Interview: Lorela Sejdini (Festivali i Këngës 56 candidate)

Lorela Sejdini {copyright: RTSH}

Lorela Sejdini {copyright: RTSH}

Lorela Sejdini is a new and promising and talented young singer who will participate in the Festivali i Këngës 56 festival later this month with her song Pritëm edhe pak with the hope that she can represent Albania at the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest.

Lorela has been speaking to ESC Covers –

1. Hello Lorela. Congratulations on being selected to take part in the Festivali i Këngës. How does it feel to be taking part in this great event?

Hello Ian! Thanks a lot for this interview, it is a pleasure!

It is a huge honour and emotion to be part of Festivali I Këngës, as you may know it is a very important national competition in my origin country. I always watched Festivali I Këngës since I was a little girl and so this is to me a childhood dream come true.

2. Could you tell us something about your song ‘Pritëm edhe pak’?

‘Pritëm edhe pak’ is a pop song with soul elements. It talks about love but a sort of love game which is very beautiful to sing about. I interpret it in this way: the girl is the subject and sings to a boy, who is giving her a lot of attention but even if she likes him plays a bit to be sure he is the right one.

I think the song is very catchy and rhythmic and I have lots of fun singing it.

3. What about your singing career so far? Have you taken part in any festivals or released any previous songs?

I started to sing when I was 12 years old and since then I never stopped, I took part in different competitions locally and after that I participated in The Voice Of Albania. It was one of the best experiences of my life, I was very young, just 15 years old and I never really studied canto or any instruments before.

Then I started to study in different musical institutes canto and piano so I could be prepared on more music genres.

Now I am studying jazz-soul in Turin and I am working on my first album.

Festivali i Këngës is the very first festival in which i’m participating and I couldn’t be more happy than that!

4. Who and what are your musical influences?

I love all kinds of music but I have a peculiar taste as well. The genre that I enjoy the most listening to is a mix of pop, alternative, soul and ethnic (all cultures, especially eastern). To me ethnic music combined with other genres is perfection.

An artist that I appreciate in particular is Loreen, I really love her voice and her style, she is unique!

5. What are your favourite Eurovision Song Contest songs?

I love Eurovision, I remember myself watching it since I was a little girl and my favourite entries are ‘Euphoria”’by Loreen (2012 ESC winner – Sweden) and ‘Every Way That I Can’ by Sertab Erener (2003 ESC winner – Turkey).

6. If you could cover a Eurovision song from the past what would it be?

I think ‘Suus’ by amazing Rona Nishliu (2012 ESC Albania).

7. Do you have a Youtube channel where readers can follow you and listen to your music?

Yes, sure. Here is the link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9YE1CW-5AWb04dBDS0GWjQ?view_as=subscriber

Good luck Lorela. ESC Covers wishes you all the best in the Festivali i Këngës!

Thank you, ESC Covers

You can see a video preview of Lorela singing Pritëm edhe pak below.

Source: ESC Covers

Comments

  1. Roy van der Merwe says:

    very nice interview

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