LPS have arrived in Turin and were quick to make a large impression on rehearsals for the First Semi Final of the Eurovision Song Contest. That big impact coming in the form of an enormous disco ball; an eye-catching attention grabber for anyone who truly loves this Contest!
The disco ball is no coincidence, however. And nor is it a cynical attempt to steal the focus of an audience that is partial to a shiny thing or two. It is in fact an appropriate symbol of the song that they are representing their native Slovenia with in Turin – Disko.
Some might assume that the title of their entry implies a carefree tale of losing oneself in uplifting disco music, but the lyrics of the song tell the sad (and true) story of the band’s vocalist Filip, who was dumped by his girlfriend… at a disco. But the band – Filip included – are able to see the positives in what said story has contributed to their song.
It was some time ago, so it’s fine to talk about it now. They say time is the best healer of wounds. With the story, we wanted to create a contrast about how the song sounds, and how the lyrics feel. Those kinds of songs seem to resonate more.
Those expecting a full-on disco pastiche from a song called Disko (and with that aforementioned staging prop) might be surprised to hear that the song actually blends a few different styles and sounds in the three minutes it has to play out in Turin. A retro blend of pop and funk (and disco!) will be making itself heard to viewers. And that is a sonic trait that permeates throughout the rest of the band’s repertoire.
I think we all come from different musical backgrounds. And we all have various musical heroes, and listen to different genres, too. So it really blends in together in an interesting way when we make music. So yeah, we like to use many different genres to express ourselves.
Music is a universal language, whatever the genre. But one challenge that might present itself to some viewers when experiencing the performance of Disko for the first time is the language barrier. Not to fret; the LPS talents have anticipated this and come up with a handy solution!
If you have difficulty in understanding, you can watch our music video, which is in a comic book format, and that will make it easier for you to know what we are singing about.
If you like what you hear (and see, when it comes to that music video), don’t be afraid to throw some praise in the direction of LPS. They’re not shy in receiving neither compliments nor constructive criticism. The band may have been together since 2018, but the experience of having their music critiqued by a wide audience – both at home and abroad – is a relatively new one for them. And as it happens, the praise from critics is coming in fast; which they are very happy about.
We think it’s great; the fact that people who have been doing this for such a long time compliment our music and the songs we write. It’s amazing that such a spontaneous song can be praised by experts. It means the world to us.
Along with the critiques, has come a lot of advice – particularly for such a young band who are making such an iconic journey as that of the road to the Eurovision Song Contest. And that’s also something that LPS are encouraging to come their way.
The amount of great advice and constructive criticism we have received over the last few months has been amazing. We are very grateful for all of the advice we have been given from people who have been in this industry for so long.
And what piece of advice has resonated with the young musicians most of all?
Enjoy yourself, have fun, don’t worry about everything else that comes with it, like the result. Perform like you’ve never performed before, enjoy your performance, and everything is going to be fine.
Sound advice which any of the other 39 acts competing in Turin could nab for themselves if they are reading. And with the tips that LPS have been given and incorporated into their performance, they have now come up with a show that they would use the following four words to best describe: bold, electric, groovy and fun.
To see this bold, electric, groovy and fun treat come to life (and let’s not forget that giant disco ball) on the PalaOlimpico stage, tune in to the First Semi Final on Tuesday 10 May.