LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM – Prior to Eurovision’s Greatest Hits, oikotimes.com applied to BBC for an interview with alex and Bianca, the duo which will represent the United Kingdom in the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest. Read what Alex and Bianca answered to the questions of our one and only Mikey Fearn from the United Kingdom.
The reaction to your song has sent shockwaves throughout the UK and the opinions are not very positive. What has this done to your self-esteem as singers and how will you change the minds of the British population?
Alex: “The negativity has been good for the song. I like the fact people have been positive and negative about the song, it has got people talking about it and my self-esteem remarkably intact!
Bianca: “There was a big divide originally but as the weeks have gone on the song has started to grow on a lot of people that didn’t originally like it so things are looking better already. We’ve had 1.2 million hits on YouTube already which is amazing!”
What is the story behind how you became the UK representatives for 2015 and did the BBC give you any input as to what the song style should be?
Alex: “The song was written before hand and was actually written 5 years ago, so it existed long before the BBC was involved with it.”
Bianca: “We have a mutual friend called David Mindel who wrote the song and we absolutely loved it from the moment we heard the first demo. When David mentioned he wanted to enter it into the Eurovision Song Contest we jumped at the chance!”
Your video in my opinion is a stroke of genius . How do you plan to bring that to the Eurovision stage in Vienna?
Alex: “You will have to wait and see but what I can tell you is that it will be incredible!”
Bianca: “Thank you for your kind words, that is very nice! We are glad you like it and we are going to try and keep that theme going for the big performance but add an extra surprise on top of it!”
Have any of the past British participants given you any tips for your Eurovision experience? If so, who and what have they said?
Alex: “Brotherhood of Man and Lulu have both told us that we should go out there and have fun, so that is what we will do. They said work hard but above all have fun”
Electro Velvet – how did this name come about and how long have you known each other?
Alex: “We’ve known each other for almost a year and the name Electro Velvet came about because the song is the rough with the smooth as there is the roughness of the electronic and the smoothness of the velvet.”
Bianca: “It fits the genre and the plushness of velvet. Also if you look closely you’ll notice the initials are EV, the same as for Eurovision – therefore in the future we will always remember that Eurovision was what brought Electro Velvet together.”
Which Eurovision song is the one that stands out the most in your mind and why?
Alex: “Hard Rock Hallelujah really stood out for me as it was the most radical thing ever seen at Eurovision – 5 huge guys wearing masks all playing metal, no-one was expecting that! No one saw that one coming and I loved it.”
Bianca: “Gina G’s Ooh Ah Just a Little Bit is my favourite song from Eurovision but is also the song that stands out for me because I remember going to the shops and spending my pocket money on the cassette.
Will you be taking any special good luck charm on to the stage in Vienna to bring you extra luck? If so what?
Alex: “I have to wear odd socks that come from the same set and I will also be wearing my lucky pants. I wore them to the Eurovision’s Greatest Hits concert recently where we performed as the warm up act for the main show so they will be coming with me to Vienna. I also wear my granddad’s watch.”
Alex: “I like to wear something that belonged to my Nan. Usually something like a handkerchief or maybe sometimes her ring.”
Have you heard the other 39 entries to this jubilee contest? If so, which country is your favourite?
Alex: “We’ve been working incredibly hard so it is difficult to catch up with all of them but we are working through them all. My favourite so far is the Finnish entry PKN. I love punk and am a fan of the Sex Pistols but also I work with children with learning difficulties and I think PKN are a fantastic inspiration for them. I also like the entry from Greece, it’s a great pop ballad plus of course I have a special affinity with it as I am half Greek, so I will definitely have one eye on that.”
Bianca: “I really do like the Australian entry Guy Sebastian’s song. It’s another upbeat song and I think is the one to watch. I also love Molly Sterling’s entry for Ireland, I think she is very similar to Lana Del Rey.”
INFORMATION ABOUT ELECTRO VELVET & THE SONG
Electro Velvet is a musical duo consisting of Alex Larke and Bianca Nicholas. They will represent the UK in the 60th Eurovision Song Contest, performing Still In Love With You, an up tempo electro-swing song penned by David Mindel and Adrian Bax White. Alex Larke from Hertfordshire shares his time between teaching in a primary school and performing as Mick Jagger in one of the biggest Rolling Stones tribute acts in the world called ‘The Rolling Clones’ touring the UK and internationally. Bianca Nicholas from Kent has performed for Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge. Bianca’s debut single Hold On To Your Dreams was a top 100 single and number 1 on the iTunes Vocal Chart. She also appeared on The Voice UK and her blind audition has now amassed over 250,000 views on YouTube. The song is Electro-Swing which is a wonderful combination of vintage music, brought up to date with modern bass lines and beats. Alex is a big fan of Louis Armstrong which inspired the scat section. It’s a hugely catchy song, a real ‘ear worm’! Bianca can do a great impression of Britney Spears and even though they’re called Electro Velvet, Alex hates the feel of the velvet! Bianca likes to wear something small that was her grandma’s while Alex has to wear odd socks! Electro Velvet grew up watching trhe Eurovision Song Contest and admired the fantastic performers and staging – it’s the biggest singing competition in the world and they’re so proud to be taking part – especially in such a special year – the 60th Anniversary!