Spain 2016: Electric Nana ‘I think it would be pretty epic and fun at the same time’
Fotis Konstantopoulos (Greece)
MADRID, SPAIN – Monica Vazquez, Electric Nana was born in Madrid in 1987. At 14 she started writing music and playing piano and guitar. She writes, arranges and produces her own songs, creating fresh and original music. Her passion for music makes her an artist able to write different types of music and in several languages (English, Spanish or French), she is bilingual and has a degree in Journalism. Her first stage appearance as Nana Electric dates from 2007 and four years later, in 2011, she rose to fame with the Plan B by Carlos Jean’s Plan B and his songs Lead The Way and Gimme The Base, which reached #1. She’s also penned songs for soundtracks, commercials and other artists like DJ Nano, Why Five, Check Baby Check or Carlos Jean. Earlier this year she released her first album To Life!, fully written in English by Electric Nana, including a goo mix of rock, folk and electronic music. Her songs are optimistic to celebrate life in its broadest sense. Electric Nana herself is the author of her candidate song.
Electric Nana will be performing Café de Palma in Madrid on the 24th January. Tickets can be purchased here
Why do you want to represent Spain in Stockholm?
I’ve always wanted to go to Eurovision. It’s one of my oldest dreams regarding music. I grew up watching the festival every single year; it’s a tradition in my family. That’s why, when I finally got the chance to offer myself for the project, I didn’t think it twice.
What can and will you do to secure Spain a better position in the Eurovision Song Contest than the latest year’s bad results? I’m bringing with me an international song, written in English, and a live performance that will be 100% about that song. It would be fun, strong and unique. I actually have a pretty crazy idea of what I would do if I get to go… I have to double check if it can be done first of course… but I think it would be pretty epic and fun at the same time.
What can we expect from your song and stage performance?
As I said, the song has a lot to say about this. She’s in charge now, basically. But it would be a reflection of how I felt while I was writing it… and it was an awesome moment, full of light and laughter, determination and all the rock I have in the core of my indie-pop soul.
Is it important to sing in Spanish?
The most important thing is to write something real. Something that truly means something to you. We all have our way of understanding our own reality, our identity and place in the world. I’ve always felt deeply European, very international and blessed to have been born in beautiful Spain. For me is very important to be honest about this in my music. I hope it gets to show how I feel about who I am once it’s out there. I hope you like it!
You wrote your own song. Does that make any difference for you on stage?
Writing your own music, all on your own, changes the way you feel and develop on stage… at least that’s how I feel. You’re bringing to the table pure honesty… you’re basically performing on your emotional underwear… and I think music has to be a little bit like that… all the freaking time.
You’ve said that you want to celebrate life with your music. Will your Eurovision song also be a celebration of life? How? There are a million ways of celebrating life… and I want to explore them all with my music, of course! My song for Eurovision is a fun way to make a stand… and fight for what you want… or furthermore, to fight for who you want to be, keeping in mind that life is, after all, a great place to get lost and enjoy how complicated and how simple everything really is.