Switzerland 2015: interview with Andy McSean
ZÜRICH, SWITZERLAND – On January 31st we will know which of the six acts will get the ticket to to Vienna. The team of oikotimes.com is amazed this year with all six finalists as they all have something great to present, a rare case in a Swiss selection. Therefore we decided to interview all of them. First to respond back was Andy McSean who will bid for Vienna with the song “Hey Now”.
Can you tell us a bit more about your background?
I was grown up with music. My parents are big fans – my mum turned on the pop radio, my dad was collecting vinyl discs of rock acts. They promoted me all the time and gave me the opportunity to learn instruments like flute and keyboard. At the age of 16, I felt in love with singing. I switched to singing group of our school-band, because one of the lead singers was missing. Since then, there was no way back! I joined different local bands – started to learn guitar, bass and piano on my own – played in every gig that we could get. We recorded our first studio sessions and recorded demo tapes. It was getting high and low with the wave of success. I was never satisfied with all the projects, because it was never really “my” music. The last band broke up in 2011 – and I tried to continue as a solo artist. First scared of the new situation, it changed into a big chance to write and play music as I always imagined. But there was no stage for a “no-name” artist. So I started intense touring, first in cities close to me, then in cities in the whole Swiss and bordering countries and then in the Grafton Street in Ireland. Many dreams came true – and it was a motivation to move it to a higher level. By chance, a guy from a record label in Austria saw me and offered a record deal. That was the start of a new era. I had the chance to record my first album with my very own songs. With the album, it was possible to spark musicians to join the band for touring – and clubs to book Andy McSean. Maybe the next step is the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest – don’t stop dreaming…!
How did you end up in the Swiss national selection show?
Just spotted the online form and entered. It seemed to be the perfect moment for that. I’m trying to reach a bigger awareness to give the promoters the courage to book Andy McSean. It is a bit pity – but today a big name worth more than music itself. The Eurovision Song Contest is still one of the biggest TV-Events in the whole world. So it is one of the best stage to present yourself and your music.
What’s the story behind your song?
It was a great experience as a songwriter to write a song targeted to the Eurovision audience. I’ve tried to imagine the moment of performing the song in front of the Eurovision crowd. It was my wish to create a happy song with the power to start the crowd dancing, clapping or sing along. Lyrically it tells the story of these magic little moments, catching somebody’s eyes on the dance floor – overwhelmed by this character.
With no less than four national languages, how do you explain that Swiss entries are performed in English?
Sad but true… I can only explain my reasons to choose english as my “music-language”. First – I’ve tried to write my lyrics in German. But I realised, that it is much harder to write about feelings in that language without sounding too cheesy! Second – It didn’t fit well with the music. It is pretty hard to accustom your writing to a new language. I was always listening to English lyrics and always wrote in English. And third – There’s hope to reach a bigger audience with the most-spoken language in the world. But – juts to say – I love good songs in my own language. There are even more touching, if well penned.
What would you be ready to do to win the trophy in Vienna?
I’m already investing every free minute in my music. Since the ESC-adventure started, it is every second! Of course – there are many rehearsal sessions with the band and staff, but the most intensive work is to become known. That includes pretty much back office work – social media, interviews, promo-gigs an more. I’m absolutely ready to do that and even more – because I love music and I’d like tho share it with as many people possible. But to keep in mind – in the very end, what matters is to be yourself!
For foreigners, Switzerland is the country of chocolate, banks, clocks and of course the purple Milka cow. What vision of Switzerland would you like Eurovision viewers to have this year?
I’m proud of our fantastic nature and great chocolate, but there is even more. I think that most of the people from other countries look at us as a square nation. It would be fun to present a modern and urban view on this beautiful nation.
Honestly, have you ever been ashamed of a Swiss Eurovision entry?
No! Surely I had to explain the decision to a few guys. But I was grown up with the ESC – and in my opinion it is still a songwriter contest. Of course – there was much horseplay around the event in the last few years. But I take it absolutely serious – with having fun being pat of it.