Spain 2016: Salvador Beltrán ‘I am wishing and hoping that you feel the song as your own’
MADRID, SPAIN – Salvador Beltrán (El Prat de Llobregat, Barcelona, 1992) is not a newcomer. He cites his Andalusian mother as the reason for his music taste since childhood. At age 13 he started playing guitar and then also the piano. Besides flamenco he also mentions Joan Manuel Serrat as one of his references. Supported by Spanish top star, Alejandro Sanz, he released his first album Change Of Plans in 2012, for which he won Best Newcomer at one of Spain’s main music radio stations, Cadena Dial. Salvador’s second album Reflejos de mi camino, came out this year with a repertoire of songs bringing together rock, reggae, bossa nova and funky pop, all under his melodic light. Salvador writes all his material which has an international flair not forgetting its pure origins. Salvador Beltrán and Miguel Ángel Arenas ‘Capi’ are the authors of his entry for the Eurovision national selection.
Why do you want to represent Spain in Stockholm?
Because it would be a dream to achieve and I want to achieve it and do my best for everyone.
What can and will you do to secure Spain a better position in the Eurovision Song Contest than the latest year’s bad results? My proposal is a song that talks of the people of here, of all of us. Even if the words are elaborated and with meaning, in the chorus and in the performance the message will be transmitted, with the only language of music in itself and I trust a lot in it.
What can we expect from your song and stage performance?
That it lives in the heart and that you see yourself in the story, that it becomes yours…that in the stage performance people from any language will receive the happiness and heart of the song.
Is it important to sing in Spanish?
As I say, music has no frontiers or barriers if the theme is good and the message the same, the language doesn’t matter and I have confidence in that. My proposal is in Spanish like the rest of my music.
You are writing music with international flair and not forgetting the origin. How do you do that?
Enjoying myself immensely with the different musical styles, I like pure music, like Soul, Funk, Bossa, Flamenco, Salsa and I think everything is possible in what is expected of a modern pop artist.
Why is it important to keep the origin in your music?
In my case I can tell you that if this wasn’t the case, I couldn’t defend what I sing.
You are from Barcelona in a region that politically wants to be independent. Do you think about that when you are a candidate to represent the whole Spain in Stockholm? Of course not, it’s what I feel like the majority of my friends and colleagues. I am Catalan, Spanish, European and from the whole world. This is how I feel, the world and the earth belongs to everyone and people are people everywhere. Thank you so much for your support, I will give my all to the pre-selection and the show. I am wishing and hoping that you feel the song as your own.