Ahead of Tonight’s Second Semi Final for Ukraine’s Vidbir we spoke to the singer Laud.
Laud took part in Vidbir last year where he came 4th, losing out to Mélovin, aswell as making it to the finals of The Voice Ukraine in 2016.
Hi Laud. Congratulations on being chosen for Vidbir again! How did you get chosen this year? When did you find out?
I started thinking about taking part again almost immediately after last year’s performance. It was cool, finding out I’m in again. It was in December if I remember correctly.
How does it feel to be back? How was your experience last year? What have you learnt from the experience?
I feel more confident this time. I’ve changed my music vision, perception and so on. And thanks to last year I know what I’m gonna face.
How did you first get into Music and what was it like appearing on ‘The Voice’?
My background is four generations of musicians in my family, and I started learning about music when I was 4. So making music on stage is not about nerves for me. I’ve become very mature about music now. And yes, I took part in “The Voice” Ukraine in 2016, so I know a lot about such shows.
What are your plans for Vidbir?
My plan is to win, of course. That’s the main goal, and I really enjoy the process of this contest – it’s interesting.
What is your song about?
My song is about a romantic relationship. It’s about parting from that person to be precise.
Have you met the writers of your song?
Yes, they’re friends of mine and we’ve worked together before.
What style are you going for in your song?
I can’t say that it’s a certain style for this song, it’s a kind of mix. But if I was to say it was one style I’d say that it’s mostly pop.
How are you going to stage your song?
You’re gonna see colours changing in the background that will be synchronized with the song and the background will beat to the rhythm of the song. It’s hard to explain actually.
What language will you be singing in?
This time I’ll be singing in Ukrainian. (Laud’s song last year was in English).
Has anyone helped you with the song? eg. composers etc
I work with the producer Igor Tarnopolskyi (who manages Jamala) and Enjoy Records. They are team of professionals and they are very helpful.
Are you doing any other projects at the moment?
Yes. I’m working on new material, writing demos. Some of them could be songs on my next album.
What’s been your favourite song from Ukraine at the Eurovision?
I’d have to say “1944” by Jamala.
What’s been your favourite song at the Eurovision?
I don’t have a favourite one, but I really liked Guy Sebastian from Australia a few years ago, then Salvador Sobral did a really good job performing amazing song.
Thanks for talking to us Laud and Good Luck in Tonight’s Vidbir!
You can see Laud’s song for this years Vidbir
“2 days” below: