Wow, we’re already near February and the 2017 National Final season is in full swing! However, while countries are selecting their artists through popular vote, some countries have internally selected their artists to represent them in Kyiv next May. One of these countries is Austria, who’ll be represented by the one and only Nathan Trent in Ukraine. ESC Views was able to speak to Nathan about his participation in Eurovision 2017; but what did he have to say?
So Nathan, what first inspired you to take part in Eurovision?
I didn’t apply actively. I was asked if I’d be interested to take part at the internal selection, after Eberhard Forcher heard my song “Like It Is” and saw the video on YouTube. As the circle of candidates got smaller, I focused on delivering my songs for that period of time and was told in December that I would be the one to represent Austria at the Eurovision Song Contest 2017! I haven’t stopped smiling since then.
Have you been a Eurovision fan for a while? How long have you been watching the show?
It’s been almost ten years now, but I really got into it when Lena Meyer-Landrut won back in 2010.
What is it like to represent your country in such a prestigious show such as the Eurovision Song Contest?
It’s an incredible honor and a huge responsibility! I’m going to give it my all and I’ll try to represent my country the best way possible.
Your musical style is very much a contemporary, RnB pop that’s very trendy nowadays. Would this be the style of music you’d normally listen to or are you more open-minded about music in general?
I love RnB and Pop, but I wouldn’t restrict myself on those specific styles of music. I love every music in general as long as it is genuine.
Are there any secrets that you can hint to regarding your song for Kyiv? Will it follow your previous single ‘Like It Is’, and when are we going to hear the finished piece?
Unfortunately I can’t give away anything, but the what I can say, is that the song has a positive message and that I wrote it myself with an Austrian producer who lives and works in Los Angeles. It will be released at the end of February.
Have you heard any of the other competing songs (or any songs from the artists selected) in the competition yet? If so, do you have a favourite?
I haven’t really had the chance to listen to anything because I’m really busy finishing my work right now. When my song will be released, I’ll be listening to everything else.
Which Eurovision artist would you duet with if you had the chance to?
Definitely Lena Meyer-Landrut!
You’re no stranger to the casting show, taking part in your first televised competition all the way back in 2003 at the age of 11 (we’ve all seen the clip!). Do you think that experience in these sorts of shows will help you with your participation in Eurovision?
I hope so! I have had a few opportunities to get experience on stage, so I hope they will help me in this journey.
Are you going to tour around Europe promoting your song? If so, where do we expect to see you?
I’m still unsure where I’ll be promoting the song, but hopefully I’ll be visiting a lot of places!
Finally, is there a message you’d like to send to our readers at ESC Views?
Dear ESC Views readers! Thank you so much for your support and the enthusiasm for this incredible Event! I wish you a great 2017 and all the best! Yours, Nathan.
We’d love to take the time out to thank Nathan for taking the time out of his very busy schedule to speak to us and we’d like to wish him the best in his participation in Ukraine! Viel Glück!!! Are you excited about Nathan Trent’s participation for Austria in Kyiv? Let us know what you think by commenting below!