Das Gezeichnete Ich: “It’s a metaphor for the struggling human being in a complicated and chaotic world.” [Interview]

In our second interview with the German contestants, we spoke to the man who used a poem, Nur Zwei Dinge by Gottfried Benn, to pick his stage name. He’ll try to win the ticket with either Weil Du Da Bist or Echo: Das Gezeichnete Ich! Read what he had to say below! Hey Das Gezeichnete Ich! Thank you for taking the time to speak to us! How does it feel to be one of the acts for Unser Song für Dänemark?
Das Gezeichnete Ich: I feel honored to be a part of this event and I’m very excited!
X: Could you tell us a little about yourself and your music? 
DGI: I grew up playing guitar in heavy metal bands and later decided to become a pop artist and songwriter, focused on strong melodies and profound lyrics that express my view of the world, my experience with love and disappointments, sometimes in a somewhat poetic way.  But Rock will never die!
X: Where does your name come from and why did you pick it?
DGI: I took the name from a German poem, it’s a metaphor for the struggling human being in a complicated and chaotic world.
X: Why did you decide to apply for Unser Song für Dänemark?
DGI: Getting the chance to perform and share my music with so many people out there is amazing. It’s going to be a fun show and we’ll try and rock the house! Of course we wouldn’t mind winning either.
 X: The first song you’ll sing is Weil du da bist. Why did you choose this one?
DGI: I chose the song because it’s a catchy uptempo pop-song with a lyrical message that is very meaningful to me: “I’m not here to go to war, I’m not here to save the world, maybe I’m only here because you’re there”.
X: You normally sing in German. Do you think that, if you reach Copenhagen, that will be a disadvantage for you?
DGI: Not at all, I’m convinced that music is a universal language that crosses boundaries and can reach everyone in the world, no matter where you’re from. Even if you don’t understand the lyrics I’m sure everyone can sing along to the melody.
X: Can you tell us a little about the stage performance?
DGI: Of course I can’t give away too much, but it’s gonna be energetic and emotional!
X: Are you a Eurovision fan?
DGI: I grew up with it and I’ve always been fond of the idea of bringing together all the different European cultures in one night through the power of music.
X: Do you have a favourite all-time Eurovision entry?
DGI: I’m German so I’d  have to say Guildo Horn, but honestly my favorite song would be “Euphoria”, that song is just amazing.
X: Finally, do you have a message for the readers of
DGI: Stay true to who you are, love one another and last but not least, go and buy my album! would like to thank Das Gezeichnete Ich for his answers. We’d also like to wish him the best of luck for Thursday’s Unser Song für Dänemark! You can watch the video for one of his competing songs, Weil du da bist, below!

Nick van Lith

I'm one of the founding members of Eleven years after the start, I'm proud to say that I am now the Editor-in-Chief of this wonderful website. When I'm not doing Eurovision stuff, you should be able to find me teaching German to kids... And cheering on everything and everyone Greek, pretty much. Pame Ellada!

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