Earlier this year, Ukraine group Go_A won the national final Vidbir with their self-written song “Solovey”. But for their Eurovision 2021 return, it seems that they’re bringing out the big guns. Go_A have revealed that they’ve recently been involved with an online songwriting camp with top Eurovision songwriters.
The band talked about their songwriting camp experience on the Selection show on Ukraine radio station Radio Promin.
Group member Taras Shevchenko revealed that the online songwriting camp was held in July and was focused on coming up with ideas for Go_A’s Rotterdam entry.
Shevchenko said that the camp was organised by the music professionals collective Unified Songs. He noted that songwriters from Unified had been behind hits by hit artists such as Taylor Swift and Ariana Grande, as well as Gjon’s Tears Eurovision 2020 entry “Répondez-moi”. Shevchenko said, “we immediately decided that we want to have experience working with such people.”
Shevchenko also talked about the songwriting process. Go_A worked with Polish producer Mikołaj Trybulec and British songwriters Ryan Lawrie and Ashley Hicklin. The latter has previously co-written Tom Dice’s Eurovision 2010 song “Me and My Guitar”, Axel Hirsoux’s 2014 song “Mother”, Jurijus Veklenko’s 2019 song “Run with the Lions” and Blas Cantó’s intended 2020 entry “Universo”.
The songwriters and Go_A created one song every day of the camp. Shevchenko stressed that they haven’t ended up with complete tracks ready to be released, but rather “we wrote the main melody, the lyrics, the structure, we worked very productively and met wonderful and cool people.”
While the group’s 2020 song “Solovey” was written entirely with Ukraine lyrics, some English-language songs were produced from the songwriting camp sessions. But the article suggests that the group again is more likely to use ideas from these songs, rather than the entire songs themselves.
Shevchenko also said, “I think the experience of working with other musicians is always interesting, and here we wrote with world-class professionals. Maybe one of the songs that we will present at your discretion to participate in Eurovision 2021 was born in this period.”
While Go_A has been confirmed as Ukraine’s act for Eurovision 2021, to date, no details have been given of how their song for Eurovision 2021 will be selected. As Go_A have been internally selected, the broadcaster will not hold it’s usual national final, Vidbir. However, it is possible that the broadcaster may hold a national final to select Go_A’s song for Rotterdam.
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