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Nathan Trent: “I love music as long as it’s genuine!”

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!

Album Review: Conchita Wurst – “Conchita”

So guys, with Eurovision 2015’s first semi-final literally only four days away, it’s hard not to get excited at the fact that the highlight of the year is almost upon us! However, today is also a very interesting day as the reigning Queen of Eurovision – Conchita Wurst – has finally released her début album, over a year since her triumph in Copenhagen! So what can we expect from this album and what do we make of the tracks on it? Keep reading, while we rejoice in the splendour that was Conchita’s winning Eurovision – ‘Rise Like A Phoenix’!

Since her Eurovision win back in 2014, Conchita Wurst’s schedule has been as busy as Ralph Siegel making key changes for Michele and Anita from San Marino (Sorry guys, it had to be said!), and she has been performing pretty much everywhere – various Pride festivals, the UN, the EU to name but a few; all at which she was advocating for tolerance of LGBT people, which in one respect is very admirable! On the other hand, we weren’t really hearing that much from her in terms of music – since her triumph in Denmark, we only had about two songs being released – “Heroes” and “You Are Unstoppable”. Luckily though, the album was finally made and is being released this weekend to the general public, so what a better time to review her début effort!

Conchita’s self-titled album -“Conchita” – contains twelve tracks and are each between 3 and 4 minutes long, so that gives the album a rough length of around 50 minutes, give or take. It becomes incredibly clear early on that there are two themes going on in this album – love and self-esteem. For example, in the song ‘Up For Air’, the first line is “Show me your scars, I’ll show you mine.”, which is pretty much a giveaway of what the album’s lyrics will elaborate on. Don’t get me wrong, having song about self-appreciation are great, but when you have that same theme running through the whole album….well, it can get a little tiring, if I’m being honest. I mean, the opening track on the album – ‘You Are Unstoppable’ – leads us directly in the theme of loving yourself, so I’m pretty sure one would get the feeling I’m writing about here…hopefully!

Musically, the album is quite modern and well-produced and is spread out between ballads and uptempo songs, but ballads do take up a good portion of the repertoire here, as Conchita is more comfortable in singing ballads, as she once said in an interview. However, the few uptempo songs on the album feel like they are…unfinished to a degree and Conchita’s vocals are there to make up for the lack of oomph they bring…For example, the best uptempo song on the album would be “Firestorm”, which would easily be heard in the gay nightclubs of Berlin or Paris, but even then, I feel like you are kind of left a bit underwhelmed afterwards…you’re left wanting more, but I don’t think you never get it. It still is the highlight of the entire album for me, however – its hook is incredibly addictive! The link to listen to it is below, as no one has uploaded a video for it – how nice!

http://muzofon.com/search/conchita%20wurst%20firestorm

We obviously can’t review every single song on the album, so here is a small list of songs we think you should have a listen to from Conchita’s album:

So, what can we say to sum up “Conchita”? Well, this is a really well produced, very slick first effort from everyone’s favourite Austrian bearded drag queen, and her vocals throughout the album are astounding and somersaulting, but the constant themes of self-appreciation and a yearning for love taint the songs a little lyrically. I know, with time, Conchita will start to write her own songs and as she continues to grow in popularity, the more experimental work she’ll produce and perhaps we might see her grow even more as an artist! If I was to rate the album out of 10, I’d give the album a respectable 6/10 – to sum up: it’s a good debut album, but she needs to expand her horizons both musically and lyrically – nobody wants a one-trick-pony!

So, what do you think of Conchita’s début album?

Your views:

What do you make of
What do you make of “Conchita”?

Robin Gustaf Karlsson from Sweden: I love “Where have all the good men gone” and “Up for Air”!

Heinrich Nammensen from Austria: The album is good! I still only like the songs that she has released before the album, but it will give me time to get used to the other songs.

Nina Voliarte from Italy: I don’t really like the album. The songs are very cheesy and Conchita’s voice is the only good thing on the album – hopefully she will make another album that can make up for it!

So, fans are pretty mixed about the album and its songs, but all in all it’s a generally positive message! So what do you think of Conchita’s début album? Have you had a listen to the full tracklist yet? Are you looking forward to new music from Conchita? What are your favourite songs from this one? Feel free to tell us what you think by commenting below!!