The third Romanian semi-final is full of talented artists. Today's Diana Bratan has composed and written her song herself. Here is her interview!
How would you define yourself in one word?
How would you describe your state of mind when you're on stage?
On stage I feel energetic, I love to share my musical story through the song or the piano pieces I am playing (as I am a pianist since I was 5 years old). I try as much as I can to transmit to the audience, both emotionally and mentally, the music's message.
How does one make you angry?
By lack of empathy or by lack of logic and common sense.
How does one make you happy?
A smile, a happy look, communication, almost everything that is authentic and heartfelt makes me happy.
How would you define your taste in music?
I love music with a meaningful message or a well-writen score, with beautiful harmonies. It doesn't have to be complicated, it can be simple, but it has to have something... unique.
If there was just 1 artist you could listen to for the rest of your life, who would it be?
Bach... or Mozart? I cannot choose.
How would you describe Paint it rainbow, your song for the contest?
My song, Paint it, rainbow
, comes from the heart. To me it represents a turning point in my professional life as it is my first musical composition. It is my first time singing in public. I love to sing at home, on the street (yes, you can laugh) or for my almost 4 years old daughter, for my students (as I am also a piano teacher and we know the solfeggios are essential to a music student). However, I have never sang professionally on a stage before. And again a premiere: it is the first time when I write lyrics (except for children's songs). Me, the one who forgets the lyrics and mumbles every single word from any other song.
The lyrics of Paint it rainbow
came after a dear student of mine asked me if I had ever listened to "Paint it, black", both the Rolling Stones' original song, as well as Ramin Djawadi's version for the TV series Westworld. I did not know either of them but I fell in love with both versions. The lyrics almost came as a revelation to me.
After wanting to include a musical phrase from the original song, I said to myself that I wanted a happy love song, that I didn't want any shadows of discontent, only colours and, again, love and authentic communion. Putting the words to music was the challenging part. However, I had so much joy during the creative process because in my mind I only wanted to have a song that would satisfiy me first and foremost.
It took me two wonderful months to write and finish Paint it rainbow
and it feels almost like my child. My secret (not anymore) hope is that a lot of couples would recognise themselves and their unique love in my song.
How did you make the decision of entering Selectia Nationala this year?
I wanted my song to be listened to and Eurovision Song Contest was my first... natural choice because since I was 20 years old, I watched it and voted for my favourite song.
How would you make us want to come to Romania?
It is a country of paradoxes, of beautiful landscapes, still untamed and untouched by our hands, but it is also a safe country to visit. Romanians are really welcoming people, they are honest, you can easily connect to them, meaning you can form real friendships. Money-wise, for a foreigner, it is not costly at all to be here. You can still find very tasty vegetables and fruits. Also, the Romanian cooking style is unique in a good way.
Did I convince you to come to Romania?
How do you picture Eurovision in 10 years?
Less strategy, more valuable songs.
How are you going to win Eurovision 2018?
Being me :))
Diana, thank you so much for this interview! She will be one of 12 contestants to fight for 3 tickets for the final tomorrow night in Craiova!
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