An interview with Lina for Wonderland Magazine.
THE REALITY COMPETITION WINNER SOUNDTRACKING HER OWN STORY.
Often slung to the back of the heap once they’ve been through the reality show rigmarole and released one underwhelming single, talent show competitors are 10 a penny. Don’t fall for the One Direction dream — successful winners are anomalies. Leader of the few with longevity is American-Palestinian musician, Lina Makhul. Claiming victory on Israel’s edition of The Voice with her pop-dance signature blend, the singer- songwriter has been preparing for her starring role since she picked up a violin aged four, fast followed by the piano as her instrument of choice. We talk language, Queen and Queen B with the singer.
You’re fluent in five languages! Do you think music transcends language?
Definitely. No doubt. I was always interested in learning more and more languages. Being exposed to other cultures gave me an added value. Since I was born in America and grew up in the Middle East, languages were always the key to connecting and communicating. In order to do that you need to learn the language, get to know the culture, practice it, live it and even after all that, you don’t always get to master it 100%. When it comes to music you only need to open your ears. Your heart will do the rest.
What was your experience on Israel’s The Voice like? Do you think you would be where you are without it?
My experience on Israel’s The Voice obviously gave me a lot of recognition, but most of all it made me believe in myself as a singer. Growing up as a Palestinian in Israel isn’t so easy, especially when it comes to trying to succeed as an artist. We’re a minority, we don’t always get to be treated equally, and the variety of languages isn’t helping. So winning The Voice gave me hope that a change can be made, and it gave me a great amount of strength to fulfil all of my dreams. I’ll always be grateful for this.
What inspires you? Which artists can you never get enough of?
Oh wow. In one word — Beyoncé. She’s a superwoman. Every time I watch her singing, dancing or talking, she gives me chills. I can see how hard working she is, how committed she is, how she never takes her music, performance and audience for granted even though she’s been at the top of the music business for years. She inspires me more than anything.
How would you describe your sound?
It’s multicultural, just like me!
What are your favourite (and least favourite) things about making music?
My least favourite thing about making music is how everything is so risky. You may never know what tomorrow will bring. But I always remind myself that life itself is a risk, so I’m okay with that. I have two favourite parts, the first one is being on stage and getting to feel all the love from my audience, the second part is that I can be myself no matter what. And the best part is that your personality gets an original soundtrack of its own.