14 December 2017

Broken Unprepared” is an intriguing title for a debut single, and no one at this portal would have expected any different from Crosswalk, who first emerged onto the scene with their promotional track, “So Simple” at the Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2017. Written by Boris Cezek, the song has an interesting flair to it, almost out of a musical, to be more direct, “Rent”.

Despite having formed back in 1999, as a band between two friends, Steve Camilleri Bowman and guitarist Kenny D’Ugo, 2017 seems to be a year of firsts, adding vocalists Janice DeBattista to the line-up as well as songwriter and producer Boris Cezek. In support of the release, the band have also issued a lyric video, created by Duane Laus, the same mastermind behind lyric videos of Firelight, Gianluca Bezzina, Avenue Sky, and Janice Mangion amongst others. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news.

Source: Crosswalk

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"I am not making any plans ... definitely not in 2016" are the words echoed by Gianluca Bezzina, in an exclusive statement to escflashmalta.com, the singing doctor whose meteoric rise to fame in the local music industry was a direct result of his participation in the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest with 'Tomorrow', an original song co-written by Boris Cezek and Dean Muscat.

Gianluca Bezzina, also the lead vocalist of Funk Initiative, whose debut album 'The Cartogrophers' landed in 2015 tried his luck at representing Malta for a second consecutive time earlier this year, when he joined his siblings in a super-group under the name, L-Aħwa. Their entry, 'Beautiful to Me', written by Erik Anjou did not set the scoreboard on fire, mustering up 10 points, to finish in 12th place. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about Malta's participation in the Eurovision Song Contest 2016.

Source: escflashmalta.com, Gianluca Bezzina (Facebook, Twitter)

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Dean Muscat, an accomplished male songwriter who co-wrote "Tomorrow", sung by Gianluca Bezzina during the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest, has recently turned his attention to becoming a lead vocalist, issuing his debut single, "Twentysomething". A guitar led ballad, with hints of wind chimes and a harmonica, there is a certain aura which quickly reminds the listener of a Ben Howard album track, one which stands out from the rest.

"Twentysomething", written and recorded by Dean Muscat at home, was then professionally mixed and mastered by Robin Ball and Ivan Jackman. Since being uploaded onto YouTube, it has amassed well over a 1,000 views, as well as a string of positive comments. Dabbling into the art of performance, Dean Muscat is hoping to spread around a positive message, one which brings out emotion. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about the local music scene.

Source: Dean Muscat (Official Facebook Page)

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Sunday, 26 October 2014 10:13

MESC 2015: In-Depth Interview with Lyndsay

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, we are pleased to introduce Lyndsay.

Would you kindly introduce your entry to our readers and also identify the meaning behind the lyrics?

Hello dear readers :D my song is entitled “Home”, written and produced by Boris Cezek. It’s a power ballad which talks about the journey of finding a place where you belong and being loved endlessly. 

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?

This experience is undoubtedly a turning point in my music career and such a golden opportunity to express my talents on a wider scale, being the most popular local festival in Malta. It’s my first time in the festival and I’m very excited to be opening the show on the night!

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?

Well, I think there are many reasons for this success. First and foremost, I’m very happy that we are finally learning to give a chance to the new comers and appreciate real music. I also think that there has been so much improvement in general and I believe that it’s completely fair for the jury to cast their final votes, choosing the winner based on a wise decision. 

I think that my Eurovision entry is strong enough to stand out and I believe that I have a professional team behind me to give my very best on the night. I also think that the song brings out the potential in my voice and it suits me perfectly as an artist. It would be such an honour to represent my country in the contest and I feel ready to carry out the responsibility!

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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?

Hmmm…well there are my favourites of course but I still wouldn’t sing another song from the competing entries as I feel that my entry is too special and made especially for me on a personal note. 

Do you have any plans to release more music in the future, and do you have any particular projects in the pipeline?

Yes :D my music career is like a roller coaster ride from one opportunity to another and I just love it! In fact, I’m working on a very exciting project at the moment were I have been handpicked to work on a debut album collaborating with professional management to be exposed towards international labels and markets in the music industry for the upcoming year. Fingers crossed!

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

I would like to thank everyone for the ongoing support and feedback towards my song and participation in the festival. It has been such a fun journey so far and I just can’t wait for the final night. May the best song win!

In the meantime, make sure to keep an eye posted for any upcoming projects, single releases and latest news on my official website: www.lyndsaypace.com 

Also :D keep up the great work escflashmalta.com and thank you for always supporting the local artists!

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"Picture" co-written by Boris Cezek and Dean Muscat, is the latest single by male vocalist Gianluca, whom many will recall as to having represented Malta in the 2013 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest with the track "Tomorrow". It marks the fourth release off his debut album "Waiting for Tomorrow" released by Albam Records, an imprint of Sony ATV United Kingdom.

Gianluca was a surprise winner of the 2013 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, fending off strong competition from favourite Kevin Borg, whose reputation in Sweden had been solidified following his victory in the reality show "Idol" a couple of years back. The promotion of the single is being supported by a music video, one shot by MCAST students with Fabrizio Fenech acting as Director and Michael Grech being the producer. 

The storyline of the music video, which you may watch below, is relatively easy to follow and as a result of the new single, we hope that you purchase a copy of Gianluca's debut album "Waiting for Tomorrow", a true gem. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news.

Source: Official Facebook Page

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Lyndsay, a female singer/songwriter whose discography stretches round about seven years, managed to release her biggest hit to date twelve months ago. "Daphne" led to a Best Solo Artist and Best Song Nomination at the Malta Music Awards, missing out to Ira Losco in both. The past year, she has not been waiting for the next opportunity to come along, gigging in leading pubs, clubs and restaurants whilst working on a brand new single, a collaboration with Lulu Agius.

"Letter 25", the name chosen for the single, is co-written by Lulu Agius, Lyndsay and Boris Cezek, the latter of "Tomorrow" fame. The track will be officially launched with an accompanying music video on the 9th July during an event set to take place at The Villa in Balluta Bay, Sliema. The event will also include the very first LIVE performance of the song, in acoustic fashion, as has become traditional with the female singer/songwriter as of late. Listening to this single for the first time a couple of weeks ago, it is to be said that it holds a remarkable sound, one which Lyndsay should evolve on. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even on Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about the local music scene.

Source: Lyndsay Pace (Website, Facebook)

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Light Me Up, co-written by Boris Cezek and Dean Muscat with vocals by Gianluca, Malta's representative in the 2013 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, is making strides in the local music industry having managed to peak at number #2 on Malta's Top Ten with Nathan D which airs weekly on 89.7 Bay. Upon returning from the Eurovision Song Contest, Gianluca had released his debut studio album Waiting for Tomorrow which managed to reach the top ten albums chart on iTunes.

Earlier this year, Gianluca was given the opportunity to co-host the Malta Eurovision Song Contest with Moira Delia and Ira Losco, the latter also being a former representative, having represented the country at the 2002 edition with the song 7th Wonder written by Gerard James Borg, co-writer of the Russian entry, Shine. The fan media see him as the ideal candidate to host the Junior Eurovision Song Contest come November. The male and female vocalists performed a series of duets, the most notable one being of Let Her Go by Passenger. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all the latest news.

Source: 89.7 Bay

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Monday, 27 January 2014 19:24

MESC 2014: Reviewing the track 'Take Me'

In 2014, the Public Broadcasting Services, responsible for Malta’s participation in the Eurovision Song Contest decided to conduct a national final with just twenty (20) entries, rather than the typical twenty-four (24) which many had become accustomed to in recent years. Promotion is always vital, and escflashmalta.com has sent each entry to a professional panel of individuals in the music industry, who have in turn passed on their comments. This year, we have asked the likes of John Scott from the United States, Martin Isherwood from the United Kingdom, Sharon Vaughn from the United States but based in Sweden, Stano Simor from the Czech Republic and Greig Watts from the United Kingdom to do the honours. Today’s review is centred on Take Me which was written by Boris Cezek with vocals provided by Pamela.

Pamela, a female vocalist who witnessed the move of venues between the Mediterranean Conference Centre and the Malta Fairs and Conventions Centre throughout her previous seven (7) participations with tracks including none other than Play On (2005), Reachin’ Out (2006), All About a Life (2007), Whispers (2008), Loved By You (2008), Before You Walk Away (2009) and Hold On (2010). Despite being away from the competition in the past four years, Pamela has still been involved either as a backing vocalist during the selection process or at the Eurovision Song Contest, having joined Thea Garrett and Glen Vella with their respective entries My Dream and One Life in 2010 and 2011. At this point in time, Pamela has been working exclusively with Paul Giordimaina and Fleur Balzan, releasing a collection of songs entitled Whispers back in 2008 for public consumption.

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Boris Cezek, responsible for writing both the music and the lyrics of Take Me will be making his solo song-writing debut when it comes to the Malta Eurovision Song Contest. At last years’ competition, Boris in collaboration with Dean Muscat was responsible for three (3) entries in total, those being; Perfect Day, Us Against the World and eventual winner, Tomorrow. The latter succeeded on an international level, garnering eighth place at the Eurovision Song Contest and also breaking through the music charts in Germany, The Netherlands, Ireland and the United Kingdom. One has to keep in mind that prior to 2013, Boris Cezek had never written any songs for the international competition, working with the likes of Kristina Casolani and Miriam Christine on their music releases, intended for radio.

The Critics Speak Out

Rating: 78%

John Scott: Very nice voice. The song builds musically really well. It has a big anthem feel to it. My only negative is I would like to have heard a vocal bridge instead of the “la la la” part.

Martin Isherwood: Nice husky folky voice. Not sure what's it’s about: 'take me to that sycamore tree …. before we say our goodbyes'? The lyric is probably too personal to be universally understood. Great melody. Quite Cher like in some ways. Nice production. Nice middle folky section.

Sharon Vaughn: Love her voice, it fits this nice Celtic vibe and she manages to not over sing in spite of this slightly over worked track.

Stano Simor: This song could be used as the soundtrack for Disney fairytale. The song is very well written, both music and lyrics and one could denote the bridge as impressive and contagious. Pamela has an incredibly nice colour of voice, especially when singing low tones.

Greig Watts: Another ballad with a kind of Celtic feel that can appeal to the Irish! I like it again, slightly less traditional than Love will Take Me Home, but has a similar feeling. Nice and simple again and I can remember it. Also has a good extra hook with the la la la part, I like it, definitely in my top 5.

Source: Public Broadcasting Services, escflashmalta.com

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In music, a year is very much a reflection of historical evidence and when it comes to 2013, Malta will very much remember the remarkable success that it achieved on both a local and an international field. As the public prepares to drink champagne and sing the tune of Auld Lang Syne along with Happy New Year, originally released by Abba, we aim to have a look at the most memorable moments of the year in this editorial. As a matter of fact, we have been through the major news items for both the general Eurovision Song Contest as well as the local music scene and one could easily denote the progress that has been made on both a national and a foreign level of vocal talent and songs in general.

January; a relatively quiet month in the local music scene with the Public Broadcasting Services busy prepping for the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, which was set to take place during the first weekend of February. Nevertheless, escflashmalta.com for the third year running managed to exclusively reveal the names of the hosts of the selection; Gordon Bonello, Rodney Gauci and Elaine Saliba. In the local music market, Corazon and Lynday both unveiled new singles; Save Your Smile and Daphne but the focus was definitely on the foreign music market with no less than three countries revealing the names of the artists who would represent them at the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest including; France (Amandine Bourgeois), Armenia (Gor Suyjan) and Denmark (Emmelie de Forest).

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February; The month of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest was upon us, and following a somewhat technically disappointing semi-final, the Public Broadcasting Services upped the ante for the final night, which saw to the success of Gianluca Bezzina and his entry Tomorrow co-written by Boris Cezek and Dean Muscat. It managed to beat the favourite, Needing You sung by Kevin Borg and co-written with Danne Attlerud, Michael Clauss, Simon Gribbe and Thomas Thornholm. Following the evening, escflashmalta.com held their annual awards, seeing to the success of Klinsmann, Chris Grech and the aforementioned Kevin Borg, with NET Television being the place where they were given. In the meantime, both Cyprus and Slovenia made use of internal selections in revealing Despina Olympiou and Hannah Mancini as their representatives.

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March; In a relatively surprise announcement, L-Għanja tal-Poplu announced that they had received almost forty (40) submissions for the local competition, amongst them from the likes of Romina Mamo and Rita Pace. Keeping in line with the local music scene, Ira Losco followed up the release of her single What I’d Give with a brand new album entitled The Fire which has been denoted by critics as the most notable release in the local music industry. During the same period, on an internal level, stars Marco Mengoni and Cascada were chosen to represent Italy and Germany respectively, or rather confirmed their entries in entirety at this point. Gianluca’s promotional campaign as he represents Malta in the Eurovision Song Contest had officially commenced with the first ever lyric video.

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April; At this month dawned, most of the country had made their respective selection for the international competition and thus focus quickly turned on on the outlook of the local music scene as Karen DeBattista managed to beat Marie Claire Attard Bason to become the first finalist of the 2013 Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza, through the Passport 2 Indifest challenge on Sas-Sitta. It was later on revealed that she would be performing the song Riflessi composed by Mark Scicluna to the lyrics of Emil Calleja Bayliss. In the meantime, L-Għanja tal-Poplu took place with Cherise Attard finishing in first place with the track Hawn Siġġu Nieqes composed by Mark Spiteri Lucas to the lyrics of Paul Ellul. At this point, Ira Losco continued her radio and digital success, aided by her first concert in quite some time. 

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The month of May, and thus the Eurovision Song Contest had quickly arrived and several readers of escflashmalta.com had their eyes on Gianluca Bezzina whose Tomorrow was a proven hit and indeed succeeded in not only reaching the final, but finishing in eighth place, the nations’ best result in seven (7)  years. The big winner was Emmelie de Forest from Denmark whose song Only Teardrops enchanted both the jury and the public at home. escflashmalta.com kept their annual coverage with guest commentators including Simon Casey, Davinia, Claudia Faniello, Brooke, Lauren White, Magnus Kaxe and Christabelle. Thousands of people viewed the respective reports and with the aid of the team of Radio International and Eurovision Ireland, the competition was analysed and covered in the most profound and detailed way possible. 

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Summer could not kick off on a more positive note with the release of On The Dancefloor by Jan Cortez, setting the tone of the season and earning airplay on 89.7 Bay. As always, the preparations for the Joseph Calleja concert were being held at this point in time, as the line-up was revealed to include Rebecca Ferguson, Zucchero and Gianluca Bezzina, fresh off his success. In the meantime, on a positive note, it was announced by the Culture Department that local artists will get the chance to perform at the Isle of MTV with Kristina Casolani and Gianluca Bezzina both booking their spots at the event. No clarification was given over the choice especially with the top tier of artists; Jon Lukas, Davinia, The Crowns releasing brand new material.

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As the temperatures were getting warmer, NET Television decided to publish the list of the names who had got through the final of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza, and also shot music videos, in an attempt to continue the fine tradition, which started with the Malta Eurovision Song Contest. Maltese, as a national language had definitely it’s most intriguing month due to the fact that apart from the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza, it was revealed that the International Festival of Maltese Song was set for a comeback, and no sooner than in November. Some of the most prominent names in the industry put their first foot forward and the line-up was miles better than that presented at the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza with the likes of Miriam Christine, Janvil, Fiona Cauchi, Roger Tirazona and Olivia Lewis who was making her comeback as well.

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August, known to be the last official month of summer saw to the release of Fed Up by Maxine Pace, who would later on be given a prominent role in the Maltese delegation during the surprise return of the country at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. Joseph Calleja gives his annual concert with only a handful of performances garnering a standing ovation, one of them being of the song Xemx which he performed in a duet with Gianluca Bezzina. Glen Vella, representative of Malta in the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest released a statement where he acknowledged that Finally by Richard Edwards should have represented the country, and most likely achieved a much better result. By the end of the month, the International Festival of Maltese Song had a logo and Red Electrick had a brand new single, The Runaway which would top the local music charts for several weeks.

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Double the amount of entries received for L-Għanja tal-Poplu were received by the International Festival of Maltese Song, and whilst this number was encouraging, there was still a sheer amount of disappointment with many sceptic over the quality of the competition. Joseph Calleja was recognised as the world renowned tenor he has become by receiving a nomination at the Class Brit Awards. The Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza took place with Fabrizio Faniello sweeping the top prize with the track Aħfirli Jekk Trid composed by Minik to the lyrics of Rita Pace. The surprise of many came when during the evening news bulletin, on the 25th September 2013, Malta had internally selected Gaia Cauchi to do the honours and represent the country at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest.

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The 2014 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest might be months away, but the preparations from artists, songwriters and producers had commenced and a flurry made use of escflashmalta.com to reveal their intentions including; Tiziana Calleja, Gloriana Arpa Belli, Eleanor Cassar, Richard Edwards, Klinsmann, Melanie Zammit, Kaya, Janvil, Claudia Faniello, Danica Muscat, Fabrizio Faniello, Neville Refalo and Josef Tabone amongst others. Olivia Lewis gave an interview to a Radju Kottoner, stating she was planning to release a debut album in Maltese in the very near future, one which include all her hits along with brand new and original songs. The Public Broadcasting Services accepted entries for the Malta Eurovision Song Contest with several submissions, eventually totalling to a record breaking  210, the largest amount since the national broadcaster took over the selection process in totality.

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November, the month in which there were three major events; kicking off with the International Festival of Maltese Song which was not only the return of Olivia Lewis, but also her success with the song Hawn Mill-Ġdid composed by Paul Abela to the lyrics of Joe Julian Farrugia. In second place was Mark Tonna and his track Poeta Bla Kliem composed by Mark Scicluna with lyrics by Emil Calleja Bayliss and in third place, Dario and Grecia Bezzina with the song Solitaire composed by Dario Bezzina to the lyrics of Rita Pace. Malta’s return to the Junior Eurovision Song Contest proved successful, as The Start co-written by Matt Mercieca, Elton Zarb, Gillian Attard and Gaia Cauchi emerged as the clear favourite in the week leading up to the competition, and then finishing as the remarkable winner.

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Just a day before the final though, the public broadcaster revealed the names of the acts through to the Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2014, a list which comprised of several newcomers such as Raquel Galdes, De Bee and Daniel Testa whilst also noting former Eurovision representatives in the form of Fabrizio Faniello and Miriam Christine. It was always going to be a year to remember, but nevertheless, several broadcasters were at this stage revealing their intentions for the upcoming edition of the international competition, seeing to the return of Portugal and Poland, whilst Valentina Monetta, The Common Linnets, Tijana Dapcevic and Conchita Wurst were internally selected to represent San Marino, The Netherlands, FYR Macedonia and Austria respectively. As the year came to an end, Ukraine and Albania made their respective choices and the Public Broadcasting Services unveiled the music videos accompanying the entries in next years’ selection process.

Source: escflashmalta.com

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Friday, 13 September 2013 17:27

Malta: HoD Firmly Denies Vote Rigging Claims

The Mirror, a leading tabloid in Great Britain went on record publishing an article which disputed the results of this years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest which saw to the victory of Emmelie de Forest and her entry Only Teardrops on behalf of Denmark. One focus point within the story seems to be on Azerbaijan and Malta though with the latter noted for having awarded the eastern country, the maximum twelve (12) points in each of the past four years. An executive responsible for this years' edition of the international competition who wished to remain unnamed stated that jury members were bribed with 'enough money to live off for a year' but nevertheless, claims have been rubbished by Head of Delegation, Anton Attard.

escflashmalta.com has been in contact with Anton Attard throughout the day with regards to the allegations and he has denied the claims stating that 'in the past four years, the jury has only awarded Azerbaijan with one set of twelve points, which therefore shows that it has been the public vote monitored by the European Broadcasting Union which has led to the twelve points on each respective occasion'. At this years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, Malta was represented by Gianluca and his entry Tomorrow co-written by Boris Cezek and Dean Muscat which finished in eighth place, the nations' best result since 2005. Tabloids in the United Kingdom have been following up the story following comments made but their 2013 representative; Bonnie Tyler who only managed nineteenth place with her entry Believe In Me. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com the latest news.

Source: escflashmalta.com, The Mirror

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