San Marino 2015: interview with Anita & Michele
Olivier Rocher (France)
SAN MARINO – The team of oikotimes.com had the pleasure to talk and get to know the representatives of San Marino in the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest, both of them known to most of us through the Junior Eurovision Song Contest.
Anita and Michele, though you’re not unknown to Eurofans, can you tell us a bit more about yourselves and your backgrounds?
ANITA: As you may know, I am a very regular girl. I was born on April, 14th 1999 in San Marino and I live in Montegiardino, the smallest municipality of San Marino. I’m attending the second year of high school with linguistic specialization in the capital of the Republic, studying English, French and German. Music has always played a key role in my life and I’ve always enjoyed singing in my spare time, especially doing homework or in the bathtub; I just loved to turn on the radio and sing along with myfavorite artists. I’ve started doing it in a more professional way at the age of 7 years old in the context of the children choir organized by Fausto Giacomini, teacher at San Marino’s music institute “Istituto Musicale Sammarinese”. Since 2014, I’ve been attending singing lessons to improve my skills with my mentor Linda Hermes and Augusto Ciavatta at the “Voice Academy” in San Marino. Then, one of my dreams suddenly came true, finding myself singing in front of the amazing audience of Malta during the JESC2014 with my friends The Peppermints.
MICHELE: I’m an alien. hahahaha, no, I’m an Italian guy and I really love singing and dancing since I was born. I listen to every type of music, but I really like black music: soul, funky, blues, pop. My favourite artists from “the past” are: Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles, James Brown, Michael Jackson, instead my favourite artists from “the present” are: Bruno Mars, Chris Brown, Ne-Yo and Stromae.
Can you tell us how and when you were selected by your national broadcaster SMRTV?
ANITA: I knew I was going to participate to ESC 2015 in Vienna right after the Junior Eurovision, they just called me after the competition. I couldn’t believe it!
MICHELE: My parents told me while we were driving to San Marino: you’re going to Eurovision for San Marino. San Marino RTV called me the day before and told: “Michele we need you tomorrow morning.” I said: “Yes. But why?” They said: “Tomorrow morning you will know.” And I never imagined that they would propose me to take part to the Eurovision. So when I knew it, I couldn’t believe it!
How was your song « Chain Of Lights » chosen, and who is the team behind this track?
ANITA: Ralph Siegel was the creator of the track. He’s amazing, an Eurovision expert who worked with extraordinary artists. We met several times in Munich to record and practice. It was an intense work, but joyful and peaceful as well. The lyrics are written by a well known Eurovision liricist, John O’Flynn, alias Bernd Meinunger, who also wrote the winning song ‘A little peace’ in 1982. The art director is Antonello Carozza, who also took care of ‘The Peppermints’ in Malta.
MICHELE: The TV choose a view songs to listen but I felt connected straight away with CHAIN OF LIGHTS.
What’s the message behind the song?
ANITA: “Chain of lights” is a message of peace and awakening of consciousness. With this song we would like to tell people that we can change the world in something better if we want to, because together everything is possible! Hope’s light is always on but it needs to be powered.
MICHELE: Let’s light a candle, it means let’s light that hope that we have inside to make the world a better place. Let ‘s create a CHAIN OF LIGHS for peace in the world
You’ve both been on Eurovision stage before, but with up tempo songs. Is performing a ballad that different for you?
ANITA: It’s different because I can express my feelings with more intensity. The performance on the stage will be completely different, but I like it.
MICHELE: Of course it will be different. I won’t dance as much as in the previous songs but I will try to express more intense emotions through the ballad.
You took part to Junior Eurovision (Michele in 2013, Anita in 2014), and you’re making Eurovision history this year, being the first junior contestants to move on to the « big » stage. How does it feel?
ANITA: It’s a huge emotion, a daydream! I hope I will never wake up!
MICHELE: I feel a great responsibility but I’m also aware that I’ve been very lucky to have all these opportunities, though I’m still very young!
What do you keep in mind from your Junior Eurovision experiences in Kyiv and Malta?
ANITA: I will always remember the big stage and the wonderful set and lights, the other amazing artists, the warm city and the friendly audience.
MICHELE: I will never ever forget the audience singing “OoO, Ooo, Sole Intorno a me!” during the live show!
Michele, you’re an Italian artist. How do you feel representing San Marino in the contest?
San Marino gave me the chance to perform at the Junior Eurovision first and then trusted me for the ‘adult’ Eurovision. I feel so honoured and I know I will need to do all my best, not only for me and for my future but also for the Republic of San Marino
You’re song will be performed in English, just like most Sammarinese entries so far. Why not singing in Italian?
ANITA: To reach a bigger part of the audience and because we thought that it would have been the better choice, considering the great importance we give to the message of the song.
MICHELE: There are songs works better in English.
Have you listen to the other 39 entries for Vienna? Do you have a favourite so far?
ANITA: I really like the songs of Azerbaijan, Austria and Sweden! I’m sure they’ll get extraordinary results.
MICHELE: The Australian entry is the one I feel closer in terms of style but my favourite one is “Grande Amore” by ‘Il Volo’, great song.
Until the contest, are you planning to promote the song abroad?
ANITA: Yes, we’re going to Moscow for preparty ESC show the 24th of April.
MICHELE: We’re planning to go to the Russian event, that’s all.
Did you get any advice from San Marino Eurovision veteran Valentina Monetta? Will she be involved in Eurovision 2015?
ANITA: Valentina suggested me to train and sing a lot before the competition, so that I can get to Vienna ready and self confident! She’s an amazing artist! I recently unveiled my official page on Facebook with her best wishes for me. She’s going to be with us during the ESC as spoke person for San Marino in the final on the 23rd of Mai.
MICHELE: No, not yet as she is living in London now … But I hope to meet her in Vienna.
Do you have a special message to oikotimes.com readers?
ANITA: See you all soon in Vienna, dear friends! I’ll never forget your support. Hope you’ll fall in love with “Chain of lights” as I did! Kisses!
MICHELE: Sure, we have a message: light a candle for everybody out there… Create a CHAIN OF LIGHTS for peace