Our series of interviews with the Maltese artists hoping to make it to Lisbon continues with Brooke, a familiar face in the Maltese selection who will present “Heart of Gold” in MESC 2018. She spoke to us about the meaning behind the song and her aspirations to perform at some of the largest venues in the world!
First of all thank you for your time talking to us. How are you? Can you introduce yourself? What can you tell us about yourself?
Hello to everyone reading this on escYOUnited! My name is Brooke, I am 25 years old and I’ve been singing since the age of 5. I previously lived in London for 6 years to study music, while also achieving a higher diploma in vocals. During those 6 years in London I was fortunate enough to collaborate with many other singers and songwriters, which helped to further develop my skills. This is my third year participating in the Malta Eurovision Song Contest with a song I’ve co-written, called Heart Of Gold.
Your song that you will be presenting for the Malta Eurovision Song Contest is “Heart Of Gold”. What can you tell us about the song?
Heart Of Gold outlines the importance of inner beauty. We are currently living in a world where a person’s beauty is defined by the clothes and the brands they wear, when what matters most is the aura of a person, that genuine, honest and positive heart. In my song, Heart of Gold, I mention how one does not need to try so hard to fit in, as the beauty that lies inside each and every one of us is enough.
What was the inspiration for the song, and did you write it specifically for the Malta Eurovision Song Contest and Eurovision?
Initially we were writing for my EP, an album with 5 or 6 songs, but half way through we realised that this was a great, positive track for Eurovision. It transmitted good vibes straight away and we loved it. We tweaked it and refined it to the Heart Of Gold it is today.
What is your impression of the Eurovision Song Contest in general? Do you watch it every year? What is your favourite entry?
I watch Eurovision every single year, my boyfriend is also a big Eurovision fan so there’s really no excuse to miss it. Both of our families and friends gather around the TV waiting eagerly for it to start. Nowadays Eurovision is also a big part of the Maltese culture!
Apart from the Eurovision Song Contest, where would you dream to do a performance?
It would definitely be The O2 and Wembley Stadium in London or Madison Square Garden in New York.
Can you tell us about your first experience with music?
My brother used to sing when he was around 10 years old and I remember clearly being very eager to be his backing vocalist. It was that moment when my parents realised music was within me, and I started attending singing and dance classes, from then onwards I decided to take music more seriously. When I had just turned 17 years old I decided to move to London to pursue music and to gain experience within the industry. Whilst I was there I gigged around the UK with my band at many prestigious venues, achieved a higher diploma in vocals and developed my song writing skills.
How do you describe your music to people?
Pop with a positive message!
What is a typical day like for you?
I work a 9 to 5 job and I do music afterwards. I also keep healthy and sane by exercising daily.
What is the best bit of advice you have ever been given?
The best advice is to always be true to yourself, to be honest and humble.
If your life was a song title, what would it be?
I’m a feminist and I stand for girl power – so it would definitely be ‘Run the World’ by Beyonce.
We would like to thank Brooke for her time talking to us, and wish her the best of luck with her participation in MESC!
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