Verónica Grech


Verónica’s family come from Malta but she was born in the north of Spain. She is an illustrator and University professor. From her small, comfortable studio in a rainy, seaside town she works for clients all over the world including The Boston Globe, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Urban Outfitters. She loves her work and how her “life adventure” allows her to know people all over the world— including being invited to projects like Various Artists. In her illustrations she uses shapes, space and vivid colour palettes to create graphical compositions. The result is a clean and fresh work, that offers a colourful and simple style. Verónica says “You should know, my work is my life and all I do is what I am”.

What role does music play in your day-to-day life as a creative?

Music is everything. Depending on the day or the time, the sounds that move me are my personal life soundtrack. Music allows me to build moments, sometimes joyful and sometimes hard and dramatic. Music is the mood for my actions and helps me to transmit the energy that I need in each moment. I always start my daily routine (breakfast, way to work, etc) listen the radio news or rock playlists. Then, in my studio, if I have to work on hard ideas, produce initial sketches or develop ideas for conceptual works I prefer the silence. Working on final pieces or on personal projects, the music I listen to depends on the project. I use the different music styles to get the perfect match between concentration and energy, so I can listen to a wide range of styles; minimal, classical, electronic, Jazz, rock-indie or soundtracks.

Tell us about your playlist:

These are my 14 basics for a break at the studio. A short and mad selection between hundreds, that contains songs for a beer after working, a spontaneous dance, a Saturday 80´s night party or finally, to take a minute to feel good and celebrate the life. These songs are like old, good friends. Hope you enjoy!

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Verónica Grech Favs

  1. Midnight City – M83
  2. In For The Kill – Skream’s Let’s Get Ravey Remix – La Roux, Skream
  3. Dear Miami – Róisín Murphy
  4. Ceremony – 2011 Total Version – New Order
  5. Creep – Radiohead
  6. Be Yourself – Audioslave
  7. Wolf Like Me – TV On The Radio
  8. Sweet Disposition – The Temper Trap
  9. Where Is My Mind? – Pixies
  10. Alive And Kicking – Edit – Simple Minds
  11. Slave To Love – Bryan Ferry
  12. I Drove All Night – Roy Orbison
  13. Sweet Child O’ Mine – Guns N’ Roses
  14. Heroes – 1999 Remastered Version – David Bowie