In my next life, I want to come back as Gromee.
Gromee, pictured above, is the DJ behind this year’s Polish entry, Light Me Up. The song is fine – it’s a cookie cutter dance banger with a shoutable chorus that you’ll forget five minutes after you hear it (seriously, thank god for the Eurovision voting recaps.)
But what’s really intriguing about this song is Gromee himself. Every time I see him, I’m left asking: What’s his deal? And how do I get in on it?
Watch the video above. Even though the song is credited “Gromee featuring Lukas Meijer”, Meijer is nowhere to be seen. Instead, the whole video revolves around Gromee, placidly smiling as he walks through a vibrant Los Angeles, collecting friends as he goes along about his day. The thing is, I can’t tell whether Gromee’s actually friends with any of these people, or whether he’s rented them for a day of Instagram ready moments. With his giant black hat and pale bespectacled visage, Gromee seems out of place with the cheerful pink and blue palette of his Los Angeles.
The same thing seems to happen on stage. Gromee is a DJ. He’s already recorded the backing track, and in actuality, has absolutely no reason to be there. Yet he’s hamming it up for the Eurovision cameras, same placid smile on his face, doing the dumbest hand waving dance moves known to Dadkind. He looks slightly out of place, like he’s the A/V guy who got promoted from backstage at the last minute.
And yet, Gromee doesn’t care. He’s completely confident in his whole ‘guy from Powder joins the Amish at Coachella’ aesthetic. I’ve never seem him in public without a calm grin on his face, like he’s enjoying life. And it doesn’t seem to bother him that he never quite gels with the surrounding environment, like he’s set slightly apart. Wouldn’t it be nice to feel like that all the time?
So yes, I’m coming away from this Eurovision with the motto: Be More Gromee.
TWITTER JOKES YOU SHOULDN’T BOTHER MAKING BECAUSE THEY’VE ALREADY BEEN DONE BETTER BY THE EUROFANDOM: Joke away, my friends. Gromee will just smile and nod his head politely.
SHOULD YOU TAKE A PEE BREAK DURING THIS PERFORMANCE: And miss those Gromee hand dance moves? Blasphemy.