is menat to put a smile on the faces of the people and to
create a good mood.
song last year and the song you are taking to
we are really francophil at home. My grandparents live in
made you decide to participate again this year ?
already participated last year in the National preliminaries for the
Austrian Entry 2015, but didn’t make it. Then the ORF (the national
broadcaster) asked me if I wanna try it again and as it was always my dream
I’d say yes and I made it!
you tell us more about 'Loin d'ici' and the meaning of the lyrics?
d’ici“ is a song about a journey to an imaginary paradise – a place
where everyone is happy singing and dancing. It’s not a physical place,
more a state of mind. „Loin d’ici“ is meant to radiate positive vibes
to put a smile on the faces of those who listen to it. J
are the strengths of this composition in your opinion that will hopefully
persuade people from
song is neither in English nor in my countrys language German which is
already something non-typical , I think that singing in a different language
opens a door for every other language and culture. Loin d’ici is
meant to radiate positive vibes to those who listen to it. I thing my song
shows a positive European spirit
have written and composed the song together with your father. How is it
working with a close family member ?
We both share the love for music and it was such a beautiful process working on the music and lyrics together! We had the best time of our life. And we felt very close. For exemple: When we first listened to the recording of Loin d’ici, we both felt that there was something special about it. Maybe just because we did not put any pressure in the writing and recording of this track. We just let it flow. Maybe that’s the reason why working together is so great!
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Photos Credit : ORF / Milenko Badzic
you tell us about the staging of the song in
be alone on stage. There will be 3 backing vocalists on the B-Stage. The
performance will be accompanied by visuals of a fantasy land and a road that
I walk on. I continue my way on this path from arid landscapes to the most
colorful flower meadows. And I will have the power of magic, transforming a
winter landscape into a flower meadow
team is currently working on these visuals and I’m very excited to see the
first drafts soon!
will you be wearing and can you tell us who will design your dress ?
are still searching for the perfect dress but I’m sure we’ll find it in
the next days. We already have found great dresses for the other events,
like the red carpet at the mayors reception, from great designers such as
Lena Hoschek and Michel Mayer and many more.
you tell us more about the video clip. When and where was it filmed and what
is he story behind it ?
shooting was great since I know the whole team for a long time. They shot
all my videos and they are so professional and relaxed at the same time. It
was shot 2 weeks after Wer singt für Österreich? outside from
me tell you that a little story: I was wearing a dress that was pretty tight
around my knees. At one point, I fell from the treadmill and realised that I
could not get up, because the dress was so tight. Two people from the team
had to lift me up, and I was laughing so much.
you followed the Eurovision Song Contest closely over the years ?
I was a little kid, I have always been fascinated by this great event! The
stage, the lights, the amazing singers and the staging . We always watched
the Eurovision at home.
you have a favourite winning song and perhaps a favourite Austrian entry ?
I liked a lot Loreen and Euphoria. I love
was a big melting pot of different languages, people came from everywhere to
party. It was a huge party. I performed at the town hall square which was a
meeting point for every ESC fan, a great and positive atmosphere. During the
final show I was in
important is the Eurovision Song Contest in
think it is very important.
you describe the Austrian music scene in more detail ?
you received any words of advice or congratulations from any previous
Austrian representatives and if yes what did they say to you ?
Makemakes supported me and wished me good luck and Conchita congratulated me
also and gave me the advice to leave the threadmill at home
I mean she brought back Eurovision to Austria and who knows if today I would
represent Austria if she would had not win. Besides, Conchita is an amazing
artist and this performance was so great, every detail oft he show so
it was. I never imagined that and I appreciated how the Makemakes dealed
with it. Of course I feel a bit the pressure but I will do my best and hope
that people like my song.
promotional tour in the lead up to the contest has become popular in recent
years. You were in
will be in
you plan any different versions of the song for promotional purposes ?
we made some remixes of Loin d’ici that will be on my upcoming album Debut
Deluxe. The release is on 29 April (2016)
contest this year will take place in
have never been there – but everyone tells me that it is a beautiful city
– I am so excited and May is so close.
question! They are creative and they kept
always pace with the times. And I think their passion to music
you enjoy the winning song last year ('Heroes') ?
I did.The song is catchy and Måns had an stunning show.
you consider yourself a fan of the group ABBA and which of their songs is
your favourite ?
I love ABBA and
are you most looking forward to and what do you hope to gain from
participating in the contest ?
Eurovision 2016 is the biggest event in my career so far , and I am living
an amazing experience that I will always keep in my heart. For the rest of
my life. Even if I don't end up getting very far in the contest. I hope
meeting wonderful interesting, music loving people whith whom I'll be able
to share my passion for music . And I can’t hardly wait to get on stage
think it’s great! The Eurovision Song Contest is followed by millions of
people around the world. This shows that music has no borderlines. It would
be amazing if other Non European countries would participate, too.
you listened to any of the other competing songs this year and if so do you
have any favourites ?
listened to all of them but I could not tell yet since they are many great
songs and so many great artists. In fact, the Eurovision is all about these
3 min on stage and one can only tell if it was a great performance after
seeing the live performance. If you don’t manage to connect with the
audience in these 3 min, it won’t work, I think.
why, in my opinion, it is very very difficult to name favorites now
according to videoclips or previous performances...
will be the musical ambassador for
you enjoy cooking ?
I do enjoy, but I am not a good cook ;)
is your favourite Austrian food ?
love to eat a good Wiener Schnitzel.
you have any time for hobbies and if so what do you enjoy doing ?
the moment I am pretty busy – but, you know this is my passion... I love
to meet friends and hang out with them, reading a good book and I love
sleeping…if my schedule allows it I can sleep over 12 hours
you could sing with any artist or artists (dead or alive) who would you
choose and why ?
would like to sing with Freddie Mercury, he is an idol for me I grew up with
his music. I just imagine to sit next to him and look over the shoulder while
he is composing music, while he is creative.
you perform any rituals before you go on stage ?
.. sometimes I make a superman pose ;)
are your plans immediately after the contest in May ?
current album will be released in a special edition called „Debut
Deluxe“. It will feature „Loin d’ici“ + 4 Bonus tracks. Then, I will
be touring a lot. I love playing live with my band.
would love to start working on a new album, but the focus is currently on
the Eurovision. Anyways I'm getting inspired to write new songs everyday by
all the amazingly exciting things that are happening to me for the moment :)
you have a message for the readers of this interview ?
Readers! I'm really looking forward to the Eurovision 2016 and I can’t
wait to be on stage and sing Loin d'ici for you! If you like my song and
feel happy after listening to it, then of course I'd be honored if you vote
for me ! Bisous from
thank you very much for taking the time to speak with us ! Bonne chance in
the contest and enjoy the experience !