Interview with Ivan Grech

Ivan Pierre Vella

Where do you live:- Fgura

Status:- Not Single… Long Play… :-) Happily Married

Star Sign:- Capricorn

Main occupation:- Musician/Vocalist of Winter Moods/TV Presenter

As the lead singer of Winter Moods, IVAN GRECH, has topped the charts with five CD albums Winter Moods (1995), Morning Ale (2000), Butterfly House (2003), Ordinary Men (2006) and ‘Argento’ (2010) which has been termed the band’s best album to date. Ivan has composed some of the most popular tunes in Malta – Marigold, My Neverland, Everyday Song, Come To You and a string of Winter Moods hits that have topped the charts and won the band several awards.

Winter Moods etched their name in Maltese music history by performing in front of 10,000 people at The Granaries, Floriana in July, 2010. It was the largest ever Maltese crowd to attend a paying concert by a Maltese artist. Winter Moods only superseded their own 2008 record when over 7,500 people had turned up for their concert at the Valletta Waterfront. Over the years Winter Moods garnered several music awards. The band was awarded the Best Band title at six editions of the Malta Music Awards (1997, 2001, 2003, 2007, 2008, 2010). Winter Moods also received the Best Song award for their timeless hits ‘Marigold’ (2007) and ‘My Neverland’ (2010). Ivan received the Best Song Writer award in 2007 and 2010. During the Bay Music Awards 2004 Winter Moods were awarded the Icon Award for their ongoing contribution to the Maltese music scene and for the success their countless singles have had on 89.7 Bay. During the Bay Music Awards 2005 the band won Best Single of the Year award for ‘Closer’ and the Best Single Of All Time award for ‘Everyday Song’. In 2007 the band garnered a further three BMAs this time for Best Band, Best Song (Marigold) and the Viewers’ Choice.

During a career which spans 25 years, Winter Moods performed with top international artists, including Bryan Adams, Elton John, Enrique Iglesias, Maroon 5, Akon, Fish, Deep Purple, Antonello Venditti, Claudio Baglioni, Gianni Morandi, Riccardo Cocciante and many more. In 2013 Winter Moods were the first Maltese band to be inducted into Hard Rock Cafe. The band has just released ‘Days of my Life’ the first song from the new album which is due for release in 2014. For more information log on to www.wintermoods.net

How did you first discover you had a talent for singing?

I always had this urge to sing and perform to an audience, from as long as I can remember.

What are your weaknesses?

Sweets! I can never resist a piece of carrot cake or kannol.

Can you describe your state of mind while singing?

It’s something I cannot explain well, it just takes me into this place where I can belt out my emotions with no restrictions, where my heart is spelled out in words and melodies and in between the lines… it is magical.

What is it that you cannot live without?

Love, friendship and music.

What do you think is your best asset?

I try to pass on positive vibes to everyone around me.

(Photography Philip Vella & Ivan Pierre Vella)