Interview with Ivan Grech
by Ramona Portelli
RAMONA PORTELLI from okmalta.com interviewed Winter Moods lead singer – Ivan Grech. 41 years old and full-time musician Ivan resides in Fgura but is soon moving to Dublin – Ireland next month. As the lead singer of Winter Moods, Ivan has topped the charts with four CD albums (Winter Moods (1995), Morning Ale (2000), Butterfly House (2003), Ordinary Men (2006).
The band just released a new CD album titled ‘Argento’ which has already produced hit songs ‘Last To Know’ and ‘My Neverland’. Winter Moods are currently preparing for a mega concert which will take place at The Granaries (Fosos) in Floriana next Friday, 30 of July.
Describe yourself in your own words
Dedicated, perfectionist, peace loving and thoughtful.
What do you do and how did you get into it?
Born into a family of music and theatre lovers, it was only natural for me to become a musician. The youngest in a family of six brothers and sisters, I was exposed to the likes of Pink Floyd, Led Zepplin and Smokie from a very tender age. I took part and won numerous singing festivals before even reaching my teens. At 16, I joined Winter Moods as the youngest member of the band.
How long have you been in your relationship?
I have been married to my wife, Deborah for more than 7 years.
Mention some of your latest work
As a band we have just released a new CD album titled ‘Argento’. Also we are currently preparing for a mega concert due in four days time.
Do you worry about getting old?
No, but I’m aware that I’m not getting younger.
What are your weaknesses?
Junk food and sweets, maintaining a healthy lifestyle is not easy.
Let me know more about your decision to move to Dublin
I am now looking forward to moving to Dublin in August (next month). It is a city that has generated some great musicians and I look forward to working on my solo album there. I will also be looking into opportunities with Winter Moods there.
Do you ever feel insecure about the way you look?
No, there’s more to a person that just the way he looks.
Have you ever kissed someone of your same sex?
What are your views on plastic surgery?
Sure, if it makes one feel better.
What is your opinion about same-sex marriages?
Everyone should have the right to spend their life with the person they love.
What are the qualities you most admire in a woman?
Intelligence, independence and gentleness.
What does your most ideal day consist of?
Waking up mid-morning to a healthy breakfast, spending a day in the studio writing music, then meeting up with the band for more music. Nice meal in the evening followed by a good movie.
What are your hopes, dreams and fears for the future?
They all evolve around music. I hope to continue working in music for as long as I live, and I hope that my music will continue taking me places in the years to come.