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2013 is officially just a couple of hours away and several people are already gearing up to pop the corks off their champagne bottles but nevertheless, there is still one more day to go through and hopefully, that will also be one to remember in a positive manner. It has been an endearing year, with several positive aspects. 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. Kicking off things in January, one has to remember that the announcement of the semi-finalists of the 2012 Malta Eurovision Song Contest took place on the programme Xarabank preceding a number of promotional activities which took place across the national broadcasters' frequencies including Television Malta, Radju Malta and Maltin Biss.

That is just the beginning noting that when the showcase actually came about as held in the Malta Fairs and Conventions Centre at the end of February, several people were shocked to see that Eleanor Cassar with the song I Want to Runaway and Annalise Ellul with Whoop It Up! were eliminated at the first hurdle. The final also opened up a number of questions due to the fact that Kurt Calleja with the track This Is The Night managed to beat the favourite Claudia Faniello with Pure despite not managing to win the full approval of the jury. According to unconfirmed statistics, he won the tele-voting by a large margin which secured his representation of the country. At this same time that the event was being staged, organisers of the Għanja tal-Poplu were gearing up for the return of the competition and indeed, they managed to garner forty two (42) entries in total, including from Malta Eurovision Song Contest semi-finalist; Janice Mangion, Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza finalist; Grecia Bezzina and escflashmalta.com contributor; Clive Muscat. February was proving to be a month of competitions and in fact, our portal covered the Sanremo showcase extensively through Elaine Camilleri, seeing to the victory of Emma Marrone with favourite Arisa languishing in second place. In the meantime, Kurt Calleja had begun his promotional tour in the same month heading to the artist selection in Azerbaijan, strengthening the bond created between the two countries in the previous year. 


In just a couple of weeks, the fever of the Eurovision Song Contest was sweeping the continent and it was revealed that the British Broadcasting Corporation had chosen a legend in the form of Engelbert Humperdinck to represent the United Kingdom. The announcement was met with mixed criticism noting that ultimately his entry Love Will Set You Free did not really achieve the expected result but nevertheless in Malta, there were other elements at hand noting that the original backing vocalist with the track This Is The Night being Ylenia Vella was sacked by the Public Broadcasting Services and replaced by Amber who had in February obviously finished in third place with her entry Answers With Your Eyes without any public support. Kurt Calleja did not answer any questions about the change and continued his promotion in Bulgaria and Lithuania whilst also filming the promotional video of the track on his return to the country. In Malta, on a private television station known as NET Television, preparations for the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza had begun and Simone Gauci was announced as the first finalist following her victory on Passport 2 Indifest having beaten former finalist; Marie Claire Attard Bason in the process. Her entry bearing the name Id F'Id was specifically written for her by Renato Briffa and Keith Zammit.


In April, it was all about Kurt Calleja and Malta's participation in the Eurovision Song Contest noting that he had managed to top the local iTunes chart with his entry whilst also visiting another set of countries; Turkey, Georgia and The Netherlands bringing his promotional tour to an end in a major party which included several major interviews. One of the male stars of the local music industry, Fabrizio Faniello continued to rebuild his image and the release of his album Kasmaran in Indonesia proved to be a massive success denoting the artist as a star in the Asian country. escflashmalta.com continued to work extremely close with a number of sources and uncovered that Elaine Saliba was set to be the commentator for Malta at the international competition, although it was then revealed at a later stage that Ronald Briffa would be aiding her analysis providing some comic relief.  The impressive younger generation of musical prodigies never cease to amaze and Gaia Cauchi won the right to represent the country in Sanremo Junior 2012, ultimately becoming the winner a couple of months later. The month came to an end with one of the artists of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, being Wayne releasing the official video clip for his self penned track entitled Time with which he had competed a couple of months earlier.


The month of the Eurovision Song Contest quickly came about and May seemed to be quite intriguing in the local music market with the return of Christabelle with the track Say as well as Brooke with Fairytale but the media was somewhat enthralled at the single release of Miss You with main vocals by Wintermoods featuring the renowned international tenor; Joseph Calleja. It was also a month in which the finalists for the 2012 edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza were revealed, quickly noting that this had to be one of the fields which was missing a lot of the more predominant names yet nevertheless featuring the upcoming generation of artists such as Domenique, and Danica Muscat amongst others. Performing at the Eurovision Song Contest, Kurt Calleja made the country proud on the night of the semi-final achieving seventh place but it seems that nerves got the best of him on a Saturday night with his performance dropping in quality although this did not hurt his success charting on the iTunes top 100 in Austria, Greece, Norway, Sweden and of course, Malta. escflashmalta.com kept their annual coverage with guest commentators including Simon CaseyRaquelaClaudia FanielloSophieMagnus 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. 


With the months leading up to the competition behind everyone, the summer was set to kick in and in fact, June was a relatively quiet month with the Public Broadcasting Services confirming their intentions to not return to the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. On the other hand, Sophie was representing the country in the United Kingdom during the celebrations of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, undergoing a cross-country tour which saw her perform with the likes of X Factor runner-up, Marcus Collins whilst Kevin Borg was being wooed by the local public who wanted to see him represent the country in Sweden, the winning nation of the Eurovision Song Contest. The annual award for the worst dressed artist at the Eurovision Song Contest was decided with Rona Nishliu on behalf of Albania finishing on top. July proved to be less quiet and somewhat more eventful with Sweden deciding on Malmo as host city of the Eurovision Song Contest with the winner also coming to Malta to give a concert. In fact, on the Islands, things were becoming quite interesting with the Joseph Calleja concert featuring Ronan Keating, Gigi D'Alessio and Amber taking place on the Floriana Granaries, days before the official single release of What I'd Give by Ira Losco, her first track taken off the 2013 yet untitled album.


August came about but was quiet uneventful once more with Ira Losco releasing the official video for her new single and Kurt Calleja working on new material off a yet untitled album slated for release in 2013. In fact, Boomerang was picked up on 89.7 Bay and also made the charts by virtue of the amount of airplay received. As autumn and September drew in, the Public Broadcasting Services released the regulations for the 2013 Malta Eurovision Song Contest whilst other sectors of the scene were showing their strengths as new singles were also released by Janvil entitled Make My Day, Muxu bearing the name Pour Down on Me and last but not least a young girl brand coined as Cryptic Street with Indecisive. The second major music competition in Malta known as the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza was won by Deborah C with the track Jekk Nużaw Moħħna written by Mark Spiteri Lucas and Joe Chircop. Success was a thing of the month noting that the popular pop/rock band known as Airport Impressions went on tour in Sweden, headlining three major events and garnering international recognition. escflashmalta.com continued to air the local music scene by virtue of releasing a number of videos exclusively including the one of Muxu which you could also view just below.


It seemed like winter would not be setting foot on the country this year with October coming in full swing and the music scene bringing things up to speed in an excruciatingly busy ratio with exclusive video releases by Cryptic Street and Fabrizio Faniello along with new singles released by the group Cruz; Good On You, Chiara; Forget Forgetting Me, Dimal & Lyndsay; Let's Make It Happen. During this time, one of the singles was also picked up by a record label and as a matter of fact, Chiara is now a true recording artist with the backing of an Icelandic record label which also takes care of former Eurovision Song Contest representative; Hera Bjork. Whilst pop and rock are seemingly the two most popular genre in the country, the duo known as Tenishia received an accolade of which the whole country should be proud of with the official DJ Mag putting them as the fiftieth best in the world ahead of renowned musicians like Benny Benassi. The Public Broadcasting Services revealed that they received a total of 182 submissions for the 2013 Malta Eurovision Song Contest from a variety of countries and a matter of fact, submissions were sent in from four former representatives including; Fabrizio Faniello, Miriam Christine, William Mangion and Ludwig Galea but none of them would make the cut in the long run. The collaboration between this portal and the series D.R.E.A.M.S continued as a second season written by the talent Vella Haber and Saliba La Rosa returned featuring two main new actresses being Michela Dalli and Kristen Camilleri.


The month of November, was finally starting to show signs that the weather would be cooling down and in fact, the revelation of the twenty-four semi-finalists of the 2013 Malta Eurovision Song Contest seemed to be the only heated moment with a host of newcomers revealed in the list especially artists who have garnered attention through radio such as the likes of Gianluca Bezzina, and Davinia with others coming from notable national showcases including Chris Grech. December was relatively quiet noting that in the beginning, the Junior Eurovision Song Contest took place with Ukraine finishing on top with the track Nebo but the focus of the local music scene was surely on the Bay Music Awards which saw Red Electrick walk away with a total of two awards in total, the most of the night which also saw success going in the way of JJoy, Kelly StellfoxIra Losco, Carlo Gerada, Jan Cortez, Christabelle, and Cryptic Street. The Malta Eurovision Song Contest also hit a bump on the head with the withdrawal of Saska Hunt and the track Dress Rehearsal who was replaced by the first alternate on the list; Marilena Gauci with the track Overrated. We indeed hope that this year in fact wasn't just that and that it was ideal for each and every one of you. We look forward to serving you for another eventful year, as 2013 dawns in a couple of hours.

Source: escflashmalta.com, Kris Micallef (image)


Published in Editorials

Hiatus has been coined to be a difficult word especially when an artist calls for some time off with the idea to focus on other areas of life but then again, a comeback would definitely be seen within a bigger picture and this is something that Ira Losco has been planning for the past couple of months with the release of her recent single What I'd Give reminding her fans and the industry that she is still the leading solo female artist in the country and will work even harder to make sure that she does indeed stay within the spotlight. The festive season is upon us and just hours before the actual Christmas day, Ira Losco along with her band comprising of Alex Mallia, Ivan Borg, Peter Borg and Steve Muscat will be giving a performance at the Open Air Theatre in Valletta, the capital city of Malta. In fact, the session has been scheduled for the 23rd December between 19:30 and 21:00 CET respectively.

In recent days, Ira Losco continued to show that she is a force to be reckoned with after receiving the prestigious DJ's Award at the 2012 edition of the Bay Music Awards as well as another Award at the ONE Tribute Show for Interpretation, Writing, Style and Video in the brand new single What I'd Give which will be part of a yet untitled album planned for release at the end of January. This brand new album will be the first release from Ira Losco since Fortune Teller back in 2010 and will definitely be well worth the wait according to producer Howard Keith and the artist herself who have regularly been keeping people updated through their social networking pages on Facebook. In collaboration with Jagged House and Ira Losco, we are asking you to answer this question; What Is the Name of Ira Losco's Brand New Album? There are no hints available so it could really be anything to be honest but try your luck and guess. Managing to get the right answer might entitle you to win a copy of the album itself, along with two signed photos. Send your answers to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by the 9th January 2013 at Noon with the winners announced later on within that day.

Source: Jagged House, Ira Losco, Emil Calleja Bayliss (photo)


Published in Local Music News

89.7 Bay have been known to create a number of successful artists throughout the years through airplay and opportunity to perform at some of their most esteemed events and one endorsement which they have given in recent times is that of Lyndsay who has been gradually building her solo career from scratch with a variety of sounds which all point to that one individual. It has been well noted that she has performed in ample television shows as well including Pjazza, Saturday Night and most recently, Ħadd Għalik on the national broadcaster; Television Malta. System Overload, Zip It Up, Love Sick and Going Under are four tracks which bear a touch of elegance, some sultry vocals and a lot of energy, ultimately showcasing the talent that Lyndsay bears which seems to have been noticed by producers of Britain's Got Talent, led by Simon Cowell who has successfully created the careers of Susan BoyleOne DirectionLeona Lewis, JLSOlly Murs and Rebecca Ferguson amongst others who came out of such shows as well as his sister show known as the X Factor.

Just a couple of days back, Lyndsay performed at the Bay Music Awards with Dimal noting that she features on his latest single Let's Make It Happen earning him a nomination for Best Newcomer in the field missing out on the opportunity with the award going to Cryptic Street who released their debut video Indecisive on escflashmalta.com earlier this year. The local performer is not the only one who got the opportunity to audition for Britain's Got Talent noting that Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2011 and 2013 semi-finalist; Domenique has also managed to get the call as noted through the television programme; Sibtek and an earlier press release sent to all major media outlets. In the meantime, Lyndsay is looking to close the year on a high by virtue of a live acoustic gig at the Plaza before the year comes to an end with many fantastic things coming forth in the next couple of months including a music video for a brand new single which will be showing Lyndsay in a completely different light as she plans to strip down to the basics, though enough said about that and let the mystery unravel later. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for more news in the coming days about local artists.

Source: Lyndsay


Published in Local Music News
Thursday, 06 December 2012 00:53

BMA 2012: The Songs Which Stand Out

The features with regards to the upcoming edition of the Bay Music Awards officially come to an end with the revelation of the tracks which the radio station has selected to represent the best elements of the industry for the past couple of months. Separate categories have already been well represented by solo artists or bands, those of which have already earned the right to be called established as well as those who are ready for their big break. In recent years, tracks released by local artists have been earning several positive criticism from foreign members of the press and this is due to the fact that there is more thought put in behind every piece of lyric and every note within the composition in itself. Record studios have become much more professionalism and production is sometimes even conducted abroad in order to have that perfect enhancement. 89.7 Bay has always been on the front line to promote the best possible tracks, ones which the people would enjoy listening to and are easy on the ear. Therefore, it is not surprising to note that for the ninth edition of the Bay Music Awards, the Best Song of the past couple of months will be given an award during a ceremony which is taking place at the Bay Arena on the 12th December 2012 hosted by Ben Glover, Dorian Cassar and Nathan D, the latter of which is pictured below.

It is important to note that this is the only category which only comprises of four entries and kicking off things is none other than Ira Losco who earns a second nomination, this time for her track What I’d Give which is a different tune to what the people have come to expect from the former Eurovision Song Contest representative whose hiatus from music was somewhat well adapted for a major comeback. In fact, it is important to note that the genre of the new track, the lead single off her yet unnamed album is a mixture of soul, funk and a little bit of reggae making it extremely distinguishable from anything else on the market. Ira Losco has been around for quite some time noting that she first emerged in the local music scene by virtue of winning the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza before finishing second in the Eurovision Song Contest. Upon her return to Malta from the latter event, she joined forces with Howard Keith of Jagged House and together have created magic for many to enjoy. As previous stated, she is set to drop a brand new album in the beginning of next year.


Two nominations during the evening are quite intriguing because one would definitely hope to end up finishing in the top position within both or at least one. The second act to garner a nomination is the group Red Electrick who have invented themselves in the past couple of months, coming up with brand new material which shows versatility in composition and vocals. As a matter of fact, one of such results is surely Paul which was a major hit earlier this year. Creative control has been the major element in their success having left on good terms with their management Jagged House with the idea to change their genre and ultimately be more mature in their decisions. Their debut single entitled Who The Heck Is Rek was and remains a crowd pleasure and is included in several of their playlists but then again, their recent album The Unplugged Sessions shows why the group have decided to take up issues in their own hands. The acoustic feel has saw them gain an edge over several other bands in the country.  Matthew and Peter have co-written the track Never Walk Away for Chris Grech in the next Malta Eurovision Song Contest.


My World has been described by critics and one of the most notable tracks to have been released within the summer months and this is surely the case according to the thoughts put forward by the people. Gaining a nomination in this category was no mean feat especially when one considers that a number of tracks were omitted from the list despite having the airplay and the credibility. Carlo Gerada is no newcomer to the music scene and has worked on several tracks in the past whilst Jan Cortez is slightly more fresh having come off a talent show a couple of years back where he did his best to prove his talent. This is a duo which has worked well and could be described as a combination of pleasure and hard work. As a matter of fact, despite being nominated for the best song category, it seems that they are heavily favoured to come out on top in another category featured earlier on, that being the one of Dance Music. They have definitely worked hard to show that they indeed could be successful and a possible double is not out of the equation especially with a large fan-base. 


One would say that leaving the act for last means that they are the best and Scar have truly well represented the local music industry for several years with the band name stretching back a couple of decades and still proving successful. This band has always managed to remain at the top of the peoples’ acclaim due to the fact that they are current and promote music which the people enjoy. In their careers, they have been noted to participate in the Malta Eurovision Song Contest back in 2007 with the track As Long As You Know which managed to finish in sixth place whilst they prepare for a second participation next year as they participate with Superstar which is written by Konrad Pule who just happens to be the lead vocalist in the band. There is a certain aura and a chemistry which also makes them extremely likable and if they continue this acoustic feel to their songs, it also shows maturity, but one which is very different to that being presented by Red Electrick. The song which has garnered the nomination is a gem entitled White Lie and had also lead the charts a couple of weeks back.


The was the fifth and last in a series of features that escflashmalta.com has planned for the 2012 edition of the Bay Music Awards and that is because people have to party as if it's the end of the world. Voting officially came to a close at midnight on Wednesday and therefore, votes cannot be cast but if so, they will not count and may still be charged. We hope that you have already cast your vote though. Nevertheless, you can also be part of the Bay Music Awards as a spectator by virtue of entering in our competition which could see you attending this years’ showcase. The question we’re asking is; Which female artist nominated for the Bay Music Awards has been to the Eurovision Song Contest? Send your answers to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by not later than Saturday 8th December 2013 at 23:59 CET. In the meantime, stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news.

Source: 89.7 Bay, escflashmalta.com

Published in Local Music News
Monday, 03 December 2012 15:30

BMA 2012: Solo Artists That Stand Out

In the past, the local music scene was somewhat well adapted to promoting artists who had a solid solo career rather than possibly those who would team up and create a band although, the few which eventually did managed to release some stunning music as we pay them tribute. This has been a changing trend noting that there are a number of bands presently and they have been achieving a lot of success on both local and foreign waters, making them somewhat enviable at times. One should not fret about the other section of the industry though because the artists who are trying to do it on their own are also managing to find their feet with some funky modern music which is always enjoyed by the masses. 89.7 Bay has always been on the forefront to promote talent which is spectacular and easy on the ear. Therefore, it is not surprising to note that for the ninth edition of the Bay Music Awards, the Best Solo Artist of the past couple of months will be given an award during a ceremony which is taking place at the Bay Arena on the 12th December 2012 hosted by Ben Glover, Dorian Cassar and Nathan D, the latter of which is pictured below.
Five solo artists have been given a nomination and it is up to their fans and radio listeners alike to select the very best from the possible choices. It is worth pointing out that three females will be competing against two males and the former take precedence as per gesture. In fact, the first nominee is Christabelle, a talented young individual who has been around for quite some time by virtue of working her way into public perception in a number of showcases such as the Junior Eurosong and the Għanja tal-Poplu competition before heading out to try and conquer the world of local radio, something that she has so far achieved successfully. For the past three years, Christabelle has gladly taken up the award noting that she has released a number of number #1 singles including; Everything About You, I Wanna KnowEverytime I Bleed and most recently Say which will be unveiled once more at the awards show in a different manner. Her latest single was proudly released onto digital platforms online through the help of CAP Sounds, a German company which runs under the supervision of Universal Music Germany and which has taken care of several Maltese entries in the Eurovision Song Contest in the past.
The second artist to feature on the list of nominees does not need too much introduction either with Muxu building a solid fan-base over the years by virtue of releasing material in r'n'b format whilst also collaborating with a number of other artists along the way. The renowned male performer has managed to reach the higher echelons of the airplay at 89.7 Bay on several occasions including with tracks such as Still Missing You (ft. Talitha), Feel Good Song (ft. Davinia), Broken, Beat My DrumElectronicSo Good and his most recent release coming at the end of September entitled Pour Down On Me. Muxu has worked with escflashmalta.com several times, even releasing his last two music videos exclusively with this portal. He brings about variety and distinction and tends to stand out from the crowd just for the sake of being original. It is also worth noting that, just a couple of days ago, it was revealed that he is also one of the songwriters in the 2013 Malta Eurovision Song Contest as he penned the lyrics to the song Betrayed, composed by Elton Zarb, which will be performed on the semi-final of the showcase on the 1st February 2013.
Moving onto artist number three, a female who goes by the stage name of Brooke, a talented young artist who does not live in Malta anymore choosing to pursue her career in the United Kingdom where she is also studying. In a similar route taken up by Christabelle, Brooke started from the Junior Song for Europe before showing prowess in her later years and began performing with up and coming singer Daniele, an Italian on a regular basis. Just a couple of years later, she also recorded the track Echo with the Sanremo Giovani winner; Tony Maiello and performed the song live on The X Factor which back then used to air on RAI DUE. She has never looked back ever since and has released a series of hit singles including Achilles Heel, Love Not War, Fairytale and her latest being Bingo. She has been known to perform mainly generic pop with some fusion of r'n'b synths but what makes her wanted for more performances is the fact that she sounds great when she sings live, on most occasions, better than the recording. escflashmalta.com have been honoured to have also worked with her on the release of the video for the track Fairytale earlier this year.
According to the latest reports, the partner of the artist above is none other than Kurt Calleja, the fourth nominee in this years' solo artist category who has gained fame through the world of competitions. In fact, the male singer first appeared on the music scene alongside Kaya in the performance of Waterfall, before returning as a solo performer in 2011 with the track Over and Over, which reached third place and catapulted him to local success. Earlier this year, he entered with the song This Is The Night and ultimately won the competition over fan favourite Claudia Faniello and represented the country abroad making it through to the final selection of the event before ultimately only managing twenty-first place. Since returning back from the Eurovision Song Contest, Kurt Calleja has released a brand new track entitled Boomerang and is planning several more releases in the coming months including a debut album which will surely involve some cracking tunes that people will end up enjoying.


The final artist to have been nominated for the Best Solo Artist award is actually one who has been around in the local music industry the longest and has marked her return to the scene earlier this year with a strong number entitled What I'd Give. Ira Losco was one of the people who worked her way up to the top by reaching the best possible lengths in competitions including being the Maltese representative at the Eurovision Song Contest back in 2002 and also winning the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza back in 2001. At this point in time, Ira has released six studio albums including those for remixes and acoustic versions respectively. Following her stint at the international competition, the female performer started to reinvent herself and in fact, signed a record deal with Jagged House to start working with songwriter and producer Howard Keith. The collaboration has been a huge success and Ira has been rekindling her followers in anticipation for the release of a brand new album in the beginning of the new year. During the evening like all of the performers mentioned above, Ira will be performing live so make sure to enjoy the show. 
This was the second  in a series of features that escflashmalta.com has planned for the 2012 edition of the Bay Music Awards and that is because people have to party as if it's the end of the world. In order to vote for the Best Solo Artist Award, it is vital to send an sms with either of these acts' respective name sakes as show in the article in bold to 50615304. Make sure that the vote you make is for the song which you believe deserves the award because it managed to make some sort of impact. The voting is open until the 5th December which is roughly just less than a month. Make sure to get cracking and stay tuned to both escflashmalta.com and 89.7 Bay for all of the latest updates from this years' edition of the prestigious music awards.
Source: 89.7 Bay, escflashmalta.com
Published in Local Music News
Friday, 23 November 2012 09:30

BMA 2012: The Meteoric Rise of Bands

Several music critics have gone on record stating that the local industry required a little bit of diversity and when looking back at what was being offered, this was surely the case but gone are the days when soloists dominate the radio scene because there is a new wave of bands which are definitely coming into focus and taking the limelight away. As a matter of fact, many have described the influx as a meteoric rise of success because they do not just put out music but through their respective genres and niches manage to release good material which is normally enjoyable to various demographics in society. One of the particular radio stations to promote a talented bunch of musicians is surely 89.7 Bay having spearheaded the campaign to see through that there is a progression in the local music scene. It should come to no surprise then that the ninth edition of the Bay Music Awards will be once more awarding the Best Band Award during the ceremony which is set to take place at the Bay Arena on the 12th December 2012 hosted by Ben Glover, Dorian Cassar and Nathan D.

It has been decided that five nominees should make up this extremely tough category although it is fair to say that there could have been some other contenders in the list. Nevertheless, kicking off with the first band; Red Electrick, one which has been featuring heavily in 2012 especially after deciding to take up full creative control over their music having previously worked with the likes of Howard Keith from Jagged Records. Their initial release off their latest effort was of course the sublime track 'Paul' and it was just the beginning of a successful era with 'The Unplugged Sessions', originally a concert which was aired at the cinema. The members of the band are Matt, Pete, Jonas, Ivan and Raf and they make up what has become a solid band in the local music industry. Many will remember one of their debut singles; 'Who the Heck' is REK!? which easily topped the radio charts in the country. Two of the members; Matthew James Borg and Peter Borg have also co-written a track entitled 'Never Walk Away' for the upcoming Malta Eurovision Song Contest making it to the final sixty-nine tracks with vocals by Chris Grech. We wish them the very best of luck.


The second band to have been given a nomination is another one which does not actually need too much of an introduction having been around for quite some time, undergoing a couple of line-up changes along the way before ultimately becoming one which features Konrad Pule as the lead vocalist. The band whose name is Scar has managed to remain current despite the wave of foreign sounds which has been infiltrating the market and their last studio release 'Breaking Radio Silence'. Despite the album being put out quite a while ago, the music is still relevant and their most recent offering entitled 'White Lie' clearly shows that they are in the scene in order to remain there. They also took part in the 2007 Malta Song for Europe competition finishing in sixth place and have submitted yet another entry in the upcoming editio of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest entitled 'Superstar'. The band features the already mentioned Konrad Pule who also a co-writer, Michael Scicluna, Arda Baykurt and David Cassar Torreggiani. Once more, we would like to wish them the very best of luck with their competition endeavours for yet another year.


The third band to have been given the nomination is actually one of the newest bands in the local music scene by the name Saving Alexis. In fact, they first came together in 2010 and ultimately had been awarded with the Best Newcomer Award at this same prestigious ceremony held by 89.7 and it is to be noted that they bring that something different to the table because their music is highly describable as power pop with several influences from modern rock'n'roll to classical jazz. Clear dedication is what has been the successful factor in this group and coming about from the same town is definitely another positive attribute to have aided their success. It is highly notable that all of their releases have managed to enter within the playlists of 89.7 Bay and other local radio stations ultimately ranking in the top positions making them somewhat a little bit of having a midas touch with their music, knowing exactly what to put out there without losing their creative control. This is their first nomination in this category. The band is made up of Clayton Bonelo, Chris Cass, Melchior Busuttil, and Chris Farrugia.


Intriguing. That is the word I will be using to describe the fourth nominees in this group of absolutely delightful acts who not only release great music but ultimately provide a great show. Three Stops to China are also relatively new to the music scene but it does feel like they have been around for quite some time, probably because people have become accustomed to hearing their music on the radio. In their official Facebook page, they official describe themselves as to being all about the hype and that is actually an element to succeed in the music industry. It is vital to get the people behind you. Their genre has really been of a progressive nature but that is what most people would probably denote. They are coming up against some of the most notable names in the local music industry in this category but they are truly deserving of the nomination, which I believe is actually not the very first time either having been nominated in another year not too long ago. Their music has also performed solidly on the chart and people are definitely waiting for more.


One final band to garner a nomination into this years' edition of the Bay Music Awards is Dolls for Idols which very much like the previous two have not been around in the industry for an extremely long period of time. Once more diversity plays an extremely important role behind obtaining this achievement because they are the best representatives for Electronic music at the moment. In fact, their material was somewhat very current about two years ago but when they released their most recent tracks, it seems that they managed to keep up their sound whilst still managing to remain true to the current music scene. The group Dolls for Idols is made up of Clint Spiteri, Aaron Sammut and Erick Saliba. Their line up has also been extremely consistent and therefore keeps within the element that consistency is the key behind success. They have a good music following and in fact, their fans are relAtively noisy so this definitely gives them the possibility to cause an upset for this award in particular but also possibly for another award.


This was the second  in a series of features that escflashmalta.com has planned for the 2012 edition of the Bay Music Awards and that is because people have to party as if it's the end of the world. In order to vote for the Best Band Award, it is vital to send an sms with either of these acts' respective name sakes as show in the article in bold to 50615303. Make sure that the vote you make is for the song which you believe deserves the award because it managed to make some sort of impact. The voting is open until the 5th December which is roughly just less than a month. Make sure to get cracking and stay tuned to both escflashmalta.com and 89.7 Bay for all of the latest updates from this years' edition of the prestigious music awards

Source: 89.7 Bay, escflashmalta.com

Published in Local Music News
Sunday, 18 November 2012 14:20

BMA 2012: Behind the Creation of Dance Music

The evolution of music has been signified through a variety of genres across the years and one of the key radio stations that has made note of every change in the past couple of years with regards to the local music industry has surely been 89.7 Bay. The broadcaster has earned the right to be call, the radio station of the public, one that plays the selection of music that the people at home expect throughout the day especially when relaxing at home or trying to unnerve yourself within your work place. This element has been spoken for on a number of occasions hence forth, it never manages to miss a chord. In the meantime, the focus here is the achievement of local music artists through The Bay Music Awards which will be taking place on Wednesday, 12th December at the Bay Arena with this years' theme being Party Like It's The End, considering that the apocalypse is somewhat close according to several studies. 89.7 Bay and escflashmalta.com have collaborated on a number of features in the past couple of months and years, and therefore, it is truly an honour to bear more fruit as we promote the people nominated for the awards with the Best Dance Tune or Remix featuring up next.

This has to be yet another tough category especially for those who have a liking towards this sort of music and know the hard work that each artist puts in to make sure that the final quality best represents what was initially thought in their minds. The first nomination in this category features none other than JJoy and Kelly Stelfox with Love Hangover. The latter whom many will remember from the 2011 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest with the track Love Me Like Your Money. This time round though, her sultry vocals have been added to a track which has been featuring a lot in several clubs all over the Maltese Islands and therefore earning the right to be one of the several summer tracks. JJoy is an established figure in the scene as well and many individuals tend to flock to watch him play. This is a track which has garnered rave reviews from the critics for not being overproduced.


The battle of the heavy weights continues because the second man involved is DJ Ruby, another popular figure in the dance scene whose collaborations have been noted to be mostly with foreign artists in order to have an even more maximum appeal to foreign markets wherever possible. Laura Jae is a marvelous singer and presents herself in the way that the British singer, Estelle tends to especially when it comes to the looks department. Their track bears the name Defenceless and builds up slowly into a catchy chorus which one can definitely break into a set of swinging moves. Whilst the first track was revealed publicly around February, the second one was released sometime around March and therefore, one would easily see the idea that the tracks were easily known by the time that summer came round thus achieving more airplay. Once more, this was another one of those songs which did very well on the radio chart.


The third track to garner a nomination into this category has to be the most mainstream in my opinion out of all of the songs that have been presented with Carlo Gerada featuring Jan Cortez looking very much like the typical collaboration that the industry has been known to present. My World has really achieved a lot in a very short space of time considering that following its admission as a new entry, it was being heard not only on this particular radio station, but also on several others with many people going about to the beach with music and this track blasting in their ears. escflashmalta.com had the opportunity to speak to Carlo Gerada following the release and he seemed pretty happy about the response of the public. This was truly a summer hit in my opinion and has a good vibe going about it heading into these awards within a couple of weeks time.


Moving onto the fourth nomination that comes in the form of an intriguing collaborating featuring Stevy Vee, Ross Paterson and Glen Vella. The latter individual is definitely recognized from having represented Malta in the Eurovision Song Contest back in 2011 with the track One Life and since then, things have been pretty positive for him noting trips back and forth in European countries a couple of tracks which have seen him evolve within the dance scene as well. This particular song entitled Louder is one of those typical tracks which is normally played very late into the night as one has been dancing the night away because it is slightly more mellow yet still features a thumping beat. There is something particular about the track which makes me want to stop, listen and just dance along to the track and that is definitely a positive review for it from my end as a listener.

The final nomination has been handed out to Corinna who has given the music industry something to smile about from a female perspective considering that men tend to dominate this particular award. In fact, her track entitled Battle of Wills is slightly mainstream but what she does have different than most of the others is that she is alone and brings about a very strong vocal rendition of the dance track. She has been nominated for the Eurodance Award and has also managed to reach the top ten of the local charts over on 89.7 Bay. The dance tune is nothing which could be described as the track to listen to at the end of the world because it is quite generic but nevertheless, there is the general edge of the vocal which surely will play around the emotion of the voting public. Many people will be noting that the only other female vocal is from a featuring act and hence forth why maybe this could be the one to walk away with the award.


This was the second  in a series of features that escflashmalta.com has planned for the 2012 edition of the Bay Music Awards and that is because people have to party as if it's the end of the world. In order to vote for the Best Dance Tune or Remix Award, it is vital to send an sms with either of these acts' respective name sakes as show in the article in bold to 50615302. Make sure that the vote you make is for the song which you believe deserves the award because it managed to make some sort of impact. The voting is open until the 5th December which is roughly just less than a month. Make sure to get cracking and stay tuned to both escflashmalta.com and 89.7 Bay for all of the latest updates from this years' edition of the prestigious music awards.

Source: escflashmalta.com, 89.7 Bay

Published in Local Music News
Friday, 09 November 2012 11:30

BMA 2012: Looking up to the New Generation

Throughout the years, 89.7 Bay has grown into a radio station of the public, one that plays the right selection of music across the whole day and never fails to miss a chord with any of the listeners. The Bay Music Awards were created nine years ago with one aim and that is to make sure that the tracks which have received a lot of praise and momentum throughout the year get attention once more in a star studded ceremony which takes place yearly in December. This years' edition which will once more be held in the Bay Arena on Wednesday, 12th December will be running under the theme Party Like it's the End with clear reference to the craze that swept the world a couple of months back that the world is coming to an end. escflashmalta.com and 89.7 Bay have collaborated with each other quite a bit this year including interviews with local artists and also featuring Nathan D in a number of features in relation to the Eurovision Song Contest but nevertheless, the time to promote the awards has come and today, proceedings are kicked off with the Best Newcomer noting fiece competition from three talented groups and a solo performer.

Some of the acts which have been nominated have just released their debut radio material including none other than the band Planet Seed  which features bass player; Liam Spiteri, drummer; Chris Galea, keyboards player; Etienne Scicluna, lead guitarist; Stefan Farrugia, and guitarist/vocalist; Klinsmann Coleiro whom many will recall from his days at the Malta Eurovision Song Contest where he has even finished as high at third in the final results. Nevertheless, the focus is on the band whose debut single entitled It's Gonna Be Ok was well received by listeners of the radio station climbing up to number one in a short space of time garnering massive airplay. There has been a lot of dedication from the group towards their beginning, so much so that even a music video has been filmed to fully support the track which will of course be performed on the night of the 2012 edition Bay Music Awards. Following their stint at the ceremony, many should expect more music to come out of this talented bunch. 


Next up in this category is a duo actually who cannot be more different than the first nominated act showing clear diversity for what the people represent in terms of music selection on 89.7 Bay. In fact, Lost Emotions is a duo made up of Anthony Meachen and Steven Psaila whose element is surely the genre of dance. They had worked separately in the past but now since joining forces, they have become a dynamic force in the local music industry. The tracks that they have released onto radio included Rain featuring the vocalist Amelia as well as Paradise Bay featuring another female vocalist, this time in the form of Larissa. Both tracks were once more very well received but the latter was a huge summer hit and could be heard on several beaches near the sea especially in a number of parties that headlined in the country during the warm couple of months that have just passed by. There is an audience for this type of music but technically speaking, one does indeed have to be in the mood to listen to the tracks which they have brought forward to make the industry look more current.


Act number three to garner a nomination is one of the most successful all female girl bands to grace the music stage of the Maltese Islands noting that it has been slightly problematic to get consistency with this particular form of act in the past. Cryptic Street are looking to change that and despite their young age, they are working hard to ensure that success is just around the corner. It is worth noting that they have a great backing in the form of Matthew James and Peter Borg from Red Electrick respectively who helped them out with their debut single Indecisive which features a mixture of pop/rock with that hint of indie thrown in. The girl band is made up of five individuals, Julia Hickey on drums, Leona Farrugia on rhythm guitar, Chiara Sacco on bass guitar, Denise Gilford on keyboard and Janelle Borg on lead guitar but what is impressive is that they all have a role within the vocal department making them the ultimate threat to the industry. Look out for these girls in the future because there is something special about them.


The fourth and final performer to be nominated for this award is actually the only solo performer who has been around for quite some time but is suddenly busy in the studio recording a number of songs which are receiving a lot of airplay support. This is none other than Dimal. In fact, his most recent effort comes in the form of Let's Make It Happen which features the renowned pop artist; Lyndsay. In the past, Dimal also released award winning tracks such as Shake It, Shake It with Maddee and that surely gives him a little bit of an edge in this respective category. He comes from a field which in my opinion is not well represented in Malta, that being of Hip Hop and R'n'B but then again, what he does, he manages to do it well and that is what makes him a true solid artist. Dimal will be joined on stage by Lindsay for a performance of their latest single and it is set to be quite exhilirating according to our information. 


This was the first in a series of features that escflashmalta.com has planned for the 2012 edition of the Bay Music Awards and that is because people have to party as if it's the end of the world. In order to vote for the Best Newcomer Award, it is vital to send an sms with either of these acts' respective name sakes as show in the article in bold to 50615301. It is worth noting that this particular award has been given to some spectacular acts in the past who have become some of the most popular individuals and groups in the local music industry. Therefore, technically speaking, that is why, one has to look up to these acts because they represent the music scene of tomorrow rather than the one of the day. The voting is open until the 5th December which is roughly just less than a month. Make sure to get cracking and stay tuned to both escflashmalta.com and 89.7 Bay for all of the latest updates from this years' edition of the prestigious music awards.

Source: escflashmalta.com, 89.7 Bay

Published in Local Music News
Sunday, 04 November 2012 13:50

Malta: Ira Losco Keeps Options Open

Recognition is the key for success and if this is achieved in a gradual manner, therefore it becomes even more positive. This is surely the main element why Ira Losco has become the artist she has today because she has used every experience in her favour and ultimately created a music niche which not many tend to have. Development is equally important and together with Howard Keith of Jagged House, there was the creation of a brand, a true artist with a pop/rock vibe with the possibility of expansion above and beyond. It is quite hard to recall that this individual also represented Malta in the Eurovision Song Contest back in 2002 but with the submissions for the local showcase coming to an end earlier this week, she was a guest on Bla Agenda hosted by Norman Hamilton on ONE Television.

There were a number of issues dealt with in the programme last night which somewhat embarked on combining the arts with more economic issues but nevertheless having Ira as the spokesperson for music was indeed fit considering her astonishing success both locally and even in foreign waters. When asked about the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, she was relatively positive saying that it is an intriguing means of exposure and that it would secure a career in the country with whatever happens but apart from that, she went onto add that some of the international collaborations nowadays are leading to foreign contacts. The renowned performer was also asked point blank with regards to the possibility of her return to the competition especially after achieving runner-up success in 2002 and she was even more positive than in recent years saying that she would definitely take up her new style if the right song came along with a typical 'never say never' response. The platform is definitely an intriguing one considering the success that latest acts seem to be achieving following the competition.

It will be interesting to see whether Ira Losco does intend to come back in the years to come especially with a funky type of sound, one which has become extremely popular with the public. She is currently focusing on finishing the vocals on her upcoming album which up to this point in time remains unnamed but also focusing on the Bay Music Award where she is nominated for the Best Artist category as well as the Best Song for her comeback track What I'd Give. The editorial team of escflashmalta.com would like to wish Ira Losco the very best of luck with her upcoming endeavours and also hope that you stayed tuned for all of the latest news about the 2013 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest as soon as it becomes available. Let us know whether you'd want her to return to the biggest music competition in Europe.

Source: ONE Television, Brian Grech (Photograph)


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89.7 Bay has been the leading radio station to promote the local Music scene and in fact, has helped artists develop their talent through the medium of broadcasting. In the past couple of years, there have been some distinct improvements in quality when it comes to the respective industry and therefore it is imperative that artists are rewarded for their talent through the annual Bay Music Awards which were officially launched this morning at the Intercontinental Hotel in Paceville. This will be the ninth year of the radio stations' music awards and it will be the biggest yet according to Kevin DeCesare, director of the Eden Leisure Group.

This years' edition of the Bay Music Awards will be taking place on the 12th December, the eve of a Public Holiday and will run under the theme Party Like it's the End highlighting the element that several people have been talking about this year. escflashmalta.com has been a stalwart in promoting both aspects of the local music scene although, one would have to note that there is a merge between the two due to the growing element of professionalism. In fact, there are several artists who have a connection with the Eurovision Song Contest, both on a local level as well as an international level. We are proud to be collaborating with 89.7 Bay on this years' ceremonies. In the meantime, please check out the nominees below.

Best Newcomer (50615301)

Cryptic Street


Lost Emotion

Planet Seed

Best Dance Tune or Remix (50615302)

'My World' - Carlo Gerada ft. Jan Cortez 

'Battle of Wills' - Corinna

'Love Hangover' - JJoy ft. Kelly Stelfox

'Defenceless' - Ruby ft. Laura Jae

'Louder' - Stevy Vee & Ross Paterson ft. Glen Vella

Best Band (50615303)

Dolls for Idols

Red Electrick


Saving Alexis

Three Stops to China

Best Solo Artist (50615304)



Ira Losco

Kurt Calleja


Best Song (50615305)

'My World' - Carlo Gerada ft. Jan Cortez 

'What I'd Give' - Ira Losco

'Paul' - Red Electrick

'White Lie' - Scar

This years' edition of the Bay Music Awards will be hosted by Nathan D, Ben Glover and Dorian Cassar who hold the most noted shows on the broadcaster. It also has to be noted that all of the performances of the evening will be live except those from the best newcomer category in order to get into their respective element. One of the awards to be given out during the evening will be based on the amount of screams for each respective performance so one has to make sure that the fans will be present during the evening. Regular tickets will be going on sale at €10 with the front section tickets being sold at €15 and the VIP tickets with an open bar and canapés will be going for €30. Tickets will be sold online through the official website.

Source: 89.7 Bay

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