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In music, a year is very much a reflection of historical evidence and when it comes to 2013, Malta will very much remember the remarkable success that it achieved on both a local and an international field. As the public prepares to drink champagne and sing the tune of Auld Lang Syne along with Happy New Year, originally released by Abba, we aim to have a look at the most memorable moments of the year in this editorial. 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.

January; a relatively quiet month in the local music scene with the Public Broadcasting Services busy prepping for the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, which was set to take place during the first weekend of February. Nevertheless, escflashmalta.com for the third year running managed to exclusively reveal the names of the hosts of the selection; Gordon Bonello, Rodney Gauci and Elaine Saliba. In the local music market, Corazon and Lynday both unveiled new singles; Save Your Smile and Daphne but the focus was definitely on the foreign music market with no less than three countries revealing the names of the artists who would represent them at the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest including; France (Amandine Bourgeois), Armenia (Gor Suyjan) and Denmark (Emmelie de Forest).

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February; The month of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest was upon us, and following a somewhat technically disappointing semi-final, the Public Broadcasting Services upped the ante for the final night, which saw to the success of Gianluca Bezzina and his entry Tomorrow co-written by Boris Cezek and Dean Muscat. It managed to beat the favourite, Needing You sung by Kevin Borg and co-written with Danne Attlerud, Michael Clauss, Simon Gribbe and Thomas Thornholm. Following the evening, escflashmalta.com held their annual awards, seeing to the success of Klinsmann, Chris Grech and the aforementioned Kevin Borg, with NET Television being the place where they were given. In the meantime, both Cyprus and Slovenia made use of internal selections in revealing Despina Olympiou and Hannah Mancini as their representatives.

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March; In a relatively surprise announcement, L-Għanja tal-Poplu announced that they had received almost forty (40) submissions for the local competition, amongst them from the likes of Romina Mamo and Rita Pace. Keeping in line with the local music scene, Ira Losco followed up the release of her single What I’d Give with a brand new album entitled The Fire which has been denoted by critics as the most notable release in the local music industry. During the same period, on an internal level, stars Marco Mengoni and Cascada were chosen to represent Italy and Germany respectively, or rather confirmed their entries in entirety at this point. Gianluca’s promotional campaign as he represents Malta in the Eurovision Song Contest had officially commenced with the first ever lyric video.

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April; At this month dawned, most of the country had made their respective selection for the international competition and thus focus quickly turned on on the outlook of the local music scene as Karen DeBattista managed to beat Marie Claire Attard Bason to become the first finalist of the 2013 Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza, through the Passport 2 Indifest challenge on Sas-Sitta. It was later on revealed that she would be performing the song Riflessi composed by Mark Scicluna to the lyrics of Emil Calleja Bayliss. In the meantime, L-Għanja tal-Poplu took place with Cherise Attard finishing in first place with the track Hawn Siġġu Nieqes composed by Mark Spiteri Lucas to the lyrics of Paul Ellul. At this point, Ira Losco continued her radio and digital success, aided by her first concert in quite some time. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DmUMJKj5RNk

The month of May, and thus the Eurovision Song Contest had quickly arrived and several readers of escflashmalta.com had their eyes on Gianluca Bezzina whose Tomorrow was a proven hit and indeed succeeded in not only reaching the final, but finishing in eighth place, the nations’ best result in seven (7)  years. The big winner was Emmelie de Forest from Denmark whose song Only Teardrops enchanted both the jury and the public at home. escflashmalta.com kept their annual coverage with guest commentators including Simon Casey, Davinia, Claudia Faniello, Brooke, Lauren White, Magnus 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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Summer could not kick off on a more positive note with the release of On The Dancefloor by Jan Cortez, setting the tone of the season and earning airplay on 89.7 Bay. As always, the preparations for the Joseph Calleja concert were being held at this point in time, as the line-up was revealed to include Rebecca Ferguson, Zucchero and Gianluca Bezzina, fresh off his success. In the meantime, on a positive note, it was announced by the Culture Department that local artists will get the chance to perform at the Isle of MTV with Kristina Casolani and Gianluca Bezzina both booking their spots at the event. No clarification was given over the choice especially with the top tier of artists; Jon Lukas, Davinia, The Crowns releasing brand new material.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aQ9avB4RFrA

As the temperatures were getting warmer, NET Television decided to publish the list of the names who had got through the final of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza, and also shot music videos, in an attempt to continue the fine tradition, which started with the Malta Eurovision Song Contest. Maltese, as a national language had definitely it’s most intriguing month due to the fact that apart from the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza, it was revealed that the International Festival of Maltese Song was set for a comeback, and no sooner than in November. Some of the most prominent names in the industry put their first foot forward and the line-up was miles better than that presented at the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza with the likes of Miriam Christine, Janvil, Fiona Cauchi, Roger Tirazona and Olivia Lewis who was making her comeback as well.

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August, known to be the last official month of summer saw to the release of Fed Up by Maxine Pace, who would later on be given a prominent role in the Maltese delegation during the surprise return of the country at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. Joseph Calleja gives his annual concert with only a handful of performances garnering a standing ovation, one of them being of the song Xemx which he performed in a duet with Gianluca Bezzina. Glen Vella, representative of Malta in the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest released a statement where he acknowledged that Finally by Richard Edwards should have represented the country, and most likely achieved a much better result. By the end of the month, the International Festival of Maltese Song had a logo and Red Electrick had a brand new single, The Runaway which would top the local music charts for several weeks.

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Double the amount of entries received for L-Għanja tal-Poplu were received by the International Festival of Maltese Song, and whilst this number was encouraging, there was still a sheer amount of disappointment with many sceptic over the quality of the competition. Joseph Calleja was recognised as the world renowned tenor he has become by receiving a nomination at the Class Brit Awards. The Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza took place with Fabrizio Faniello sweeping the top prize with the track Aħfirli Jekk Trid composed by Minik to the lyrics of Rita Pace. The surprise of many came when during the evening news bulletin, on the 25th September 2013, Malta had internally selected Gaia Cauchi to do the honours and represent the country at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest.

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

The 2014 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest might be months away, but the preparations from artists, songwriters and producers had commenced and a flurry made use of escflashmalta.com to reveal their intentions including; Tiziana Calleja, Gloriana Arpa Belli, Eleanor Cassar, Richard Edwards, Klinsmann, Melanie Zammit, Kaya, Janvil, Claudia Faniello, Danica Muscat, Fabrizio Faniello, Neville Refalo and Josef Tabone amongst others. Olivia Lewis gave an interview to a Radju Kottoner, stating she was planning to release a debut album in Maltese in the very near future, one which include all her hits along with brand new and original songs. The Public Broadcasting Services accepted entries for the Malta Eurovision Song Contest with several submissions, eventually totalling to a record breaking  210, the largest amount since the national broadcaster took over the selection process in totality.

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November, the month in which there were three major events; kicking off with the International Festival of Maltese Song which was not only the return of Olivia Lewis, but also her success with the song Hawn Mill-Ġdid composed by Paul Abela to the lyrics of Joe Julian Farrugia. In second place was Mark Tonna and his track Poeta Bla Kliem composed by Mark Scicluna with lyrics by Emil Calleja Bayliss and in third place, Dario and Grecia Bezzina with the song Solitaire composed by Dario Bezzina to the lyrics of Rita Pace. Malta’s return to the Junior Eurovision Song Contest proved successful, as The Start co-written by Matt Mercieca, Elton Zarb, Gillian Attard and Gaia Cauchi emerged as the clear favourite in the week leading up to the competition, and then finishing as the remarkable winner.

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Just a day before the final though, the public broadcaster revealed the names of the acts through to the Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2014, a list which comprised of several newcomers such as Raquel Galdes, De Bee and Daniel Testa whilst also noting former Eurovision representatives in the form of Fabrizio Faniello and Miriam Christine. It was always going to be a year to remember, but nevertheless, several broadcasters were at this stage revealing their intentions for the upcoming edition of the international competition, seeing to the return of Portugal and Poland, whilst Valentina Monetta, The Common Linnets, Tijana Dapcevic and Conchita Wurst were internally selected to represent San Marino, The Netherlands, FYR Macedonia and Austria respectively. As the year came to an end, Ukraine and Albania made their respective choices and the Public Broadcasting Services unveiled the music videos accompanying the entries in next years’ selection process.

Source: escflashmalta.com

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NEH0iDktSNc

Published in Editorials

In December, the Bay Music Awards as voted by the general public, mostly listeners of 89.7 Bay, the most popular radio station in Malta decided that My World produced by Carlo Gerada with vocals by Jan Cortez deserves recognition as the Best Song. Since then, the renowned producer has been busy in the studio working on a number of tracks, one of them being Beautiful Mistake with vocals provided by a newcomer, Frank. Whilst the track could have been a major summer hit, the release was a tad late in my opinion yet listeners of the station are backing it up considering that it is currently at number #5 on the Malta's Top Ten with Nathan D.

Frank, known amongst his friends as Franklin Cachia is a talented and well educated individual who is still breaking in the local music scene but nevertheless recruited one of the most sought after producers in the scene to aid his debut. Beautiful Mistake is musically and lyrically written by Frank with Carlo Gerada responsible for the production and the mesmerizing backing track. For those who feel like they need to relax and listen to something whilst doing so, this is surely the track which I would personally recommend as it also gives out a positive vibe. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news with regards to the local music scene.

Source: 89.7 Bay

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s8a6KAr4rsM

Published in Local Music News

Media.Link Communications in collaboration with escflashmalta.com is proud to present the sixth week of the programme Indifest hosted by Mark Azzopardi and Christine Haber through NET Television on Thursday evening as from 20:30 CET onwards. In support of this years' edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza, the weekly programme seeks to promote the artists competing in one of three competitions which promote the local language. Whether newcomers or somewhat established, their place is still amongst the general elite. The public has the opportunity to select which three entries they would like to qualify from the Teenage Talent portion of the competition as well selecting their top favourite within the 'established category' which is offered as a seperate award.

The Established Category of this years' edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza has been noted to feature a mixture of young and newfound talent which definitely represents the future of the local music scene. In this evenings' programme, first up is Raquel Galdes with the track Mhux Pupa Biss composed by Minik to the lyrics of Stephen Baldacchino. The young female vocalist is a newcomer to the music scene but her vocal attributed are surely welcome to stay in the future. Joining her from the same category is the winner of Passport 2 Indifest, Karen DeBattista who will be interpreting the track Riflessi composed by Mark Scicluna to the lyrics of Emil Calleja Bayliss.

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Il-Ħolma, composed by Minik and Gillian Attard with lyrics by Stephen Baldacchino is set to be performed by Jean Claude Azzopardi. As always, the performances from the Teenage Talent category are all live in order to assess the vocal skills of all the respective artists apart from bearing in mind the potential of each entry. In the meantime, there will also be a number of guests including none other than Jan Cortez, who recently unveiled his summer single for the year 2013 as well as Maxine Pace who at an extremely young age has released her debut single, which has also reached Malta's Top Ten with Nathan D on 89.7 Bay. Remember Indifest returns to NET Television, this evening at 20:30 CET. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for the latest news.

Source: Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza (Official Facebook Page)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I4QgwdgUbGw

Published in Local Music News

A couple of weeks ago, On the Dancefloor, written by Matt Mercieca was unveiled as the second single by Jan Cortez following the smashing success he had with the track My World which was selected as the Best Song of the Year at the Bay Music Awards. As expected, the brand new track has a thumping beat in retrospect of the hot summer months that have somewhat engulfed the country. It's the type of song that one would hear by the pool or the beach during an extremely wild party and it can also be yours for a mere €0.99 through digital portal, iTunes. In order to support the release of the song, the male vocalist published an official music video just a couple of days back which you may also view at the bottom of this article.

Through his latest track, Jan Cortez garnered airplay on 89.7 Bay as well as all the major radio stations in the country but his success has been denoted on iTunes where he did enter the local chart for around a week. The songwriter of this track, Matt Mercieca was also responsible for the second runner-up entry at this years' edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, Betrayed which was performed by Davinia to the music of Elton Zarb. In the meantime, the music video for On The Dancefloor is quite technical with special effects throughout the four minute track. Special thanks for the music video goes to  Jon Camilleri and Marlon Polidano who were responsible for filming and editing respectively. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for the latest news as it becomes available. 

Source: YouTube

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KX6tHmkCe28

Published in Local Music News

My World by Carlo Gerada featuring Jan Cortez was one of the most notable tracks in the local music industry in 2012 as seen by virtue of winning the Best Song accolade at the Bay Music Awards held towards the end of the year. Jan Cortez though is seemingly working on a couple of new tracks this time round with the release of a brand new single entitled On The Dancefloor written by Matt Mercieca (Muxu). As expected, it has a thumping sound, one which will get everyone in a party mood. 

The cover used for the promotion of the single was shot by Kris Micallef, the same individual who shot the promotional photos used by Gianluca during his campaign in the lead up towards the Eurovision Song Contest. It comes as no surprise to denote that On The Dancefloor is being released at the beginning of the summer months in Malta with the hope that apart from gaining radio airplay, it would also be played in private and public parties. Apart from the possibility of listening to the song through the video found on viral website, YouTube, it is also possible to purchase the track through iTunes for a mere €0.99. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news with regards to the Maltese music scene in the next couple of days, weeks and months.

Source: iTunes, Kris Micallef (Image)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Q6b2TxzKlY

Published in Local Music News

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
Thursday, 06 December 2012 00:53

BMA 2012: The Songs Which Stand Out

The features with regards to the upcoming edition of the Bay Music Awards officially come to an end with the revelation of the tracks which the radio station has selected to represent the best elements of the industry for the past couple of months. Separate categories have already been well represented by solo artists or bands, those of which have already earned the right to be called established as well as those who are ready for their big break. In recent years, tracks released by local artists have been earning several positive criticism from foreign members of the press and this is due to the fact that there is more thought put in behind every piece of lyric and every note within the composition in itself. Record studios have become much more professionalism and production is sometimes even conducted abroad in order to have that perfect enhancement. 89.7 Bay has always been on the front line to promote the best possible tracks, ones which the people would enjoy listening to and are easy on the ear. Therefore, it is not surprising to note that for the ninth edition of the Bay Music Awards, the Best Song of the past couple of months will be given an award during a ceremony which is taking place at the Bay Arena on the 12th December 2012 hosted by Ben Glover, Dorian Cassar and Nathan D, the latter of which is pictured below.

It is important to note that this is the only category which only comprises of four entries and kicking off things is none other than Ira Losco who earns a second nomination, this time for her track What I’d Give which is a different tune to what the people have come to expect from the former Eurovision Song Contest representative whose hiatus from music was somewhat well adapted for a major comeback. In fact, it is important to note that the genre of the new track, the lead single off her yet unnamed album is a mixture of soul, funk and a little bit of reggae making it extremely distinguishable from anything else on the market. Ira Losco has been around for quite some time noting that she first emerged in the local music scene by virtue of winning the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza before finishing second in the Eurovision Song Contest. Upon her return to Malta from the latter event, she joined forces with Howard Keith of Jagged House and together have created magic for many to enjoy. As previous stated, she is set to drop a brand new album in the beginning of next year.

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Two nominations during the evening are quite intriguing because one would definitely hope to end up finishing in the top position within both or at least one. The second act to garner a nomination is the group Red Electrick who have invented themselves in the past couple of months, coming up with brand new material which shows versatility in composition and vocals. As a matter of fact, one of such results is surely Paul which was a major hit earlier this year. Creative control has been the major element in their success having left on good terms with their management Jagged House with the idea to change their genre and ultimately be more mature in their decisions. Their debut single entitled Who The Heck Is Rek was and remains a crowd pleasure and is included in several of their playlists but then again, their recent album The Unplugged Sessions shows why the group have decided to take up issues in their own hands. The acoustic feel has saw them gain an edge over several other bands in the country.  Matthew and Peter have co-written the track Never Walk Away for Chris Grech in the next Malta Eurovision Song Contest.

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My World has been described by critics and one of the most notable tracks to have been released within the summer months and this is surely the case according to the thoughts put forward by the people. Gaining a nomination in this category was no mean feat especially when one considers that a number of tracks were omitted from the list despite having the airplay and the credibility. Carlo Gerada is no newcomer to the music scene and has worked on several tracks in the past whilst Jan Cortez is slightly more fresh having come off a talent show a couple of years back where he did his best to prove his talent. This is a duo which has worked well and could be described as a combination of pleasure and hard work. As a matter of fact, despite being nominated for the best song category, it seems that they are heavily favoured to come out on top in another category featured earlier on, that being the one of Dance Music. They have definitely worked hard to show that they indeed could be successful and a possible double is not out of the equation especially with a large fan-base. 

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One would say that leaving the act for last means that they are the best and Scar have truly well represented the local music industry for several years with the band name stretching back a couple of decades and still proving successful. This band has always managed to remain at the top of the peoples’ acclaim due to the fact that they are current and promote music which the people enjoy. In their careers, they have been noted to participate in the Malta Eurovision Song Contest back in 2007 with the track As Long As You Know which managed to finish in sixth place whilst they prepare for a second participation next year as they participate with Superstar which is written by Konrad Pule who just happens to be the lead vocalist in the band. There is a certain aura and a chemistry which also makes them extremely likable and if they continue this acoustic feel to their songs, it also shows maturity, but one which is very different to that being presented by Red Electrick. The song which has garnered the nomination is a gem entitled White Lie and had also lead the charts a couple of weeks back.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0PPFtJ3ioyE

The was the fifth and last 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. Voting officially came to a close at midnight on Wednesday and therefore, votes cannot be cast but if so, they will not count and may still be charged. We hope that you have already cast your vote though. Nevertheless, you can also be part of the Bay Music Awards as a spectator by virtue of entering in our competition which could see you attending this years’ showcase. The question we’re asking is; Which female artist nominated for the Bay Music Awards has been to the Eurovision Song Contest? Send your answers to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by not later than Saturday 8th December 2013 at 23:59 CET. In the meantime, stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news.

Source: 89.7 Bay, escflashmalta.com

Published in Local Music News
Sunday, 18 November 2012 14:20

BMA 2012: Behind the Creation of Dance Music

The evolution of music has been signified through a variety of genres across the years and one of the key radio stations that has made note of every change in the past couple of years with regards to the local music industry has surely been 89.7 Bay. The broadcaster has earned the right to be call, the radio station of the public, one that plays the selection of music that the people at home expect throughout the day especially when relaxing at home or trying to unnerve yourself within your work place. This element has been spoken for on a number of occasions hence forth, it never manages to miss a chord. In the meantime, the focus here is the achievement of local music artists through The Bay Music Awards which will be taking place on Wednesday, 12th December at the Bay Arena with this years' theme being Party Like It's The End, considering that the apocalypse is somewhat close according to several studies. 89.7 Bay and escflashmalta.com have collaborated on a number of features in the past couple of months and years, and therefore, it is truly an honour to bear more fruit as we promote the people nominated for the awards with the Best Dance Tune or Remix featuring up next.

This has to be yet another tough category especially for those who have a liking towards this sort of music and know the hard work that each artist puts in to make sure that the final quality best represents what was initially thought in their minds. The first nomination in this category features none other than JJoy and Kelly Stelfox with Love Hangover. The latter whom many will remember from the 2011 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest with the track Love Me Like Your Money. This time round though, her sultry vocals have been added to a track which has been featuring a lot in several clubs all over the Maltese Islands and therefore earning the right to be one of the several summer tracks. JJoy is an established figure in the scene as well and many individuals tend to flock to watch him play. This is a track which has garnered rave reviews from the critics for not being overproduced.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c55SFeYpUBc

The battle of the heavy weights continues because the second man involved is DJ Ruby, another popular figure in the dance scene whose collaborations have been noted to be mostly with foreign artists in order to have an even more maximum appeal to foreign markets wherever possible. Laura Jae is a marvelous singer and presents herself in the way that the British singer, Estelle tends to especially when it comes to the looks department. Their track bears the name Defenceless and builds up slowly into a catchy chorus which one can definitely break into a set of swinging moves. Whilst the first track was revealed publicly around February, the second one was released sometime around March and therefore, one would easily see the idea that the tracks were easily known by the time that summer came round thus achieving more airplay. Once more, this was another one of those songs which did very well on the radio chart.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wPIZ3RCIOvs

The third track to garner a nomination into this category has to be the most mainstream in my opinion out of all of the songs that have been presented with Carlo Gerada featuring Jan Cortez looking very much like the typical collaboration that the industry has been known to present. My World has really achieved a lot in a very short space of time considering that following its admission as a new entry, it was being heard not only on this particular radio station, but also on several others with many people going about to the beach with music and this track blasting in their ears. escflashmalta.com had the opportunity to speak to Carlo Gerada following the release and he seemed pretty happy about the response of the public. This was truly a summer hit in my opinion and has a good vibe going about it heading into these awards within a couple of weeks time.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3jHAb_dZ0S8

Moving onto the fourth nomination that comes in the form of an intriguing collaborating featuring Stevy Vee, Ross Paterson and Glen Vella. The latter individual is definitely recognized from having represented Malta in the Eurovision Song Contest back in 2011 with the track One Life and since then, things have been pretty positive for him noting trips back and forth in European countries a couple of tracks which have seen him evolve within the dance scene as well. This particular song entitled Louder is one of those typical tracks which is normally played very late into the night as one has been dancing the night away because it is slightly more mellow yet still features a thumping beat. There is something particular about the track which makes me want to stop, listen and just dance along to the track and that is definitely a positive review for it from my end as a listener.

The final nomination has been handed out to Corinna who has given the music industry something to smile about from a female perspective considering that men tend to dominate this particular award. In fact, her track entitled Battle of Wills is slightly mainstream but what she does have different than most of the others is that she is alone and brings about a very strong vocal rendition of the dance track. She has been nominated for the Eurodance Award and has also managed to reach the top ten of the local charts over on 89.7 Bay. The dance tune is nothing which could be described as the track to listen to at the end of the world because it is quite generic but nevertheless, there is the general edge of the vocal which surely will play around the emotion of the voting public. Many people will be noting that the only other female vocal is from a featuring act and hence forth why maybe this could be the one to walk away with the award.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nwwItNlx4Cg

This was the second  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 Dance Tune or Remix Award, it is vital to send an sms with either of these acts' respective name sakes as show in the article in bold to 50615302. Make sure that the vote you make is for the song which you believe deserves the award because it managed to make some sort of impact. 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

Innovation is the key to success and in the past couple of weeks, the editorial board at escflashmalta.com has been brainstorming a number of possible ideas on how to move forward with regards to the content presented and one of the ideas was to promote artists who release material consistently and make it to the local top ten on the 89.7 Bay charts as announced weekly by Nathan D who has been one of the main supporters on our online media since beginning just over two years ago. The very first week of our project will be featuring Carlo Gerada whose latest track entitled My World features the vocals of Jan Cortez, a former contestant on the hit reality show L-Isfida.

This is not the first time that Carlo Gerada makes it to the chart noting that he is quickly becoming one of the most established artists in the radio scene. In the past couple of months, we have seen work such as I Never Meant and Can't Stop which featured the musical stylings of Scott Walker and guest vocals by Chess and Azazel respectively. He is working on brand new material daily and seems to be giving several artists a run for their success especially with his music being extremely current and consistent with what is being played in the foreign charts such as those in the United Kingdom, United States and also Germany. The track My World is a new entry at number #8 as announced by Nathan D on 89.7 Bay earlier this week. 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 Carlo Gerada.

How does it feel to be one of the new entries in the only local music chart that is being presented in Malta?

Having my work being listed anywhere is more than I ever dreamed my 'hobby' would take me. Being listed as a new entry on one of Malta's top local radio stations is a feeling I have still yet to get used to! 

Music normally represents the emotions of the artist, what could you tell us about the track and the feeling that it evokes?

Yes it does, in fact I do not specialize in one particular genre because I feel that every genre has a very different feeling. My mood plays a huge part in making music.

There is a lot of buzz going round about this track especially due to the fact that summer is around the corner. Do you believe that it could live up to the expectations of the listeners?

I sure hope so! It's still too early to say but shares, likes and comments about constantly looping the track have been popping up amongst top social network sites. I am currently working on a music video too which I think will further make it more interesting.

Source: 89.7 Bay

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