24 April 2017

Interviews

In recent years, escflashmalta.com has been on the forefront in chatting to artists who would be heading to the Eurovision Song Contest and hopefully representing their country and achieving a positive result. Next up is Valentina Monetta who will be representing San Marino with the song Maybe (Forse) composed by Ralph Siegel to the lyrics of Mauro Balestri. She looks back at hes experience in the music industry and the manner in which she is taking up the challenge of representing hes country in the biggest music event for the third time. Valentina, the Eurovision Song Contest is to be noted as a major part of your music career, having given you the opportunity to showcase your talents to a broader audience that the one come to be expected of a microstate like San Marino. Have you thought about what lies ahead in the future? Of course .. I think…
In recent years, escflashmalta.com has been on the forefront in chatting to artists who would be heading to the Eurovision Song Contest and hopefully representing their country and achieving a positive result. Next up is Carl Espen who will be representing Armenia with the song Not Alone co-written with Garik Popoyan. He looks back at his experience in the music industry and the manner in which he is taking up the challenge of representing his country in the biggest music event. Without a shadow of doubt, it seems that there have been some misunderstandings in recent weeks with the international press reporting on certain comments which you made about Conchita Wurst, the bearded lady who will be representing Austria in this years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest. Would you kindly explain and clarify the situation? Apart from being a musician, I’m also a comedian. Music and humour are inseparable…
In recent years, escflashmalta.com has been on the forefront in chatting to artists who would be heading to the Eurovision Song Contest and hopefully representing their country and achieving a positive result. Next up is Carl Espen who will be representing Norway with the song Silent Storm written by Josefin Winther, who happens to be his cousin. He speaks of the opportunity at representing his country in such an international event. Silent Storm written by Josefin Winther is a true gem, a classic ballad which requires a heartfelt rendition in order to reach the masses. What are you currently doing to ensure that the message of the song comes across during the competition and what do the lyrics mean to you on a personal level? I know that the most important thing in my performance is to be in touch with my emotions when singing it. It is difficult, but…
Sigmund Mifsud, associated with events such as the Rockestra and the International Festival of Maltese Song in recent years is a full time trumpeter, music arrange and occasional conductor for events organised by the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra. escflashmalta.com is proud to have got an opportunity to chat with this talented individual and pick on some of the most intriguing issues that seem to be affecting the industry as of late, apart from wracking our brains around his critique of Malta's participation in the Eurovision Song Contest. In 2013, one of the main cultural events was definitely the International Festival of Maltese Song which you had the opportunity to form a part of, as a member of the committee, and eventually, the conductor of the band during the course of the evening. Could you recall the challenges that you had to face with regards to the original music made by local…
In recent years, escflashmalta.com has been on the forefront in chatting to artists who would be heading to the Eurovision Song Contest and hopefully representing their country and achieving a positive result. Next up is Ruth Lorenzo who will be representing Spain with the song Dancing in the Rain co-written with Julian Emery and James Lawrence Irvin. She speaks of her time on the British version of the X Factor and her music career since then. It was once remarked that one could never go wrong by performing a piano led ballad at the Eurovision Song Contest and it seems that Dancing in the Rain, co-written by Julian Emery and James Lawrence Irvin ticks such boxes. Why did you select this song to submit for the preselection and could you talk us through the creative process? I wrote this song about 3 years ago, and at first many artists asked…
Saturday, 15 March 2014 16:44

GħTP 14: Interview with Domenique

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L-Għanja tal-Poplu, a music competition with original songs in Malta is turning thirty-eight (38) in a couple of days whilst encountering a resurgence, noting that the amount of submissions this year reached seventy-one (71), the highest in reality since the committee introduced the element of live instruments during the performances. escflashmalta.com has been granted permission to speak to the sixteen (16) competing acts, and thus we move onto the fourteenth act in our series; Domenique who will be performing the song Insellmulkom composed by Philip Vella to the lyrics of Joe Chircop. Domenique, a two-time Malta Eurovision Song Contest, one-time International Festival of Maltese Song participant and former Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza runner-up, have established you as one of the leading vocalists in the local music scene. How does participating in this competition help you gain more credibility as an artist and are you looking forward to your debut? 'L-Għanja Tal-Poplu'…
Saturday, 15 March 2014 12:00

GħTP 14: Interview with Simone Gauci

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L-Għanja tal-Poplu, a music competition with original songs in Malta is turning thirty-eight (38) in a couple of days whilst encountering a resurgence, noting that the amount of submissions this year reached seventy-one (71), the highest in reality since the committee introduced the element of live instruments during the performances. escflashmalta.com has been granted permission to speak to the sixteen (16) competing acts, and thus we move onto the thirteenth act in our series; Simone Gauci who will be performing the song Djarju ta' Tifkiriet composed by Mark Spiteri Lucas to the lyrics of Emil Calleja Bayliss. Simone, this is your second participation in a major festival, having already been part of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza in 2012 with the song Id F’Id written by Renato Briffa to the lyrics of Keith Zammit. How did that experience help you become the artist you are today, and how does it compare?…
Friday, 14 March 2014 19:15

GħTP 14: Interview with Mario Debono

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L-Għanja tal-Poplu, a music competition with original songs in Malta is turning thirty-eight (38) in a couple of days whilst encountering a resurgence, noting that the amount of submissions this year reached seventy-one (71), the highest in reality since the committee introduced the element of live instruments during the performances. escflashmalta.com has been granted permission to speak to the sixteen (16) competing acts, and thus we move onto the twelfth act in our series; Mario Debono who will be performing the song Bħal Għasfura which he wrote himself. Mario, this is not your first experience in music, having collaborated with some of the prolific artists that the music industry is known to offer, including none other than the late Sammy Bartolo. How does collaborating with such artists help you evolve and what are you aiming to achieve by partaking in this competition? Playing and collaborating with professionals is a wonderful…
L-Għanja tal-Poplu, a music competition with original songs in Malta is turning thirty-eight (38) in a couple of days whilst encountering a resurgence, noting that the amount of submissions this year reached seventy-one (71), the highest in reality since the committee introduced the element of live instruments during the performances. escflashmalta.com has been granted permission to speak to the sixteen (16) competing acts, and thus we move onto the eleventh act in our series; Miriam Christine & Olivia Lewis who will be performing the song Wara l-Kanċell composed and penned by Mark Laurence Zammit. Miriam Christine & Olivia Lewis, two female vocalists who have both represented Malta in the Eurovision Song Contest, in different decades with completely opposite genres. This is the most high profile act to enter this years’ edition of L-Għanja tal-Poplu, giving the competition a much needed boost in terms of name dropping. What was the reason…
L-Għanja tal-Poplu, a music competition with original songs in Malta is turning thirty-eight (38) in a couple of days whilst encountering a resurgence, noting that the amount of submissions this year reached seventy-one (71), the highest in reality since the committee introduced the element of live instruments during the performances. escflashmalta.com has been granted permission to speak to the sixteen (16) competing acts, and thus we move onto the tenth act in our series; Denise Spiteri who will be performing the song Pupa composed and penned by Mark Laurence Zammit. Denise Spiteri, an artist who might need a bit of an introduction to our foreign readers, having been away from the local music scene since childhood, having been part of the Junior Eurosong competition on a number of occasions prior to entering a reality talent show, Don’t Stop Me Now which aired on NET Television a couple of months back.…

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