On the 21st and 22nd November, the Public Broadcasting Services will be hosting the 2014-2015 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest at the Marsa Shipbuilding. 20 acts will be taking centre stage, in hope of representing the country at next year’s edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, being held in Vienna, Austria. Over the next couple of weeks, escflashmalta.com will be publishing a series of interviews with all the participants. Whilst thanking the Public Broadcasting Services for this opportunity, Let’s continue and follow things up with Chris Grech.
Would you kindly introduce your entry to our readers and also identify the meaning behind the lyrics?
The song, penned by myself, speaks about those times when you ought to do good and work really hard to achieve things in one’s life, to improve, to be a better man. Unfortunately sometimes, not everything’s within one’s powers to make it all happen. That’s when the closed doors come in. No matter how hard you try, sometimes, it’s still very difficult to get through. However, adding to this, one must never give up on their challenges… they will surely make you a better person once you succeed!
In Malta, the Eurovision Song Contest is considered to be a major outlet for the music industry, and you stand here as one of the semi-finalists. What does the whole experience mean to you?
As an artist I see Eurovision as a very big opportunity to kick off one’s musical career. It is a great way to meet other artists and potentially collaborate with some of them. You get the chance to expose what you love doing to millions of people and above that, represent your own country, which is truly honourable.
Recently, Malta has been rather successful at the Eurovision Song Contest, making the final on four of the last five participation attempts. What do you think is the reason for this success, and do you believe that your entry has what it takes to continue this positive trend?
I think that PBS, rightly so, are taking this competition very seriously and they’re investing a lot of time and money to make the best out of this. This can be seen even more, now that the Junior Eurovision contest is being hosted here in Malta. The preparations already give off what a great show this will be!Oh! and we’re getting the chance to perform on this same stage too, which is awesome! 🙂
With regards to my entry, yes, I strongly believe that it has all of the elements to do justice to all of the efforts that PBS are doing in order to improve year after year. Coming from a different musical background I feel I can give something different which is nevertheless of high quality. This can be something that can make Malta’s entry differ from the rest which can potentially make it stand out. We have tried with a lot of variations and genres, why not this one this time? Besides, I’m very easy to work with and can adapt really well to whatever is needed 🙂
If you were given the opportunity to sing another one of the competing entries in the 2014-2015 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, which one would it be and why?
To be honest, unfortunately I didn’t really have the time to sit down and listen to all of the other songs, so giving you a reply on this would be unfair in my opinion 🙂
Do you have any plans to release more music in the future, and do you have any particular projects in the pipeline?
Yes for sure! I see the Malta Eurovision Song Contest as a means to expose my music rather than being a means to create music in the first place. Being with my metal band or as solo projects, my schedule is always busy. Funds permitting, I’d really like to write a full length album now as a solo artist so that I can make more of music on the lines of this year’s entry.
Would you like to say anything to our readers at escflashmalta.com?
If they’re reading this, then first and foremost, I’d like to thank them for taking the interest and time to read my interview. I look forward to hearing their opinions on my entry and hope that it brings them a good vibes 🙂