Vladimir Graic: The Molitva composer interview

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Vladimir Graic, the composer of the 2007 Eurovision Song Contest, spoke to esctoday.com's Laura Gudim about himself, his music, his inspiration, his hopes and about what he has in store for the near future.

First of all, Vladimir, congratulations on the victory of your composition at this year's Eurovision Song Contest in Helsinki.

Thank you for your congratulations and your wish to conduct an interview with me for esctoday.com, which I enjoy visiting.

How did you feel after the last 'douze points', when Molitva was declared the Eurovision winner?

My compositions have won awards and music festivals many times before, so this euphoria is nothing new to me. I am a quiet and calm man by nature, so it wasn't like I fell into a trance or anything. There was, naturally, lots of joy. This is after all the biggest musical manifestation in Europe, and to win it was absolutely brilliant! It wasn't until a few days later when what had happened really dawned on me that I realised what I had achieved. And that sense of fulfilment has not yet worn off.

Stella Floras

Thanks to Johnny Logan and Hold me now I fell in love with the Eurovision Song Contest, a love that's been going strong ever since with undiminished passion. My first memories date back to 1977 and the lyrics of Rock bottom, Dschinghis Khan and A ba ni bi are still engraved in my brain.

I joined esctoday.com in 2006 as a junior editor after being invited by Barry Viniker, I soon became Senior Editor and during the 2007 contest in Helsinki I was appointed Head of Communications. Today I hold the post of Head of Human Resources and I am proud to be working with the best editorial team in the world.