Adam Woods: "This is going to be a spectacle unlike anything you’ve seen in Melfest"

The search for the next Swedish Eurovision representative will finally start tomorrow, when the first heat of Melodifestivalen 2023 takes place. One of the contestants in tomorrow’s show is Adam Woods, who is hoping to represent Sweden in Eurovision 2023 together with Joh Henrik Fjällgren and Arc North. Even though the artist surely is very busy at the moment getting ready for tomorrow’s show, he still had time to answer a few questions we asked from him. This is what Adam Woods told us about his relationship to Eurovision, his musical background, their Melodifestivalen-song and some other things too:

Hello Adam Woods and thank you for giving me this interview! At first I’d like to ask what is your relationship to Eurovision? Do you usually watch the contest and what are your favorite Eurovision songs?

I remember watching Eurovision when I was a kid, and even envisioning myself up on the stage – even though I never thought it’d actually happen. That being said I haven’t watched for years, let alone thought about myself doing something like it. So it’s been difficult to imagine the scale of it, and seeing how big this really is and much people care about it has been both amazing- and terrifying.

Could you tell us a little bit something about your musical background? How long have you been singing and do you play any instruments?

I played classical piano as a kid but didn’t start singing until later in my life. My mom actually got me into the idea and I just fell in love with it. I started producing music at 19 years old but it wasn’t until I got accepted into the Songwriters Academy of Sweden last year that I decided to pursue music as a full time career. Since then I’ve been working as a songwriter and producer both at the academy in north of Sweden, as well as in Palma and here in Stockholm. Now getting to combine my passions and start an artist career is so crazy but I couldn’t be more excited for the future.

How was your song ”Where You Are (Sávežan)” born and how would you describe the message of it?

Being used to doing most of my songs on my own – from writing & producing to performing – it was very different not being a writer on it. But when Arc North showed me what Jon Henrik and himself had been working on – I just knew it was special – and I knew I could bring something different to elevate the already amazing work they’d done. We all care about the nordic – warm – sound and the message in it is something I think everyone can relate to.

Who are your musical role models?

I have a vast variety of inspirations, in different genres – but I’ve always looked up to Jon Bellion. Being able to make real, unencumbered but still relatable and digestible music while being a true master of all parts of the process, that’s where I want to get to.

What kind of stage show can we expect from you in Melodifestivalen 2023?

This is going to be a spectacle unlike anything you’ve seen in Melfest, we really wanted to complement and elevate the absolutely epic feeling of this song with an even more epic stage show. Really capturing the mystique and native feel of Jon Henrik and marrying it to the epic EDM – almost festival-like show was a challenge but I’m so happy with how it turned out.

What do you think are the greatest achievements in your career so far?

Being so new to the industry I can’t tell you about most of what’s happened yet as it’s not public. But since getting my first internship just over 4 months ago I’ve become a full time songwriter, written songs for big acts in EDM and Korean pop and started my artist career – so I’m really proud and so excited for what the future holds.

If you could make a song together with any Eurovision artist, who would you choose and why?

Oh my god, has to be Netta! “Toy” was one of the coolest performances I’ve ever seen!! But there are several really – I always found Loreen really cool, so that’d be awesome.

What do you do when you don’t do music?

Well at the moment my life pretty much consists of music- I’m in the studio at least 10 hours a day working, and then of course you have to make some time for loved ones – so it’s very consuming.
Other than that I’ve been a night club- and cocktail bartender for years, working in different restaurants since I was 11 years old. I pretty much stopped when I decided to go full time with music- but I don’t think that part of me will ever really disappear, I really do love it.

What would it mean to you to win Melodifestivalen and represent Sweden in Eurovision 2023?

It would mean everything, it’s one of those things that just doesn’t feel real. Even now I’m pinching myself like “am I actually about to do this?” But the song is so powerful and I really believe that it’s going to resonate with people as it has with me, so just getting to share our work with Sweden is reward enough, if they do end up sending us to Eurovision – well there really is no greater honor is there?

What would you like to say to our readers and your fans from all over the world?

Just – get ready. I can’t wait for you all to hear and see this, it’s really special. We really do love this song and I just hope you’ll love it all the same.

Thank you very much for the interview and the best of luck to Melodifestivalen! 

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