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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.

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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

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Published in Local Music News
Wednesday, 16 October 2013 11:12

Exclusive: Cryptic Street Release New Single

Promise! That is the first word that came to mind when Indecisive, the debut single from Cryptic Street was unveiled to the general public at the beginning of October in 2012 and it seems that despite being away for the most part of the last year, the group has been working night and day on a fresh sound, one which will solidify their position within the industry. Their sophomore single entitled Retrospect is a joint effort in songwriting with Peter Borg responsible for the production and the mastering at Railway Studios (MT).

For those who might not remember, Cryptic Street is made up of five young yet extremely talented girls; Julia on drums, Chiara on bass guitar, Denise on keyboards, Janelle on lead guitar and Leona as the lead vocalist. escflashmalta.com is proud to present a forty second snippet of their new single Retrospect which has just been picked up by 89.7 Bay who are supporting the group following their Best New Artist accolade at the Bay Music Awards in 2012. We believe the sound and the direction that the group is heading and look forward not only to more singles but a fully flegded studio album in due course. In the meantime, escflashmalta.com will also be exclusively publishing the video in a matter of weeks, so we urge you to stay tuned!

Source: Official Facebook Page, escflashmalta.com

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OGAE Malta, the local representative committee within the international fan club of the Eurovision Song Contest has decided to open the selection for the annual OGAE Video Contest to the general public in a bid to make sure that the chosen entry is one which receives the full backing from everyone, something that has not always been the case. Last year, it was Italy who were winners of the competition with the track E' L'Amore Che Conta performed by Giorgia. Malta has never triumphed within the competition but has managed a sixth place finish on two occasions, first time round in 2005 with video for the song I'm In Love Again by Ira Losco and second time round in 2006 with the video for the track Love On The Radio sung by Fabrizio Faniello.

On the 15th August 2014, the voting officially commences with the public having the opportunity to select their favourite music video from a selection of ten (10) songs which OGAE Malta have internally selected amongst their members. As has already been noted in a previous article, it was impossible to shortlist the music video for the track Tomorrow co-written by Boris Cezek and Dean Muscat with vocals provided by Gianluca because entries from the Eurovision Song Contest are prohibited for taking part. Despite this particular inconvience, the list of music videos shortlisted feature artists from the whole spectrum of the local music scene including former Eurovision Song Contest representative; Ira Losco as well as national final participants; Kelly Schembri and Davinia Pace.

The Person I Am - Ira Losco

Sinners - Lauren Aquilina

Indecisive - Cryptic Street

I'd Rather Die - Carrie Haber

Sweet Sister - Chris & Cheryl

You are My Home - Davinia

In Time - Yews

What I'd Give - Ira Losco

Strip Search - Honorebel ft Kelly Schembri & Stephen Davids

Fools - Lauren Aquilina

Just above, you could watch the videos of the competing entries in an individual manner yet the organisers have also prepared a playlist for those who wish to view them all at one go. When a decision has been made, you should send your votes in 'Eurovision Format' to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. till the 15th September 2013. It is important to denote that each person has one vote and cannot make alterations to the vote after it has been sent. Make sure to include your name, surname and country of origin within the email. The editorial board gladly support this brand new venture organised by OGAE Malta because it increases transparency and also gives the public the right to decide on something which will still represent the nation. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com as well as the Official Facebook Page of the competition for all of the latest news.

Source: OGAE Malta

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Franklin Calleja, Claudia Faniello, Jessika and Davinia were all part of the set-up at this years' edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest with the latter actually being the second runner-up. They will all be coming together on stage once more during Echoes, a live street concert in aid of Puttinu Cares on Friday 16th August from 21:00 CET onwards. It is important to denote that the list above is only part of the line-up with other special performances including Kristina Casolani who performed during this years' Isle of MTV and Cryptic Street, winners of the Best New Act at the Bay Music Awards 2012.

On Malta's Top Ten with Nathan D, both Claudia and Davinia have made the cut with their most recent releases; When It's Time co-written with Errol and You Are My Home composed by Elton Zarb with lyrics by Matt Mercieca. The evening is set to be hosted by Cherise Attard, recent winner of L-Għanja tal-Poplu with the song Hawn Siġġu Nieqes composed by Mark Spiteri Lucas to the lyrics of Paul Ellul as well as Joseph Barber who is one of the most influential figures in Safi when it comes to organisation. The editorial board of escflashmalta.com urges everyone to attend and be generous. Stay tuned for all of the latest news as soon as it becomes available.

Source: Press Release

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OGAE Malta, the local representative committee within the international fan club of the Eurovision Song Contest has just unveiled a brand new selection format for the annual OGAE Video Contest which was last year won by Italy and the video of the song E' L'Amore Che Conta performed by Giorgia. Since it's inception back in 2003, Malta has been present and has also peaked at sixth place on two occasions, the first time in 2005 with the video for the song I'm In Love Again by Ira Losco and second time round in 2006 with the video for the track Love On The Radio sung by Fabrizio Faniello.

In an official press release sent out by Deo Grech, a long time representative of OGAE Malta, it has now been announced that the selection process will be completely open for the public. The voting will officially commence on the 15th August 2013 but nevertheless, you could still get acquainted with the shortlist of entries as selected by the organising body. Tomorrow, co-written by Boris Cezek and Dean Muscat with vocals provided by Gianluca could not be included within the list due to the regulation that the songs cannot be from that years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest. Nevertheless, artists whose videos have been selected include former representative; Ira Losco as well as former national final participants; Davinia and Kelly Schembri.

The Person I Am - Ira Losco

Sinners - Lauren Aquilina

Indecisive - Cryptic Street

I'd Rather Die - Carrie Haber

Sweet Sister - Chris & Cheryl

You are My Home - Davinia

In Time - Yews

What I'd Give - Ira Losco

Strip Search - Honorebel ft Kelly Schembri & Stephen Davids

Fools - Lauren Aquilina

escflashmalta.com proudly supports this venture having been in contact with OGAE Malta in the past with the hope of opening up the selection to the general public after receiving several emails from fans of the event. The Maltese selection for the OGAE Video Contest 2013 is being held through social networking website, Facebook, although more details about how and where to send the votes will be made public in due course. The current aim is to let the public know about this brand new feature and to ultimately familiarise themselves with the songs. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com as well as the Official Facebook Page of the competition for all of the latest news.

Source: OGAE Malta

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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)

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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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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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

Cryptic Street came to existence more than a year ago, starting out as a text message between two friends it seems before invigorating other individuals to join and ultimately form an all female pop/rock band which has been very much required in the local music scene having been lacking one for an extremely long period of time. Dedication is the key to success and just after a couple of rehearsals, Cryptic Street took to one of their premier events being a performance at the Notte Bianca where they performed a wide range of tracks including Sex on Fire and Valerie by Kings of Leon and the late Amy Winehouse respectively. This year though proves to be completely different for the group made up of Leona on rhythm guitar, Julia on drums, Chiara on bass guitar, Denise on keyboards and Janelle on lead guitars because they released their debut single entitled Indecisive. It is quite intriguing that all of the members provide vocals.

escflashmalta.com has been proud in recent weeks to bring you exclusive videos from the likes of Brooke, Funk Initiative and Muxu on two occasions and this marks the fifth official video release through our portal. We have spoken to Janelle, the lead guitarist with regards to the meaning behind the song and this is what she had to tell us; the song, on its most basic level, revolves around a two people who are in love, but one of them is indecisive. This incisiveness causes the other person to leave, and the lyrics are from the point of view of the person who is feeling guilty that she has lost her true love, but knows that regardless of her decision now, the other person has left. It also speaks about how in life we often have to take difficult decisions and we have to be mature enough to take them. It is important to note that the track was recorded and produced by Peter Borg of Red Electrick fame at Railway Studios.
 
In the meantime, the video has a slightly different meaning because it has a look at the individuality within each member of the band whilst also representing them as a whole. Janelle speaks that it was inspired by Foster the People's Pumped up Kicks since we felt that that type of video, without any gimmicks and any particular story line. Ultimately she adds we would present ourselves as an act to be taken seriously. Our aim is to encourage other young girls to brave their way into non-stereotypical industries. The track is currently on rotation on all major radio station including 89.7 Bay, 100.2 X FM, Radio 101, 92.7 FM, Radju Malta, Magic Radio and so forth. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest exclusive news items that we have prepared for you in the coming days before there are still a couple to be released. In the meantime, make sure to watch the debut video of Cryptic Street as directed and edited by Matthew James Borg with additional footage by Niky Chetcuti. 
 
 
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