Date of Birth: 29 August 1987
Where do you live? Qawra (Gharghur, very soon!)
Status: In a relationship
Star Sign: Not that I believe in star signs, but I guess I’m a Virgo
Main occupation: Sales & Business Development Executive for an audio visual company and I’m also a pet groomer.
Media-related occupation: Singer
Back in 2004, Jodi Heckenlaible met Ian Zerafa (Rhythm Guitarist, Vocals in the band and also her boyfriend.) Back then, she was still in her initial stages singing wise. Ian introduced her to acoustic rock and she fell in love instantly. “From then on, I knew that this was my path – singing with live musicians! We performed in a few bars for a while, but eventually took a four year break.”
Jodi joined her first band in January 2010. Although it was a great experience, she didn’t feel as if it was the direction she wanted to take, musically. So, she started her own project in 2011 where she was once again joined with Ian, musically. They have always had a special connection which made creating music fairly easy and flowing.
They worked with various musicians over the years but eventually settled down in August 2014 when final member Glen Montanaro joined on Lead Guitar. Glen is Dean Montanaro’s brother, who has been with the band from the very beginning on Bass guitar. Patrick J. Camilleri joined Mojo on drums sometime towards the end of 2013.
The style of music they play has many elements of blues rock, acoustic rock and some American Rock. Basically, anything they ‘feel’ they play. “I could never explain our style because it’s quite versatile. “We just write what comes to us, then decide if we want to develop it further.”
The description fit everything I wanted in my own musical project. ‘Mojo is a natural charm, it’s like magic!’We aspire to transmit this through our song writing and hopefully, it can be felt while listening to what we create.
How did you first discover you had a talent for singing?
I used to sing along to the radio when I was in my very early teens. I never thought anything of it. I just really enjoyed singing and I couldn’t help it. Eventually, I started locking myself in my bedroom and singing my heart out to my favourite tunes. My parents encouraged me a lot, but I suffered severe stage fright at the time (believe it or not, I was a very shy girl once!)
My first singing experience was a radio competition for an Ira Losco song. I was chosen in the top 10! This gave me the opportunity to work in a top-of-the-line recording studio and appear on TV. The thrill and happiness I felt through this experience pushed me to improve my talent and start dabbling in the music business.
Your surname is Heckenlaible. Is it Irish? What is your connection to Malta?
My dad is Canadian, my mum is Maltese. I was raised in Malta, we only lived in Canada for two years when I was a toddler. It’s pronounced ‘heck-in-label’ … not as complicated as it looks.
What makes you angry in everyday life?
Bad drivers!!! Too many, too often! Seriously, most drivers are completely oblivious to the fact that we have signal lights! Also, large vehicle drivers need to learn to drive on the LEFT side of the road!! (Yes, I suffer from road rage! Can you blame me?)
How would you describe your relationship with money?
Well, it’s not nearly the most important relationship in my life, let’s put it that way. But it’s a relationship I work hard for, because I believe in earning what you have. I’m quite business minded, but I’m not materialistic at all! There are far more important things in life, but obviously, I can’t live without it.
What’s a hobby you spend most money on?
Music, pet care and travelling. All worth every penny!
Do you collect anything?
Actually, I’ve been keeping ‘memory boxes’ since I was a teenager! I keep small random things, so I’ll never forget a special occasion / memory. Anything from a table napkin from an awesome dinner, to a concert ticket, to a rock/pebble from a beach or something (I’m a little weird that way!) I also collect artist passes from concerts I have performed in.