SKSM: Could you start with telling me a little bit about yourself? Who are you and what do you do?
Henoel Grech: My name is Henoel and I’m a musician/composer of soundtracks, mostly for films and commercials.
SKSM: How did you become involved with Nona?
Henoel Grech: Nona started from an idea of a director good friend of mine, Massimo Volta, with whom I already worked in the past in advertisement. Since we have a lot of affinity and we worked always with pleasure he involved me in this project for the very beginning. We know each other very well and he kenw I was the right person for an unique project like this one!
SKSM: How did you get started as a composer and what do you do on production?
Henoel Grech: I have been making music for as long as I can remember, from my childhood. I had a band for years when I was in my teens. We used to play a very different kind of music compared to what I do today: progressive metal. We even managed to make an album, produced by a label from Rome and we did a tour around Europe. After a few years I begun a soloist career and I had my first collaboration with Italian state television, RAI. But the real turning point has been my hymn for the Turin Winter Olympics in 2006.
SKSM: How did you get started to wrote the Soundtrack for Nona?
Henoel Grech: First of all I read Stephen King’s short story and after Massimo, the director, started to show me pre-edits of the scenes as long as he was filming. After, as I usually do, I begun to create my music trusting my imagination and feelings, and we listened together at those early concepts with the director, usually enjoing a glass of good whiskey. I like very much this process since from those meetings I can shape better my ideas and find new inspirations. After that I seclude myself in my studio and, through a process of interiorization, I shape my ideas and create my music.
SKSM: Is this your most challenging audio so far?
Henoel Grech: I wouldn’t say it has been difficult. Different for sure, since it was my first time into a genere so peculiar like the horror/thriller. I worked in very different fields (sports, advertisement, institutionals…) and I have been very excited to be able to test myself in a world completely new for me.
SKSM: Was there any funny or special moment when you made the music that you would like to tell me about?
Henoel Grech: I remeber how surprised the director was when he discovere that for a 40 minutes film I created almost 2 hours of music. I was so excited and inspired that in less then 10 days I have been able to create a specific music for every single scene, with variations: therefore a lot of those music is still unpublished.
SKSM: After Nona did you write more music? If so what?
Henoel Grech: I made some music for a Pupi Avati film and for many tv commercials. I’m also working to a personal project in collaboration with Thales Alenia Space and ESA, the European Space Agency, about a very important mission: ExoMars 2022.
SKSM: Are you a fan of Stephen King’s work?
Henoel Grech: I read some of his books and I love his ability to shape absolutely believable characters, he has a very unique talent in this!
SKSM: What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you?
Henoel Grech: I love animals, mostly small dogs. I’m the proud “father” of 6 chihuahuas!
SKSM: What advice would you give to those people who want to be musicians?
Henoel Grech: Be patient and never give up. Listen to a lot of different music but stay faithful to yourself trusting your inspiratin and feelings.
SKSM: Thanks for taking the time to answer my questions. Is there anything else you want to say to the fans that read this interview?
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