30 August 2015

Russia: Gaia Cauchi Triumphs in New Wave Festival

Gaia Cauchi, winner of the 2013 Junior Eurovision Song Contest with "The Start", an original song co-written by Elton Zarb, Matt 'Muxu' Mercieca and Gillian Attard, was recently the subject of much attention, after having successfully been the first representative of Malta at the prestigious 'New Wave Festival' in Russia. In contention with several other participants from all around the globe, the young bundle of joy was awarded top spot by the professional panel of judges, closely followed by Krisia of Bulgaria, whom had also participated in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, albeit in 2014, also finishing in the 1st runner-up position. "I was a little bit scared ... but it was a true honour and honestly, I worked really hard for it ..." stated Gaia Cauchi in exclusive comments to escflashmalta.com following her victory. Once more, this was not only a personal achievement but also one for Malta. For more information about Gaia and other eurostars, we urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter. Source: New Wave Festival You need to a flashplayer enabled browser to view this YouTube video  


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SHSC 2015: In-Depth Interview with Rita Pace

In recent years, the Malta Eurovision Song Contest has been the only local platform for songwriters and vocalists to produce original songs in English, but that has officially changed with the Summer Hit Song Contest which has returned to F Living for the second consecutive year. A total of 20 entries got through to the final stage of the competition with no less than 4 of them having already made it to the top of the music scene by virtue of reaching the Malta Eurovision Song Contest on at least one previous occasion. We're going to chat to ALL the artists in contention so that you, our readers will have the opportunity to get to know them better. The second artist in our series of interviews is Rita Pace, and the song which she is presenting bears the name "Do It Better", to which she penned the lyrics and also composed the music. Without a doubt, you are the most experienced participant in the Summer Hit Song Contest 2015, having successfully made the finals of every competition organised in the local music scene; Malta Eurovision Song Contest, International Festival of Maltese Song, the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza, and most recently L-Għanja tal-Poplu. Could you kindly let us know how you prepare for each competition, and maybe even cite your most favourite song as performed throughout the years? I just practice the song. I like to concentrate on the performance itself and communicate with the audience. I have no favourite song because I focus on what I am doing at the moment and always want to do better. You need to a flashplayer enabled browser to view this YouTube video Apart from being a versatile vocalist with heaps of experience, you are also an extremely respected songwriter, yet the mind boggles whether you find it difficult to pen high quality songs for other performers, knowing that you can do them justice yourself. Care to comment? I actually find it much easier to write for other vocalists than for myself because it is more exciting for me producing a song as part of a team. I am extremely happy with the way the songs are interpreted because there are many fantastic singers. Would you kindly introduce your #summerhit2015 entry to our readers and also identify the meaning behind the lyrics? My entry is about a woman who tries to put an end to an abusive relationship by standing up for herself but is vilified by her partner for doing so. Unfortunately, we have a lot of stereotypes regarding gender. Women who are independent and don’t take any nonsense from anyone are labelled as aggressive rather than the people who force them to behave that way.  It is a song that explores the subject of chauvinism and victimization, but this topic can also be extrapolated to abuse in many situations including child abuse and exploitation. The point is that there is no section in society which is good or bad, but there are good and bad qualities in everyone. Would you like to say anything to our readers at escflashmalta.com? I would like to thank them for supporting Maltese music and I urge them to continue doing so. You need to a flashplayer enabled browser to view this YouTube video


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SHSC 2015: In-Depth Interview with Dorcas Debono

In recent years, the Malta Eurovision Song Contest has been the only local platform for songwriters and vocalists to produce original songs in English, but that has officially changed with the Summer Hit Song Contest which has returned to F Living for the second consecutive year. A total of 20 entries got through to the final stage of the competition with no less than 4 of them having already made it to the top of the music scene by virtue of reaching the Malta Eurovision Song Contest on at least one previous occasion. We're going to chat to ALL the artists in contention so that you, our readers will have the opportunity to get to know them better. The first artist in our series of interviews is Dorcas Debono, and the song which she is presenting bears the name "Our Last Goodbye" composed by Dominic Cini to the lyrics of Rita Pace. Dorcas, you are one of the youngest finalists in this year’s edition of the Summer Hit Song Contest, yet music enthusiasts have already heard your talent courtesy of the International Festival of Maltese Song 2013, and also the Talent Ġdid category of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza 2008. Is it daunting to experience a new music competition, and would you recommend participation to other newcomers? It's always a new and different experience when you participate in a competition festival, obviously the higher the level of the festival is the higher the experience will be. I recommend the newcomers to try to be in these local competitions because they give you the chance to establish yourself on stage and in singing and the chance to be known with people as well. “Din Jien”, composed by Dominic Cini to the lyrics of Rita Pace, was definitely your main highlight thus far, noting a 4th place result, ahead of some of Malta’s heavyweight artists including; Miriam Christine, Fiona Cauchi, Roger Tirazona and Janvil to name a few. How do you look back at the experience, and were you surprised at the final result? The festival of the International Festival of Maltese Song I can say it was a huge highlight for me. It was my very first big festival for me and it was a great experience and it helped me mature more in music. I got the chance to perform at MCC which was amazing and performing with live band was nothing less. I was competing alongside establish singers which have a huge experience in their singing career. You need to a flashplayer enabled browser to view this YouTube video The song "Din Jien" I believed in it from the first day i received it and i knew it was a very good song and I'm so satisfied with the performance i gave on the night. I wasn't surprised at all with the result because I believed that my song will be with top 5 in the final but due i was competing with other good singers i never knew what could happen but overall I'm so happy with the result and with the experience.  Would you kindly introduce your #summerhit2015 entry to our readers and also identify the meaning behind the lyrics? With this song I would like to pass the message to All the people out there, so if something wrong is happening in your life you need to take a quick action for the better. Would you like to say anything to our readers at escflashmalta.com? To all escflashmalta.com readers i would like to urge you to follow the summer hit song contest and always support local talent. Thank You. You need to a flashplayer enabled browser to view this YouTube video


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Romania: Ovi and Paula Rebrand with New Single

Ovi and Paula are back in the public spotlight with a new project called 'OPS' as well as with a sound that is different from what their fans were used to. After a succesful 5 year collaboration, the two launch 'S.A.M.P. (She's After My Piano)'. The project 'OPS' is a natural progression of a 5 year collaboration between Paula and Ovi. It appeared out of the desire to move forward under one name, so that the solo projects, Paula Seling and Ovi would be more distinctive. "The next songs that are to be launched in the duet formula will be under a new brand", Ovi stated. "Projects with Ovi challenge me to explore new characters every time. 'S.A.M.P.' is no exception. Just like "Playing with Fire", there is a funny dialogue between us, a sort of play. Because this project is different from what we do on our own, we thought it would be better if it had an alternative name. "So, this is how 'OPS' came out”, said Paula Seling. Music, lyrics and production belong to Ovi Jacobsen, Simen Eriksrud, Brynjard Buvarp Misvaer, Halloun Philip Paridon/ Harboe. Ovi and Paula have successfully represented Romania at the Eurovision Song Contest twice; in 2010 with "Playing with Fire" finishing in 3rd place and in 2014 with "Miracle" finishing in 12th place. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news from Eurostars across the world. Source: Press Release You need to a flashplayer enabled browser to view this YouTube video


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Russia: Gaia Cauchi Triumphs in New Wave Festival

SHSC 2015: In-Depth Interview with Rita Pace

SHSC 2015: In-Depth Interview with Dorcas Debono

Romania: Ovi and Paula Rebrand with New Single

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