Reprezentantii Danemarcei pe scena de la Dusseldorf a Eurovisionului acestui an, trupa A friend in London a luat nastere in anul 2005 si de atunci a continuat, ajutati fiind de stilul pop-rock si de atitudinea unui adevarat boyband, ascensiunea pe scena muzicala daneza.
Anul acesta tara mama a decis sa ii trimita cu piesa “New tomorrow“, considerata deja a fi una dintre cele mai puternice, la Eurovision. Baietii sunt foarte optimisti si spera ca prin mesajul piesei sa convinga o Europa intreaga sa ii voteze.
Am vorbit cu baietii de la A friend in London despre muzica, Eurovision si despre Romania, si iata ce am aflat:

1. Hy, guys! For the beginning, tell us more about how you got to form the band A friend in London and why did you choose this name?

We met at a school for music and theatre in Denmark in 2003. After our stay there Tim started writing his own songs and in 2005 the band was formed. We chose the name because we find that it is a very good metaphor for what we are doing as a band: meeting people around the world, building bridges between countries and continents and interacting with our fans.

2. Your song is the most well seen at this year’s Eurovision. Does it give you more confidence in winning this competition?

It is really up to our performance on the day of the show how well we will do and how many votes we will get. But people keep telling us that they really like our song and that gives us a lot of confidence and motivation for doing the best we possibly can.

3. Which is the message of your song, “New tomorrow’, will it be promoted also as a single?

The message of the song is to encourage people to take matters into their own hands if there is something you would like to change. It can be big and small things, but if there is something that you feel isn’t right then the best way to change it is to do something about it. It has been released as a single in Denmark and actually it hit number one on iTunes when it was released. It will be released in Europe later on.

4. As you might have seen, there are many pop-rock bands competiting this year. Which are your most important advantages in face of the others?

The message of our song is very universal, something that everyone can relate to. We think that can be an advantage for us and it is backed by a good and genuine performance that focuses completely on giving people a good show and something to remember.

5. Which are your future plans, after the moment Dusseldorf 2011?

After Dusseldorf we will go back to Denmark to tour and to prepare the recording of our debut album. Hopefully we will do good in Dusseldorf and be able to visit Romania and other European countries.

6. How far did you get to know about Romania by now and what is your opinion about our music and our country?

Some of us are very interested in football, so we know Dan Petrescu from Romania who was the first non-English player to reach 100 appearances for Chelsea Football Club.
The singer from Hotel FM does a very good performance as well and the message of their song Change is very similar to the message of our song so we think Romania will get a lot of votes this year.

7. Tell us more about your debut album, what musical styles will include and with whom have you collaborated?

The style of our debut album will be pop rock. People say that we have a British sound and we are also inspired by bands like Radiohead, Coldplay and U2. We have been working with some of the best song writers in Denmark and also with Canadian producer Greig Nori (Sum41, Avril Lavigne, Iggy Pop) so we are really looking forward to getting it out on the street.

8. Share a message for our readers and your Romanian admirers!

We are looking very much forward to playing for you at the ESC in Dusseldorf and we hope that we can do a good job and get a good placement so we can visit Romania with our band someday!!

Si traducerea in romana a interviului:

1. Salutare, baieti! Pentru inceput, spuneti-ne mai multe despre cum ati ajuns sa formati A friend in London si de ce ati ales acest nume pentru trupa voastra?

Ne-am cunoscut la o scoala de muzica si teatru, din Danemarca, in 2003. Dupa ce am studiat acolo, Tim a inceput sa scrie propriile sale piese, iar in 2005 am format trupa. Am ales acest nume pentru ca ne-am gandit ca este o metafora buna pentru ceea ce facem ca si trupa: ne intalnim cu oameni din lumea intreaga, construim punti intre tari si continente si interactionam cu fanii nostri.

2. Piesa voastra este una dintre cele mai bine vazute la Eurovisionul din acest an. Va da acest lucru o mai mare incredere in a castiga competitia?

Depinde doar de prestatia noastra din zoua show-ului cat de departe vom ajunge si cate voturi vom primi. Insa oamenii continua sa ne spuna ca le place foarte mult piesa noastra iar asta ne da incredere si motivatie pentru a da tot ce avem mai bun pe scena.

3. Care este mesajul piesei “New tomorrow” , va fi promovat si ca single?

Mesajul piesei este de a incuraja oamenii sa isi asume propriile probleme daca e ceva ce vor sa schimbe. Pot fi aspecte mari sau minore, insa daca este ceva gresit, cel mai bun lucru pentru o schimbare este sa faci ceva in aceasta privinta. Piesa a fost lansata ca single in Danemarca si in prezent a ajuns pe locul 1 in I Tunes. Va fi lansata si in Europa ceva mai tarziu.

4. Dupa cum bine stiti, sunt multe trupe pop-rock ce concureaza la Eurovisionul din acest an. Care sunt cele mai importante avantaje ale voastre in fata celorlalti?

Mesajul piesei noastre este unul universal, in care s-ar putea regasi oricine. Credem ca acest lucru reprezinta un avantaj pentru noi si are in spate o performanta scenica ingenioasa, ce se focuseaza complet pe a oferi publicului un show de care sa isi aminteasca.

5. Care sunt planurile voastre de viitor, dupa momentul Dusseldorf 2011?

Dupa Dusseldorf, ne vom intoarce in Danemarca pentru un turneu si pentru a pregati inregistrarile albumului nostru de debut. Speram sa avem parte de reusita la Dusseldorf pentru a putea vizita in concert Romania si alte tari din Europa.

6. Cat de multe stiti despre Romania pana acum si care este opinia voastra despre noi ca tara si cultura?

Unii dintre noi sunt foarte interesati de fotbal, asa ca il stim pe Dan Petrescu din Romania care a fost primul jucator ce nu era de origine engleza si care a atins 100 de aparitii pentru clubul Chelsea. Solistul de la Hotel Fm canta foarte bine si mesajul piesei lor, “Change”, este foarte similar cu cel al piesei noastre asa ca noi credem ca Romania o sa primeasca multe voturi in acest an.

7. Spuneti-ne mai multe despre albumul vostru de debut, ce stiluri muzicale va include si cu cine ati colaborat?

Stilul albumului nostru de debut va fi pop rock. Oamenii spun ca avem un sound british si suntem de asemenea inspirati de trupe precum Coldplay, U2, sau Radiohead. Am lucrat cu unii dintre cei mai buni producatori din Danemarca si de asemenea cu producatorul de origine canadiana Greg Nori (Sum41, Avril Lavigne, Iggy Pop) asa ca de abia asteptam sa il lansam pe piata!

8. Lasati-ne un mesaj pentru cititorii nostri si sustinatorii vostri din Romania.

Abia asteptam sa cantam pentru voi in cadrul Eurovision, la Dusseldorf, si speram sa facem o treaba buna si sa ne clasam cat mai sus pentru a putea vizita Romania candva!!

Thank you guys! We are looking forward too for you to come to visit us in a concert and good luck at Dusseldorf!

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