Kristian Babian on stage in the 2017 Sydney Eisteddfod. Photo: WinkiPoP Media
Kristian Babian, finalist in the 2017 Sydney Eisteddfod Junior Singer of the Year took some time to talk about his love of singing and his biggest musical inspiration, the King of Pop - Michael Jackson. The 13-year-old also shared what he has learnt through competing on the Sydney Eisteddfod stage.
Why do you love singing?
I love singing because I feel it's a way of expressing my feelings and telling a story.
Who inspired you to start singing?
My Year 3 teacher Mrs Byrom would always start class with a song and she encouraged me to sing. Best teacher ever!
You chose to perform man in the mirror in the Sydney Eisteddfod Singer of the Year Final, tell us a little bit about this piece.
I chose to perform Man In the Mirror by Michael Jackson because first of all I love the song and its story and secondly, Michael Jackson is just an inspiration to the world.
Man In the Mirror illustrates that some people in this world aren’t so lucky or privileged and that we should all take a look at ourselves and that if we all make little changes they can make a big difference. It has a powerful message and one we can all relate to.
Which other performers do you most like to listen to, and why?
I loving exploring different genres of music. I especially love musical theatre and one of my favourite composers would have to be Jason Robert Brown. I love his technical work in his shows, especially 13 the Musical which has such an amazing score and story which we can all connect with. I also love listening to old Jazz classics and one of my favourite jazz singers is Ella Fitzgerald. She has so much soul and really feels the music. But I can’t go past the King of Pop Michael Jackson. He had such a wonderful stage presence. He was not only a great singer but an incredible performer and a true triple threat.
What do you do to prepare for your performances?
Not much. I try to get enough vocal rest and drink lots of warm water and tea.
What is the best piece of performance advice you've ever heard?
Less is more!
What have you learnt from your Sydney Eisteddfod experience?
Sydney Eisteddfod has been such an amazing experience. All the other competitors have been wonderful. They are so supportive of one another. I’ve learnt that hard work pays off. I never thought I would make it to the semi finals of the Sydney Eisteddfod Singer of the Year let alone the finals! It was a great experience to share the stage with five other incredible singers.