Ylenia Attard caught up with Dario Genovese, Maltese singer-songwriter, guitarist and former front man of The Busker, to discuss his music and his new project called ‘Library Tapes‘ taking place at Malta’s National Library.

All about Dario

How did you get started in music?

I have been in this business for the past 10 years but my love for music has been there ever since I can remember. I was brought up in a musical family and we used to listen to records every Saturday. That’s where I got my early inspirations which still inspire me to this day. Artists like Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash have shaped the way I write songs and the way I interpret this art.

How did The Busker form?

I’ve spent most of my career in a band called The Busker. The group was formed in 2012 focusing mostly on folk and 60s pop. However, it later evolved into other styles ranging from Blues to Rock ‘n’ Roll. We have played many memorable gigs both in Malta and abroad. I have fond memories of my days with the band that I will cherish forever.

Dario Genovese | Malta singer-song writer | Air Malta

Dario’s solo journey

Why did you decide to go solo?

It was only recently that I decided to pursue my solo journey as a singer-songwriter. Starting a solo career after all those years in a group was not an easy decision, however, I feel it was time for a change and fresh motivation. My journey so far has been amazing and I have a few projects coming up which I am really excited about. So far I have released my first single ‘Wildflower’ which was inspired by Paul Simon’s album ‘Graceland’. The song speaks about ignoring negative vibes and trying to look at the glass half full.

Dario’s first single, ‘Wildflower’

Library Tapes

On the 4th of January 2021, Dario announced on his Facebook page that he is launching a new project called ‘Library Tapes‘.

“Library tapes is an intimate project filmed at the Malta National Library where myself, along with a number of talented guests, have collaborated to create a warm, unplugged rendition of songs from various artists who have inspired me most throughout my career. Every week, for the next 5 weeks, starting from January 20th, I will be releasing a Library tape.”

Library Tapes | Dario Genovese & friends at Malta's National library | Air Malta
Poster by Samwel Mallia

What can you tell me about this project?

One of the many reasons I love music is because you get to meet and work with other musicians and artists. ‘Library Tapes’ is exactly about that. Each video will feature a different artist and the sessions will come out weekly, starting on the 20th of January. It was filmed at the Malta National Library which I think perfectly fits the intimate vibe I was going for. Throughout these sessions I want people to get to know me more as an artist and to see what inspires me.

“One of the many reasons I love music is because you get to meet and work with other musicians and artists. ‘Library Tapes’ is exactly about that”.

Dario Genovese

The first guest on ‘Library Tapes’ is Yazmin Helledie, Maltese-Danish singer-songwriter.

WatchLibrary Tapes’ on Dario’s Facebook page here .

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