Throughout my life, I never met such a down to earth guy, together with an amazing personality and yes that’s Gianni. I met him through a business-related project and over there I found out, not only that he is a very organized guy, but also has an amazing relationship with his daughter Kay. Before we start, to anyone who doesn’t know Gianni (Which is impossible as everyone knows Gianni 😂) he is a DJ, radio presenter, musician and entrepreneur, took part in the Malta Song for Europe and in a nutshell he is a well respected Maltese celebrity, so without further adieu I would like to introduce the one and only Gianni.
The Maltese Daddy: Thank you, Gianni, for accepting and finding time for this interview and I am sure that this interview will help dads who are also musicians or in media that finding time for your child is possible even if you have a million things on your agenda. Going to our first intro question, What is your daughter’s name?
Gianni: Cheers Dave, pleasure is all mine. Yes, my life hasn’t changed that much, but mostly my priorities did, as my daughter Kay comes first, no questions asked. Going to your question, her name is Kay Marie Sophie Zoe Gina Juno Zammit Widdowson !!!!! we call her Kay 😁😁😁
The Maltese Daddy: Long name and I thought I had a long name😂 I can imagine you enjoy being a father, but what do you enjoy the most?
Gianni: Absolutely everything (except the homework arguments !!! 😁)
The Maltese Daddy: Gian, you have been working in media for quite a while and I can imagine being popular here in Malta might affect the upbringing of Kay, does it?
Gianni: It doesn’t really affect her or her upbringing much – as none of her friends knows ‘who I am, or was’ She does come with me to the radio sometimes – and gets a friend to play with – but they don’t really care much about what I do !
The Maltese Daddy: Let us talk about the big day, when your daughter was born, tell us about it? How did you react?
Gianni: Kay’s birth was a C-Section : I was hiding behind the ‘tent’ that was set up, and my job was to keep Kirsty smiling and not look ‘at all the blood’
The Maltese Daddy: Yes, I can imagine C-section is tough for both parents 😐 Changing subject, I know you both on a personal and business relationship and in both aspects you always showed respect to anyone you are acquainted too, this shows you had a good upbringing… What traditions did your father pass on to you that you will pass on to your Kay?
Gianni: Definitely discipline and respect – my parents were very big on those values – and I feel they are essential to any upbringing
The Maltese Daddy: Obviously I need to ask you this question Gian. You are known as being a big KISS fan and also a music lover, is your daughter following your footsteps? If no how is it important giving the freedom to your child to choose whatever they want in life?
Gianni: Unfortunately, Kay is not a massive KISS fan (despite all the t-shirts / pajamas / lullaby’s etc ☹) but she does know her good music though. She’s very much into musicals – which is great – as that’s a fantastic and very musically cultured genre
She has absolute freedom when it comes to music and learning an instrument – I would have loved her to learn guitar (as I have a ‘few extra’ that she could use !!!), but she wanted to learn piano. She stopped lessons for now, but I do not want to push her – as she might hate it. Music is something that you have to be drawn to naturally
The Maltese Daddy: Yes, agreed we shouldn’t force our children into choosing their hobbies. let them be independent, keeping on the same topic, we all know you as one of the coolest and chilled person in the media, but how are your fatherly ethics? Explain your answer. (eg strict, cool)
Gianni: I’m quite strict, well, relatively !! I don’t like being taken for a ride – so no kid will fool me. Respect is the main word – respect me and I will respect you!
The Maltese Daddy: What do you want to make sure that your daughter and grandchildren will remember about you?
Gianni: My epic farts !!! No, the smiles and laughs we have!
The Maltese Daddy: I think, this question will put a smile on our reader’s faces, describe a moment where your daughter embarrassed you big time.. Or any funny moments and how you dealt with it?
Gianni: We had many, many, many talks with her about how although being honest is always right, but there are moments when you want to hold back !!!
Eg. … to her friends’ mum “your boobs grew from last month – what did you do to them?”
Eg. … to my friend “your head really looks like a large egg!”
The list goes on, and on !!
The Maltese Daddy: A question I ask to every dad, what is the secret/s to raising good children from your perspective?
Gianni: If there’s a secret please tell it to me !!!!! 😂😂
I don’t think there’s ONE thing, but a series of things mainly based on Respect & Trust
The Maltese Daddy: Last question Gian, to wrap up this interview, what “wisdadm” (A combination of wisdom and dad) would you share with our readers?
Gianni: When you have a kid EVERYTHING changes – not for the better or for the worse, but it just changes!
Thanks Gianni, for sharing your father-daughter relationship with our readers and reading through this interview again shows what a great father you are to Kay and all the readers including myself can say “You Rock”🤘