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Interviews

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 fifth act in our series; Frank O'Neill, Christabelle Curmi and The Likes who will be performing the song Kif Xrobtuli il-Menti written by Frank O'Neill himself. Frank & Christabelle, a duo who have long established a role in the local music industry by partaking in L-Għanja tal-Poplu on two (2) previous occasions, even finishing in second (2nd) place once. This time round, you will be joined by a group known as The Likes. Would you care to explain how this collaboration…
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 fourth act in our series; Tmien Ħabbiet who will be performing the song Rutina composed by Jonathan Laferla to the lyrics of Charlie Bonnici. Apart from the songs having a social lyric to accompany each entry, your name as a group strikes a chord with me, with Tmien Ħabbiet referring to your individual worth. How does one start to begin in deciphering such a name, especially knowing that you have been together for the past twenty-five (25) years and who came…
In Portugal, the return of the Festival da Canção has proven somewhat popular amongst the local and the international audience and therefore, it comes as no surprise that everyone is awaiting to see what RTP, the public broadcaster has in store. escflashmalta.com has had the pleasure to speak with Rui Andrade, one of the competing artists, who is hoping to become the first male since Rui Bandeira in 1999 to represent Portugal in the continental competition. The male singer/songwriter is known in Portugal for taking part in a number of reality shows, along with starring in musical theatre shows. He is hoping that following two third place finishes, it is his time to shine and take the spotlight having been close in 2011 and 2012. Earlier this year, you were selected as one of the ten (10) artists taking part in the Festival da Cancao with a song offered by…
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 third act in our series; Estelle Fenech Imbroll who will be performing the song Numri composed by Mark Scicluna to the lyrics of Paul Attard. Estelle Fenech Imbroll, a relatively young vocalist with distinct vocal capabilities has grown a real lot since her time on L-iSfida, a hit talent show broadcast on Television Malta. It was twelve (12) months ago, when your song was awarded with the prestigious social theme award by the jury of L-Għanja tal-Poplu, deciding to return with…
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 second act in our series; 7 Spadi who will be performing the song Il-Quċċata composed by Jeffrey Scicluna to the lyrics of Rita Pace. 7 Spadi, a group of friends who have already performed together in a previous edition of L-Għanja tal-Poplu, that being two (2) years ago with the song Ħsad Qabel Iż-Żmien, albeit without a formal group name. How does this experience differ in general and what is the main line of thought behind the name of the group?…
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 kicking off the feature is none other than Marie Claire Attard Bason who will be performing the song Mara composed by Andrew Zammit to the lyrics of Emil Calleja Bayliss. Marie Claire Attard Bason, a vocalist who does not need any introduction, especially in competitions where Maltese is the language of song. Fresh off a fourth (4th) place finish in the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza, you return to the Sir Temi Żammit and L-Għanja tal-Poplu for a second consecutive year. How have you changed in the past…
Wednesday, 26 February 2014 00:15

Denmark: Interview with Bryan Rice (NF 2010, 2014)

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Good Morning! escflashmalta.com is always looking for new opportunities to speak to artists who could potentially represent their country at the Eurovision Song Contest. Therefore, we took up the chance to speak to Bryan Rice who will be returning to the Dansk Melodi Grand Prix for the second time having narrowly missed out on the ticket back in 2010. This time round, his entry entitled I Choose U is pure pop, a genre which has been presented in the continental competition time and time again. In this interview, Bryan chats to us about his career in music, his life away from music and what his aim in the industry is, amongst other things. Hi Bryan! Thank you for taking some time from your busy schedule to do this interview with us. Can you tell us how did you kick start your music career and who were your inspirations to start…
Thursday, 06 February 2014 15:50

France: Interview with TwinTwin

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Earlier this year, escflashmalta.com had the pleasure of speaking to Joanna Lagrave, one (1) of the three (3) artists hoping to represent France at the Eurovision Song Contest, and today, we are proud to present another act who is competing to try and become the first winner of the western nation since Marie Myriam back in 1977. The act, TwinTwin has received a lot of positive feedback prior to the presentation of their entry Moustache yet the follow-up has been rather mixed. Patrick Strouk speaks to the group about their career, their Eurovision Song Contest plans and what lies ahead in the future. TwinTwin, would you introduce yourself to the readers of escflashmalta.com and explain how you came about in the music industry? The band consists of Lorent Idir (lead singer and composer), François Djemel (bass) and Patrick Biyik (beatbox and guitar) . We have been composing our songs together…
Sunday, 02 February 2014 19:30

MMAs 2014: Interview with Noel Magri (MMM)

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Whilst the focus of the local music industry and most of the continent is on the upcoming edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, it is worth pointing out that this years' edition of the Malta Music Awards are set to take place on Sunday 9th February at the Malta Fairs and Conventions Centre in Ta' Qali. Therefore, escflashmalta.com got in touch with Noel Magri, from Mega Music Management to oversee the preparations whilst having a look at former editions of the prestigious event. On the 20th October 1995, Mega Music Management organised the first edition of the Malta Music Awards, a different time in the local music scene with the participation in the Eurovision Song Contest considered to be the elite point a vocalist or a songwriter could reach at the time. Looking back, why did you feel that such recognition had to be given, and was it too…
It has always been a pleasure to speak to artists competing in national finals across Europe and therefore, this year will not be any different, even more for the simple reason that local songwriters are entering foreign selection procedures. We have recently caught up with Joanna, one (1) of three (3) acts competing to represent France in this years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest with the song Ma Liberté written by Philip Vella, Gerard James Borg, Sean Vella and Yann Guillon. In 2013, Amandine Bourgeois represented France with L’Enfer et Moi, mustering only fourteen (14) points to finish in twenty-third (23rd) place at the end of the voting. This kept in line with the disappointing results that the nation has achieved in recent years, despite enlisting notable names such as Amaury Vassili and Anggun, who in turn represent different genres. What would you bring to the competition that would…

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