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ONE Radio 92.7 and ONE Television merge into a professional broadcasting house, whose output is of extremely high quality. One such programme delivered through this system is "Clint on ONE" hosted by Clint Bajada, which aims to brings musicianship back into the term artist, promoting the singer in a setup where being comfortable is a necessity.  Following a much anticipated return, this week, the programme will be welcoming, Amber.

Amber, a female vocalist, winner of the 2015 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, with the song "Warrior", composed by Elton Zarb to the lyrics of Matthew Mercieca, has truly been a stalwart of the local music scene, having taken part in the Summer Hit Song Contest, her first music competition as well as the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza, which she won on her debut, back in 2010.

"Clint on ONE" airs every Saturday morning as from 11am onwards, so make sure to tune into ONE Radio 92.7 and ONE Television. Any foreign fans will also be able to follow the show through the LIVE streaming portion which is offered through the official website of ONE. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news from the local music industry.

Source: Clint on ONE

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Published in Local Music News

ONE Radio 92.7 and ONE Television merge into a professional broadcasting house, whose output is of extremely high quality. One such programme delivered through this system is "Clint on ONE" hosted by Clint Bajada, which aims to brings musicianship back into the term artist, promoting the singer in a setup where being comfortable is a necessity.  Following a much anticipated return, this week, the programme will be welcoming, The Crowns.

The Crowns, a pop/rock band which features; Gianluca Cappitta, Jean-Paul Mollicone, Chris Ciantar, Luke Vella Clark and Victorio Gauci, released their debut album, "Someone Else" on the 3rd May 2013, receiving several positive reviews. At the moment, they are in the process of co-writing their sophomore album, along with all the preceding singles.  Having signed an agreement with Ironic PR & Artist Management late in 2014, the pop/rock band will be entering what should be a busy 2015.

"Clint on ONE" airs every Saturday morning as from 11am onwards, so make sure to tune into ONE Radio 92.7 and ONE Television. Any foreign fans will also be able to follow the show through the LIVE streaming portion which is offered through the official website of ONE. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news from the local music industry.

Source: Clint on ONE

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

Published in Local Music News

ONE Radio 92.7 and ONE Television merge into a professional broadcasting house, whose output is of extremely high quality. One such programme delivered through this system is "Clint on ONE" hosted by Clint Bajada, which aims to brings musicianship back into the term artist, promoting the singer in a setup where being comfortable is a necessity.  Following the inauguration of the autumn/winter schedule, the programme made a much anticipated return, and later on, will be welcoming a true songbird, Karen DeBattista.

Still relatively fresh off her victory during this year's edition of L-Għanja tal-Poplu with the track "Jien Ma Naħdimx", composed by Mark Scicluna to the lyrics of Rita Pace, Karen has signalled an intent to mature, and grow into the music industry. Following a busy couple of months of post-competition promotional appearances, the young singer had a couple of months off, before making a special guest appearance during the Summer Hit Song Contest, in a duet with Simone Gauci.

"Clint on ONE" airs every Saturday morning as from 11am onwards, so make sure to tune into ONE Radio 92.7 and ONE Television. Any foreign fans will also be able to follow the show through the LIVE streaming portion which is offered through the official website of ONE. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news from the local music industry.

Source: ONE Television, ONE Radio 92.7

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Published in Local Music News

ONE Radio 92.7 and ONE Television are a unit, and when they present something in this manner, the result is even stronger than when aired on an individual basis. One such programme is "Clint on ONE", hosted by Clint Bajada, which aims to brings musicianship back into the term artist, promoting the singer in a setup where being comfortable is a necessity. Following the inauguration of the autumn/winter schedule, the programme made a much anticipated return, and today was proud to welcome Claudia Faniello.

Claudia Faniello, a female singer/songwriter who has significantly grown up through the festival circuit, having made her debut in the 2006 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, and going onto finish in the first runner-up slot on two occasions; in 2008 and 2012, is an instantly recognisable face.Her recent foray into radio, and a drastic positive image change has earned her a legion of fans. 

"When It's Time" and "One Fine Day", massive radio hits, both peaking at the top on local radio stations have cemented Claudia's role in the industry, one which will continue to grow with the release of her yet-untitled sophomore studio album, expected to drop in the near future. Watch and Listen to "Clint on ONE" every Saturday on ONE Television and ONE Radio 92.7. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news.

Source: ONE Television, ONE Radio 92.7

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Published in Local Music News

It was just a couple of days ago that newsbook.com published an article pertaining to the possibility of a duet between Ira Losco and Gianluca, one which would then be submit to the 2015 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest which will be taking place at the Marsa Shipbuilding on the 21st and the 22nd November 2014.

In an interview with Paul and Trudy on "The Thursday Night Project", Ira Losco categorically denied a possible duet, stating that whilst there is a lot of chemistry when performing with Gianluca, this was not something on the table. Very close sources to escflashmalta.com have confirmed that Ira is extremely tempted to submit an entry for the 2015 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, as a soloist.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3YL6FUsh-lI

This would not come as a surprise to many, considering that in recent years, most of the songs that were sent to the international competition ended up entering the charts in several countries. Both "Coming Home" and "Tomorrow" were commercial successes in the international market and that could very much tempt Ira to return to the event which had once brought her a second place finish and a name of repute in Malta.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-o9sgAHsTN4

The female singer/songwriter does not have anything else to prove in the small Mediterranean country with her most recent studio album "The Fire" maintaining a number #1 position on iTunes for more than two months. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about the local music scene and Malta's participation in the Eurovision Song Contest.

Source: ONE Television

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qQdofwG7KO4

Published in Local Music News

In 2011, Glen Vella won the Malta Eurovision Song Contest with the track One Life composed by Paul Giordimaina with lyrics by Fleur Balzan even though the international critics has somewhat selected Richard Edwards and his entry Finally which he co-wrote with Jan Van Dijck, which in turn finished in second place. In a recent interview with Wayne Aquilina on the ONE Television programme Kelma Bejn Tnejn, Glen Vella revealed that had he been a judge rather than one of the competing artists, the decision would have been simple due to the fact that he was somewhat gobsmacked by Richard Edwards' performance.

Since his first runner-up finish at the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, Richard Edwards has returned to the event in 2012, with the track Look at Me Now co-written with Jan Van Dijck with which he managed a respectable fifth place and in 2013 managed a sixth place finish with the song Wonderful Today performed in duet with Petra and thirteenth place with Fall Like Rome a co-write between Gerard James Borg, Magnus Kaxe and Philip Vella. In the meantime, Glen Vella has managed to make the most of his experience at the Eurovision Song Contest garnering contacts all over Europe which have helped him with new material and with giving performances abroad. One Life failed to get through to the final with just one (1) point but Glen was never discouraged and would love to return to the world of the Eurovision Song Contest should the right song come along and should the rules permit it. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news. 

Source: Kelma Bejn Tnejn (ONE Productions), JJ Chircop Photography

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Published in Local Music News

Jessika, one of the younger vocalists in the local music scene with ample experience achieved within the festival circuit, having been a contender at the Malta Eurovision Song Contest on four occasions, reaching the final round on two of such occasions. In recent months, she has taken up a lead role on the television series Il-Klikka which has sparked her popularity even further and saw her place at an even better position at this years' showcase. escflashmalta.com has been in touch with the vocalist turned actress about her current career endeavours in both music and film.

Jessika, one of the fast rising stars in the local music industry especially following your latest participation within the Malta Eurovision Song Contest where you presented the track Ultraviolet composed by Philip Vella and Thomas G:Son with lyrics provided by Gerard James Borg. This was the very first time that the trio has collaborated together on an original song and you were fronting their product, one which was very much appreciated by the public. What was your initial reaction when listening to the demo version of the song and do you have a clue to how the collaboration between such talented songwriters came about? 

I immediately fell in love and I think that’s quite important as it’s perceived by the audience when I’m performing it. Philip Vella and Gerard James Borg were always friends with Thomas G:Son but never had the chance to collaborate on something. This year they had the chance to do it and I was the lucky chosen one to perform the song Ultraviolet and I will always cherish the opportunity given as it was one of the greatest experiences so far.   

In 2008, Jessika formerly known as Jessica Muscat made it through to the Malta Song for Europe for the very first time and the blonde haired, green wearing lady took to the stage in a supposedly angry manner as she performed the track Tangled composed by Philip Vella to the lyrics of Gerard James Borg. On that occasion, it was not meant to be and you did not get through to the final but so did a hefty amount of established artists including former Eurovision Song Contest representative; Mary Spiteri amongst others. Looking back, how did you view the experience and what would you have done differently?

It was my very first experience in a contest of that calibre and I performed in an energetic manner rather than an angry one, if I can correct you. I was still in my first year at University and looking back I find I did a good job in performing and doing exams at the same time. Thus getting an A and many more good grades and conjunctionally giving a good performance. That year, the set up of the contest was a bit different because only 8 of the 16 made it to the final round. Still an experience to remember and I believe that I learned a lot and grew a lot as an artist from my first experience.

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At this years’ edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, Malta was represented by Gianluca with the track Tomorrow co-written by Dean Muscat and Boris Cezek. Following both the performance of the semi-final and the final, Malta returned to the top ten for the very first time in eight years. The general public had not sought to send Gianluca to represent the nation at the international spectacle, opting to send Kevin Borg and his entry Needing You co-written with Thomas Thörnholm, Michael Clauss, Dan Attlerud and Simon Gribbe. What is your opinion on jury and public voting and do you agree with the current system?

I actually like the current system as it gives chance of expression from both the jury and the public voting. I always believe that a song and it’s singer should be judged by a team of experienced people in the music industry as they should know what is in, at the moment and other technicalities, on the other hand, I also believe that the public should have a say because at the end of the day it’s the same public who is buying and listening to the song and artist itself. 

During this years’ edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, you were accompanied by a number of people on the main stage including Sean Vella on piano, as well as three female backing vocalists; Tezara Camilleri, Annabelle Debono and Yazmin Halledie. All the three have tremendous amount of experience in the industry especially Annabelle who accompanied Morena at the Eurovision Song Contest in 2008, your debut year. Many people think that the choices of the backroom team might be somewhat random but clearly, everything is selected accordingly. How was the onstage team selected and do you see them take to the stage on their own?

I always choose my team really carefully and I do it together with my author and composer, this year I was very lucky and happy with my on stage team. It’s not only that I appreciate their vocal abilities but also their personality. There was never a dull moment this year and I believe it showed that we were enjoying our performances every time we were on stage. And yes I do see them all take to the stage on their own as I believe in them, their voices and personalities... why would I have chosen them huh?!!

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Apart from singing, the general public have now got used to seeing you on the television screens as you act out a leading role in the television series Il-Klikka created by V Squared Productions. We had the opportunity to introduce the series through escflashmalta.com in the beginning of the autumn/winter schedule and describe ourselves as true and avid followers. Your character is an aspiring performer who becomes part of a girl band, one which is set to take the nation by storm, hopefully also succeed abroad. Truthfully, how much do you relate to the actual storyline and on another note, would you actually be interested to become part of a girl band or would you rather be a solo performer?

I’m really enjoying the experience with Il-Klikka as I’m meeting many beautiful and talented people and it’s always great to have the publics’ support as it takes a lot of hard work and time from all the actors and the production team to have a television series to the liking of the audience. I sometimes see resemblance in my character and that of Audrey (played in the series) as I’m always aspiring to hit it big time as a singer. However in some other areas I find that I’m much more spontaneous and talkative rather than the silent and timid Audrey whom I believe I was a bit alike before I became a Spanish teacher... being a teacher makes you talk a lot to explain for the benefit of the students’ themselves. Since I began my singing career at the tender age of 6 years old, I always sang solo only on occasions I sang duets which I enjoyed as well. In life I’ve learned to never say never because no one knows what the future might hold. 

In just a year, you became a lead actress in a television series, a notable performer in the eyes of the public and the brand new recipient of a stage name, something that the local music industry seems to be adopting at a rather astonishing pace. Amongst the most notable stage names in Malta at the moment, there are surely the ones of Kaya (Priscilla Psaila) and Minik (Dominic Cini). You went from Jessica to Jessika and this is something that has also been very much respected by the public. How did you manage to have such a smooth transition in promoting yourself and do you think it was the right time to carry out this process?

I actually think that the new stage name isn’t that different from the real one and that is why I believe the transition was a good one. I also believe it happened at the right time, as together with my producer Paul Powell we were releasing the new single Golden ways not only in Malta but internationally and Muscat sometimes isn’t easily pronounced abroad.

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Davinia, second runner-up at this years’ edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest with the track Betrayed composed by Elton Zarb and penned by Matt Mercieca has already confirmed through the programme, TVPM that she will be submitting an entry into next years’ edition of the competition and therefore, you can imagine where this question is leading. With the support of the public, having garnered their fourth preference, are you interested in returning to next years’ edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest and if so, will you be working with the same mixture of local and foreign songwriters who helped you achieve your best result thus far?

I believe the Malta Eurovision Song Contest is one of the greatest platforms and in these last three years it always improved in all areas and I always liked the experiences I’ve had so far, therefore I might consider to take part again, however I have to make sure I’m competing with a good song as it’s my dream to represent Malta in the Eurovision Contest. I’m always up to working with authors and composers with a good product and I also collaborate therefore I’m hoping to have a good song to return again.

Would you like to say to the readers of escflashmalta.com?

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the readers that continuously show their support to the Maltese talent. It’s incredible that in this tiny island we’re blessed with so many talents. I believe that through your continuous support, artists like me can reach their dreams as it’s always awesome to have people appreciate what you’re doing.

Source: Official Facebook Page, Emil Calleja Bayliss (Image)

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