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Saturday, 05 October 2013 10:30

Malta: 'Sibt Familja' Kicks Off This Afternoon

Sibt Familja, a brand new programme produced by Spiteri Lucas Entertainment in conjuction with Net Television is set to take forth to television screens as of this afternoon with the kick off of the autumn/winter schedule. The identity has changed ever so slightly that the former Sas-Sitta but Ray Attard and former Eurovision Song Contest representative, Debbie Scerri return as hosts of the programme. One of the biggest disappointment to tele-viewers is that the show will be running less noting that whilst it starts at 13:30 CET, it will officially come to a close at 16:00 CET calling for just two and a half hours.

Nevertheless, one has to denote that the programme will always be filled to the brim. Amanda Friggieri, Eleanor Cassar, Ivan Spiteri Lucas and Neville Refalo will all be taking to the floor in order to perform alongside the resident band under the direction of Maestro Mark Spiteri Lucas. A one on one interview will also be conducted with Phyllisienne Brincat, a former Malta Song for Europe finalist and a veteran in the industry. On the other hand, one cannot forget Rita Gatt and Clint Gerald who will be discussing the latest female fashion trends. escflashmalta.com is glad to support the project and will be bringing you all the latest news about the weekly show at the earliest convenience. Thus, there is only one thing to say, make sure to tune into Net Television within the hour for the beginning of an exciting season on Sibt Familja.

Source: Press Release

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0gFUQyzZcL4

Published in Local Music News
Tuesday, 17 September 2013 01:02

Malta: Interview with Kylie Coleiro (KKI 12,13)

Kylie Coleiro, a young female vocalist who has been growing into her element of performing with this years' participation within the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza being her second. She will be performing the track M'Intix Waħdek composed by Philip Vella to the lyrics of Manila Bottone. Below, our editorial board devised a set of questions in order to get to know Kylie a little bit better whilst Chris and Moira have also heard all of the entries in order to pass on their comments. Whilst they believe that the vocalist gives a 'good interpretation altogether', the think that it is a 'childish song' and thus awarding just six (6) points.

Ħalluni, composed by Philip Vella to the lyrics of Joe Chircop was your entry at last years’ edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza. It is important to denote that despite having established a name for yourself in other competitions, it was your debut. Therefore, this year marks your second participation and will be looking to make a number of changes in order to try and improve upon what you have already built in the past twelve months. Looking back at your first participation, was there anything that you would have done differently and that you’re thinking about putting forward to the audience this time round?

I would like to start off by thanking escflashmalta.com for the opportunity to speak to all of the artists competing in this years' Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza. Let me get back to the question.. apparantly I didn't want to change anything from last year since I got quite a lot of positive feedback and from what I had felt it was quit a good performance. I always try to think about something different regarding song style, clothes style etc ..so people will have that something to look forward too . 

In 2009, you managed to reach the final of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest with the song Let It Shine composed by Andrew Zahra with lyrics by Joe Julian Farrugia. This was definitely a stepping stone in your career, having previously been part of the setup of the Malta Junior Eurosong which saw to the nations’ participation at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. The 2009 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest held at the Malta Fairs and Conventions Centre was innovative and saw to the beginning of a new era. How would you describe the experience and are you working on a possible return to that illustrious stage?

When I was 16 .. i was the youngest contestant ..it was a nice experience meeting  loads of talented artists .. it was amazing :)To be honest at the moment i am working on my ep which it do involves hard work and loads oftime.. so I dont know if i'll mange to get a chance of submitting a song, It would be nice of trying but not confirmed yet :)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uf5irETdPz4

Despite not being a part of the roster at this years’ edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, you were still a backing vocalist with two artists, performing completely different entries. How different is it to be a lead performer for a backing vocalist and does the latter strengthen the former?

Being part in this music industry for almost 13 years , I have learned alot from other artists and opportunities that came along! the most important thing is that you dont loose chances you need to face them to improve yourself! being a solo artist is way too different then a backing vocalist! You need to combine with the solo singer type of style ..To be professional you need to try every experience or at least involve yourself .. so yeah it does strenghten me music wise !

In this years’ edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza, you are presenting a track entitled M’Intix Waħdek composed by Philip Vella with lyrics by Manila Bottone. It is relatively different from the track that you presented last year even in terms of genre, somewhat opting for a more current sound which would definitely garner airplay on the radio. Would you care to explain to the audience the meaning behind the song and how the collaboration actually came together?

I am taking part in a drama named Ma Tinbidel Qatt held on net tv which is written by Manila bottone and together we just came up with an amazing idea which is trying for the indipendence festival! Manila is her first time as an author which is competing in this festival . I love colleborating with other people..  philip is the composer of Mintix Waħdek. He always understands me which type of songs i would like to have and sing.. since I have been working with him quit a lot! the meaning of the song is that you are never alone, nothing is easy you need to work hard to achieve .dont be afraid of sharing your toughts and what you think !

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

Thank You for supporting the local music scene!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bv8nOvyx73I

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Danica Muscat is participating in this years' edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza for the third time with the track L-Ewlieni composed by Philip Vella to the lyrics of Emil Calleja Bayliss. The young vocalist made a name for herself after being a part of the illustrious talent show, Io Canto hosted by Gerry Scotti on Canale 5. Below, our editorial board devised a set of questions in order to get to know Danica a little bit better whilst Chris and Moira, former representatives of Malta at the Eurovision Song Contest heard all of the competing entries stating that this one in particular has a 'very catchy tune' and that Danica 'gives a good interpretation with her good voice', awarding it eight (8) points in total.

In 2011, you reached the finals of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza for the very first time as you presented the track Kliem Li M’Għidtlek Qatt composed by Mark Debono with lyrics by Christopher Azzopardi. Now, during the rehearsals, typically held during the morning of the competition, you could not perform and as a matter of fact missed many of the run-throughs, yet being a total professional, took to the doctor and then performed in the evening. How would you describe the experience looking back and what emotions did the song evoke in you which helped the performance become so authentic?

The experience for the matter of fact was a horrible one ,2011 KKI was my first competition on a major national level so to speak ,the shear thought of not being able to sing on the night was quite disheartening luckily during IO Canto a couple of weeks before something similar happened to Andrea the Rumanian girl so since we were really close I knew the  feeling and what to do ,as you say go to the doctor ,stick to his advice and then focus on the actual night ,as a popular song says “what does not kill you makes you stronger” so knowing I had a poor run through in the morning helped me to give my 100 % on the night.  As for the song itself this Is a very emotional number which lends itself very well to the performance.

Growing up, Danica Muscat went from being the first runner-up at the Malta Junior Eurosong with the track Stolen to becoming the ultimate persona by virtue of taking up a participant slot on the popular Italian television series Io Canto hosted by Gerry Scotti on Canale 5. Despite still being a child, travelling to Italy in order to perform was surely something special and garnering the opportunity to perform with the likes of Ornella Vanoni, Ron, The Priests and Pierdavide Carone. Io Canto and Danica Muscat have now become synonymous but nevertheless, would you have done anything differently if you had the opportunity?

NO, not at all I would change notghing, people in MALTA  think that getting to a level higher in your career is impossible due to our small nation ,but this is not true as long as you are dedicated and ready to shine through you can achieve anything your heart desires take for example Kevin Borg or Joseph Calleja, I sincerely hope that I was the first but not the last Maltese on such shows on Italian Tv and that maybe I set up a good reputation for the Maltese singers who will try after me, I am also very happy that lately Veronica Rotin managed to shine in Io Canto as well, I know it can be really hard over there to find a spot in the show, so there is one word to describe her performance “exceptional”.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0O-2Ofzi6x0

L-Ewlieni, the entry that you are presenting for this years’ edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza is composed by Philip Vella and penned by Emil Calleja Bayliss. Revolving around a mysterious individual who has represented the best qualities of politics for the country, many people have been asking who the person might be but nevertheless, you have gone on record stating that the lyric does not refer to someone specific. In the preview video, you were wearing a shirt and trousers whilst on Indifest, you were clad in a dress, have you thought about what you will be wearing on the actual night and would you care to give us a hint?

And again I will tell you the lyrics are not about anyone specific, any person can fit in to these lyrics, Emil has been written really witty lyrics which will give the listener a lot of food for thought, listen closely and you can see our country’s history going by, Philip has done his usual magic making the song yet another one of his masterpieces.

As for what I will be wearing Hmmmmm lets see …I will be wearing…if you want to know, come and see me sing live on the actual night  ..

Earlier this year, you managed to get through to the semi-final stage of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest with the track Fantasy composed by Paul Abela with lyrics by Joe Julian Farrugia. Unfortunately, you did not get to the final stage, something that you had done back in 2012 with the song 7 Days written by Philip Vella. Each time though, the competition was held at the Malta Fairs and Conventions Centre, you had ample exposure and also had the chance to record a preview video. How professional is the setup which accompanies the participation of Malta within the Eurovision Song Contest and will you be submitting any songs for next years’ event?

I have only had these last 2 years to judge the setup so I cannot comment on previous years, taking this into account I must say both years have been really professionally organised, on par with international events I have been to , I am also really happy with the support by the organizing team (it’s not like they leave you on your own not knowing where to start from), for example the meetings with organisers regarding dresses etc.. really helpful and professional, also a lot of media exposure  all the singers get from the organizers, on national shows such  as Xarabank, breakfast shows etc…. and people like you at escflashmalta. I hope to submit songs next year.

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

Thank you for supporting local talent, keep up the support to all local singers we really need it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o5WL85-mWWg

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Roseann Cordina, a female vocalist whose name has become somewhat familiar within the confines of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza. With Ejjew Ilkoll composed by Mark Spiteri Lucas to the lyrics of Paul Ellul, this will mark her third participation following her third runner-up finish last year. Below, our editorial board devised a set of questions in order to get to know Roseann a little bit better whilst Chris and Moira have also heard all of the entries in order to pass on their comments. They were somewhat impressed with this performance stating that 'this girl knows how to sing her Maltese' and awarding her seven (7) points.

Roseann, at last years' edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza, you followed up your 2010 debut within the local music scene with with the track 'Id-Demm ta' Raymond' composed by Mark Spiteri Lucas with lyrics by Paul Ellul. A sentimental entry which held a lot of meaning to both the public, and the jury, so much so that you finished in fourth place, behind Deborah C, Marilena Gauci and Domenique. Looking back at the performance, would you have done anything differently or were you satisfied with the way that things turned out?

As a team, we were all satisfied with the outcome, we had a very good feedback, positive remarks and we started working from then onwards on a new song which presently occupies the second place in the televoting competition. 

In this years' edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza, you will be performing the track 'Ejjew Illkoll' composed by Mark Spiteri Lucas to the lyrics of Paul Ellul. The track speaks about how people should come together, stand up and be counted for what they believe in. It is significantly different to the one presented last year and therefore, makes it more interesting. You have decided to call upon the same songwriters for the second year running hoping for an even better result. Would you care to tell us how this song came about and also what feelings does it evoke within you? 

The idea behind it is that when things do not come our way, we should not look at the past but start working together to achieve better results in the future. If we adopt a positive attitude and be optimistic in life and work hard, then we should ultimately achieve what is best for us.  This means that if we come together, stand up and be counted for what we believe in, then we can dream of a better future.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QgQ3fhVjfRs

Behind Ray Agius, Mark Spiteri Lucas is the most successful songwriter in the history of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza with his most recent victory being last year with the track ''Jekk Nuzaw Mohhna' with lyrics by Joe Chircop. Boggling minds have enquired about how this collaboration came to fruition especially due to the fact that you were a complete newcomer in last years' edition. Apart from that though, what made you turn back to Mark in preparing a song for 2013?

I was a finalist in the years 2010 and 2012 with the songs “Jum Wiehed “ and “Id-Demm ta’ Raymond”, “Jum Wiehed”  was composed by Chan Vella and last year’s song by Mark Spiteri lucas. I am happy working with these two composers because they are very professional in their work.

Despite this being your second consecutive year within the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza, you are yet to make your debut in another competition such as L-Ghanja tal-Poplu, the Malta Eurovision Song Contest or the International Festival of Maltese Song. Is moving forward in your vocal career something that you wish to do in the near future or would you rather stop at this stage?

Since I am reading for a Bachelor in Education and I am in my final year, then obviously I do not find much time to prepare for other festivals. The Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza happen to be organized during summer, so preparations take place during my summer holidays. Afterwards when hopefully I become a primary school teacher, I can focus more on my singing career. 

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

I recommend escflashmalta.com because it promotes the local talent, locally and internationally.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z2fikyOtsGk

Published in Interviews
Thursday, 05 September 2013 12:00

Malta: Ninth Programme of Indifest This Evening

Media.Link Communications in collaboration with escflashmalta.com is proud to present the ninth 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 separate award in order to make sure that talent is well appreciated.

The Established Category of this years' edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza is a progression towards the future noting a mixture of young and veteran artists who look towards impressing the judges on the night of the competition. In this evenings' programme, first up is a duet featuring Josef and Johanna who will be singing the track Inwegħdek composed by Minik to the lyrics of Stephen Baldacchino. Also on the programme from the same category is Neville Refalo who returns as a soloist with the song Hemm Miegħek Jien composed by Minik to the lyrics of Rita Pace.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-DMFroTA2Ug

The Teenage Category of this years' edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza officially came to a close two weeks ago but the committee will be welcoming back all of the competing artists for a special showcase next week, where they will be performing in front of a panel of judges who determine 60% of the final vote. There will also be a musical guest during this evenings' showcase, that being none other than Alison Ellul whose last participation in a competition came at the 2011 Malta Eurovision Song Contest with the song Numb. In the meantime, joining Alison will be her sisters' dance troupe, Annalise Dance Studio as resident guests of the programme. Remember Indifest returns to NET Television, this evening at 20:30 CET. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for the latest news.

Source: KKI Page on Facebook

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_LgoL0RwNSg

Published in Local Music News

Simarija and Mikhail, a young and talented duo who have joined forces for the very first time to compete in this years' edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza. The song they are presenting is entitled Li Jien Illum with music by Elton Zarb and lyrics by Natasha Turner. Below, our editorial board devised a set of questions in order to get to know Simarija and Mikhail 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 duet, they stated that whilst 'she is good, his diction is not performed well', they also added that there is 'good eye contact but no passion whatsoever', ultimately awarding it with five (5) points.

Li Jien Illum composed by Elton Zarb to the lyrics of Natasha Turner is one of three entries in this years' edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza which is performed in a duet with the others being Inwegħdek performed by Josef & Johanna and Gloria sung by Mauro & Kim. Would you care to explain to the readers what makes your song differ from the other duets when deciding who to vote for and how did the product in general come about?

Our song isn't just speaking about our beautiful island, Malta and it's people, it is a dialogue between Malta and the maltese nation. The main concept of the song is that through the years Malta has offered us food, shelter, sun and a beautiful history all of which couldn't be fulfilled if not for the maltese nation. All in all we think it's different from other duets because Malta becomes alive for a few minutes and together with the maltese nation they thank each other because their work through the years is what makes us Maltese today.

Simarija, this is your second time in the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza having been able to get through to the semi-final stage of the Teenage Talent portion two years ago with the track Majestuża composed by Marco Debono to the lyrics of Rita Pace. Despite not being selected as part of the final three, it was still an experience to cherish. This time round though, it will be quite different though as you will be on the main stage of The Granaries in Floriana as part of the Established Category. How are you perceiving this experience and would do you think you would have done differently two years ago?

It has always been a dream of mine to compete in the indipendenza song festival and sing on the beautiful stage in floriana. I don't think I would change anything from three (3) years ago I think it has thought me a lot and boosted a lot of confidence and personality on stage.

Mikhail, the local audience knows you as a male actor on the popular drama series known as D.R.E.A.M.S which is produced by Rewind Productions in conjunction with the Public Broadcasting Services. Being a part of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza is completely different though as you are getting the opportunity to perform live in front of hundreds of people. It has to be noted that this is your first major experience within a competition and many people will be hoping that you'll overcome any possible nerves. How are you preparing for the competition?

As you said, this is my first time in the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza but nevertheless, I have had the opportunity to perform live in front of many people and also represented Malta in an international competition in Italy where I had won first place. I have been training for around nine (9) years and feel prepared to take on the local music scene through this competition. We hope that the people understand the message of the song. Ultimately, we should be proud of who we have become in life and how our country has moulded each individual.

The Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza is one of the foremost competitions in the local music scene and you have acquired the opportunity the open this years' edition thanks to the result of a draw which took place following the second phase held at Media.Link Communications. How are you relishing this opportunity which you have been given and do you think it is better to sing in the beginning or would have you preferred to perform towards the end?

We are extremely proud to have been given the opportunity to open this years' edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza. This competition is full of history and has given rise to some of the most established performers in the scene, hence the honour.

What would you like to tell our readers at escflashmalta.com?

We appreciate all the support that you have been giving us as seen even within the tele-voting where our song Li Jien Illum has consecutively maintained the first runner-up slot. Keep on voting and thanks for all your support!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RG4KdZOLLlY

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Minik, a singer/songwriter who is known to the masses as Dominic Cini returns to the stage of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza as a solo artist for the first time since 2004. Since then he appeared in the competition on another two occasions, the first time in a duet with his wife, Ina Robinic and second time round in a group known as Ħbieb Maltin. This time round, Minik is presenting the track Armonija which he composed to the lyrics of Stephen Baldacchino. Below, our editorial board devised a set of questions in order to get to know Minik a little bit better whilst Chris and Moira have also heard all of the entries in order to comment on them. With regards to Minik, they stated that 'there is too much happenning with the song' but agreed on giving six (6) points.

In recent months, you were given the opprtunity to shy away from being a lead vocalist and ake up a secondary role on one of the most watched television series during the past season, that entitled D.R.E.A.M.S which aired on Television Malta. A proud supporter of the series, escflashmalta.com saw you perform an original song in Maltese on one of the episodes but nevertheless, how did you manage to combine the two forms of entertainment together?

It was not the first time for me to sing and act at the same time on stage, noting that I have taken part in several pantomimes and musicals along the years, but to perform in front of a camera with full blown choreography. It was my first time and I enjoyed it!

You're a singer, you're an actor and also a songwriter and as a matter of fact, also responsible for the music of your entry 'Armonija'. This is one of the several tracks you have submitted into the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza. How do you manage to diversify and personalise the styles for each individual and what feeling does each track evoke within you?

Before I start to compose a song the most important thing for me is to know the singer well, what type of music she loves and would like to sing and listen to some of her songs if she/he is a newcomer.  Then I start to compose preferably before the lyrics are done.  As I`m composing i always imagine the singer on stage perform the song so it will help me to bring out the best of it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WGdi3RhYLPc

The song you're presenting in this years' edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza entitled 'Armonija' is penned by Stephen Baldacchino. The genre of this track is somewhat new to the competition and at the same time reminscent to the popular 'Lion King' musical which is the longest running showcase in the West End. How does it feel to set new standards within the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza and what inspired you to write this type of song?

After last year`s Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza which I had the pleasure of being a part of as a composer and not as a singer, I started thinking about composing something totally different with all those voices with different harmonies which makes the song different from others.

What makes your entry different from others competing in this years' edition of the local music competition is the fact that it has a lyrical sense which is very much straight to the point. You want to pass on the message that the aim of music is to bring everyone together with a secondary reason for reason to forget that problems. Do you think that music does truly have the power to evoke such emotions and do you think that you will manage to bring out the best of lyrics for the audience present?

I believe in the message of the song, and I believe that every singer can pass a message to an audience as long as the interpretation is well planned.

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

I would like to thank escflashmalta.com for their support throughout the year and I would also like to send my sincere gratitude to all those who support my music!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=23lRKfCPv6A

Published in Interviews

Media.Link Communications in collaboration with escflashmalta.com is proud to present the eighth 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 in order to make sure that talent is well appreciated.

The Established Category of this years' edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza is a progression towards the future noting a mixture of young and veteran artists who look towards impressing the judges on the night of the competition. In this evenings' programme, first up is Roseann Cordina with the track Ejjew Ilkoll composed by Mark Spiteri Lucas with lyrics by Joe Chircop. The female vocalist is in the competition for the second consecutive year, and will definitely be hoping to improve on her third runner-up finish achieved last year. Joining her will be another female vocalist, a former runner-up in the form of Janice Mangion who is set to perform he song Nibqa' composed by Chan Vella to the lyrics of Alexia Schembri.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z2fikyOtsGk

The Teenage Category of this years' edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza officially came to a close last week with the performance of Naomi Roberts and her entry Dil-Fjura Għalik composed by Kaya to the lyrics of Emil Calleja Bayliss. In the meantime, the rest of the programme will be featuring a series of musical guests including none other than Kurt Calleja, who represented Malta at the 2012 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest; Amber, who was his backing vocalist and also winner of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza in 2011; Emanuele Heael Pavano who is an Italian vocalist and Annalise Dance Studio who as resident guests  will be showing the audience some risque moves as always. Remember Indifest returns to NET Television, this evening at 20:30 CET. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for the latest news.

Source: KKI Page on Facebook

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9BUaYk2S4VQ

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In this years' edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza, the females outweigh the males when it comes to the art of performing but nevertheless, Christian Arding has also managed to make the cut into this years' showcase with the song Fejn Hemm L-Għaqda Hemm Is-Saħħa composed by Chan Vella to the lyrics of Alexia Schembri. Below, our editorial board devised a set of questions in order to get to know Christian a little bit better whilst Chris and Moira have also heard all of the entries in order to comment on them. With regards to Christian, they stated that 'he has a good voice but that the song is poorly produced.' ultimately awarding him with just five (5) points.

Christian Arding was one of the surprise packages during the 2006 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, having been asked to perform the song Stronger composed by Charlene Grima to the lyrics of Deo Grech after the original performers had to compete with their other entry Echoes of Gaia. You were revealed to have managed a fifth place finish on just your second attempt within the competition with the public falling in love with both the song and the actual performance. How did you get to perform the track and seven years on, would you have done anything differently? 

I could not say no to my cousins and to a fiend like Deo. Obviously at that stage in 2006 I was still trying hard for the Eurovision song contest though I had my first performance the year before in 2005 when I sang a duet with Andreana. Even now a days I would have never  done anything differently.

This is your third participation within the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza, but nevertheless your solo debut having previously been in a duet with Justine entitled Le Ma Nibżax composed by Chan Vella to the lyrics of Rita Pace in 2005 as well as part of the trio known as Silent Shout during the performance of the track Għada Fadal Għada composed by Chan Vella to the lyrics of Alexia Schembri. This time round, your entry bears the name Fejn Hemm L-Għaqda Hemm Is-Saħħa and is also composed by Chan Vella with lyrics by Alexia Schembri. Which track would you rate at the best out of the three and how important is it for an artist to work with the same songwriter?

Actually I would never say that a song is better than the other one because every song has its own performance and style and a singer has to know what is best and how to perform .. working with the same song writer is very good when you have the opportunity. It is good when a song writer knows the singer and be able to share good ideas because a song writer has to know what a singer likes as his own style though a singer has to be versatile.

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

Throughout the years, you have earned a reputation for taking on tracks which were not originally meant for you and technically speaking, that is also happening this time round as your entry Fejn Hemm L-Għaqda Hemm is-Saħħa was submitted as a duet between Dario and Grecia Bezzina in last years’ edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza. It has become more common for duets to be re-worked into solo entries but nevertheless, were you able to listen to the original version in order to give your own track a complete twist and are you happy with the final product?

When you earn tracks that are not meant to be for you it is much more difficult to set your own feel of the song because you already have listened to a track with an other singer or production but it is there when a good singer has to enter his experience on what he knows what it is good and not for the song and performance.. I’m very happy with the final product and I believe also in the song.

In recent years, Christian Arding has been slightly absent from the local music scene as a lead vocalist, taking a step back and garnering experience as a backing vocalist. In 2012, you were one of the male accompaniments during the performance of Answer With Your Eyes composed by Paul Giordimaina with lyrics by Fleur Balzan and vocals by Amber. The track was the second runner-up at the end of the evening, behind the likes of Kurt Calleja and Claudia Faniello. What was the reason behind taking this difficult decision in stepping back and do you believe it was the right thing to do at the time?

The reason behind taking a step back is not a big deal especially in our country in the small Island of Malta. It was also a good thing to do for me because I had no tv shows on any local tv stations in 2012 so I took 1 year break from tv shows and most of the Maltese people and especially Eurovision spectators think that if a singer dose not participate in the Eurovision song contest does not sing anymore, believe me I never stop or stopped singing because now a days and also before and during 2005 and 2006 on words I was already busy with gigs in hotels and weddings with no chance for other activities. Since I was the age of 14 I started working as a one man band in hotels and gained a lot of experience an stages and spatially live events as this has been my full time job since I was 14 years old.

What would you like to tell our readers at escflashmalta.com?

To all the readers, do not think that the best singers are only on the stage of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza, or other festivals in the country. You have to think outside the box and look for local talent beyond such showcases! Thanks!

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The Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza is a local competition which aims to promote the national language of the nation through the medium of song. The most familiar name in this years' line-up is that of Fabrizio Faniello, an individual who has been to the Eurovision Song Contest on two occasions, achieving mixed results. He returns to this showcase with one aim, to win and in order to do that, he is competing with the track Aħfirli Jekk Trid composed by Minik with lyrics by Rita Pace. Below, our editorial board devised a set of questions in order to get to know Fabrizio a little bit better whilst Chris and Moira have also heard all of the entries in order to comment on them. With regards to Fabrizio, they stated that 'the song has amazing lyrics! and that the vocal performance is passionate and stunning' ultimately awarding him with a maximum ten (10) points.

In 2006, the public entrusted you to represent Malta at the Eurovision Song Contest for the second time in five years with the track I Do which you co-wrote with Aldo Spiteri. Unfortunately, the performance at the international spectacle left much to be desired and the result reflected this fact, with only Albania offering some sort of relief. Would you have done anything differently and do you regret taking part once more?

There where circumstances in the performing that sure I would do differently today as now I know what and why it went wrong back in the days …. But, even bad experiences make you stronger if you are ready to learn from them, therefore I am very unhappy for the result, but I won’t regret it, - it gave me an aim in life now ….. to prove I can do much better, - No Surrender!!

In this years’ edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza, you will be performing the song Ahfirli Jekk Trid composed by Minik to the lyrics of Rita Pace. This is your second foray into the competition within recent years having previously reached third place with the track Futur composed by Minik with lyrics by Clinton Paul by the same team. The difference between the two songs is relatively evident but that is surely a positive feature. Which out of the song do you prefer and why?

Both Rita and Minik have done an amazing job on the song that they presented. It seems like the were reading my mind when they wrote this song. In the meantime, Futur is a great song too and I was happy with the result, now of course I hope that the new song is beloved by the people and the judges, as this festival is the only one I did not win so far in Malta, so pleeeeeease, help me reach my goal!

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You entered the local music scene at a relatively young age noting your debut within the Malta Eurovision Song Contest back in 1998 with the track More Than Just a Game composed by Paul Abela with lyrics by Georgina Abela. On that occasion, you were the first runner-up and ultimately managed to get to the Eurovision Song Contest in 2001 with the track Another Summer Night co-written by the same team. Do you think that the jury and the public made the right choice from the entries you put forward towards the international competition? 

I think “Another Summer Night” and “I do” are great songs and it was the right choice, nevertheless I would have loved too to perform “No Surrender” in front of an international competition, I got so many positive feedbacks from people who loved the song, - whatever, we have to accept and respect the results, it’s a competition.

Manfred Holz of CAP-Sounds has stood by you as your manager throughout both positive and negative experiences and that is the way that a management should be. Your record label works under the division of Universal Music Germany and thus your material has garnered considerable exposure. Did you actually believe that your comeback would prove to be so successful and are you planning to return to the Malta Eurovision Song Contest in 2014, following a one year gap?

I am very thankful for the work Manfred and the team of CAP-Sounds are doing for me and as well for many other artists, just right now they did a German cover version of “I Do” and this one jumped into the DJ Charts over there, that’s great for me as a writer too … Currently we are working on new material for the upcoming album release in 2014 and end of September I am flying again to Germany for recording sessions of new songs, we will see then, if there is a song in it, which could attract the Eurovision crowd …. 

What would you like to tell our readers at escflashmalta.com?

Once again I would like to thank all supporters and fans from escflashmalta.com , musicians need loyal fans! For everybody of you who wants to see a bit more of me in future, I am doing a brand-new Television Program starting in October, for which you could find more information by visiting the official facebook page!

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