“Memoirs of a Lifetime is Brian Vassallo's search for such powerful things - things that we cannot physically touch, yet may touch us so deeply.”
— Chuck van Zyl/STAR'S END
Published: 29- Jul- 2011 | Language: 🇲🇹| Category: Interview
Published: 02- Aug - 2011 | Language: 🇬🇧| Category: Interview
ASCAP Artist Brian Vassallo is a music composer, born and raised on the exotic and romantic island of Malta, just a few miles south of Sicily, Italy. Before discovering music as his ultimate passion, Brian expressed his imagination as a sketch pencil artist and enjoyed computer graphics, computer programming and sound design from his early personal home computers.
But a music venue in the mid-80’s hits him like a thunderbolt and will change his life forever. Even though self-taught, Brian is a student of his idol - Jean Michel Jarre, whom he discovered by chance in 1986, while Jean Michel was in concert in Houston, Texas in the US. The display of multiple synthesizers on stage, the visual effects and the sonically spectacular music event, inspired Brian to go buy his first synthesizer, and lay his imagination, hands and heart on the musical keys for the first time. It is noteworthy, that this spectacular night with Jarre, incubated in Brian’s imagination and style, a greater passion for computer graphics and, through the years he has taken great joy in marinating graphics with his music.
In 1997, Vassallo embarked to solo produce his first debut album entitled,“Beyond”(1998). The album was released in late winter of 1998 to critical acclaim from buyers and fans worldwide. The tremendous response from fans and critics was a boost for Brian and he continued to move forward making new music and produce albums such as; “Flashback” (2006) and “Memoirs Of A Lifetime” (2010). In 2016 Brian remastered a compilation of singles composed from 2007 to present day, some of which include music specifically composed for film and television agencies and fan favourite singles such as – “Technopolis” and “The Firstborn”.
In addition, Brian went collaborating and remixing with other artists such as; Teo & Tea (2007) and “The Heart Of Noise” (2016) - (for his idol, Jean Michel Jarre), “From Tears To Paradise” (2007) with Soprano Vocalist, Amethyste Spardel, “Enigma” (2011), with pop – electronic U.S Artist, Ehron Von Allen, “The Heart Of The Earth” (2011), with Maltese Singer Amaryllis Agius, and “Senses”(2015), remixed by artist, The Marine Project, from the Netherlands. In 2008, Vassallo cherished the chance to compose the music score for the short film, “In The End”. The film won “Best International Contemporary Short”, Award at the New York International Film Festival (2009) and the “Merit Award” at The Indie Fest, in California (2010).
Today Brian is preparing a new album for 2018 while continuing to compose music for Film & TV.
Quotes & press
" Beyond is impeccably produced and although it is essentially instrumental and incidental music, there are also some moments where technical ability and musical creativity are evident."
Author © ERIC MONTFORT -The Sunday Times
" His detailed atmospheric sound design is interconnected with rhythmic/sequenced sections, and even reveals some very nice vintage undercurrents that lend his sophisticated compositions extra body, depth and meaning." -
Author © "Bert Strolenberg" - SonicImmersion
" Good things often come in small packages."
Author © "Phil Derby" - Electroambient Space