Date of Birth: 28th April, 1960
Star Sign: Taurus
Media-related occupation: Full time musician
Paul Giordimaina needs no introduction. A bastion of the local music scene, he’s conquered every milestone in the Maltese pecking order of musical achievement. Born in 1960 into a very musical family, he had started piano lessons at the age of five. After studying classical music till the age of sixteen, he then went pro and moved onto jazz after being influenced by local musicians, eventually gigging with them at several venues.
His singing career then kicked off in clubs and hotels, and in 1981, he was contacted by Paul Abela for a major role in the indigenous rock opera Ġensna, which helped Giordimaina establish himself as a singer. In 1991 came the highlight of his career, when, together with Georgina, they represented Malta in the Eurovision Song Contest in Rome with Could It Be, which came in sixth place.
Later on, Paul started composing his own songs, and in 1996, he teamed up with lyricist Fleur Balzan, writing music for established singers who’d export their work to festivals abroad. In 2011 Paul and Fleur triumphed with a song penned for Glen Vella where they represented Malta in Dusseldorf with ‘One Life’.
Can you recall the first time you performed in front of an audience?
Dad used to take me places where jazz gigs were being organised, and I remember where I eventually got my chance to play alongside local tops like Sammy Murgo and Charles City Gatt, to mention a few.
Who would you say are your musical influences?
Chick Corea had started my love towards jazz, but I follow numerous other musicians such as Miles Davis, Keith Jarrett and many more.
You’re a 4-in-1 musician – singer, songwriter, composer and pianist. What do you feel has been your greatest achievement in the music industry so far?
They all had their moments in my career, and in everything that I do, I try to be honest towards the music.
You had represented Malta in the Eurovision Song Contest after the country’s 16-year hiatus from the festival. What are your views on how the show is conducted nowadays?
Back in 1991, we had the privilege of performing with a live orchestra, which is no comparison to today’s backing tracks, but obviously, the Eurovision has grown immensely in terms of production, with the focus being more on the show presented on stage. If this is for the better… You decide!
How would you promote music to the younger generation?
Music has to be the finest art of them all. No language is required for it to be communicated. I stress to those who love this art form to take it up and execute it honestly, and treat every note you play, sing or write or perform with the utmost respect and love. Then just enjoy how music can change your life.
Photo Credit: Joe. P. Smith