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Thursday, 05 September 2013 10:45

Malta: Interview with Daniel Muscat (KKI 13)

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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.


Last modified on Thursday, 05 September 2013 11:13