Get to know Joon then give her ace single ‘Orqod’ a listen and a watch below.
Please describe what surrounds you right now so we can get a picture in our mind’s eye.
My laptop is on a wooden table, I’m sitting on a swivel chair. Surrounded by a few synths, a bookshelf full of books, comics and vinyl. A weighted hula hoop is against the wall on my right. A full-length mirror is on the other corner of the room, somehow partly covering a Christmas tree. ’Tis the season all year round in here.
What music did you grow up listening to? What was your first live music experience?
I grew up in the nineties listening to Spice Girls, Backstreet Boys, Destiny’s Child, Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, Shakira, etc. I was addicted to MTV so every song on that channel I basically knew by heart.
My first ever live experience was watching the Vengaboys and the Beangrowers, around the year 2000 in Malta. I was about 10 years old. I queued for hours to get to watch from the very front.
Can you remember the title of the first song that you wrote, at what age and what was it about?
If I recall well it was called Stopping Myself. I was about 20/21 and it was about facing my fears and encouraging myself to become a more confident person.
“Orqod’ is your most recent single and you sing it all in Maltese. Could you tell us about the song?
Sure! Orqod means sleep and it’s the first song I’ve written in my native language, Maltese. It’s basically a lullaby for star-crossed lovers who can be together only in dreams. The chorus “F’dinja oħra ghażilna ‘l xulxin” translates to “in another world we chose each other”.
This is the lead song from your forthcoming album. Is there a particular theme running through the songs? Please tell us about your writing process.
The songs on this album have actually been written in very different phases of my life over the past 10 years. I see it as a “best of” album in a way; of songs I’ve written throughout the years I’ve started to compose & produce. That said, some running themes are love, life and optimistic advice. I also love mysticism. My writing process is always the same… I am very in the moment when I write. I try not to decide what the song should sound like before I write it. Instead I go with the flow and express what I feel I need to at that particular moment. I like letting the words fall into place naturally too.
I’ve recently read that Kurt Cobain’s iconic grunge cardigan worn on Unplugged sold for over $300,000. A while back handwritten lyrics for A day In The Life by John Lennon went for over a $1,000, 000. If you had several shedloads of money what piece of music memorabilia would you splash out on?
Fever Ray’s mask at the P3 Guld award show in Sweden, I think it was 2010. Have you seen that acceptance speech?! The best ever.
If you could have any band or artist in the world as your support who would it be, where and why?
Someone light and fun that puts people in a good mood. Like the Space Lady. Love her so much.
If we were to come to your town for a weekend where would you take us? You are the Entertainments Committee!
I live in Malta, an island in the Mediterranean Sea so I’d have to take you for a nice swim… Maybe a little boat trip on our traditional fishing boat “luzzu” would be fun! Then to Hole in the Wall, a bar owned by fellow IDIB artist and collaborator Bark Bark Disco. There’s a great vibe and fantastic people in that bar. I’d make sure there’s a good live performance happening there too to make it extra special 🙂
Any bands/artists that you recommend we check out?
Discovery Zone! Spotify recommended her to me recently and I can’t stop listening. Also Number One Popstar. There’s a few songs out there so far but they all come with fantastic funny music videos