Date of Birth: 17th May, 1996
Location: St Paul’s Bay
Main occupation: Business student
Media-related occupation: Singer and actor
Mikhail Attard is a singer, pianist and guitarist. Music means everything to him. It’s his escape from his surroundings, and he can’t go a day without listening to it. It helps him express himself and his feelings. Apart from being a musician, he is also an actor. Years ago, Rewind Productions gave him the opportunity to take part in a series called D.R.E.A.M.S., which was his first drama experience. They’ve now given him the opportunity to take part in Ħbieb u Għedewwa as Jean.
In 2013, Mikhail made it through to the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza as part of the Talent Stabbilit category in a duet with Simaria Galea, with a song named Li Jien Illum, composed by Elton Zarb and lyrics by Natasha Turner. In 2014, Mikhail had the opportunity to compete in the Mascalucia Festival Della Canzone and Cantagiro, both music competitions held in Italy. In 2015, Mikhail had an amazing opportunity offered as was chosen to take part in an Italian festival called Una Stella Sta Nascendo. Through this festival, he met a very talented singer, Cherylis Camilleri. They’ve just started working on music projects together with Marc Calleja Bayliss, and have formed a duo called Dwett. They’re very determined to share their love towards music together. It’s going to be a great journey with full of opportunities. This journey is being fulfilled with the support of Glen Vella of VocalBooth Studios.
How did you first discover music?
It was 11 years ago when I stopped practising swimming and water polo. We used to go to a karaoke pub located in Buġibba. One day, I sang my first song, Any Dream Will Do, and I felt happiness. I felt chills all over my body. My parents couldn’t believe what they were seeing. There were people encouraging me to start singing lessons, and so my parents signed me up for that and then I carried on with guitar first, followed by piano. I was the happiest person of the world.
How do you balance your music with your other daily obligations?
I take music so seriously that there cannot be a day when I don’t study. Having said this, I’m sometimes busy with my exams and assignments, but where there’s a will, there’s a way. Thanks to my time management skills, I’ve always handled my timetable well. If I skip a day because of school duties or other important tasks, I make sure that the following day I double my practising hours.
How would you describe your relationship with money?
Money is very important, especially in today’s society. You have to work. Unfortunately, if you don’t have money, you can’t keep on doing certain hobbies. Music is very expensive to learn as are its opportunities.
Speaking of money, what would you never, ever buy?
I’d never invest in an expensive car for sure, as its price will drop right down after it goes out of the showroom. I’d rather spend all my money on things that have to do with my hobbies.
More more information, check out Mikhail’s Facebook page.