Crosswalk: “We all need someone to give us hope and make us smile”
Crosswalk are Steve Camilleri Bowman, Kenny D’Ugo, Janice Debattista, and Boris Cezek. The band was formed in 1999, with Steve and Kenny being the only two members. Boris joined the band in 2012, and Janice only joined last year. Throughout the years, Crosswalk became Malta’s sought-after wedding bands, who went through different music styles. Now they are ready to take on Eurovision, with their song “So Simple”.
We had a great pleasure to talk to Crosswalk, and we asked them about their collaboration together, their song “So Simple”, stage plans, and a lot more. Check out everything they told us right here in this interview:
Hello to all of you in Crosswalk! First of all, congratulations to making it to the MESC final! How do you feel taking part in this competition?
Well, this is our first time competing in the MESC as a band, although three of us have previous experience competing before. It’s nice to be in this together though. Being a band of four makes it easier – there’s less pressure, and it makes it easier to enjoy the ride.
Can you tell us more about the story behind your song, and the team who worked on it?
“So Simple” is a country-infused song that written by Dean Muscat and Boris Cezek. Musically, we tried to capture that famous Nashville sound that highlights the things we love about music most – live, organic instruments and authentic performances. We really hope the song will serve as a positive reminder that no matter how complicated and crazy the outside world becomes, the things that give life meaning are usually the simplest. Whether it’s a loved one, a friend, a child or a pet, we all need someone to give us hope and make us smile.
How are you getting ready for the night of the final?
We feel quite confident performance-wise, so for us it’s a matter of capturing the fun energy of the song on the night. On the other hand, there are tons of practical preparations that are our focus at the moment, such as finding the right clothes, making sure the stage visuals match the song, promoting the song to the public etc.
What do you usually do when you are not singing?
When we’re together as a band and not performing, it’s safe to bet that we’d be joking around.
What do you think of the rule change in this year’s MESC, that only the public will pick the winner?
The rule change is a double-edged sword. On one hand, it’s great that the public gets to vote for who they want to represent Malta in Eurovision because the public needs to be 100% behind the act. On the other hand, the public vote doesn’t always reflect the best entry in the competition, some people vote for the artist they like best. So you never know what’s going to happen in these situations.
Why should you be the ones to represent Malta in Kiev this year?
Well there is always a lot of big pop songs in Eurovision, so we think we’d definitely stand out with a country tune.
Who do you think is your biggest competition to win this year?
There are many strong acts in the competition, many who have already come close to winning before, including Brooke, Kevin Borg and Claudia Faniello. So, we think the competition is quite fierce all round.
Are you currently involved in any other projects?
For now, our focus is solely on MESC. We want to give this our full attention, because it is such a unique opportunity. “So Simple” is our first release together. Before we were announced as finalists, we had been discussing releasing more music in the future. Once the competition is over, we’re definitely hoping to work on more original material.
In order to get to know all of you a little bit better, we have a couple of slightly more personal questions. Firstly, what would be your favorite book?
How to Win Eurovision for Dummies
This is Spinal Tap
Your own signature dish?
A full English breakfast with extra bacon, extra sausages and lots of coffee.
In a movie about your life, who would be playing you?
We’d get Zooey Deschanel to play Janice. And the Three Stooges can play the rest of us.
What would you bring to a desert island?
Guitars, percussions and a kazoo. And also a coffee machine please.
Ideal musician to collaborate with Crosswalk?
If we could choose anyone alive on the planet, probably the legend that is Sir Paul McCartney.
The last song you listened to was…?
“Castle on the Hill” by Ed Sheeran.
Thank you very much for your time, and we wish you the very best of luck at the MESC Final!
If Crosswalk are your personal favorites in the Maltese selection this year, you can cast your vote for them in our poll here:
Give a listen to their entry “So Simple” right here: