He’s the iconic DJ who is representing Finland at this year’s Eurovision. And on Friday at midnight Darude released “Look Away” — his third and final song for UMK 2019, Finland’s national selection for Eurovision.
As with UMK’s two other competing songs, “Release Me” and “Superman“, Darude once again joins forces with Sebastian Rejman, the guitarist and lead singer of band The Giant Leap, who provides vocals on the track.
The duo have also written “Look Away” together, the only of Darude’s three songs where Sebastian also features as a co-writer.
The two earlier songs told a personal story. But “Look Away” leans more newsy, tackling large-scale global issues.
As Darude explains: “There are terrible things happening in the world: natural disasters, diseases, wars, exile. It is easier to look away than seeing and thinking about these things.”
The song is a little unpredictable and surprises the listening with its sonic turns. The calm yet powerful beginning builds up steadily towards the chorus which turns “Look Away” into a dance club song. Right after the chorus, it drops again into a serious, slower undertone. Darude is serving up many flavours!
Through this song, Darude and Sebastian want to wake up people to focus and make a difference in the world. The music video also strengthens this global problem that affects all of our lives, as we see people from different cultures, surrounded by various landscapes and weather conditions.
The different scenes are delivered with the help of green screen video technology, all the way in Glendale, Hollywood.
Darude was impressed by the video production, saying, “It is pretty cool to see how this process is done because I haven’t been in this type of production before.”
Darude went to to explain the idea behind the music video. “The thought in this is that if we don’t start looking and taking action, we are going to lose everything,”
Focus on the final
Now that all three songs are out, it is time to turn our heads towards the upcoming UMK final which will be held in Turku on the March 2.
Darude and Sebastian Rejman will perform all three songs at the final, where they will face the televote from the Finnish public as well as a vote from an international jury.
The show will be hosted by Krista Siegfrids and Christoffer Strandberg, including also commentary from Mikko Silvennoinen. 2013 Eurovision winner Emmelie de Forest will also perform in the show.
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