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Wednesday, 28 May 2014 19:15

Malta: Chris and Moira Release New Album

It is with chiming guitars that the latest album from Chris and Moira, "ninety nights and a Monday" announces its arrival. The upbeat stride of opening track Beautiful World, brimming with positivity, is indicative of the inspiration behind this record and can be felt throughout the entire album. This is not to say there are no poignant moments, but underneath it all, as with all the setbacks life can throw at you, one finds a persistent glimmer of hope to pull you through.

Such a forward-looking mindset is hardly surprising, given it comes from Chris and Moira, whose body of work to date has always incorporated a look on the bright side of life as opposed to the less inviting alternative. The title too proffers a point of interest, “representing a time frame of something we experienced while recording the album” the band said when asked if there was a story behind it, “the title gives off an edge of curiosity to make you look further into it”. 

The latest full-length offering from Chris and Moira comes hot on the heels of three singles, namely Flight 170, Vampires (which was also accompanied by a music video produced with MCAST) and Beautiful World that individually pull in different directions, but somehow all three find their place within the context of the album. How then, do these singles tie in with the direction the band is pursuing? “The direction we’ve always wanted was to be original, and this has been the case with each of our records”.  

To do this, they insist they have never shied away from experimenting with different rhythms and ideas. “Overall, the sound has a strong pop-rock inclination but we have come up with an alternative streak in some of the songs”.  This blend has proved successful as much with the band’s local fanbase as with the new audiences they have entertained on their recent European Tour170 dates, which will continue into the Autumn. “The tour has given us a great opportunity to promote our music overseas and network with other bands” the band commented, adding that these bouts of intensive activity crown years of work on this new album, which critics have described as “one of their finest work”.

While it is evident that Chris and Moira are open to exploring new elements, one cannot deny that their strong-point remains rooted in the way they apply the use of vocal harmony that not only underlines the song’s melody but often also doubles as an extra instrument. On this album however, they have worked differently. “We felt we should utilize our voices in the best of ways; there are songs where we sing alone, some as duets and others harmonized”. This variety has resulted in giving the album a multi-layered depth; one that should make it more enjoyable and certainly less predictable for the listener.

Their fourth album to date, ninety nights and a Monday also marks two decades of making music together for Chris and Moira. The ten original compositions, culled from several others composed in preparation for this album, will be a regular feature not only during the band’s radio, TV and live performances but are also available to purchase worldwide through several digital music stores. Although it is being distributed largely as a digital download, the album is also available in a limited edition CD format that will be sold at the local and foreign concerts the band will be performing. 

We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even on Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about the local music scene. For more information about Chris and Moira, visit www.chrisandmoira.com or www.facebook.com/chrisand.moira and subscribe to receive updates.

Source: Press Release

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OC4aHLzV6gg

Published in Local Music News

Mużika Mod Ieħor, a blog with a critical eye on the several releases in the local music scene was founded several years ago by Dr Toni Sant, an individual who has managed to slide in and out of the scene through various methods, having been part of the board that used to organise the Malta Eurovision Song Contest in the past as well as a disc jockey on multiple radio stations. At the end of the year, an awards system is put in motion in order to bestow a couple of honours upon some artists who might have either been overlooked or who had still garnered popularity throughout the year.

The project is divided into five categories; TOP ALBUM, TOP SINGLE/EP, TOP VIDEO, TOP ONLINE RELEASE and TOP OVERSEAS RELEASE, in a clear bid to make sure that no one is left out of the running in the several awards. Voting could take place through one’s personal account through Facebook on the official website, and then also follow the standings which are updated on an hourly basis. Artists from the Eurovision Song Contest, including none other than; Chris & Moira (1994), Ira Losco (2002) and Gianluca Bezzina (2013) are all nominated.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Av96vK8lfJs

Artists which escflashmalta.com has promoted in the past including; Jean Claude Vancell, Scarlet Sally, Cryptic Street, Karma Skies, nosnow/noalps, Winter Moods, Joseph Calleja, Lauren Aquilina, Jon Lukas Woodenman and The Crowns are amongst the many who have been nominated. We urge you to cast your vote, as escflashmalta.com aim to support this venture from this year onwards with the support of the likes of people like Dr Sant who aid improve the local music industry, giving it a voice across the world.

Source: Mużika Mod Ieħor '13

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-o9sgAHsTN4

Published in Local Music News

It has been almost ten years since Chris and Moira represented Malta at the Eurovision Song Contest with the track More than Love which they co-wrote together, finishing in fifth place. In recent months, they have coordinated a brave comeback, one which has seen the release of singles; Flight 170 and Vampires, the latter of which is just hot off the studio having been released on radio in these past couple of days. In support of their latest single, the renowned music duo have also published a music video in order to get their message across.

Chris and Moira were also the co-writers of the Maltese entry at the Eurovision Song Contest in 1999, that being Believe In... performed by the Times Three and tried to represent the nation at the international competitions once more in 2008 when they submit the song All Right Now which despite being a radio hit failed to hit the right cord with the jury present. Chris and Moira have toured not only Europe but the world throughout the career, including the United Kingdom, Sweden, Italy and Germany having had the opportunity to work with RAI, and Warner Music Chappel. The current line-up includes the two main vocalists, alongside Billy B on Bass and Philip Borg Bartheon Drums. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all the latest news.

Source: Official Facebook Page

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PgmtxYiTaNc

Published in Local Music News
Tuesday, 17 September 2013 01:02

Malta: Interview with Kylie Coleiro (KKI 12,13)

Kylie Coleiro, a young female vocalist who has been growing into her element of performing with this years' participation within the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza being her second. She will be performing the track M'Intix Waħdek composed by Philip Vella to the lyrics of Manila Bottone. Below, our editorial board devised a set of questions in order to get to know Kylie a little bit better whilst Chris and Moira have also heard all of the entries in order to pass on their comments. Whilst they believe that the vocalist gives a 'good interpretation altogether', the think that it is a 'childish song' and thus awarding just six (6) points.

Ħalluni, composed by Philip Vella to the lyrics of Joe Chircop was your entry at last years’ edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza. It is important to denote that despite having established a name for yourself in other competitions, it was your debut. Therefore, this year marks your second participation and will be looking to make a number of changes in order to try and improve upon what you have already built in the past twelve months. Looking back at your first participation, was there anything that you would have done differently and that you’re thinking about putting forward to the audience this time round?

I would like to start off by thanking escflashmalta.com for the opportunity to speak to all of the artists competing in this years' Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza. Let me get back to the question.. apparantly I didn't want to change anything from last year since I got quite a lot of positive feedback and from what I had felt it was quit a good performance. I always try to think about something different regarding song style, clothes style etc ..so people will have that something to look forward too . 

In 2009, you managed to reach the final of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest with the song Let It Shine composed by Andrew Zahra with lyrics by Joe Julian Farrugia. This was definitely a stepping stone in your career, having previously been part of the setup of the Malta Junior Eurosong which saw to the nations’ participation at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. The 2009 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest held at the Malta Fairs and Conventions Centre was innovative and saw to the beginning of a new era. How would you describe the experience and are you working on a possible return to that illustrious stage?

When I was 16 .. i was the youngest contestant ..it was a nice experience meeting  loads of talented artists .. it was amazing :)To be honest at the moment i am working on my ep which it do involves hard work and loads oftime.. so I dont know if i'll mange to get a chance of submitting a song, It would be nice of trying but not confirmed yet :)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uf5irETdPz4

Despite not being a part of the roster at this years’ edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, you were still a backing vocalist with two artists, performing completely different entries. How different is it to be a lead performer for a backing vocalist and does the latter strengthen the former?

Being part in this music industry for almost 13 years , I have learned alot from other artists and opportunities that came along! the most important thing is that you dont loose chances you need to face them to improve yourself! being a solo artist is way too different then a backing vocalist! You need to combine with the solo singer type of style ..To be professional you need to try every experience or at least involve yourself .. so yeah it does strenghten me music wise !

In this years’ edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza, you are presenting a track entitled M’Intix Waħdek composed by Philip Vella with lyrics by Manila Bottone. It is relatively different from the track that you presented last year even in terms of genre, somewhat opting for a more current sound which would definitely garner airplay on the radio. Would you care to explain to the audience the meaning behind the song and how the collaboration actually came together?

I am taking part in a drama named Ma Tinbidel Qatt held on net tv which is written by Manila bottone and together we just came up with an amazing idea which is trying for the indipendence festival! Manila is her first time as an author which is competing in this festival . I love colleborating with other people..  philip is the composer of Mintix Waħdek. He always understands me which type of songs i would like to have and sing.. since I have been working with him quit a lot! the meaning of the song is that you are never alone, nothing is easy you need to work hard to achieve .dont be afraid of sharing your toughts and what you think !

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

Thank You for supporting the local music scene!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bv8nOvyx73I

Published in Interviews
Sunday, 15 September 2013 23:45

Malta: Interview with Mauro and Kim (KKI 13)

escflashmalta.com would like to present the penultimate interview with regards to this years' edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza. Mauro and Kim are taking part as a duet together for the very first time, and their entry is entitled Gloria written by Rita Pace. Below, our editorial board devised a set of questions in order to get to know Mauro and Kim a little bit better whilst Chris and Moira, former representatives of Malta at the Eurovision Song Contest heard all of the competing entries stating that this one in particular has a 'bombastic feel to it, but good voices nevertheless', awarding it five (5) points in total.

Mauro, regardless of whether you’re competing as a soloist or in a duet, this is your fourth appearance as a vocalist within the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza, making you somewhat a veteran in comparison to some of the other performers who are making their debut, not only in this competition, but even in the local music scene. You have been absent from this particular showcase for the past five (5) years which could very much mean a lifetime due to the extremities of life. What have you been up to in recent years and what type of memories do you hold when it comes to the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza?

Well , as you said this is my 4th time in the Konkors kanzunetta indipendenza; twice as a soloist and two times in a duet. Yes i’ve been absent for 5 years cause I other priorities in life that I had to put my singing career to the side for a while and focus on other things but that doesn’t mean that I stopped performing. I was still doing vocal training whilst taking good care of my voice. Indifest gave my career a boost as a singer and I always had a good feedback. One memory that I can’t forget when I had the song illum duet with Diane Castillo and we were the favourites to win the festival together with other duo Ivan and Priscilla with the song Dan Hu il-mument. Unfortunately, during our performance, the microphone didn't work at first and then we ended up finishing in 18th place .. but that's competition for you and one cannot have expectations. 

Kim, in 2008, you had managed to join the finalists of the teenage category with the track Kull Mument Prezzjuż composed by Ray Agius with lyrics by Godwin Sant, eventually missing out to Gabriella Massa and her entry Għada Mas-Sebħ composed by Renato Briffa with lyrics by Doris Chetcuti. You have already endured the experience of performing on the illustrious Granaries stage but nevertheless, this is your debut alongside some of the nations’ elites. How are you preparing for such a momentous occasion and have you thought about what to wear?

Whilst congratulating Gabriella Massa on getting first place, I was still proud of the success I achieved in 2008, noting that I managed first place with the jury and second place with the public at home. Gloria, the song I am performing this time round is quite different and both me and Mauro are taking it seriously due to the respect that the festival holds amongst the public. The clothes are ready and final preparations for our performance are being fine tuned. We are ready to rock the stage on Thursday 19th September 8th Song hehe.

Throughout the years, many people have gone on record stating that performing a solo entry is somewhat more difficult because the excitement is only focused on one particular individual yet in a duet or a trio, the tension should be easier due to the fact that it is split evenly. Having joined forces for this years’ edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza, would you say that nerves are already playing a part in your presentation or are you looking to avert them in order to be at your best on the night of the competition? 

That’s why we call it team work, because we share all our feelings and emotions. At the moment we are at full speed doing with rehearsals but everything seems settled thus far.. Well to be honest with you nerves have already got the best of us. Nevertheless, we are fully prepared to give the best we can on the Granaries.

Gloria, written by singer/songwriter Rita Pace is set to be performed as the second duet of the evening in position number eight, noting that the competition will be opened by the duet entitled Li Jien Illum featuring Simarija and Mikhail and that another duet entitled Inwegħdek featuring Josef and Johanna will follow you in slot number ten. It has been a while since the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza has seen three duets competing for the same prize but do you recognise them as your main competition in the eyes of the jury?

We think it’s good to have other duets in the competition to make the competition more exciting and at the same time, more colourful. Every song in the competition has the possibility of becoming the next winner of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza. We are there with another 20 finalists who all have the same chances of victory ... now let wait for the results next Thursday J

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

I would like to say thank you to the escflashmalta.com followers for a great feedback regarding our song. We are doing our best to perform the best way possible and hope you will enjoy the performance on the night. And thank you for putting us in the 6th place in the televoting. For us it means a lot.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iN1dkTvB7c4

Published in Interviews
Sunday, 15 September 2013 14:16

Malta: Audience in Awe of Majestic Male Duet

Rockestra, an event in aid of the Malta Community Chest Fund, has always been billed as 'not to be missed' and with that slogan managed to attract it's largest crowd yet. Around twelve thousand (12,000) people flocked to the Malta Fairs and Conventions Centre in Ta' Qali in order to witness some of the best talent that the local music scene has to offer along with the musical accompaniment of the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra led by Maestro Sigmund Mifsud as well as four female backing vocalists; Angela Spiteri, Jackie Pace Delicata, Anna Azzopardi and Louisa Frendo Wirth. With several eurostars in attendance, it was quite difficult to select the strongest performance of the evening but we did manage to come to a conclusion that the evening belonged to male vocalists; Ludwig Galea and Chris Grech.

Ludwig Galea, a former representative for Malta at the Eurovision Song Contest back in 2004 was joined by Chris Grech, a finalist in this years' edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest in an astonishing version of Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen. The audience was in awe of their vocal capabilities, and showed their appreciation by clapping, and singing throughout the whole performance. The event was star studded and two of the closing acts who drew the most attention and came possibly a joint second in terms of performance were none other than Ira Losco and Kevin Borg. The pop/rock princess took to the stage in a regal robe and a crown in order to perform another hit song by the group Queen, that being Radio Gaga. The first runner-up at this years' Malta Eurovision Song Contest, Kevin performed Livin' on a Prayer which many remembered him performing during Idol in Sweden. The public were so enthralled by the performances that they ended up clapping in sync, something that rarely happens in public events.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eScx1e6Vhxk

Whilst those three artists managed to bring the house down, it is unfair not to mention artists such as Lawrence Gray, Claudia Faniello and Raquela whose vocal capabilities were stretched to the maximum especially with regards to the latter. Raquela, a participant within the Malta Eurovision Song Contest in 2009, 2011 and 2013 showed the public that she has a range beyond compare in a lyric-less song where harmonisation was key before returning for a duet version of the song Hallelujah alongside Sandrina. The concert was held under the distinguished patronage of The President of Malta and Mrs Abela and is supported by Parliamentary Secretariat for Culture and Local Government, Good Causes Fund, Malta Tourism Authority, Malta Fairs and Convention Centre, HSBC Bank, Banif Bank, Bank of Valletta, Vodafone, Tumas Group and Hard Rock Café. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news.

Source: Jahel Briffa

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cSRvEtU5UzY

Published in Local Music News

Danica Muscat is participating in this years' edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza for the third time with the track L-Ewlieni composed by Philip Vella to the lyrics of Emil Calleja Bayliss. The young vocalist made a name for herself after being a part of the illustrious talent show, Io Canto hosted by Gerry Scotti on Canale 5. Below, our editorial board devised a set of questions in order to get to know Danica a little bit better whilst Chris and Moira, former representatives of Malta at the Eurovision Song Contest heard all of the competing entries stating that this one in particular has a 'very catchy tune' and that Danica 'gives a good interpretation with her good voice', awarding it eight (8) points in total.

In 2011, you reached the finals of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza for the very first time as you presented the track Kliem Li M’Għidtlek Qatt composed by Mark Debono with lyrics by Christopher Azzopardi. Now, during the rehearsals, typically held during the morning of the competition, you could not perform and as a matter of fact missed many of the run-throughs, yet being a total professional, took to the doctor and then performed in the evening. How would you describe the experience looking back and what emotions did the song evoke in you which helped the performance become so authentic?

The experience for the matter of fact was a horrible one ,2011 KKI was my first competition on a major national level so to speak ,the shear thought of not being able to sing on the night was quite disheartening luckily during IO Canto a couple of weeks before something similar happened to Andrea the Rumanian girl so since we were really close I knew the  feeling and what to do ,as you say go to the doctor ,stick to his advice and then focus on the actual night ,as a popular song says “what does not kill you makes you stronger” so knowing I had a poor run through in the morning helped me to give my 100 % on the night.  As for the song itself this Is a very emotional number which lends itself very well to the performance.

Growing up, Danica Muscat went from being the first runner-up at the Malta Junior Eurosong with the track Stolen to becoming the ultimate persona by virtue of taking up a participant slot on the popular Italian television series Io Canto hosted by Gerry Scotti on Canale 5. Despite still being a child, travelling to Italy in order to perform was surely something special and garnering the opportunity to perform with the likes of Ornella Vanoni, Ron, The Priests and Pierdavide Carone. Io Canto and Danica Muscat have now become synonymous but nevertheless, would you have done anything differently if you had the opportunity?

NO, not at all I would change notghing, people in MALTA  think that getting to a level higher in your career is impossible due to our small nation ,but this is not true as long as you are dedicated and ready to shine through you can achieve anything your heart desires take for example Kevin Borg or Joseph Calleja, I sincerely hope that I was the first but not the last Maltese on such shows on Italian Tv and that maybe I set up a good reputation for the Maltese singers who will try after me, I am also very happy that lately Veronica Rotin managed to shine in Io Canto as well, I know it can be really hard over there to find a spot in the show, so there is one word to describe her performance “exceptional”.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0O-2Ofzi6x0

L-Ewlieni, the entry that you are presenting for this years’ edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza is composed by Philip Vella and penned by Emil Calleja Bayliss. Revolving around a mysterious individual who has represented the best qualities of politics for the country, many people have been asking who the person might be but nevertheless, you have gone on record stating that the lyric does not refer to someone specific. In the preview video, you were wearing a shirt and trousers whilst on Indifest, you were clad in a dress, have you thought about what you will be wearing on the actual night and would you care to give us a hint?

And again I will tell you the lyrics are not about anyone specific, any person can fit in to these lyrics, Emil has been written really witty lyrics which will give the listener a lot of food for thought, listen closely and you can see our country’s history going by, Philip has done his usual magic making the song yet another one of his masterpieces.

As for what I will be wearing Hmmmmm lets see …I will be wearing…if you want to know, come and see me sing live on the actual night  ..

Earlier this year, you managed to get through to the semi-final stage of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest with the track Fantasy composed by Paul Abela with lyrics by Joe Julian Farrugia. Unfortunately, you did not get to the final stage, something that you had done back in 2012 with the song 7 Days written by Philip Vella. Each time though, the competition was held at the Malta Fairs and Conventions Centre, you had ample exposure and also had the chance to record a preview video. How professional is the setup which accompanies the participation of Malta within the Eurovision Song Contest and will you be submitting any songs for next years’ event?

I have only had these last 2 years to judge the setup so I cannot comment on previous years, taking this into account I must say both years have been really professionally organised, on par with international events I have been to , I am also really happy with the support by the organizing team (it’s not like they leave you on your own not knowing where to start from), for example the meetings with organisers regarding dresses etc.. really helpful and professional, also a lot of media exposure  all the singers get from the organizers, on national shows such  as Xarabank, breakfast shows etc…. and people like you at escflashmalta. I hope to submit songs next year.

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

Thank you for supporting local talent, keep up the support to all local singers we really need it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o5WL85-mWWg

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Roseann Cordina, a female vocalist whose name has become somewhat familiar within the confines of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza. With Ejjew Ilkoll composed by Mark Spiteri Lucas to the lyrics of Paul Ellul, this will mark her third participation following her third runner-up finish last year. Below, our editorial board devised a set of questions in order to get to know Roseann a little bit better whilst Chris and Moira have also heard all of the entries in order to pass on their comments. They were somewhat impressed with this performance stating that 'this girl knows how to sing her Maltese' and awarding her seven (7) points.

Roseann, at last years' edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza, you followed up your 2010 debut within the local music scene with with the track 'Id-Demm ta' Raymond' composed by Mark Spiteri Lucas with lyrics by Paul Ellul. A sentimental entry which held a lot of meaning to both the public, and the jury, so much so that you finished in fourth place, behind Deborah C, Marilena Gauci and Domenique. Looking back at the performance, would you have done anything differently or were you satisfied with the way that things turned out?

As a team, we were all satisfied with the outcome, we had a very good feedback, positive remarks and we started working from then onwards on a new song which presently occupies the second place in the televoting competition. 

In this years' edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza, you will be performing the track 'Ejjew Illkoll' composed by Mark Spiteri Lucas to the lyrics of Paul Ellul. The track speaks about how people should come together, stand up and be counted for what they believe in. It is significantly different to the one presented last year and therefore, makes it more interesting. You have decided to call upon the same songwriters for the second year running hoping for an even better result. Would you care to tell us how this song came about and also what feelings does it evoke within you? 

The idea behind it is that when things do not come our way, we should not look at the past but start working together to achieve better results in the future. If we adopt a positive attitude and be optimistic in life and work hard, then we should ultimately achieve what is best for us.  This means that if we come together, stand up and be counted for what we believe in, then we can dream of a better future.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QgQ3fhVjfRs

Behind Ray Agius, Mark Spiteri Lucas is the most successful songwriter in the history of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza with his most recent victory being last year with the track ''Jekk Nuzaw Mohhna' with lyrics by Joe Chircop. Boggling minds have enquired about how this collaboration came to fruition especially due to the fact that you were a complete newcomer in last years' edition. Apart from that though, what made you turn back to Mark in preparing a song for 2013?

I was a finalist in the years 2010 and 2012 with the songs “Jum Wiehed “ and “Id-Demm ta’ Raymond”, “Jum Wiehed”  was composed by Chan Vella and last year’s song by Mark Spiteri lucas. I am happy working with these two composers because they are very professional in their work.

Despite this being your second consecutive year within the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza, you are yet to make your debut in another competition such as L-Ghanja tal-Poplu, the Malta Eurovision Song Contest or the International Festival of Maltese Song. Is moving forward in your vocal career something that you wish to do in the near future or would you rather stop at this stage?

Since I am reading for a Bachelor in Education and I am in my final year, then obviously I do not find much time to prepare for other festivals. The Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza happen to be organized during summer, so preparations take place during my summer holidays. Afterwards when hopefully I become a primary school teacher, I can focus more on my singing career. 

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

I recommend escflashmalta.com because it promotes the local talent, locally and internationally.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z2fikyOtsGk

Published in Interviews
Sunday, 08 September 2013 17:32

Malta: Rockestra Fifth Anniversary Next Week

President George Abela, the individual behind the creation of the Rockestra will be seeing to his fifth and final edition of the annual rock concert as his administration comes to an end. The nations' finest talent will all be joining forces under one roof to perform a repertoire of well known songs with the accompaniment of the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra under the musical direction of Maestro Sigmund Mifsud. On the other hand, the artistic director of the event organised by The Malta Community Chest Fund is none other than performer and comedian, Paul Borg Bonaci.

Paul Borg Bonaci, the Artistic Director stated that 'emerging artists will also have the opportunity to mingle with Malta's most popular singers, as Rockestrs 2013 will include works by groups such as Aerosmith, Alanis Morisette, Queen, Labrinth, Pink Floyd, The Police, Robbie Williams, Inxs and others. Moreover a number of intrumental pieces will be performed by the orchestra'. The concert is being held under the distinguished patronage of The President of Malta and Mrs Abela and is supported by Parliamentary Secretariat for Culture and Local Government, Good Causes Fund, Malta Tourism Authority, Malta Fairs and Convention Centre, HSBC Bank, Banif Bank, Bank of Valletta, Vodafone, Tumas Group and Hard Rock Café. Dr. Jose' Herrera, Parliamentary Secretary for Culture and Local Government encourages the general public to attend and enjoy the show but above all support the needs of the Malta Community Chest Fund.

This years' edition of the Rockestra is taking place on Saturday, 14th September at the Malta Fairs and Conventions Centre in Ta' Qali and is set to feature a scintillating line-up including none other than; Ira Losco (ESC 2002), Kevin Borg, Matthew James Borg, Konrad Pule, Lawrence Gray, Claudia Faniello, Ivan Grech, Errol, Chris and Moira (ESC 1994), Kenneth Calleja, Mikaela, Frank Calleja, Ludwig Galea (ESC 2004), Petra, Raquela, Tiziana and Daniel Cauchi amongst others. Tickets for the event are available at €10 for adults and €2 for children, albeit standing due to the fact that the small seating plan for sold out relatively early. They could be bought either online from the Official Website of the Rockestra or from the Malta Community Chest Fund Offices, Valletta and Sant'Anton Palace, between 9am and 2pm and from The President's Kitchen Garden which is open from 10am to 2pm and from 6pm till 10pm. For further information one can contact the office of The Malta Community Chest Fund on 21226226. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for more of the latest news about the local music scene.

Source: Press Release

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Dxykd11v4o

Published in Local Music News
Thursday, 05 September 2013 10:45

Malta: Interview with Daniel Muscat (KKI 13)

Daniel Muscat, a young and upcoming male vocalist whose experience in the music industry has somewhat been limited to two major competitions, one held on ONE Television, bearing the name Malta Hit Song Contest and more recently, the Raise Your Game Challenge with Tenishia which featured four finalists. In this years' Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza, Daniel will be performing the song Int Kont Hemm composed by Mark Spiteri Lucas to the lyrics of Marlon Polidano and Stephen Baldacchino. Below, our editorial board devised a set of questions in order to get to know Daniel a little bit better whilst Chris and Moira have also heard all of the entries in order to comment on them. With regards to the solo entry, they stated that it 'could do with a better production but Daniel has a very warm voice'.  awarding it with six (6) points.

In 2010, Daniel Muscat made his debut within the local music scene following entry into the Malta Hit Song Contest with the track Glamorous written by singer/songwriter Rita Pace. It was the beginning of a brand new experience for you as an artist and looking back, you might have done things differently in order to acquire a better end result. Nevertheless, as many have denoted, the competition was fierce and gave each participant the opportunity to present himself to the audience which in turn enjoyed the entries. What could you tell us about the Malta Hit Song Contest and would you support it’s return?

The Malta Hit Song Contest was a great opportunity for me. I was introduced to the local scene and people got to know me better. Glamorous was one of the first songs I had ever recorded, and Rita Pace had understood perfectly the style I wanted. It was thanks to her that I took part in this festival since she believed in me from the first time we met. As a competition it offered great exposure since we had a number of appearances on a television programme related to the festival, and overall I can say that I've learnt a lot from that experience. Obviously when looking back I'm sure I could have done things in a better way, however now I can only look back and learn from my mistakes. I really wish that the Malta Hit Song Contest returns since it was another great opportunity for Maltese artists to showcase their talent.

In this years’ edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza, you will be performing the track entitled Int Kont Hemm composed by Mark Spiteri Lucas to the lyrics of Marlon Polidano and Stephen Baldacchino. This is the very first time that you are competing in the elite music competition which has seen to the success of Ira Losco, Claudia Faniello, Eleanor Cassar and Amber amongst others. What could you tell us about the song in general and will there be anything special when it comes to the performance on the night of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza set for the 19th September?

I am very honoured to be one of the finalists of this competition, thanks to the song "Int kont hemm", and for this reason I would like to thank the team who believed in me. From the first time I read the lyrics, and heard the melody, I loved the song! I believe that the combination of experiences and new ideas made this song what it is. Therefore when I was offered the song I had to accept it.

The song is very simple to understand, it can be dedicated to anyone that was there to offer his help and support through difficult times. Every person listening to the song can relate to it, and I think that this is what makes it special, thus my performance on the night will be kept simple in order for the viewers to be able to really listen to the song, however I will not be giving anymore details. You will see for yourselves on the 19th of September.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Co_5jvPqYqU

During the aforementioned participation in the Malta Hit Song Contest, you had the opportunity to perform a duet with an artist of your choice and you decided to collaborate with Jessika, a finalist at the Malta Eurovision Song Contest on two occasions, the most recent being earlier this year with the song Ultraviolet composed by Philip Vella and Thomas G:son with lyrics by Gerard James Borg. What was the reasoning behind calling upon Jessika for the performance and did you believe that her vocals complemented the song in a manner where it became totally different?

At that time Jessika was already well known with the public, and she had participated successfully in the previous editions of the Malta Hit Song Contest and since we are also related I thought it would be a great idea for her to sing with me. The duet worked very well, and her voice gave a new dimension to the song. It was quite challenging since Rita Pace had to rewrite the lyrics in a way that the song became an interaction between two different persons. This gave me the opportunity to connect better with Jessika. I had the opportunity to sing with Jessika for a number of times, and it was a great experience every time. I would like to thank her for believing in me, and for helping me out every time I needed some advice.

It seems that you are making a name for yourself as an artist, recalling your experience in the aforementioned competition and also the Raise Your Game with Tenishia competition sponsored by Vodafone but you have also dabbled in some songwriting. At the Malta Summer Hit Song Contest in 2011, you entered the song Memoirs performed by Karen DeBattista with music by Mark Scicluna. Being a vocalist and a songwriter is entirely different but nevertheless represent aspects of the same industry. How did you find each experience and do you prefer one over the other?

Each experience is different in its own way, depends on the circumstance as well. In the Raise Your Game competition I had the opportunity to collaborate with Tenishia where they produced a track for us, and we had to compose and write our own melody for it. Eventhough I did not win the competition however the feedback I got was great and apart from that I also had the opportunity to work with a great duo, who are also in the Top 50 list of DJ's from around the world! 

Writing lyrics for another singer is also a great experience as  you can transmit your own thoughts through someone else's voice. Mark Scicluna gave me an opportunity to work with him, and together we found out about Karen DeBattista, thanks to Marie Claire Attard Bason. It was a great experience, and apart from working with a great team, I also made great friends. Song writing, and singing are two very different forms of expression but I have to say that the best experience is when you have the opportunity to sing your own compositions, therefore I prefer singing myself.

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

I would like to tell all the readers to keep supporting Maltese talent, as sometimes we do underestimate our own capabilities as a country. I think we have a lot of talent in Malta and if we give each singer the support required, they might get far in their career. For the foreign followers I would like to thank them for following the Maltese music scene.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xRLfrN8_4TI

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