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Friday, 09 November 2012 12:30

Exclusive: MESC 2013 Will Not Feature Wayne

The beginning of the year is set to be quite a marquee time due to the fact that the 2013 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest will be moving to a slightly earlier date due to other current affairs in the country and therefore, preparations are underway as the Public Broadcasting Services continues their search for the next representative and entry at the esteemed music event with a history which dates back to 1956. The submissions for the competition were received at the main broadcasting house on Tuesday and Wednesday and we have been in touch with a number of performers exclusively confirming their respective entry. Members of the editorial team at escflashmalta.com were also present keeping an eye on the individuals going in to try their luck. We are officially in a position to confirm that one of the artists who is giving it a miss from a lead vocalist point of view is none other than singer/songwriter Wayne Micallef.

Many people have somewhat become accustomed to the performances that Wayne Micallef has brought to the competition noting that he has managed to qualify to the finals every year since 2009 as a soloist with all of his tracks being very well appreciated by the international community. In fact, his placings have been relatively positive including a seventh place finish with Where You Belong in 2009, a sixth place result with Save a Life in 2010, an eighth place finish with Everybody Sing in 2011, and last but not least twelfth in 2012 with his track Time. One could easily note that he has managed three top ten finishes in a time where the staggering amount of performers coming into the competition fray was astonishing. Our source has also informed us that despite not entering as a performer, Wayne has submitted some tracks as a songwriter and therefore, he still manages to be around in some way or another. Unfortunately, it will not be the same feeling but nevertheless, his sound will definitely be evident if any of the tracks do manage to make it through. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news about the 2013 Malta Eurovision Song Contest.

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Several individuals are currently extremely curious over what entries will ultimately make up next years' edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest which for the past two years has taken a turn for the better, both in terms of song and presentation quality. Submissions for the competition will be accepted this coming Tuesday and Wednesday in allocated timeslots which will be divulged once more closer to the actual days when escflashmalta.com will be present outside of the offices of the Public Broadcasting Services to note the artists who did not want to reveal their submission. Following the earlier announcements of Corazon, Domenique, Danica Muscat, Marilena Gauci, Stefan Gauci and Gloriana Arpa Belli, we are now pleased to confirm that the latest act to exclusively confirm to our web portal is none other than Kaya whose rich history in the local music scene surely has to be acknowledged noting that it has been evolving especially in recent times with a brand new image and genre representing the artist in the most impressive manner.

One has to recall that Kaya also known as Priscilla Psaila originally showed her true colours way back in the millennium with the year 2000 seeing her qualify to the Malta Song for Europe with the track Our Love composed by Alfred Zammit and penned by Cynthia Sammut which finished in third place. This was a huge coup so to speak because Priscilla back then was a complete newcomer. A couple of months later, she made it through to the finals of the Għanja tal-Poplu competition with the track Tisimgħu Tissaħħar featuring the vocal talented of the late Frans Baldacchino. The original composition which was written by the artists themselves finished at the top position for a stunning rendition of an extremely beautiful track which remains pinned down in the history of the local music scene. During the years, Priscilla did not manage to reach the stage of the Malta Song on another occasion actually but she did mark her foot down on the competition at the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza reaching a second place position in 2006 with the track Se Nkun Viċin composed by Ray Agius to the lyrics of Godwin Sant and also in 2009 with Lilek Biss composed by Mark Spiteri Lucas and penned by Joe Chircop whilst also being named the winner of the same competition in 2007 entitled Dan Hu L-Mument featuring the vocals of Ivan Borg with music by Mark Spiteri Lucas and lyrics by Joe Chircop.

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Ultimately she returned to the stage of the Malta Eurosong competition in 2010 in another duet with Kurt Calleja performing the song Waterfall composed by Marco Debono and penned by Rita Pace. The entry received a lot of praise from a number of critics including some of the most prominent producers in the foreign music industry. It was revealed that she entered a couple of songs in the Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2011 but nevertheless, she did not make it through to the final stages of the competition. A sigh of relief came forward from Priscilla or rather Kaya when she was revealed as a semi-final with the track First Time written by the Greek Gorgi. The outstanding typical ballad has a place in any Maltese national selection and therefore, it was well received, so much so that it even translated into a number of points by the public which counted for a total of one judge in the last selection round. Kaya is pleased to return this time round coming up with entries which she deems fit and excitable. This is the first former runner-up who has come forward and confirmed her participation in the 2013 Malta Eurovision Song Contest. She has reached and scaled success in a number of countries including the United States having performed the original song Timeless during New York Fashion Week, the same year she adopted her current stage name of Kaya. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for more exclusive news in the coming hours, days and weeks.

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Professionalism is the key to success in the music industry and one of the artists who has definitely showed strength and compassion in returning to what he does best is Fabrizio Faniello, the man who represented Malta in the Eurovision Song Contest on two separate and distinct occasions; in 2001 with the track Another Summer Night finishing in ninth place and in 2006 with the song I Do finishing in a languishing bottom position which many somewhat disagree with nevertheless. Following a couple of months and years away from the music scene in order to settle a number of issues, the male performer returned with a bang at the Malta Eurovision Song Contest in 2011 with the track No Surrender which later on throughout the year would also become the lead single off his latest album of the same. The compilation features tracks written by local and foreign writers but then again, one of the songs, a cover of the Toše Proeski hit; The Hardest Thing stands out from the rest for the sheer power that Fabrizio has given it. The song which was the last single from the Balkan performer and was written by Wayne Hector, Elliot Kennedy and Gary Barlow of Take That fame, was also set to launch the artist but unfortunately, he passed away far too quickly. escflashmalta.com has the pleasure to exclusively reveal the video for Fabrizio's version of The Hardest Thing thanks to CAP-Sounds, Universal Music Germany and Spectre Media.

Since returning back to music, Fabrizio has shown clear dedication in this respective field, launching a brand new solo career in Asia where he has become a star in the likes of Indonesia after releasing his debut album over there, a compilation of hits from his last couple of albums in the official language of the respective country. Nevertheless, his fan base in Europe has never forgotten him and he has been invited to attend two spectacular OGAE Meetings in the next couple of weeks; the first one being held in the town of Bologna, Italy on the 27th October and the second one being that organised in the city of Cologne, Germany on the 24th November. The editorial team of escflashmalta.com has also spoke to Fabrizio to learn the idea behind releasing this song as his latest single considering that it is a cover and this is what he had to tell us 'This is coming at a right time in my life as really I am going through something similar of what the song is talking about. I’m honoured that I’m singing a Gary Barlow song and thanks & respect to Toše who walked away too early…' Fabrizio Faniello maintains an outstanding reputation by virtue of putting the past behind him and looks towards the future. He is always described as a hard working performer by his manager; Manfred Holz of CAP-Sounds, based in Germany under the watchful eye of Universal Music Germany. It is yet unconfirmed on whether he will be submitting any tracks to the Malta Eurovision Song Contest in 2013 but stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for more news.

Source: Universal Music Germany, Spectre Media, CAP-Sounds, Manfred Holz

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One of the most promising up and coming talents in the local music industry is surely Danica Muscat who has been around for just a very short time, mostly appearing at the Junior Eurosong competition prior to leaving Malta for Italy to appear on the hit reality television series, Io Canto which is hosted by Gerry Scotti on Canale 5. She had the opportunity to perform with some of the most amazing artists there including the likes of Pierdavide Carone amongst others but then again, she has returned to Malta with more intelligence about the music scene than many others who have been around for longer. Throughout this interview, we have spoken about a number of things including possible participation in the Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2013. Have a look at what she had to tell escflashmalta.com

Throughout the past couple of years, Danica Muscat has evolved as an artist not only in vocal capabilities but also in character and that is very important in order to succeed in this business. Going back a couple of years, one would remember your respective successes achieved in Romania as well as in Italy within a number of music competitions where you competed against individuals from all over the world including countries where the music scenes normally thrive. Do you believe that such experiences have helped you more in terms of becoming the musical artist that you are today and what advice would you give to aspiring performers who are hoping to follow in your footsteps?

I believe that such experiences do help ,Malta is a small country and obviously since our music industry is still in it infancy ,Malta  compared to bigger countries who harvest their talent early, local  talent is not usually appreciated early locally , as it stands   it is hard for new artists to be noticed and come forward since opportunities at a high level are few and limited. Also by competing and working abroad on a professional level helps especially in self-discipline .I must also stress that the level of training and especially the level of the vocal coaches is really important, and should not be regarded lightly when choosing.

Many people will first recall listening to your stunning vocal in the 2007 edition of the Junior Eurosong competition where you were competing with the song Stolen which was about the disappearance of the young Madeleine McCann. Unfortunately, you did not manage to come out on top on that occasion and thus missed out on representing Malta in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest with the ticket being given to the group Cute who performed their respective track Music. Nevertheless, it was the first major stepping stone for Danica Muscat. What can you recall of that experience and would you have done anything differently when looking back?
 
Although I had already competed successfully abroad, in Romania and Italy and in Junior Eurosong the year before with “Play your violin”,  Stolen was the song that launched me in the Maltese  public eye ,I remember that I did not have high hopes of winning since the night of the final the international news was buzzing with the arrest of Madeleine McCann’s parents so when I was called in second place I must admit I was surprised, still I would change nothing looking back and greatly treasure the experience.
 
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Reality television has become a pivotal role in life noting several programme such as The Voice, X Factor and Idol gaining recognition all around the world but for budding young artists, there is one show which has gained a lot of fame and credibility and that is surely Io Canto hosted by the renowned Gerry Scotti and broadcasted through Canale 5.  You were lucky enough to be selected to take part in the second series of the programme held in 2010 ultimately taking to the stage to perform duets with the likes of Ron, Pierdavide Cardone and Ornella Vanoni. How did the opportunity to be in the programme actually come about and what was it like to perform with some of the biggest names in the Italian music industry? 

Everything started when I was told by Italian music coach MS Rita Signorino that a talent scout was coming to Malta to audition me and others for the possibility of going to audition to Rome for a program. I did the audition and was chosen along with another 6 singers from Malta to go for the auditions ,when I got the call I refused to go because I had a French Ordinary level exam on the day, still my teacher persuaded me to go and I went to Rome for the auditions, this is were experience comes out because these are not your run of the mill auditions with professional singers ,coaches and people from the music industry doing the fist screening, it s very  hard to pass these screenings and  get to the first real audition in front of the producers.
 
Any way I managed to impress and ended up doing 13 shows opening the show each time  and singing with some of the best international talent around I got to meet people like Albano, James Blunt (who was really impressed I spoke English!!!!!!),Ron, Ornella Vanoni, Rafaella Carra, Piere Davide Carone, Emma, The Priests  and others, the atmosphere is very different and professional ,very disciplined and I feel this helped a lot towards making  me in to the singer I am today. Well what can i say singing duets with established artists can be very daunting especially due to the fact we had to learn the songs in a couple of days usually since we never knew who the guest artist would be the following week.
 
One of the local competitions which has helped give you exposure in the past couple of years has surely been the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza having made the finals of the event for two consecutive years; in 2011 with the track Kliem Li M’Ghidtlek Qatt composed by Mark Debono and penned by Christopher Azzopardi and in 2012 with the track Indipendenti composed by Philip Vella and penned by Cher Vella. Taking on such a daunting prospect of performing in front of a large audience is surely intriguing but when performing in an open air venue, the feeling is definitely different. How has this experience helped you develop as an artist and would you recommend it for other performers?

Apart from the Malta Eurovision, the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza is the only other alternative to performing on a big level locally, it is also a very unique experience since the venue is one of the largest in Malta and the fact that it is open air adds to the magic of almost being to a big concert as we usually see on Television, I would definitely advice any artist to try his luck and participate. As I said earlier, the Malta Eurovision is the ultimate experience locally, with young kids dreaming of being there from a young age. I was lucky enough to get there at a young age, also lucky that I had other big experiences from abroad and Malta which helped me a lot .The other artists were supportive and fun to be with, all in all an amazing feeling ,amazing stage but most importantly an amazing public.
 
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Earlier this year, you reached the live stages of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest with the track 7 Days written by the well known Philip Vella. You were just seventeen when this happened and therefore, many people have the habit of comparing up and coming artists in the competition such as yourself to the likes of Miriam Christine and Thea Garrett who both ended up winning at an extremely young age. How did it feel to make it through to the semi-final and then eventually the final and are you gearing up with the hope of a second participation in 2013?
 
I feel that age should not be the way to measure an artist’s performance, talent is always there it’s for the vocal coaches and people around the artist to find as early as possible and through guidance and coaching hone the artist into what he ultimately becomes.As for my Malta Eurovision Song Contest final ,I am sure I came as a surprise to some but it was something I really worked for last year, since the year before due to contractual restrictions with Mediaset/Sony I could not focus properly on a participation in that particular Malta Eurovision Song Contest, I’m definitely looking forward to submitting other songs this year. As I said earlier, the Malta Eurovision Song Contest is the ultimate experience locally, with young kids dreaming of being there from a young age. I was lucky enough to get there at a young age, also lucky that I had other big experiences from abroad and Malta which helped me a lot .The other artists were supportive and fun to be with, all in all an amazing feeling ,amazing stage but most importantly an amazing public.
 
Whenever you appear on a stage you exude an aura of confidence which is not seen as much as one would imagine in Malta even though the level of talent is extremely high according to a number of foreign music critics and songwriters who have a habit for scouting brand new artists for their music. Many people have come to expect you to perform a ballad whenever you walk out on a stage and indeed, it has been proven that it is your best genre per se but then again, would you be open to performing something more up-tempo every now and then and also possibly in a competition such as the Malta Eurovision Song Contest?
 
This is were our limitations come in usually in Malta we artists are not versatile enough and  tend to stick to a genre and are uncomfortable to change from that genre, I have in many occasions performed up-tempo songs but even when I was in Italy the producers would only make me sing ballads ,  which like you said is were  I excel ,still I would definitely sing up-tempo songs and right now  I am working on an up-tempo tune for possible submission to the Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2013.
 
Would you like to say anything to your fans and our readers at escflashmalta.com?

Its been an amazing year thanks to my fans, who I am sure are also regular visitors to your site, I invite them to continue their support to all Maltese artists and your wonderful site.
 
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Several names are being touted as possible semi-finalists when the list for the 2013 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest is revealed on the 30th November but then again, many have to note that the submissions date for the competition is at the end of this month and that is when the journey will officially start for the people who do intend to submit a song or a couple into the procedure. In the past couple of days, escflashmalta.com has learnt that acts such as Stefan Galea and Marilena Gauci will indeed be trying their luck but now it seems that up and coming faces including that of Franklin Calleja is also interested having just come forth from a resounding victory on the reality television music programme Don't Stop Me Now hosted by Eileen Montesin on NET Television and featuring Maestro Dominic Galea as well as former Eurovision Song Contest representative Moira Stafrace as judges. 

The name of the respective performer had already been circulating a lot in recent days and weeks before a foreign intelligence unit came forward with the news that Franklin was indeed going to submit a track into the Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2013 and therefore, the editorial board at escflashmalta.com spoke to the perform to get things clear and making sure that everything is published in the right manner. He confirmed his intentions of submitting a track into the competition and is working on something as we speak therefore, it will be quite intriguing to see what the young vocalist can indeed come up with noting that he has given sterling performances of a great songs. During the final of the programme, he also performed with Ludwig Galea, one half of the 2004 representative duo at the Eurovision Song Contest on behalf of Malta. The renowned artist is acting as a mentor to Franklin Calleja whose initial major experience came back during the Junior Eurosong competition a couple of years back. With stunning vocals and a good image to help promote him, Franklin is a definite shoe in to reach at least the semi-final of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest. Several other names are being touted this year so stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news as soon at it becomes available.

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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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Tuesday, 11 September 2012 11:30

Exclusive: Muxu Releases New Music Video

Summer is coming to an end somewhat abruptly this year noting the weird weather patterns that have come to affect the Maltese Islands in the past couple of days but nevertheless, the music releases are still sizzling and it seems that one artist who keeps getting it right at the moment is none other than Muxu who following his striking track So Good earlier this month returns with a completely different sound whilst keeping in line with the rhythm and blues genre which many have become accustomed to listening to from his repertoire. The brand new single entitled Pour Down On Me has been explained by the artists himself as 'a song for all the people that are in love with love, not just with a direct partner, but family , friends, sometimes as human beings we like to protect our hearts, by not letting people in, and there's no point, we live, we learn, so let love pour down on me'. 

Muxu goes onto explain that he finds himself in an extremely 'good place' in his life at the moment finding himself true happiness and going onto share the he 'just wanted the world to feel a little bit' of what he does indeed feel because there is a lot of 'negativity in the world, when truth is we all just want to be happy'. The track was sent to him in fragments so to speak noting that the music was instrumental at first and it gave him a sense of freedom and happiness that have somewhat been elements of his life in the past couple of months. When it came to writing the lyrics, it came effortless and he indeed gave it his all and made sure that everything was poured out into the track hence the title so to speak. The official music video which has been once more given to escflashmalta.com in terms of exclusivity has been filmed and directed by Mike Mercieca, the sixteen year old nephew of Muxu himself. Once more speaking to escflashmalta.com, he went onto say 'I am 100% that Mike is going to have an amazing future ahead of him' and goes onto send a shout out to the people who have aided him in making this video a reality; 'As always help from my mum, and my cousin Julia, and my sister Nadine for letting us stay at hers hearing the song over and over, while making the video, shout out to J, thank you for the inspiration'.

Source: escflashmalta.com

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escflashmalta.com is always proud to promote the best of the local music scene and one of the artists which is best representing the country is surely none other than Amber who this year managed to finish in third place during the Malta Eurovision Song Contest and then also got the opportunity to perform at the Eurovision Song Contest as a backing vocalist. In the past couple of years, the artists that make up the local music scene have been somewhat subject to positive praise and this is due to the fact that there a renowned improvement even in the way that tracks are being written and produced. We have just managed to get our second interview with the artist and this time round things are different because experience has been key in the overall growth. She speaks to us about her recent success and what she has in store for the upcoming months.

Your rise to local fame has been done relatively the old fashioned way noting that your first appearance in a local showcase was definitely the programme ID which used to air on ONE Television prior to being in another competition known as the Malta Hit Song Contest in which you managed to finish within the top five. Your big break and undeniably astonishing vocals though came to prominence on the stage of The Granaries during the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza with the song Trid Tapprezza composed by Ray Agius and Alfred C Sant. Do you consider the early success within the Maltese language to be a huge stepping stone in your career?

Yes I do, in fact it was an honour participating in such a prestigious contest.

Throughout the past couple of months, there has been a lot of mention of your name due to the fact that you have managed to climb up quite a couple of flights of stairs in the local music industry starting off with the fact that you finished in third place at the Malta Eurovision Song Contest with the track Answer With Your Eyes composed by Ray Agius and penned by Alfred C Sant thanks to the ample support received from the juries. Looking back at that experience, noting that you managed to hit the right notes with perfect timing, what do you recall and would you have done anything differently so that you might have appealed to the public more?

If I had to turn back time, I would do everything exactly the same, as I did. I believed in the song from the very first minute I heard it. I made some alterations to the song according to what people have told me in order to make it more appealing to the people. I was very happy with my performance both on Friday and on Saturday.

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Following the end of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, it was decided that Kurt Calleja would be going onto represent the country finishing ahead of both you and Claudia Faniello. Nevertheless, there seemed to have been an issue with the female backing vocals which were somewhat sounding quite different than expected and therefore you were brought in to give the song a more complete sound noting that there had been a number of differences in the performance given at the Eurovision Song Contest. How did the ‘selection process’ go and what could you tell us about the general feeling of going to the event?

Regarding the selection process, I did the audition for the post of a backing vocalist when the post was already vacant. Therefore I am definitely not the right person to ask about the selection process. The general feeling of being part of the prestigious event is simply amazing. I had worked with a team of professionals and hard working people from which I had learned a lot. We all worked hard in order to achieve the very best result possible. Kurt and his band are a group of well talented young artists and it was such an honour for me to have worked with them.

Going back to the 2010 edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza, many people might not recall that you had in fact submitted two entries, the second one being none other than Dell L-Istilel composed by Dominic Cini and penned by Stephen Baldacchino. Unfortunately, the track failed to make it through the second judging hurdle and was thus eliminated by it made a comeback this year noting that Rachel Verzin has qualified with the same track to the finals of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza. Your vocals could be heard in the backing track and therefore, one could easily make a connection. Do you believe that the right song made it through and would you have liked to do something else with Dell L-Istilel?

In 2010 I managed to make it through with the song Trid Taprezza and later on in summer managed to win the KKI. Trid Taprezza and Dell l-istilel were two totally different songs with a different genre and different concept therefore it is very difficult for me to compare the songs. I was very happy with both songs in which I gave my own interpretation. Rachel Verzin is a very good singer like most of the other singers who are taking part in this year’s KKI. And I wish her and all the other singers the best of luck.

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In recent weeks, your vocals have been somewhat lent to an intriguing track, one which is very different to the style or rather genre that people have become accustomed hearing you perform and that is quite important because you would prove yourself to be versatile in the field of music. The track that I am talking about is of course the one bearing the name So Good which is mainly performed by singer/songwriter Muxu who is preceded by his reputation as a showman. How did you become involved within the song and do you believe that exploring various areas of music will be beneficial in the long term?

Muxu and I have always wanted to work together one day and was very trilled as soon as he approached me in order to feature in his new single. I admire him a lot as he is so versatile and original in his music. It was an honour for me to work with such a talented guy. Muxu is so easy to work with. What I most like about him is that he encourages me to explore and be versatile. He doesn’t dictate what he wants from me, he just puts me in the picture by explaining what he will be doing and from there onwards he lets me be free participating wherever I see appropriate to do so. I consider life as a journey therefore the more you explore the more you learn. It is very important for a singer to be versatile and experiment with different genres of music Exploring different areas of music is very beneficial for a singer, one would learn to appreciate music more as well as would be able to use various voice techniques learned from different genres in his/her own music. 

Apart from a brand new track in which you perform backing vocals, there has beenanother important event in your life or rather your career in the past couple of daysnoting that you were offered the opportunity to perform with the one and only JosephCalleja during his annual summer concert which this year featured none other than thepopular Irishman, Ronan Keating as well as the Italian sensation, Gigi D’Alessio. The track which you chose to perform was A Thousand Years originally by Kristina Perri.What was the reason behind this choice and how was it to perform with one of the leading tenors in the world?

For me Joseph Calleja is an inspiration. It was an honour for me to perform alongside the best of the best in this industry. After considering several options we both taught this will be a good song. Before the rehearsals I was very excited bit once on that stage I started enjoying myself. He is a very humble person who makes you feel at ease whilst in his company. Well for me it’s a dream come true.

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One of the deadliest times of the year surely has to be summer in Malta due to the extreme heat that people have to endure but nevertheless, it seems to be the best time for music releases especially of a particular genre. You have been quite busy as of late noting a number of performances and additional vocals but what are the plans for the upcoming weeks and even for the winter months and of course, will you be trying to represent Malta in the Eurovision Song Contest which is set to take place in the city of Malmo in Sweden?

I try to enjoy summer as much as possible whilst juggling through work, singing and gigs. I am working on new projects which are still to be confirmed. Yet I’m really looking forward. For the winter months I haven’t anything confirmed although I also have some projects in the pipeline. If the perfect song comes my way I will surely participate in the Malta Eurovision 2013.

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

I would like to thanks all the fans and readers of escflashmalta.com for their constant support throughout my career. Thanks for always believing in me.

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Six people with different ideas who were brought together through that one common initiative, that which represents music. The very element in itself seems to have become one of the more positive aspects that Malta as a country can offer noting that our success within the field has been recorded throughout the past couple of years with musical exports such as Airport Impressions, Joseph Calleja, Ira Losco, Carrie Haber, Kevin Borg, Red Electrick, Tribali, Wintermoods and others continuously marking a reputation which one should be honoured to have. escflashmalta.com has been proud to help promote local acts in the past couple of weeks, months and years and today will be no different noting that the editorial board has been entrusted with the exclusivity for the single and video of the track My Robot Monkey is Better Than Yours, the latest single by Funk Initiative.

There is belief, talent and dedication in each of the six members of Funk Initiative who are of course Gianluca Bezzina (Vocals), Paul Torpiano (Keyboards / Backing Vocalist), Daniel Cassar (Guitar), Fabian Bonello (Saxophone / Tambourine), Daniel Buttigieg (Drums / Percussion) and Shaun Abdilla (Bass Guitar). There accolades in the past three years have continues to grow and 2011 seems to have been the year not to mess with them noting respective nominations for best upcoming talent at both the Bay Music Awards and the Malta Music Awards respectively. Despite the fact that they did not win, the music they releases thus far has been beyond amazing noting the difference of genres when it came to their debut single Paris and then the sophomore release The Liberators. This time round, they have decided to keep their explicit funk and create an extremely cool video which features a number of diverse locations around the country. I do not want to tell you anything else about it though because we would like you to judge it for yourselves. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for more exclusives in the comings days and weeks.

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It has long been noted that successful ventures do indeed go a long way in the music industry and our premier collaboration with 89.7 Bay in an exclusive interview with Carlo Gerada proved to be quite a promising start securing support for the performer and his track My World from all spectrums of society through our portal. Therefore, we will be moving forward with the next interview focusing on Christabelle who has most recently also been featured on escflashmalta.com for the release of her new single Say which is already topping the chart in fact. It seems that things are really moving into a good direction for her especially when considering that it has all been an ascension throughout time.

Christabelle is one of the most consistent artists in the local music scene having been around for quite some time working around a variety of genres including rhythm and blues, pop and even swing noting that she is quite versatile so to speak. Nevertheless, this single has something different from anything she has released in the past and therefore holds a high personal regard to her and to her followers. The track Say managed to dethrone Paul by Red Electrick from the number #1 position following four weeks at the top as announced earlier this week on 89.7 Bay on Malta's Top Ten with Nathan D. Should you have missed the programme, make sure to visit the official page and listen to the podcast recording of the whole show. In the meantime, we had the opportunity to ask a couple of questions to Christabelle.

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Each artist grows and adapts genres to particular features in vocals or even at times public perception but how has Christabelle changed over the years through her music?

Well since I started singing at a very young age, the music I used to listen to back has evolved. Since I experienced the States I feel that my music has evolved in a way that it has matured me.
 
Your latest single entitled Say has just been revealed to be this weeks' number #1 on Malta's Local Top Ten with Nathan D following a couple of weeks in the runner-up position because of the success of the track Paul by Red Electrick having kept the top spot for a month. How does it feel that yet again, you are leading the pack?

The track Paul from Red Elektrick is probably one of my favourite maltese tracks, infact whilst Im driving and Paul starts playing on the radio I always put the volume up hehe. To be honest It was enough of a priviledge being no 2 as at the moment there are so many new artists with a whole lot of potential and talent that even though I have been in the scene for quite a while now I always say that talent here is continuously getting better. Now that my Single Say is no 1 for it's first week Im over the moon because as I mentioned before the talent is extraordinary for such a small island, nevertheless I always have faith in the songs that I co-write and perform so I m really grateful SAY is number #1.
 
Many feel that your latest single is very different to what has been released in the past signally a new start for Christabelle as a performer. Have you encountered anything different in life that made you turn to this type of genre?
 
SAY is my 6th single which I have released and Its my favourite one of the bunch. Why? Because it's so catchy it makes you wanting to keep singing it even after the song finishes. Well at least thats the feedback Im getting from a lot of people. Its a new step towards the right direction in my opinion. The lyrics behind this track are extremely powerful and gradually the song becomes as powerful showing a bit of the aggressive side of my voice. What I really wanted to showcase most in this track is my voice. I am a very emotional singer and I tend to feel every single lyric as if it's happening at that very same moment.
 
You have released quite a large amount of singles in the past couple of years as you grew into the artist you have become today but will people get the chance to see you release an album sometime soon and what is the general plan for your music in 2012?
 
My plan for this year is definitely going to be to start working on an album, trying to incorporate my previous singles along with new ones. My other plans are that as always I love performing, trying to get to perform at a number of events and doing my best to please the crowd watching.
 
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