Daniel Muscat

Date of Birth:  7th July 1991

Where do you live: Ħal-Balzan

Status: Engaged

Star Sign: Cancer

Main occupation: Architecture

Media-related occupation: Singer

It all started in 2009 when Daniel Muscat became one of the finalists in the programme Sas-Sitta by Spiteri Lucas Entertainment. Even though Daniel was eliminated in the semi-final stage of this competition, it gave him the opportunity to work with established song-writers in the Maltese music industry. This led him to collaborate with the well-known singer and song writer, Rita Pace and he made it to the final of the 2010 Malta Hit Song Contest with the song Glamorous. During this competition, he also had the opportunity to duet with Jessika.

In 2011, in collaboration with composer Mark Scicluna and singer Karen Debattista, Daniel wrote the lyrics of the song Memoirs, which placed fourth in the televoting of the Malta Summer Hit Song Contest.

After a number of appearances in various competitions and television programmes, Daniel competed in Entertain Me, hosted by Mariella Pace Asciak and Geordie DeBono. Even though he was eliminated in the semi-final of the second edition of the show, Daniel returned for the third edition and he was chosen as the winner. This gave him the opportunity to participate in the festival Microfono D’Oro hosted in Italy. Daniel also won one of the finals in Italy when he performed a cover version of the song, I’m Yours by Jason Mraz.

In 2013, Daniel collaborated with the local duo Tenishia, in a talent competition hosted by Vodafone Malta. Later in the same year, he was one of the finalists in the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza with the song Int Kont Hemm which was composed by Mark Spiteri Lucas and penned by Stephen Baldacchino and Marlon Polidano.

How did you first discover music?

When I was very young, I used to sing in front of the mirror all the time. In fact, my mother took me to my first singing lesson when I was just four years old. However it was a disaster. I was very shy at that time and instead of singing, I spend a whole lesson crying, so you can imagine how that ended. I never went to another singing lesson. When I was 15 years old, I was forced to sing at mass every Sunday when I attended the Balzan Youth Centre, and that is when I realised that I loved to sing.

How long have you now been into music?

I was 16 when I started and I am now 23 years old … therefore it has been 7 years. 7 years of ups and downs, but it was all worth it.

Can you describe your state of mind while singing?

Relaxed and trouble free. I feel it is the best way to unwind and sometimes I feel that it is the best way to express yourself. So even if you’re not a singer, you should still sing your heart out once in a while.

What are your comments about our local music scene / clubbing?

I think that local music has improved a lot in the past few years. I am a huge fan of Eurovision, however I’m glad that nowadays its not just about the Eurovision. There are a number of great bands, producers and singers on the island. In terms of clubbing, I am not a party animal myself, however I enjoy going to the club, once in a while. As long as the DJ plays catchy songs, I’m happy.

How would you describe your relationship with money?

I think money exists to be spent, otherwise it would be useless. However, I have not yet experienced the true meaning of having money, since I have just finished University and I have never had a full time job yet. I believe that if you want to do something, just do it today because tomorrow might be too late, and I am pretty sure that when I die, I won’t be taking any money with me!

What is it that you cannot live without?

Food … especially chocolate! And well, I wouldn’t go and live anywhere outside Ħal Balzan, so I guess that for as long as I live in Balzan, have my family and friends around me and have food and chocolate, I will be the happiest person on earth!