Ritvars uses his song as a platform for all fathers. Here is his interview!
How would you define yourself in one word?
How would you describe your state of mind when you're on stage?
I am very nervous, and probably I am not the only one who says so.
How would you quickly tell your life story?
This is a tough one - there is not much to tell... And after all it is not up to me, it will be up to people I lived with, who loved or hated me.
How does one make you angry?
In very broad terms it's injustice that makes me angry and mostly when I know there is nothing I can do about it. So go ahead and do something unjust to another person and that will make me angry, it does not necessarily has to be me.
How does one make you happy?
You should ask my wife, because she does that incredibly well, and I personally have no idea how she does it.
How would you define your taste in music?
I would not :)
If there was just 1 artist you could listen to for the rest of your life, who would it be?
As a joke - I would prefer Jacob Collier, simply because he is still so young and I am very curious of what is he going to come up with. But if I would choose someone that I am completely sure about today, it would be Claude Debussy. In another setting it might be someone else.
How would you describe Who's counting, your song for the contest?
I wrote it as a means of reconnecting with my son, but since it got into the semifinals it also serves as a means of attracting attention to the struggle many fathers have to face when they attempt to become a greater part of their kid's life and meet resistance.
How did you make the decision of entering the Supernova this year?
I have been submitting songs for some years now, but this particular song it just came to me a few weeks before deadline so asked my musician friend Marcis Vasilevskis, if he would be interested in helping me to produce the song. He invited even more musicians and we wound up a week later in a studio with 8 musicians and almost 100 tracks of recorded material. And another week after that the song was submitted to the contest.
How would you make us want to come to Latvia?
I would invite you personally. Latvia is very magical, but like visiting any magical kingdom you have to find yourself a local guide, it will change your experience dramatically. There is a lot to experience here and most of it has to do with people. You won't find mind-blowing landscapes like in Alps or skyscrapers like in London or New York, but there is a lot of hidden surprises under the surface, you just need a guide to help you find it.
How do you picture Eurovision in 10 years?
Anything can happen! Eurovision is a remarkable mirror of international society, and I mean the actual people not politicians or elite, to me it showcases what actually the international society looks like at any given moment. One may like or dislike what it looks like, but to me it is uniquely honest way of describing how actual people feel all around the world.
How are you going to win Eurovision 2018?
I am a very humble person, so I will say that odds are not in my favor :)
Ritvars, thank you very much for this interview! He will sing Who's counting this Saturday against 6 other competitors!
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