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Monday, 21 October 2013 00:25

Malta: Interview with Dario and Grecia (FiKM '13)

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escflashmalta.com has been granted permission to speak to the local artists competing within this years' edition of the International Festival of Maltese Song, fourteen in total. Apart from speaking to them about their careers thus far, it is pivotal to denote that we have focused on their participation within this competition in particular and their stance on Maltese being passed onto future generations through the medium of song. The order in which these interviews are being presented does not reflect the running order of the competition. Dario and Grecia Bezzina are the seventh artists and they will be performing the track Solitaire composed by Dario Bezzina to the lyrics of Rita Pace.

Throughout the years, this sibling duo has somewhat been present within a series of festivals, amongst them the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza in which you last took part in 2012 with the song Se Nibda Jien which was also penned by Rita Pace. Each experience is different but nevertheless, would you rather perform together or as solosists?

As you rightly pointed out, each experience is unique in itself. We believe that our voices blend well together and there is obviously chemistry between us. When we perform together there is more responsibility towards each other but on the other hand we think that the level of ‘stress’ is shared equally between us. In our opinion it depends mainly on the song - when a composition is written for two voices, we find no objection in performing together. 

Grecia, back in 2011, you finished as the first runner-up within L-Għanja tal-Poplu with the song Tal-Komma Twila composed by Dario Bezzina to the lyrics of Emil Calleja Bayliss. It was your first major success within the local music scene and it was also your debut entry within that respective competition. Looking back at the performance, two years on, would you have changed anything to possibly solidify your position or maybe even better it and how did the experience help you become the artist you have become today?

I am very satisfied with my performance and genuinely I won’t change anything. I think this experience was a major step in my music career. It provided me with various opportunities, both locally and abroad. 

Dario, many will remember your second place finish at the 2004 edition of the Junior Eurosong with Eviva L-Mużika but then again, you have come a long way since then, even reaching the semi-final of the Malta Eurosong. Nevertheless, it is worth pointing out that you are managing to earn the respect of the industry by virtue of your compositions, having managed to get through to the finals of several competitions in recent years. How does being a songwriter differ from being a vocalist and which do you prefer?

In my opinion a song is a work of art - the songwriter plays the role of an artist whereas the vocalist represents the colour on canvas. Although both roles encompass different characteristics, they are both vital for a composition to be complete. I believe that when a singer performs a self-written composition it provides an added advantage in the sense that, the singer/songwriter would find it easier to pass on the message of the song to the audience. 

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The International Festival of Maltese Song, returning following an eleven year absence will be seeing you join forces once more in a duet entitled Solitaire which is composed by Dario Bezzina to the lyrics of Rita Pace. Would you care to explain to our readers the meaning behind the lyrics and what genre the song encompasses?

Our song is a traditional ethnic ballad. The game solitaire is a metaphor which describes how our traditions are in absolute solitude. We believe that our traditional belongings are not being given the importance they deserve. We must be proud of our history, our own language and cultural environment as they are the main authentic features which make us Maltese. 

As a music competition, the International Festival of Maltese Song will be following in the footsteps of L-Għanja tal-Poplu and Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza in promoting the national language through the medium of music. With the Public Broadcasting Services supporting the event, it makes it only second to the Malta Eurovision Song Contest. Do you believe that there’s a place for this competition within the local music industry and do you support it’s continuation in the years to come?

There was an absolute need for this comeback! For many years, the International Festival of Maltese Song served as a platform for various songs in Maltese which are still very popular nowadays. Thanks to the Committee of the Festival, our songs are being promoted in the best way possible. For this reason, we will surely support its continuation in the years to come!

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

We would like to thank you all for your support – the support you give us is beyond rewarding. Thank you for the constructive criticism we continuously receive as it is one of the key elements which keeps us on our toes ;) Love you all ;) xxx 

Last modified on Monday, 21 October 2013 00:22