Dan: ‘I started writing my own music until it got me where I am today’

As the Malta Eurovision Song Contest quarter-finals are coming to the results stage soon, we had a great pleasure to chat with the participants of this year’s edition of Malta’s national selection. Dan is a newcomer to this competition, and he presented her song “It’ll Be OK” back in the second quarter-final.

We had the pleasure of having a chat with Dan who is competing in the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, and found out more about him and about his song “It’ll Be OK”. Check out everything he told us in this interview right here below:

Hi Dan! For the beginning of the interview, tell us when and how did you decide to become an artist?

I started singing back when I was in secondary school, but never thought much of it. I was very shy and had very low self-esteem back then, but when I turned 16 I started taking singing more seriously and started believing more in myself, and as I grew older I started writing my own music as well until it got me where I am today.

Can you describe what your song is all about and what it means to you?

Everyone goes through hard times, when we nearly feel like giving up! I wrote this song in one of those moments, however I decided to take matters in my own hand and change my perception from a negative one to a positive one. This song is a true reflection of myself and with its positive message I hope it inspires others to smile and do things their own way as well while taking life with a pinch of salt.

Which other artist(s) has inspired you to reach your goals?

This style of song is inspired from Jason Mraz’s style. I’ve always loved “I’m Yours” and always felt like it was composed for my voice. I had been hoping one day someone would write a song for me in this style but nobody ever did… so I did it myself! Other artists that inspire me are Craig David, Ne-yo and Sam Smith. Very different genres but all beautiful voices and amazing artists.

Do you have an all time favorite Eurovision song/performance?

My all time favourite song has to be “Arcade” by Duncan Lawrence followed by “Amar Pelos Dois” by Salvador Sobral. Although I came to MESC with an up-tempo song, as you can see I’m a sucker for good ballads.

What do you do in your spare time and what’s your passion in life?

I do so much stuff that I end up with no free spare time. Apart from singing, I also have a full time job in the construction industry. I graduated as an Architect back in 2014 and that is my main career which takes up a lot of my time. I am also the President of a cultural organisation in Balzan, the village which I grew up in and where I still live. I am also an artist, however unfortunately I have given painting the side over the last couple of years as I don’t have much time to dedicate to it. I am also a father of a 2 year old boy which requires a lot of attention 😀

What would your stage performance look like at a big stage like Eurovision?

I don’t want to give too much away, but I believe that what I have planned is very unique, and you have never seen anything like it on the Eurovision stage before! I hope that I get to show you my performance so that I will be able to take you with me on the journey.

Thank you very much for chatting with us Dan, and we wish you the best of luck in the contest!

Give a listen to Dan’s entry in Malta Eurovision Song Contest – “It’ll Be OK” right here:

Let us know who YOUR favorites are in this year’s Malta Eurovision Song Contest by voting for them in our poll right here:

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