JOWST — the DJ born Joakim With Steen — has become a firm fixture within the Eurovision bubble. Since representing Norway in 2017 alongside singer Aleksander Walmann, he’s competed as a songwriter in Melodi Grand Prix 2018 and submitted songs to the UK. And he regularly gets involved in social media discussions on the contest.
However, his love for all things Eurovision is only freshly acquired. In his newly launched podcast series — aptly called JOWSTCAST — the “Grab The Moment” hitmaker admits that, as recently as 2016, he considered the contest “lame”.
JOWST’s evolving views on Eurovision
The EDM guru says that he wouldn’t have gone to Eurovision pre-2016 because “Eurovision sounded and looked lame/strange/freaky/like a circus”. Earlier in his career, he saw it as a show with too many music genres. He considered it “lame” because he only stuck to his EDM wheelhouse.
But Eurovision is famed for broadening horizons. And that’s exactly what happened to the Norwegian DJ. He admits that now he is more open to the contest after being exposed to so many different artists and styles.
At almost 30 minutes long, the episode sees JOWST drop plenty more nuggets about his Eurovision experience.
Eurovision and radio airplay
Ten minutes in, JOWST opines on the prejudice that still exists towards Eurovision acts in the media. He explains that once an artist gets selected for Eurovision, many radio and TV stations simply won’t play their music, viewing them as “tainted” — It gets “stamped in your face”.
On Melodi Grand Prix and Eurovision 2017
Returning to his MGP story, JOWST reveals that he was confident he would win the national selection. However, when he made it to Kyiv he became a bit more doubtful. All forty-two of their competitors’ songs sounded like winners — “Well, not ALL of them, but MOST of them”.
Further on, he seems to throw more shade at internally selected songs, saying they’re “maybe” not as good as those selected by the public. But then he immediately backtracks, saying “that fact is not a fact all the time”.
He adds that if an artist is not willing to perform their song in front of millions of people on TV and only wants people to listen to their genre of music, and doesn’t want to get feedback on their music from a lot of people (because they’re worried that too much feedback would cause them to change who they are as artists) then they shouldn’t do to Eurovision.
After telling a detailed story of what the two weeks during Eurovision 2017 felt like, he says that every artist who goes to Eurovision should go wanting to win.
He also confides that initially, when he came tenth, he thought it was disappointing. But then a few hours later he changed his mind because he realized what a journey it was just to get to that point.
Halfway through, JOWST teasingly reveals that he’s currently producing a yet unreleased song for Lake Malawi (Czech Republic Eurovision 2019).
JOWST’S Podcast — JOWSTCAST
Fans will be happy to know there’s a new way to stay up to date with the mysteriously masked DJ wonder. On JOWSTCAST, JOWST aims to discuss anything and everything related to life, social media, music and the music business. It’s a lively, lighthearted discussion made for the Eurovision fan at heart. And, yes, he spills some serious tea!
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