Daniel Kajmakoski: “I’m fully concentrated on my performance on Skopje Fest.” [Interview]

In the build-up to the first national final of the season, Skopje Fest, spoke to one of the contestants: Daniel Kajmakoski, the winner of X Factor Adria! Daniel will participate with his song Esenski Lisja. Read what he had to say below! Hey Daniel! First of all, thank you for taking the time to speak to us! How are you, such a short time before Skopje Fest?
Daniel Kajmakoski: I’m feeling great, thank you. I’ve just came from a very successful working trip from Paris, and now I’m fully concentrated on my performance on Skopje Fest!
X: Could you tell us something about yourself?
D: I believe we are energy beings with unlimited potential within us waiting to be discovered! I’m reaching for that potential!
X: Who are your musical idols?
D: I’ve grown up listening to Hip Hop and R&B music, and there are a lot of artists and groups from which I’ve learned a lot, but if there is an idol I have to choose, I must say the late Tose Proeski. A phenomenal singer and a human being who managed to unite the people from the Balkan in the way only music can!
X: The random song choice from YouTube: What can you tell us about the song Jedan Od Mnogih?
D: It’s a song written by Zdenko Runjic and performed by a living legend who comes from Croatia, Oliver Dragojevich. This song depicts the state of mind and the mentality of the people of the Balkans during the late 80’s and early 90’s.
X: Why do you want to go to Eurovision?
D: Being able to perform in front a such a massive auditorium gives everyone chills, I believe! Those three minutes on stage are live changing experience for everyone who takes part in this competition, some will enjoy their success, and some will learn very important lessons!
X: Your song was composed by (among others) Joacim Persson. He’s quite successful, having composed for Dannii Minogue, Helena Paparizou and Charlotte Perrelli. How did the cooperation between you start?
D: Joacim is a really great guy, and I’m honoured that I have the opportunity to work with him! A friend of mine introduce me to Joacim. Thanks to Borislav, now we have this cooperation  with this great producer which I’m sure will continue in the future!
X: Is Eurovision an annual event to watch for you? Are you a Eurovision fan?
D: Definitely, I’m a huuuuuge Eurovision fan, and I can tell you that I’ve watch Eurovision from the time my country was called Yugoslavia, and that was looong time ago! 🙂
X: Do you have an all time favourite Eurovision song?
D: A difficult question for me. I think that Eurovsion has produced many evergreens in the past 60 years. Right now I can think of couple of songs that made a strong impression for me such as: Johny Logan – Hold me now, Daniel Popovic – Julie, Toto Coutugno – Insieme, Vlado Janeski- Ne zori zoro, Zeljko Joksimovic – Lane Moje, Loreen – Euphoria and many more. I can remember the Eurovision in 1990 which was held in Zagreb, Yugoslavia, there, a singer and composer, called Philippe Lafontaine sang a song called macedommiene! It’s a song about a girl who comes from Macedonia. It’s an amazing song!
X: Finally, do you have a message for the readers of
D: Mind what your heart is trying to say! There is a strong messagge behind it!
We’d like to thank Daniel Kajmakoski for his time to answer our questions and we’d like to wish him the best of luck in tonight’s Skopje Fest!

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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