Iceland have been clear favourites at Eurovision 2020 – earlier than it was cancelled (Image: RUV)
It’s been a really bizarre yr for Daði Freyr.
The 28-year-old musician shot to viral fame again in February when the video for his entry for Iceland’s Eurovision choice, Assume About Issues, turned an web sensation because of its uber-catchy refrain and quirky dance routine.
Iceland selected Daði and his fictional Eurovision band Gagnamagnið to signify them at Eurovision, they usually have been the hot favourite to win in Rotterdam. Sadly, the coronavirus pandemic cancelled the Eurovision Song Contest, and there was no winner for 2020 – with guidelines stating that Assume About Issues can’t compete sooner or later.
However even and not using a dwell efficiency watched by thousands and thousands, the monitor turned an enormous hit. It was picked up on TikTok to soundtrack the ‘quarantine dance’, with celebrities like Jennifer Garner arising and right down to Assume About Issues to whereas away the hours. And 10 months after its unique launch, Jamie Laing did the cha cha to the track on Strictly Come Dancing’s opening episode, which was watched by 10 million individuals.
‘Simply yesterday it was on Dancing With The Stars in Lithuania, a good friend of mine despatched me that,’ Freyr informed Metro.co.uk from Berlin, the place he lives with spouse and bandmate Árný Fjóla Ásmundsdóttir and their one-year-old daughter Áróra. ‘It’s so bizarre.
‘I do know that it’s widespread in Eire and that it’s performed far and wide, nevertheless it’s exhausting to know how widespread it’s, and you then see it on a mainstream present like that… it feels extra actual.’
Assume About Issues hysteria should be coasting alongside its peak, however Freyr is able to put it to mattress, asserting that the ‘period’ of the track is over – though he acknowledges he isn’t actually the one to determine that anymore.
‘I imply, it’s out of my management at this level, I can’t simply be like, okay, no extra. [But] I’m simply not going to launch extra remixes and completely different variations of it. I don’t know what number of interviews I’ve completed which have been solely about Assume About Issues and the way a lot stuff I’ve completed for radio… there’s been a whole lot of work selling Assume About Issues, so it’s the top of the chapter for me personally to cease having the primary focus there and begin specializing in new music.’
The primary focus will now be on Freyr’s Eurovision 2021 entry. He confirmed final month that he and Gagnamagnið – made up of his spouse Árný, sister Sigrún and mates Hulda, Stefán and Jóhann – will be back to represent Iceland at subsequent yr’s contest in Rotterdam. Freyr had initially stated he wouldn’t compete once more on the nationwide remaining Söngvakeppnin, however returning for his or her stab at Eurovision glory was a no brainer.
‘I contacted Gagnamagnið immediately to verify what their emotions about it have been, and all of us agreed that we needed to go,’ he defined.
‘We had bought all overrated for Eurovision as a result of we have been going. That’s the primary cause I needed to go once more, as a result of we as a gaggle, we’ve competed twice within the [Icelandic national final]. We’ve completed a whole lot of stuff collectively to try to get to Eurovision, after which we bought there and it didn’t occur.’
Freyr doesn’t really feel like his new track has to dwell as much as the recognition of Assume About Issues, however that doesn’t imply that he’s resting on his laurels. ‘I simply need the stage efficiency and our Eurovision efficiency to be higher, that’s the primary aim. I’m competing in Eurovision to compete in Eurovision. I’m not doing it to get streams on the brand new songs, I really wish to compete in Eurovision.’
The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) has confirmed that the Music Contest will happen subsequent Might it doesn’t matter what, and has set out four scenarios, primarily based on no matter scenario Europe finds itself in by then. This ranges from the complete Eurovision expertise, full with 41 delegations, press and followers gathering at Rotterdam’s Ahoy Enviornment, to a distant contest, with performances held within the entrants’ nations.
He’s coming again for extra in Rotterdam subsequent summer time (Image: Baldur Kristjánsson)
‘I imply, the perfect state of affairs could be to have the common model of Eurovision,’ Freyr stated. ‘That’s just about the rationale we’re doing this, as a result of we wish to strive that. It could be very disappointing if we needed to file every thing in Iceland and have this distant competitors.
‘Not less than, I would like everyone to be on the identical stage. It may be an actual Eurovision then. If everyone does it from house, it’s going to be superb within the wealthy nations and possibly rather less superb within the poorer nations. But when Eurovision really occurs, everybody has the identical stage, the identical gear, the identical cameras, the identical every thing. That’s the competitors.’
It wasn’t simply Eurovision that was ripped from Freyr’s 2020 schedule. His European tour, together with dates throughout the UK, has been pushed again till March, and he admits that with the ever-changing restrictions, ‘we’re not sure that’s going to occur both’. However Freyr continues to be managing a pageant billing this week, as he performs at a particular version of Iceland Airwaves.
The dwell streaming pageant, Stay From Reykjavik, will see artists together with Of Monsters Of Males, Ólafur Arnalds and Hatari carry out from iconic venues across the metropolis, and Freyr might be acting from the Metropol in Berlin.
‘It’s nonetheless form of surreal to see my title in that group of artists which have been an affect on me and I seemed as much as for years. It’s a cool feeling,’ he stated. ‘It’s tremendous cool they’re doing an Iceland Airwaves, although it’s clearly in no way the identical because the precise pageant. However I’m excited to attend the pageant, I’ve by no means attended a pageant like this. I’m excited to have my very own private Iceland Airwaves at house. No strains.’
However after that, it’s (hopefully) again to Iceland for Christmas along with his household, earlier than he dives into Eurovision chaos for the second yr in a row.
‘I’m going to try to write this Eurovision track,’ Freyr stated of his plans for the subsequent few months. ‘It’s going slowly however I feel it’s occurring. Eurovision is principally the subsequent factor.’
Daði Freyr will carry out at Stay From Reykjavik by Iceland Airwaves this weekend, November 13 and 14 – for more information, go to the festival website.