SBS has unveiled Sound of Silence, the song that Dami Im will perform as Australia’s 2016 entry into the Eurovision Song Contest.
The mid-tempo song was revealed in part last night on SBS 2’s The Feed.
It was written David Musumeci and Anthony Egizii of DNA Songs who wrote her X Factor winning single “Alive” and songs for Ricky Martin, Jessica Mauboy, Nathaniel, Delta Goodrem, Timomatic and The Veronicas.
“Sound of Silence is about feelings of nostalgia, distance and missing the one you love. It’s about how chasing your dreams can sweep you up in a wild rollercoaster ride and take you away from those closest to you. It explores the irony in how the ride can lose its lustre if you can’t share it with the person you love the most,” they said.
“It’s an absolute privilege and delight to have Dami Im sing our song to represent Australia, and share the stage that brought us superstars such as ABBA and Celine Dion. To have our song received on such a world stage is a dream come true.”
“The first time I heard Sound of Silence I knew it was the perfect song for me to perform at the Eurovision Song Contest,” said Dami Im.
“There are many ways to interpret the meaning around a song, but one theme that I relate to in Sound of Silence is that of disconnection and being away from the people in my life that I love. We live in a world where it is easy to be connected every minute of the day but along with this connection you can feel alone and isolated. I can’t wait to perform it live in Stockholm and connect with a whole new audience.”
Paul Clarke, Australian Head of Delegation and Director of Blink TV said, “Sound of Silence is a cracker of a song and it was wonderful to work closely with David and Anthony from DNA. It really plays to Dami’s vulnerability in the verses and shows her awesome vocal power in the chorus. It’s a perfect song to create something eye-catching for the Eurovision stage with dramatic staging and lighting. That’s all underway, and it’s getting very exciting.”
Eurovision takes place in Stockholm, Sweden, in May.
Australia competes in the second semi-final.