Date of Birth: 19th November, 1993
Location: Ta’ Xbiex
Star Sign: Scorpio
Main occupation: Student
Media-related occupation: Musician
Sean Meachen grew up loving the sea around a bunch of sailors. His father and both his brothers loved water sport and getting into the water mid-Febuary. Sean was never really hesitant of being in public, probably thanks to how his parents always made him feel like he had nothing to be afraid of.
His call to the stage came as he got hold of the bass and made his way to Fraben Raggae bar for his first jam. However, Sean never really felt bass was his instrument even though he also loves the low end. So, fast forward three years, and the sax came along, in a small, black yet surprisingly expensive case.
A year later, Sean was with The Busker. “I can’t state how much I love these guys. Crazy nights and really busy schedules in a pan with these three is really everything I could ask for. I love the work we’ve been getting done at some amazing venues both in Malta and abroad, and how our upcoming album is sounding. I’ve also been asked to play with The Ranch, who are an absolutely crazy bunch, and they’re even better when they’ve got their instruments. I gig with these two acts and also do a few performances alongside deejays such as Stefan Balzan’s (and co) Sound Salon. I love this life and even after I get my degree, this is the life I want to lead,” states Sean in this interview.
Tell us about your journey in becoming a saxophonist.
I made my way into music through the bass during a time when I was listening to bands such as Led Zeppelin and AC/DC. I instantly fell in love with this genre and slowly moved away from listening to commercial pop tunes on local radio stations. I started listening to Zeppelin and funk rock bands such as Red Hot Chili Peppers. I’ve always loved funk and saxophones in general. Something about the emotion in the tone of a saxophone makes it one of the best sounding instruments. It had always been a dream of mine to buy one and get started, so I did. I loved every second of learning how to play my first horn, and it’s something I really can’t explain. Music and the sax in general gave me a feeling of satisfaction in a manner similar to finding the last piece of the puzzle, so to speak. Along the way, it led me to a lot of inspiring and truly beautiful people.
If any of my readers were interested in playing the saxophone, what would you recommend them to start with?
Soundproof your practice space. My parents do not share my passion for the horn.
What support systems would you like to see for the local music scene?
Definitely the project that was discussed about finding rehearsal spaces, because the areas we have to work with are borderline appalling. Furthermore, I’m really pleased with how the music scene is coming together, from Alan & Manuel’s Boom Productions to Nicky Morales making great events for us like Rock the Beach and Rock the South. Malta takes London wasn’t too shabby either!
What’s been your biggest failure to date?
I’m very young in terms of my musical career, so I can’t really pin this down as of yet.
What’s the fashion item you couldn’t live without?
Hats; hiding my hair from the public is vital!
How would you describe your relationship with money?
It’s a love-hate kind of relationship. I love having it, and I hate seeing it go.
What percentage of your life do you spend shopping?
I spend 90% of my internet browsing on online music shops like Thomann or Musicmedic. If not, I’ll be closing down on an item on Ebay. The vintage horns available online are to be reckoned with!