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 Janice Debattista.
Her quirky style and instantly recognisable tone of voice are a few of the things which make her so loveable. We have seen her on the Malta Eurovision Song Contest stage, at award shows and several events both as a leading lady in several bands over the years and also as a backing singer with bands like Fakawi, RUG and Relikc to name a few.
I remember seeing and hearing you for the first time in the early 2000’s with the band SALT. Where did your love for music start though?
It started from a very early age. I was brought up in a household where music always had a special place. My father is also a musician so I had instruments at my disposal at any hour of the day. I instantly fell in love with the acoustic guitar the minute I saw my father playing it and so I took it up at the age of six. That’s when I decided that music is going to be the thing I want to excel in; my life’s passion. Dramatic, but true. 😊
Apart from having been the leading lady in several bands, you also feature as a backing singer with other artists either in studio or on stage. What differences (apart from the obvious) do you see between both?
When you’re the lead singer in the band, you have a certain degree of freedom when singing vocal lines – when you feel like improvising on the spot, just because inspiration struck you on the fly, you can go with it. Also, as a lead singer, you have the ‘job’, so to speak, to establish a connection with your audience. You want to be at one with your audience so that you convey your message or emotion. As a backing singer, you obviously have to step back and move with the lead singer, but that doesn’t mean that you’re less important. Backings give colour to a song and help to create a mood. There is a certain beauty when the lead singer and the backings lock together – together they create magic.
You released your track ‘Clouds’ recently. Where did the inspiration come from? And what the style something that came naturally or something you worked on to define your sound?
Clouds is a whimsical song that means nothing and everything. It is a tiny door that leads to my inner world. It’s light but also a bit dark. I believe that every human being has a good and a bad side – and Clouds reflects this. The style for the song was inspired by piano-heavy tracks. In fact the piano is the main feature in the song. The funny thing is, originally the song was way more mellow, but I feel that this style suits the song best. The change in style came quite naturally and didn’t feel forced at all. It sounded great from the start, and just like that, it fell into place.
What is on your bucket list as an artist?
One of my biggest wishes is to organise an intimate concert, where I play my songs. I already know who I want in the band and where I want this to take place. One day it will happen, I am very positive.
And finally. Your message to your fans out there during this time?
Please be kind to yourself, even when having the crappiest of days. Remember that you are a resilient and resourceful human being. You are beautiful and powerful, and here I quote Dave Grohl (one of my biggest idols) ‘No one is you, and that is your power.’ Embrace who you are.