Date of Birth: 21st October 1983
Where do you live? Recently moved to Fgura (originally from Qormi)
Status: In a relationship
Star Sign: Libra
Main occupation: Engineering Technician / Guitar Builder
Media-related occupation: Singer / Songwriter / Musician
Date of Birth: 4 September 1991
Where do you live? Naxxar, Malta
Status: In a relationship
Star Sign: Virgo
Main occupation: Kindergarten Assistant
Media-related occupation: Musician / Session Musician
Josef Camilleri and Luke Agius met some years back, got on really well and started playing live gigs together. They set up XARULÙ about two years ago and from the start, their live performances have been very well received. Today, they enjoy a good reputation and thanks to this, they are often requested to perform at various clubs or weddings.
Last year, they played at large venues such as Rockestra, Notte Bianca, Farsons Beer Festival and they also entertained the audience during the televoting at the Malta Eurovision Song Contest.
Their outdoor events this year include, Rock The South and Beland Music Festival.
The XARULÙ musicians are planning to release their debut single Grand Paris, later on this summer. The actual release date is yet to be announced. Make sure to ‘like’ their Facebook page ‘Xarulu’ Acoustic Duo’ to get to know about the latest updates.
How did you first discover that you had a talent for singing?
Josef: I started playing the piano at a very young age. I then moved on to guitar and took up singing about four years ago. I started singing in order to make it easier to work on original material. My teacher and good friend, Joshua Alamu, helped me smooth the edges in my voice. We do not auto-tune vocals, not even in the studio. We try as many times as we can to get the best take.
Luke: Over the years, I have mainly concentrated on playing the guitar, but as time went by, I became more involved in backing vocals. Blending of harmonies creates rich textures. Every now and then, I sing the main vocals live, too.
What sound or noise do you like best?
Josef: Oh I wouldn’t stick to just one! It could be anything that is instantly inspiring, such as jamming on pots and pans or playing expressive musical instruments. But you’ll notice there are many sounds around us that make us feel at home. For example, I find that hearing a Moka coffee machine or sizzling bacon at breakfast are music to my ears. Then there are the electronic devices, such as electric guitars, amps and synths, etc. Certain harmonics will make the hair at the back of your neck stand up. Have you ever heard the sound of a Lightsaber, for example?
Luke: Depends on what the situation is! Basically give me the sound of a screaming electric guitar or the noise of a F16 jet engine any day and I’m a happy kid.
What percentage of your time do you spend shopping?
Josef: Maybe 10%. But once I’m creating a shopping list, I go over it quite a few times before I commit to buy – only to realise that I’ve forgotten something!
Luke: I usually buy online. However, I do like to go around a few of my favourite shops from time to time to get to know the latest trends.
Besides music, what are some of the other things that you cherish in life?
Josef: Usually everyday classic and vintage items, such as vehicles and radios. Also, guitar building is one of my passions. It requires a lot of attention to detail, but I love it.
Luke: Being active and keeping fit is a must for me. I manage to go for a good swim nearly every day. Apart from that, I also enjoy going out.
What’s your take on fashion?
Josef: Fashion is a continuous cycle so one shouldn’t bother too much about it. I will always avoid tight long sleeves and polo neck designs. Besides that, my choice of clothing focuses on what makes me feel good. When I am playing, I need something that makes me feel fresh and comfortable. Italian cuts are usually my favourites.
Luke: Well it depends on the individual, doesn’t it? Whether or not you follow fashion trends, it can help to make you feel unique. It helps to give you an identity and to be who you want to be. Sometimes, being a musician at certain functions requires you to follow a particular dress code.
What’s the best prank you’ve ever pulled on someone?
Josef: Pranks? Nah! I’m too boring for that sort of fun. And when it comes to jokes, I tend to forget them by the very next day.
Luke: I try to have a laugh whenever I get the chance. I recently told my girlfriend that I was planning to move to Australia to study. I kept up the pretence for about a week. When I told her that it was only a joke, you can just imagine what happened! There were some sparks, but fortunately she is also a good sport, so all was ok in the end!
Are you currently working on anything else?
Josef: Ah yes! Right now our début single, Grand Paris is top priority. We’ve been really working towards a cohesive sound, a full and colourful sonic picture. It’s been a great journey so far. I tend to be hands-on in everything we do, I love to learn, experiment and give creative input. The studio for me is like a completely different animal and it’s good to treat it differently to a live situation.
Luke: That’s so true. We are also working on some other original material and we have penned other songs. I’m also currently working on projects with other singers, such as music workshops and gigs as a session player. I recently started working on an instrumental song which we plan to play as XARULÙ, as well.