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 Amber. She’s a singer/songwriter, performer,actress and radio co-host on Magic FM’s ‘Drive Time’ show with Dorian Cassar. Is there anything this gal cannot do? I remember hearing her voice for the first time at the 2011 Malta song for Europe and I remember thinking that she was a breath of fresh air from the usual songs we had been used to hearing.
She then went on to represent Malta in the 2015 ESC edition with ‘Warrior’
From then on this warrior has embraced all opportunities she could reach and became a household name. Apart from her undeniable talent- her charm and her down to earth, relatable personality are what make people love her.
Amber, you have now become a household name in the entertainment industry. Do you remember the first time you got on stage? How you felt?
I was always taking part in school activities. Not only when it came to singing, but even to present, act or dance. As long as I was on stage I would do anything.
However I remember very well the first time I was on TV. I was 17 years old, I started taking vocal lesson a few months back. It was a TV singing competition. I told my mother I want to try out and she took me for an audition and made it through. I remember being super excited backstage. It was my first time singing with a full live band. So the pressure was double. I remember asking the other contestants what I need to do when I’m out there and how do I know in which camera I should look.
Apart from singing we have seen you in musical theatre productions like ‘Il-Hanina Maddalena’ and ‘Il-Kbir ghadu gej’. I have personally seen you in ‘Il-Kbir ghadu gej’ and I was impressed with your acting skills. Where did this passion for drama stem from?
As a young girl, I never missed one maltese drama or play on tv. Remember my father recording the maltese dramas for me to watch. I was always fascinated by the fact that known maltese actors were able to portray different characters.
School also played a very important role. I used to go to St Joseph School Blata l-Bajda. School productions were always taken very seriously, whether it was a simple pre-grade concert, an open day ceremony or the school prize day. Students were always fully involved in the productions.
You also co-host with Dorian Cassar the ‘Drive Home’ radio show on Magic Malta. How has this experience been and how are you finding it doing the show separately due to the social distancing situation?
I never imagined myself co-hosting a radio show. It was all very new for me. However I was very excited and looked forward to this new journey. Its been an amazing experience and I can never imagine myself not co-hosting the show with Dorian. Dorian is a one of a kind. He’s one of the best radio hosts on the island, knows his work really well, very very patient (especially with me :P) and very funny.
Doing the show separately from our homes has been a challenge at first but we managed to adapt to it. We’ve also adapted the content due to the situation in order to make it more appealing to the many people who are at home. Even though we’re not at the studio, it has still been fun. We use video calls to see each other whilst doing the program.
So…you sing, dance, act and host…a ‘quadruple threat’ I must say 😊. What advice would you give to any young hopeful out there that dreams of achieving all this?
Haha that’s very nice of you J It’s all about determination, persistence, hard work and passion. Its irrelevant of what others think of you, or what they might think of your talent. The most important think is what you think about yourself and your talent.
You need to start off by believing in yourself and being confident in what you do. Expose yourself to different artists and different performances in order to learn and get inspired. Don’t be afraid to get out of your comfort zone and don’t be afraid to challenge yourself. You will make it
You have collaborated with several local singers. Do you have a list of local artists you would like to work with soon? And when can we expect a new album from you?
I enjoy collaborating with different artist, even those from different genres. My last collaboration was with Mary Rose Mallia. Apart from the fact that I see her as an inspiration and an Icon in the Maltese scene, it was very insightful and learned a lot especially due to her long successful career. Even when collaborating with international artists, I get to learn about the different cultures and knowledge and experience.
I have some collaborations in mind and some which I have started working on. But one artists which I really want to collaborate with is my little cousin Megan from F.A.I.T.H (Which I stil need to tell her about :P)
I’m at the moment finalising my second album and am also working on an E.P in Maltese. These are busy times for me but I’m very grateful
Last one….Your message to your fans out there during this time?
Be strong and stay safe. It’s a difficult time for all of us, but we need to be patient and cautious. Together we can overcome all this