Interview: Gebrasy (Audrius Petrauskas) From Lithuania

He’s a 26 years old singer- song writer from Lithuania that competes this year in the national selection “Pabandom iš Naujo! 2021”.
He became known in his home country in 2013 when he participated at “X Factor Lithuania season 2“, being mentored by Rūta Ščiogolevaitė. There, he ended in the 3rd place in the final.


We are talking about Audrius Petrauskas, aka Gebrasy!
The singer may be familiar by the Eurovision fandom, since he has already participated in the national selection 4 times. In 2018, he competed with the song “In My Bones


However, he doesn’t compete this year only as a performer, but he is also the writer behind 3 songs of the national selection (together with Faustas Venckus):

Gebrasy – Where’d You Wanna Go?


Titas ir Benas – No


Milita Daikerytė – Shadows

 
Last Saturday, he was crowned as the winner of the second heat of the Lithuanian national selection, earning the first place in the jury voting as well as in the public voting

Hi Gebrasy, thank you for accepting our invitation and welcome to ESCBEAT

Gebrasy: “Hi Doron, thank you for the invitation. I’m glad to be here”

What was/were the reasons for your decision to submit a song for “Pabandom iš Naujo! 2021“?

“Well, it was pretty simple. The entire music industry was shut down due to the pandemic, I haven’t been on stage since August and I really missed that feeling, so it seemed logical to come back this year.”

 Can you tell us about the message behind your song “”Where’d You Wanna Go?“?


“Sometimes we’re hanging onto things and trying to save them simply because we’re used to living this way and it’s easier, but sometimes you can’t save something or someone, this song is about letting a person go even though you still have feelings for them, but it’s no longer working out.


Tell us about the process in which the song was created

 “It started out as a simple project, I had to write two songs a week and I was travelling to record everything that I wrote in the studio. At first I really thought I couldn’t do it, because I’m not good at writing on-demand, but somehow it worked out and we had a lot of songs to pick from. My Eurovision song kept changing multiple times until we settled on “Where’d You Wanna Go?“”

 How did you feel about winning the second heat of the selection (both by the jury and public voting)?

“Well, truthfully I was a little shocked. This is my fourth time participating and I’m definitely not used to getting top marks, so I was really pleasantly surprised.”

Can you tell about your considerations for staging? 

“I can tell you that we’re planning on making adjustments, but I can’t reveal what they’re going to be. I’m just slightly jealous that performers from heat 1 had an entire week to adjust, whilst our heat is only working on a two day time frame.”

(The photo was taken by E. Blaževič)

 Supposing you winning the national selection, do you consider any changes in the song/ production?

 “I wouldn’t want to overcrowd the song, I think it’s beautiful in its simplicity. It’s definitely a thing that we would look at though, because it’s important to analyse everything that you’ve done so you could become the best possible version of yourself.”

Do you watch the Eurovision Song Contest

“Every single year, some of the years I even watched the pre-party performances and rehearsals to get more of a behind the scenes feeling of the entire competition.”

(The photo was taken by E. Blaževič)

 What’s your favorite from the Lithuanian national selections along the years?

“Usually my favorite Lithuanian performances lose out in the national selection, like I really loved “Leading Me Home” by Erica Jennings in 2016.”


What’s your favorite Eurovision song from Lithuania?

“Perhaps “This Time” by Vaidas and Monika (2015) or “We Are The Winners” by LT United (2006)

Monika Linkytė & Vaidas Baumila Photos (3 of 4) | Last.fm


Name several of your favorite Eurovision song that weren’t from Lithuania?

In general, “Amar Pelos Dois” (Portugal 2017) is one of my favorites,
Calm After The Storm” (The Netherlands 2014) was a masterpiece,
Me And My Guitar” (Belgium 2010) by Tom Dice is pretty memorable too,
I really enjoyed “Think About Things” from Iceland last year. There’s really too many, there could be an entire different interview just for this question.



Who do you think will win the  “Pabandom iš Naujo! 2021″?  Who is your personal favorite?

Paaiškėjo 2021-ųjų nacionalinės „Eurovizijos“ atrankos „Pabandom iš naujo“  dalyviai - LRT



“Well, everyone is predicting that The Roop will win, but I’d really like to shake things up if I can. As for my personal favorite, I don’t think it would be fair to answer this one since I also wrote the song for Titas and Benas as well as Milita.

 What process have you gone through as an artist, since your last participation in the national selection in 2018?

“I toured and had quite a few concerts with Jazzu as a backing vocalist in the past few years, I’ve collaborated with another huge artist in LithuaniaGJan and I was also the backing vocalist for Monique’s “Make Me Human“, so I really had a fair share of huge stages and arenas in these two years, which I think helped me get out of my head and relax more when I am on stage.”


Can we expect any new song release in the near future?

“Yes, there are some plans in the near future, it’s probably going to be my first song in Lithuanian and we’ll get to it sometime after the national selection, though I wouldn’t dare guess when, because it highly depends on the results of the selection.”

 What’s your message for ESCBEAT readers and Eurovision fans in general?

“Honestly, I’m overwhelmed with the amount of international support that I’ve gotten over the past week and it only shows that music has no barriers. I hope that you’ll continue to support me in my Eurovision journey as well as what comes after it. I still have a lot of songs that I can’t wait to share with the world.”


We wish Gebrasy good luck in “Pabandom iš Naujo! 2021” and happy to have him as one of the contenders for Lithuania at Eurovision 2021!

You can find all the relevant information at our Eurovision 2021 homepage:

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I live in Israel and watch Eurovision since the early 2000s. I work as a mathematician but have a big interest in singing, music, and writing

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