John Galea Interview
John Galea Interview – Live & Love Music
John Galea discusses his Missing Pages EP, musical achievements and major tour supports…
Hi John. It’s been a while since you performed at our London relaunch gig at Ballyhoo a few years back. What have you been up to since then?
I know, its been a while! Since 2012, I’ve released 3 EPs: Under Attack (2013), Notes From My Piano (2014) and Missing Pages (2016). I’ve been very lucky to have worked with Frankmusik, Scorcher and The Monarch (Rita Ora, Cher Lloyd) to name a few. I’ve also been on the road a lot with my band, so it’s been quite a busy time.
That’s great to hear! So what would you say has been your biggest achievement in your music career so far?
I’ve just landed at Number 14 on the Commercial Pop Chart with my latest track ‘When You Truly Love Someone’ and although chart positions aren’t everything nowadays, its always amazing to see your name featured amongst the signed artists. As an independent artist, its a very proud moment to know your hard work is paying off.
Who are your musical influences?
There are so many singer/songwriters: Elton John, Luther Vandross, Mariah Carey, artists with real soul inspire me, and producers and writers like Diane Warren, Max Matin & DarkChild, who I was lucky to meet last year, are also amazing.
What does music mean to you?
It means everything to me; its like my therapy. I express myself through music, whatever emotion I’m going through.
Which gigs have been your favourite to play?
I loved supporting McFly on tour; the support was great, but also the smaller intimate gigs like at the Borderline and The OBar, because you can see the effect the songs you wrote have on people. It’s quite an amazing feeling when you can see people singing back your words to you.
You’ve also supported other big artists on tour, including Lemar. Is there anyone you’d love to support next?
There are some amazing artists on tour this year and I love to go to see them, but to be honest I don’t mind so much who I support as long as I’m on stage doing my thing. I’m quite happy to be on a small stage or an arena stage.
If you had to put together a supergroup of singers and musicians, dead or alive, who would you put together?
For me, the 1987 Soul Train Awards has already beaten me to it; Whitney Houston, Luther Vandross, Stevie Wonder and Dionne Warrick singing ‘Thats What Friends Are For’ was vocally amazing. I have that on repeat on Youtube quite a bit! The vocal run Luther Vandross does is legendary.
What’s coming up for you this year?
I will be releasing another track from the Missing Pages EP. I wrote a track with Frankmusik called ‘Honesty’. That would make a great music video, so I’ll get creating, but also I will be hitting the road with a few dates around the UK and will get some Prides in there too, which are always amazing to do.
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