The Nikolas Metaxas interview

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Nikolas Metaxas is just 19 years old and he is lucky enough to see not one but two of his own compositions qualifying to the 2008 Cypriot final for the Eurovision Song Contest. Nikolas speaks to about his songs and his music and tells us the story behind I can't be and Butterfy which we will hear on 12 January.

Two of your songs have made it to the Cypriot National Final this year. Can you tell us a little bit more about Butterfly and I can't be? Also there have been rumours that you will perform a third song, could you confirm that?

It's funny because both these songs are of great emotional importance to me. They were written by myself in two different and contrasting stages of my life. I can't be came to me while I was in Greece on an army training. During the limited free time that we had there, I always processed music in my head as this has always been my escape route. The downfall was that my best friend was not there with me; my guitar was left in Cyprus as we were not allowed to take instruments. So, when the inspiration finally came, and the idea behind I can't be was dancing in my head, I made a bold move. I asked my senior officer to give me a few hours leave of absence to go in the city. He agreed, and in no time, I rushed to the first music store that I came across and ended up with a cheap but sweet sounding guitar in my hands.

During the next few days, I would always release my stress and tension, by working nights on the song, when everyone was sleeping. When the song was complete, I had another problem. How would I record the song? It was impossible in the army, and I feared I would forget the tune by the time I was back in Cyprus. So, I got a friends mobile phone, and recorded it on there. This was a year ago. I can't be talks about a broken relationship, and states that one cannot change who he/she is for the other person. It is a powerful ballad with an interesting climax.

Now, Butterfly came to me a couple of months ago. It was conceived during a very happy period in my life, probably the happiest of all. Love.. I was hit by love, and I couldn't function properly. I had overloads of feelings and I needed to get them on paper. But when I started writing, I realised that it wouldn't be a typical love song. There was a tragic element in the lyrics, almost macabre. The sense that I had so much love to give combined with insecurities about how much love I would receive in return, made me unfold my darkest thoughts into a song. Melody-wise, the song travels the listener to a very sad place, but at the end, liberates him in a loud cry of pain, passion and love. The song is slow moving, with a powerful climax and a moving performance. The music makes you wonder if the song was taken right out of a West-End show.

The third song that you talk about is Rescue me. I was the performer on the track that CYBC auditioned but the composers have decided to give the song to someone else since two of my own had already made it to the final ten.

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.

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