Andrew Lambrou: Loves To Sing For People

Interview by Vassilios Nicolaos Vitsilogiannis

(IG: @vassiliosvitsilogiannis)

Andrew Lambrou, born in 1998 in Sydney, Australia, to a Greek-Cypriot family, has emerged as a rising star in the music world. With roots connecting him to both Paphos, Cyprus, and Lemnos, Greece, Lambrou’s diverse heritage is reflected in his captivating sound. His journey into music began at a tender age when he won the top spot in an eisteddfod, showcasing his impressive vocal prowess. Recognizing his innate talent, Lambrou’s mother enrolled him in music school, setting him on a path towards a flourishing musical career.

In early 2021, Lambrou’s destiny took a major turn when he signed with Sydney-based label City Pop Records. He made a stunning debut with his single “Throne,” a haunting and compelling track that earned him praise from the Australian Independent Record Labels Association. The release marked his arrival as an up-and-coming pop heavyweight.

In February 2022, Lambrou ventured onto the international stage as he competed in Eurovision – Australia Decides with the song “Electrify.” His performance resonated with the audience, earning him a respectable 7th place in the competition.

The talented artist’s journey reached new heights when, on 17th October 2022, Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation (CyBC) announced that Lambrou would represent Cyprus in the Eurovision Song Contest 2023. His reputation continued to soar as he signed with Panik Records, a prominent label in Greece and Cyprus, cementing his status as a musical force to be reckoned with.

Andrew Lambrou’s Eurovision entry, “Break a Broken Heart,” released on 2nd March 2023, is anticipated to be yet another milestone in his remarkable career. As he continues to captivate audiences with his soulful voice and heartfelt lyrics, Lambrou is undoubtedly poised for even greater success on the international stage.

Can you tell us about your musical journey and how you discovered your passion for singing?

Music started at a very young age, I was 5 years old when I discovered my passion for music when my parents put me into a piano school. Each term there was a singing competition, I loved entering them, and that’s how it all began!

Winning first place in an eisteddfod at the age of 5 must have been a significant moment for you. How did that experience shape your love for music?

It was, it gave me the confidence I needed at a young age to pursue singing. When you’re young you’re trying to find your feet and find what you are good at. I was lucky to find singing so early.

What inspired you to pursue a career in the music industry?

I’ve always believed that music is there for you no matter what’s happening in life. I love that aspect of the industry, and it’s always been my goal to create music for people to listen to enhance their day, or bring some joy no matter what is happening in their life.

Representing Cyprus in the Eurovision Song Contest 2023 is a tremendous achievement. How does it feel to have this opportunity, and what does it mean to you?

This was something I will never forget. The people I met, the friendships I have made and the sense of achievement will be very hard to match in the future. It’s always been something I have dreamt of, so seeing it come to life is very special.

Your debut single “Throne” received praise from the Australian Independent Record Labels Association. Can you tell us more about the song’s inspiration and significance in your career?

“Throne” will always have a special place in my heart. The song is about visualizing where you want to be in the future. Essentially seeing yourself on your throne. Seeing yourself achieve those goals you’ve always wanted to achieve. I’m a strong believer in self-belief, and giving yourself the mentality that it CAN be done.

Participating in Eurovision – Australia Decides with the song “Electrify” was another milestone in your career. Can you tell us about the inspiration behind the song and the story it aims to convey?

“Electrify” is about finding someone that brings an element into your life that you’ve never felt before. I wanted the song to be easy to listen to, easy to dance to, and I had an amazing time performing this at Australia Decide.

How did you feel when Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation announced that you would represent Cyprus in the Eurovision Song Contest 2023? What does it mean to you to represent your heritage in such a prestigious event?

This was quite an emotional moment. It didn’t feel real for some time. I’m very connected to my roots. I’m very proud to be from Cyprus. Now that Eurovision is finished, I couldn’t be any happier with the reaction from the people of Cyprus. I’m so overwhelmed and happy to hear that I have made them proud. That is all I can ask for.

“Break A Broken Heart” is your Eurovision entry. Can you give us some insights into the song’s meaning and what you hope to convey through it?

“Break A Broken Heart” is about being hurt before and knowing within yourself that you can’t be hurt anymore. Life is full of ups and downs. You learn from difficult experiences. This song conveys a message not to shy away from potential hardships. Things happen for a reason, and you can’t break a broken heart.

Signing with Panik Records and collaborating with CyBC for the Eurovision Song Contest is a significant step in your career. How has this partnership impacted your artistic journey, and what can we expect from future releases?

I love my Panik family. They have done so much throughout the Eurovision journey, and I’m very excited to show the world what’s next. We are working hard, and I’m grateful to have Panik as a part of my team. They are very experienced, and know exactly how the industry works with great staff and teamwork.

As a singer with Greek-Cypriot heritage born in Sydney, Australia, how do you incorporate your cultural background into your music?

I have grown up listening to Greek and Cypriot music, it’s on at every family event, when this music is around you all the time it becomes a part of you. When writing songs, I tend to lean towards the melodies and scales you would typically hear in Greek music. This isn’t a decision of mine, this is what naturally happens. Although I am a pop singer, I will always be influenced by the beautiful melodies of Greek-Cypriot music.

What are your aspirations as a singer and songwriter in the music industry, both in the short term and long term?

For me, I want to continue releasing music for the world, performing and bringing joy to as many people as I can. The fact that over 10 million people have listened to “Break A Broken Heart” blows my mind. This gives me so much motivation. Whatever happens, I just want to sing for people and entertain as long as I physically can!

Are there any specific artists or musicians who have influenced your musical style and sound? If so, who are they and how have they inspired you?

There are many, I’ve always listened to Bruno Mars, Michael Jackson, Imagine Dragons, the weekend, and I’m influenced by artists like Konstantinos Argiros. The list can go on forever.

Can you give disclose some of your future plans?

What’s next will be future releases, performances, some potential collaborations, and much more time spent in Europe!

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