EILEEN SPITERI

Events have been postponed, gigs cancelled and music releases mostly came to a halt. Local artists spend a lot of time and money to create music that we get to enjoy. Due to the Covid-19 situation almost all sources of income for musicians and artists has stopped too.

When all this is over I urge every music lover to support these artists to get back on their feet ,keep creating the music we all love and bring us all together to celebrate the magic they create.

The ‘Lockdown Chat’ today is with Gaia. She is only 17 years old and yet the local songstress Gaia Cauchi is ready to demand your attention. If I had to describe Gaia in 3 words it would be ‘A powerhouse vocalist’ , ‘Fierce’ and ‘Determined’.

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A couple of months ago she released her track ‘Why should I?’ and everyone got to see the artist that she has morphed into. She already has a string of success but I have no doubt that this is just the tip of the iceberg of what lies ahead for Gaia.

 

 

Gaia,we have seen you grow up both as a woman and as an artist. Do you think that could have been an advantage or disadvantage?

To be honest, growing up in the limelight was a little bit hard for me when I was even younger than I am today.. although I loved it and I’m always super grateful for everything that’s happened, it always had and still has its ups and downs.. You need to be careful what you say, how you act, how you think, how you look and so much more. I can only speak for myself but I’m sure many other artists can agree- when you’re a personality on social media, people judge you quicker as they expect you to be this “perfect idol”, but at the end, we’re all just human like anybody else! Like everything, it has had its ups and its downs but I wouldn’t have it any other way!

 


Who would Gaia be without music?

Fortunately I never had to think about this question because music has been in my life since I was just a little baby.. Mum used to play music in the car and if I was sleeping, I used to wake up when my favourite song comes on. Music defines who I am, so I don’t think that Gaia would be today’s Gaia without music.

 

Any artists you admire and inspire you locally?

I look up to many artists both locally and internationally- I look up to those artists that don’t give up even though their situations are bad.. Some artists tend to give up so quickly, they have one hit song and then they just stop because the pressure is too much for them- whilst I understand this, I’m just not that type of person to give up, I like challenging myself to always do better.. I always create my own path.

What would you say has been a highlight of your career so far?

Singing in front of thousands of people is always something that touches me a lot.. At the end of the day, I’m only just a 17 year old girl from a small beautiful country- I get to do what I love the most every day, and I get to share it with the rest of the world.. I couldn’t ask for anything else!

 

Any plans in the pipeline for after the lockdown?

Obviously right now things are a bit difficult for everyone. Great songs can come from a studio, when on holiday, even maybe from your bedroom.. I never stop working even though times like these don’t really help cause you feel tired and bored all the time so you start lacking motivation.. I’m hoping that after the lockdown I can get to travel again and work on more music so that I can finally put out some more songs as all my plans where ruined!

 

 

Your message to your fans out there during this time?

To my fans & to all the people out there, I ask you to be safe so that we will all come out of this together- healthy & happy. Stay home and find things to do with your family or maybe with your friends online! Don’t stop working and don’t stop creating. This is the best time to find out things that you never had time for before! I discovered that I love baking- I have so much time on my hands that I decided to start something new! I’m always here if anyone needs any help or just a random chat ❤

 

 

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*Photo of Gaia by Matthew B Spiteri

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