EXCLUSIVE: “MOTHER” AUTHOR INTERVIEWED
BRUSSELS, BELGIUM – The oikotimes.com team was honoured to get the chance to exclusively chat with Ashley Hicklin, the author of the already popular Belgian entry “Mother”.
Can you tell us a bit more about yourself and your strong connection with the Eurovision Song Contest?
Hi Olivier, great to e-meet you, I’m originally from the UK, and I co-write songs for all different people across the world. I always watched Eurovision as a child and never thought I would be able to contribute, but luckily I had the chance with Tom Dice’s “Me and my Guitar” a few years back. Since then I’ve done the pre-selections in a few different countries and it’s always exciting and great fun!
You wrote the very emotional ballad “Mother” for Axel. How did you write this song?
The process for this song was very different to my normal approach. Normally I sit with the artist and we throw out ideas together. I try to help the artists find their voice through melodies and chords, it’s my perfect job. But for this song, Axel’s team contacted me and said – “we have a demo idea that we like, but need some help with the lyrics and melodies”. So we threw some ideas around via email and came up with this song that fits Axel perfectly.
How did you choose the performer of your song ? Did you know Axel before?
I knew of Axel before the Eurovision pre-selection – he was on The voice of Belgium and I thought he was amazing. It was an honour for me when his team contacted me about working on a track for him.
Why did you decide to enter Eurosong once more?
For me Eurovision is a great platform as a songwriter to get my creative energies out into the world. An audience of 125 million people in fact. I think most songwriters would be interested in that…
What was your reaction when Axel won the Belgian national final?
I also had another song in the pre-selection for Belgium, and a lot of my songwriter friends also had songs in the Belgium pre-selection. So it was certainly mixed emotions! Of course I was ecstatic that we won, there was a chicken dance and a few beers. But at the same I felt for the other contestants that I and my songwriter friends had written songs for… It’s everyone’s dream, but unfortunately not everyone can go to Eurovision.
As far as the performance is concerned, do you have special expectations for the contest itself?
Tom Dice made it to No.6 in the Eurovision finals, so hopefully we can get higher than that. The bookies expect Axel to be top 5, so hopefully we can do that! Place your bets now people!!!!!!!!!! In the end though, I guess my only hope is that people really connect with the song, regardless of who wins this year.
In a month from now, Eurovision will start. Did you listen to the other 36 entries? Do you have a personal favourite?
For comedy value I think the French entry is a good giggle. Not the finest songwriting but certainly entertaining!
Do you have projects in the near future? Next cooperation with Axel or other artists maybe?
I will hopefully work with Axel for sure on new songs. In the coming months I will also be working on a duo project myself www.ohbrightsparks.com
Do you have a special message for our readers in particular, and for European fans in general?
See you in Copenhagen people!!! Can’t wait to get this party started! May the best song win!