Music

Today’s Featured Artist – INTERVIEW – Chellcy Reitsma

Tell Us about:

Your latest single you have released: 

In March we released an alternative rock single called ‘Fleshbot Prison’. An angry rock song with an artistic theory about human existence.

Your first single and how you felt when it was released:

‘Blue’  I released my first single in 2016. I wrote it with my mom.  I was super nervous throughout the entire process from recording to releasing it.  I had never done music before as I was a professional touring dancer and choreographer before I was injured and had to retire from dance. So I had no idea what I was doing and every step of the way was a learning process. I also struggled imposter syndrome big time and still do sometimes lol! But I really needed and wanted to try something new and find a new passion since I couldn’t dance anymore. It gave me hope, helped me cope with depression and gave me something to get excited about and look forward to. It was hard to hear my voice too lol! I was so used to expressing myself silently through dance and visual art so hearing my voice, and so loudly, was really daunting and took a bit to get used to. 

Your favourite song that you have created that is an album track:

My last single ‘Fleshbot Prison’ is my new favourite. We are currently working steadily on our first LP and this song will definitely be included. 

Your favourite song to play live:

Right now we have two, ‘Dark Times’ which is not produced and released yet and ‘Fleshbot Prison’ which I just released.  Both songs we wrote for our mini 20 minute ‘Fleshbot Prison’ production that debuted at a Maltese music and arts festival last summer. 

Your most emotional track:

‘Happy New Year” released the 29th Dec, was inspired by the one year anniversary of my cousin’s death. He died on Christmas Eve in a motorcycle accident, hit and dragged by a semi-truck on a highway in California. We grew up together and were neighbors for some years. He was only a few years older than me and his death really struck a deep chord with me.  Then I thought about all my many family and friends who have died and felt like I could end up, eventually, being the last one left at this party we call life. So I used a New Years Eve party as a metaphor for life and death. The song is my way of processing all of this and a tribute to those who have gone before me. It hit #6 in the Maltese music video chart and charted for 10 weeks. 

The best lyric you have ever written:

That’s a tough one! Some of favorite lyrics are in ‘Fleshbot Prison’ (my latest single) and in ‘She-Man’ (from my ‘Black Water’ EP . But my guitarist Ed and I love the ‘Cross the Line’ lyrics because of the message .  It’s so subjective, I guess it depends on what is important in the lyric, meaning the emotional chord it strikes, the feeling it conveys, the message it sends, or how clever it is.  

Describe the feeling you get when you walk on stage to do a show:

Nervous, excited, sheer joy, gratitude and appreciation. It’s a rush. The best high you’ll ever experience.

The hardest track to play live:

We struggle with ‘Cross the Line’ a bit sometimes and a lot with an unproduced song called ‘Carpe Diem’ which will be included on our first album. 

Essential items you always take on tour with you?

Besides our instruments and my mic. A travel mug for my honey ginger tea which helps my throat and my ginger tea bags, a tube of honey and my sinus and asthma meds just in case because I struggle with chronic sinusitis, asthma and allergies which really affects my vocal chords and singing.

Describe your fans in three words:

Creative, inspiring, sweet

A song by another artist or band you wish you had written:

‘Labyrinth’ by Asaf Avidan 

What we can look forward to from your band this year:

Two interviews for programs on the national TV station, TVM in Malta. One for ‘A Day In The Life’ an awesome initiative by Peter Borg, Wayne Camillieri and Victor Abela to inspire young people to seriously consider going into the arts and entertainment industry as a career or viable business. The other is an interview with myself and an acoustic duo, live performance with my band mate Alan Degabriele on guitar; for @magic with Dorian and Amber. The song was also recorded and will be featured on Magic Malta 91.7 for a week during the airing week of the TVM interview. I’m super honoured and excited for these programs to air! Check my IG and FB pages for updates on the airing times. 

We are also currently working on a number of new songs in preparation for hopefully producing our first full  LP.  It will include some poetry as my Black Water EP did. My last 3 single releases ‘Every Time’, ‘Happy New Year’ and ‘Fleshbot Prison’ will be included on the album and we will be making a music video for ‘Fleshbot Prison’ to promote the album.

We will also have some live performances and festival dates to announce soon.

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