In 2010, Denmark’s Tomas N’evergreen and Chanée won over Europe with their Eurovision song “In A Moment Like This”. They earned the first two 12 points of the night, and ultimately finished fourth—bringing Denmark into the Top 5 for the first time since 2001. Since then Tomas has shed his stage name “N’evergreen” and taken Russia by storm. He recently collaborated with Kazakh artists A-Studio in Copenhagen, resulting in the fantastic track “Falling For You.” Tomas recently spoke with William Cahill, a wiwiblogger in Ireland, about his recent collaborations, how he made it big in Russia and his future plans.

Hello Tomas, thanks for squeezing us in. Why have you dropped N’evergreen from your name?

Névergreen is my artist name, my real name is Christiansen.

We love your latest video and single “Falling For You”. How did your collaboration with A-Studio come about and what was your favourite bit about working with them?

A-Studio have been my friends since I came to Russia the first time. They are great musicians and they are my good friends. We have been talking about doing a duet for a long time. And one early morning, around a year ago, at a hotel in Astana, I met the band leader of a studio, Baigali Serkebaev, in the lobby. I was checking out, on my way to the airport, and he just came in through the front door.

A few days earlier I had had a new idea for this song I thought was something new, and I tried to play it for him on the piano in the lobby bar. I’m not the best piano player to be honest. But he liked the idea instantly and picked up how to play it on the piano and he thought it sounded like Mozart and Chuck Berry. I think that’s what tricked him. Because he has a classical conservatorial education and also loves rock n’ roll. So we recorded the song. It is a pop song but built up like a house song with tension and release.

And I love how the song came out. This mix of classical music and house and rock and pop. With references to the Beatles that both a studio and I are influenced by, but also references to Guetta and Ac/Dc and Abba which is probably more my sh*t.

On that note, you’ve become quite successful in Russia and the former Soviet Republics. Why do you think that is and why did you join that music market?

In the beginning I came to Russia because I had a hit with “Every time I see your smile” on the radios and on the music TV channels like MTV and Muz TV. And then we were invited over to Russia to do a small tour. The album was not released yet but people knew that one song. So we played it a few times at each concert. On the last day I met with a record company that was interested in releasing the album, but they felt that we needed one more hit to sell it. So I went back to Denmark and recorded “Since you been gone” which became an even bigger hit than the first single, and still is my biggest hit.

Meanwhile my friend Jam who had helped arranging the first tour had gotten me in contact with the group A Studio. And we decided to do a concert together in Moscow where we performed some of my songs and some of A Studio’s songs. And then I fell in love with their singer Polina Griffith and we were in a relationship for 2 years and then we got married — and also divorced. And there I was on my own again, but I still had my friends in Russia and my studio and concerts here, so I still kept a place here.

Has Thomas G:Son helped you writing your music at all since Eurovision in 2010?

I was just asked to sing his song in the Eurovision Song Contest in 2010 and it was fun, but I write my own songs and we have never discussed writing a song together.

How has your musical style evolved since 2010?

The music I make now is more for party people. I got tired of all these sad love songs about pain and misery. We all have problems – no need to write songs about them. It’s a big misunderstanding. My advice to song writers everywhere: You wanna talk about your f*cked up love life – go see a shrink – buy a duduk – get over it. Don’t expect people to pay you money to listen to YOUR problems. When I come to perform, I come to entertain – to make people happy – so yes, my music has changed for the better. Better, stronger, faster 🙂

Also, have you kept in contact with Chanée since ESC? Are you secretly planning any duets soon?

I don’t talk to her often. She has her own life and career now and it’s different from what I do.

Would you ever want to compete in Eurovision again, for Denmark or even for Russia?

OMG. You know I wouldn’t recommend anyone to participate in Eurovision because you can’t really compete in music. It’s just a matter of taste and politics. And even if you win – what do you really gain? Look at all the winners from the past – where are they now? But I’m probably stupid enough to go again.

Do you feel more at home in Denmark or in Russia?

It’s difficult to answer this question. Because I have my daughter and my brothers and sister and parents in Denmark, but I am always happy to come into my house in Russia after a long journey and close the door, so I suppose my home is in Russia.

Final question, what can we expect from you in the upcoming year? Tours, singles, albums?

I am on tour right now. We are preparing for a show in Pyatigorsk. I am really looking forward to going there because I read about this place in my favourite book “hero of our time” by Lermontov. I want to stand on that mountaintop in the early morning mist, and breathe in the fresh air.

Thank you so much Tomas!

Image source: ru.hellomagazine.co

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Fatima
Fatima
6 years ago

I think we learn more about him by the dismissive way he talks about poor Chanée. And A-Studio were doing quite well without him. Their song ????, ???? was being played to death when I was in Moscow last year.

Marco
Marco
6 years ago

Raphael, Julio Iglesias, Paloma San Basilio, Azucar Moreno are VERY WELL KNOWN HERE IN LATIN-AMERICA (Sorry but if you are from Latinamerica and you say that you dont know any of this artist you are big liar haha)… And most of the 80’s and 90’s songs from Spain are known here too (eg: Bailar Pegados and Bandido) Other artists like Domenico Modugno (Volare its a classic), ABBA (PLEASE WHO DOESN’T KNOW ABBA, they are the most famous pop band of the world), Olivia Newton-John, Celine Dion, Conchita Wurst (we name her “La Mujer Barbuda) are very well known in Latam… Read more »

Richard
Richard
6 years ago

He doesn’t know ‘In a moment like this’ was quite popular in Indonesia four years ago because of eurovision..Such as trashbag is his mouth!

Pheonix
Pheonix
6 years ago

Still Mr Personality Plus !

MTD
MTD
6 years ago

Hey, people, he has a point!

You’re all here ESC fans, so you know the artists. Ask a random person on the street whether do they know a single song outside the winning one from the winning artist (except from the country that won and their neighboring ones) and you’ll get “no” for an answer.

So, shut up.

Oostenrijk
Oostenrijk
6 years ago

Looks like small penis syndrome with his bloated ego

Zipp
Zipp
6 years ago

what a shitter. What a messed up mind. I dont mean part about Eurovision but this one: “You wanna talk about your f*cked up love life – go see a shrink – buy a duduk – get over it. Don’t expect people to pay you money to listen to YOUR problems: – such shallow arse… No depth, no values, no true emotions, low energy… He calls himself artist? Good joke

Alex
Alex
6 years ago

The collabo with A-Studio is really interesting, actually. The song does a great deal of unpredictable things that still make sense. It does remind me of an 80s/90s song where the chorus went “I’ll… be there” – unfortunately since I can’t remember any of the other lyrics I couldn’t figure out which song it actually was.

Bb
Bb
6 years ago

The arrogance of this man is appalling but not surprising.

Ranting Ruby
Ranting Ruby
6 years ago

Jeez, what a pillock – I remember him being “disappointed” with 4th place in 2010. Must have an ego the size of a house – wonder if Russia is big enough for him??

Ggmlr
6 years ago

Oh my god, this guy is so pathetic. Clearly he doesn’t care anything about music, all he cares about is only money, making more hits, and gaining more fans. You know, credible musicians won’t do that. And apparently, some musicians were success because they wrote songs that contain some serious personal issues but they did that with class. Like Lou Reed, Ian Curtis, Bob Dylan, Thom Yorke, even with the mainstream one like Adele. Being a musician is not about making hits and gaining attention, it’s about expressing the expression towards something in the form of music. As Andras Kallay… Read more »

Charles
Charles
6 years ago

The part where he does not recommend anyone to participate in Eurovision does not surprise me to be honest. But what I felt offended by specially since he considers himself a songwriter is the part where he starts talking that no one cares about your problems and you bs love life, etc … What drugs have been prescribed for him to start saying crap like this? What’s next? He considers himself a genius for wanting to write rubbish that any Britney Spears-esque performer could record? Give me a break …

LEAPerce
LEAPerce
6 years ago

What a total arse. In Sweden the winners of melodifestivalen so amazingly, and I mean if he wants an example from his own country, Emmelie De Forrest is releasing new music (Drunk Tonight is fantastic), and even The Olsen Brothers song got given a dance music makeover and was HUGELY successful all over Europe, even in the uk!

What a wanker. Leave him to it then!

Pressman
Pressman
6 years ago

He wouldn’t recommend anyone to participate in Eurovision. Hope that includes himself, I wouldn’t be capable of standing his horrible music for another year.

Alex
Alex
6 years ago

What an arrogant asshole. First of all, sales are dead in Russia so who is he fooling about selling albums there? Then, Lena (the winner the year he took part in ESC) is a big star in Germany and well known in Switzerland, Luxembourg and Austria. Loreen had a monster hit with Euphoria and her album charted even in the UK. The Common Linnets did not win this year but they won awards, are currently touring in Europe, got gold certifications of their Eurovision song and their music is selling in many countries. Eurovision made them. Conchita is more of… Read more »

Dar
Dar
6 years ago

ive got these lyrics in my head now ..
“we don’t wanna put it , his terrible groove is killing the mood”

Jak
Jak
6 years ago

He wants it put in. How ridiculous is a person from the lands of liberty turned into a person who likes devil; I know that in Russia our LGBT friends are dying. And he should know that, We all know ABBA, Domenico Modugno, Céline Dion, Johnny Logan, Katrina and the Waves. But also we do have, Lena, the winner of 2010 (and my only one favourite won the Eurovision yet), is a national pop star in Germany – also produced her amazing song “Stardust” to ITV of the United Kingdom, her very lovely album with the same title, Stardust, charted… Read more »

Dar
Dar
6 years ago

looks like he had spent way too much time in russia .. his personality is disgusting

Deniz@TurkNL
6 years ago

The common linnets didn’t win, bt now they are touring!
Loreen is very well known now.
And what did you think about Johnny Logan?
Some Weirdo he is…

Anthony
Anthony
6 years ago

So he’s basically bringing up the whole career vs country Eurovision debate, as well as the UK’s career suicide excuse.

David
David
6 years ago

Basically he is saying.. I am arrogant enough to not appreciate others attempt at eurovision…. but I wouldnt mind do it myself again…

What a dick

James
James
6 years ago

“Look at all the winners from the past – where are they now?” – Doing better than you, no doubt.

Hebbuzz
Hebbuzz
6 years ago

Arrogance…. does sell well in Russia, not in Europe, please let him stay there.

Jack
Jack
6 years ago

He sounds like a dick.