Spain 2016: Barei ‘it’s a risk, because of the language, the style, the stage performance’
MADRID, SPAIN – Bárbara Reyzábal (1982) is Barei, singer and songwriter with two albums on the market, Billete para no volver and Throw The Dice, and a music career spanning over 16 years, with influences of American pop, soul and black music. Barei, who has studied music theory, singing, guitar, piano and participated in the Benidorm Festival before travelling to Miami, where she began to compose her demos. On her return to Spain she performed in the main stages of Madrid. This year she performed at the Starlite in Marbella. Barei sings and writes mainly in English and has penned songs for other Spanish artists such as Malu and Edurne, or the Japanese singer J. May and has also done some music works for television. She has an energetic and direct style, trying to cause a commotion on the listeners. Among her references, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, OneRepublic, Maroon 5, Sia or Pink. Barei’s Eurovision hopeful will be written by herself and Rubén Villanueva.
Why do you want to represent Spain in Stockholm?
For an independent artist, without a record company for support, who composes and performs her own music and who’s project is entirely in English, going to the most important festival in Europe is, without doubt, the BIG DOOR through which she can continue advancing and passing milestones. An opportunity which I would certainly not want to miss for anything in the world.
What can and will you do to secure Spain a better position in the Eurovision Song Contest than the latest year’s bad results? Perhaps try and do things in a different way as it’s the only way to bring a change to the results, for better or worse, but at least, a different way would have been attempted to play our cards and there would be no doubt of if the problem was to continue doing it the same or very similar. In my case it’s a risk, because of the language, the style, the stage performance that I want to take but it’s a different option.
What can we expect from your song and stage performance?
The song has a lot of strength in the concept as well as in the sound and the production is very much up-to-date. It’s a stage performance very difference from what we’re used to seeing representing Spain at the Contest. I hope that it’s to the desired level. Now to work a lot on it so that it becomes so. I would like to offer a powerful and innovative live performance. With a stage performance very minimalist, an international image and something very creative and different from anything done before.
Is it important to sing in Spanish?
It seems to offer you more opportunities the option to have some part in Spanish. Each person has their own idea of what should represent Spain in the contest. Perhaps they wish to run the risk this year and not worry as much about the language, or maybe not. I think that the best song should win irrespective of the language or the style.
You have worked with music for several years now. Why have you decided to participate in the Eurovision pre-selection in Spain? I have imagined it many times but the truth is that my manager was who signed me up for it a short while ago and suddenly he called me telling me that my project and my music had been very liked and that I could be one of the candidates and now, a few weeks later, here I am. Emotional and with an oportunity ahead of me like no other.
Your music is American inspired. Is your Eurovision song inspired by American music too? My music has many infinite styles, from American pop, British, Soul, Funk…In Europe and in the whole world you hear all types of music, especially now when everything is available to all. In Spain you listen from Pablo Alborán, Alejandro Sanz or Malú to Sia, Emelie Sandé, Maroon 5, Adele, Pink, Michael Jackson…People want good music and authentic music without caring about it’s origin. I don’t only say it, the world charts of Spotify, iTunes, etc also say it. And being more exact… If I don’t remember incorrectly, the last winners of Eurovision have been precisely artists who represented countries of a non English language like Sweden or Austria and they sang in English, no?
Definately…the songs and the interpretation matter more, not the language.
Do you think that will have a positive effect in this competition?
It all depends on the level of the song, the quality of the composition, of the content, the production and interpretation and the other proposals from the other candidates. The best will win, no doubt. Thank you, thank you and many more times thank you to oikotimes.com and the Eurofans for so much unconditional support and for having the confidence in us to represent them. Let’s cros out fingers and our toes! Big Kiss.