Eurovision

Passed: “We mix the classic sound of the harp with electronic music.” [Interview]

In the weeks before A Dal 2015, we speak to the participants who are hoping to represent Hungary in the Eurovision Song Contest 2015. Today, we once again speak to a newcomer: Passed! Read what they had to say below!

escXtra.com: Hey guys! First of all, thanks for doing this interview! How are you, a short time before A Dal starts?
Passed: We are really excited about A Dal. We practice a lot, especially for the acoustic version of Mesmerize which we are going to perform in the national radio. It’s going to be a totally different version of the song.

X: Could you introduce yourselves to us?
P: The key element of Passed is that we mix the classic sound of the harp with electronic music. The producer guys met in high school where they ran the school radio together. Then they moved to Budapest where they studied music production and met the girls. The twins, Dóri and Fanni Nizalowski have been learning classical music for 12 years and often perform as a duo and with a symphonic orchestra and a choir.

X: Who are your musical idols?
P: We all really like Gabor Szabo, who was a famous Hungarian jazz guitarist based in Los Angeles and was the friend and master of Carlos Santana. And of course we like the previous Hungarian Eurovision contestants too, for example András Kállay-Saunders and ByeAlex.

X: Where does the name Passed come from?
P: We’ll Pass this question!

X: Why did you decide to apply for A Dal?
P: We wanted to reach a wider audience, and we would really like to represent Hungary at Eurovision 2015 with a modern pop song. There are great music written in Hungary unknown to the world, maybe because of our unique Hungarian language.

X: What can you tell us about your song Mesmerize?
P: Budapest is a beautiful city and a cool place where lots of European and American fellows are having fun. Mesmerize is about love, happiness, and the joy of life. This song brought us together as a team. The music video for Mesmerize was shot in our beloved city by night with and old VHS camera. The video was a big success on YouTube without any promotion.

X: What’s going to be your special ingredient to win A Dal?
P: The song itself is special, because we mixed harp music with 21th century electronic effects. The visuals are going to be something new too, following the traditions of world-class Hungarian animation. Also, a huge surprise is waiting for you on stage mesmerizing the audience of A Dal.

X: Are you Eurovision fans?
P: Definitely. In 2014 Eurovision was the most watched television show in Hungary. Our friends and families are thrilled with our appearance in the show. We believe this show will strengthen the friendship between European nations in these difficult times, and we would like to take part in it.

X: Do you have an all time favourite Eurovision song?
P: Of course we always kept our fingers crossed for the Hungarians. But our all time favourite is ’Waterloo’ by ABBA.

X: Finally, do you have a message for the readers of escXtra.com?
P: We really hope they will like our song. We send our love and peace to them, and hope they are going to visit our fascinating country.

escXtra.com would like to thank Passed for their time and we’d like to wish them the best of luck in A Dal 2015! Passed and their song Mesmerize will participate in the first heat of A Dal, which will take place tonight

. Watch their song below!

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