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By The Swag Team   -  January 09, 2015

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GABRIELLA AZZOPARDI is the lead singer and violinist for the band NOVEL, is 23 years old and was born in Gozo, though she moved to Malta a few years ago. She tells SWAG about juggling her career as a Biomedical Scientist with her unquenchable passion for music.


I have recently graduated in BSc (Hons.) in Applied Biomedical Science and currently work as a Medical Laboratory Scientist at Mater Dei’s Blood Bank. It was not an easy road but my aim was to have a secure job while I could do what I really love to do in my free time – music.


I was encouraged to learn an instrument from a young age by my parents, so I chose the violin as I wanted to be different from my brothers’ typical piano option. Later on, I started to sing and haven’t stopped since then.


I have passed through several musical stages – choirs, orchestras, local festivals, musicals, plays, bands... sometimes I forget what I have done and achieved. At this point in time, I can say I am focusing all my energies on the band Novel in which I am both a lead singer and violonist.


I really look up to Rihanna for her passion when singing, Beyonce’ for the grandeur of her performances, Regina Spektor for her creativity and originality, and Muse for their musical wizardry.


It might seem out of my area of interest but since nowadays being talented is not enough in the music world, I am also inspired by Victoria’s Secret models who help keep me aware of my physique since it is an asset in the music industry.


From my point of view, my best achievements are those moments when a person comes up to you to let you know how they loved our performances, and when they want you to be part of their special days such as a wedding. It always makes me smile and feel fulfilled for the rest of the day.


Singing at the UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying games supporting our national team, singing at the KSU Graduation Ball 2013, performing next to Ivan from Wintermoods, playing with Chasing Pandora as a guest act during the Maltasong Festival, and being a guest singer at Electroswing events have been some other highlights of my career so far.


I want to dedicate myself body and soul to writing and performing original music with the band. We have lately been invited to perform on TV shows (see below) – being an overall new experience for us we really enjoyed ourselves and look forward to similar opportunities.


I am not a massive Eurovision fan, but I would like to experience it at least once in my life. I am not talking about essentially winning it, but getting a taste. I also dream of releasing an album with Novel, working with great local and international artists,  going on tour... but maybe I need to stop daydreaming!


SWAG wants me to talk about my ideal man... hmmm... I dont want to sound boring by giving a typical description. He must have a passion for music, food and wine like I do. He needs to be able to smile even on dark days and be positive, be energetic and spontaneous.


As for my ideal date, it would have to be going out for dinner at a fancy place including bottles of wine followed by a stroll through a romantic place. I don’t regard myself as hard to please.

One of Novel's many TV appearences


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