CZECH REPUBLIC – During the Eurovision Weekend in Berlin we also got the chance to meet with the talented jazz singer, Martina Bárta who proudly represented her country in the Eurovision Song Contest this year in Kyiv. Due to a severe technical problem only a fraction of the interview is available in a video but we have the highlights of the interview available for you:
Martina Bárta is a Czech jazz singer and musician. A vocalist and a player of the French horn, she was part of the Frankfurt am Main-based jazz band 4 To The Bar. She also had a role in the musical Robin Hood and worked with Felix Slováček and Karel Gott. She represented the Czech Republic in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 with the song My Turn but failed to qualify to the final.
We spoke with Martina about various things. It is interesting to listen her saying that despite she is a jazz singer, something that the Czechs didn’t exactly accepted as their representative in Eurovision, she wouldn’t say no to come back in Eurovision. She was told the same thing from Vaclav, the 2016 Czech representative. It was too exciting to participate in such a diverse event and it was sad for Martina, listening to Czechs accusing the event as something kitsch and lowered level event.
Social media is important for Martina as she loves Instagram where she puts her memories and activities online and also getting in touch with her friends. From 300 to 10,000 likes in Eurovision, it was a stunning experience for her.
I also asked her how did she felt when the news about her participation leaked before an official announcement takes place. She was in London recording her Eurovision entry when her band, based in Berlin, missued the information trying to capture part of the glory from the announcement. She stopped collaborating with them after what happened and she was annoyed as the band released that period videos of them with another singer in them.
The most scoring part was when I asked her about the Eurovision aftermath. Few days after the event she received a call from her father, who’s divorced with her mother, and she was stunned when he said to her that her performance was shitty and she was a bad performer and that she looked on stage as she had drugs and alcohol. Martina was so shocked and told her father not to call her again. I asked Martina twice for a confirmation before I use this information. She told me it’s ok as she has nothing to hide. Maybe that shocking news made me push something in the camera as we had to stop for a few seconds because I wanted to realise what the singer shared with me.
Jazz is her passion. It all started with a piano and her sister trying together when they were kids. Now music is the way she experiences life itself.
I also asked her about the victory of Portugal. It was fair she said as Salvador was the most different singer of all participants. Martina met him before the grand final and told him: “you are going to win”, somehow she knew it.
In any case here is a small footage from my meeting with Martina and I truly believe that although she didn’t have a song to appeal to the European audience and despite her average stage presentation (she admits it wasn’t the way she wanted to present the song like this), she did a dignified performance and Czechs should be proud that a young lady stood up for them.