It has been a couple of weeks since the 25th edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza, and the return to the Floriana Granaries was very well received by the public present. With all the festivities surrounding Independence Day back to their roots, the evening was buzzing with an air of excitment, and following the performance of 24 participating entries; 20 pre-qualified in the ‘Talent Stabbilit’, 1 through with the same category via tele-voting and another 3 which came through ‘Talent Ġdid’, the winner was announced as “Se Naslu Żgur”, written by Ray Agius, and sung by Dario Bezzina.
Hosted by Toni Busuttil, Mireille Bonello and Christine Haber, this year's edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza, which was aired on NET Television, saw a smooth transition of performances, with the the list of participating artists featuring a good mixture of newcomers and veterans. The professional members of the jury was made up of a mixture of musicians, and media personalities, instantly recognisable by many. A full list of the results may be viewed below.
24th place: “Ippruvajt” (Dominic Cini / Rita Pace) - Odessa
Best Young Talent: “Vittoja” (Mark Scicluna / Emil Calleja Bayliss) - Shaun Zaffarese
Televoting Award: “Speċjali” (Renato Briffa / Rita Pace) - Aidan Cassar
01st place: “Se Naslu Żgur” (Ray Agius) - Dario Bezzina
On behalf of the editorial team at escflashmalta.com, we would like to congratulate the winners circle, as well as the other 19 participants who made this year's edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza a memorable one. A round of applause also for the organising committee, led by Joseph Mizzi, and featuring Sandra Grech as a member. Stay tuned to this portal even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about the local music scene.
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In 2001, Fabrizio Faniello managed to garner the ticket to represent Malta at the Eurovision Song Contest with the track Another Summer Night composed by Paul Abela to the lyrics of Georgina Abela before eventually returning for another stint in 2006 with the track I Do which he co-wrote with Aldo Spiteri. Along the years, the male vocalist had managed to triumph in all the major competitions in the country except the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza, an event in which he had only managed top three positions.
This year, many had said that his entry Aħfirli Jekk Trid composed by Minik to the lyrics of Rita Pace was the one to beat and indeed, everyone was spot on as the competition that has eluded him for so long has now been conquered. A constant force within the local music scene, Fabrizio managed to revive his career upon entrance into the Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2011 as the track No Surrender proved to be a local and foreign hit and ended up being the lead single off his latest album bearing the same name. In an interview given to escflashmalta.com supporting his participation in this years' edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza, he stated that he would most likely enter a song in the upcoming edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest if the right melody comes along.
Best Performance: B'Ħarsitna 'l Fuq - Domenique (Mark Spiteri Lucas / Paul Ellul)
Teenage Talent: Kliem Maġija - Kimberly & Lyann (Minik / Lyann)
He had also revealed that the track will be released on iTunes the day following the competition. This means, that it would be the first winning entry of the local competition to be released to the digital music market. Special guests for the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza included Deborah C who had accompanied Fabrizio as a backing vocalist back in 2011 as well as Gianluca who represented Malta at this years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest. The jury for the evening comprised of Alison Ellul, Deborah C, Clint Spiteri and Ronald Briffa. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for the rest of the results and more news as it becomes available.
Mark Azzopardi and Christine Haber will be hosting the 2013 edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza on the Granaries this evening which is set to incorporate twenty-three (23) performances, three (3) which qualified last week from the Teenage Talent Category and another twenty (20) from the Established Talent Category which were selected through an internal jury appointed by the committee. The event organised by Media.Link Communications has managed to modernise itself within recent years with the inclusion of preview video recordings for example and a television programme which aims to promote all of the finalists in each respective category. The set-up has been known to be quite different every year and visually speaking, everything has been of a high standard.
Amber, Mike Spiteri, Claudia Faniello, Eleanor Cassar, Miriam Christine, Kaya, Roger Tirazona and Nadine Axisa have all enjoyed their time in the spotlight when it comes to the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza upon being crowned winners. The music competition enjoys great respect in the industry and has managed to pave the way for a number of hit tracks in Maltese, a language which is nationally endowed in history. Tonight, each of the entries is considered to be of a very high standard and with escflashmalta.com being at the rehearsal earlier today, it is going to be quite a difficult decision for the panel of judges to mark their favourite entry. Seperate awards will be given to the entry which receives the most votes through tele-voting as well as the entry which receives the most votes from the audience present in a new initiative revealed by Mark Azzopardi.
Talent Żagħżugħ (Teenage Talent)
Talent Stabbilit (Established Talent)
Christine Haber and Mark Azzopardi will be taking to the stage to host this evenings' edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza. It is the first time that the two will be hosting together and it will surely be a show for everyone to enjoy. Special guest stars who will be making an appearance include none other than; Gianluca who represented Malta at this years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, Deborah C who was the winner of last years' edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza and two foreign guests, being Jamie Knight and Hesael. The event will commence at 20:30 CET and will be aired LIVE on NET Television. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news as soon as it becomes available.
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Kylie Coleiro, a young female vocalist who has been growing into her element of performing with this years' participation within the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza being her second. She will be performing the track M'Intix Waħdek composed by Philip Vella to the lyrics of Manila Bottone. Below, our editorial board devised a set of questions in order to get to know Kylie a little bit better whilst Chris and Moira have also heard all of the entries in order to pass on their comments. Whilst they believe that the vocalist gives a 'good interpretation altogether', the think that it is a 'childish song' and thus awarding just six (6) points.
Ħalluni, composed by Philip Vella to the lyrics of Joe Chircop was your entry at last years’ edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza. It is important to denote that despite having established a name for yourself in other competitions, it was your debut. Therefore, this year marks your second participation and will be looking to make a number of changes in order to try and improve upon what you have already built in the past twelve months. Looking back at your first participation, was there anything that you would have done differently and that you’re thinking about putting forward to the audience this time round?
I would like to start off by thanking escflashmalta.com for the opportunity to speak to all of the artists competing in this years' Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza. Let me get back to the question.. apparantly I didn't want to change anything from last year since I got quite a lot of positive feedback and from what I had felt it was quit a good performance. I always try to think about something different regarding song style, clothes style etc ..so people will have that something to look forward too .
In 2009, you managed to reach the final of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest with the song Let It Shine composed by Andrew Zahra with lyrics by Joe Julian Farrugia. This was definitely a stepping stone in your career, having previously been part of the setup of the Malta Junior Eurosong which saw to the nations’ participation at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. The 2009 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest held at the Malta Fairs and Conventions Centre was innovative and saw to the beginning of a new era. How would you describe the experience and are you working on a possible return to that illustrious stage?
When I was 16 .. i was the youngest contestant ..it was a nice experience meeting loads of talented artists .. it was amazing :)To be honest at the moment i am working on my ep which it do involves hard work and loads oftime.. so I dont know if i'll mange to get a chance of submitting a song, It would be nice of trying but not confirmed yet :)
Despite not being a part of the roster at this years’ edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, you were still a backing vocalist with two artists, performing completely different entries. How different is it to be a lead performer for a backing vocalist and does the latter strengthen the former?
Being part in this music industry for almost 13 years , I have learned alot from other artists and opportunities that came along! the most important thing is that you dont loose chances you need to face them to improve yourself! being a solo artist is way too different then a backing vocalist! You need to combine with the solo singer type of style ..To be professional you need to try every experience or at least involve yourself .. so yeah it does strenghten me music wise !
In this years’ edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza, you are presenting a track entitled M’Intix Waħdek composed by Philip Vella with lyrics by Manila Bottone. It is relatively different from the track that you presented last year even in terms of genre, somewhat opting for a more current sound which would definitely garner airplay on the radio. Would you care to explain to the audience the meaning behind the song and how the collaboration actually came together?
I am taking part in a drama named Ma Tinbidel Qatt held on net tv which is written by Manila bottone and together we just came up with an amazing idea which is trying for the indipendence festival! Manila is her first time as an author which is competing in this festival . I love colleborating with other people.. philip is the composer of Mintix Waħdek. He always understands me which type of songs i would like to have and sing.. since I have been working with him quit a lot! the meaning of the song is that you are never alone, nothing is easy you need to work hard to achieve .dont be afraid of sharing your toughts and what you think !
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Thank You for supporting the local music scene!
escflashmalta.com would like to present the penultimate interview with regards to this years' edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza. Mauro and Kim are taking part as a duet together for the very first time, and their entry is entitled Gloria written by Rita Pace. Below, our editorial board devised a set of questions in order to get to know Mauro and Kim a little bit better whilst Chris and Moira, former representatives of Malta at the Eurovision Song Contest heard all of the competing entries stating that this one in particular has a 'bombastic feel to it, but good voices nevertheless', awarding it five (5) points in total.
Mauro, regardless of whether you’re competing as a soloist or in a duet, this is your fourth appearance as a vocalist within the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza, making you somewhat a veteran in comparison to some of the other performers who are making their debut, not only in this competition, but even in the local music scene. You have been absent from this particular showcase for the past five (5) years which could very much mean a lifetime due to the extremities of life. What have you been up to in recent years and what type of memories do you hold when it comes to the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza?
Well , as you said this is my 4th time in the Konkors kanzunetta indipendenza; twice as a soloist and two times in a duet. Yes i’ve been absent for 5 years cause I other priorities in life that I had to put my singing career to the side for a while and focus on other things but that doesn’t mean that I stopped performing. I was still doing vocal training whilst taking good care of my voice. Indifest gave my career a boost as a singer and I always had a good feedback. One memory that I can’t forget when I had the song illum duet with Diane Castillo and we were the favourites to win the festival together with other duo Ivan and Priscilla with the song Dan Hu il-mument. Unfortunately, during our performance, the microphone didn't work at first and then we ended up finishing in 18th place .. but that's competition for you and one cannot have expectations.
Kim, in 2008, you had managed to join the finalists of the teenage category with the track Kull Mument Prezzjuż composed by Ray Agius with lyrics by Godwin Sant, eventually missing out to Gabriella Massa and her entry Għada Mas-Sebħ composed by Renato Briffa with lyrics by Doris Chetcuti. You have already endured the experience of performing on the illustrious Granaries stage but nevertheless, this is your debut alongside some of the nations’ elites. How are you preparing for such a momentous occasion and have you thought about what to wear?
Whilst congratulating Gabriella Massa on getting first place, I was still proud of the success I achieved in 2008, noting that I managed first place with the jury and second place with the public at home. Gloria, the song I am performing this time round is quite different and both me and Mauro are taking it seriously due to the respect that the festival holds amongst the public. The clothes are ready and final preparations for our performance are being fine tuned. We are ready to rock the stage on Thursday 19th September 8th Song hehe.
Throughout the years, many people have gone on record stating that performing a solo entry is somewhat more difficult because the excitement is only focused on one particular individual yet in a duet or a trio, the tension should be easier due to the fact that it is split evenly. Having joined forces for this years’ edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza, would you say that nerves are already playing a part in your presentation or are you looking to avert them in order to be at your best on the night of the competition?
That’s why we call it team work, because we share all our feelings and emotions. At the moment we are at full speed doing with rehearsals but everything seems settled thus far.. Well to be honest with you nerves have already got the best of us. Nevertheless, we are fully prepared to give the best we can on the Granaries.
Gloria, written by singer/songwriter Rita Pace is set to be performed as the second duet of the evening in position number eight, noting that the competition will be opened by the duet entitled Li Jien Illum featuring Simarija and Mikhail and that another duet entitled Inwegħdek featuring Josef and Johanna will follow you in slot number ten. It has been a while since the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza has seen three duets competing for the same prize but do you recognise them as your main competition in the eyes of the jury?
We think it’s good to have other duets in the competition to make the competition more exciting and at the same time, more colourful. Every song in the competition has the possibility of becoming the next winner of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza. We are there with another 20 finalists who all have the same chances of victory ... now let wait for the results next Thursday J
Would you like to say anything to our readers at escflashmalta.com?
I would like to say thank you to the escflashmalta.com followers for a great feedback regarding our song. We are doing our best to perform the best way possible and hope you will enjoy the performance on the night. And thank you for putting us in the 6th place in the televoting. For us it means a lot.
Throughout the years, Media.Link Communications has always sought to promote vocal talent of the future within the local music industry and therefore kept strengthening the Teenage Category within the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza. Last night, Christine Haber and Mark Azzopardi hosted their last edition of the series Indifest organised by NET Television throughout the summer in anticipation of the local music event. Eight (8) entries were performed live in front of a four member panel of judges which included; Amber, Lyndsay, Olivia Lewis and Annalise Ellul. Their vote counted for 60% of the final result with the other 40% belonging to the public who had made their preferences public for the past ten weeks.
Brooke; Best Solo Artist at the Malta Music Awards in 2013, Glen Vella; a former Eurovision Song Contest representative on behalf of Malta and Sarah Bonnici; winner of the Teenage Category at last years' edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza were on hand as special guests of the programme alongside the resident dancing of Annalise Dance Studios. Whilst Mark Azzopardi and Christine Haber revealed the names of the three (3) finalists, they noted that all of the eight (8) participants will be performing on the Granaries Stage as part of an opening number where they will cover the song Try originally by P!nk.
It is quite intriguing to point out that the three (3) finalists all happen to the songs of the same composer, Minik who has an oustanding seven (7) songs competing in the Established Category and ten (10) in total when combining these. It is the first time that a songwriter has managed that many entries in just one year of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza. The editorial team of escflashmalta.com would like to invite you to stay tuned within the next couple of days as the final interviews with artists competing in this years' edition will be published. In the meantime, if you haven't checked it out, we had the opportunity to speak to Danica Muscat earlier!
Danica Muscat is participating in this years' edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza for the third time with the track L-Ewlieni composed by Philip Vella to the lyrics of Emil Calleja Bayliss. The young vocalist made a name for herself after being a part of the illustrious talent show, Io Canto hosted by Gerry Scotti on Canale 5. Below, our editorial board devised a set of questions in order to get to know Danica a little bit better whilst Chris and Moira, former representatives of Malta at the Eurovision Song Contest heard all of the competing entries stating that this one in particular has a 'very catchy tune' and that Danica 'gives a good interpretation with her good voice', awarding it eight (8) points in total.
In 2011, you reached the finals of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza for the very first time as you presented the track Kliem Li M’Għidtlek Qatt composed by Mark Debono with lyrics by Christopher Azzopardi. Now, during the rehearsals, typically held during the morning of the competition, you could not perform and as a matter of fact missed many of the run-throughs, yet being a total professional, took to the doctor and then performed in the evening. How would you describe the experience looking back and what emotions did the song evoke in you which helped the performance become so authentic?
The experience for the matter of fact was a horrible one ,2011 KKI was my first competition on a major national level so to speak ,the shear thought of not being able to sing on the night was quite disheartening luckily during IO Canto a couple of weeks before something similar happened to Andrea the Rumanian girl so since we were really close I knew the feeling and what to do ,as you say go to the doctor ,stick to his advice and then focus on the actual night ,as a popular song says “what does not kill you makes you stronger” so knowing I had a poor run through in the morning helped me to give my 100 % on the night. As for the song itself this Is a very emotional number which lends itself very well to the performance.
Growing up, Danica Muscat went from being the first runner-up at the Malta Junior Eurosong with the track Stolen to becoming the ultimate persona by virtue of taking up a participant slot on the popular Italian television series Io Canto hosted by Gerry Scotti on Canale 5. Despite still being a child, travelling to Italy in order to perform was surely something special and garnering the opportunity to perform with the likes of Ornella Vanoni, Ron, The Priests and Pierdavide Carone. Io Canto and Danica Muscat have now become synonymous but nevertheless, would you have done anything differently if you had the opportunity?
NO, not at all I would change notghing, people in MALTA think that getting to a level higher in your career is impossible due to our small nation ,but this is not true as long as you are dedicated and ready to shine through you can achieve anything your heart desires take for example Kevin Borg or Joseph Calleja, I sincerely hope that I was the first but not the last Maltese on such shows on Italian Tv and that maybe I set up a good reputation for the Maltese singers who will try after me, I am also very happy that lately Veronica Rotin managed to shine in Io Canto as well, I know it can be really hard over there to find a spot in the show, so there is one word to describe her performance “exceptional”.
L-Ewlieni, the entry that you are presenting for this years’ edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza is composed by Philip Vella and penned by Emil Calleja Bayliss. Revolving around a mysterious individual who has represented the best qualities of politics for the country, many people have been asking who the person might be but nevertheless, you have gone on record stating that the lyric does not refer to someone specific. In the preview video, you were wearing a shirt and trousers whilst on Indifest, you were clad in a dress, have you thought about what you will be wearing on the actual night and would you care to give us a hint?
And again I will tell you the lyrics are not about anyone specific, any person can fit in to these lyrics, Emil has been written really witty lyrics which will give the listener a lot of food for thought, listen closely and you can see our country’s history going by, Philip has done his usual magic making the song yet another one of his masterpieces.
As for what I will be wearing Hmmmmm lets see …I will be wearing…if you want to know, come and see me sing live on the actual night ..
Earlier this year, you managed to get through to the semi-final stage of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest with the track Fantasy composed by Paul Abela with lyrics by Joe Julian Farrugia. Unfortunately, you did not get to the final stage, something that you had done back in 2012 with the song 7 Days written by Philip Vella. Each time though, the competition was held at the Malta Fairs and Conventions Centre, you had ample exposure and also had the chance to record a preview video. How professional is the setup which accompanies the participation of Malta within the Eurovision Song Contest and will you be submitting any songs for next years’ event?
I have only had these last 2 years to judge the setup so I cannot comment on previous years, taking this into account I must say both years have been really professionally organised, on par with international events I have been to , I am also really happy with the support by the organizing team (it’s not like they leave you on your own not knowing where to start from), for example the meetings with organisers regarding dresses etc.. really helpful and professional, also a lot of media exposure all the singers get from the organizers, on national shows such as Xarabank, breakfast shows etc…. and people like you at escflashmalta. I hope to submit songs next year.
Would you like to say anything to our readers at escflashmalta.com?
Thank you for supporting local talent, keep up the support to all local singers we really need it.
Roseann Cordina, a female vocalist whose name has become somewhat familiar within the confines of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza. With Ejjew Ilkoll composed by Mark Spiteri Lucas to the lyrics of Paul Ellul, this will mark her third participation following her third runner-up finish last year. Below, our editorial board devised a set of questions in order to get to know Roseann a little bit better whilst Chris and Moira have also heard all of the entries in order to pass on their comments. They were somewhat impressed with this performance stating that 'this girl knows how to sing her Maltese' and awarding her seven (7) points.
Roseann, at last years' edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza, you followed up your 2010 debut within the local music scene with with the track 'Id-Demm ta' Raymond' composed by Mark Spiteri Lucas with lyrics by Paul Ellul. A sentimental entry which held a lot of meaning to both the public, and the jury, so much so that you finished in fourth place, behind Deborah C, Marilena Gauci and Domenique. Looking back at the performance, would you have done anything differently or were you satisfied with the way that things turned out?
As a team, we were all satisfied with the outcome, we had a very good feedback, positive remarks and we started working from then onwards on a new song which presently occupies the second place in the televoting competition.
In this years' edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza, you will be performing the track 'Ejjew Illkoll' composed by Mark Spiteri Lucas to the lyrics of Paul Ellul. The track speaks about how people should come together, stand up and be counted for what they believe in. It is significantly different to the one presented last year and therefore, makes it more interesting. You have decided to call upon the same songwriters for the second year running hoping for an even better result. Would you care to tell us how this song came about and also what feelings does it evoke within you?
The idea behind it is that when things do not come our way, we should not look at the past but start working together to achieve better results in the future. If we adopt a positive attitude and be optimistic in life and work hard, then we should ultimately achieve what is best for us. This means that if we come together, stand up and be counted for what we believe in, then we can dream of a better future.
Behind Ray Agius, Mark Spiteri Lucas is the most successful songwriter in the history of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza with his most recent victory being last year with the track ''Jekk Nuzaw Mohhna' with lyrics by Joe Chircop. Boggling minds have enquired about how this collaboration came to fruition especially due to the fact that you were a complete newcomer in last years' edition. Apart from that though, what made you turn back to Mark in preparing a song for 2013?
I was a finalist in the years 2010 and 2012 with the songs “Jum Wiehed “ and “Id-Demm ta’ Raymond”, “Jum Wiehed” was composed by Chan Vella and last year’s song by Mark Spiteri lucas. I am happy working with these two composers because they are very professional in their work.
Despite this being your second consecutive year within the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza, you are yet to make your debut in another competition such as L-Ghanja tal-Poplu, the Malta Eurovision Song Contest or the International Festival of Maltese Song. Is moving forward in your vocal career something that you wish to do in the near future or would you rather stop at this stage?
Since I am reading for a Bachelor in Education and I am in my final year, then obviously I do not find much time to prepare for other festivals. The Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza happen to be organized during summer, so preparations take place during my summer holidays. Afterwards when hopefully I become a primary school teacher, I can focus more on my singing career.
Would you like to say anything to our readers at escflashmalta.com?
I recommend escflashmalta.com because it promotes the local talent, locally and internationally.
Media.Link Communications in collaboration with escflashmalta.com is proud to present the ninth week of the programme Indifest hosted by Mark Azzopardi and Christine Haber through NET Television on Thursday evening as from 20:30 CET onwards. In support of this years' edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza, the weekly programme seeks to promote the artists competing in one of three competitions which promote the local language. Whether newcomers or somewhat established, their place is still amongst the general elite. The public has the opportunity to select which three entries they would like to qualify from the 'teenage talent' portion of the competition as well selecting their top favourite within the 'established category' which is offered as a separate award in order to make sure that talent is well appreciated.
The Established Category of this years' edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza is a progression towards the future noting a mixture of young and veteran artists who look towards impressing the judges on the night of the competition. In this evenings' programme, first up is a duet featuring Josef and Johanna who will be singing the track Inwegħdek composed by Minik to the lyrics of Stephen Baldacchino. Also on the programme from the same category is Neville Refalo who returns as a soloist with the song Hemm Miegħek Jien composed by Minik to the lyrics of Rita Pace.
The Teenage Category of this years' edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza officially came to a close two weeks ago but the committee will be welcoming back all of the competing artists for a special showcase next week, where they will be performing in front of a panel of judges who determine 60% of the final vote. There will also be a musical guest during this evenings' showcase, that being none other than Alison Ellul whose last participation in a competition came at the 2011 Malta Eurovision Song Contest with the song Numb. In the meantime, joining Alison will be her sisters' dance troupe, Annalise Dance Studio as resident guests of the programme. Remember Indifest returns to NET Television, this evening at 20:30 CET. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for the latest news.
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Daniel Muscat, a young and upcoming male vocalist whose experience in the music industry has somewhat been limited to two major competitions, one held on ONE Television, bearing the name Malta Hit Song Contest and more recently, the Raise Your Game Challenge with Tenishia which featured four finalists. In this years' Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza, Daniel will be performing the song Int Kont Hemm composed by Mark Spiteri Lucas to the lyrics of Marlon Polidano and Stephen Baldacchino. Below, our editorial board devised a set of questions in order to get to know Daniel a little bit better whilst Chris and Moira have also heard all of the entries in order to comment on them. With regards to the solo entry, they stated that it 'could do with a better production but Daniel has a very warm voice'. awarding it with six (6) points.
In 2010, Daniel Muscat made his debut within the local music scene following entry into the Malta Hit Song Contest with the track Glamorous written by singer/songwriter Rita Pace. It was the beginning of a brand new experience for you as an artist and looking back, you might have done things differently in order to acquire a better end result. Nevertheless, as many have denoted, the competition was fierce and gave each participant the opportunity to present himself to the audience which in turn enjoyed the entries. What could you tell us about the Malta Hit Song Contest and would you support it’s return?
The Malta Hit Song Contest was a great opportunity for me. I was introduced to the local scene and people got to know me better. Glamorous was one of the first songs I had ever recorded, and Rita Pace had understood perfectly the style I wanted. It was thanks to her that I took part in this festival since she believed in me from the first time we met. As a competition it offered great exposure since we had a number of appearances on a television programme related to the festival, and overall I can say that I've learnt a lot from that experience. Obviously when looking back I'm sure I could have done things in a better way, however now I can only look back and learn from my mistakes. I really wish that the Malta Hit Song Contest returns since it was another great opportunity for Maltese artists to showcase their talent.
In this years’ edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza, you will be performing the track entitled Int Kont Hemm composed by Mark Spiteri Lucas to the lyrics of Marlon Polidano and Stephen Baldacchino. This is the very first time that you are competing in the elite music competition which has seen to the success of Ira Losco, Claudia Faniello, Eleanor Cassar and Amber amongst others. What could you tell us about the song in general and will there be anything special when it comes to the performance on the night of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza set for the 19th September?
I am very honoured to be one of the finalists of this competition, thanks to the song "Int kont hemm", and for this reason I would like to thank the team who believed in me. From the first time I read the lyrics, and heard the melody, I loved the song! I believe that the combination of experiences and new ideas made this song what it is. Therefore when I was offered the song I had to accept it.
The song is very simple to understand, it can be dedicated to anyone that was there to offer his help and support through difficult times. Every person listening to the song can relate to it, and I think that this is what makes it special, thus my performance on the night will be kept simple in order for the viewers to be able to really listen to the song, however I will not be giving anymore details. You will see for yourselves on the 19th of September.
During the aforementioned participation in the Malta Hit Song Contest, you had the opportunity to perform a duet with an artist of your choice and you decided to collaborate with Jessika, a finalist at the Malta Eurovision Song Contest on two occasions, the most recent being earlier this year with the song Ultraviolet composed by Philip Vella and Thomas G:son with lyrics by Gerard James Borg. What was the reasoning behind calling upon Jessika for the performance and did you believe that her vocals complemented the song in a manner where it became totally different?
At that time Jessika was already well known with the public, and she had participated successfully in the previous editions of the Malta Hit Song Contest and since we are also related I thought it would be a great idea for her to sing with me. The duet worked very well, and her voice gave a new dimension to the song. It was quite challenging since Rita Pace had to rewrite the lyrics in a way that the song became an interaction between two different persons. This gave me the opportunity to connect better with Jessika. I had the opportunity to sing with Jessika for a number of times, and it was a great experience every time. I would like to thank her for believing in me, and for helping me out every time I needed some advice.
It seems that you are making a name for yourself as an artist, recalling your experience in the aforementioned competition and also the Raise Your Game with Tenishia competition sponsored by Vodafone but you have also dabbled in some songwriting. At the Malta Summer Hit Song Contest in 2011, you entered the song Memoirs performed by Karen DeBattista with music by Mark Scicluna. Being a vocalist and a songwriter is entirely different but nevertheless represent aspects of the same industry. How did you find each experience and do you prefer one over the other?
Each experience is different in its own way, depends on the circumstance as well. In the Raise Your Game competition I had the opportunity to collaborate with Tenishia where they produced a track for us, and we had to compose and write our own melody for it. Eventhough I did not win the competition however the feedback I got was great and apart from that I also had the opportunity to work with a great duo, who are also in the Top 50 list of DJ's from around the world!
Writing lyrics for another singer is also a great experience as you can transmit your own thoughts through someone else's voice. Mark Scicluna gave me an opportunity to work with him, and together we found out about Karen DeBattista, thanks to Marie Claire Attard Bason. It was a great experience, and apart from working with a great team, I also made great friends. Song writing, and singing are two very different forms of expression but I have to say that the best experience is when you have the opportunity to sing your own compositions, therefore I prefer singing myself.
Would you like to say anything to our readers at escflashmalta.com?
I would like to tell all the readers to keep supporting Maltese talent, as sometimes we do underestimate our own capabilities as a country. I think we have a lot of talent in Malta and if we give each singer the support required, they might get far in their career. For the foreign followers I would like to thank them for following the Maltese music scene.