22 September 2017

Claudia Faniello, a female singer/songwriter who requires no introduction whatsoever, having made her mark in the local music scene by partaking in the Malta Eurovision Song Contest on various occasions, finishing as the 1st runner-up in 2008 and 2012, is back with a new single. “You Said”, which she penned herself is particularly striking for its sense of emotion and ambiance, combining several elements which the people have come to enjoy in a new sound which is bound to receive a positive response.

‘I’m thrilled to release “You Said” because it is another tune which is nothing like I’ve done in the past and it talks about a situation that everyone can relate to. I have taken my time to concentrate on this particular tune which is close to my heart; I want to tell stories through my music. This is a taste of what I’ve been working on and evolving into’, commented Claudio Faniello, in light of her new release, the follow-up to “Miles Away”, a song which she co-wrote with Ryan Magro.

In support of “You Said”, a music video has been launched, which could be seen on her YouTube Channel, along with any other previous original material. Claudia’s music is available on all digital stores; including Amazon and iTunes, as well as streaming services such as Spotify and Deezer, courtesy of CAP-Sounds, a Record Label based in Germany, whose distribution is handled by Universal Music Germany. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news.

Source: Claudia Faniello (Facebook, Twitter)

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Corazon is slowly becoming a household name in our country, the young talented singer songwriter has slowly established herself as one of the best contemporary artists on our islands – with three Malta Eurovision appearances to her name and three ‘Għanja Tal-Poplu’ wins, the name Corazon is surely a name to look out for years to come. Simplicity has always been the key for Corazon and when you see her performing, you would expect to see her behind a piano – a sound she truly cherishes. Apart from being the girl behind the piano, Corazon is popularly known for her crystal clear diction, something a lot of her critics praise her for. 

Defying all the odds, Corazon has finally managed to release her first studio album – surely a milestone especially since the album itself includes songs only in our mother tongue language, Maltese. The work on this album has been substantial and in all it took around five year to complete but the singer songwriter wanted this project to be launched at the right time, when every single thing would have come together. Surely, the wait was worth it as the tracks on the albums along with the arrangements and the detail in the production come together to perfection. Every little detail is important in fact even the CD cover and booklet compliment this maginifcent work.

Album Title: Hawn Jien

Released: 11th January, 2014

Escflashmalta.com had the pleasure to be invited to this album launch which took place at Sir Temi Żammit Hall at the University of Malta and it was surely an absolute pleasure to be able to listen to the album carefully whilst enjoy each track in order to review it for our readers. I dare say it is one of the best releases in recent years. Unfortunately, most artist seem to focus a lot on releasing material in English and lately we did not have any artists releasing albums entirely in Maltese but Corazon has always been one to challenge the norm. 

The album is sophistacted with different musical genres and various subjects explored and exploited to perfection by the talented singer songwriter. Some of the subjects Corazon writes about, challenge the usual subjects we get to hear in songs and her insight into every little detail of the Maltese society makes you envious. In fact, a number of artists would tell you that you know how good a song is when they wish that a particular number is written by them and most of the tracks on this album would surely be the envy of many. 

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Tracks to look out for:

Jgħidu Kien Hawn Raġel – This track for me is surely the stand out track of the whole album. Musically is so different to what we are used to hearing that automatically makes this song and intruinging one for the listener. The music is complimented perfectly by the lyrics which speak about betrayal and mystery and this is also translated into the general feel of the song. The mastery of all this is that in this track one could hear the typical Maltese sounds and as the song progresses you find yourself tapping and also singing along to its lyrics. After it finishes, you find yourself wondering how it finished so quickly and without even thinking you would want to listen to it again.

Fid-Dar Tan-Nanna – A track I first heard live on television and as soon as I heard it stopped dead in my tracks, listening to every single word. It pictures the old Maltese household to perfection, to every single detail. Those listening to it will surely be reminiscent of either the houses they lived in or else the houses of their parents or grandparents. The younger generations can only picture the typical Maltese house which by time has been replaced by small apartments. The music serves as a bridge that takes you back to the old days and then brings you back to shock you with what the current generations are faced with. The mix itself is sophisticated and done so delicately that without wanting the listener stays on reflecting on what is happening to our generation.

Illejla B’Xejn – This is possibly the most sensitive subject Corazon exploits on this album – the theme of prostitution and someone desperately yearning to be loved. The way she puts the words helps in making the song acceptable. There is a very fine line when dealing with these theme but Corazon has the class to know that she does not need to cross it to get her point across. Musically the song it compliments the lyrics and strings are used to give the song a very intimate feel and her velvety voice help create the desired effect of lust. The song itself won the best social theme in ‘L-Għanja Tal-Poplu’ and this goes on to show that you do not need to conform to the norm to get good results in festivals – if it is done properly one can challenge the norm and achieve great results, something which Corazon keeps doing. 

Final Verdict:

Narrowing down three tracks from eleven tracks on the album have surely been challenging and I would simply put it down to a matter of taste. Each track can stand alone and carries an even weight. I guess this album sends out a clear sign to all doubters of local music and the Maltese lanaguge that songs in our native tongue can sound great and have a contemporary feel to them. Some might argue that this review is a tad too positive but when something is good, you can really fault it in any way especially when Corazon has made sure that even the nitty gritty things critics would normally pick on have been taken care of and dealt with to perfection. A big well done to all the people involved in this album – it surely worth listening to and its songs will surely be ones that will be played on for generations to come.

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On Saturday 11th January 2014, various journalists, artists, and scholars will be attending a special launch, one of a debut album, entitled Hawn Jien by renowned vocalist, Corazon. The collection is set to feature a number of original tracks, all of which will be in Maltese, respecting the cultural diversity that the national language is known to offer. The title has been carefully selected to reflect upon the very first success of the artist, noting that Hawn Jien was the winning song at the 2007 edition of L-Għanja tal-Poplu.

It is worth noting that we do not have any information with regards to the playlist, thus adding to the mystery to see which tracks made the cut considering that success in that local music competition has come on a further two occasions; in 2009 with Tal-Aħħar and in 2010 with Mill-Għajnejn ta’ Tifla. Corazon is currently preparing for a third consecutive participation within the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, whilst also being the host of daily television programme; TVPM and recent commentator for the Public Broadcasting Services during the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, an international song competition which Malta won for the very first time in history, thanks to Gaia Cauchi and her entry The Start co-written with Matt Mercieca, Gillian Attard and Elton Zarb.

Back to Hawn Jien, the collection was created with the help of several people, including the extremely talented Manolito Galea at Lito's Place. The event on Saturday 11th January is being supported by the National Council of the Maltese Language as well as the Department of Maltese at the University of Malta, Marsovin, Nenu the Artisan Backer, Coca Cola, and Maypole. escflashmalta.com is looking forward to the release of this collection, one which will surely go down well, and be remembered in the confines of cultural history.

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Wayne Micallef, now styled as Wayne William, following in the footsteps of his brother, Richard Edwards, first emerged in the local music scene as a solo artist back in 2009 during the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, where he had been granted a finalists’ slot with the track Where You Belong, a co-write with Luke Ambrogio. The male vocalist, whose timbre is very much existent has gone on record stating that whilst he enjoys the thrill of the competition, he aims to get his music across all borders and such an event has always been a stepping stone for those who make use of it in a correct manner.

As often depicted, the life of an artist in Malta is seemingly unglamorous, due to the fact that there are no record labels supporting the artists, despite being extremely talented as seen with the success of Gaia Cauchi in the recent edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, where she was crowned as the winner. Wayne William, who has just recently got married to an American, has decided to give it a shot and compile the work that he has been creating in recent years in a studio album, one that the fans would appreciate and hopefully purchase through digital store, iTunes.

Album Title: The Parade

Released: 12th December (International)

Upon its release onto the digital music circuit, escflashmalta.com had the pleasure of obtaining a copy in order to conduct a proper review, and indeed, it was a delight to listen to the album in full, especially for the simple reason that it is very much laid back in terms of vocals, whilst incorporating a professional production and mix, worthy of international recognition. A debut album could never be easy to release, for the simple reason that you have to make sure that you are devoted to your fans, whilst still possibly giving a fresh edge, possibly winning over new listeners and appealing more to the masses.

Wayne William’s background is predominantly based on the Malta Eurovision Song Contest and his four entries as a solo artist, along with another two entries as part of the family trio, known as The Mics. In his debut studio album, Wayne has carefully co-written all of the tracks, and thus the selection had to be done in an extremely careful manner, in order to have the right balance in genre, taste and quality. On his official website, which he has also just launched, he has gone onto thank his sister and brother, Michelle Mifsud and Daniel Micallef for backing vocals and guitars respectively, James Bartolo for co-writing some of the songs and Tony Polidano on the bass.

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Tracks to look out for:

The Parade - Honestly, I can understand why Wayne selected this song as the title track, because it does clearly stand out on its own, in a different genre from the others because it is more uplifting. There is a sound, which was somewhat amplified better in the seventies and made a comeback in the nineties through the song Torn by singer/songwriter Natalie Imbruglia. This is also one of the tracks in which Wayne is almost making use of his full vocal capabilities, altering between head and chest voice relatively easily. I found this track to be particularly pleasing because it did change the vibe of the whole collection whilst still remaining true to the devotees.

Tonight – I was relatively sceptic in selecting this song, due to the fact that the piano is very much in similar vein to the last track which is being presented but nevertheless, the focus here is rather on the lyrics than the music because there is so much emotion, that one could hear it seeping in through the music. Wayne William is known to have an emotive character on stage and I can very much picture him performing this against a black backdrop, on a grand piano with tears falling down his face. I would have kept it even simpler but I cannot say that the drums and guitars were too much of a distraction.

Time - If an artist would like to win me over quickly is by using a grand piano, or at least, making sure that the sound is pretty similar and that is where, Wayne William has managed to strike a chord with me. The eleventh and final track on the album has already been presented to the public at the 2012 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, managing a trip to the final, where it was greatly underappreciated and finished in twelfth place with ten points, all from the professional jury. The vocal range is ideal, and the merge with the music and the slight addition of backing vocals make it a timeless classic, and one of Wayne’s career highlights.

Final Verdict:

In listening to this first studio effort, I kept an objective view on the music, the lyrics and their prowess combined and all in all, I must say, this is a brilliant first album and there is no way to go about it. In a way, having listened to the whole eleven tracks in full, I find myself a tad disappointed about the choice of the first single, Don’t Fade Away which in my opinion is just an album track, especially in comparison to at least, about five songs which I would have clearly selected as other singles. Still, I am very much picking on titbits in order to make sure that I do not create a perfect view of this record which I do recommend you buy, especially if you’re in the mood of some relaxing music.

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In 2012, Pure composed by Philip Vella to the lyrics of Gerard James Borg with vocals by Claudia Faniello finished as the first runner-up at the Malta Eurovision Song Contest. The track went onto top the iTunes chart in the country, ahead of the winning entry, This is the Night which represented Malta at the international showcase, succumbing to a disappointing final position. Since then, the public have reportedly kept on asking Claudia to perform the track and indeed, she did during Echoes, a street concert in support of Puttinu Cares.

The difference between the performance at the Malta Eurovision Song Contest and the street concert is that at the latter, she performed the track in an unplugged manner and therefore, had to adapt with a timpani and a guitar. The result was fantastic and the emotion flowing through the vocals of the female vocalist was felt throughout the audience. Claudia Faniello returned to the Malta Eurovision Song Contest earlier this year, with a track she co-wrote with Errol Sammut, one entitled When It's Time, finishing in second place and reaching number #2 on Malta's Top Ten with Nathan D on 89.7 Bay. Alongside her co-writer, she is working on her sophomore album, a follow-up to her debut Convincingly Better. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news.

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Dorothy Bezzina, a female vocalist who reached the finals of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest on four occasions, the most recent being earlier this year with the track Starting From the End composed by Magnus Kaxe to the lyrics of Gerard James. Despite the disappointing result, she accompanied her brother, Gianluca at the Eurovision Song Contest as a vocal coach as he saw the country finish in eighth place with the track Tomorrow co-written by Boris Cezek and Dean Muscat. During a recent marathon broadcasted on major local channels, Dorothy had the opportunity to perform the track Don't Know Why, originally sung by the outstanding Norah Jones.

Dorothy, a teacher by profession is also professional trained in musically theatre having had the opportunity to star in some of the leading musicals organised at the Manoel Theatre including Dr.Jekyll and Mr.Hyde, a Masquerade Production. Dorothy Bezzina is also hoping to represent Malta at the Eurovision Song Contest in the near future and the success of her brother will surely spur her onwards especially after achieving her best result last year with her entry Autobiography garnering support from the jury and the public to finish in eighth place. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news as soon as it becomes available.

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Jessika, one of the younger vocalists in the local music scene with ample experience achieved within the festival circuit, having been a contender at the Malta Eurovision Song Contest on four occasions, reaching the final round on two of such occasions. In recent months, she has taken up a lead role on the television series Il-Klikka which has sparked her popularity even further and saw her place at an even better position at this years' showcase. escflashmalta.com has been in touch with the vocalist turned actress about her current career endeavours in both music and film.

Jessika, one of the fast rising stars in the local music industry especially following your latest participation within the Malta Eurovision Song Contest where you presented the track Ultraviolet composed by Philip Vella and Thomas G:Son with lyrics provided by Gerard James Borg. This was the very first time that the trio has collaborated together on an original song and you were fronting their product, one which was very much appreciated by the public. What was your initial reaction when listening to the demo version of the song and do you have a clue to how the collaboration between such talented songwriters came about? 

I immediately fell in love and I think that’s quite important as it’s perceived by the audience when I’m performing it. Philip Vella and Gerard James Borg were always friends with Thomas G:Son but never had the chance to collaborate on something. This year they had the chance to do it and I was the lucky chosen one to perform the song Ultraviolet and I will always cherish the opportunity given as it was one of the greatest experiences so far.   

In 2008, Jessika formerly known as Jessica Muscat made it through to the Malta Song for Europe for the very first time and the blonde haired, green wearing lady took to the stage in a supposedly angry manner as she performed the track Tangled composed by Philip Vella to the lyrics of Gerard James Borg. On that occasion, it was not meant to be and you did not get through to the final but so did a hefty amount of established artists including former Eurovision Song Contest representative; Mary Spiteri amongst others. Looking back, how did you view the experience and what would you have done differently?

It was my very first experience in a contest of that calibre and I performed in an energetic manner rather than an angry one, if I can correct you. I was still in my first year at University and looking back I find I did a good job in performing and doing exams at the same time. Thus getting an A and many more good grades and conjunctionally giving a good performance. That year, the set up of the contest was a bit different because only 8 of the 16 made it to the final round. Still an experience to remember and I believe that I learned a lot and grew a lot as an artist from my first experience.

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At this years’ edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, Malta was represented by Gianluca with the track Tomorrow co-written by Dean Muscat and Boris Cezek. Following both the performance of the semi-final and the final, Malta returned to the top ten for the very first time in eight years. The general public had not sought to send Gianluca to represent the nation at the international spectacle, opting to send Kevin Borg and his entry Needing You co-written with Thomas Thörnholm, Michael Clauss, Dan Attlerud and Simon Gribbe. What is your opinion on jury and public voting and do you agree with the current system?

I actually like the current system as it gives chance of expression from both the jury and the public voting. I always believe that a song and it’s singer should be judged by a team of experienced people in the music industry as they should know what is in, at the moment and other technicalities, on the other hand, I also believe that the public should have a say because at the end of the day it’s the same public who is buying and listening to the song and artist itself. 

During this years’ edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, you were accompanied by a number of people on the main stage including Sean Vella on piano, as well as three female backing vocalists; Tezara Camilleri, Annabelle Debono and Yazmin Halledie. All the three have tremendous amount of experience in the industry especially Annabelle who accompanied Morena at the Eurovision Song Contest in 2008, your debut year. Many people think that the choices of the backroom team might be somewhat random but clearly, everything is selected accordingly. How was the onstage team selected and do you see them take to the stage on their own?

I always choose my team really carefully and I do it together with my author and composer, this year I was very lucky and happy with my on stage team. It’s not only that I appreciate their vocal abilities but also their personality. There was never a dull moment this year and I believe it showed that we were enjoying our performances every time we were on stage. And yes I do see them all take to the stage on their own as I believe in them, their voices and personalities... why would I have chosen them huh?!!

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Apart from singing, the general public have now got used to seeing you on the television screens as you act out a leading role in the television series Il-Klikka created by V Squared Productions. We had the opportunity to introduce the series through escflashmalta.com in the beginning of the autumn/winter schedule and describe ourselves as true and avid followers. Your character is an aspiring performer who becomes part of a girl band, one which is set to take the nation by storm, hopefully also succeed abroad. Truthfully, how much do you relate to the actual storyline and on another note, would you actually be interested to become part of a girl band or would you rather be a solo performer?

I’m really enjoying the experience with Il-Klikka as I’m meeting many beautiful and talented people and it’s always great to have the publics’ support as it takes a lot of hard work and time from all the actors and the production team to have a television series to the liking of the audience. I sometimes see resemblance in my character and that of Audrey (played in the series) as I’m always aspiring to hit it big time as a singer. However in some other areas I find that I’m much more spontaneous and talkative rather than the silent and timid Audrey whom I believe I was a bit alike before I became a Spanish teacher... being a teacher makes you talk a lot to explain for the benefit of the students’ themselves. Since I began my singing career at the tender age of 6 years old, I always sang solo only on occasions I sang duets which I enjoyed as well. In life I’ve learned to never say never because no one knows what the future might hold. 

In just a year, you became a lead actress in a television series, a notable performer in the eyes of the public and the brand new recipient of a stage name, something that the local music industry seems to be adopting at a rather astonishing pace. Amongst the most notable stage names in Malta at the moment, there are surely the ones of Kaya (Priscilla Psaila) and Minik (Dominic Cini). You went from Jessica to Jessika and this is something that has also been very much respected by the public. How did you manage to have such a smooth transition in promoting yourself and do you think it was the right time to carry out this process?

I actually think that the new stage name isn’t that different from the real one and that is why I believe the transition was a good one. I also believe it happened at the right time, as together with my producer Paul Powell we were releasing the new single Golden ways not only in Malta but internationally and Muscat sometimes isn’t easily pronounced abroad.

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Davinia, second runner-up at this years’ edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest with the track Betrayed composed by Elton Zarb and penned by Matt Mercieca has already confirmed through the programme, TVPM that she will be submitting an entry into next years’ edition of the competition and therefore, you can imagine where this question is leading. With the support of the public, having garnered their fourth preference, are you interested in returning to next years’ edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest and if so, will you be working with the same mixture of local and foreign songwriters who helped you achieve your best result thus far?

I believe the Malta Eurovision Song Contest is one of the greatest platforms and in these last three years it always improved in all areas and I always liked the experiences I’ve had so far, therefore I might consider to take part again, however I have to make sure I’m competing with a good song as it’s my dream to represent Malta in the Eurovision Contest. I’m always up to working with authors and composers with a good product and I also collaborate therefore I’m hoping to have a good song to return again.

Would you like to say to the readers of escflashmalta.com?

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the readers that continuously show their support to the Maltese talent. It’s incredible that in this tiny island we’re blessed with so many talents. I believe that through your continuous support, artists like me can reach their dreams as it’s always awesome to have people appreciate what you’re doing.

Source: Official Facebook Page, Emil Calleja Bayliss (Image)

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In the next couple of weeks, more interviews will be appearing during the week as the editorial team at escflashmalta.com has been in touch with the committee of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza securing a talk with all of the twenty-finalists in the established category. Nevertheless, as those plans commence, the original summer series of interviews continues today with none other than Amber, a three time finalist at the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, a backing vocalist for Malta at the Pan-European competition as well as a guest performer with a number of artists, she is one of the fastest rising stars in the local music scene.

At just eighteen years of age, you reached the finals of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest for the very first time with the track Catch 22 composed by Ray Agius to the lyrics of Godwin Sant. Whilst the final result was somewhat dull in comparison to the whole experience, you managed to pick up a signifant tele-vote, faring higher than a number of established performers including; Wayne Micallef, Claudia Faniello and Ally amongst others.  Ultimately, what did it mean to you to succeed in making it through to the final, and when there, how did it feel to be appreciated by the public?

It was a surprise to find myself competing with 2 songs during the malta eurovision considering the fact that this was my first appearance as a eurovsion participant. Making it through to the final was a big achievement for me as I was a new comer to the eurovision at that time. I felt honoured that people had believed in me and in my song.

You have already participated in the Malta Eurovision Song Contest on three occasions, achieving your best result to date in 2012 when the track Answers With Your Eyes composed by Ray Agius and penned by Godwin Sant finished in third place with only points achieved by the mixture of local and foreign juries. You were not far off in 2013 as the song In Control composed by Paul Giodimaina with lyrics by Fleur Balzan finished in fourth place. The genres of both entries were remarkably different from each other yet you performed them with relative ease. Which one of the two do you cite as your favourite and why?

I believe that I cannot compare these 2 entries as they were perferomed in different times during my life and apart from the different genres they also have a different message. Answer with your eyes is all about passion, love and betrayal whilst in control is all about being dominant and independent.As a performer I always study each and every song intensly and try to deliver the message behind the song. Therefore I do not believe that I have any preferences. However I enjoyed performing both songs to the full.

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On more than one occasion, you have been the subject of severe criticism, kicking off with the appointment of backing vocalist to This Is The Night performed by Kurt Calleja at the Eurovision Song Contest in 2012 to the release of an article published the official website of the Pan-European competition saying that you were supposedly the winner of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest with the track In Control. It is important to denote that you handles both events in the best possible manner, giving the public a response which was honest and clear but nevertheless, from your own personal perspective, have such issues made you a stronger individual?

I believe that I can learn from each and every experience whether it is a good or a bad experience.  The general public has a right for the truth.  However it might not always be easy when giving an explanation as unfortunately there will still be a minority to prefer to interpret the situation in their own way. Luckily such situations have thought me that “what doesn't kill you makes you stronger”. As a performer I have learnt that these are difficult and challenging situations that I have to come across during my career, from which I always learn and look ahead.

In 2012, following your participation as a backing vocalist during the Eurovision Song Contest, you returned to another astonishing opportunity, and that was to perform with Joseph Calleja, an internationally renowned opera singer whose affiliation to the international showcase was introducing the country during the postcard preceding Glen Vella’s performance of One Life back in 2011. During the summer concert which also featured Ronan Keating and Lucio Dalla, you had the opportunity to sing the song A Thousand Years originally by Christina Perri. Why was that specific track selected and would you have done anything differently or do you believe the setup was just right?

Perfroimng with Joseph Calleja was simply perfect and I would definately leave the same set up if I had to to it all over again. It was a dream come true and I still cannot believe that I was given the opportunity to perform with such a prominant and humble artist. We had chosen the song a thousand years together after we had short listed our options. We had finalised our decision to this song as it had quite a powerful message behind it and it suited both our voices.

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In 2010, you entered the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza for the very first time, making it through to the second phase with no less than two songs, out of which one was selected to get through to the final, that entitled Trid Taprezza composed by Ray Agius and penned by Alfred C Sant. This was your second major local festival having also participated in the Malta Hit Song Contest earlier that year with the track Take It Easy written by the same team of songwriters, finishing in fourth place. Nevertheless you managed to improve this time round coming out as a winner after a tight competition, finishing just ahead of Gloriana Arpa Belli. What does the year 2010 stand for in your mind and what is your perception on local competitions?

2010 was a total turning point in my career.  Both festivals have not only given me a boost but they have also given my name a recognition and also gave me a clear picture of what i wanted to establish in my career. Our islands inhibt people with talent. I believe that professional local competition will show case various talents and  not only provide the artists with exposure but also with experience.

escflashmalta.com had the pleasure of being the first to publish the video to the track So Good written and performed by Matt Mercieca (Muxu) but nevertheless, you feature heavily in various parts, predominantly within the chorus. The track, a mixture of pop and r’n’b is somewhat well suited to your vocals as attributed by general comments of readers of our portal as well as comments on viral website, YouTube. What could you tell us about the collaboration and would you consider working together once more, maybe even for the Eurovision Song Contest, following his success with Davinia and her track Betrayed earlier this year?

Working with Muxu is always a fun and remarkable experience. He is a very talented artist with fresh and unique ideas.When working with Muxu I can give my own interpretation to the song and he even considers my own ideas. 

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During last years’ edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, your third place result was attributed thanks to the support of juries, as the public failed to award you any points unfortunately. We have recently spoken in favour of the professional jury panel for selecting Tomorrow co-written by Boris Cezek and Dean Muscat with vocals by Gianluca to represent Malta at the Eurovision Song Contest, having obtained the nations’ best result since 2005. Do you believe that the public are still entitled to have a say in the final result or do you think that the jury should make the decision?

Although during my last year's participation I did not receive any public votes I still fully agree that the general public together with the jury deserve a say in the final result. After all the winner will be representing the country and its citizens. 

Would you like to say anything to our readers at escflashmalta.com

I would like to thank the readers for their constant support throughout my career.

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In recent years, during the course of the summer months, the focus of the editorial board at escflashmalta.com switches completely to the local music scene and this year won't be any different. A decision was taken up a couple of days back to host weekly interviews with a number of artists who make up the local music scene and kicking off the feature will be none other than Corazon. It is worth noting that the female performer is a three time winner of L-Għanja tal-Poplu, a two time finalist in the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, and host of the daily television programme TVPM alongside Peter Carbonaro.

 

In recent years, your profile has risen following two successive appearances at the Malta Eurovision Song Contest with the ballads Mystifying Eyes and My Stranger Love, both composed by Paul Giordimaina and penned by Fleur Balzan. Apart from being talented, there is always an amount of luck attached to getting through to the final phases of such a competition. Will you be putting your name forward in the eventuality of such a selection process in 2014 or will you be taking a break and focusing on other specific projects?

I agree that the Malta Eurovision Song Contest is a very important platform for artists in Malta, because of the popularity it enjoys and also because of the professional way it is put up. At the moment I am evaluating the best way to present myself next year.  

A host of artists from the local music scene including yourself have successfully represented Malta in international competitions finishing within the top three and this is definitely positive for an industry which lacks the necessary means to compete with the ones abroad. One of your last triumphs abroad was surely in Tenerife, Spain where you had performed the song Come Fly With Me composed by Renato Briffa and penned by Alfred E Baldacchino. How does such an experience shape your professional attitude and what is your take on the talent that makes up the local music scene?

Performing abroad has allowed me to break out of my microcosm and realise how much talent and commitment there is out there. I really admire artists who are committed to becoming better, and more complete singers/musicians/songwriters from the inside. This requires a lot of self-motivation, stamina and hard-headedness as it’s very easy to get discouraged and demotivated.  The music market in Malta unfortunately encourages a laissez-faire attitude and many artists are caught in the trap of ‘playing what people want’ which closes them in a suffocating and delusional cycle. I’d like to think that I can manage to make people ‘like what I play’ which is an inverse measure. I really admire Maltese artists who have managed to break the cycle and succeed in it. I realise that this can be a slower path towards feeling appreciated artistically, but it is definitely more challenging and rewarding. 

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Looking for You, your first single away from the world of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest was aimed at reaching the masses who listen to the radio and indeed, it was air played by 89.7 Bay which is considered to be a hallmark in the career of any local artist. What is even more intriguing is that you were the one who wrote the song with the production and the mixing done by Boris Cezek and Dean Muscat. Tell us, what inspired you to write this song in particular and would you consider working on something similar for the festival bridging the gap between the festival and radio?

Speaking of breaking boundaries. I think that Boris and Dean have managed to do this with Gianluca’s song this year and we all know that the formula worked! ‘Looking for You’ definitely worked as a radio single and with hindsight I think it would have also worked for Eurovision. It’s catchy and meaningful at the same time and Boris and Dean helped me find the correct balance between those two elements. I’ll take your question as a suggestion and think about it, it’s definitely an option to consider!

Maltese, a beautiful language which I personally have had the pleasure of studying, under the tutelage of some of the more formidable lecturers in the country. Your affinity with the language has been noted on more than one occasion, with years of participations in L-Ghanja tal-Poplu including earlier this year with the track it-Tweġiba which translates into ‘The Answer’. You have won the event, not once or twice but thrice, the last victory coming in 2011 with the track Mill-Ghajnejn ta’ Tifla which translates into From the Eyes of a Daughter. What is your opinion about the Maltese language and why do you return to L-Ghanja tal-Poplu time and time again?

The ease with which I express myself in Maltese explains why it is my preferred language to write songs in. Of course it is also the language with which I expressed my most important feelings throughout my life. As a baby I’d call out to my parents in Maltese, and I’ve said my first ‘Inħobbok’ in Maltese. Incidentally my mother used to be a Maltese teacher so she exposed me to so much Maltese literature at home and painstakingly corrected every minute spelling mistake in my writing and that’s where I get an annoying, meticulous streak in speaking and writing Maltese properly. The ‘Ghanja tal-Poplu’ was the first time I exposed my songwriting in public and found an immense sense of encouragement and enthusiasm in those who heard my lyrics and my songs. This is why the festival means a lot to me and I keep taking part because I am attached to it and the atmosphere that surrounds the festival.  

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Staying on the topic of language, your cultural and ethical background has very much been reflected in the tracks you have presented in Maltese across the years and therefore people have grown to expect you to perform subjects which evoke a certain type of aura. At this present moment, you are working on an album of brand new and original songs in Maltese; one which you performed on the television show, TVPM entitled Id-Dar tan-Nanna. The track was met with positive acclaim on social networking outlets but what is to be expected of the whole album and when will it be released to the local music market?

That’s right – you are so correct in judging what the public is expecting out of me. I am sure the end result will not be disappointing in that regard. The album is studded with new tracks dealing with different aspects of Maltese life and society. The lyrics are interesting, intricate and moving but at the same time easy to understand, because they speak of a reality we all know and have been exposed to. I hope that the album will set new standards in Maltese music and that it can pass on the message that Maltese music has not stopped at ‘The Tramps’ and ‘New Cuorey’. Although I have a great admiration for our musical legacy, I believe that it must be adjourned and new artists need to keep writing valid and lasting Maltese music.

The album may surprise quite a few ears as regards the way the tracks are arranged. The piano is an important feature, but it is definitely not the only feature. At the studio with engineer Manolito Galea, we have experimented with many different kinds of piano sounds, in order to create a distinct character for every track but the piano is only the base of more complete arrangements, so beautifully put together by Dominic Galea, a master in adapting music to words in Maltese. I have not set a target date for myself as I’ve already invested so much in it that I’d like to keep refining things until I am convinced that it is the best it can be, even visually. The advantage I have in this regard is that the tracks are undated and don’t come with an expiry date. However, I am imagining that we can close things off in a couple of months and, without promise, will probably be launching the album around October. 

Corazon, a vocalist who started participating in notable singing competitions at the tender age of eighteen to a known figure in the entertainment industry having had the opportunity to host L-Ghanja tal-Poplu last year as well a personality on the daily television show TVPM which you also host alongside Peter Carbonaro who is the Music Manager for the Artist who would be representing Malta at the Eurovision Song Contest. How do you manage to level between the two roles and would you give up singing completely if a major hosting opportunity comes along?

The risk here would be that of falling into a comfort zone and never excelling at any one of the two disciplines or alternatively that of allowing one career to overshadow the other completely. This dual personality of mine is still setting in everyone’s minds including mine and I am very conscious of the traps I can allow myself to fall into.  I cannot say it was easy this year to juggle two very demanding careers. How have I managed? I practically work around the clock and depend a lot on the enormous amount of support from those around me. If a great opportunity in hosting comes along, I would be more than ready to sideline my singing career for a while and this also applies vice versa. But definitely not ready to give up singing completely, or at least music in a broader sense as the latter means more to me than simply being a singer.

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For the very first time since 2005, Malta not only managed to qualify from the semi-final of the Eurovision Song Contest but also managed to reach a top ten position thanks to Gianluca and his entry Tomorrow co-written by Boris Cezek and Dean Muscat. The issue at hand is that the choice of the act was mainly based through a local and international panel of judges which made their decision relatively clear, defying the public of Kevin Borg and his song Needing You which he co-wrote with Thomas Thörnholm, Dan Attlerud, Michael Clauss and Simon Gribbe. Looking at things from an outside perspective, what is your opinion?

If you are asking me whether we’d have done better with Kevin Borg, I really don’t know and no one will ever know. What if the public had to vote again now, with hindsight of the final result? 

Would you like to say anything to our readers at escflashmalta.com

Thank you so much for supporting local music and I promise you’ll be the first to know as soon as my new album is ready. I’m looking forward to sharing this exciting project with you!

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TV Hemm, the daily television show produced by Where's Everybody is set to unveil the latest music video by Fabrizio Faniello. The renowned male artist has collaborated with Posse Jones on a song bearing the name The Sound of Life is Pop which will be used as a theme song for a television show in Germany. The revelation will be made on Friday, 21st June 2013 on Television Malta, the national broadcaster but nevertheless, the video will then be made available on YouTube and other Social Networks.

Fabrizio Faniello garnered considerable fame when he represented Malta in the 2001 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest with the track Another Summer Night composed by Paul Abela to the lyrics of Georgina Abela finishing in ninth place and achieving maximum marks from the host country, Denmark. In 2006, he won the ticket to represent the country for a second time with the track I Do which he co-wrote with Aldo Spiteri but was rather unsuccessful. In recent years, Fabrizio spoke of his desire to return to the Pan-European event and has participated in the 2011 and 2012 editions of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest finishing in fourth and sixth place respectively. escflashmalta.com had the pleasure to carry his latest official video for the track The Hardest Thing originally performed by Tose Proeski and co-written by Gary Barlow, lead singer of Take That and current British X Factor judge. Stay tuned for all of the latest news.

Source: CAP Sounds

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