In the seventeenth part of 'Destination Lisbon', our feature counting down to the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest, we get to know ZiBBZ, the duo that will represent Switzerland with the song 'Stones'.
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. As 'self-made' band, Coco and Stee not only write their own music, but play multiple instruments and produce and edit their own music videos.
Coco and Stee are as unfiltered and down to earth as they are passionate and driven about forging their own path without compromise. As children of a musical family, the stage became an early second home. At first they had different plans for their respective careers — while Coco graduated from London's Laine Theatre Arts School and toured with shows such as We Will Rock You and Art on Ice, Stee won the Swiss drumming championships several times by the age of 12 and started a rock band.
In 2008, Coco and Stee then joined forces as ZiBBZ. They filmed five seasons of their own reality TV show, worked with a broad 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. Their latest album made it to the 11th place in the Swiss charts.
In 2018 ZiBBZ won the Swiss national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest with the song Stones: "We never thought that we'd ever have the right song, 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 Grand Final. It would be a dream come true!"
Stones was written by Coco, 32, and Stee Gfeller, 30, and co-written with Canadian hit songwriter Laurell Barker. It has a clear message for cowards who bully others and is an 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," the duo explained.
"Every musician dreams of performing on a stage like this some day. It takes years of work to get to a moment like this and we plan on enjoying every minute of it," they concluded.
Let's get social!
You can follow ZiBBZ on the following social media platforms:
ZiBBZ will perform Stones for Switzerland in the first Semi-Final of the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest on the 8th of May.
What do you think of ZiBBZ's Stones? Leave your review in the comments below!