Meet Merseyside’s Eurovision hopeful Karl Lund…
Tomorrow night the UK gets to choose its entry for Eurovision 2016 and Wallasey lad Karl Lund stands a very good chance of making the cut and representing the country. He is currently bookies favourite in the competition with his song ‘Miracle’. You can see how he does Friday evening 7.30pm on BBC Four in ‘Eurovision – You Decide’. You can listen to the track in the video player above.
We caught up with Karl to find out more…
We have seen you playing at many gigs and festivals in Liverpool over the past few years. Tell us your music story so far?
Well it was when I was at school that it all started I suppose, I was always in the school plays. I played Kenickie in Grease and the lead in Bugsy Malone then later went to uni at John Moores to study drama. I taught myself guitar at this time and music was only ever a hobby. Playing in crowded bars at various open mic nights around the city. Hannah’s bar and The Pilgrim being my favourites. I started uploading videos onto YouTube and it snowballed from there really. Other producers started requesting to have my vocals on their tracks and gradually I started building up some great contacts.
Describe your sound?
That’s a difficult one as I’ve worked with so many people over the years session singing or working on various movie soundtracks so ive done everything from pop, commercial house, dub-step, acoustic folk-pop, rock and roll… But I think me as an artist and performer feel more comfortable as a pop singer.
You are living in London now, how does the music scene down there compare to Liverpool’s?
I love Liverpool and I always will but there just came a point when I had to make he move to the capital. There’s so much more opportunity here for people like me and a lot more people to reach. There’s so many cool and interesting music venues down here too and with so much going on, you’ll never get bored. Liverpool will always have that uniqueness though and I don’t have to re-mortgage my house if I want a pint.
So busy week this week – tell us how it all came about?
I heard that the BBC were on the hunt for the biggest song search for this years Eurovision as they wanted to get serious again about the UK’s entry in the song competition. As soon as I saw the opportunity, I mentally scanned my catalogue of songs and ‘Miracle’ instantly jumped out.
Tell us about the song ‘Miracle’.
I started writing this in 2012 when I was living in Greece playing John Lennon in a Beatles tribute band. Whilst that was a great experience, tensions often ran high when living with 30+ performers all with their own ego. ‘Miracle’ came to me at the right time but after I came back home to a Liverpool, I left the track to one side as it just didn’t feel the right time to get it out there. It wasn’t until my brother-in-law was diagnosed with lymphatic cancer last year that ‘Miracle’ came back into my consciousness. It was his journey, his strength and his recovery that became the finishing touch of the song.
So what happens Friday and are you nervous?
All 6 of us will perform our own entry and the public will vote for who they want to represent us in Stockholm in May!
Favourite Euro vision UK entry of all time?
It has to be ‘Love Shine A Light’ by Katrina. She will be on the panel this Friday so I’m looking forward to meeting her!
Where can we find out more about you?
Karlwilliamlund.com and all the usual social media platforms – Instagram, Facebook, Twitter