Australia sends Electric Fields to Eurovision 2024

Finally, fan-favourite act become Australia's first duo to compete in Eurovision with their striking song, One Milkali (One Blood).

SBS and Blink TV have announced Electric Fields as Australia’s entry into the 68th Eurovision Song Contest in Malmö, Sweden.

Vocalist Zaachariaha Fielding and producer / keyboardist Michael Ross merge traditional with electronica through the song One Milkali (One Blood).

One Milkali loosely translates to ‘One Blood’ and is their dream for a world where we are all united. It’s a world disco in the face of the vast universe, mirroring the kinship we all share with the repeating patterns of nature.

The song incorporates Yankunytjatjara; an Aboriginal language of the Anangu peoples, one of the oldest living cultures on earth.

Electric Fields came a close second to Kate Miller-Heidke in Australia Decides in 2019 with their song 2000 And Whatever. The Eurovision fan base, both at home and abroad, has long championed their potential on the Eurovision stage -now realised as the first duo Australia has sent.

“We are buzzed with euphoria at our chance to share this music with the world. Our music comes from the deepest place in both of us and Eurovision is the most exciting opportunity to bring together our cultures and share the joy of our global connection,” they said.

SBS Head of Entertainment Emily Griggs said: “Electric Fields are set to captivate Europe with their genre-defying music. By blending catchy beats with a beautiful sentiment, they have crafted an uplifting dance anthem One Milkali (One Blood). With their unparalleled passion and infectious energy SBS is proud to have Electric Fields amplify Australian voices and leave audiences yearning for more.”

Director of Blink TV and Australia’s Creative Director for Malmö Paul Clarke said: “Since hearing their brilliant song 2000 And Whatever, we have always had our eye on Electric Fields for Eurovision. They came close to winning E-AD back then, but they are far stronger a few years down the track. Electric Fields will bring something never seen before on the Eurovision stage. They will be deadly in Malmö!”

17 year old Sydney vocalist Silia Kapsis will also compete for Cyprus in Malmö with her song Liar, the second year in a row the nation has drawn upon an Aussie performer.

From the moment their 2024 Eurovision song One Milkali (One Blood) starts it will stop you in your tracks. Zaachariaha’s arresting vocals immediately command attention against a twinkling chorus of instruments as he states, “I stand in the eye of the spiral,” as if on the precipice of something great. Something so infinitely beautiful, it’s almost unimaginable. Perhaps inspired by the breathtaking surrounds of Zaachariaha’s home, Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Lands (also known as the APY Lands of South Australia), or the dreams which are forever in their reach, each beat of One Milkali (One Blood) is like a homecoming and awakening at once. You can’t help but smile as its melody gathers momentum in a swell of musicality that makes you want to dance, jive, and have the time of your life!

It’s as if the journey from Mimili to Malmö was written in the stars. Born 10 years and one day apart, kismet is the key to their constellation of song. Their influences so broad and sweeping, it would be an injustice to put a label on their sound. Storytelling that honours Zaachariaha’s connection to his Country, cultures, and peoples – singing in Pitjantjatjara, Yankunytjatjara, and English – fuses with Michael’s finesse for futuristic compositions so effortlessly their music feels truly fresh and modern. The co-writing duo’s motto to “bypass the barriers” extends to every element of their being in pure celebration.

Like two halves of a whole, the lyric video sees Zaachariaha and Michael side by side, baring their souls to reflect that without all our armour, we are all more similar than we are different. As neon lights shine around them, it shows how we’re made of atoms and cosmic dust, at one with ourselves, each other, and the planet.

Seasoned producers and performers, Zaachariaha and Michael live up to their name, electrifying audiences with their dance moves and beaming smiles on national headline tours, extravagant collaborations with symphony orchestras, and star turns at some of the biggest festivals throughout Australia, Asia, New Zealand, United States, UK, and Europe.

With the world at their feet, Electric Fields are ready to dance to their own tune and invite everyone to the party.

SBS’s exclusive coverage will once again be in the capable hands of music buff Myf Warhurst and comedian Joel Creasey. SBS and Blink TV’s production of 2023’s Eurovision Song Contest Grand Final won the AACTA Award for Best Entertainment Program, and this year will mark Australia’s ninth year participating in the event.

Wednesday 8 May – Sunday 12 May AEST on SBS.

22 Responses

  1. I’m sorry, but this is a genuine question, having just looked at the Xfactor story in this site, I’m confused, is this duo a male and female or 2 males.

    1. So basically your response to the selection of Electric Fields is to bag one of the hosts out??
      I’m sure there will be plenty of other EV stories where you can do this.
      I’m all for going wow, not only have they returned but returned with a banger better than in 2019!!!!

    2. This feels like almost the polar opposite of how most dedicated Eurovision fans feel. Myf has a wealth of knowledge regarding the music industry and the contest. Joel treats it like a bit of a mockery.

  2. Amazing to see that we’re finally sending an entry inclusive of First Nations languages. While not as much of a bop as 2000 and Whatever, I still see this doing really well!

  3. hmm ok it is not the worst that it is out there. It is described as a ‘upbeat dance anthem’. There is nothing about this that says it is a upbeat dance anthem it is more a sunday afternoon vibe song. Eurovision is definitely not interested about the individual background of the members. Compared to other songs there is nothing that is standard out there.

  4. Great choice of artist for Eurovision. EF were so good at Australia Decides and I’ve liked some of their follow up work as well.

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