TUNING IN WITH SEBASTIAN CALLEJA

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Date of Birth: 3rd July, 1998

Location: Ħal Qormi

Status: Single

Star Sign: Cancer

Media-related occupation: Singer

Sebastian Calleja started his singing career at the age of 11. He’s just recently gained first place in the Trinity College of London Vocal exam, under the tuition of Glen Vella.

Sebastian is a resident singer on Ħadd Għalik which is aired on TVM. He’s also been recently chosen to be part of the music video for the Maltese World Youth Day Song 2016 – Ħenjin li Jħennu.

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He was one of the finalists in the San Remo Junior Festival in Italy, where he competed with other singers from various countries around Europe. He’s also represented Malta in the Microfono D’Oro 2014, held in Mirandola, where he was placed second with a rendition of Paolo Meneguzzi’s Era Stupendo.

He’s just been chosen to represent Malta in the OGAE Eurovision Song Contest 2016 in Berlin, for which he competed against 11 other countries. He won this by performing his version of Golden Boy, and was placed first with the jury’s votes and second in the viewers’ votes.

How did your relationship with music start?

Music is for me a means of communication through which I can express different feelings. Music is there for when there are no words left to be spoken. You can express yourself with a simple song, and that’s why I fell in love with it.

Artists are facing difficulties as a result of easy access to free downloads. How are you planning to deal with these challenges?

As an emerging singer, I’m not focusing on this issue, as I currently do not have a lot of original songs. So for the time being, I’m happy just to share them on social media.

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Photo credit: Denise Aquilina Photography

 

What’s your normal preparation process before a performance?

I go through some vocal exercises, because the most important thing in a performance is for the singer to be on point with his song. I also say a little prayer in my heart so that everything will go as planned, and that I’ll get the result I had worked for.

What other things do you cherish in life?

Apart from music, I also enjoy taking part in various dramas, especially in theatre productions where I can also sing on several occasions. Another passion of mine is the local feast of St. Sebastian.

What fashion item can you not live without?

My hairstyle, which I always keep stylish and up-to-date.

How important is social media to you?

It’s very important to me because social media nowadays is the best way to communicate with other people. Through it, I can share my music experiences with my friends and all the people who follow me on my page.

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Photo credit: Denise Aquilina Photography