Switzerland’s Timebelle have said that “Apollo” is all about following your heart. And on Monday it became clear the band wants you to follow your heart to the dance floor with the release of the 7th Heaven Club Mix of their Eurovision 2017 entry.
Recast for when the sun goes down, this toe-tapping version of the song comes replete with electro-sounds, an infectious beat and digital flourishes, making the blood flow and the heart pound.
We totally approve. As Miruna follows Apollo, she’s probably bobbing her head…
“Apollo” Seventh Heaven Club Mix
“Apollo” and its Swiss songwriters
The original version of “Apollo” was written by Swede Elias Näslin and Swiss-Swedish brother and sister Nicolas Günthardt and Alessandra Günthardt.
Born in Monaco, but raised in Sweden, the siblings are the children of Heinz Günthardt, the famous Swiss tennis player who reached #22 in the world before going on to coach tennis greats Steffi Graf and Jennifer Capriati.
In a recent interview with Switzerland’s Schweizer Illustrierte, the pair discussed their father and told the backstory of “Apollo”, describing it as “a success by detours”.
“We wrote the first version over three years ago and offered it to the ESC organiser in Azerbaijan,” Alessandra says. “They wanted it but did not find a suitable interpreter.”
But Alessandra was undeterred. She ended up submitting her ballad “If I Was Brave” to Sweden’s Denniz Pop Awards, one of the most important Swedish music prizes. Her song won from the pool of 3,000 submissions.
“It was a shock I won,” she told the paper. “Because in Sweden the competition is huge. Suddenly, someone from Swiss television called and said, ‘We love your voice.’ They wanted me to join the ESC as an artist. But I’d rather go as a songwriter. So I sent a few songs in and Timebelle listened to the song ‘Apollo'”.
And thank goodness they did! As I’ve mentioned before, I was among those rating songs for Azerbaijan in 2015 and evaluated the demo of “Apollo”, which was performed by an Azerbaijani female artist. Her voice didn’t quite work with the track, nor did she give the song life like Miruna does today. To quote Levina from Germany, “sometimes it’s wrong before it’s right.”
In any case, are you loving the 7th Heaven Dance Remix? Are you dying to hear more music from the Günthardt siblings? Let us know in the comments box below.