RIGA, LATVIA – Markus Riva from Latvia is participating in Dizesma 2014, the show through which the country will decide its participation to Eurovision Song Contest 2014. Get to know Markus through our chat with him.
Markus hello! Thank you for talking with us. First I would like to ask you is this your first participation at Latvian national final?
Hello to you to Stefan. Thank you and oikotimes.com for contacting me. This is the first time for me as a soloist. I had 2 songs in finals in recent years as a songwriter – one with Sabine Berezina & PeR “Bye, Bye” and the other one for Lily “Download Your Dreams”.
You will compete at Eurodiezma with song called “Lights on”. When was the song created and was it made specially for Eurodiezma?
Actually no. It was not made specially for Eurovision. Me and Gaitis (the co-author) started to work on this project already in April. We have worked together before. In our collaborations we created two songs – “We Dance 4 Reason” and “How it feels to be a man”. I wrote the lyrics for Lights on in May so soon after we started to record some demos. Finally in October we made the final version and decided to shorten it to three minutes so it fits for Eurovision.
What are your expectations regarding Diezma 2014?
Everyone there wants to win and so do I. I want to be as best as I can be so I am working on that. But basically it is all a game of luck.
Can you tell us something about your performance. What are you planing?
I don’t want to reveal much, but the lights will be very important for the show. We will shoot a video for it straight after Christmas, so I want this song to live also without Eurovision. It has a nice meaning and positive vibe so it can be inspirational for everyone.
I saw on your Facebook page that you are friend with Sak Noel, will he do a remix for your song?
Sak Noel will be in Riga at the end of January, so I need to talk to him about it first. Maybe. We will see how it all goes.
In the end I will ask you if you win, how will you feel?
Flawless. I think this competition is all about winning. There is good top to reach. We will see. Never lose a hope.
Markus thank you very much for this interview. It was a true to pleasure talking with you. I wish you all the best for upcoming holidays and of course at Diezma 2014.
Thank you very much Stefan. The pleasure is all mine.
MORE INFORMATION ABOUT MARKUS RIVA
MARKUS RIVA is latvian pop artist, song writer, acotr and model. Basicly educated as a classical musician, but working as a part of popmusic. In Year 2006 Markus has been signed for a indie record label DEESELECTA /Latvia/ and in year 2009 released debut album TICU /I BELIEVE/ which includes 15 songs mostly writen by Markus Riva but also includes compositions by Yana Kay, DJ Mike Tiller and cover version from 80’s funk and jazz group SHAKATAK.
The hit PARADISE SUMMER hit the charts summer 2008. Markus is known with hits like #1 for radio STAR FM – DALA NO TEVIS and top 10 single in Muzikala Banka TAVA TUVUMA, duet SILENT HEART with TV show star Kristine Grundmane. Markus has graduated Choir School of RIga Dom Cathedral. In year 2003 Markus did a GRAND PRIX in song festival DZIESMA MANAI PAAUDZEI. When he was a backvocalist for the duo CREEM in Eurovision Song Contest producers offered a contract with indie label DEESELECTA.
In year 2006 and 2007 Markus participated in musical WEST SIDE STORY by Leonard Bernstein playing ACTION BOY from JETS. In early 2008 Markus was in the cast for musical LES MISERABLES. In teenager years Markus worked for broadcast JUNIORS TV but from 2006 – 2009 worked as a producer and host for youth broadcast RADIOBUMBA in Latvian National Radio 1. Markus has model experience – worked for many fashion shows in Latvia including Riga Fashion Week ( S/S, A/W 2007-2009), editorials for magazine shoots and did some comercials.
Markus is a well-known composer who writes song for other artists as well. In year 2009 BYE BYE was one of the top 5 songs in National Eurovision Song Contest. In year 2008 Markus wrote a Eurovision song DOWNLOAD YOUR DREAM for TV show star and singer LILY. He has written songs for famous Latvian singers like Ieva Kerēvica, Kristīne Grundmane.