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ACM Higher Diploma Vocal alumna (2012), Francesca Galea is seizing every opportunity to further herself in the music industry. Chess, Francesca’s artist pseudonym, is turning to you for her support. Chess has set-up a crowd funding project on Indiegogo so she can record ten new live video sessions in the build up to releasing her latest album. We caught up with Chess to catch up on the last couple of years…

What course did you study and what motivated you to come and study at ACM?
I completed the Diploma & Higher Diploma in Vocal Performance, graduating in 2012. ACM seemed like a great place to hone my talent and meet like-minded musicians. I just wanted to get started with my career and going to ACM was the first step.

What was the best part about studying at ACM?
I think it’s really good to push yourself and do things that you wouldn’t normally do because they are out of your comfort zone. When you are at ACM you experience lots of different styles and approaches. It’s also great that you can practise there as much as you like, rehearse, jam, write songs and collaborate. It was a great space to use creatively.

Tell us about what you’ve been/currently involved with since leaving ACM?
I have been performing lots, gigging my original music around London, which I am loving! I write and perform on tracks for DJs, I do sessions for recording studios, record labels, writers and producers. I’ve written songs for other artists too. I also teach singing. However, my biggest project at the moment is a crowdfunding campaign I have started on Indiegogo to raise money in order to professionally produce 10 unique cover videos, shot live in one-take, before I start on my first album. It’s hard to gain recognition in this industry, especially without the help of management or a label. I just want to show versatility through good music, and hopefully, this will expand my reach.

What are your aspirations for the future of Chess?
I would like to treat my music career as a business. The longevity of my career is just as important as the status of my career. I would like to make music for the masses, for decades. I want to collaborate with renowned artists. Most of all, I want to make music that is timeless and influential.

Do you have any advice for those looking to get in to industry?
Work hard, work smart, and give back to society.

Keep up to date with Chess via her Website, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. Listen to Chess’s music on SoundCloud, Bandcamp and YouTube. Do make sure you visit the Official Chess Indiegogo page to support her latest project!