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Australia’s Voyager on why it’s best to vote for them

Australian Eurovision hopefuls Voyager have spoken to NME forward of tonight’s remaining in Liverpool, arguing why Europe ought to vote for them and agreeing that New Zealand must be allowed to compete too.

The Aussie rockers have been within the UK all week, wining themselves a spot within the remaining after efficiently making it via the semis with their monitor ‘Promise. Chatting with NME from backstage on the Track Contest, drummer Ash Doodkorte stated that “the vibe round Liverpool is blue, yellow and electrical”.

“It’s been heckers, however in a great way,” he stated. “Each a part of it has been magic. We’ve been speaking about it for thus lengthy that truly attending to do it simply looks like a dream come true.”

Apart from Germany’s Lord Of The Misplaced, Voyager are the one rock act to make it via to the ultimate levels. Nonetheless, Doodkorte argued that “ours is a little more of an influence anthem, whereas there’s is a little more darkish.”

Describing their power-rock sound as having “fairly far-reaching” influences” with “everybody coming from a special background”,  Doodkorte defined how sounds starting from “a whole lot of classical music but in addition a whole lot of stuff like Sort-O Adverse, Silverchair, nu-metal, Nirvana,” created this “massive bombastic factor”.

“To me, it’s all about hitting exhausting and heading dwelling,” he stated. “There are a whole lot of bizarre influences that appear to work effectively after we come collectively.”


The band got here near competing final 12 months, coming in second place to Sheldon Riley – profitable the general public vote with the prog metallic bop ‘Dreamer’, however dropping on the judging panel by simply three factors – in SBS’ televised Australia Decides contest (the place artists compete for the possibility to signify Australia on the most important occasion). Nonetheless, it was not held this 12 months and Voyager earned their spot and not using a public vote.

“After Australia Decides, we thought that may be our Eurovision journey carried out,” stated Doodkorte. “We’d all the time considered it and that it might be a cool factor to do and gave it our greatest shot, however perhaps it simply wasn’t a dream that was meant to occur.

He continued: “Then Danny [Estrin, frontman] got here to a rehearsal with simply the opening hook of the track and we thought we had one thing there. Earlier than lengthy we had this track that we thought may truly be a greater Eurovision track and perhaps we should always put our heads up once more.”

He added: “It was actually inspiring to ignite that dream and that course of and get so far as we’ve got. We weren’t ready for any of this, nevertheless it’s a lot of a much bigger beast that you would ever think about.”

Admitting that “my beard is essentially the most ridiculous factor I’ve seen at Eurovision,” the drummer additionally felt “a combination of being assured and utterly unconfident” about their probabilities of success tonight.

“I’m simply blissful to be right here, and it’s not going to vary what I do on stage,” he admitted. “I’m simply able to benefit from the crowd, benefit from the expertise. It doesn’t matter now. I can say ‘I obtained to the Eurovision Grand Last’ and it was nice.”

He continued: “On the identical time, I feel we’ve obtained a banger and we do it very well. There’s an opportunity to essentially depart our mark right here and depart a superb impression. There’s all the time one thing left within the tank. It’s humorous, regardless of how drained you’re feeling – as a result of it’s a fairly gruelling course of for months – as quickly as you get your ears put in and also you’re about to go on the market, abruptly you discover this further gas and also you’re able to go once more. We’re undoubtedly saving one thing for the grand remaining.”

As for the reason why they need to win, the drummer added: “Europe ought to vote for us as a result of, wouldn’t you’re keen on a vacation in Australia subsequent 12 months? Perth 2024 child!”

Voyager. Credit: Press/Supplied
Voyager. Credit score: Press/Provided

Australia has participated within the Eurovision Track Contest eight occasions since its debut in 2015, and has been within the remaining high 10 4 occasions. This lately led New Zealand to need in on the motion, sharing a brand new comedy single and marketing campaign to name for Australia’s neighbours to be even be allowed to take part.

Requested if he agreed with their request, Doodkorte replied: “100 per cent. I feel there must be extra nations going into Eurovision. Make it World Imaginative and prescient. I noticed their marketing campaign and instructed them I’d put in a superb phrase in the event that they gave us 12 factors. Hopefully they will have interaction the remainder of the world.”

Eurovision 2023 takes place in Liverpool tonight (Could 13), with the UK internet hosting in honour of final 12 months’s winners Ukraine. The semi-finals passed off earlier this week, on Tuesday 9 and Thursday 11 Could. Try the entire competing songs right here.

Final 12 months’s UK contestant Sam Ryder and 2022 winners Kalush Orchestra have been confirmed as performing on the remaining – alongside previous competitors favourites Netta and Daði Freyr.

Examine again at NME for extra information, interviews and extra from Eurovision 2023.



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