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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 Chris Grech.

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

The song, penned by myself, speaks about those times when you ought to do good and work really hard to achieve things in one’s life, to improve, to be a better man.  Unfortunately sometimes, not everything’s within one’s powers to make it all happen. That’s when the closed doors come in.  No matter how hard you try, sometimes, it’s still very difficult to get through.  However, adding to this, one must never give up on their challenges… they will surely make you a better person once you succeed!

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?

As an artist I see Eurovision as a very big opportunity to kick off one’s musical career.  It is a great way to meet other artists and potentially collaborate with some of them.  You get the chance to expose what you love doing to millions of people and above that, represent your own country, which is truly honourable.

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?

I think that PBS, rightly so, are taking this competition very seriously and they’re investing a lot of time and money to make the best out of this.  This can be seen even more, now that the Junior Eurovision contest is being hosted here in Malta.  The preparations already give off what a great show this will be!Oh! and we’re getting the chance to perform on this same stage too, which is awesome! :) 

With regards to my entry, yes, I strongly believe that it has all of the elements to do justice to all of the efforts that PBS are doing in order to improve year after year.  Coming from a different musical background I feel I can give something different which is nevertheless of high quality.  This can be something that can make Malta’s entry differ from the rest which can potentially make it stand out.  We have tried with a lot of variations and genres, why not this one this time? Besides, I’m very easy to work with and can adapt really well to whatever is needed :)

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

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?

To be honest, unfortunately I didn’t really have the time to sit down and listen to all of the other songs, so giving you a reply on this would be unfair in my opinion :)

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

Yes for sure! I see the Malta Eurovision Song Contest as a means to expose my music rather than being a means to create music in the first place.  Being with my metal band or as solo projects, my schedule is always busy.  Funds permitting, I’d really like to write a full length album now as a solo artist so that I can make more of music on the lines of this year’s entry.

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

If they’re reading this, then first and foremost, I’d like to thank them for taking the interest and time to read my interview.  I look forward to hearing their opinions on my entry and hope that it brings them a good vibes :)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tcjmh8tihQU

escflashmalta.com is in a position to confirm that Rikki Lee, lead vocalist of Gypsy Genes, a local band which was nominated for Best New Artist at the 2013 edition of the Bay Music Awards is going solo and is set to release his debut single, Lies. The male vocalist has gone on record stating that he is going ‘to do his best to release hit records on a frequent basis’ and is already working on follow-up material to his debut single.

Lies, a pop/rock number with a magnificient backing chorus, one which will surely evoke the maddest instinct of every listener. The click of ones’ fingers along with the tapping of ones’ feet will be a familiar feel throughout. Without a shadow of doubt, this is a track which is instantly memorable, catchy and has a particular tone which makes it recognisable on all counts. Rikki Lee, has the makings to become a leading solo artist in the local music scene, especially with the right ingredients and personnel behind his every move. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all the latest news from the local music scene.

Source: escflashmalta.com

Published in Local Music News

Gypsy Genes, a non-traditional name for a brand new band which is ready to take over the local music scene hoping to 'bring to the island, something new and hip'. I was sent their debut single entitled Red Hot Money through a message on social networking website, Facebook and indeed, it seems to be a fusion of disco, funk and pop at the very same time. Typically, I am not the biggest fan of several genres jumbled up together but this is a professionally produced track and merits success. Gypsy Genes is made up of five members; Raxku on Drums, Kram on Keyboards, Chris Xuereb on Bass, Rikki Lee on Vocals and David Cassar Torreggiani on Guitars.

David Cassar Torreggiani is definitely the most experience of the clan noting that he is also a part of the group Scar who were in this years' edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest whilst also co-writing the track Never Walk Away by Chris Grech which finished in fourth place and also won the public award on escflashmalta.com as given out on Sas-Sitta which airs on NET Television. Red Hot Money has already been gaining popularity on radio considering that it entered Malta's Top Ten with Nathan D on 89.7 Bay as the only new entry of the week. Those who would love to listen to the track constantly may purchase it through digital store, iTunes. We encourage you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news about the local music scene as soon as it becomes available.

Source: Official Website, Facebook Page

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=obKIaHjef7o

Published in Local Music News

The Public Broadcasting Services, a member of the European Broadcasting Union and a participant in the Eurovision Song Contest, has always prepared well for the event, noting the national selection procedure has always managed to secure the interests of songwriters, producers and artists. The prize is somewhat intriguing because one would get the opportunity to perform in front of millions of people, get interviewed by some of the leading media in the continent and also have the distinct possibility of meeting some astonishing names in the music industry due to the high profile that the competition carries. As a matter of fact, 2013 is not set to be any different to be honest, due to the fact that there are a number of acts who are trying to represent their country who are already well known including; Daze in Denmark and Cascada in Germany keeping in mind that Anouk has already been selected for The Netherlands. escflashmalta.com is covering all of the entries competing in the Malta Eurovision Song Contest with an award set to be given by a panel of five critics from the foreign industry who have assessed our respective entries. The eleventh entry is Never Walk Away performed by Chris Grech and co-written with Peter Borg, Matthew James Borg and David Cassar Torreggiani.

Chris Grech has always shown that his heart is deep rooted within the sphere of music showing as a child that he wanted to be the one to play the guitar and hopefully headline concerts and one cannot say that this has not been the case in the past couple of years noting that whilst being a newcomer to the local music scene with regards to this competition, he has already become a sensation through his participation in other events. Thinking things through, Chris eventually contacted some friends and finally got his own band going on and together shared a vast amount of experiences, learning the ropes and performing across the country and receiving a positive response. A couple of years later, Chris was performing on his own and was approached by another band known as Twenty-Six Other-Worlds. The offer was simple and sought him to become their lead vocalist. In time, he accepted and thus, the vocal abilities that one could hear nowadays are a result of what he has achieved and what one could hear on their debut album entitled Manipulated released back in 2009. One of the headlining events that Chris has performed in is surely the Rockestra, an annual event held on behalf of the Malta Community Chest Fund in which he sung Gethsemane, The Show Must Go On, and Caruso. The audience were thrilled to hear him perform on each occasion.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PWxYMk9I1CY

The underdog has a notoriety for coming out on top on certain occasions and considering the people are responding to the track in the way that they are, is quite something and this is well recorded through the views being received on viral website, YouTube as well as being in the lead in the poll which has attracted more than five thousand votes in just over two weeks. This is not the typical entry that has come to define the Malta Eurovision Song Contest and it shows the emergence of one local music scene and not two defined through competition. Whether it is pop, ballad, rock, jazz, metal, dance or r'n'b, it is all music and that has to be prevalent in the event because the people and the jury want a choice, they want to make the distinction and send the best possible entry. Songwriting credit for Never Walk Away is attributed to Peter Borg and Matthew James Borg of Red Electrick, the band which is currently sweeping the nation with regards to music noting that their single Paul has most recently been voted as the best song at the Bay Music Awards as well as David Cassar Torreggiani who is competing in this competition alongside his band, Scar fronted by Konrad Pule who have also been making hits in the industry with their track White Lie which was also nominated for the same award mentioned above. Combining the power of powerhouse songwriters seemingly works and has given this product, one that is strong in actuality.

The Critics Speak Out

Rating: 59%

Sharon Vaughn: I don't understand what this song is trying to say. The text is very contradictory… a lot of pretty words that don't fit the title or the rest of the song. A nice pure voice, too bad on the song selection.

Martin Isherwood: No idea what the song is about. Very hard to follow any line of meaning in the lyric. Good strong voice with rough edges. Standard rock tune but offering little that's fresh. Not really a Eurovision entry at all. 

Stano Simor: In the beginning, the song had already impressed me. Excellent vocal range and color of voice. Song has good modern sound. Never Walk Away is a typical radio pop rock song. I'm not sure whether it is a song for Eurovision, which would take a Eurovision audience. If the song is already fully launched already after first chorus ,the songs, would be more powerful and impressive.

Roberto Meloni: I like a lot this song, his stunning vocal skills and the arrangement too. A dark horse in the competition. 

Lina Eriksson: I kind of like this melancholic tune but I’m not mad about it. The whole package feels a bit dated and not 2013. 

Source: Public Broadcasting Services, escflashmalta.com

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

Published in Editorials
Wednesday, 26 December 2012 06:50

MESC 2013: 'Never Walk Away' Most Viewed Thus Far

2012 is becoming another relic in just a couple of days time noting that Christmas has officially come to an end and people are paving the way for the new year which will surely be intriguing especially for those who might have thought that the world was really coming to an end. The Public Broadcasting Services wasn't an entity which had such a belief and thus started to organise the 2013 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest noting that the list of twenty-four semi-finalists was concluded just a couple of days back following the withdrawal of Dress Rehearsal by Saska Hunt which was eventually replaced by Marilena Gauci with the song Overrated. Whilst the official videos are being widely promoted on the engine used by the Public Broadcasting Services within their website, they have also been uploaded on viral website, YouTube and thus, one could take up the idea of views per track and it seems that the top five is quite intriguing with the leader of the pack running away with it at the present moment.

The track Never Walk Away co-written between Peter Borg, Matthew James Borg, David Cassar Torreggiani and Chris Grech has wracked up the most views at the moment noting that the band influenced entry performed by Chris Grech is being singled out for the very reason why the artist has become known, his raspy vocals which soar towards the end of the track making it sound like that typical song from the radio. It has not been a case of the locals falling in love with it wholeheartedly noting that there is a lot of foreign support for the track which sounds like a promising single from a budding new artist, stating what people have come to denote it. At this present moment, it has managed to garner around 10,000 views and has been shared many times of social media including Facebook and Twitter. Chris Grech himself is not a well known artist to be receiving multiple views based on his name so this is pretty much an intriguing start.

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

In second place comes none other than Kevin Borg with his entry Needing You a co-write between Thomas Thornholm, Simon Gribbe, Dan Attlerud and Michael Clauss. This has to be the most obvious option because despite the national interest at hand, the following that Kevin has in Sweden is relatively huge and therefore, the hits are picking up slowly and have at this point in time gone up to more than 6,000. This could be dubbed to be a mixture between the Maltese and Scandinavian ballad because it has a slow build up worked mainly around the vocals of the performer which also have a slight rasp to them in the vein of an Italian performer or even one of his good friends, Fabrizio Faniello. The fact that the Eurovision Song Contest is set to be held in Sweden seems to be the asset that many people are counting on and having a host country working in your favourite is definitely a positive idea.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=as2sMXXlXBk

A newcomer always somewhat finds it difficult to kick start their preparations for the Malta Eurovision Song Contest in the best order but it seems that glitz and glamour are calling onto a new performer, one whose name is Melanie Zammit and who will be performing Loverdose composed by Niclas and Maria Lundin and penned by Gerard James Borg, whose international collaborations are becoming somewhat more common in recent years. Melanie Zammit is a relative unknown in the Maltese music scene having only released one single prior to this competition through 89.7 Bay Radio and also major television stations. She has charisma and fashion sense and that seems to have got the crowd going but nevertheless, it is important to say that her pop/dance number is putting people in third gear and dancing along even in places where they shouldn't. The live performance is going to be quite the showcase, or rather, that is my feeling.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PnT3TgeyQLA

Whenever a certain songwriters comes into the fray, it seems that it could be pure instant gold and as a matter of fact, Thomas G:Son who also co-wrote the winning entry of this years' Eurovision Song Contest has worked with the renowned local songwriting duo of Philip Vella and Gerard James Borg to create Ultraviolet performed by Jessika who is currently in a process of re-branding herself. The singer/songwriter who is also starring in a television series known as Il-Klikka on ONE Television has been receiving a lot of positive comments with regards to her track whose opening notes have been similarly linked to Emeli Sande's popular song Next to Me but nevertheless, the focus here is definitely on the catchy tune which one easily hums along and performed at the slightest listen. Jessika has become a true artist and with the right staging, this could very much be one of the favourites on the night. It has received almost 4,000 views at the moment making it the fourth most watched entry.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g2vO8vxYFjk

The final track that we are featuring due to being in the top five of the most viewed thus far is none other than Tomorrow performed by Gianluca Bezzina and co-written between Boris Cezek and Dean Muscat. The songwriters are not your typical festival duo and as a matter of fact, it shows that the competition is becoming more of a merge between the festival and the radio scene making it one of the most successful transitions in the industry. This Jason Mraz, Train inspired entry is hitting the right notes with many people due to the fact that it puts you in a cheery disposition and instantly get you hooked. Humming is one of the most important elements to get to know a particular track and this is one of those songs which you hum along daily without even realizing. It has received around 3,500 views at the moment and seems to be most vulnerable at the helm but nevertheless, a charming pop/acoustic number. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news about the 2013 Malta Eurovision Song Contest.

Source: YouTube

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=io9GNF5IJ2Y

Published in Local Music News