Duncan Laurence shows vulnerable side at ‘Ten to see’: “I have taken a different path” | Music

Duncan Laurence shows vulnerable side at ‘Ten to see’: “I have taken a different path” | Music
Duncan Laurence shows vulnerable side at ‘Ten to see’: “I have taken a different path” | Music

MusicNo ‘Arcade’ tonight, but ‘Electric Life’. With his brand new song, Eurovision winner Duncan Laurence (28) gets ‘Toen Om Te Zien’ silent for a few minutes. “It’s a song about people you miss, and the pain and longing that comes with that,” it sounds.

He will soon be leaving on a weeklong tour, but before that, Duncan Laurence passed by on the seawall of Westende. With a first. In front of thousands of ‘Ten to see’ fans, the Dutchman sang his latest song ‘Electric Life’ for the first time. “It’s a song about people you miss, and the pain and longing that comes with that,” it sounds. “I don’t mean that in a negative way: you can be sad because someone is no longer there, but you can hold on to the beautiful moments. While writing ‘Electric Life’ I often said that we should all have a more positive attitude towards life. And then we bring heaven a little bit to earth.”

The fact that Duncan is now so positive in life has not been evident in recent years. For example, he indicated in the YouTube series ‘Open card’ that two years ago he suddenly suffered from panic attacks, and that they caused a serious dip in his mental health. “I went in a different direction with my life, and in a way you can say that I did that with my music too”, it sounds. “People often ask me if, after ‘Arcade’, I don’t find it difficult to come up with something new. Well no. I really like artists like Elton John, Queen and The Rolling Stones. I listened carefully to their sound, and tried to create a new world from there. More singles will be released soon, which are a harbinger of my new album. That will come out next year.”

Billboard in Times Square

Yet Duncan is not turning his back on his success. On the contrary. “Recently I was told that ‘Arcade’ made the top 20 in India, so I’m going there soon. In addition, radio promo is also on the agenda in the United States. Recently I even stood with a billboard in Times Square. And of course I will not forget the Netherlands and Belgium. I’m all over the place. (laughs) But seriously: I think it’s very special that my music means so much to others.”

Duncan and his two finalists: Karista (left) and Lina (right). © VTM

Due to his busy schedule, a new visit to ‘The Voice Kids’ – where he coached Karista to victory last season – is very difficult, he readily admits. “I thought it was a super fun experience, and really enjoyed working with so many talented kids,” it sounds. “I would genuinely love to return, and do this again. Only: it has to fit into the agenda. When I commit, I also want to give myself fully. And unfortunately I can’t make any statements about that at the moment. It’s not a yes, but it’s not a no either. Exciting. (laughs)”

Proud of Karista

Karista, who was coached by Duncan, was crowned the winner of ‘The Voice Kids’ last season. With her cover of the Mary Mary song ‘Shackles’ she hit many Flemish stages last summer. “I hope I can see her at work myself soon”, says her Dutch mentor. “She is so insanely talented. I am genuinely happy that she can now do what she loves most. Have I spoken to her recently? Well, that’s the tricky part: in addition to being a coach, I’m also a musician. That’s what I’ve always said to my kids: you have to make music yourself, and go for it and map out your own path. I’ve been busy with that lately, and I know Karista is too. However, if she needs advice, she can always contact me. That sounds like a hollow promise, but I mean it. I’m here for her.”

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