Daði Freyr is competing in the second semifinal of Söngvakeppnin 2020 with his song “Gagnamagnið”(Think About Things) and we had the opportunity to have a little chat with him before the semifinal.
Hello Daði Freyr and thank you for taking you time for ESCBubble! First of all, how was your reaction when you heard you will be at Söngvakeppnin 2020?
I was really excited. I didn’t have the song ready when I was contacted by RÚV and asked to compete but I got started right away.
What are your expectation for the contest? And do you feel extra pressure? You almost won back in 2017.
I do feel extra pressure, not to win but to make a nice performance. The reception we got last time was overwhelming so there is a higher chance to disappoint people this time. Last time we had nothing to loose. But as long as we have a good time and we can walk away proud of what we did I’ll be happy.
Your song is called “Gagnamagnið”? What it is about, what’s the story behind it?
The Icelandic version of the song was only written because those are the rules to compete in Söngvakeppnin. I originally wrote the song in English to me that is the real version of the song. The Icelandic lyrics talk about Gagnamagnið (the fictional band we perform as in Söngvakeppnin) coming from the future and outer space to save the world with their brand new dance.
You also have an english version, with what version would you go to Eurovision and why?
I would compete with the English version. The lyrics in Think About Things are some of the most personal I have written. The song is about my little girl who was born in April of last year. I am talking about the feeling you get in the first few days and weeks where you know that you love this person with all your heart even though you don’t really get that much interaction. In the start she doesn’t do so much, so I am very excited to know what she thinks about all kinds of things. Now she is almost 10 months and has become such a character so the lyrics don’t really apply as much anymore, she is starting to let us know what she is thinking.
How will be the staging at Söngvakeppnin 2020? What can we expect from your performance?
The staging will be fun, that’s the main goal. I actually had an outline of what I wanted to happen on stage before a note was written in the song.
Do you follow Eurovision and have you a favorite song from the contest?
I follow Eurovision every year, but especially now since I knew I was gonna compete. I really did my homework, watched old contests and tried to crack the code to the perfect Eurovision performance. I have a lot of favourites, Eurovision is great!
And any other plans for 2020? Can we expect new music from Daði?
I am planning on releasing more music for sure. I have a studio at home were I record all my music so as soon as Áróra (my daughter) gets into kindergarten I will have so much more time to work on music.
In the end, I want to thank you for you time and please, if you have a message for your fans and our readers here on ESCBubble?
Be good to each other and love yourself!
Listen to Daði & Gagnamagnið’s entry “Gagnamagnið” below
You can still vote for your favorite from the second semifinal of Söngvakeppnin down below: