Creatives thrive around creative people. And it seems that Bulgaria’s Eurovision 2021 singer VICTORIA appreciates that, as she recently spent ten days with around 25 artists, songwriters and music producers at the Black Sea Eurovision Songwriting Camp.
Speaking to Wiwiblogger Cinan on-the-ground in Bulgaria, she had a lot to say about the camp, which took place between August 16 and 26 in the gorgeous Bulgarian cities of Burgas and Primorsko. It’s the first stop on her trip to ESC 2021 in Rotterdam, and our girl is ready.
“It was very good,” she says of her time at the camp. “I really waited for that moment because of Covid-19 and stuff like that. I really wanted to make new music, to write songs and to be with other artists and composers and songwriters. It was wonderful.”
“The first song I made was really funny, so I can’t wait to share it with people. It was a hard working process, but it was worth it.”
So is that song for Eurovision?
“No, it’s more for my album,” she says. The album doesn’t have a release date yet because of the ongoing pandemic, but she hopes to release it next year before Eurovision.
Germany’s Ben Dolic, who is collaborating with composer Borislav Milanov to submit another entry in Germany, was also at the camp. VICTORIA says she didn’t feel any sense of rivalry. “There’s no competition on my side,” she says. “I really like his music, the way he sings — it’s magical.”
She’s proud of have completed three songs, with a fourth almost ready to go.
“I see potential in two of the songs [for Eurovision], and I’m going to use them for the [internal] selection.”
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The Black Sea @EurovisionSongwritingCamp 2020 is over. ? We've spent more than two weeks in the stunning #Burgas and #Primorsko and we created so many great songs that we hope to share with the world soon. I want to thank everyone who made this possible! Our dear friends from @icard.digital.wallet, who have been supporting my #Eurovision 2021 journey from day one (thank you for the NFC wearable ?). Our wonderful hosts from Hotel Forest Beach in Primorsko, who made us feel like home. The Municipalities of Burgas and Primorsko, who made all this a reality, including our two concerts. Our media partners @BNRBurgas! And of course the people and guests of Primorsko and Burgas, who were the best audience ever! I want to express gratitude to Ligna Studios and @lignagroup for organising this event! Shout out to @symphonix_international and @ostereomusic for bringing all those talented artists, music producers and composers to #Bulgaria in these hard times and to @entiendo.eu for taking care of the communications, PR and creative! And last but not least – I want to thank every single artist, music producer and songwriter who shared those two weeks with us! Love you guys and hope to see you very soon in Bulgaria! #VisitBulgaria #ESC2021 #BSESC2020 #GoToBurgas #VisitBurgas @gotoburgas @primorsko.bg @eurovision.bg @musicbybok @lukasoscar @bendolic @skottpeace @martinmasarov @cesarsampson @joetraxlermusic @chrissamuelss @olletidblom @johnemilofficial @mishelatanasovv @itsyooana @tinobackstage @joshstanleymc @pystjames @yanialeksiev @ivanovasil @genoveva_christova @ivan.n.dimov @joeldumas @bargiooo @marin_kolev_official
Black Sea Eurovision Songwriting Camp 2020
The event was organised by Ligna Studios, with the creative support of Entiendo, Symphonix International and Ostereo. The event was supported by the fintech company iCard, who were the main sponsor of the 2020 Bulgarian participation in Eurovision, and the Municipalities of Burgas and Primorsko, Forest Beach and BNR Burgas.
Among the songwriters and music producers at the camp were: Cesár Sampson from Austria, Borislav Milanov from Symphonix International, Lukas Oscar, who VICTORIA previously collaborated with on “Tears Getting Sober,” the popular Swedish artist and songwriter Skott, the Swedish-Bulgarian music producer Martin Masarov, Chris Samuels from Sweden, Joe Traxler from Austria and Olle Tidblom from Sweden.
The event also included two free public concerts in Burgas and Primorsko, which helped give the songwriting camp a celebratory feel. It took music into the community, whereas at most camps music is simply made behind-closed-doors.
Speaking about the experience, VICTORIA said: “At Black Sea Eurovision Songwriting Camp I had the opportunity to work with many different artists, songwriters, composers — many different and colourful people.”
“I think for now I have two favourites from the songs we’ve created that can be part of the Eurovision 2021 selection for Bulgaria. And I’m very happy that we’ve been able to write such strong songs. And I also have one that could make it into my upcoming album.”
Are you excited to hear the various songs that VICTORIA created? Are you hoping for something along the lines of “Tears Getting Sober” or would you like to see VICTORIA go in a whole new direction? Let us know down below!