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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 …

The Road to Malmo: Latvia; Interview with Marcis Redmanis, composer of Dziesma 2013 entry “Love”

Marcis Redmanis is a member of the group Headline, which is competing in Dziesma 2013 with their song “Love.” Marcis was kind enough to talk with us a bit about his experience as he prepares for Dziesma with his bandmates. ESC UNITED:  First off, congratulations of your success in Dziesma 2013.  Tell us a bit about yourself and how you became …

The Road to Malmo: Latvia; Interview with Mathias Kallenbergers, composer of Dziesma 2013 entry “Phoenix Fly”

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-composer of “Phoenix Fly,” Mathias Kallenbergers. ESC UNITED:  First off, congratulations of your success in Dziesma 2013.  Tell us a bit about yourself and how you became a songwriter. MATHIAS:  I’ve been …

The Road to Malmo: Latvia; Interview with Dandelion Wine, composers of Dziesma 2013 entries “The One” and “Better Than You”

Evi Protektor and Yuri Koshkin are from the band Dandelion Wine and have two entries in Dziesma 2013 both performed by Pienenu Vins: “The One” and “Better Than You.” We are lucky to have Evi and Yuri tell us a bit about their experience with preparing for Dziesma 2013. ESC UNITED: First off, congratulations of your success in Dziesma 2013. …

The Road to Malmo: Latvia; Interview with Ingars Vilums, composer of Dziesma 2013 entry “Give Me A Try”

Ingars Vilum is best known as the bassist from Brainstorm, who are best known to Eurovision fans for their 3rd Place Finish at Eurovision 2000 with “My Star.”  This year, Ingars is competing as a composer with his Dziesma 2013 entry “Give Me A Try” by Ivo Grisnins Grislis.  Ingars tells us more. ESC UNITED:  First off, congratulations of your success …

The Road to Malmo: Latvia; Interview with Christof Straub, composer Dziesma 2013 entry “Higher and Higher”

Many of our Austria readers may recognize the name Christof Straub, who is from the duo Papermoon, who have released over nine albums and hit singles such as “Night After Night,” “Tell Me A Poem” and “Lucy’s Eyes.” Alongside running his website www.global-rockstar.com (a world wide online song contest), Christof is also a songwriter for one of the entries for Dziesma 2013, …

The Road to Malmo: Latvia; Interview with Janis Polis, composer of Dziesma 2013 entry, “Never Let Me Go”

Dreams can come true.  That is no exception with Janis Polis, who went from digital advertising professional to songwriter for one of the 24 semi-finalists for the Latvian National Selection, Dziesma 2013.  His song “Never Let Me Go” will be performed by Olafs Bergmanis & The Random People.  We are fortunate enough to have caught up with him for some …

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