AFTER speaking with a Canadian artist who has created…
an emotional and deep mini-album; I get to shine a light on the Maltese songwriter, Lyndsay Pace. She talks to me about working with Beehive Productions on the Butterfly E.P.; whether there is going to be more material coming up; what life is like for a songwriter in Malta – if she will come to Britain and perform in 2018.
Pace discusses her music idols and tastes; how her music has developed over the past couple of years; how she gained that incredible affinity for the stage and audiences; if there is a favourite musical memory from her time so far – the Maltese songwriter reveals how she spends her time away from music.
Hi, Lyndsay. How are you? How has your week been?
Hey (smiles). I’m good, thanks - always keeping busy with studio work and gigging around!
For those new to your music; can you introduce yourself, please?
I’m a singer/songwriter/recording artist/vocal-tutor hailing from the Mediterranean island of Malta. I always had an ultimate passion for music; carrying my natural presence and self-confident abilities through each of my stage performances. I like to differ from the other acts in the local music industry by bringing about a certain aura; a professional one which incorporates stamina, attitude and pure energy.
What are you working on at the moment? Is there new material in the pipeline?
Yes, definitely! I love making records and, in fact, I will be going abroad to Switzerland next month to record my upcoming E.P./album in collaboration with an independent B2B music company, Move Productions - who have been interested in working with me.
I’m very excited about this new project!
How do you think your music and songwriting has developed since 2015’s Sick Day?
I believe that I’m growing, musically, and continuously finding myself as an artist - especially when it comes to recording and songwriting. I like to be versatile and keep my options open - but I would describe my main genre as a mainstream sound, whilst combining Pop/Rock and up-tempo tracks.
Tell me about the E.P., Butterfly, and working with Beehive Productions. How did that come about?
I recently had launched my second Pop/Rock E.P. in collaboration with Beehive Productions entitled Butterfly (produced and written by Kenny D’Ugo, Boris Cezek and Dean Muscat). It was recorded at The Villa Brasserie, Balluta Bay in St. Julian’s during the weekly music events hosted by Get It. I have performed a live unplugged session with the trio-band and my fans also had the opportunity to get limited, signed copies as freebies on the night.
The E.P. compilation includes releases from my repertoire, which have been playlisted on the leading radio stations during the year whilst topping the local charts as follows: Walking on Air, Mr. Vanity; Butterfly and Best Song nominee, Daphne, as a bonus track. It is, now, officially available for downloads on the digital platforms such as iTunes, Apple Music and Spotify prior to the debut release.
You are a Maltese artist. Is there a big and developing scene there? Is it easy to get exposure there?!
Well. We have a lot of talent locally and, although we have a small market, I think the competition is getting bigger and bigger! Personally, I like to see the bigger picture of things - and I’m trying to make the right connections overseas at the moment to expand in my career.
Who are the artists you grew up listening to?
From my perspective, my inspirations generally come from personal experiences and people which affect me in a way that mirrors my opinions about the world. I have influences that include top artists and multiple genres - from Pop music such as Lady Gaga and Bruno Mars; Katy Perry, P!nk; Gwen Stefani, Adele; Rihanna; Demi Lovato and Jessie J, to mention a few...
You have a natural ability and aura! Did that connection with music and the stage come at a young age?
Well. My talents had been recognised clearly at a young age, as I showed a keen interest in the subjects of drama, dancing and singing - thus, taking up lessons before evolving my hobbies into more of a passion…quickly becoming a serious career. In fact, I also had been taking Speech Level training for years from a number of professional tutors based in the U.K. (and developing further to better my talents).
Can we see you tour soon? What gigs do you have coming up?
Well. It certainly looks like it’s going to be a jam-packed summer, but I have no confirmed dates yet. So, make sure to stay connected on the social networks for the latest updates!
Do you think you’ll come to the U.K. and play here?
Why not?! I have performed at The Bedford a few years ago and it was such a great experience. I really should get gigging again in the U.K. sometime soon!
What do you hope to achieve in 2018?
I really hope that, in due time, I can set my foot abroad to reach my dreams of becoming an established artist - and share my music on an international level.
Have you got a favourite memory from your time in music – the one that sticks in the mind?
Hmmmm…well. There are several experiences throughout my career that I can talk about, but my favourite is when I was selected with the top-twenty finalists of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest in 2014 with the song, Home (written and produced by Boris Cezek), which was definitely the highlight of my career - being the most-popular local festival and a major stepping stone for Maltese artists. I would definitely like to participate again in the future!
What advice would you give to new artists coming through?
I have learnt that the most important thing is to always believe in yourself and never give up on your dreams because, at the end of the day, I think that every individual is special in their own unique way!
Are there any new artists you recommend we check out?
There’s just too many to mention!
Do you get much time to chill away from music? How do you unwind?
Well. I always like to keep myself on-the-go, but I like shopping, travelling and dining out during my free time.
Finally, and for being a good sport; you can choose a song and I’ll play it here (not any of your music - I will do that).
My all-time favourite song…
Muse – Starlight
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