Malta: Interview with Kristen Camilleri (KKI 12,13)


Last year, Kristen Camilleri made her debut within a local music competition by virtue of competing in the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza and therefore, she thought to return, making it through to the final phase once more, with the track Rebbiegħa composed by Philip Vella to the lyrics of Cher Vella. Below, our editorial board devised a set of questions in order to get to know Kristen a little bit better whilst Chris and Moira have also heard all of the entries in order to comment on them. With regards to the solo entry, they stated that it is a ‘great tune for a young person‘, adding that Kristen has ‘good stage presence and looks confident and sure of herself‘ awarding it a stunning total of nine (9) points.

Kristen, this is the second time that you’re competing in the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza having made your debut last year with the track Flimkien composed by Philip Vella to the lyrics of Cher Vella. Taking to the stage in a stunning short white dress, you managed to surprise many with your image but nevertheless, the vocals were shaky and ultimately led to the disappointing result achieved at the end of the evening. Looking back, do you think that opening the competition was detrimental and would you have done anything differently if you had the chance?

To begin with, I always give my very best in every performance and I strive hard to achieve what I ultimately want – that is to enjoy myself on stage and portray my emotions through music. I wouldn’t use the fact that I was the first  to open Indifest last year as an exuse but I would rather say that it was my first official experience on stage in front of a huge crowd. Looking back, this experience nourished my knowledge within the local music scene and it served me as a stepping stone to broaden my confidence on stage both as a singer and as a performer. I wouldn’t change anything from last year’s performance because as I said, I gained a lot of experience as well as exposure. 

It has already been noted that you were a part of the setup within this competition last year and that has surely given you an idea of what to expect in front of a large audience who would be expecting a stunning showcase from all of the artists in contention. This time round, the expectations might be higher from your end with the aim of achieve a better result and therefore, this leads to our question on how you are currently preparing to take to the stage of The Granaries in Floriana and will there be any particular surprises in store?

I am currently working hard to give the best performance possible on the night and this time round I’ll be sharing the stage with a number of talented dancers. We’re busy with rehearsals but we are really enjoying ourselves! I won’t go into whethere there will or will not be any surprises but I am more than sure that all those who will be watching will definitely enjoy our show!

In this years’ edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza, you will be performing the song Rebbiegħa which is also composed by Philip Vella with lyrics by Cher Vella. It is important to denote that the genre is quite different when comparing the two entries together in an aim to keep you fresh, current and at the same time versatile. This time round, you will not be performing as the opening entry with the draw pitting you in slot number number nine. What could you tell us with regards to the song and do you feel more at ease knowing that your performance is mid-way through?

This year’s song is definitely fresh offering a great summery vibe which the audience will definitely enjoy. A part from having a great tune to listen to, it revolves around a positive message that of living one’s dreams and aspirations. It projects the fact that even though life can go through a dull phase, it can still blossom if you work hard on making life worthwhile. These emotions are projected in the ethnic vibe Philip has managed to create and in the meaningful words Cher penned. 

In the past twelve months, Kristen Camilleri has gone onto headline the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza as one of the twenty participants but also as a lead actress on the hit television series, DREAMS which used to air on Television Malta. The idea of combining music and drama together is becoming more common with others such as Mikhail Attard and Minik also showcasing their various skills. As a female artist, do you have any preference towards a particular craft and in turn, what kind of experiences have you drawn from the past year?

I have always been into music and drama since primary school therefore I do not have any preference towards one of the arts. D.R.E.A.M.S offered a great opportunity to combine these arts and showcase local talent on television. It has been an amazing experience that has definitely given me a boost within both crafts. I am looking forward to use the experience gained from this series and apply it to current and future projects I embarked on.  

Would you like to say anything to our readers at

I would like to thank all those who constantly follow local talent because without their support Maltese artists would find it harder to engage into music events such as Indifest.


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