This weekend will see the second semi-final of Eesti Laul 2016 — the national selection for Estonia at Eurovision 2016. Among the acts is the beautiful Anett Kulbin with her song “Strong”. wiwiblogger Luis caught up with her ahead of the show to discuss her number, her previous experience in Eesti Laul and what we can expect from her. Are you ready to feel her heat? Let’s do this!
You were the lead singer of Wilhelm, with whom you took part in Eesti Laul two years ago. This year you’re going solo. Why is that? Are you still doing music together?
I feel that being able to do different things as well as play and write different music gives me strength as an artist. I appreciate everything even more now. Wilhelm is still together and writing new music, and you should expect some new music soon!
How was the experience at Eesti Laul in 2014?
It was our first time there so everything was new. We had a lot to learn but it was a lot of fun and we enjoyed every moment of it.
“Strong” is a very powerful, yet stripped back song. How did you come up with it?
I was at home one night and I thought I would try and write some new material. It started off with just lyrics. Once I got a feel for the lyrics, I came up with the melody and everything just went on from there. The song encompasses everything I was going through at the time, so the message is quite strong for me and it means a lot.
Was it easy to compose or did it take some time to finish?
It has to be the right moment to write. It’s sometimes hard to put all your feelings into few words. I think that’s the hardest part. Expressing your feelings or emotions in melody or harmony is a little easier but yes, saying everything in just few words is the hardest part because you always want to get everything out.
The lyrics are deep and compelling. What’s the message behind them?
The lyrics are about accepting the fact that even when something goes wrong in life it will only make you stronger. We are very good at criticising ourselves and not used to giving credit and love to ourselves.
How would you describe “Strong” in just one sentence?
Make peace with yourself and do better.
If we listen to “Strong” we have mainly a piano and a solo voice. Will you add something extra to the staging or will you keep it simple?
We have added some cool elements to our stage with the Eesti Laul production team but the song we have decided should be simple and pure as it is. Something cool will definitely be happening on the stage!
This year Eesti Laul is taking place at Saku Suurhall, where Eurovision 2002 was held. There will be a huge crowd there. Does that add some extra pressure?
If I get through to finals, Saku Suurhall will definitely add some pressure!
What would going to Stockholm mean to you both personally and professionally?
It would be an honour to present my country at Eurovision.
And finally, do you have a message for our readers at wiwibloggs.com?
Thank you for reading and take care!