Date of Birth: 13th February, 1997
Where do you live: Santa Luċija
Star Sign: Aquarius
Main occupation: Student
Media-related occupation: Musician
Janelle Borg is a member of Cryptic Street, an alternative all-female band, which started out in 2011. They have just released their debut EP Stranger on the 21st of August 2015. The lyrics portray peculiar motifs, such as the modern obsession with technology and data protection, humans’ vulnerability when faced with pressure, and time’s reign over the modern man – themes of how society wants everyone to conform to its norms and how different people from different sections of society are engulfed in sheer loneliness. They also have some of their original songs in Maltese since they would like to promote the usage of Maltese in alternative music.
What’s your main role along with Cryptic Street?
I’m the guitarist, backing vocalist and the co-songwriter.
Were you always aware of your singing and music skills?
I started playing the violin at the age of six. I then started playing the guitar when I was thirteen years old. With regards to singing, I’ve always liked to sing alone, however, the band encouraged me to explore my vocal chords and gain confidence in that aspect.
Where does Cryptic Street want to take its music as a group?
We would like to continue experimenting with new sounds and improving our style, as well as continue gigging in the local circuit. We would also like to promote our music abroad, and hopefully tour.
Photo by Jamie Iain Genovese
Aside from music, what other things do you cherish in life?
Personally, apart from music, I love literature, and learning about different peoples and different cultures, as well as immersing myself in different forms of art. Values I cherish include honesty, open-mindedness, and artistic appreciation from other people.
What sound or noise do you love?
Personally, I like silence. However, I love the sound of rain pitter-pattering on the windowpane.
Do you prefer dining out or clubbing? And why?
I like doing both but it depends on the mood I guess, and the company you’re in.