Austria will compete in the first half of the second semi-final on the 11 May in which Nathan Trent will perform his entry ”Running on air” in a bid to qualify to the final of the Eurovision Song Contest on the 13 May.
The ORF team, together with music-experts Eberhard Forcher and Christof Straub, scouted within the young Austrian music scene. Nathan was invited to submit a song and convinced ORF to select him for Kyiv. Back in December 2016, the Austrian national broadcaster ORF confirmed that Nathan Trent has been internally selected to represent Austria at the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest. The 24 year multi talented young singer was born in Innsbruck and speaks fluent German, English, Italian and French. He likes to write songs as it gives him freedhom, he says that freedom is the main inspiration for an artist. Nathan writes music for himself. Nathan composes, writes, arranges and sings his own songs.
He released his debut single Like it is back in June 2016, has been busy working with the Austrian Eurovision team over the weeks to follow producing and composing his entry for the competition.
Wiwibloggs.com reveals that ”Running on Air” begins with a simple accompaniment of clean guitar and finger snaps. It slowly builds with more instruments coming in. The song has a simple folky, slightly soul feeling to it. Nathan Trent cites Justin Timberlake as an influence, and it’s clear to hear a JT flavour coming through, though with a more folky feeling to it. The good news for Austria is that so far there are no songs in Eurovision 2017 in this style. In a year that’s full of dramatic ballads, there’s a chance that the more upbeat and stripped-back “Running on Air” could stand out.
The lyrics are positive and uplifting. Nathan sings of the experiences, struggles and support he has had in live, and how he’ll always “keep running, I won’t stop”. It’s a song of perseverance, of keeping going no matter what happens in life. Nathan even has a few chances to show off his voice, with one especially big glory note at the end.
“Running on Air” clocks in at 2:48, significantly shorter than most Eurovision songs that get in as close to the three-minute mark as possible. Last year Douwe Bob’s “Slow Down” was two seconds slower, coming in at 2:46, though he extended it with a long pause as part of the staging.
Nathan's résumé shows a four-year singing, acting and dance education, in the styles of Jazz, Contemporary and Commercial. He is still receiving voice lessons from his singing teacher Previn Moore. As for his acting skills, he participated in productions with famous Austrian actors in the prestigious ”Theater in der Josefstadt” and was part of a short movie called ”Eisland”. Given the fact that his father plays the violin professionally in the orchestra of the National Theatre of Innsbruck, Nathan practically grew up in the theatre. As a child he participated in various plays and musicals which brought him closer to singing at a very young age.
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