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The Public Broadcasting Services, a member of the European Broadcasting Union and a participant in the Eurovision Song Contest, has always prepared well for the event, noting the national selection procedure has always managed to secure the interests of songwriters, producers and artists. The prize is somewhat intriguing because one would get the opportunity to perform in front of millions of people, get interviewed by some of the leading media in the continent and also have the distinct possibility of meeting some astonishing names in the music industry due to the high profile that the competition carries. As a matter of fact, 2013 is not set to be any different to be honest, due to the fact that there are a number of acts who are trying to represent their country who are already well known including; Daze in Denmark and Cascada in Germany keeping in mind that Anouk has already been selected for The Netherlands. escflashmalta.com is covering all of the entries competing in the Malta Eurovision Song Contest with an award set to be given by a panel of five critics from the foreign industry who have assessed our respective entries. The eleventh entry is Never Walk Away performed by Chris Grech and co-written with Peter Borg, Matthew James Borg and David Cassar Torreggiani.

Chris Grech has always shown that his heart is deep rooted within the sphere of music showing as a child that he wanted to be the one to play the guitar and hopefully headline concerts and one cannot say that this has not been the case in the past couple of years noting that whilst being a newcomer to the local music scene with regards to this competition, he has already become a sensation through his participation in other events. Thinking things through, Chris eventually contacted some friends and finally got his own band going on and together shared a vast amount of experiences, learning the ropes and performing across the country and receiving a positive response. A couple of years later, Chris was performing on his own and was approached by another band known as Twenty-Six Other-Worlds. The offer was simple and sought him to become their lead vocalist. In time, he accepted and thus, the vocal abilities that one could hear nowadays are a result of what he has achieved and what one could hear on their debut album entitled Manipulated released back in 2009. One of the headlining events that Chris has performed in is surely the Rockestra, an annual event held on behalf of the Malta Community Chest Fund in which he sung Gethsemane, The Show Must Go On, and Caruso. The audience were thrilled to hear him perform on each occasion.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PWxYMk9I1CY

The underdog has a notoriety for coming out on top on certain occasions and considering the people are responding to the track in the way that they are, is quite something and this is well recorded through the views being received on viral website, YouTube as well as being in the lead in the poll which has attracted more than five thousand votes in just over two weeks. This is not the typical entry that has come to define the Malta Eurovision Song Contest and it shows the emergence of one local music scene and not two defined through competition. Whether it is pop, ballad, rock, jazz, metal, dance or r'n'b, it is all music and that has to be prevalent in the event because the people and the jury want a choice, they want to make the distinction and send the best possible entry. Songwriting credit for Never Walk Away is attributed to Peter Borg and Matthew James Borg of Red Electrick, the band which is currently sweeping the nation with regards to music noting that their single Paul has most recently been voted as the best song at the Bay Music Awards as well as David Cassar Torreggiani who is competing in this competition alongside his band, Scar fronted by Konrad Pule who have also been making hits in the industry with their track White Lie which was also nominated for the same award mentioned above. Combining the power of powerhouse songwriters seemingly works and has given this product, one that is strong in actuality.

The Critics Speak Out

Rating: 59%

Sharon Vaughn: I don't understand what this song is trying to say. The text is very contradictory… a lot of pretty words that don't fit the title or the rest of the song. A nice pure voice, too bad on the song selection.

Martin Isherwood: No idea what the song is about. Very hard to follow any line of meaning in the lyric. Good strong voice with rough edges. Standard rock tune but offering little that's fresh. Not really a Eurovision entry at all. 

Stano Simor: In the beginning, the song had already impressed me. Excellent vocal range and color of voice. Song has good modern sound. Never Walk Away is a typical radio pop rock song. I'm not sure whether it is a song for Eurovision, which would take a Eurovision audience. If the song is already fully launched already after first chorus ,the songs, would be more powerful and impressive.

Roberto Meloni: I like a lot this song, his stunning vocal skills and the arrangement too. A dark horse in the competition. 

Lina Eriksson: I kind of like this melancholic tune but I’m not mad about it. The whole package feels a bit dated and not 2013. 

Source: Public Broadcasting Services, escflashmalta.com

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

Published in Editorials
Wednesday, 26 December 2012 06:50

MESC 2013: 'Never Walk Away' Most Viewed Thus Far

2012 is becoming another relic in just a couple of days time noting that Christmas has officially come to an end and people are paving the way for the new year which will surely be intriguing especially for those who might have thought that the world was really coming to an end. The Public Broadcasting Services wasn't an entity which had such a belief and thus started to organise the 2013 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest noting that the list of twenty-four semi-finalists was concluded just a couple of days back following the withdrawal of Dress Rehearsal by Saska Hunt which was eventually replaced by Marilena Gauci with the song Overrated. Whilst the official videos are being widely promoted on the engine used by the Public Broadcasting Services within their website, they have also been uploaded on viral website, YouTube and thus, one could take up the idea of views per track and it seems that the top five is quite intriguing with the leader of the pack running away with it at the present moment.

The track Never Walk Away co-written between Peter Borg, Matthew James Borg, David Cassar Torreggiani and Chris Grech has wracked up the most views at the moment noting that the band influenced entry performed by Chris Grech is being singled out for the very reason why the artist has become known, his raspy vocals which soar towards the end of the track making it sound like that typical song from the radio. It has not been a case of the locals falling in love with it wholeheartedly noting that there is a lot of foreign support for the track which sounds like a promising single from a budding new artist, stating what people have come to denote it. At this present moment, it has managed to garner around 10,000 views and has been shared many times of social media including Facebook and Twitter. Chris Grech himself is not a well known artist to be receiving multiple views based on his name so this is pretty much an intriguing start.

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

In second place comes none other than Kevin Borg with his entry Needing You a co-write between Thomas Thornholm, Simon Gribbe, Dan Attlerud and Michael Clauss. This has to be the most obvious option because despite the national interest at hand, the following that Kevin has in Sweden is relatively huge and therefore, the hits are picking up slowly and have at this point in time gone up to more than 6,000. This could be dubbed to be a mixture between the Maltese and Scandinavian ballad because it has a slow build up worked mainly around the vocals of the performer which also have a slight rasp to them in the vein of an Italian performer or even one of his good friends, Fabrizio Faniello. The fact that the Eurovision Song Contest is set to be held in Sweden seems to be the asset that many people are counting on and having a host country working in your favourite is definitely a positive idea.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=as2sMXXlXBk

A newcomer always somewhat finds it difficult to kick start their preparations for the Malta Eurovision Song Contest in the best order but it seems that glitz and glamour are calling onto a new performer, one whose name is Melanie Zammit and who will be performing Loverdose composed by Niclas and Maria Lundin and penned by Gerard James Borg, whose international collaborations are becoming somewhat more common in recent years. Melanie Zammit is a relative unknown in the Maltese music scene having only released one single prior to this competition through 89.7 Bay Radio and also major television stations. She has charisma and fashion sense and that seems to have got the crowd going but nevertheless, it is important to say that her pop/dance number is putting people in third gear and dancing along even in places where they shouldn't. The live performance is going to be quite the showcase, or rather, that is my feeling.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PnT3TgeyQLA

Whenever a certain songwriters comes into the fray, it seems that it could be pure instant gold and as a matter of fact, Thomas G:Son who also co-wrote the winning entry of this years' Eurovision Song Contest has worked with the renowned local songwriting duo of Philip Vella and Gerard James Borg to create Ultraviolet performed by Jessika who is currently in a process of re-branding herself. The singer/songwriter who is also starring in a television series known as Il-Klikka on ONE Television has been receiving a lot of positive comments with regards to her track whose opening notes have been similarly linked to Emeli Sande's popular song Next to Me but nevertheless, the focus here is definitely on the catchy tune which one easily hums along and performed at the slightest listen. Jessika has become a true artist and with the right staging, this could very much be one of the favourites on the night. It has received almost 4,000 views at the moment making it the fourth most watched entry.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g2vO8vxYFjk

The final track that we are featuring due to being in the top five of the most viewed thus far is none other than Tomorrow performed by Gianluca Bezzina and co-written between Boris Cezek and Dean Muscat. The songwriters are not your typical festival duo and as a matter of fact, it shows that the competition is becoming more of a merge between the festival and the radio scene making it one of the most successful transitions in the industry. This Jason Mraz, Train inspired entry is hitting the right notes with many people due to the fact that it puts you in a cheery disposition and instantly get you hooked. Humming is one of the most important elements to get to know a particular track and this is one of those songs which you hum along daily without even realizing. It has received around 3,500 views at the moment and seems to be most vulnerable at the helm but nevertheless, a charming pop/acoustic number. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news about the 2013 Malta Eurovision Song Contest.

Source: YouTube

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=io9GNF5IJ2Y

Published in Local Music News
Friday, 16 November 2012 09:23

Malta: Official 89.7 Bay Track Released

It has been noted in the past couple of years that the Bay Music Awards have become an important part of the local cultural calender managing to attract several individuals from different backdrops with one concept and that is to enjoy themselves whilst awarding the best that music has to offer in the Maltese Islands as showcased on 89.7 Bay during the year. In the run up to the event, one could easily note the recording of a track which would be done with a big heart representing the charity that the country has been known to offer to those who are in need and in fact, the Singing for Bay Kids single returns for yet another year and this time bearing the name Circles. It was officially launched on the leading radio station on Monday with the official video launched on Wednesday afternoon.

The track has been recorded, mixed and produced by Peter Borg of Red Electrick at Railway Studios with the mastering done by Boris Cezek at Doyaya Studios. Circles has been written by Matthew James Borg, also of Red Electrick and Klinsmann Coleiro who alongside his band Planet Seed are nominated for the Best Newcomer Award. The performers of the song are the co-writers alongside Clint Spiteri of Dolls for Idols, Peter Borg, Corinna and Raphael Tonna. You could view the music video of the track below which has been directed by Matthew James Borg as well. It is a stunning piece of work and we at escflashmalta.com for starters are proud to be promoting this track as part of the spectacular event set for the 12th December 2012 at the Bay Arena. Stay tuned for more features about the 2012 edition of the Bay Music Awards in the coming hours, days and weeks.

Source: 89.7 Bay

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WmHU71hqZ0I

Published in Local Music News
Tuesday, 09 October 2012 04:08

Malta: An Original Song with a Message

One of the most difficult roles in the music industry is surely songwriting and whenever a vocal artist performs work which he/she wrote, it becomes something special as has been noted on several occasions by the likes of 2011 Malta Eurovision Song Contest finalists; Corazon and Wayne Micallef who have been writing several of their tracks for a very long time. Nevertheless, the focus of this piece is a brand new original track entitled Destiny's Call which has been composed and penned by Mark Micallef, whom I have just found is keyboards player with local band; Negative Spaces who are looking forward to releasing their respective material onto radio very soon. This particular song though features his raspy vocal performance alongside that of Simone Gauci who is best known for being the winner of the first edition of Passport 2 Indifest organised by Spiteri Lucas Entertainment last year and thus made it through to the 2012 edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza where she performed the song Id F'Id composed by Renato Briffa and penned by Keith Zammit.

Destiny's Call is a beautifully written track with a deep message which might bring heartache to those who not only listen to the true meaning but also have somewhat lived with the person in question, Sarah Agius who loved to travel alongside her mother and father and ultimately whose faith was unfortunately decided during a trip to Valencia, Spain last year bringing her life to an unexpected end at an extremely tender age of eighteen. The pop/rock sound does the song justice in a variety of ways to be honest and the guitar solo just before the bridge is a stunning addition to well penned track. In the meantime, the lyrics themselves are absolutely brought to life by the impressive vocal interpretation by Mark Micallef and Simone Gauci who are seemingly professionals in their line of work. 

Time has gone away, Sarah

You have found a away

Cause if you stayed with me

You would smile again

but not for eternity. 

It has to be said that such songs have always been in question on whether they become real due to the message at hand and it is to be noted that the song in itself could definitely be a standalone track, a possible single to kick start both of their respective careers in Malta. Professionalism is key and this is surely the case when it comes to the recording and the production which has been conducted by Peter Borg of Red Electrick fame within Railway Studios. In recent weeks, the renowned band member has worked with the likes of Aaron Benjamin, Cryptic Street and Kurt Calleja amongst others. Ultimately, we invite you to listen to the track just below in a lyric video that has been posted online by Mark Micallef himself. The editorial board of escflashmalta.com supports this song wholeheartedly and ultimately hope that you share it with your friends and families to always remember the memory of the girl with a daily cheery disposition.

Source: escflashmalta.com

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uOf5jgGpGqA

Published in Local Music News
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