• Zaachariaha Fielding of Electric Fields. (Supplied)
Zaachariaha Fielding of Electric Fields is ready to connect with viewers - "not with any labels, just as humans".
By
Samuel Leighton-Dore

7 Feb 2019 - 12:51 PM  UPDATED 7 Feb 2019 - 2:11 PM

On Saturday night, Zaachariaha Fielding's nine little brothers and sisters will be crowded around the one TV in Central Australia, watching their eldest sibling perform for a chance to compete in front of over 180 million people at The Eurovision Song Contest.

They'll even have the chance to vote - their local Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara community, of around 350 people, finally got mobile phone reception last year.

With his androgynous voice and commanding stage presence, Fielding forms half of the creative partnership that is Electric Fields, one of ten acts performing this weekend as part of Eurovision: Australia Decides on SBS. It's a big deal for the vocalist and his collaborator, keyboard player and producer Michael Ross. Not least because, according to bookies, they're the favourites to win.

Incorporating indigenous language, the pair's entry song, 2000 and Whatever, has already clocked up 100,000 views on YouTube, with international viewers urging Australian audiences to vote for the unique duo.

"Australian viewers, I believe you've got a potential Eurovision winner here," one wrote.

"The United Kingdom's best chance of hosting the Eurovision in 2020," another stated (Eurovision rules prevent Australia from hosting the contest).

According to Fielding, the song was written to deliver a message of hope - one that isn't restricted to just 2019.

"This song was for our fans, the millennial babies, reminding them to live in the now and know their worthiness," he tells SBS Sexuality.

"We wanted to remind them of their worth and beauty, remind them to respect their teachers and where they come from."

As with all of his music, the song is close to home for the singer, who years ago appeared on The X-Factor as a quiet and unassuming 19-year-old.

"I'm the oldest of nine," Fielding laughs. "I've watched my siblings, they can go to a place in their minds and it's very dark. I wanted to have a song that we could give to these babies that held a really nice message."

Regardless of the outcome this weekend, Electric Fields are on the rise, with an album in the works and the year booked up with a number of exciting festival gigs - including a performance for the 2019 Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras.

When it comes to Eurovision, Fielding says that he's put the intention out to the universe.

"Either way, we get the opportunity to perform and we’ll try to ace it," he says.

"I can't wait for Saturday, everyone’s on their A-game and they’re all going to deliver. Whoever gets it, deserves it. It will be a moment that we have, a moment that we share through energy and from afar."

He adds: "If the performance resonates with viewers and pushes them to do better, then i did my job.

"Not with any labels, just as humans."

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Eurovision – Australia Decides airs Saturday 9 February live on SBS and SBS On Demand, when voting will be open to the public, and every vote counts.

Stay tuned to the SBS Eurovision website for updates sbs.com.au/eurovision 

#Eurovision #AusDecides

*Voting opens at 1:00am AEDT on Saturday 9 February. To register an SMS vote, voters must text the song number (as promoted in program) of their favourite Act to 1991 3773. Premium SMS must be enabled to vote. Voting costs $0.55 per vote and the maximum number of votes is 20 per mobile phone provider. By casting a valid vote for Eurovision – Australia Decides voters will automatically be entered into the “Eurovision – Australia Decides – Win the Ultimate Trip to the Gold Coast!” competition.