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Good Morning! escflashmalta.com is always looking for new opportunities to speak to artists who could potentially represent their country at the Eurovision Song Contest. Therefore, we took up the chance to speak to Bryan Rice who will be returning to the Dansk Melodi Grand Prix for the second time having narrowly missed out on the ticket back in 2010. This time round, his entry entitled I Choose U is pure pop, a genre which has been presented in the continental competition time and time again. In this interview, Bryan chats to us about his career in music, his life away from music and what his aim in the industry is, amongst other things.

Hi Bryan! Thank you for taking some time from your busy schedule to do this interview with us. Can you tell us how did you kick start your music career and who were your inspirations to start this career? 

You’re welcome, it is my pleasure. My mother says that I have always been singing. That kind of kid who has a song for every moment and every state of mind. Singing is my therapy, meditation, way to express my state of mind etc. So singing is something I have always done, and I have always been encouraged to sing, which is very important! My inspiration would have been myself… I believe that you should follow your dreams and keep trying as hard as you can. If you really want something and work hard, you will succeed.

You participated in the Dansk Melodi Grand Prix in 2010 with the song ‘Breathing’ and finished second with a magnificent performance. What encouraged you to try and represent Denmark in the Eurovision Song Contest back then? 

The right song, first of all. And then the fact that I would like to take a step ahead and show people that it’s ok to participate even though you already have a career and songs, it’s a competition with pop music, so why shouldn’t I participate?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xkjDBLK4Msc

Four years later and you are one of the finalists in the 2014 Danish selection with the entry ‘I Choose U’. What made you come back to this competition? 

Trying to achieve a double victory for Denmark? Yes, again it began with the right song. Then Emmelie got the ESC to Denmark and I started thinking that this might be the year for my second try. I was given a silver medal in 2010 and I have always known that one day I should try to turn it into gold. With all your support I suddenly knew that this is the year! Yes, My goal is to keep ESC in Denmark for one more year, that would be historical!

From the snippet which was released this week, one can notice it is a happy and upbeat song. What can you tell us about this entry? 

It’s a pure pop love song as I love them. A song about being hit by real love with 300 km per hour, about finding the one and only and saying it to that person. I’ve tried it myself and it feels so good that I needed to sing about it! The track is uptempo and with a lot of challenging vocal features that I’m looking forward to sing for you. It’s happy and positive and with my choir on stage I want it to make people smile and feel good.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5cHYx2OAP6k

How are you preparing yourself for the final which is due to be held on 8th March? 

I’m focusing very much on my body, voice, sleep, training, eating well, getting massages etc. Just like a sportsman up to an important competition.

What can the fans, who will be watching you in the Dansk Melodi Grand Prix, expect from your performance of I Choose U? 

I hope to be able to deliver something safe, good looking and sounding, a happy performance with great vocals and positive attitude. A kind of ‘Friends’ mood on stage… furthermore I have something enormous on stage…and I can walk on it!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rx9ie-2oOfU

Although this is your comeback year as a singer, last year we saw you part of Albin’s team which his entry ‘Beautiful to Me’. How does the pressure differ from a composer and a singer in a competition big such as Dansk Melodi Grand Prix? 

There’s a big difference. But to be honest I love being on stage myself the most. But writing for others is also great, seeing them blossom and owing the song is awesome. Being the idea man behind the song, show, styling, light etc is awesome!

You were already a popular artist in the music industry. Do you think it was a risky move to take part in such a competition that eventually would have led to the Eurovision Song contest? 

No, not at all. Everyone knows that I do what I want. It’s my career and my choices. To release a new single and play it for 2 mil viewers in one night is a good choice in my eyes. I know that my supporters have my back, so it’s all good :-) I mean, it’s like the EM in pop music, why shouldn’t I be there?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OftyBe5TkE8

You have recorded four albums so far in your music career, ‘Confessional’, ‘Good News’, ‘Another Piece Of Me’ and ‘A Piece of Me Live’. Every single you released from these albums was always a hit. How was your experience recording each album? 

Writing and recording is an extremely funny, creative and lovely process. I have been doing it on and off since Breathing and Another Piece of Me, and my fifth album is almost done now. So now I can’t wait to go out and sing live, ‘cause that is what I love the most. Feeling the audience, seeing the smiles and tears...

We recently saw yourself and Guena LG Beat with a song titled Stay Awake. How did that collaboration come about? 

GG wrote me one sommer 2 years ago if I wanted to start a collaboration, and I love trying new things. My life is all about setting out small ships in the ocean an hoping they will grow into big super tankers. Some of them sink, but some grow, and the Guena LG thing is growing fast and now we’re out in many countries including the US with awesome results! These days we’re hoping for a Billboard chart entry soon...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XCB4w5DhZEQ

Any plans for a fifth album? If so can you share some details with us? 

Yes, indeed. I’ll never stop! ‘Hear Me As I Am’ is almost done and will be out later this year.

How do you prepare yourself before performing your songs to a huge audience? 

I focus, smile, breathe slowly and try to take it all in. I love being on stage more than not being on stage, so it’s not difficult for me.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yfaOczpTRgk

Do you have a lucky charm which you take with you on stage?

Not one in particularly. In 2010 my mother gave me a stone, maybe I’ll bring it to Odense as well :-)

If you had to mention one achievement that you are most happy about … which one would it be? 

It must be the fact that I got to live from the one thing that makes me the happiest man on earth, music. I aimed for something and every day I fight to maintain and enlarge my career. Having the fourth most played song in Denmark in a decade (No Promises) is also something that I am proud of.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G3vSLtimmP8

People and fans know Bryan Rice mostly from your music but obviously, work is not everything. Who is Bryan when you have some time to spare for yourself? 

I am just a man with a lot of things that I want to share with you. With a mission to touch and make a difference for as many people as possible. But also a man that needs to be with my friends and family and do the things that everyone do.

Finally, what would you like to say to your fans and our readers at escflashmalta.com? 

I’m Super! happy for your support. It’s the gasoline that makes my engine running! You’ve made me what I am and I’ll keep on giving you my music. Please join my Rice army at www.bryanrice.com :-) I need you all, and I would love to sing for you! And if I end up in ESC 14, please vote for me, I’ll do my best to make a difference.

Source: Bryan Rice (Facebook & Twitter), Nalle Vikström & Jim Lyngvild (Photo)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5cHYx2OAP6k

Published in Interviews