Interview with Karen Debattista

Karen Debattista Karen Debattista
Geoffrey Photography

Date of Birth: 8th May, 1993

Where do you live? Mosta

Star Sign:  Taurus

Main occupation: Student

Media-related occupation: Singer

KAREN DEBATTISTA is a student who is currently following a course in Art and Design at MCAST. She hopes to become an interior designer. For the past five years she has also been studying to improve her voice professionally under the direction of soprano, Gillian Zammit.

Her first ever experience in front of a large crowd was when she sang in Joseph Calleja’s concert in 2010, along with two other soloists and the children’s choir. She took part in the Summer Hit Song Contest in 2011 with an original song, Memoirs where she also had the opportunity to duet with Thea Garrett.

Karen also took part in last year’s Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza with the song Riflessi. On various occasions, Karen has been asked to perform as a backing vocalist, namely in the Malta Eurosong, as well as l-Ghanja tal-Poplu. In this last one, which took place in March 2014, she took part as a soloist and succeeded in winning with the song Jien Ma Nahdimx (lyrics by Rita Pace and music by Mark Scicluna).

How did you first discover that you had a talent for singing?

When I was seven years old, I started piano lessons. Since part of the training was aural exercises, I was trained to be in tune and in time with the music. I also used to sing alone in my room. My first ever performance was in my last year in secondary school, and from that moment, I realised that I could actually perform, not just in my room, but in front of an audience. From then on, I took singing more seriously and I’ve been working on my singing career ever since.

What’s the number one fashion item you couldn’t live without, and why?

I’m not sure whether make-up falls under fashion, but that would probably be it. For me, being a make-up artist, isn’t just a job; it’s a passion. I love the fact that I can bring out my clients’ best features (and mine obviously!) and make them feel more confident in their own skin.

If you had only six months left to live, what would you do with the time?

I’d travel – A LOT – so that I could experience different cultures. I will definitely visit Ethiopia or somewhere where I will be able to help children in need.

Do you prefer dining out or clubbing? And why?

Definitely dining out! I’d take a glass of wine, a delicious meal and an interesting conversation over stuffy, noisy, over-crowded clubs anytime!

What are your future plans, music-wise?

I plan on working on some new material, probably something in relation to radio, and I hope I get to work on my very own album. Taking part in local competitions is also a priority, since I think they are beneficial when it comes to gaining experience and getting to know fellow artists.

What would you never, ever buy – and why not?

Cigarettes. With all respect to all those who smoke, I can’t stand the fact that people consciously turn to something so harmful because they claim that it ‘calms down their nerves’ or makes them ‘less stressed’. I don’t believe they do anything other than kill you slowly, so why buy them in the first place?!