Hotel FM was formed in April 2005 by my friend Gabriel Baruta. Throughout the years, Hotel FM has had many band members including Nicolae Vedinaş (vocals, flute), Berek Szilard (vocals), Marius Pop (guitar), Vlady Săteanu (bass), Gabi Drăgan (drums) and Sanyi Zakar (guitar) and was later joined by me the British expatriate David Bryan & Alex Szűz (Hungary) when Hotel FM had its first national success. The band held concerts in several major cities in Romania and Germany and launched a promotional CD in spring 2006.
Hotel FM placed 4th in the Eurovision 2010 National Selection final with our song “Come As One”, a magnificent ballad with a strong eco message and consists of complex vocal harmonies. The Hotel FM line-up for the Romanian finals were: (me) 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.
We qualified in the Romanian national final for Eurovision 2011 with our song “Change” (music: Gabriel Băruţa, lyrics: Alexandra Ivan and Băruţa). We won 1st place with 22 points and represented Romania at Eurovision 2011. Successfully qualifying into the 2nd semifinal, which on the 12th of May, competed in the final, on 14 May finishing 17th.