AZERBAIJAN 2014: ESC ENTRY PRESENTED
BAKU, AZERBAIJAN – Azerbaijan’s entry Dilara Kazimova will perform Start a Fire during the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest, in the contest’s first Semi Final on the May 6 at B&W Hallerne in Copenhagen, Denmark. The young, talented Dilara describes her entry song as ‘a confession of strong yet vulnerable women. ‘The song is not just about love, but also about kindness, humanity and respect for each other,’ she said. ‘It’s also about being absolutely lonely in a world that can be so cruel.’
An established artist, Dilara is gaining popularity in Azerbaijan, and is about to attract a wider European audience. Dilara’s operatic training gives her impressive vocal diversity, and permits a repertoire that ranges from soul and opera to jazz and pop. For Eurovision 2014, she says that she wanted a very special song. ‘Start a Fire is the best choice for me – says Dilara, – The melody is kind of hypnotizing and the story is deep and touching. It’s a bit tragic but with hope. I’m very much into the song and want to make my audiences feel its deep meaning.’
Start a Fire was written by a team of Johan Kronlund, Alessandra Gunthardt and Stefan Örn, author of “Running Scared,” Eurovision winner in 2011. The song been chosen internally by the Azerbaijani national jury. The lyrics proclaim, ‘May the slightest light start a fire.’ Hopefully¸ that fire may just ignite Dilara’s popularity with Eurovision fans all around Europe.
INFORMATION ABOUT DILARA
It’s been a long way for a 29-year-old Dilara Kazimova to join the Eurovision family and she’s now ready to take on all comers and gain the admiration of new fans in Europe. First time Dilara took her chance at Azerbaijani National Selection as a member of pop-rock band Unformal in 2008, when country debuted in Eurovision. The band finished second in the final. Later, in 2010 Dilara qualified to the final as a part of a female duo Milk & Kisses. Same year she went to represent Azerbaijan at another international music festival New Wave in Yurmala, Latvia.
Dilara has what it takes to be a standout. Early vocal training gave her a great range and vocal discipline. As a child, she was surrounded by music from opera and the classics, to the rock legends like Freddie Mercury. Not to mention the influence of traditional Azeri folk music. She’s taken elements from each of these diverse genres, developing her own unique vocal style brilliantly showed at this year’s Azerbaijani final of Böyük Səhnə. Dilara is remarkably flexible, handling a Motown-inspired Mercy with soul and impressive energy, or a jazzy cover of Hometown Glory which may actually be as good as Adele’s original effort.
Dilara began to sing professionally at age 14, and for the last 15 years have been experimenting with variety of styles as she trained her versatile voice. She was introduced to music professionally at the U. Hajibekov Baku Academy of Music. Later on she graduated as an opera singer from Baku Conservatory. Besides music Dilara has a passion for painting and acting. Her filmography includes Try, do not breathe (2006) and In-between (2007), where besides acting she has also created a soundtrack Sonzul yol. One of her next planned steps for future is to combine music with acting in musical.
Dilara is in her top shape as an artist. Fans of live music in Baku knows her as one of the most-wanted and most discussed guest of city’s modern alternative stage. When she’s got a chance Dilara spends her spare time in the yoga studio or reading books on psychology. She also loves animals and never wears fur in life or on stage.