Hotel FM

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Hotel FM
HotelFMlineup.jpg
Background information
Origin Oradea, Romania
Genres Pop, Rock
Years active 2005-present
Website hotelfm.ro
Members David Bryan (singer)
Gabriel Băruţa (piano)
Alex Szűz (drums)
Past members Darius Neagu (percussion)
Vicky Sava (harp)
Marius Văduva (percussion)
Diana Mărmăneanu (dancer)
Vlady Săteanu (bassist)
Gabi Drăgan (drums)
Nicolae Vedinas (vocals, flute)

Hotel FM is a Romanian band, formed in April 2005 by British expatriate David Bryan and his friends Gabriel Băruţa and Alex Szűz. The band held concerts in several cities in Romania and Germany and launched a promotional CD in spring 2006.[1]

Founder member Bryan, who is lead singer, is originally from Newton Aycliffe in North East England.

The [2] story began in,[3] when the Romanian composer [4] recruited a few very talented musicians from his hometown [5] to create a new sound, a modern pop-rock feel based on melody and innovation, specific to the songs he wrote.

Throughout the years, Hotel FM attracted exquisite young musicians like Nicolae Vedinaş (vocals, flute), Berek Szilard (vocals), Marius Pop (guitar), Vlady Săteanu (bass), Gabi Drăgan (drums) and Sanyi Zakar (guitar), united by the same vision and passion for music.

The band has played many concerts in cities of Romania and Germany and released a promotional CD in the spring of 2006.

The members of Hotel FM have always balanced the band’s activity with exciting side-projects: David is recording Shakespeare’s Sonnets on the music of Florian Chelu Madeva (Rock Filarmonica Oradea) and plays with the only Pink Floyd tribute band in Romania, “Speak Floyd”; Gabriel writes song for talented children and has won many national and international songwriting competitions. As a producer, he has worked with artists from many different genres, from rock to pop, hip-hop and even house. He has recently opened a brand new studio in Bucharest.

Eurovision[edit]

Hotel FM placed 4th in the Eurovision 2010 national selection final with song "Come As One", a beautiful ballad with a strong eco message and complex vocal harmonies. The Hotel FM line-up for the Romanian finals was: David Bryan (vocals), Gabriel Băruţa (guitar and backing vocals), Vicky Sava (backing vocals) and Darius Neagu (drums, backing vocals), accompanied by the dancers Mihuţ “Levi” Lennon and Diana Mărmăreanu.

The band qualified in the Romanian national final for Eurovision 2011 with the song "Change" (music: Gabriel Băruţa, lyrics: Alexandra Ivan and Băruţa). They won the 1st place with 22 points and represented Romania at Eurovision 2011.[6][7] They qualified in the 2nd semifinal, on 12 May, and competed in the final, on 14 May, coming 17th.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "About Hotel FM". HotelFM.ro. 
  2. ^ Hotel FM
  3. ^ 2005
  4. ^ Gabriel Băruţa
  5. ^ Oradea
  6. ^ Busa, Alexandru (1 January 2011). "Hotel FM to represent Romania in Düsseldorf". EscToday. 
  7. ^ G., Luke (1 January 2011). "Hotel FM to Düsseldorf". EscDaily. 
Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Paula Seling and Ovi
with "Playing with Fire"
Romania in the Eurovision Song Contest
2011
Succeeded by
Mandinga
with "Zaleilah"