THE NETHERLANDS – Duncan Laurence is representing The Netherlands with the song Arcade at the Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv. The singer-songwriter, who wrote Arcade himself, has just announced this on the biggest national talkshow of The Netherlands.
Duncan Laurence about Arcade: “When I was studying at the Rockacademie I learned that you can appeal to a large audience without losing your own story in the process. I searched for touching stories that moves people, from my own life or someone else’s. I got my inspiration from the story of a loved one who died at a young age. I decided to call the song Arcade – the words and chords came by themselves, which is why, despite the alternations in the song, it still sounds so organic. During the writing process of Arcade I received help from Joel Sjöö and Wouter Hardy and because of that it developed into a shared story and not just my own. Arcade is a story about the search for the love of your life. It is the hope for the – sometimes -unattainable.
I have written several songs since Arcade, but to me Arcade feels like the core and the start of my search for how I can do something meaningful for others with my songs. Even though I had already been writing songs for years, Arcade still feels like the start of my career. I want to touch people with my music, possibly help them and give them something. In the case of Arcade, I have created some advice for myself and hopefully for others as well. A lesson of life: you determine your own happiness.”
In the coming period Duncan is going to be focusing on perfecting the act. He will be doing so together with his creative team, made up of, among others, Hans Pannecoucke (artistic direction), Ignace d’Haese (lighting) and Ilse DeLange.
Duncan Laurence will be performing in the second semi-final of the Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv on Thursday, 16 May. The semi-finals (on 14 and 16 May) and the final (on 18 May) are being broadcast by AVROTROS on the NPO 1 channel.