Electric Fields to represent Australia in Malmö

Multi-award winning duo Electric Fields will be performing for Australia at the 68th Eurovision Song Contest with their song ‘One Milkali (One Blood)’.

On Tuesday 5 March, SBS and production partner Blink TV proudly presented the artist who will represent Australia at the 68th Eurovision Song Contest in Malmö, Sweden – it’s South Australia’s powerful, ethereal duo Electric Fields. 

Their song will be One Milkali (One Blood), and in a first for the Eurovision Song Contest, it’s an entry that incorporates Yankunytjatjara; an Aboriginal language of the Anangu peoples, one of the oldest living cultures on earth.

Electric Fields are the first duo to represent Australia at the Contest. Eurovision fans might well remember the pair from SBS’ 2019 national selection show, Eurovision – Australia Decides, where they came a close second to Kate Miller-Heidke with their unforgettable track 2000 And Whatever. They’re elated to join the Eurovision universe once more, and this time, represent Australia on the global stage.

The extraordinary voice of Zaachariaha Fielding and brilliance of producer and keyboardist Michael Ross unite in a way that merges traditional living culture with music that ranges from soulful pop to epic-scale electronica.

The influences of the duo are so broad and sweeping, it may even be an injustice to put a label on their sound. Storytelling that honours Zaachariaha’s connection to his country, cultures and peoples – singing in Pitjantjatjara, Yankunytjatjara, and English – fuses with Michael’s finesse for futuristic compositions; a combination that ensures their music feels truly fresh and modern. The co-writing duo’s motto is always to “bypass the barriers”.

Their Eurovision entry, One Milkali (One Blood), is their dream for a world where we are all united. It’s a world disco in the face of the vast universe, mirroring the kinship we all share with the repeating patterns of nature.

Like two halves of a whole, the lyric video sees Zaachariaha and Michael side by side, baring their souls to reflect that without all our armour, we are all more similar than we are different. As neon lights shine around them, it shows how we’re made of atoms and cosmic dust, at one with ourselves, each other, and the planet.

With the world at their feet, Electric Fields are ready to dance to their own tune and invite everyone to the party.

Electric Fields said: 

“We are buzzed with euphoria at our chance to share this music with the world. Our music comes from the deepest place in both of us and Eurovision is the most exciting opportunity to bring together our cultures and share the joy of our global connection.”

SBS Head of Entertainment Emily Griggs said: 

“Electric Fields are set to captivate Europe with their genre-defying music. By blending catchy beats with a beautiful sentiment, they have crafted an uplifting dance anthem ‘One Milkali (One Blood)’. With their unparalleled passion and infectious energy SBS is proud to have Electric Fields amplify Australian voices and leave audiences yearning for more.”

Director of Blink TV and Australia’s Creative Director for Malmö Paul Clarke said: 

“Since hearing their brilliant song ‘2000 And Whatever’, we have always had our eye on Electric Fields for Eurovision. They came close to winning ‘Eurovision – Australia Decides’ back then, but they are far stronger a few years down the track. Electric Fields will bring something never seen before on the Eurovision stage. They will be deadly in Malmö!”

At home in Australia, SBS’s exclusive coverage will once again be in the capable hands of music buff Myf Warhurst and comedian Joel Creasey. 

SBS and Blink TV’s production of 2023’s Eurovision Song Contest Grand Final won the AACTA Award for Best Entertainment Program, and this year will mark Australia’s 9th year participating in the event.

The Eurovision Song Contest will take place in Malmö, Sweden on Tuesday 7 May (First Semi-Final), Thursday 9 May (Second Semi-Final) and Saturday 11 May (Grand Final) 2024.

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