It was the first country to announce its act for Eurovision 2020 back in October. Now, three months on from the announcement, we met up with Hooverphonic at OGAE Belgium’s annual New Year’s Party.
We talked about their song, the age difference between band members, favourite Eurovision entries and… seafood with Duncan Laurence!
Hooverphonic — Belgium Eurovision 2020 (Interview in English)
Hooverphonic is an established triphop band with 25 years of experience. The three-person group consists of founders Alex Callier and Raymond Geerts and Luka Cruysberghs.
The perfect Eurovision song.
Right after their participation was announced, it was also revealed that the Flemish broadcaster VRT had actually asked them to take part three times before. However, the trio always declined: they only wanted to go with “the perfect Eurovision song”.
Alex tells us more:
For me, there are only two ways: either it’s a song that is really emotional, that can give people goosebumps, or it’s something very energetic, something very in your face… We wanted to do something very vintage Hooverphonic and then we need strings. There is no way around it.
The age gap
The ages of the band’s members vary greatly. Alex Callier is 47, Raymond Geerts is 61 and Luka is 20. However, the group sees this as an advantage. Luka says:
It’s nice to have opinions from different generations. If the three of us like it, then you know there will be a broad audience that also likes it.
It’s really inspiring to work with all kinds of different people, it’s good to keep your mind open.
Hooverphonic is not just big in Belgium. They have a worldwide fan base. And the response of their fans to the Eurovision news has been great:
We didn’t know what to expect. In Belgium we are very popular, but worldwide we are an alternative band. We play all over the world. Our audience inside Belgium is really different then the audience outside Belgium. So we didn’t know what to expect. But most people responded really well. Sometimes, you’all always have those alternative snobs, but most of the time good reactions. We just love the Eurovision Song Contest.
Seafood with Duncan Laurence
Hooverphonic have done their homework. They’ve already meet up with the Netherlands’ Duncan Laurence for seafood (we thought it was coffee!). The reigning Eurovision champ gave them tips about participating the song contest, the most important of which was to “stay in your bubble”.
The band will start practicing for Eurovision as soon as the song comes out, including at live gigs. However, for Luka, Eurovision has already started:
I already have singing classes and stage coaching now.
Regarding the preparties, they will definitely do Eurovision In Concert. However, the band is still considering what other events they will perform at.
Our @EsmaJansen, @DaphneWiwi and Mike had so much fun with Belgium’s #Eurovision act @HooverphonicOff at the OGAE Belgium New Year’s party ?? Interview coming soon to https://t.co/mlPmpv5g09 pic.twitter.com/VULbMbe13L
— wiwibloggs (@wiwibloggs) January 19, 2020
Favourite Eurovision entries
For those who don’t know: all three members of Hooverphonic are longtime and Eurovision fans. We where curious about their favourite entries, especially since they are an alternative band themselves.
Alex seems to have a things for the classics (France Gall, Vicky Leandros, Umberto Tozzi & Raf) but also for recent entries: Lake Malawi, Duncan and Salvador Sobral.
Luka turns out be an an ABBA fan (aren’t we all).
Raymond’s preferences remain a mystery, but we looking forward to finding out again.
Are you looking forward Hooverphonic’s song? Can they take Belgium back to the final? Let us know in the comment section below!