SPOTLIGHT ON DARIO MIFSUD BONNICI

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Date of Birth: 25th August, 1987

Location: Ħamrun

Status: Happily married

Star Sign: Virgo

Main occupation: I work for a pharmaceutical company

Media-related occupation: Singer/songwriter and vocal coach

Dario Mifsud Bonnici’s first major appearance goes back to 2005, when he was chosen to be one of the finalists in local talent programme L-Isfida, where he had to perform in the three performing art disciplines.

To further his studies, he attended a vocal and performance course at the Music Tech College in London. During this course, Dario was offered a chance to audition to obtain a degree scholarship in Vocals and Performance. Amongst almost 200 participants from all over the world, he managed to reach the final round and finished in the top five.

In 2013, Dario was chosen to take part in a concert with the Malta National Orchestra. “This was such an amazing experience. That same year, I also took part in a Christmas concert with the Malta Youth Orchestra which was another great experience.”

If any of my readers were interested in singing professionally, where would you recommend that they start?

They should start with something simple and work hard to perfect it as much as possible. Song choice is key in this business. It has to fit like a glove. I always tell my students that it’s better to nail a simple song than missing one note and end up ruining a Whitney Houston song. Nonetheless, aspiring singers should get out there and showcase their voice, but they should also be aware that it’s a tough business and that they’ve got to work very hard.

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What inspires you?

I find inspiration in a lot of things nowadays, but mostly it’s from those artists who write lyrics from the heart and really compose their work in a way that leaves the listener engaged, where it seems as if the song was written specifically for a person you know. I’m also inspired by artists who can own the stage and uplift a song from lyrics synced with a tune to a real show.

Is there any concert or festival you dream of performing at?

The big Eurovision stage has always been a dream for me, but if I had to look beyond that, I would love to make an appearance at the Glastonbury Festival. Getting to that level would mean the world to me.

What do you like doing when on holiday?

I love to relax and enjoy some quality time with the people closest to me. My ideal holiday is testing my limits in an adventure park – I love roller coasters and the adrenaline rush they offer.

What has been your biggest failure to date?

I must admit that due to having such a busy lifestyle, I sometimes fail to be there for my family when they need me the most. Looking on the bright side, it motivates me to plan more holidays and spend more time with them.

What’s the best prank you’ve ever pulled on someone?

One time, we went for a road trip and we were cruising somewhere in the north of England, and everyone was asleep except for me. I started feeling a bit lonely on the road by myself and started yelling as if we were going to crash. You had to be there to see their reaction! After this prank, I can say that I was never lonely again as no one dared closing an eye.