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We Asked, They Answered: Lithuania

Posted by Caroline on May 5, 2010

Jurgis Didziulis, the lead singer of Eastern European Funksters InCulto, becomes the first ever Lithuanian representative to talk to Eurovision Blog! Over to you Jurgis….

Introduce yourself to our readers and tell us how you ended up being Lithuania’s Eurovision representative this year!
InCulto is a guy band, not a boy band. We love to play our instruments – not really a playback kind of pop band, then. Our music is about mixing uncompatible cultural references and styles. We create indecent music cocktails, you could say, and we do it quite successfully. We’re all about having fun and not taking ourselves too seriously. We do this with a punk rock approach to our music. And, yeah, we are pretty cool 🙂
Actually, we were going through a very bad phase of our career – even thought about stopping, forming other musical projects, whatever. But then we understood that we enjoy making music together too much for such a drastical song. And we came up with the song – I think I was on the toilet when I composed it. And it was like a wild fire – everyone we showed it to understood that the melody, the concept, the lyrics etc. are good and interesting. From then on, the snowball just got bigger and bigger – the song got momentum, ending up with us somehow miraculously winning the National selection for Eurovision.

What are you most looking forward to about taking part and what can we expect from your stage show?
We’re mostly looking forward to big stage with big lights and lots of free drinks/free drinks/good parties. That’s what Eurovision is about, as far as I know. Regarding our show – it’s very nice to feel that excitement, heat about the place we’ll eventually be taking. Should be a good adrenaline fix.

Which is your favourite all time Eurovision song and your favourite from your home country?
Verka Serduchka would have to be my all-time favourite. I think he/she should have won way back then. His or her performance left and indelible mark on my brain – even now I close my eyes and see all the stuff that went on stage during her performance. I think that was magnificent.

Regarding Lithuanian songs – it’s a no-brainer really, has to be You Got Style by Skamp because my wife is the lead singer of that band. I couldn’t come home if I picked some other song. But really, I think the song was really good. Got to mention LT United as well, but You Got Style is more of a song that I could imagine putting on my stereo.

Which of the other entries this year do you rate?

I think the German entry is sexy.

Many Eurovision fans have said it isn’t a great year for songs, what do you think about this?

Well, our song is great so I think it’s a great year for us, anyway.

Lithuania hasn’t actually won Eurovision before. Do you have a strategy to reverse your country’s fortunes and bring it to Lithuania?
Our only purpose is to give a kick-ass show. If we win – superb, if not – great. But just like Verka Serduchka left a mark on the subconscious of many Europeans several years ago – that’s what we want to do. We want people to come home after the show, go the shower, close their eyes and see us going “FUUUUNK” or tearing our pants off or whatever. That is our objective. We have a very good team of managers, dancers, accordion and kazoo players who are out to do just that. We’ll be visiting many countries and if you’re lucky enough we’ll be assaulting an unexpected location near you.

Do you think the fact that you’re an all-male group and you’re a bit wacky might invite some comparisons to LT United? Would you be flattered by such a comparison given they’re the most successful Lithuanian Eurovision entrants to date?
It already has invited a lot of such comparisons. But then, you know , it would be a bit like saying Madonna, Christina Aguilera and Jessica Simpson are verbatim copies of each other because each of them has a pair of breasts and an ass and they’re all performing girly kind of music. You can make all sorts of comparisons but frankly the similarities between us and LT United are overrated. I know LT United personally and they’re really good people. Arnoldas, the crazy LT United dancer, even took part in our video. Most of them have a very good taste. I love the fact that their song was based on an infectious idea. But am I happy about people comparing us and them? I accept the comparisons openly but I’m far from flattered.

Eurovision always suffers from accusations of political/neighbourly voting. Do you think the new voting system with the re-introduction of juries has gone some way to changing people’s minds?
I don’t know. We’ll see. It is a good attempt, a fair try. It might actually work. If we are talking about changes I’d much rather see the re-introduction of music being played live – I think that would be more important.

Have you heard the UK entry this year and if so what do you think of it? Any chance Lithuania could give us some points (if we asked nicely, since frankly we need all the help we can get……?)
I have heard it. It’s very strange what UK is doing, in a way. You have a song contest but in the National final you’re actually choosing the singer but not the song. I find that very odd. Honestly – I can’t say I like the song. I also can’t say I hate it. It’s actually not bad. But, to my ears, it passes without leaving a huge mark. Just like quite many Eurovision entries.
Will Lithuania give the UK entry points? Sure, I think it’s possible. We’ll be in the UK in the beginning of May. All our activities are closely monitored by Lithuanian media and thousands of Lithuanian Eurovision fans – we keep a video diary etc, travelling with our own camera crew and our own mobile studio.. If we met up with your representative it would be a very good promotion for UK entry. Would be glad to sit down with Josh, jam a bit, have a conversation, a beer, a whiskey or whatever, let him make a case for his song, film it – a lot of Lithuanian people would see that. Would be great to meet him – so if you know him, tell him to get in touch. Actually, that’s our philosophy – we’re out there to meet everyone, we don’t feel any rivalry with any of the entrants. It’s all about music and music is all about love and partying and having a good time. So there’s no reason why we shouldn’t do it together.

And finally….what exactly is East European Funk? And how does it differ from, say, West European Funk?
First of all, to create Eastern European Funk you need to have a bit of a different attitude, different historical and cultural background. You need to have had it tough, you need to like it rough, you need to see that things haven’t been great but they can be much better. And understand that you have to live the moment. You need to look ahead and f…in’ enjoy yourself. Secondly, you need to have different instruments. Thirdly, you need to have a bit of Jewish, Gypsy, a bit of Russian and a lot of Lithuanian in you. All that makes Eastern Europe the cultural melting pot it is. If you don’t see it, hear it, you can’t know what it is because I don’t think you can put in words.

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2 Responses to “We Asked, They Answered: Lithuania”

  1. Aysun said

    here poll
    http://www.eurovision2010.org

  2. Mark Leighton said

    They have a great stage presence, but i do prefer the Belgian entry: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GlRq8E_Teoc. Which one do you guys prefer?

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