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They’re Hungary’s biggest electronic music band and they took their country to the Eurovision final back in 2012.

And in September Compact Disco made it clear they still love their thousands of Eurovision fans as they rocked out at the Eurovision Live Concert in Setúbal, Portugal.

Proving that stardom and chart-topping success hasn’t gone to their heads, Behnam Lotfi, Gábor Pál and frontman Csaba Walkó cut laid-back figures as they chatted with our on-the-ground reporter Deban during their downtime.

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At Eurovision they competed as a four-piece, but downsized after bandmate Attila Sandor left over “creative differences”.

But the band make it clear this isn’t a problem, as they were only a quartet for two of their eight years together, and in the studio they always worked as a trio anyway.

“The music production and the sound production was always these three people,” they say.

The band’s last album “The Storm” dates back to 2013 and saw them experimenting with new sounds.

Their Eurovision entry is what motivated them to try new things.

“‘Sounds of Our Hearts’ was the track that made us move in a bit of a different direction,” Benham says. “It was also different from the other previous albums we did.”

After three years, Compact Disco are finally working on a new album. Focusing on their home market, they’ll sing in their native Hungarian.

“We have the sound of Compact Disco, but it’s going to be different from what you heard before,” Csaba says.

Don’t expect to see Compact Disco on the Eurovision stage again.

As much as they love the contest, they’d only participate again as producers or songwriters.

“It’s very good to work in the background,” Csaba says. “We were at the Eurovision once…when you’re on the stage once, you have to stop it…We love the Eurovision — the whole production about it — but once is OK.”

He also shared their thoughts on Hungary’s last representative, Freddie.

“Freddie is a very good performer. I am so critical about voices. I think the voice of Freddie is very good. It’s unusual. The song was, I don’t know, OK, not so strong.”

Are you excited to listen to their new material? Do you want them to pen some songs for ESC? Let us know in the comment section below!

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John
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John

That’s a relief, one of the worst acts from 2012.

Jonas
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Jonas

“Sound Of Our Hearts” didn’t get the love it deserved to. Maybe the running order hurt it. A shame.

William Lee Adams
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A Dal has become a fantastic competition, and it’s partly down to quality acts like Compact Disco bringing strong songs to Eurovision. Well done to them.

Alenn
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Alenn

@an esc fan:

Well, artists might have other things planned for that period of time-new album releases, studio recordings, concerts etc. Going to Eurovision means that during those 4-5 months or so before the contest, the artists have to focus on preparations for the contest, rehearsals, promotional events and everything related to Eurovision, so everything else has to take a backseat. And some artists can’t afford to do that, especially when contracts and management and such things are involved. Do you really expect every artist to cancel everything and go to Eurovision, just because the fans want it?

johanleekens
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johanleekens

That may be for the best, because the live performance wasn’t very good

loving_ya_harder
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loving_ya_harder

It’s because they know they will never win A Dal once again. :p

an esc fan
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an esc fan

I’ve heard more ESC participants saying that they don’t want to do it again. Why ? 200 mil. viewers are not good enough for you ? Is ESC restrictive ? Do they have to sign an restrictive contract, not to do anything else for a few months before and after ??????