Wouter Hardy the producer behind “Arcade” has revealed the two year story behind this years Dutch entry for Eurovision.
Speaking with Omroep Brabant, Wouter Hardy has explained the journey of “Arcade” from a demo to this years entry for the Eurovision Song Contest from the Netherlands.
Wouter started working with Duncan two years ago when he was sent five demos that Duncan had recorded. Among the five demos was the first recording of “Arcade”, Wouter’s explained “I was particularly struck by his voice, and much can be done with him”.
He then began working with Duncan on recording songs, the first of which was “Arcade”. The song which the two worked on together contains 165 separate lines of instrumentation and vocals. He explained that:
I think it’s really beautiful, it’s strings, drums, bass, piano, synthesizers, chorus, Duncan’s voice, of course, backing vocals, that’s why there are so many tracks.
The song was finished in 2016 after which point it made its way in to the Dutch selection for this years Eurovision Song Contest. The next Wouter heard was that the committee liked the song as well as Ilse de Lange, he had no expectations that it would be selected.
Wouter since the reveal of “Arcade” has been inundated with messages about the song:
I never expected that, they’re crazy feelings, you just do not believe it, I wake up every morning and see all kinds of apps, people send e-mails and messages on Instagram, it’s really crazy, we’ve been here for two years and that’s it. that is how it is received: I am only very proud of that.
For now “Arcade” is the favourite to win the Eurovision Song Contest 2019. Wouter added that expectations are now high for Duncan in Tel Aviv, he commented:
A lot is expected of him. I think Duncan is one of the best live artists I know, he can hit people with his voice, I think people will be really impressed.
Who is Duncan Laurence?
Duncan Laurence is originally from Spijkenisse, born in 1994. This year, graduated from the Rock Academy in Tilburg where he studied to become a singer-songwriter as well as music producer. He has also spent time previously in London and Stockholm writing music. He was internally selected in January by the Dutch broadcaster AVROTROS to represent the nation in the 2019 contest.
Source: Omroep Brabant
The Netherlands debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1956 and has gone on to compete in all bar four contests. To date the Netherlands has won the contest on four occasions the latest being in 1975. The Netherlands struggled in the contest from 2000 onwards, between 2004 and 2013 the country only qualified twice for the final. The countries best result since 1975 occurred in 2014 when The Common Linnets finished 2nd in Copenhagen with a total of 238 points, 52 points behind Austria.