Interview With Melchior Busuttil  

Date of Birth: 23rd August, 1991

Where do you live? Pembroke

Status: In a Relationship

Star Sign: Virgo

Main occupation: Drummer, Drums Tutor

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MELCHIOR BUSUTTIL has been playing the drums on a professional basis since the age of sixteen, performing both live on stage and on television, as well as recording in the studio. He has worked with a diversity of artists in a broad range of styles.

Being on big platforms such as Beerfest, Notte Bianca, Gensna, Teatru Unplugged, the annual Panto and other large scale events, are not new to him. He also studied to play the drums for eleven years, under the direction of the Maltese National Orchestra Percussionist Joe ‘Bibi’ Camilleri and then studied percussion (timpani, xylophone, etc.) for another four years.

“I’ve been directly involved in the production of various singles (with Saving Alexis, Cruz, Chordust, etc ) that hit the No.1 spot on Malta’s most popular radio stations. I have also won awards for my hard work at both The Bay Music Awards and at The Malta Music Awards. I am currently playing with some of Malta’s biggest bands (No Bling Show, Saneless Feel, etc), and in some of the country’s largest musicals and productions (Gensna, 50 Years of Maltese Music, Djamanti Muzikali, PBS orchestra, etc). I’m also affiliated with two major foreign drum companies,” explained Melchior.

Tell us about your journey to become a drummer

When I was young, my parents used to buy me toy drums during feasts, which I always destroyed by the end of the day. But, having said that; I never really wanted to pursue music. One fine day, I woke up and told my mother that I wanted to start playing the drums. She was quite shocked as I had never mentioned it before, but she didn’t refuse and phoned a drum tutor to book my first lesson quite soon after that … the rest is history.

How would you describe your style? Is fashion an important part of your life?

I don’t really understand much about fashion, but I usually wear jeans or trousers (not black or blue) a T-shirt or hoodie (usually drum-related apparel which have to do with drums) and hi-tops, which are quite a must for me. Fashion is not really an important part of my life, as I don’t judge people by what they wear and I don’t expect to be judged by others either.

Aside from music, what are some of the other things that you cherish in life?

Music plays a huge part in my life and a lot of stuff I do when I’m not playing drums usually has to do with music, such as listening to music, watching videos of drummers or studying music theory. But apart from that, I also like to play/watch sports and to just chill out with my friends over a glass of whiskey!

Can you describe your state of mind while drumming?

Whilst I’m drumming I feel as if it’s the last time I’ll be performing on stage, so I just go for it and give it all I’ve got. I’m super focused and in the zone, to remember what I should be playing and when. I love to interact with my friends who are performing with me and also with the crowd, and to just have a good time doing what I love! I feel it is vital for the audience to see that the performers are actually having fun at a concert/gig.

What’s the most money you have spent in one go?

The most money I’ve spend in one day is when I bought my Mac book as well as an electronic drum module, with a total spend of more than €3000. Why I bought them both on the same day is still a mystery to me, hehe.

How do you imagine an older version of yourself to be like?

Hopefully, an older version of myself will be the same except for the age. I wouldn’t want anything to change about my character and what I do. Hopefully, I will be more experienced in every aspect of life and I would have achieved more than I have achieved so far!