Good Evening Europe talked to The Makemakes, winner of the Austrian Final “Wer singt für Österreich” and the representative of Austria at the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest in Vienna.
Good Evening Europe: First of all congratulations on being selected to represent Austria in Eurovision Song Contest 2015! How did you react when you were named winner of the national Final?
Thank you very much. We were stoked, couldnt believe it first. Then we felt great.
Good Evening Europe: The name of your band is Makemakes. What’s the story behind the name and why did you chose it?
There’s a cool little planet named Makemake. He is part of the process of finding our bandname.
Good Evening Europe: Could you introduce us to your musical career so far – and what have been you biggest (musical) achievements?
Dodo and Flo met at musicschool when they were childs. A few years later the two of them met Max and they founded a band. Long before they became The Makemakes. Our big musical achievement so far is our album, being released in the next days!
Good Evening Europe: How would you describe your musical style and who are your musical influences?
We rock. We are influenced by the 60’s, 70’s and even 80’s. We like Jimi Hendrix, Bill Withers, The Stones, Oldies and hairspray.
Good Evening Europe: How does it feel to follow in the footsteps of last year’s winner Conchita Wurst – The “Queen of Austria” ?
Feels great. There could be no greater honor than representing the own country at the song contest when being hosted by the own country.
Good Evening Europe: The name of your entry is “I am yours”. What is the message of the song and does the song differ from your “usual” music repertoire?
Well our songs are different to each other. You cannot judge the Makemkaes by one song. You need to listen to all of them to get a glimpse of who we are.
Good Evening Europe: Can you reveal a little bit about your plans for the staging and song presentation in Vienna?
There will be a piano 😉
Good Evening Europe: At Eurovision the music must be playback. As a real rock band would you have preferred to play live?
Sure! But we will a few days later when we tour through Eastern Europe with One Republic.
Good Evening Europe: Are you working on any projects besides Eurovision?
Of course! Our first album and we already are working on the next!
Good Evening Europe: Do you have any favorites from the contest?
We like the Finns. They love music, they love what they do and that reminds us of ourselves
Good Evening Europe: Do you have a special message for the readers of www.good-evening-europe.dk (Denmark)
Stay yourself and enjoy what you do! If you wanna see something cool, watch our new video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3CmAA8C7H0A
Good Evening Europe: Thank you very much for taking the time to answer our questions and good luck in Vienna.
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