The last quarter-final show of Malta Eurovision Song Contest took place last night and you had a chance to watch the performances of the remaining 14 artists. We had a chance to interview one of them – John Galea who sang “Trailblazer”.
Hello John, as a teenager you won songwriting contest and later on you wrote many songs for other artists which achieved success – what’s your favourite song you wrote?
My favourte was a song written with my Maltese Songwriter friend Dean Muscat, who wrote Gianluca’s ‘Tomorrow’ from Eurovision 2013. The song was called ‘Frontline’ and was released and performed by Malta Eurovsion Winner Thea Garrett in 2011. I just got out a bad relationship and a lot of the lyrics are based around that and the production and music really came together and Thea’s vocals took the song to another level. It was really special to see the song fluorish. As a songwriter it was special moment.
What inspired you to take part at MESC 2023?
I am a huge Eurovision fan and this is my first entry ever into the contest. I knew that the song could suit the Eurovision and I’m based between Mosta in Malta where my family are, & U.K & so it made total sense to put the song in and see what happens. The fact its being held in U.K is even crazier.
What does “Trailblazer” mean to you?
Trailblazer is about being who are you and proud of it. The song as soon as I wrote it I knew was special, and so its amaizng its getting the reaction it is already.
What can we expect from your performance? Anything you could share with us?
Not sure what I can share & I don’t want to spoil anything but If I get through to the semi’s its going to be a visually bright, big performance. Clues are in the jacket!
You achieved first iTunes no 1 in 2020 with the track “Hero Within You” which was sang with Hannah Long. How did it feel?
Over the moon! Hero Within You was released during Covid and the proceeds of the sales went to the NHS in U.K – so the song really did mean a lot. Again its a very postive song about overcoming hard times and Hannah Long – the Opera Singer who sang with me was so great to work with – a true star with a stunning voice!
What would it mean for you to represent Malta at Eurovision Song Contest 2023?
Thank you so much for your time John. We wish you the best of luck at MESC 2023. Do you want to share something else or you maybe have a message for readers of escbubble?
Thank you all for your support – I wouldn’t be able to do it without you and whatver the outcome is Eurovision wise- 2023 is going to be a busy one!
You can listen to the 30 second snippet of John’s song “Trailblazer” below:
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