In an effort to circumvent the negativity surrounding the current political climate in Europe, Polish artist PachYa and her German producer Norman Gratopp are targeting Eurovision as the stage to launch their multi-lingual rallying cry – ‘Rebuild This Land’ in an effort to sooth international frustrations and bring nations closer together. PachYa’s heartwarmingly upbeat Euro-pop melody (sung in English, Polish and Italian) is a stark reminder that it’s never too late to turn the corner and ultimately we’re all united in our humanity.
Having spent 10 years living in England since 2008, PachYa was settled with a child and was surrounded by friends she made within the UK. When the referendum signalled the plan to leave the European Union, it was almost as if attitudes had changed overnight:
“With all the negative press surrounding immigrants in the UK, I started to feel that I was being treated differently – like I was being treated like an outsider. This is something that my Polish friends have all said. Since the Brexit vote, we have all felt quite unwelcome in the UK.”
“I knew I had to go back to Poland and start again. Above all else, I needed to protect my baby and I was really not sure what life after Brexit would be like for her; how we would be treated. My baby is also a UK citizen, so now I’m really concerned about what’s going to happen with her. The whole thing is very hard for me to take. This is what first inspired me to write ‘Rebuild this Land'”
As an artist, PachYa owes her passion to her genuine desire to entertain – radiating a positive energy that holds true to her own life. ‘Rebuild This Land‘ is a track which reflects on her time spent in the UK and the changing perceptions of people who live in communities containing people from all across the globe living alongside them. To this end, Eurovision is, in essence, less of a competition and more of a platform that transcends nationality and unites people together through their love of music. With the track containing elements from three European languages, it reinforces the need to rebuild bridges and to concentrate on what binds us together as people, as opposed to what divides us.