Ahead of Selecția Națională on February 11th, Jazzi interviews Jax Man. He will participate the national final with his song “Bad and Cool”.
Hi Jax Man, I would just like to start things off by asking how you are doing today?
“Hi, hello! I’m great thank you! I’m quite busy preparing for the National Final and I’m so excited!”
Before we continue, let’s start with a quick icebreaker by just asking if there is one thing about yourself that not many people know about.
“Hmmm, one thing I can think of right now is that I used to ice skate everyday in my teen years. Not many people know that about me.”
For many Eurovision fans, this will be the first time they will get to know you, could you please tell us a bit more about yourself.
“Yes, with pleasure! I’m a 22 yo guy that has a passion for music since childhood. I play guitar and a little bit of other instruments, but my first love was for the drums! I love producing music and singing. I love creating something from scratch and the process of making a song gives me so much happiness. The creativity flows and it’s just the best!”
Let’s move on to Eurovision, and you will be participating at Selecția Națională 2023, can I start off by asking, what made you want to participate at the Romanian selection?
“ESC for me is a very big and important competition, and I’ve always admired it growing up. I’m very glad I applied. I think it’s an important step in my career moving forward. No matter the outcome, I will be very grateful that I can say I made it into SNESC 2023!”
What is the general atmosphere you wanted to go for with your song “Bad and Cool” for Selecția Națională 2023?
For me, “Bad & Cool” is a song that makes me feel good, empowered. I hope people will feel that way too
When the audience listens to your entry, what message would you like to send?
“It’s a song that describes me very well, a song that I hope will resonate with the audience. It’s about not fitting into the mold society is creating for us, and having the courage to say no, to choose for yourself, and be who you want to be! I think in the times we are living in it’s important to remember that.”
What would going to Eurovision and represent Romania mean to you?
“If I make it to Liverpool, that will be such a proud moment! Can you imagine a country choosing you to represent them in an international competition? That’s wild! I can only think it’s such an overwhelming feeling!!”
Asking more about Eurovision, what is your earliest memory of the competition and what is your favourite Eurovision song (from Romania or from another country).
“I watched Eurovision religiously every year growing up. I think my first lasting memory of the show is Romania’s entry from 2005, Luminita Anghet & Sistem – Let me try. I remember feeling the energy and craziness from their moment and being mind blown!”
As we are speaking right now, we are only a few weeks away until the live final of Selecția Națională 2023, how are you feeling?
“As you can imagine, I feel excited and nervous. We are working at the final show and I hope we will make people proud!”
How are the preparations for your live performance of “Bad and Cool” next month going, can you tell us anything about the staging for the song?
“Unfortunately, I can’t say much before the National Final, but what I can say is I love what we are creating for it and I hope people will too!”
You have worked with many well known people in the music industry in the past. Who were your favourite people that you have worked with so far?
“Each artist and producer I worked with were so full of creativity and such good people to be around. I can’t pick my favorite, they are all unique and have my full apreciation.”
I have read you were self-taught when it comes to music, how did you get to where you are today, have you got any advice for others who are also teaching themselves when it comes to music?
“I am self-taught in the production and composition side of music. I followed a music highschool where I learned most things theory can teach you, but music production is a whole different story. Even though I had knowlegde in musical theory, learning to apply it corectly in musical production felt like I knew nothing. It was a hard and long process, but I loved every part of it. My advice to anyone considering this to go for it. If you love something with all your passion you don’t even feel the bumps in the road.”
Thank you for this opportunity, Is there anything you would like to say to the International viewers over at That Eurovision Site?
“Thank you for having me, it was a pleasure! I would like to say thank you for their support to the International viewers over at That Eurovision Site! All my love!”
About Jax Man
Jax Man is a 22 year old artist from Romania. Most of JaxMan’s career has been spent in the production side of music, it is noted he has worked with many well-known artists and producers. “Bad and Cool” which is JaxMan’s Selecția Națională 2023 entry is also his first single as an artist. JaxMan has studied music throughout his high-school life, however when it comes to production he considers himself self-taught.
Romania’s Eurovision Journey
Romania joined the Eurovision family in the Eastern wave of enlargement, making their debut in 1994. Their entry – Dan Bittman’s “Dincolo de nori” – finished in 21st place with a total of 14 points. At the introduction of semi-finals, Romania found their stride and were present in every Eurovision final until 2018. Romania’s best result is third place, scored twice in 2005 and 2010 respectively.
In 2022, Romania was represented by WRS with his song – “Llámame”. Performning at the second semi-final in Turin, Romania qualified for the final for the first time since 2017. At the close of voting in the final, Romania finished 18th in a field of 25, scoring 65 points.
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