Kaceo, from Switzerland, will compete, in less than two weeks, in the Swiss national final for Eurovision 2016. They will replace Stephanie Palazzo who was supposed to participate in the national selection, before getting disqualified: you can read all about it, here.
They took the time to talk to ESCBubble about their entry ”Disque d’or” and about their forthcoming participation in the Swiss national final for Eurovision 2016.
What was your first reaction when you were told that you had qualified for the Swiss national final?
Is everyone still available ? (as we were told first that we were not qualified, so we planned the next months accordingly.) Funny fact, we asked for a couple of hours to check, but the press release was sent before we could answer. And it was not a nice feeling to replace someone…
Can you tell us a little bit more about yourself and your musical career?
Despite our natural irony, we like to speak about serious topics. We are coming from different musical styles : ska, balkanic, metal, rock, songwriting, folk. And this mess creates Kaceo on stage. We started gigs in 2013. In 2015 we released two EPs, “Ne pas jeter” in January and “Déchets spéciaux” in September (By the way, you can download our tracks for free on our our website , it’s Creative Commons). We released two videos “Ar-Men” and “Disque d’or”. And we are now composing new songs and look forward to getting absolutely live on stage next spring !
Is there a message behind your song?
Not behind, but in front ! We talk about the hypersexualization of the music industry, which falls under a schizophrenic puritanism : a sanitized speech but voyeur shows. The original song that we released in September has a cynical and crude approach. Yet it was descriptive. It wanted to put explicit words on what is usually implicitly shown on TV. We also prepared another version, as requested by SRF/RTS : we changed the lyrics (in the end changing or cutting 50% from the orginial song) to be ESC-compliant for a 99% irony-free version that falls under 3min00. Oh! And we also rapidly prepared another video, 99% scenario-free.
Do you have any special ideas (ex: dancers, choreography…) for your live performance during the national final?
Fireworks. A lot of fireworks. Then a hundred dancers..what we can’t ? So more fireworks. And we could perform under-water. We also heard that going to the gym could boost our sales. Frankly ? We are currently waiting for the feedback from the official ESC choreograph 🙂
What were your thoughts and feelings during your performance in the expert check?
Flo: A little bit stressed before, as it was the first time I played on fake drums. It was fun.
Nico: A bit under-performing, as by contract we could not bring animals on stage.
Quentin: I haven’t any feelings as I was “performing” in playback.
Luis: I didn’t make wrong notes…
Karim: Will we have psychological support after this?
Do you have any plans for 2016?
Flo: Go on the moon… but I don’t have a spaceship. Do you ? I hitch-hike.
Nico: There is this movie I would like to watch, but I don’t remember the title.
Karim: Stop wars, make a better world, be Mister Universe. Twice.
Quentin: Find a real musical band to play, with less funny guys, less jokes and more money. Or…wait… no…realistically: I’ll will learn to play at least with 2 strings of my instrument.
Luis: Yep, I want to go to Paris to watch Roger Federer at Roland Garros.
What do you think of the previous swiss Eurovision participants?
We cannot be objective as some of us (can’t remember) had an affair with some of the last candidates (can’t tell).
Who are you favourite artists? Do you have an inspiration?
Flo: Trilok Gurtu.
Are you Eurovision fans? What are your favourite Eurovision songs?
We really liked Lordi with Hard Rock Hallelujah ! On related topic we find funny that “Hallelujah” (“Praise the lord”) was found ESC-compliant while we had to replace the word “Jésus” by “Gérard” in our lyrics 🙂
What would you like to say to your fans who are going to support during the national final?
We would like to thank Kaceo for taking the time to do this interview and we would also like to wish them the best of luck for the Swiss national final that will be held on the 13th of February 2016. Until the show, you can watch their performance during the expert check:
If Kaceo are your personal favourites in the Swiss Eurovision selection, make sure you cast your vote for them in our poll here: