Back at Eurovision 2013, Koza Mostra & Agathonas Iakovidis took Greece to sixth place in the grand final.
Singing “Alcohol is Free”, they mixed traditional Greek sounds with ska-infused pop, offering a light-hearted performance that, for a few minutes, let the cash-strapped nation forget its ongoing financial woes.
And last week the band’s lead singer Ilias Kozas was still oozing that feel-good spirit as he caught up with wiwiblogger George at the River Party Festival in Nestorio, Greece.
Koza Mostra Interview
Even after all these years, Ilias still feels the joy from his stage performance — and the love from the people.
“We didn’t really care about the final position we’d get,” he says.
“And if I could go back, I wouldn’t change anything. Everything was perfect. Even the mistakes we did were perfect.”
He spoke frankly about Greece’s poor results in the past few years, including their first-ever elimination in the semi-finals a few months ago in Stockholm.
In order for the country to return to the final, he says, they have to select something different, something that will stand out.
Unfortunately that won’t be Koza Mostra, as Ilias says the band is not planning on returning to the contest.
Thankfully there is plenty of more music from the band on the way, including their new album, which is coming soon and which he says is going to be “complete madness”.
Are you still loving Koza Mostra’s sound? Are you sad they won’t be returning to Eurovision? And what do YOU think Greece needs to do to get back to the Eurovision final? Let us know in the comments box below.