Maraaya are Marjetka and Raay. The name is a combination of their names. They are married and are parents of two boys. Marjetka and Raay formed Maraaya last year, when they released their first single Lovin' Me which was a big success in Slovenia and in some music charts abroad.
Marjetka graduated at the Ljubljana Academy of Music, and now teaches budding vocalists at her musical workshops. Raay is one of the most prolific music producers in Slovenia, and has been increasingly active abroad in recent years.
Raay has been the most played Slovene songwriter on annual airplay charts. He has designed Maraaya's music style, which is usually described as "indie pop".
"What's with the headphones?" is the most common question regarding Maraaya. Marjetka started to use her studio headphones on stage since she wanted to evoke the same emotions she felt in the studio while recording. The headphones became their trademark.
Things you should know about Maraaya
1. What are the three most interesting aspects about your entry ?
Firstly, the type of music - indie-pop that is in the past years more common when we talk about charts and radio hits rather than Eurovision entries. Secondly - distinctive vocal and interpretation in singers own way are something that goes well with this kind of music and we are flattered by people liking our entry. And the third is probably the strong emotion we want to give to people through our song. It's for all lonely, happy or broken hearts.
2. What are the three most impressive facts about you?
We are definitely Eurovision zombies of 2015 due to two small children, career, work and combining everything together
3. Do you have a (lucky) routine before you go on stage?
Marjetka: It's more of a routine to get into my world. After putting on both - the in-ear and the big headphones, I travel into my own small world of feelings and pure emotion and I try to stay calm and focused.
Raay: I have fun with backing team (backing vocals, violinist - or other people if we talk wider than the Eurovision Song Contest - joking around and of course doublechecking everything before going on stage.
4. Why is the Eurovision Song Contest important for you?
We are not the crazy fans of the Eurovision Song Contest, but we appreciate how wide it became in past years. It offers everything - from music to messages and stories. For us is the window to Europe, it's an experience we will tell our grandchildren