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Tuesday, 08 April 2014 14:00

Malta: CAP-Sounds Support Rikki Lee Debut

Rikki Lee, lead vocalist of the group Gypsy Genes until a mere couple of months ago is quickly establishing himself as a solo artist with his debut single Lies close to topping Malta's Top Ten with Nathan D on 89.7 by peaking at number #2. In a couple of weeks, Rikki will be releasing his sophomore single Smile having drafted Luca Caligari and Andrew Mizzi to work on producing the track, ensuring optimal quality and a sound which people will remember way beyond the summer of 2014.

In recent weeks, Rikki along with his management also finalised a contractual agreement with CAP-Sounds, the German based record label with distribution handled by Universal Music Germany. As a result, the first single Lies is now available for purchase through iTunes both locally and internationally. Manfred Holz, Managing Director and Owner of CAP-Sounds is proud to welcome Rikki Lee to the family stating that his sound is fresh and modern, one that should also aid the label to grow. We urge you to purchase the track as soon as possible and stay tuned to for all the latest news.

Source: Rikki Lee (Official Facebook Page)

Published in Local Music News
Saturday, 05 April 2014 16:16

ESC 2014: An In-Depth Review of Azerbaijan

It has become customary for the editorial board to engage professional individuals from the music industry to assess the songs competing in the Eurovision Song Contest as presented to the European Broadcasting Union during the Heads of Delegation Meeting. Martin Isherwood, Deo Grech, Stano Simor and Matt Mercieca from the United Kingdom, Malta and the Czech Republic have been entrusted with the first semi-final, comprising of sixteen songs and set to take place on the 6th May 2014 at the B&W Hallerne in Copenhagen, Denmark. Making use of the running order and thus moving onto number #8, we catch up with Azerbaijan (Ictimai) who will be represented by Dilara Kazimova and the song Start a Fire co-written by Stefan Örn, Johan Kronlund and Alessandra Günthardt.

First time Dilara took her chance in the Azerbaijani national selection as a band member of Unformal in 2008, when the country debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest. The band finished second in the national selection. Later, in 2010, Dilara qualified to the final as a part of a female duo Milk&Kisses. In the same year, she went to represent Azerbaijan at another international music festival New Wave in Yurmala, Latvia. Dilara has what it takes to be a standout. Early vocal training gave her a great range and vocal discipline. As a child, she was surrounded by different music, from opera and classics to the rock legends like Freddie Mercury. Not to mention the influence of traditional Azeri folk music.

She’s taken elements from each of these diverse genres, developing her own unique vocal style brilliantly showed at this year's Azerbaijani final of Böyük Səhnə. Dilara is remarkably flexible, handling a Motown inspired Mercy with soul and impressive energy or a jazzy cover of Hometown Glory which may actually be as good as Adele’s original effort. Dilara began to sing professionally at age of 14. For the last 15 years, she has been experimenting with variety of styles and training her versatile voice. She was introduced to music professionally at the U. Hajibekov Baku Academy of Music. Later on she graduated as an opera singer from Baku Conservatory. 

Besides music Dilara has a passion for painting and acting. Her filmography includes Try, Do Not Breathe (2006) and In-between (2007), where besides acting she has also created a soundtrack Sonzul Yol. One of her next planned steps for future is to combine music with acting in musical. Dilara is in her top shape as an artist. Fans of live music in Baku know her as one of the most wanted and most discussed guest of city’s modern alternative stage. When she’s got a chance, Dilara spends her spare time in the yoga studio or reading books on psychology. She also loves animals and never wears fur in life or on stage, as a sign of respect towards all the animals in existence. In the meantime, it is worth pointing out that her single for the Eurovision Song Contest has been published by German record label, CAP-Sounds.

Azerbaijan, one of the nations to have joined the family of the Eurovision Song Contest in recent years, making an instant impact noting that they have always managed to enter the top ten, and that their worst result was actually achieved back in 2008 with the duo Elnur & Samir with their eccentric performance of the song Day After Day. It was back in 2011 when the nation achieve their first and thus far, only victory at the hands of another duo, a male and female known as Ell & Nikki whose entry Running Scared, considered by many a pop gem had succeeded in triumphing at the event. Last year, Azerbaijan was almost close to repeating that success as Farid Mammadov finished in second place with the song Hold Me.

Professional Critics Voice their Opinion

Rating: 76%

Martin Isherwood: Struggling with the sense of the lyrics.  All sounds very sad but I'm clueless! Nice smoky voice with an interesting vibrato and falsetto. Lovely melodies. Big production and nicely done. Very reminiscent of 'Read All About it’ Emile Sande. 

Deo Grech: I am simply awed by the ability of how the Azeris manage to produce one incredible entry after the other.   Following closely on last year's entry Azerbaijan has produced yet another incredible ballad with interesting ethnic undertones.  This will surely be one to watch out for!   Yet another candidate for this year's battle of the ballads.

Stano Simor: Beautiful voice, wonderful song. thirties style in a modern design and making use of Azeri folklore. It is very specific. The song and the chorus do not have a hit factor, or any other factor for that matter, and it is somewhat required in a three minute performance!!

Matt Mercieca: I think the song is beautiful, and melody is beautiful, and it makes me feel all dreamy and nostalgic! I just wish I knew what she was saying, I love the kind of middle eastern touch at points, i wish diction was better cause I wanna understand her story a little more, but over all I love the vibe.


Published in Editorials

Start a Fire co-written by Stefan Örn, Johan Kronlund & Alessandra Günthardt and performed by Dilara Kazimova was internally selected to represent Azerbaijan in the 2014 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest. Responsible for the commercial release of this track is none other than German Record Label, CAP-Sounds with distribution handled by Universal Music Germany.

This marks the third consecutive year that Azerbaijan has entrusted CAP-Sounds with the official release of their Eurovision Song Contest entry having also been responsible for When The Music Dies and Hold Me performed by Sabina Babayeva and Farid Mammadov in 2012 and 2013 respectively. Manfred Holz, manager of Fabrizio Faniello and Record Label boss is proud of the professional relationship built with Euromedia Company and Ictimai Television, noting that they their vision is always well planned out. You may purchase a copy of the Azeri entry Start a Fire through iTunes and also stream the full version through Spotify. Stay tuned to for more of the latest news.

Source: CAP-Sounds

Thursday, 27 March 2014 09:37

Slovakia: Brand New Single Release by Mista

Mista, runner-up of the Slovakian national selection in 2010 with Emotions has just released a brand new single entitled Go Wild written by The Force, a team of well known producers from the United States of America. It has been executively produced by Stano Simor, one of the professional individuals assigned by to review the songs in contention at this years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest as well as a juror in the early round of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest.

Supported by CAP-Sounds and Universal Music Germany, Mista is a true inspiration for several artists from the Eastern part of the continent where it could be slightly difficult to catch a break in the industry. Since trying to represent Slovakia in the Eurovision Song Contest, she has gone onto release several hit singles including Rock It!, Never Hide, Cash Out and Feel the Breeze whilst garnering acclaim well beyond this continent, being in demand for concerts and appearances in China.

Mista has confirmed in recent months that she has been approached to represent different countries at the international event but cites being too busy for the time being. She still hopes to honour a country in the near future, something which she had also said during a promotional visit to Malta a couple of years back. Follow all the latest news about Mista through her official website and stay tuned tuned to for more tidbits.

Source: Press Release

Wednesday, 19 February 2014 21:30

Malta: Stunning iTunes Chart Debut for Amber

Amber, one of the most highly sought after female vocalists in Malta, and recent participant in the Malta Eurovision Song Contest with the song Because I Have You composed by Paul Giordimaina to the lyrics of Fleur Balzan has just become the first act from the competition to reach the top ten of the iTunes singles chart in Malta, despite releases by semi-finalists; Miriam Christine and Fabrizio Faniello as well as second runner-up; Daniel Testa.

In 2011, Amber made her debut in the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, being the only artist with two (2) songs and has never looked back from then onwards, finishing in third place with Answer With Your Eyes composed by Ray Agius to the lyrics of Alfred C Sant in 2012, and in fourth place for the past two years with In Control and Because I Have You. CAP-Sounds, entrusted with the release of the Safe (Miriam Christine), Just No Place Like Home (Fabrizio Faniello) and One Last Ride (Daniel Testa) are now also responsible for Because I Have You (Amber). You may purchase any of the songs mentioned above by clicking on their respective song-titles. If you do not live in Malta, iTunes should redirect you to the respective location you are making the purchase from. We would like to thank our readers who are supporting the songs through their respective purchases. Stay tuned to for all the latest news.

Source: iTunes

Published in Local Music News
Tuesday, 11 February 2014 19:45

MESC 14: CAP-Sounds Publishes Songs on iTunes

CAP-Sounds, an internationally renowned record label with distribution handled by Universal Music Germany has been known to support the entries that Malta sends to the Eurovision Song Contest on several occasions, kicking off with 1996 and showing almost year-after-year consistency till 2010. As the curtain drops on yet another edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, a couple of the competing entries have been published on behalf of the record label for public consumption.

One Last Ride written by Stephen Rudden and Lawrence Peter Bridge with vocals provided by Daniel Testa was the second runner-up during the competition, obtaining the second most amount of votes by the general public. It is for this reason that the whole team, led by Trevor Fenech decided to publish this song, along with two fabulous remixes for a mere €1.49. In the meantime, semi-finalist entries; Safe composed by Mark Scicluna to the lyrics of Emil Calleja Bayliss and sung by Miriam Christine as well as Just No Place Like Home written by Johan Bejerholm and performed by Fabrizio Faniello have also been made available for a mere €0.99 each. We urge you to stay tuned to for all the latest news.

Source: iTunes, CAP Sounds

At the 2013 edition of the International Festival of Maltese Song, the foreign category was won by one of the acts representing Germany, that being the group Bella Vista with the track Fremd Aber Doch Vertraut, originally known as Sal-Aħħar by Fabrizio Faniello. Bella Vista, a German group comprising of Scarlet Breedy, Conny Schoen, Thomas Jünger and Petra Jünger are represented by Manfred Holz, of CAP Sounds. It is worth noting that Manfred, has supported most of the entries that have represented Malta at the Eurovision Song Contest and also happens to be manager of Fabrizio Faniello.

Bella Vista have a growing reputation in Germany and have selected Fremd Aber Doch Vertraut as their lead single off the studio album Stark. Supporting the release of the single through digital store, iTunes is a music video, one which was shot in Malta. Jose Herrera, Parliamentary Secretary for Culture and the Local Council has already confirmed that the International Festival of Maltese Song will be returning in 2014. The committee led by Josette Grech Hamilton has already confirmed that there will be slight amendments to the format. We urge you to stay tuned to for all of the latest news as soon as it becomes available.

Source: Official Facebook Page

TV Hemm, the daily television show produced by Where's Everybody is set to unveil the latest music video by Fabrizio Faniello. The renowned male artist has collaborated with Posse Jones on a song bearing the name The Sound of Life is Pop which will be used as a theme song for a television show in Germany. The revelation will be made on Friday, 21st June 2013 on Television Malta, the national broadcaster but nevertheless, the video will then be made available on YouTube and other Social Networks.

Fabrizio Faniello garnered considerable fame when he represented Malta in the 2001 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest with the track Another Summer Night composed by Paul Abela to the lyrics of Georgina Abela finishing in ninth place and achieving maximum marks from the host country, Denmark. In 2006, he won the ticket to represent the country for a second time with the track I Do which he co-wrote with Aldo Spiteri but was rather unsuccessful. In recent years, Fabrizio spoke of his desire to return to the Pan-European event and has participated in the 2011 and 2012 editions of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest finishing in fourth and sixth place respectively. had the pleasure to carry his latest official video for the track The Hardest Thing originally performed by Tose Proeski and co-written by Gary Barlow, lead singer of Take That and current British X Factor judge. Stay tuned for all of the latest news.

Source: CAP Sounds

Tuesday, 04 June 2013 15:40

Slovakia: 'Feel The Breeze' with Mista

In 2010, the first runner-up of the national final in Slovakia was Mista with the track Emotions but despite missing out on the opportunity to go to the Eurovision Song Contest, she has had a string of hits including Rock It, Never Hide and Ca$h Out. Achieving success in her native countries including Czech Republic and Slovakia could have been expected but making the charts in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Spain. It seems that her management is targetting the Asian market, as Fabrizio Faniello from Malta has done in recent months. 

Mista is back with a brand new track entitled Feel The Breeze, clearly targetting for a younger audience during the summer months. CAP Sounds Publishing, the record label behind Fabrizio Faniello as well as this years' Eurovision Song Contest entries from Azerbaijan and Belarus are responsible for the release of the brand new track. Feel The Breeze is composed by Frank Bülow, produced by Stano Šimor and WAWA and mastered at Globe Studio, Belgium. The official preview video for the song which could be seen below was mostly recorded at the Club Pantheon, in Pilsen, Czech Republic. Stay tuned to for all of the latest news.

Source: Eurovisionary, CAP Sounds

Claudia Faniello, one of the finalists in this years' edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest is somewhat continuing the successful trends of releasing material through a digital store because following the earlier release of Deborah C, she follows with her entry When It's Time co-written alongside Errol Sammut of Airport Impressions. The formidable female performer decided to rebrand her image in the competition and has taken up a genre which she has been somewhat playing about with for quite some time, noting pop/rock influences in the form of Movie In My Mind composed by Philip Vella and penned by Gerard James Borg back in 2011.

Finishing in fifth place with the public, and seventh place with the jury out of a selection process which comprised of sixteen songs was quite intriguing for her new genre, with the final placing being seventh in total. When It's Time has received positive comments across the board and now you could also own a copy of the version as presented during the festival by purchasing it through iTunes where it has been digitally released by CAP-Sounds, the same company with which Claudia Faniello had released her debut album, Convincingly Better back a couple of years back. Stay tuned to for all of the latest news about artists within the local music scene as soon as it becomes available.

Source: CAP-Sounds, iTunes, Emil Calleja Bayliss (Image)

Published in Local Music News
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