INTERVIEW - ICELAND - Greta Salóme
HEAR THEM CALLING
thanks to Greta
and Valgeir Magnússon.
Interview by Douwe Reveler for Sechuk.com
Published by Gary Speirs for Sechuk.com
congratulations on winning the Icelandic ticket to the Eurovision for the
2nd time. How are you feeling and how are the preparations for
I'm feeling very excited and preparations are going great!
we talk about 'Hear Them Calling' in more detail can you introduce
yourself ? Where were you born and are you still living there ?
Can you describe the place ? I'm born in
a singer / songwriter and violinist. Can you tell us at what age you started
singing, writing songs and playing the violin ?
I started playing the violin when I was four years old and have been playing and performing ever since. Growing up, music was always a center point in my life.
your main musical influences ?
Coming from the classical world I have some favourites there that
have been a huge influence on my career. First and foremost is a composer
named Shostakovich and the Estonian contemporary composer Arvo Paart.
come from a musical family and if so can you tell us about them ?
My family is very musical even though they don´t play professionally. My mom used to be a singer so she has always been an inspiration to me.
enjoy a musical education ?
Very much. I studied from the age of four until I was 26 and I´m still learning every day.
imagine you had to choose another profession. What would you like to do
if you were not a musician ?
There has never been another option than music so I can´t think of another way to live my life.
took 'Never Forget' to
I loved singing with Jónsi and we still see each other when our
performances cross paths. I have been away from
remind us about 'Never Forget' and the meaning of the lyrics in Icelandic
and English ?
Never Forget is based on an old Icelandic love story. The song is very dramatic and as is the story.
tell us what you have been doing in the last 4 years ? How has your career
developed ? What is your link with Disney Enterprises and can you tell us
more about this link ?
It´s been a whirlwind for the last few years. I have been very busy with performing and writing as well as traveling with Disney Cruise lines.
year you had 2 songs in the final 12, 'Hear Them Calling' and 'Á Ný'. What
made you decide to sing 'Hear Them Calling' and not 'Á Ný' ?
The last time I participated I also had two songs in the final and
had to choose between them right before the final. This time I wanted to get
a different singer for my other song from the get go so I could focus on
performing Hear them calling and focus on being the composer of the other
song. Hear them calling was the right song for me and Á ný was the right
song for Elísabet.
tell us a little about 'Á Ný' and Elísabet Ormslev ?
Á ný is about losing someone or something you love and thinking about the times you had with them. I´ve known Elísabet since I was a kid and wanted her to represent this song.
made you decide to return to the contest and were both songs written and
composed specifically with the Eurovision Song Contest in mind ?
I returned because I had the right song and no they were not
written for Eurovision.
first semi-final you performed the song in Icelandic ('Raddirnar') and
in the final in English ('Hear Them Calling'). Which version came first and
what made you choose to perform in English in the Eurovision Song Contest ?
I wrote the song in English which is the original version. The
Icelandic one is the translation but of course that version was the first
version people got to hear. To me though the English one is the original and
it´s important to me that people understand the message of the song which
is reflected in the stage performance.
talk us through the lyrics of the song and what it means to you ?
The lyrics are about positive and negative influences in todays
society and that inspired me to write the song. The message of the song is
to listen to the positive voices because in the end they are the once that
will hopefully lead you to where you belong. Don´t let the negative voices
weight you down.
are the strengths of this song in your opinion that will hopefully make the
I think the strengths of the song is the message and the mission we´re
embarking on. If people like it then they will vote for it, but that is not
what truly matters.
about the video clip. When and where was it filmed and what message did you
want to convey?
The video was filmed on stage in the finals here in
tell us about the plans for the staging of the song in
I will be alone on stage and we will stay true to the concept and
message but be prepared to see some unexpected changes.
you followed the Eurovision Song Contest closely over the years and what
does it mean to you ?
Eurovision is very big in
have a favourite winning entry and as Iceland is celebrating 30 years of being
a part of the Eurovision family, which Icelandic song is your absolute
favourite and why ?
I love Molitva from
important is the Eurovision Song Contest in
It´s very big here.
tell us more about the Icelandic music scene ?
The Icelandic music scene is much bigger and versatile than you would expect.
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Photo Credit : Olöf Erla Einarsdottir
promotional tour in the weeks leading up to the contest has become very
popular in recent years. Do you have any plans to promote 'Hear Them
Calling' internationally and if so where will you travel to ?
I will be performing at Eurovision in concert in
have any different versions of the song planned for promotional purposes ?
I have a very special
acoustic version coming out next week and I´m excited to share that with
all of you.
receive words of advice or congratulations from any previous Icelandic
representatives and if yes what did they say to you ?
Yes since it was the 30th anniversary they were all there. Hera Björk
of course said: "You go girl"
The contest this year will take
I´ve been to
Great songs and of course inspiration from ABBA!
enjoy the winning song last year ('Heroes') ?
I loved that song. I think last year was one of the strongest ones
in the history of Eurovision and in my opinion there were so many great
you consider yourself a fan of the group ABBA and which of their songs
is your favourite ?
Definitely! My favorite song of theirs is Last summer (Slipping
through my fingers)
are you most looking forward to and what do you hope to gain from
participating in the contest again ?
My aim is that the message of the song will reach people and
that they will be influenced by it.
the 3rd returning artist from the contest in 2012. Will you have a little
reunion with Kaliopi and Donny in
I really hope so and I´m looking forward to meeting them.
The more the merrier and I love what they have brought to the
contest. Also one of the key people on my team is an Australian named
Jonathan Duffy and he is the one who made the graphics in my act.
you listened to any of the other competing songs this year and if so do you
have any favourites ?
I love the French song.
will be the musical ambassador for
is all about
nature, all kinds of culture and originality.
Jökulsárlón, a beautiful glacier lagoon.
enjoy cooking ?
I do, but I rarely have time for it.
your favourite Icelandic food ?
My moms lamb steak.
have any time for hobbies and if so what do you enjoy doing ?
I love exercising and running. I do Bootcamp which is a navy seal
kind of training and I´m thinking of running a marathon this summer.
could sing with any artist or artists (dead or alive) who would you choose
and why ?
I would choose to play my violin with Shostakovich.
perform any rituals before you go on stage ?
I always have pepsi max before I go on stage. It is my drug of
are your plans immediately after the contest in May ?
I´m going back to Disney in June and doing a lot of shows this
summer so I will be traveling quite a lot.
have a message for the readers of this interview ?
It´s the message of the song to listen to the positive voices
because in the end they are the once that will hopefully lead you to where
you belong. Don´t let the negative voices weight you down.
thank you very much for taking the time to speak with us ! Every success in
the contest and have fun in
Photo Credit : Olöf Erla Einarsdottir
Photo Credit : Olöf Erla Einarsdottir