20 September 2014

SHSC 2014: In-Depth Interview with Rita and Audrey

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 re-introduction of the Summer Hit Song Contest which returns to F Living as from the 14th July 2014. A total of 18 entries got through to the final stage of the competition with no less than 8 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 twelfth artist in our series of interviews is a duet featuring Rita Pace & Audrey Marie, and the song which they are presenting bears the name "Overboard" written by Rita Pace. In Malta, the Eurovision Song Contest is a major outlet for the music industry, but then again, with such a mindset, what role does the return of the Summer Hit Song Contest have in your opinion and would you like it to be part of the music calendar? A: It has a major role and it has returned much stronger than before!!! And it should be part of the music calendar! We can`t look at the Eurovision Song Contest as the only showcase for local talent other festivals in malta are giving priority to the local artists as well and I hope that such opportunities are given. R: It is true that the Eurovision song contest holds an important role in Maltese music, but it is not the only platform for local artists. There are many other festivals and events which are not festivals but still promote local talent. There have been artists who have had their breakthrough in other contests. I owe one of my greatest successes to L-Għanja tal-Poplu, which I won this year as an author with “Jien Ma Naħdimx” performed by Karen DeBattista, even though I have placed third in Eurosong once with “She Gives Me Wings” and won other festivals. If an event is well-publicized, then all artists taking part in it will get a boost and that is the most important thing. Yes I definitely believe that Malta Summer Hot should be part of the music calendar because it has a lot to offer and it doesn't put as much pressure on singers as Eurovision so the atmosphere is more relaxed. You need to a flashplayer enabled browser to view this YouTube video Rita & Audrey, together you bring a wealth of experience to this music competition, and therefore, I would like to know whether you have any message of advice to pass onto the newcomers? A: It`s important to believe in yourself no matter what! Every artist goes through hardships in music as well! You can`t always be on top but you have to be positive and you have to be hardworking as well and not afraid of trying new genres sometimes it takes time to find the ideal genre. R: My advice to newcomers is to do what you do with passion and love for music. My advice stops there because I believe that there are newcomers who are as talented as established artists and we have a lot to learn from them too because nobody knows everything and there is always room for improvement. Would you kindly introduce your entry to our readers and also identify the meaning behind the lyrics? A: It`s a very particular song with that touch of ethnic/Mediterranean sounds while the lyrics according to me they describe various phases that a human being goes through in life but these are being expressed in a mythological way and I’m glad that there’s a reference for Gozo and also that Maltese touch in it at the end of the day our language is a Semitic language so basically this song can be expressed in various ways!  R: I have a lot of entries and they all deal with different topics. The one I am interpreting is called Overboard and it uses the myth of Ulysses' travels to illustrate how life is like a journey full of difficulties but one must always focus on the people he loves. Sometimes we meet those who help us, sometimes there are others who let us down but we must move on for those we love. This song is also dedicated to people who may have encountered difficulties in their life and also those whose love is not accepted by society, so it is a topic anyone can relate to as we all go through difficulties at some point in life. The music is pop-ethnic and quite catchy. You need to a flashplayer enabled browser to view this YouTube video One of the key elements which have transpired upon the return of the Summer Hit Song Contest is the promotion of each artist and entry. How has f living re-defined the competition and what has been the general public reaction? A: In this edition of the Malta Summer Hit contest we are seeing very professional clips and continuous promotion on f living channel which truly does help! It has always been like that! But this year I’m so pleased with the feedback we are getting and also the continuous support! R: I must say that the competition is conducted in a very professional manner. The clips are beautiful and well-crafted. We are made to feel welcome and appreciated and we are receiving a lot of promotion, thanks also to Natius and Deo. I think it is one of the most professional programmes I have participated in and I am thankful to be part of it. Would you like to say anything to our readers at escflashmalta.com? A: Yes sure! It`s highly important to support local talent! Sometimes we go crazy for international artists but a few times we appreciate what is local and I think that for the size of malta we truly have an amazing talent! So support local artists!!!  R: I would like to thank them for supporting local talent because music is all about communicating with the audience. Thanks to you as well for giving us space on your site. You need to a flashplayer enabled browser to view this YouTube video


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KKI 2014: A Triumphant Display of Newfound Talent

In previous years, the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza was a hub for newfound talent, with the winning circle going onto achieve more success in the near future. This was not the case in recent years with established acts and former Eurovision Song Contest representatives; Mike Spiteri and Fabrizio Faniello amongst the last four acts to have won the local music competition. In 2014 though, it seems that originality and talent played a major role in the jury choice with two of the three artists to rank in the top three, making their official debut in the 'Talent Stabbilit' portion of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza. Earlier this morning, the Official Facebook Page of the prestigious music competition made the full ranking along with the points given, public. The jury comprised of; Manuel Aquilina, Steve Aquilina, Ivan Borg, Amber and Mike Spiteri. 1. Mixja Li Bdiet - Michela Galea (Renato Briffa / Alfred E Baldacchino) - 426 points 2. Ġabuna Indipendenti - Marilena (Philip Vella / Joe Chircop) - 369 points 3. Ħolma ta' Nazzjon - Cherylis Camilleri (Mark Debono / Rita Pace) - 362 points 4. Ħamsin Sena Nazzjon - Kaya & Nicole Brincat (Mark Spiteri Lucas / Paul Ellul) - 357 points 5. Mara - Domenique (Philip Vella / Paul Ellul) - 355 points 6. Stmerrejtek Ħabbejtek - Marie Claire (Mark Scicluna / Emil Calleja Bayliss) - 327 points 7. Inservi - Kurt Cassar (Gillian Attard / Elton Zarb / Emil Calleja Bayliss) - 297 points 8. Kuntenta Kif Jien - Ann Marie Ellul (Rita Pace) - 295 points 9. Nemmen fil-Futur - Mattei Curmi (Philip Vella / Cher Vella) - 294 points 10. Nisġa - Josepha Cumbo (Minik / Emil Calleja Bayliss) - 277 points 11. Aħjar - Simone Gauci (Mark Spiteri Lucas / Rita Pace) - 277 points 12. Tħobbni Kif Jien - Phylisienne (Philip Vella / Chris Azzopardi) - 265 points 13. Naħfirlek - Franz Bezzina (Augusto Cardinali) - 261 points 14. Fuq dil-Blata - Roseann Cordina (Minik / Paul Ellul) - 260 points 15. Destin - Danica Muscat (Philip Vella) - 258 points 16. Tfajla - Donna (Ray Agius / Paul Ellul) - 252 points 17. Hemm Int - Valentina Farrugia (Roger Tirazona / Joe J Farrugia) - 245 points 18. Daqs Xulxin - Charlene Cardona (Minik / Joe Chircop) - 243 points 19. Ġrajjiet - Michela Dalli (Minik / Stephen Baldacchino) - 234 points 20. Passaġġ - Kurt Galea (Clinton Paul) - 235 points 21. Int u Jien - Maria Cassar (Minik / Rita Pace) - 216 points 22. Ibqa' Ħdejja - Ina Robinich (Minik / Deo Grech) - 193 points 23. Ngħidulek Grazzi - Christian Azzopardi (Minik / Stephen Baldacchino) - 184 points Michela Galea, one of the youngest participants in this year's edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza joins a prestigious list of previous winners, some of which made the transition into the local music scene relatively quickly after their success. The most recent being none other than Amber, a four time participant in the Malta Eurovision Song Contest and also backing vocalist of "This Is The Night" at the 2012 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest. The winning entry of the public vote last night was "Tħobbni Kif Jien" composed by Philip Vella to the lyrics of Christopher Azzopardi whilst the triumphant act from the upcoming category was Kurt Cassar and his entry "Inservi" composed by Gillian Attard and Elton Zarb to the lyrics of Emil Calleja Bayliss. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news from the local music scene. Source: Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza (Official Facebook Page) You need to a flashplayer enabled browser to view this YouTube video


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SHSC 2014: Purchase Your Tickets for the Final Night

Deo Grech & Natius Farrugia are currently preparing to host the final of the fifth edition of the Summer Hit Song Contest, airing on F Living. Set to take place on the 23rd September at The Dome Theatre within the Seabank Hotel in Mellieħa, it will be broadcast a couple of days later as part of the autumn/winter schedule on F Living, the station which has proudly supported the event throughout. Apart from watching the final through a delayed broadcast on F Living, you may also choose to attend the show in person by purchasing a ticket worth €8 or a bundle of 5 worth €25. You may do so by calling the F Living offices on 21 66 45 66. Limited places are available, so make sure to get your tickets now before it's too late. It is encouraged that those in attendance bring banners, flags, streamers and posters to support the competing entries. All the previous winners of the Summer Hit Song Contest; Miriam Christine, Neville Refalo, Romina Mamo, Minik ft. Siconix; have had ample success following their appearance in this coveted competition, and one of the 18 acts competing in this year's edition will be hoping for more of the same. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news. Source: Summer Hit Song Contest You need to a flashplayer enabled browser to view this YouTube video


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SHSC 2014: In-Depth Interview with Rita and Audrey

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SHSC 2014: Purchase Your Tickets for the Final Night

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