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#IRELAND: Who wrote ’22’ for Tel Aviv? Meet the songwriters

IRELAND: Who wrote ’22’ for Tel Aviv? Meet the songwriters

Behind every song there songwriters. If we remember that the Eurovision Song Contest is a contest for these people, then we need to give them the credit they deserve.

Ireland’s song ‘22‘ has three songwriters behind it. But who are they?

First is Dutch singer-songwriter and guitar soloist Janieck Devy, born in Nordwijk in 1994. He was first known for his worldwide hit ‘Reality’ alongside Lost Frequencies, and is currently bridging the gap between dance and pop music in his very own style. After making his acting debut in 2004, playing the lead role in the Dutch film ‘Pluk van de Petteflet’ (2004) Janieck played roles in the films ‘Kruistocht in Spijkerbroek’ and ‘My Queen Karo’. During those films he started playing the guitar in order to kill time on the set.

The song ‘Reality‘ he co-wrote with the Belgian DJ Lost Frequencies, rocketed Janieck’s career at the age of 20, topping the European sales and airplay charts in 2015 (197 million views on YouTube). Following this success, Janieck got signed to Spinnin’ Records in 2016, where he released his successful solo singles such as ‘Feel The Love’ and ‘Does it Matter‘. In 2017, the song ‘Little Hollywood’, a collaboration between Janieck and the German DJ Alle Farben, became the Number 1 airplay song in Germany (22 million views on YouTube). The single was eventually nominated for the 1Live Award for best single of 2017. The year 2018 started with the release of the single ‘You Don’t Have To Like It’, a collaboration between Janieck and DJ act Lucas & Steve, and a single collaboration entitled ‘To Rome’ with the artist Deepend.

Next is Marcia “Misha” Sondeijker, a songwriter/vocalist hailing from Amsterdam. She kicked off her songwriting career by participating with a songwriting contest ‘The Hit’ on Dutch television where she came second in DJ Chuckie’s team with her song ‘Go Ahead’. With songwriting credits for the BBC’s Eurovision You Decide in 2018, three of her songs made it to the top 10. Her recent DJ collaborations include ‘Home‘ with Madison Mars (Billboard top #30 USA).

Last but not least is Roel Rats from Utrecht. He has been surrounded by music from an early age. He cut his teeth learning to play the piano that, a few years later, evolved into working as part of the DJ duo RoulnDoors. The duo was supported by world’s biggest acts and played gigs all over the world including Sensation, Ministry of Sound London and Avicii’s tour. After eight fruitful years of DJing, Roulsen started writing and producing music for artist and acts worldwide.

If you’ve not heard it yet, here’s the song that Ireland hopes will bring that eighth victory in the Eurovision Song Contest, taking place in Tel Aviv in May.

Do you like ’22’? Does it stand a chance in Tel Aviv? Tell us what you think.

Author: John Stanton

Source: Eurovision Ireland, RTÉ

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