Interview with Stefan Galea

Where do you live?: Iklin

Status: Single

Star Sign: Aries

Main occupation: Student

Media-related occupation: Singer

Stefan Galea, who is studying vocals under the direction of Madeleine Dargue (UK) and Gillian Attard, has established his name on the island with the release of his debut EP My Evolution Vol 1. This includes young generation songs which are all written by local and international producers, including Elizabeth G, Richard Rodgers, Paul Harper (UK), Bryan Steele (USA).

From an incredibly young age, Stefan took part and won various singing competitions.  In the American ISC International Songwriting Competition, he actually made it to the semi-finals even though there were thousands of participants from around the globe.

In 2009, Stefan also made it to the finals of the Malta Junior Eurovision Song Contest. He then signed with A4F Music where his artistic talent was developed further.  In January 2011, Stefan’s music was featured in Cannes, France at a music industry trade fair, Midem and Stefan’s song was presented to various labels and industry movers.

Stefan has collaborated with various artists including Dimal, a Malta Music Award Best Hip Hop/ RnB winner. He has also performed as a support act for Ira Losco, as well as with The Cheeky Girls from the UK.  Stefan has also performed with the Beatles Tribute Band.

He took to the stage to perform live with the rock band Texanna at the Farsons Great Beer Festival.  During this Festival, he was accompanied by Andy Barnett, the renowned rock guitarist from the 80’s rock band FM. ”  And the list goes on and on!  Stefan has also formed part of the Joseph Calleja Choir and   performed for H.E., the Italian Ambassador, Mr Andrea Trabalza.

In 2013, Stefan also made it to the first phase in the semifinal round for the Malta Eurovision with the song Meant For More which was written and composed/produced by Noel Cohen, Andrew Underberg, and Janice Fitzgerald.

Stefan’s debut single Disco Lemonade charted at number 12 on the Maltese iTunes Charts and it gained a fair amount of radio airplay and TV exposure.  His latest single, Heart Go Wild charted at number 6. Having been a student at Masquerade Theatre Arts School as well as at Performing Arts School, he took part in last year’s MADC Christmas pantomime Rapunzelstiltskin.

This year, he was invited to give a special performance for the children’s commissioner selection.  “I do want to reach a stage in my life where I become a renowned singer for the simple reason that my music would then be spread to larger audiences and listeners more easily”, claimed Stefan Galea in his introduction to this interview with Ramona Portelli.

If you were a Microsoft Office programme which would you be?

Ha, ha, this is an easy one! ‘Microsoft Word’ as I am a very talkative person.

If someone wrote a biography about you, what do you think the title should be?

I think that should be the Evolution of A Dream – as I feel that when it comes to having a music industry-related dream, you need to take it step by step without letting it get to your head, as in you need to keep things grounded.

Do you wear boxers or briefs?

Boxers, definitely.

What makes you angry?

Unfortunately, people who say things behind my back.  That shows me that these people are not really genuine.