Nadia: “Devojka tvog dečka”; is a perfect break up song”

It’s the week of “Pesma za Evroviziju 23”. The semi-finals of the show are scheduled for Wednesday 1st and Thursday 2nd of March while the final is set to take place this Saturday, 4th of March. Eight acts will advance from each semi-final and ahead of those we had a chance to talk with Nadia who will be competing as 2nd act of the second semi-final. Nadia is making her PzE debut with the song “Devojka tvog dečka” (Your boyfriend’s girlfriend), a breakup song which came to life last September after her boyfriend left her for another girl. You can find out more about her inspiration, role models and plans below

Hello Nadia, first of all I would like to congratulate you for being selected for Pesma za Evroviziju 2023. How does that feel and what made you decide to take part at the show?
Thank you so much! It means a lot to me that I have the opportunity to present my song at such a manifestation. It was always my dream to do this. As a teenager I used to watch Eurovision song contest and wish that one day I would represent my country and it feels remarkable to be even close to that. 

How did you get involved with singing? Can you tell us more about your musical beginnings?
I started signing and playing piano when I was very little but it was at high school that i actually started considering it could actually be my career . I couldn’t see myself in anything else. I started writing and recording songs when I was sixteen and dropped my first song a year later on YouTube. At that time I met a famous Serbian DJ, DJ Lea and told her I wanted to start Dj-ing. We automatically clicked and a few months later i was playing at some of the best Belgrade clubs. I started meeting a lot of people from the music industry and showed them some songs I have been writing for the past few years. Since then I have been working at studios and creating a bunch of songs and this one actually ended up being my “first” song. 

You are studying Jazz singing, how did you decide to go for that particular style of singing?
I was considering moving to Vienna to study music production but then Corona hit and I couldn’t go anywhere so I was wondering what would be the closest study to my genre of music which is pop and then I found out there’s a jazz department so I wanted to apply and got in.

Serbian audience got to know you after you auditioned for music program IDJ Show. How was that experience for you?
It was a bit scary to be honest. I feel like I wasn’t ready at the moment so I turned them down. Still so grateful that I had a chance there, it was wonderful to hear that they really liked me and wanted to work with me. 

Can you tell us a bit about your entry ” Devojka tvog dečka” and how did it came to life?
“Devojka tvog decka” is a song that I just wrote the chorus for at summer of 2022 and I always knew there was a potential for it…It was just on standby since I wanted to drop something else first. At that time I was considering at a time going to Pesma za Evroviziju but didn’t know which song I wanted to apply with. Later at September my boyfriend had left me for another girl and so I wanted to make Devojka tvog dečka alive and finish it. It is a perfect break up song. I worked on this song with producers Konstantin Arsić, Uros Milkić and Aleksa Vučković and luckily for us the song got chosen for the competition.

What can we expect from your performance? Can you give us a hint?
You will have to see it for yourself 😉 The only hint I will give you is that I’ll make sure it’s remarkable and unique.

Do you have any music role models?
I have a lot. I really love pop and I listen to a lot of Ariana, so probably her, but there is still so much people that i look up to, old and new.

Do you watch Eurovision regularly, if so would you like to share a memory which you have of it or a favourite song from the contest?

 I do, I love Eurovision… I have a lot of favorites them being:  Alexander Rybaks Fairytale, Maneskins Zitte e Buoni, ABBAs Waterloo but my favorite song would definitely have to be Slomo by Chanel. When I listened to her song and watched her performance I said to myself “this is the year that I will be competing ” 🙂 

If you had a chance to make a duet with any Pesma za Evroviziju /Eurovision participant, who would you choose?
When I was at the rehearsals yesterday I really wanted to go up to Egret and ask him if he would ever consider working with me since his song has made me feel things. It is truly a beautiful song. Other than him I had already made plans with Filip Baloš.

What do you do when you are not singing or creating music? Any hobbies?
I really enjoy cooking, watching series and movies, reading and going out with my friends. Other than that I’m always at the studio creating something.

What are your plans after Pesma za Evroviziju 2023?
Definitely will drop a few more songs or perhaps an EP… It think it would be a fantastic beginning of my career.

Thank you so much for your time Nadia. We wish you the best of luck at the Pesma za Evroviziju. Do you want to share something else or you maybe have a message for readers of escbubble?
Thank you so much! I am honoured that you’ve called me! I just want to spread a positive message towards anyone who is considering to apply next year and that is that you do not have to be afraid to put something different out there. Do not be afraid to make a change. Maybe not everyone will like it but does it really matter? If you like it and you’re happy with it then you should be proud of yourself. If you’re met with resistance, that just means you are rising and it is important to always look forward and be persistent.

You can listen to “Devojka tvog dečka” by Nadia below:

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