Name: Brian Risberg Clausen
Birthday: 29 May
Name a song that never fails to make you happy: Erasure - A little respect
When did you start singing and writing? My mother says that I have always been singing. That kind of kid who has a song for every moment and every state of mind. Singing is my therapy, meditation, way to express my state of mind etc. So singing is something I have always done, and I have always been encouraged to sing, which is very important! I started writing poems when I lived in Spain in 1997/98. It came very suddenly.
Can you teach me some interesting words in danish? Depends on what you find interesting. But you can always say ‘Jeg håber Bryan Rice finder Dansk Melodi Grand Prix’… Guess what that means!
Thank you. I’m fine as always. Very focused and concentrated with only two weeks to the big show.
How would you describe yourself as an artist?
Wow, that is a very wide question… I am a pop singer who loves what I do. I love being able to make a difference for people that I don’t even know, and see my music, my words, travel the world by itself. A ‘boy next door’ kind of guy, humble to the fact that I’ve been given a special gift and a wonderful life that I try to live to the fullest.
What I remember best was my entry in Gigantium. Everyone stood op and cheered. I had goosebumps all over, it was such a great start, and I can’t wait to open DMGP14 as well as song #1. I learned many things, but not least that I have the ability to work as a machine. Very focused. I trained myself a lot until the show, as I am doing now, and I love being able to control myself and my body and voice in this way. Just as a sportsman. Then i learned that I have a big, wonderful audience that wants me the best and always stand behind me.
You are one of the 10 finalists of DMGP 2014, how did it all begin?
Yes, it began with the right song. Then Emmelie got the ESC to Denmark and I started thinking that this might be the year for my second try.
"I Choose U" is the title of your song and its written by Lars Halvor Jensen, Johannes Jørgensen and Shanna Crooks. How was it to work with them?
I know the guys from way back when I started as a demo singer in Copenhagen. I have done a lot of demo recordings and co-writes with them, so it was a great pleasure for me to finally record something serious with such talented guys. Johannes and I also wrote the Sukkerchock single Besat together, and a few more.
It’s a pure pop lovesong as I love them. A song about being hit by real love with 300 km per hour, about finding the one and only and saying it to that person. I’ve tried it myself and it feels so good that I needed to sing about it! The track is uptempo and with a lot of challenging vocal features that I’m looking forward to sing for you.
What did you feel the 1st time you heard it?
I had that felling in the stomach that I always have when I know that a song wants me to sing it… ;-)
Describe the song with 4 words:
Uptempo, love, happy, positive
Something big, iconic and very heavy… I can’t lift it myself! But I can walk on it...
What do you like about Eurovision?
I like the pop music in it. I like that a lot of people meet in the name of the music. Like a European championship in pop.
2013: Last year
Pizza: No go
Albin: My friend
Stage: my life
Breathing: My song
Passion: My music
Dreams: Never stop dreaming
I would like to play a lot of concerts, release my 5th album and continue reaching out to fans all over the world.
Is there anything you want to say to close the interview?
Yes, thank you very much for your support from everywhere. IT means so much to me and is the reason why I sing. Please meet me at Facebook.dk/bryanricemusic and bryanrice.com
Thanks to Bryan for the interview! Love him! Wish him alll the best in DMGP!