TUNING IN WITH TREVOR TABONE

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Date of Birth: 22nd September, 1967

Location: Prague, Czech Republic

Status: Married

Main occupation: School teacher

Media-related occupation: Musician

Trevor Tabone started playing guitar when he was about fourteen years old, inspired by bands such as Pink Floyd, Genesis and Supertramp. He formed his first band around the age of seventeen and was always keen to write the band’s music. This is in fact what he really likes to do. At the same time, Trevor also started to learn the keyboards.

Different Light was formed in 1995 with three friends of his, and they released two albums whilst he was still in Malta. After he moved to Prague in 1999, Trevor took a bit of a break from the band scene, but reformed Different Light in 2008 with new band members. They released an album in 2009 and also a compilation of their best music in 2015. In February 2016, they released their latest album, The Burden of Paradise.

What inspired your interest in music?

The usual things I suppose – radio, friends and so on. Although, one pivotal moment I remember was when I heard the Supertramp album Breakfast in America for the first time. My sister had been playing it in her room. I couldn’t believe how good it was and that sort of changed my whole perspective. I wanted to create something close to that – not a chance, of course.

What’s your favourite venue in Malta to perform at, and why?

As I’ve been away from Malta for 16 years, I haven’t played anywhere locally in a long time. If I had to choose a place, it would have to be The Alley in Paceville – always a great crowd and a great atmosphere.

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What support systems would you like to see for local music?

I’m a firm believer that one must support oneself and we shouldn’t have the mentality that we are entitled to aid from whoever it may be. However, I remember the old days when we used to rehearse at Tigne, and there was a kind of organised structure where bands would be able to rent a rehearsal room for a reasonable price. If this could be done now, albeit in a more organised way, I think it would be great for local music.

What’s your favourite household item?

I assume you mean something inanimate. Otherwise, I’d have to pick my daughter! There’s my television, piano, bed… I can’t really choose just the one!

What role does technology play in your life?

Technology is not my friend! I don’t really know how my keyboards properly work, although I can play them. I’m still pretty rubbish when it comes to computers and I’ve only just got a smartphone. Getting it was important as I can check and answer stuff regarding the band from it, plus it’s easy to use!

Are you a good cook? What’s your signature dish?

I’m not that bad really. I suppose my signature dish would be steak, mushrooms, onions and tomatoes with oven chips, maybe a fried egg. Easy, I know!