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 Brendan Jackson- frontman of A Broken Design.
Brendan has been involved in the music scene for quite a while now, you may remember and recognise him either as Scream Daisy’s guitarist, Eve Ransom’s front-man or most recently as the leading man of ‘A Broken Design’
Brendan…. From Scream Daisy to Eve Ransom and now A Broken design. Your style of music seems to get heavier with every new venture. How did A Broken Design come together to its current form?
I was always into heavier music and I really wanted to broaden my horizons, that’s why I formed A Broken Design four years ago. At the time I was playing in a band called Forty Days of Rain and we had moderate success, however after 20 years in the commercial scene I felt it was time to try something new. Also, I wanted to prove to myself that I was good enough to write songs and play with some of the top musicians in the ‘heavy’ scene. It was daunting at first, the music was much more complicated from what I was accustomed to especially since I needed to play the guitar AND sing at the same time. However, I pulled my socks up, practiced the hell out of the songs and I’m very pleased with what we’re doing, and also that the metal crowd have accepted me seeing as I came from such a commercial background.
About a month ago you released your latest track ‘Another day in hell’. Can we expect an album anytime soon?
The plan was to release our new album, also called ‘Another Day In Hell’ about a few weeks after the release of the single. Unfortunately because of the current COVID-19 situation we had to put it on hold for the time being. We were also scheduled to play at a major festival in Romania in March, unfortunately it got postponed only a few days before we were scheduled to leave. We will release the album along with a launch gig when this all blows over.
You have performed in major events around the island, entertained crowds of thousands and played at more intimate gigs. What would you say has been the most memorable performance for you so far?
As you say I’ve been fortunate to have played lots of gigs, big and small. I suppose the highlight of my career so far was when I was invited to sing at Rockestra for 3 years in a row. It’s probably the biggest gig you can get in Malta. I also very much enjoyed performing unplugged with Eve Ransom at Teatru Unplugged in 2012. Playing at the old Manoel Theatre in Valletta was a dream come true.
Is there anyone in the local music scene you would like to maybe one day collaborate with?
Well the style of music I play and write these days makes it very difficult for collaborations to work sonically. We had the pleasure of having Mikaela on stage with us last year at the Beer Festival and that went down well. I still look forward to perhaps working with Ira one day. Who knows.
And finally. Your message to your fans out there during this time?
You don’t need to be a genius to realise that we living in very trying times. We’re fortunate that our government seems to be doing a good job in controlling the curve of the virus but we shouldn’t let our guard down. We need to be patient for another few weeks and stick to the guidelines and recommendations of professionals. In the meantime, stay home, and stay safe.