ZiBBZZiBBZ will represent Switzerland in the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest with the song 'Stones'.
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"Every musician dreams of performing on a stage like this some day. It takes years of work for a moment like this and we plan on enjoying every minute of it”, says indie pop duo ZiBBZ. Siblings Coco and Stee first combined their musical talents in 2008 and have worked together ever since. They describe themselves as soulmates – both on and off stage.
Stones is a spirited song which Coco, 32, and Stee Gfeller, 30, co-wrote with Canadian hit songwriter Laurell Barker. It has a clear message. The siblings shame cowards who bully others, and appeal to us all to let others live the way they want to live. "Bullying stops people from dreaming, from being their true selves, and from really living life. It happens in the school playground, on the internet, and of course putting yourself down is also a form of bullying," according to ZiBBZ.
Coco and Stee are as unfiltered and down to earth as they are passionate and driven about forging their own path without question or compromise. As children of a musical family, the stage soon became their second home. Unlike now, they had different plans in the beginning. While Coco graduated from London's Laine Theatre Arts School, toured with shows such as We Will Rock You and Art on Ice, and supported well-known artists with her unmistakable husky voice, Stee had already won the Swiss drumming championships several times by the age of 12 and founded his own rock band. They then joined forces as ZiBBZ, filmed five seasons of their own reality TV show, worked with a range of artists including LP, Fergie, Brian May, Drew Cole, Donna Summer and produced two records Ready? Go! (2013) and It Takes A Village (2017) in their home studio in Los Angeles. The latter charted at number 11 in Switzerland.
Being a self-made band, Coco and Stee not only write their own music, but also play multiple instruments and produce/edit their own music videos. Their favorite thing to do however, is develop ideas into songs and fire up the crowd at their live gigs – whether in their adopted city of Los Angeles, at home in Switzerland, or even in Lisbon. In 2018 ZiBBZ won the national selection of Switzerland "We never thought that we'd ever have the right song for the Eurovision Song Contest, but now that the show has become increasingly diverse and edgy, we really believe that we are in with a chance of taking Switzerland to the final. It would be a dream come true!"
About the song writers and composers
Laurell Barker is a Canadian songwriter. She won the price Pop Album of the Year at the Billboard World Song Contest and came first at the Western Canadian Music Awards. She has been working across 17 different countries with musicians, labels and producers. Her music is among other things also being used for international TV shows. Last year she competed with two songs at the United Kingdom’s national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest.
Siblings Coco Gfeller and Stee Gfeller, ZiBBZ, have written songs with several Swiss musicians such as Bastian Baker, Carlos Leal, Gölä, Pegasus and Luca Hänni. Furthermore they also wrote Dynamite Blond, a song that was recorded by themselves and was used on TV for an advertisement, as well as the music for a car advertisement starring Stan Wawrinka and the song Undun that Fergie from the Black Eyed Pease recorded for her newest album.