Lighthouse X is a Danish pop group with a mission. Their entry for this year’s Eurovision Song Contest, Soldiers of Love, is their battle hymn as they fight to make the world a slightly better place through the power of music. Lighthouse X won the Danish contest with a staggering 42% of the votes in the final, and the three members – Søren, Johannes and Martin – are hopeful that their message will resonate all across Europe.
Søren Bregendal is a natural-born pop star, who has toured the world with his former band, C21. Since then he has released an album as a solo artist and worked as a critically acclaimed actor and stage performer.
Johannes Nymark works as an actor on film, TV and stage. He has performed in some of the biggest musicals in Denmark and played leading roles in productions like Les Misérables and Singin’ In The Rain as well as the title role in Disney’s Aladdin.
Martin Skriver graduated from the Danish Musical Academy in 2013 and has established himself as one of the genre’s rising stars through his roles in The Little Mermaid and Evita.
1 How and when did you guys get together as a group?
We were already good friends when we decided to join forces and start a pop group together. This was back in 2012. We had realized that we didn’t only share a love for pop music but also the urge to make music that carries a strong, positive message. And that’s how Lighthouse X was born – out of our desire to create pop music with the power to help others, especially young people, and to make the world a slightly better place.
2 As we could know, you’re not only singers, actors and performers but also you are dedicated to some good causes. What they are?
Søren supports grieving children and young adults that have either deadly ill or recently deceased siblings and parents. Johannes supports children born with heart diseases, and Martin supports marginalized and overweight children. We have all had experiences that make it natural for us to support these specific causes. As a child, Søren suffered from quite severe OCD and anxiety. Johannes’ mother has a heart disease, which greatly affects him and his family. And Martin used to be overweight and was a victim of bullying in school. So we feel strongly about all these causes, and we are happy that we are able to bring extra attention to them through our music and performances.
3 What are the inspirations for the guys in Lighthouse X?
Like all artists, we find great inspiration in our own lives and experiences. And since we’ve all been through a lot in life, there is a lot of material to draw from. But we also find great inspiration in the causes we support, our fans and all the people we meet through our work. Every heartfelt attempt at making the world a better place is inspirational to us. Sure, there is a lot of negative energy in the world. But there is definitely also a massive amount of positive energy out there, and every time we encounter it, we try to harvest it and use it – as songwriters, as performers and as human beings.
4 Lighthouse X is a very curious name for a music band that seems to be mispronounce by everyone. Any story behind that name?
A lighthouse serves as a guiding light, and that is a very inspiring metaphor for us. We would like to be a guiding light for others as well as support all those out there, who already are shining brightly. What we do is trying to be the change we want to see in the world. It’s not always easy, but we all have to try. By the way, the ‘X’ is pronounced ‘ten’, and not like the letter. It’s the roman number, and we picked it because, according to mythology, it symbolizes an integration of masculine and feminine energy. Of balance and diversity.
5 You are the current representatives of Denmark in the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest. Why did you decide to submit a song for the Melodi Grand Prix?
To us, both the Danish Melodi Grand Prix and the Eurovision Song Contest represent platforms of people coming together across all ages, genders, ethnicities and religious backgrounds. And this – along with this year’s theme of Come Together – corresponds perfectly with our core message. So when we felt that we had a song that was both fitting and good enough to enter into the competition, it was the obvious thing to do. The Danish Melodi Grand Prix was perfect for us, as it allowed us to make more people aware of the causes we support.
6 Soldiers of Love is the song with you won the DMGP, what is the story behind it?
It is the quintessential Lighthouse X song. No other song captures our message of love and hope and our vision of a better world as strongly as this one. So it’s a very important song to us, and when we perform it live, it feels truly empowering. We want to inspire everyone to be soldiers of love, and this is our battle hymn.
7 If you had to emphasize three aspects about your entry, which would be?
- It was written the day after the terrorist attack in Paris in November 2015. The song isn’t explicitly about the attack, but the feeling of sorrow and despair we shared with our fellow European citizens stressed the need to write a song about unity and humanity – and how we have to fight hatred with love. It’s the only way forward.
- We almost didn’t make the deadline, because we wanted to make the song and its production as perfect as possible. The final master was sent off the same day that the album featuring all the Danish entries was going to print. It was a close race, and we’re quite happy we made it!
- With this song, we wanted to sum up what we’ve been doing for the last four years. It defines what the Lighthouse X philosophy is all about. We really need more soldiers of love. In fact, that’s all we need!
8 February 16th you launched your first EP album called “Lighthouse X” with 7 songs all of them in danish. Had you ever thought about submitting one of these songs for Eurovision?
Not really. That wasn’t the purpose of that EP.
9 Speaking now about Eurovision Song Contest, do you have any details and ideas for your performance on stage?
We will definitely have a little surprise that wasn’t part of our performance, when we played in the national contest. But everyone will have to wait and see what it is! Other than that, we feel that it’s our duty to simply have as much fun as possible, when we’re up on that stage. It’s our second home, and we are ecstatic to be sharing this experience with Eurovision fans all across the continent.
10 Promotion is one of the most important things for eurofans, had you plans to promote your song abroad?
We hope that people will show an interest in us internationally, allowing us to let our song and our message reach far. So, yes! The Lighthouse X philosophy is universal – Denmark is not the only place that could need some more soldiers of love. The entire world is calling for an army like that. So if we can help inspire some of our brothers and sisters in Europe to think more with their hearts, we will do everything we can to contribute to that.
11 There’s no winner boy band in the Eurovision Song Contest. Do you think that you could be the first one?
Actually, we don’t refer to ourselves as a boy band. It’s of course completely okay and understandable that other people do, given the constellation of the three of us, and our style of music. But to be honest, we feel too old to be considered a boy band! Plus, with the work we do and the whole reason why we started this group, we feel that there’s a lot of things that sets us apart from the typical boy band.
12 What do you think they are the most powerful contestants this year?
We’ve mostly been focusing on our own song and our own performance. But we are looking so much forward to hearing and experiencing all of the songs when we arrive in Stockholm! We are currently focusing all our energy on becoming as ready as possible for the big shows.
13 Last february 1st Barei was chosen as spanish representative with song “Say Yay!” What do you think about her song?
Unfortunately we haven’t heard any of the songs, so we don’t really know. But we are looking forward to hearing it and hopefully she will get far and get a very good result.
14 Would you like to do a spanish version of your song?
That would be fun. If we were so fortunate to win the Eurovision Song Contest, it would be fun to make it in different languages.
15 We like representatives that know the history of the Contest. If you had to choose the very most anxious moment of Denmark, what did you say it would be?
We all agree that the biggest moment was when the Olsen Brothers won in 2000. That was truly a huge and historical moment in Danish music history. Fly on the Wings of Love is an amazing pop tune, and it was just such a great night altogether.
16 To finish, do you have future plans for the coming months and the rest of 2016?
Preparation, preparation, preparation! We will do everything we can to optimize our performance as much as possible. On top of that, we will be playing shows and focusing on the various causes we support. So in that sense, it’s not all that different from what we’ve been doing for the past four years. We are eager to help make the world a slightly better place, and we believe that we will be able to fulfill that goal if we all stand together, rather than going at it alone. So hopefully the Lighthouse X community will grow bigger and stronger throughout 2016.
Now, it’s their time to spread their love for the readers in Eurofanweb.com and all of their fans around Europe. They wanted to greeting us and, of course, all of you sending us a video. Let’s go watch it!
All we’re left to say is a great thank you to Lighthouse X and wish them the best of lucks in Stockholm! Let’s we all be soldiers of love!