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Thursday, 02 April 2015 01:40

Malta: Fresh Modern Sound for Stefan Galea

"Escape", composed and produced by Carlo Gerada, lyrics by Matthew Mercieca (Muxu), and mastered by Elton Zarb at Freetime Studios, with vocals provided by Stefan Galea, is currently receiving airplay on all major radio stations, whilst supported by a music video, one shot and directed by Angie Laus, Duane Laus, and Marlon Polidano on behalf of WE Media.

The music video was shot entirely at So City Club, Paceville courtesy of Graham Testa. The location fits perfectly with the theme and genre of the song, thus making it a dance floor filler in order to appeal to various teenagers, whilst highlighting a new direction in Stefan Galea's career. The setup of the music video is very diverse, thus making it unique and special. It portrays different characters in the club scene, with a spectacular team of break-dancers, choreographed by Peter Ray Portelli (Waterfall Dance Company).

Stefan is currently busy performing live acoustic gigs with his guitarist Kurt Aquilina (Maltese representative at the Eurovision Young Musicians 2014) on various TV shows. At present he is being vocally coached by Gillian Attard from La Voix Academy and Alison Ellul where he is also, currently busy preparing for his trinity guildhall voice examinations. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about the local music scene.

Source: Press Release


Published in Local Music News
Wednesday, 04 February 2015 06:17

Malta: Stefan Galea Endorses a More Mature Sound

Stefan, an 18 year old student and music artist, has spent months in the studio working hard on his new sound, vocally and musically. This time he has teamed up with a successful team of local writers who have written and produced various hits for the Maltese market. ‘Escape’ is written by Matt (Muxu) Mercieca and produced by Carlo Gerada. Dance is the genre which best describes this song, setting out to appeal to the club dancefloors. The modern sound gives it a fresh twist, something which is very current in today’s music industry. 

The song puts forward a message of a relationship which is not living up to it’s expectations, and even though the individual seeks to try everything in order to save his relationship, he knows that it is still of no use, which is why he must forget and move on, therefore he must ‘Escape’ from the love he shared with his partner. 

Stefan gained critical acclaim for his debut single ‘Disco Lemonade’ which charted at 12 on the local iTunes charts, and for being a finalist in the Malta Junior Eurosong 2009. He has had the opportunity to perform as a supporting act for Malta's best selling singer/songwriter Ira Losco, the UK pop duo The Cheeky Girls, The beatles tribute band, and also Texanna at the Farsons Great Beer Festival. Last December he also formed part of the cast as a chorus member in the highly acclaimed MADC panto ‘Rapunzelstiltskin’. 

The single ‘Escape’ was mixed and mastered by Elton Zarb, special thanks to Ally for the vocal coaching, with credits to Marlon Polidano for the official press photo and also to the fashion designer, Parascandalo Marco who dressed up Stefan with items from his collection. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news from the local music scene.

Source: Press Release


Published in Local Music News

Kylie, a female vocalist whose credits include participation in both the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza and the Malta Eurovision Song Contest is back with "Someday Soon", a new single composed by Carlo Gerada to the lyrics of Matthew Mercieca, recently co-responsible for Davinia's radio hit "Ouch!". For several years, Kylie was known as the younger sister of Klinsmann, currently front-man of the band Planet Seed, for the simple reason that he had achieved status on the first time of asking, by virtue of finishing in third place at the 2007 edition of the Malta Song for Europe, behind Olivia Lewis and Trilogy. 

Kylie made her impact in the local music scene by reaching the final of the Malta Eurosong competition in 2009, with her entry "Let It Shine" languishing in a bottom position. It was not a taste of things to come with success following in the next couple of years. In the meantime, "Someday Soon" marks the first original song in English for the female vocalist since the track "Day After Day" which competed in the 2011 edition of the Summer Hit Song Contest, which in turn is making it's return on F Living this weekend. The song, a mixture of genres, is progressive and gives the listener a good vibe. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news from the local music scene.

Source: Kylie (Official Facebook Page)

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escflashmalta.com in collaboration with Ironic PR & Artist Management is proud to present a monthly blog written by Davinia, a two-time Malta Eurovision Song Contest participant, and currently one of the most recognised female vocalists in the country. Since emerging onto the local music scene back in 2011 with "Bottled My Teardrops", a number #1 hit on Malta's Top Ten with Nathan D on 89.7 Bay, she has been working in the studio night and day, doing what she enjoys doing the best. With her latest single "Ouch!" composed by Carlo Gerada with lyrics by Matthew Mercieca, Davinia has managed to peak at number #3 whilst maintaining a top ten position for more than a month, signalling that she is still well into form with a bright future ahead.

June!! Known to be the month where everybody finishes exams, the days grow longer, and people are always sun kissed, meaning that happiness is spread quickly. It is also the time for sun, sun, sun, and of course, a couple of parties here and there. Music is still at the forefront of my daily routine, and the music released this past month deserves a round of applause, because it is off the beat. In the meantime though, I would like to thank you ALL for the massive support that you have given my latest single "Ouch!" which has been receiving AMAZING feedback both from YOU the general public as well as radio stations alike. Anyway, enough with the chit-chat, these are my TOP FOUR songs for the month of June!

Shake That - Dansson & Marlon Hoffstadt (DE)

This is by far the best tune this month, and everytime it comes on the radio or at a party, I automatically get into a good mood and start dancing :) It has an extremely good vibe and the rhythm is just awesome.

Marilyn Monroe - Pharell Williams (US)

It would have been silly to leave this out of the top tunes of the month, considering that I adore every second of this song. His vocals are so slick on this track that it takes me back in time. That said, it does have a modern twist, and one which will be on several playlists during the course of June and the rest of the summer months.

Solo Dancing - Indiana (UK)

If you have not heard this track just yet, then you are going to fall in love, instantly. It is catchy and addictive, giving the listener a sense of peace and freedom. It is going to be another one of thise massive ones this season, for sure.

A Sky full of Stars - Coldplay (UK)

Coldplay need no introduction in music, and they have indeed done it again. This track is beautiful, making you think of that someone special, and giving you hope that one is in love whatever the circumstances in life actually are! :)

As always stay tuned to my Facebook Fanpage & Twitter Account for status/picture/video/music updates and video updates. My special thanks go to Marc Calleja Bayliss and the whole editorial team at escflashmalta.com for making this possible, Gillian Attard at La Voix Academy for always supporting me every step of the way the whole team at Ironic PR & Artist Management who have been wonderful these past couple of weeks in setting up my image and last but not least, my family, who have always been there. Stay tuned for another write-up on escflashmalta.com in a months' time as I announce my TOP FOUR tunes for July, the seventh month of 2014!!!


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Whilst listening to Malta's Top Ten with Nathan D on 89.7 Bay a couple of years back, I remember one female vocalist in particular. Peaking at number #1 with a debut single is not easy, but this was Davinia, an individual who works hard and never takes no for an answer. Acquiring the attention of songwriters Elton Zarb and Matthew Mercieca, a fruitful collaboration ensued leading to the release of "Feel Good Song" and "Sail Away", successful radio singles.

It was towards the end of 2012 that Davinia tried her luck and sent in a submission to the Malta Eurovision Song Contest. "Betrayed" had a Bond vibe surrounding it and the professional panel of judges definitely made the right call by putting it through, eventually allocating it in third place. A debut which led to a top three finish in a year where the festival was seemingly all about Kevin Borg. Davinia has not shied away from the local music scene in the past year, going onto release three singles; "You are my Home", "Brand New Day" and most recently "Ouch!", the latter being a collaboration with Matthew Mercieca and Carlo Gerada.


Today, escflashmalta.com is proud to present Davinia as the new monthly guest blogger ready to share with you all her top five songs of the month whilst including some tidbits, events which we will follow. This come to fruition after the 1 year agreement with Ira Losco came to a formal end earlier this year. We would like to thank the outgoing blogger for her services as we continue to support her music endeavours. On behalf of Ironic PR & Artist Management, Matthew Mercieca is proud to present Davinia to the escflashmalta.com editorial team and hope that her attitude towards life, a bubbly one will be shown through her writing. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even on Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news.

Source: Davinia (Official Facebook & Twitter)


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On Monday 12th May, established female vocalist Davinia released her new single 'OUCH!' across the airwaves in Malta. Nevertheless, for those wishing to purchase a copy of the track, it will be available on major digital platforms such as iTunes, Deezer and Amazon as from the 24th May. The track is a collaboration with award-winning Maltese DJ and producer Carlo Gerada, singer/songwriter Matt Mercieca, with mastering by Elton Zarb at Freetime Studios.  The two latter names are responsible for Davinia’s past releases, ‘Sail Away’, ‘Betrayed’ and ‘You Are My Home’.

'OUCH!' is the second release of Davinia in 2014, having previously published 'Brand New Day', the song with which she made it through to the finals of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, and was then subsequently released on all major platforms following public demand. With lyrics symbolic to new beginnings, positive outlook and restored hope, Davinia dedicated ‘Brand New Day’ to the LGBT community in support of the passing of the Civil Union Bill in Maltese Parliament. The passing of this bill was celebrated by a mini-concert held in Palace Square last month, and was headlined by Davinia herself. In stark contrast, ‘OUCH!’ adds new colour to Davinia’s already colourful muscial portfolio. 

Known mainly for jazz and soul influenced ballads, this latest offering is a bold move away from Davinia’s past work. Although ‘OUCH!’ talks about a failing relationship, it posseses playful elements, with a beat tailored to a fun and mischevious Mediterranean summer. As a genre, ‘OUCH!’ classifies as Electronic Dance Music (EDM) which at times shifts towards Dance. It is expected to be played at Malta’s top festivals and clubs over summer, including Society and an open air venue, for which details will follow. 

We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even on Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news as soon as it becomes available. In the meantime, for more information above Davinia and her latest projects, please visit either her Official Website or her Official Facebook Page.

Source: Press Release


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I, co-written by Carlo Gerada and Matt Mercieca with vocals provided by Malcolm Pisani, has just been released onto radio as a follow up to the hit single Got Me Good. The genre of the song is dance infused with dubstep, reflecting relationship advice in the form of lyrical prowess. Therefore, the message might be typical but given a fresh touch in composition.

Success of the track has already been measured thanks to airplay on 89.7 Bay where it has managed to enter and thus far peak at number #6 on Malta's Top Ten with Nathan D. It is expected that a music video will accompany the release of I in the coming days with Clifford Xuereb and Manuel Pace being drafted in for a second time having been responsible for the music video of Got Me Good. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all the latest news from te local music industry.

Source: Malcolm Pisani on Facebook & Twitter

Wednesday, 13 November 2013 00:30

Malta: Bay Music Awards 2013 Nominations Revealed

On Saturday 21st December, a large amount of people will flock to the Bay Arena for this years' edition of the Bay Music Awards, which are being organised for the tenth consecutive year by 89.7 Bay, the most popular commercial radio station which aims to promote local talent on a major platform. The evening is set to incorporate a series of special LIVE performances including from multiple award winners; Ira Losco, Red Electrick, Winter Moods, Airport Impressions and Christabelle. Also bringing excitement and energy on the night are 89.7 Bay’s very own DJs; Bay Breakfast host Dorian Cassar and Drive Time’s Nathan D.

Below, a list of the awards will be presented along with a tele-voting number. In order to cast your vote to the artist, song or band, one has to send the name to the specified number through the medium of an SMS. Voting officially kickstarted yesterday and will come to an end on Sunday 15th December at midnight. One could only cast three (3) votes per category from each mobile number. All of those who cast their respective votes would have the opportunity to win a fabulous dinner for two at the Waterbiscuit in St Julians, one of the most exclusive restaurants in Malta at the moment. The Bay Music Awards will be aired on ONE TV for the first time on Wednesday 25th December at 15:00 CET, with a repeat show on Easter Sunday.

Best Newcomer (50615303)

Kid Crisis

Joe Roscoe

Gypsy Genes


Best Dance Tune or Remix (50615302)

Never Let Go - Carlo Gerada & Kristina Casolani

Loving You - JJoy ft. Christina Novelli

Endless Flame - Armani ft. Cazzi Opera


Best Band (50615301)

Red Electrick

The Crowns

Planet Seed


Best Song (50615300)

Runaway - Red Electrick

Never Let Go - Carlo Gerada & Kristina Casolani

The Person I Am - Ira Losco

Bringing music and fashion together, Carina Camilleri from models.com.mt will be putting together a spectacular fashion show starting at 21:30 CET, just before the music awards. The show will include 20 models from models.com.mt, as well as 11 new models chosen from the 89.7 Bay Model Search. The fashion show will feature young and fresh collections from New Look, as well as Miss Sixty. Makeup on the night will be done NYX Professional Make Up, and hair by Pierre Camille. Regular event tickets will be sold for €10; premium, front section ‘screamer’ tickets at €15; and a limited number of VIP tickets available at €30 each – including an open bar and canapés. Tickets for this years' edition of the Bay Music Awards, sponsored by Coca Cola and Vodafone with support from Air Malta could also be purchased through the official website. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news.

Source: Press Release


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In December, the Bay Music Awards as voted by the general public, mostly listeners of 89.7 Bay, the most popular radio station in Malta decided that My World produced by Carlo Gerada with vocals by Jan Cortez deserves recognition as the Best Song. Since then, the renowned producer has been busy in the studio working on a number of tracks, one of them being Beautiful Mistake with vocals provided by a newcomer, Frank. Whilst the track could have been a major summer hit, the release was a tad late in my opinion yet listeners of the station are backing it up considering that it is currently at number #5 on the Malta's Top Ten with Nathan D.

Frank, known amongst his friends as Franklin Cachia is a talented and well educated individual who is still breaking in the local music scene but nevertheless recruited one of the most sought after producers in the scene to aid his debut. Beautiful Mistake is musically and lyrically written by Frank with Carlo Gerada responsible for the production and the mesmerizing backing track. For those who feel like they need to relax and listen to something whilst doing so, this is surely the track which I would personally recommend as it also gives out a positive vibe. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news with regards to the local music scene.

Source: 89.7 Bay


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89.7 Bay embarked on a mission a couple of years back to promote the local music scene and considering the astonishing amount of tracks that have been played on the radio station throughout this particular year, it seems that their efforts are paying off noting that success has become their trademark. The ninth edition of the Bay Music Awards which took place last night at the Bay Arena in St Julians were running under the theme Party Like It's The End of the World and there was a buzzing feeling in the crowd featuring people of all generations, representing the various artists who were nominated or performed. The build up was intense and several people were left on edge until the first performance, even preceding the introduction of the hosts took place. A lot was riding on the evening which included live performances for the very first time and apart from some mixing issues in the beginning of two performances, one could say it was a huge success.

89.7 Bay well represents the upcoming generation of artists and it seems that the fans that they are bringing with them are becoming more vocal when considering that the new guard was well promoted and ultimately ended up winning the most awards amongst seasoned veterans whose music is still very strong with the right to garner airplay and even nominations. Nevertheless, when tele-voting is the source of the actual vote, it is to be noted that the fan base becomes notorious and the younger generation have become accustomed to this element. Without a doubt, the live performances went down well with the crowd noting that Scar, BrookeChristabelleDimal ft Lyndsay and Red Electrick gave the show the much needed boost to make it stand out. The audience was in full support to the act pictures above though as announced at the latter stage of the evening by Benjamin Glover, one of the three hosts of the evening which also included Dorian Cassar of Bay Breakfast and Nathan D from Malta's Top Ten and the Drive-time Show.

The Bay Music Awards have become a welcome event in the local music calender and it was quite the evening when considering that following a two year break from the scene, Ira Losco made her return following her successful stint with her new single What I'd Give during the summer. The 2002 Eurovision Song Contest representative has been relatively busy in the past couple of months working on a brand new album which will be unveiled to the public in January. In the meantime, the biggest winners of the evening; Red Electrick are making headlines in several fields with one of their co-writes also competing in the 2013 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest which is taking place on the 1st and 2nd February 2013. We would like you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com as our collaboration with 89.7 Bay continues to develop in the way that it has in the past couple of months.

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