Marina Martensson is a Swede hidden in Slovenia! And to pay homage to the way Eurovision builds bridges between countries and languages, her interview will be available in 3 languages: Swedish, French and English.
How would you define yourself in one word?
How would you describe your state of mind when you're on stage?
I am in a different headspace and go inside myself as a storyteller and transporter of emotions, and suddenly I get a stronger reason to live.
How would you quickly tell the story of your life?
I was born in the south Sweden, in 1987 and grew up in a jazz club that my parents owned. Music became my religion already as a child, and it steadily drives me through life as a singer and songwriter. In 2013, I left Sweden and wound up in my mother's roots' city, Izola in Slovenia. Here, I met myself in the perfection of my lifestyle and since then I have let my religion spread.
How does one make you angry?
When an egotistical person doesn't think of the consequences to his actions.
How does one make you happy?
It is easy, with some eye-contact and a smile. Love and respect!
How would you define your taste in music?
Very large. And open-minded.
If there was just 1 artist you could listen to for the rest of your life, who would it be?
How would you describe Blizu, your song for the contest?
is a serious ballad on love that got extinct, but it is not a love story full of sorrow, rather really hopeful. Dreams are close.
How did you make the decision of entering EMA this year?
The wind blew in the right direction! It all happened very fast but I trusted my gut feeling. And last year's winner made the decision seem even easier, because Blizu
is not a typical commercial song, and I am not a typical commercial singer, far from it. But it feels extremely good to take a step in that unknown world, to go and meet new listeners. I made the song with my beloved band and I have a fantastic team around me. They make EMA feel like the exact right way to go, to spread Blizu
How would you make us want to come to Slovenia?
By spreading my love for Slovenia through enchanting you with my song in Slovenian, so you can vote for me all the way to the final victory.
How do you picture Eurovision in 10 years?
Last year's winner made a revolution within Eurovision, according to me, and widened the market of pure true music in the contest. It opened a door for a lot of new artists to enter ESC, I think. And I think that we are going to witness a big change in the commercial music genre in the next 10 years.
How are you going to win Eurovision 2018?
By being myself 100% and believing in the song 200%.
Marina, thank you very much for this interview! She will sing Blizu for the first time ever this Saturday, on the stage of EMA!
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