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Monday, 05 August 2013 22:00

Malta: Interview with Francesco Catania (KKI 13)

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Francesco Catania, one of the individuals who has no background within the local music industry apart from singing a couple of cover versions on the hit television series, Deja Vu which follows a series of upcoming teenagers and their respective problems. This is his first foray in a competition and what a debut, making it through to the established category of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza with a song entitled Magħqudin composed by Ludwig Galea with lyrics by Augusto Cardinali. Just below, five questions have been asked by the editorial board of escflashmalta.com in order for you to get to know Francesco a little bit better both through his love of music and acting. Nevertheless, this is an interview and review with former Eurovision Song Contest representatives; Chris and Moira listening to all of the songs and passing their judgement. With regards to Francesco, they stated that they 'can see the effort but unfortunately, the phrasing lets it down completely' offering just four (4) points.

Francesco, this is your first foray into the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza or rather to be precise, the beginning of a brand new career within the local music scene. Nevertheless, the audience have already had the opportunity to see you on television on a number of occasions, having had a lead role in the television drama series Déjà vu which aired on NET Television during the course of the autumn/winter schedule. The differences between acting and singing are very much oblivious for the public to see but considering that you have sought to combine them together, how easier is it for you to face a crowd?

Facing a crowd is never easy - and the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza is known for its massive crowd at the Granaries. As you mentioned above, this is my first appearance in this festival, actually this is my first performance ever infront of such a crowd. The most important thing is not to let your nerves get the best of you I guess. 

Magħqudin, composed by Ludwig Galea with lyrics provided by Augusto Cardinali is the entry that you will be performing in this years’ edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza and by virtue of performing in the fourth slot, you will also be the first male soloist on the evening. In recent weeks, you have been compared to vocal powerhouse, Mike Spiteri due to the hoarse and strong vocal promise you have been known to exude. The track in itself is giving you the chance to show your full range but would you care to comment on the message behind the song as well as the vocal comparison?

Basically the song is about hope and friendship. When the road gets tough one must not give up - as we all know, it won't rain all the time. With the understanding and support of others, (friends and family), we can face and solve the majority of our problems. Regarding the vocal comparison with Mr. Spiteri; well, being compared to one of Malta's all-time best is such an honour. Have to say that Mr. Spiteri inspired me a lot, although I have to work hard to reach his vocal levels.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iphynx9GgB8

During the course of the past year, Francesco as a leading figure on the television series also had the opportunity to appear on the talent show Don’t Stop Me Now hosted by Eileen Montesin on NET Television during the past summer schedule. The programme which gave rise to the wonderful talent of Franklin Calleja saw fit to introduce you as one of the artists who performed duets on a weekly basis. Would you please tell us about this experience where you managed to help hone some of the musical prowess that will reflect on the local music scene in the future?

It was my first time singing live on television, and to be quite honest I used to be really excited because it was also a new experience for me as well. Have to say that Don't Stop Me Now was a great journey for all of us. As we all know, this programme provided to the local music scene some very good young talent, throughout these past 3 years! 

The male to female ratio in the local music scene has somewhat been extremely tilted towards the latter despite the overwhelming success of the former at least when it comes to the Malta Eurovision Song Contest. Prior to the victory of Mike Spiteri in 2011, the last male soloist to finish at the very top of the scoreboard was none other than Lawrence Gray back in 2002. Why do you think that the professional jury has opted in selecting female winners across the years when Malta has been represented by three consecutive men on a foreign platform?

Well, I don't actually know what goes through the jury's head but I think it all goes down to the song and the actual performance. Basically, between there were more females who had done a better performance and had a better song than males...I guess. 

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

I would like to thank everyone for their support, have a great summer - or whatever's left of it, and let's all meet in September at the Granaries for a great show!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6YCpl697IxA

Last modified on Monday, 05 August 2013 15:03