Thursday, February 4, 2016

MyRadiantU: "We will be stars" is a song of hope for freedom

Photo: Matīss Markovskis
Time for our 2nd Supernova interview! Here are the answers of Janis from MYRADIANTU:
Name: Janis Driksna
Birthday: 18.10.1981
Height: 1,80 m
Favorite color: blue
Favorite food: a good medium rare stake with a glass of red wine
What do you do in the band? I am the lead singer, producer, song writer
Where are you right now? The band is located in Riga, but I live in Jelgava, Latvia
3 things that make you happy: to see my kids happy, warm and beautiful spring time, arts
What is the strangest thing you have in your room? poopy diaper of my youngest daughter :)
What are you really good at? I am good at music, and I love carpentry
What are you really bad at? Keeping a good diet, cos I love food:)
Childhood idol: I loved theatre and ballet, but can't remember a particular person that I would have idolized
Childhood memory: definitely my first bike, I also did BMX as a kid for about 5 years
Celebrity crush: haven’t had one, honest :)
Tell me something no one knows about you: in that case everyone would know about it :)
What would you do if you were invisible? I would hang out in crowded places and observe people
Favorite movie: one of the favorites would be Gladiator
Favorite TV series: Friends
If you were a girl for a day, what would you do? Probably try to cope with the shock :)
What is your guilty pleasure? A Cuban cigar with a glass of some 20 years old Port watching "Notting Hill"
Name a song that never fails to make you happy: Something of Mumford and Sons type of music, Civil Wars
Can you teach me some interesting words in Latvian?  Hello guys! How are you? - Sveiki Zēni! Kā klājas?
How would you describe the band?
We are very much in to the music production; we are a duet and we work closely with our friends. So it's a bunch of people that like to hang out and work on music together. We like to keep it very positive and happy, yet touching themes that concern us and that we believe are important.

How did you meet each other?
Mainly through songwriting and having dinners together as well as working in the studio. The band started out as a producer’s project. At first we didn't do any performances, it was just about writing and releasing music and listening to lots of different stuff.
Photo: Matīss Markovskis
You are one of the participants of Supernova 2016. How did it all begin?
We started by partaking at Eurosong 2014 with "Going All The Way" We realized that it's pretty hard to win in one go and knew right away that we'll do it again. So, this year we submitted a song that we wrote and that we felt had a relevant message for today.

“We will be stars” is the title of your song, what’s the story behind it?
The song is about setting someone free from captivity. It's a song of hope for freedom, for being who you dreamt, or where meant to be. It's about taking back your confidence when you lose it or when it's being taken away and realizing that you have a voice and it can be heard. It's dedicated to all of the modern day slavery fighters.
Describe the song with 4 words:
You can be a star!

What can we expect to see on stage for the performance?
Expect a good song that is sung very well and powerfully. It will be a pretty static performance; because we believe the song itself has a powerful message in it.
What do you like about Eurovision?
It's a great chance to be heard and to express yourself and music you write as a person or a collective. A chance to present your country and some of your culture and values.

Tell me the first thing that comes to your mind when you hear the word:
Birds: eagle
Nightmare: failure as a dad
Stage: lights
Sleepwalking: never had a chance :)
Aminata: reserved
Flowers: strong perfume
Dreams: flying

What are your plans for 2016?
We are releasing our first studio album in March called "The City of Love" Planning a small presentation tour around Latvia, hitting the festivals in the summer........And hope to spend some quality time in Stockholm :):):)
Photo: Matīss Markovskis
Thanks to Janis for the interview! Good luck in Supernova!

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