Tonight, Germany is making a decision! And it is an important one : the country must stop that trend that makes them systematically reach the bottom of the final ranking since a few years now.
Among the hopefuls, Michael Schulte!
How would you define yourself in one word?
How would you describe your state of mind when you're on stage?
It definitely feels like being in a totally different world, where you even sometimes really get lost (in a positive way). It’s just you, your voice and your songs. Also the energy you get from the audience is something very special. Having a bad day, going up on stage, doing what you love, really can change your feelings and make a perfect day.
How would you quickly tell your life story?
That’s difficult. Let’s try:
A very honest boy from the very north of Germany with a passion: music. Started to sing when I was seven and basically never stopped from there on. Never had any lessons, but always got better and better - „learning by doing“. Started to post videos on YouTube in 2006 and am still doing that today and then got 3rd at The Voice of Germany in 2012. In between I sang and sang and sang. On stages or also busking on the streets. Released seven albums, many many songs and am now in the German ESC preselection, which is a great honor to me.
How does one make you angry?
By not being honest and by being lazy.
How does one make you happy?
By being natural and making me laugh.
How would you define your taste in music?
I like my taste. But not everyone likes what I like.
I listen to mostly quiet and gentle music. Artists like Bon Iver, Ben Howard, James Blake, London Grammar, Bear’s Den. I never listen to party music, rock, hip hop or R&B at home.
If there was just 1 artist you could listen to for the rest of your life, who would it be?
What can you tell us about your song? Can you give us the title?
The title is „You Let Me Walk Alone“ and it’s very personal to me. I have never before talked about this in public, but I felt like after all these years, it’s now okay to share this story. The song is a piano ballad and I am singing about the loss of my father 13 years ago. I wrote it together with Nisse Ingwersen, Katharina Müller and Thomas Stengaard (who wrote the Danish winning song in 2013). The song is very special to me and I hope that the audience will somehow be able to feel that too.
How did you make the decision of entering the German selection this year?
I’ve always been a big fan of the Eurovision Song Contest, watching it every year with my entire family. Always was one of my highlights of the year. Now that I figured my music seems to be very international, I came up with the idea “Hey.. wait. I’m a ESC Fan, my music has more than 1.2 million streams a month in countries like Sweden, Norway, UK, the US.. isn’t that perfect for ESC?”. As I always had that big dream of one day performing at ESC, I somehow all of a sudden felt: now’s the time!
So I applied at the NDR and 1 month later go the call that I’m one of the last 20 acts. Funny thing was that when I applied, the NDR had already put an eye on me and had added me to the last 200 acts. So even if I wouldn’t have applied, the NDR would have contacted me. A good sign, I think. Another sign was that I was actually in Portugal when Portugal won the ESC. And now my goal is to be back in Portugal one year later and represent Germany.
How would you make us want to come to Germany?
Come visit me and I’ll make you the best coffee ever!
How do you picture Eurovision in 10 years?
That’s hard to say. I would guess that it’s still kinda the same. Just the voting part might have changed again.
How are you going to win Eurovision 2018?
By just being me. Not trying to be someone else. Be authentic and just sing your song and present it how you feel it. And I think my song has the potential to be a winning title!
Michael, thank you very much for this interview! He will be one of 6 tonight, and will perform You Let Me Walk Alone to try and represent Germany in Lisbon !
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