Conan Osíris

EUROVISION 2019: What Next – Conan Osíris

What next for this year’s Eurovision entrants?

Portugal: Conan Osíris

by Christopher Smith

Two years ago, Portugal won Eurovision with “Amar pelos dois” sung by Salvador Sobral, its first grand final appearance for seven years. Last year the country came last with “O jardim” performed by Cláudia Pascoal, so this year hope was placed with 30 year old singer Tiago Miranda known as Conan Osíris with his entry “Telemóveis” (“Mobile Phones”). Unfortunately, Conan failed to qualify from his semi final and so, once again, Portugal has to sit 2019 out.

Conan made his first moves in the music industry in 2008 when he formed the duo Powny Lamb with singer Sreya. They released their debut EP “Cathedral” in 2011 but parted company soon after. He released his debut seven track EP “Silk” in 2014 and followed this with his debut album “Música, Normal” in 2016. He released a second album “Adoro Bolos” the following year. He reunited with Sreya that same year when he co-wrote and produced her debut album “Emocional”.

In December 2018, Conan was invited to write a song for this year’s Eurovision Song Contest. He ended up with “Telemóveis”, which won the Portuguese jury’s selection and then decided he would perform it himself! Despite “Telemóveis” not qualifying, the song has gone on to top the Portuguese singles chart. Conan will be performing at this year’s Super Bock Super Rock music festival in Portugal, no doubt with a much higher profile than at any time before in his career.

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Written by Christopher Smith

So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!
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