The writers behind the climactic Netflix comedy Oscar-nominated song ‘Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga,’ who have written hits for artists like Ariana Grande, One Direction and The Weeknd, describe the phenomenal response they’ve had. . Husavik.
Savan Kotecha, Rickard Göransson, and Fat Max Gsus are no strangers to receiving praise and recognition for their songwriting. Kotecha has helped co-write hits like Ariana Grande’s “Boom Boom,” The Weeknd’s “Can’t Feel My Face,” and One Direction’s “What Makes You Beautiful,” while Göransson has written songs for artists like Avril Lavigne, Zara Larsson. and Flo Rida.
And yet, despite all the Grammy nominations, platinum records and chart hits, nothing compares to the responses they have generated for “Husavik,” the powerful ballad Will Ferrell sings at the end of the Netflix comedy. Eurovision Song Contest: The Fire Story Saga, which is nominated for an Oscar for Best Original Song.
“Personally speaking, I have never had this kind of reaction before for any of the things that I have been fortunate enough to be a part of, not for ‘What makes you beautiful’, nor for ‘I can’t feel my face’, none of those things, “recalls Kotecha in a THR Features questions and answers powered by Vision Media.
Kotecha added that he had received numerous emails and text messages from other musicians, including Charlie Puth, about “Husavik,” while Grande’s brother, Frankie Grande, sent her a video of himself dancing to the song the next day. Eurovision was released on Netflix, telling him, somewhat prophetically, that it would get an Oscar nomination.
“This is just a different world, with so many people coming up and really moving or emotional,” says Göransson, who claimed that the timing of the film, which was released just a few months after the pandemic, played an important role. . “The song talks a lot about the fundamentals of life that everyone experienced this year when a lot of things were taken away. So I think that’s another reason why it resonated with so many people. “
For Gsus, “Husavik” has made him a minor celebrity in his hometown of Karlskrona in Sweden, where his local newspaper placed him on a list of local success stories. “They list the top five, and today I made number two,” he laughs. “Right underneath a shoemaker who has had his store open for 10 years.”
But perhaps the biggest reaction has come from the real-life Icelandic town of Húsavik, where Eurovision it is predominantly established. The fishing port, which has a population of less than 2,500, has taken full advantage of its moment in the limelight, and visitors can now sip a “Double Trouble” cocktail at the newly opened “Jaja Ding Dong” bar (both named for other songs in the movie). The city has also supported the bid for Oscar glory, releasing an absolutely delightful campaign video in which a children’s choir sings “Husavik” and fishermen pose with their catch as if they were Oscar statuettes.
“Seeing that was amazing,” says Kotecha. “But we don’t really think it through. I never stopped to think that this must mean a lot to Húsavik. So hopefully we can take it home. “
Kotecha, Göransson and Gsus agree that Húsavik would be one of the first places they would visit if they won the Oscar.
Says Gsus: “I’m going to stir my martini with the statuette at the bar Haha Ding Dong!”