The Travellers are Malta’s most famous pop band at the moment with songs composed entirely in Maltese language. The band got together in 2013, with one aim in mind – that of trying to create something different in an already widely diversified local music scene. Chris (main vocals), Andrew (guitarist), Joseph (trumpet) and Clayton (bassist), were the original members; in 2013, Sylvano (saxophone) and Michael (drummer) joined the rest of the band – and so The Travellers were born. All members of The Travellers hail from Gozo – Malta’s sister island – and are avid commuters who regularly cross the channel to Malta. Thus the band name was an obvious choice.
The band started working on a mix of contemporary and brass music and Maltese lyrics. Originally, they started out of curiosity, experimenting with how the Maltese language would sound to contemporary rhythms. The band aims to create music that is different, and that sounds contemporary and fresh as possible. Since the band formed, it has released three singles – “Semplicita”, “Dak li Int” and “Xemx u Xita” – all of which topped the local charts; in 2016, they released an EP. The aim of the project was to change the way Maltese-language music is perceived on the islands. The band has now started recording a full Maltese-language album.