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The Road to Malmo: Latvia; Interview with Liga Robezniece, backup singer of Anmary (2012) and Marie N (2002)

  At ESC UNITED, we aim to highlight all aspects of Eurovision entries.  This includes the many individuals who help behind the spotlight.  We are excited to have chatted with Liga Robezniece, who sang backup for Anmary this past year in Baku, and for the winning entry “I Wanna” from 2002.  This year, Liga was at Dziesma 2013 helping her friend …

Dziesma 2013: Latvia Semi Final One - The 6 Qualifiers

The first Latvian Semi Final took place tonight and 12 songs battled for the six prestigious spots in the Final show. The results are in, check them out and let us know which songs you like the best. Qualifiers in the order they were announced: 1. Antra Stafecka – When you are with me! [vsw id=”ILMw6ad7COc” source=”youtube” width=”425″ height=”344″ autoplay=”no”] 2. …

The Road to Malmo: Latvia; Interview with Erik Anjou and Peter Svensson, composers of Dziesma 2013 entry, “Joey”

Erik Anjou has two songs he has written in Dziesma 2013: “Let The Night Belong To The Lovers” by Framest; and “Joey” by Martins Ruskis & 4 Veji.  “Joey” is co-written by Peter Svensson.   We talk to both of them. ESC UNITED:  Hey guys!  Congratulations on making it to the next stage of Dziesma 2013.  Tell us a bit about yourselves …

The Road to Malmo: Latvia; Interview with Camilla Gottschalck, composer of Dziesma 2013 entry, “Fool In Love”

Camilla Gottschalck is no stranger to National Selections for Eurovision.  She has co-written songs like Nikki Kavanagh’s “Falling” (Ireland 2011); Melissa Canta’s “Sueños rotos” (Spain 2011); and Hera Bjork’s “Someday” (Denmark 2009).  She is at it again this year at Dziesma 2013 with “Fool in Love” by Davids Kalandija & Dinara.  We learn more. ESC UNITED:  Hello Camilla.  Congratulations on making …

The Road to Malmo: Latvia; Interview with Raph Schillebeeckx, composer of Dziesma 2013 entry, "When You’re With Me"

Sylvie Heyse is the songplugger and publisher of Raph Schillebeeckx, one of the writers of the song “When You’re With Me,” performed by Antra Stafecka.  Raph has written music for acts such as Selah Sue and Monrose.  Now he’s prepping for Dziesma 2013.  Sylvie gave us the inside scoop.   ESC UNITED:  Hello!  Congratulations to your team for making it …

The Road to Malmo: Latvia; Interview with Michael James Down, Johnny Andersson, and Hanif Sabzevari, composers of Dziesma 2013 entry “One”

Michael James Down has been busy this Eurovision season.  He has two songs in Dziesma 2013:  “One” by Niko, and “I Need A Hero” by Samanta Tina.  He also was a co-writer on Birgitta’s Icelandic National Selection song “Meðal Andanna.”   His co-writers on “One”, Johnny Andersson and Hanif Sabzevari, have also been busy, writing Ditte Marie’s entry from last …

The Road to Malmo: Latvia; Interview with Patrik Öhlund and Madelene Hamberg, composers of Dziesma 2013 entry “Here I Am”

Patrik Öhlund and Madelene Hamberg are the songwriters of the song “Here I Am” by Ruta Duduma, which is competing in Dziesma 2013.  We are excited to have had time to talk with them about their entry. ESC UNITED:  Hello Patrik and Madelene.  Congratulations on making it to the next stage of Dziesma 2013.  Tell us a bit about yourselves and …

The Road to Malmo: Latvia; Interview with Kristoffer Eriksson and Bertel Osterberg, composers of Dziesma 2013 entry “Upside Down”

A few weeks ago, we interviewed Filips Lindfors, who composed two Dziesma 2013 entries: “Upside Down” by Sabine Berezina and “Phoenix Fly” by Kristine Somase.  Today, we interview his co-composers of “Upside Down,”  Kristoffer Eriksson and Bertel Osterberg. ESC UNITED:  Hi Kristoffer and Bertel.  Congratulations on making it to the next stage of Dziesma 2013.  Tell us a bit about yourselves and …

The Road to Malmo: Latvia; Interview with Alex Mercy, composer of Dziesma 2013 entry, "Now or Never"

Alex Mercy is a member of the band Aiwink, which is competing in Dziesma 2013 with their song “Now or Never.” Alex tells us more about how his band got involved with Dziesma 2013. ESC UNITED:  Hello Alex.  Congratulations on making it to the next stage of Dziesma 2013.  Tell us a bit about yourself and how you became a songwriter. ALEX:  Thank …

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