On Saturday the Eurovision Pre-Party in Riga gave a handful of Eurovision 2018 acts the chance to shine. And wiwibloggers Chris and Padraig waded into all that sparkle with their microphones in hand.
Unless you’ve been hiding under a sassy camel, you know that Mikolas Josef is one of the hot favourites among the bookies this year. His song “Lie to Me” is also widely regarded as the Czech Republic’s all-time best entry since their debut in 2007. So no pressure….
Mikolas has been composing music since he was 14 years old, and “Lie to Me” is his baby. Even before the national finals in the Czech Republic, the buzz was all about Mikolas. Did he feel the pressure ahead of the contest and was he afraid of the other contestants’ reaction towards him?
“Yes, of course. But it was all on a friendly basis. I just thought to myself: ‘Hey, if I don’t win, then I don’t win. I’m still an artist!”
The original lyrics to “Lie to Me” were slightly dirty and Mikolas was forced to adapt them to comply with the EBU’s rules. Did he worry the song would lose its core message?
“No, not at all,” he says. “Obviously at Eurovision there are some words you can’t say. And the changes I made were not drastic enough to change the song to the extent that it would be a different song.”
The lyrics are still filled with cryptic words and phrases, and when asked about the meaning behind certain parts of it, Mikolas burst into laughter and had trouble explaining it so it would make it past the censors on our family-oriented YouTube channel.
Mikolas is not signed with any particular record label. He is an independent artist, he writes his own stuff, he produces it and sometimes directs the videos. And yet his music is far from having a “beginners” vibe to it.
“It can be super difficult sometimes,” he says. “I often find myself in the position of having to save my money, and that is why I do so much of the stuff myself, like producing and directing.”
He hints that his fortune may be on the verge of changing, but he won’t reveal which, if any labels, he’s in talks with. “Maybe someone is coming along to help me with all this stuff so I can work faster and hopefully better,” he says with a smile.
The staging for “Lie to Me” has changed with every performance, but he seems to have a clear vision for Lisbon.
“Let’s just say that we think that the video works very well, and that we want to use some ideas from that.”
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