The duo, who represent Norway in this year’s Eurovision Song Contest with ‘A Monster Like Me’, have their own solo projects, but they came together for Eurovision, and they already work together well, often finishing each other’s sentences. Our interviewer, Jane, found them to be witty and intelligent and funny.
ET (Jane) – ‘A monster like me‘ is my favourite entry this year and the song gives me goosebumps every time. Mørland did you write the song with Debrah Scarlett in mind to duet with you?
Mørland – (pronounce like the beer!) It’s quite an old song, it’s a song I wrote quite a few years bac.
Debrah Scarlett – Five or six years.
M – It’s been doing its time in my drawer, and I’ve been waiting for the right moment to release it, for the right setting, and it was a bit of a coincidence that I just sent it into Eurovision, I didn’t expect to be part of Eurovision basically, I didn’t write the song for the competition or anything like that.
DS – He was just very curious to see what happens if you go through a very different arena.
M – It’s just amazing to get the song out to so many people, because it gets lots of interpretations and people have their own …
ET – I think the contrasting voices and harmonies are part of what makes the song work so well.
M – I was always intrigued by Debrah’s voice. I saw her on a TV show the year before, and she has this character to her voice that really suits the mood of the song.
ET – What thought are you giving to how you stage the song in Vienna?
DS – We’re working on that right now, since we don’t really know what the team of Austria are able to do … we really don’t know, we’re about to plan that right now.
ET – Do you see yourself choreographing around what the camerawork is able to deliver?
DS – If it’s possible, but the main focus is that the song and…
M – The message comes across…
DS – Cos there are other countries that can show they are glamourous, I guess this song needs the focus on the lyrics.
M – It’s so easy to overdo the production and the song gets lost in everything, especially with Eurovision there’s so many times its been overdone, and you get bombarded by this big show and forget to listen to the song.
ET – last year Norway’s song was pared back.
M – Yes, and that’s also a really strong song that should get the attention it deserves.
ET – After Eurovision, do you think there’ll be a demand for you to appear together and perform together?
M – Possibly, we’re going to book quite a few shows in the summer in Norway as a duo, and just take it from there, see what happens.
DS – Yes, cos both of us are solo artists and we both write our own music, so I’m looking forward to getting my music in Norway as well.
M – It’s going to be a balance between our solo projects and maybe a duo project on the side.
DS – We’re doing good, we’re friends!!
M – (joking) So far!
ET – Is there anything you want to do in Vienna apart from the rehearsing and performing?
M – See the city, I’ve never been, we got to know an Austrian film crew that’s going to show us around the inside of Vienna, the non-touristy bits.
ET – are you planning to do any on-stage appearances at the Euro Club or Euro Cafe?
M – We were told to bring an acoustic guitar so we’ll see, I’m sure our broadcasting team know about this …
ET – Thank you very much for talking to Eurovision Times!
Thanks to Jane for grabbing the interview for us.