Bradley: "I’ve learnt to never put on a mask in order to satisfy people"

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. Bradley DeBono presented his song “Blackout” already in the first quarter-final.

We had the pleasure of having a chat with Bradley and found out more about him and about his song “Blackout”. Check out everything he told us in this interview right here below:

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

I’ve been singing and performing for almost 13 years now. Ever since I was a youngster, I used to love performing, and my teachers at school used to try and get my mum to take for singing lessons, when I was still about 10 years old, and they used to tell her that “Your Son Is Going to Be a Star one day”. I never looked back from that point on.

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

Ever since I was young, I’ve experienced constant verbal and physical bullying about the way I look, my weight, and the fact that I’m a man who wants to become a singer. I only had a few friends to lean on and keep me going. When the epidemic struck, I struggled more mentally since I couldn’t see those who meant the most to me. That’s also where the inspiration for my song Blackout came from since experiences in the past leave permanent scars, but it’s up to you to decide whether or not you want to utilise those scars to fortify yourself and pursue your aspirations.In order to normalise stigmas, I’ve learnt to never put on a mask in order to satisfy people, to never be scared to reveal my true colours, to stand up for oneself and for others who are unable to do so, and to speak out about such struggles.

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

2 Artists who I follow and who inspired me a lot throughout my music career are Shawn Mendes, and the one and only queen Christina Magrin who is my songwriter and also represented Malta during JESC2016.

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

I think an all time favourite no, since there were so many great songs and talented artists that it is impossible to choose 1. But Entries which left an impact on me are Brividi, Beautiful Mess, Proud & Toy.

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

I mean at this point I cannot reveal much, but be prepared for something emotional, inspirational, dramatic and mind-blowing.


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

Give a listen to Bradley’s entry in Malta Eurovision Song Contest – “Blackout” 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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