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Since 2011, all songs competing in the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, have not been published through a compilation album, as previously done, and therefore a number of record labels such as CAP-Sounds stepped in, releasing a number of songs on digital platforms such as; iTunes, Deezer, Amazon and Spotify for the general public to purchase or stream.

"12, Baker Street" written by Jan Van Dijck and Emil Calleja Bayliss, and, "Close Your Eyes" written by Elton Zarb and Emil Calleja Bayliss, performed by Karen DeBattista and Danica Muscat are the latest songs which have been released through the German based company, CAP-Sounds, who have a distribution deal in place with Universal Music Germany.

"Still Here" written by Alexander Rybak, "Chasing a Dream" written by Paul Abela and Joe Julian Farrugia as well as "Something in the Way" written by Mans Ek and Charlie Mason, "Rush" written by Elton Zarb and Matthew Mercieca, performed by Franklin Calleja, Trilogy, Daniel Testa and Christabelle were published days following the Malta Eurovision Song Contest.

Three of the aforementioned songs have managed to peak at number #2 or better, signally the intent of the public in purchasing the most successful songs from the competition. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news as soon as it becomes available.

Source: CAP-SoundsiCAM Photography

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On the 21st and 22nd November, the Public Broadcasting Services will be hosting the 2014-2015 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest at the Marsa Shipbuilding. 20 acts will be taking centre stage, in hope of representing the country at next year's edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, being held in Vienna, Austria. Over the next couple of weeks, escflashmalta.com will be publishing a series of interviews with all the participants. Whilst thanking the Public Broadcasting Services for this opportunity, Let's continue and follow things up with Danica Muscat.

Would you kindly introduce your entry to our readers and also identify the meaning behind the lyrics?

My song is called ‘Closed Your Eyes’ written by Emil Calleja Bayliss and composed by Elton Zarb. The song itself speaks about the joys of motherhood and how one’s maternal instinct will always follow the child throughout his/her life. This also happens when one will have to let the child go on his own path as soon as s/he grows up. 

In Malta, the Eurovision Song Contest is considered to be a major outlet for the music industry, and you stand here as one of the semi-finalists. What does the whole experience mean to you?

It is a very special experience and even more special to be part of this celebration of music this year. The contest itself is a great platform for all local artists and this year it is even more special since the contest will be taking place at the same venue of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. It surely an honour to be part of it and I am looking forward in enjoying this experience alongside my team.

Recently, Malta has been rather successful at the Eurovision Song Contest, making the final on four of the last five participation attempts. What do you think is the reason for this success, and do you believe that your entry has what it takes to continue this positive trend?

Hard work definitely pays off and we are living proof of this. Malta has qualified to the finals for the past four years and the hard work being put by the winning team and PBS is evident. I genuinely hope that if my song is selected to represent Malta, this success will continue but I will leave that decision in the hands of the jury and the Maltese public – I will surely be pouring my heart out on stage and making sure I deliver the song to perfection.

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If you were given the opportunity to sing another one of the competing entries in the 2014-2015 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, which one would it be and why?

This is surely a tricky one to answer especially considering that ‘Close Your Eyes’ was an idea brought to life by the whole team, so I find it difficult to chose another number but if I had to select one I think I would go for the song by Ekklesia Sisters. I like the message behind their entry and it is a sweet emotional ballad. 

Do you have any plans to release more music in the future, and do you have any particular projects in the pipeline?

There are always a number of projects in the pipeline, in this industry you always have to be on the go and I believe that is the fun of it. I look forward to work on more original numbers but surely for the time being my main focus is the MESC. 

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

I would like to thank all the readers of escflashmalta.com for their constant support towards the local scene and local artists. We would not be here if it weren't up to the people who support us and show appreciation towards our music.

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