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Wednesday, 04 February 2015 06:17

Malta: Stefan Galea Endorses a More Mature Sound

Stefan, an 18 year old student and music artist, has spent months in the studio working hard on his new sound, vocally and musically. This time he has teamed up with a successful team of local writers who have written and produced various hits for the Maltese market. ‘Escape’ is written by Matt (Muxu) Mercieca and produced by Carlo Gerada. Dance is the genre which best describes this song, setting out to appeal to the club dancefloors. The modern sound gives it a fresh twist, something which is very current in today’s music industry. 

The song puts forward a message of a relationship which is not living up to it’s expectations, and even though the individual seeks to try everything in order to save his relationship, he knows that it is still of no use, which is why he must forget and move on, therefore he must ‘Escape’ from the love he shared with his partner. 

Stefan gained critical acclaim for his debut single ‘Disco Lemonade’ which charted at 12 on the local iTunes charts, and for being a finalist in the Malta Junior Eurosong 2009. He has had the opportunity to perform as a supporting act for Malta's best selling singer/songwriter Ira Losco, the UK pop duo The Cheeky Girls, The beatles tribute band, and also Texanna at the Farsons Great Beer Festival. Last December he also formed part of the cast as a chorus member in the highly acclaimed MADC panto ‘Rapunzelstiltskin’. 

The single ‘Escape’ was mixed and mastered by Elton Zarb, special thanks to Ally for the vocal coaching, with credits to Marlon Polidano for the official press photo and also to the fashion designer, Parascandalo Marco who dressed up Stefan with items from his collection. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news from the local music scene.

Source: Press Release


Published in Local Music News
Thursday, 05 September 2013 10:45

Malta: Interview with Daniel Muscat (KKI 13)

Daniel Muscat, a young and upcoming male vocalist whose experience in the music industry has somewhat been limited to two major competitions, one held on ONE Television, bearing the name Malta Hit Song Contest and more recently, the Raise Your Game Challenge with Tenishia which featured four finalists. In this years' Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza, Daniel will be performing the song Int Kont Hemm composed by Mark Spiteri Lucas to the lyrics of Marlon Polidano and Stephen Baldacchino. Below, our editorial board devised a set of questions in order to get to know Daniel a little bit better whilst Chris and Moira have also heard all of the entries in order to comment on them. With regards to the solo entry, they stated that it 'could do with a better production but Daniel has a very warm voice'.  awarding it with six (6) points.

In 2010, Daniel Muscat made his debut within the local music scene following entry into the Malta Hit Song Contest with the track Glamorous written by singer/songwriter Rita Pace. It was the beginning of a brand new experience for you as an artist and looking back, you might have done things differently in order to acquire a better end result. Nevertheless, as many have denoted, the competition was fierce and gave each participant the opportunity to present himself to the audience which in turn enjoyed the entries. What could you tell us about the Malta Hit Song Contest and would you support it’s return?

The Malta Hit Song Contest was a great opportunity for me. I was introduced to the local scene and people got to know me better. Glamorous was one of the first songs I had ever recorded, and Rita Pace had understood perfectly the style I wanted. It was thanks to her that I took part in this festival since she believed in me from the first time we met. As a competition it offered great exposure since we had a number of appearances on a television programme related to the festival, and overall I can say that I've learnt a lot from that experience. Obviously when looking back I'm sure I could have done things in a better way, however now I can only look back and learn from my mistakes. I really wish that the Malta Hit Song Contest returns since it was another great opportunity for Maltese artists to showcase their talent.

In this years’ edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza, you will be performing the track entitled Int Kont Hemm composed by Mark Spiteri Lucas to the lyrics of Marlon Polidano and Stephen Baldacchino. This is the very first time that you are competing in the elite music competition which has seen to the success of Ira Losco, Claudia Faniello, Eleanor Cassar and Amber amongst others. What could you tell us about the song in general and will there be anything special when it comes to the performance on the night of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza set for the 19th September?

I am very honoured to be one of the finalists of this competition, thanks to the song "Int kont hemm", and for this reason I would like to thank the team who believed in me. From the first time I read the lyrics, and heard the melody, I loved the song! I believe that the combination of experiences and new ideas made this song what it is. Therefore when I was offered the song I had to accept it.

The song is very simple to understand, it can be dedicated to anyone that was there to offer his help and support through difficult times. Every person listening to the song can relate to it, and I think that this is what makes it special, thus my performance on the night will be kept simple in order for the viewers to be able to really listen to the song, however I will not be giving anymore details. You will see for yourselves on the 19th of September.


During the aforementioned participation in the Malta Hit Song Contest, you had the opportunity to perform a duet with an artist of your choice and you decided to collaborate with Jessika, a finalist at the Malta Eurovision Song Contest on two occasions, the most recent being earlier this year with the song Ultraviolet composed by Philip Vella and Thomas G:son with lyrics by Gerard James Borg. What was the reasoning behind calling upon Jessika for the performance and did you believe that her vocals complemented the song in a manner where it became totally different?

At that time Jessika was already well known with the public, and she had participated successfully in the previous editions of the Malta Hit Song Contest and since we are also related I thought it would be a great idea for her to sing with me. The duet worked very well, and her voice gave a new dimension to the song. It was quite challenging since Rita Pace had to rewrite the lyrics in a way that the song became an interaction between two different persons. This gave me the opportunity to connect better with Jessika. I had the opportunity to sing with Jessika for a number of times, and it was a great experience every time. I would like to thank her for believing in me, and for helping me out every time I needed some advice.

It seems that you are making a name for yourself as an artist, recalling your experience in the aforementioned competition and also the Raise Your Game with Tenishia competition sponsored by Vodafone but you have also dabbled in some songwriting. At the Malta Summer Hit Song Contest in 2011, you entered the song Memoirs performed by Karen DeBattista with music by Mark Scicluna. Being a vocalist and a songwriter is entirely different but nevertheless represent aspects of the same industry. How did you find each experience and do you prefer one over the other?

Each experience is different in its own way, depends on the circumstance as well. In the Raise Your Game competition I had the opportunity to collaborate with Tenishia where they produced a track for us, and we had to compose and write our own melody for it. Eventhough I did not win the competition however the feedback I got was great and apart from that I also had the opportunity to work with a great duo, who are also in the Top 50 list of DJ's from around the world! 

Writing lyrics for another singer is also a great experience as  you can transmit your own thoughts through someone else's voice. Mark Scicluna gave me an opportunity to work with him, and together we found out about Karen DeBattista, thanks to Marie Claire Attard Bason. It was a great experience, and apart from working with a great team, I also made great friends. Song writing, and singing are two very different forms of expression but I have to say that the best experience is when you have the opportunity to sing your own compositions, therefore I prefer singing myself.

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

I would like to tell all the readers to keep supporting Maltese talent, as sometimes we do underestimate our own capabilities as a country. I think we have a lot of talent in Malta and if we give each singer the support required, they might get far in their career. For the foreign followers I would like to thank them for following the Maltese music scene.


Published in Interviews

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


Published in Local Music News