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89.7 Bay has been the leading radio station to promote the local Music scene and in fact, has helped artists develop their talent through the medium of broadcasting. In the past couple of years, there have been some distinct improvements in quality when it comes to the respective industry and therefore it is imperative that artists are rewarded for their talent through the annual Bay Music Awards which were officially launched this morning at the Intercontinental Hotel in Paceville. This will be the ninth year of the radio stations' music awards and it will be the biggest yet according to Kevin DeCesare, director of the Eden Leisure Group.

This years' edition of the Bay Music Awards will be taking place on the 12th December, the eve of a Public Holiday and will run under the theme Party Like it's the End highlighting the element that several people have been talking about this year. escflashmalta.com has been a stalwart in promoting both aspects of the local music scene although, one would have to note that there is a merge between the two due to the growing element of professionalism. In fact, there are several artists who have a connection with the Eurovision Song Contest, both on a local level as well as an international level. We are proud to be collaborating with 89.7 Bay on this years' ceremonies. In the meantime, please check out the nominees below.

Best Newcomer (50615301)

Cryptic Street


Lost Emotion

Planet Seed

Best Dance Tune or Remix (50615302)

'My World' - Carlo Gerada ft. Jan Cortez 

'Battle of Wills' - Corinna

'Love Hangover' - JJoy ft. Kelly Stelfox

'Defenceless' - Ruby ft. Laura Jae

'Louder' - Stevy Vee & Ross Paterson ft. Glen Vella

Best Band (50615303)

Dolls for Idols

Red Electrick


Saving Alexis

Three Stops to China

Best Solo Artist (50615304)



Ira Losco

Kurt Calleja


Best Song (50615305)

'My World' - Carlo Gerada ft. Jan Cortez 

'What I'd Give' - Ira Losco

'Paul' - Red Electrick

'White Lie' - Scar

This years' edition of the Bay Music Awards will be hosted by Nathan D, Ben Glover and Dorian Cassar who hold the most noted shows on the broadcaster. It also has to be noted that all of the performances of the evening will be live except those from the best newcomer category in order to get into their respective element. One of the awards to be given out during the evening will be based on the amount of screams for each respective performance so one has to make sure that the fans will be present during the evening. Regular tickets will be going on sale at €10 with the front section tickets being sold at €15 and the VIP tickets with an open bar and canapés will be going for €30. Tickets will be sold online through the official website.

Source: 89.7 Bay

Published in Local Music News

Several aspects of education have to be dealt with accordingly in order to ensure that each respective individual is making the most of his life and that is why the University of Malta does more to promote not only the typical lectures which come with every respective course but also to having a social life within other institutions that ultimately make the all round experience more vital. KSU is the representative student body of the educational facility and it has helped improve the life of students through a number of projects in the years gone by with a recently elected council looking to continue doing more of the same. This years' edition of the Freshers Week will ultimately come to a close this Friday evening with the KSU Pepsi Campus Fest 2012, featuring a host of local talent coming from the radio scene as per the collaboration brought forward annually with 89.7 Bay which is the officially station on Campus.

The local music scene has been greatly developing in the past couple of weeks, months and years and therefore, several teenagers or rather people moving out of their teens are getting more accustomed to a particular sound on the radio and these are exactly the type of bands that the Student Council is bringing forward to the event which is being sponsored a number of major companies as you can see on the Official Facebook Event. Amongst the names that are set to perform, there are Jane Doe, Relikc, Dolls for Idols, Red Electrick and Fakawi in that respective order. The level of professionalism in this years' organization is surely to be commended for noting that Zoe Farrugia and Ryan Grech responsible for the Culture & Entertainment Office are surely putting in the work to be remembered by the end of their respective term whilst making sure that their fellow peers enjoy themselves. It has to be pointed out that most of the groups in the line-up have been featured in one way or another on escflashmalta.com and that is why, we are proud to collaborate as a media outlet for this event which is free of charge and will be taking place Friday night on Campus.

Source: The KSU Pepsi Campus Fest 2012 Official Event Page


Published in Local Music News
Wednesday, 29 August 2012 17:00

Malta: Red Electrick Headlining Charity Event

Malta is a small country and therefore, it has to be noted down that there are quite a number of limitations when it comes to the music industry and therefore, charity events have to be a must sometimes in order to give back to the society that has already given support and praise in the years before. One of such events will surely be the Badass Man on Fire Festival which will be taking place in the coming days. It is to be noted that this will be the main event following a trial run held in April this year. The venue has been decided to be the Trade Fair which has decided to support the cause of the Betfair Lifecycle Challenge.

It is going to be quite the event to attend with the organizers saying that it will be one of those showcases which will secure a place in the memory of the individual for years to come. There will be a small entrance fee to cover the expenses of the actual event but then again, the donation will be given to the Renal Unit at Mater Dei Hospital meaning that there will not be just one euro cent of profit made out of the event. In the meantime, The Bar Group as well as Badass Burgers will be providing food and drinks with the proceeds once more going to the cause at hand. Whilst it is pivotal for one to have fun, there will also be a supportive theme so that everyone could have a branded identity and it has been decided that everyone should keep in line with Aussie traditions including costumes, props, and even face painting. Anything you could think of is acceptable of course, so make sure to use your imagination.

The event will be having it's fair share of musical entertainment as mentioned above and it is quite the line-up featuring established as well as up and coming names including the likes of Red ElectrickIrie Flow, Miss Chief, Binary FunkMatematikal, Birdd, Mato, and For Strings Inn amongst others. There will be a host of other things taking place and therefore, we would like to officially support this event as escflashmalta.com for giving the time and the opportunity for upcoming talent to take centre stage and entertain the people. Stay tuned in the coming weeks in order to learn about more upcoming events in the industry.

Source: Press Release


Published in Local Music News
Thursday, 14 June 2012 12:05

Malta: Red Electrick Drumming Up Support

Red Electrick is a band which has drummed up a lot of support throughout the years because apart from making extremely good music, they are known for loving everything they commit themselves to do and that is a very good quality. In recent months, they have been working on a brand new set of tracks with the strong five man line-up looking to create a brand new aura, a genre that will ultimately see them succeed in this line of work. Most recently, they have somewhat taken up creative control over their releases noting that working with the Indie Label of Jagged House brought them a number of useful contacts. Their most latest track as released just a couple of weeks back is Paul and it seems that this new re-branding is coming across well.

A couple of years back, the band showed how diverse it could be through their music in their respective debut album entitled Vine Lady with tracks such as Jail Bail and Who the Heck Is Rek!? included in the final tracklist due to the fact that they were proven popular by the fans. Nevertheless, Red Electrick have decided to stick to releasing good music which makes them feel good and despite the fans liking the content, it was never intentionally put out because the public likes it. The recent event bearing the name 'Red Electrick: The Unplugged Sessions' was a huge success with sold out audiences watching the group perform acoustically. Through the showcase, they managed to re-invent their music and capture their audience in a brand new light. Paul, the recent release of the group is heading the local top ten on 89.7 Bay for the fourth straight week. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for more about local artists.

Source: escflashmalta, Facebook, 89.7 Bay


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Another week has gone by, and Bay Radio gives you once again the latest hits from the Maltese Islands. There are a number of  acts that are successfully managing to interact with the people through the medium of music. There is a quintessential line-up of stars, all vying for that elite number 1 position but nevertheless, some people have to settle for the other positions in the top ten. Bay radio has aided in promoting local talent to a larger extent by virtue of taking on tracks which they deem fit to be played on the station. The chart show hosted every Saturday by Nathan D at 13:30CET has once more been through another edition. Below you will hear the tracks of the top ten along with biographical information about each respective act. Well done to all of the acts! 

This week’s number 10 and number 9 are two brand new entries. At number 10 stands a fresh new Maltese band with their new single Bullets and Poetry. Saving Alexis is a pop-rock quartet fueled up with teenage energy and fresh sounds. Composed of four locals – three of them Gozitan – the band is based in Marsa, Malta. Since 2008, they have shared stages with several established Maltese acts such as Skimmed, and have played in numerous high profile events, such as Notte Bianca in ’08,’09 and ’10. In May of 2010, the first single “Lipstick Lies” was recorded with the help of producers Kenny D’Ugo and Dave Calleja and released to the airwaves. After one week of airplay on 89.7 Bay Radio, the song debuted at 6th place in the Bay Radio Malta’s Top 10 Chart. It eventually moved up to 1st place where it stayed for four consecutive weeks. The song’s success led to further airplay on other radio stations such as XFM 100.2, Radio 101 and Galaxy Radio, and to the band’s nomination for the Best Newcomers Award at the 2010 Bay Music Awards. In late 2010, new lead guitarist Chris “Red” was introduced to Saving Alexis to coincide with the recording of the second single. Ocean Deep was officially released in January of 2011 and eventually reached 1st place in Bay Radio’s Malta’s Top 10 Chart, marking two consecutive number one singles for the band. In all, the single spent 11 weeks in the chart. In the summer of 2011, the band’s third single, High on July” was released, accompanied by a music video filmed and produced by Nick Morales and No Sweat Productions. Featuring ska guitars and rap verses, the song slowly climbed to the number one spot in Bay Radio’s Malta’s Top 10 Chart, hence confirming the third consecutive number one single. Musical influences vary a lot for Saving Alexis, from classical jazz to more modern rock n’ roll. Apart from music, other influences include everything from the street lights to the movie life, Japan, speed, love n’ hate.


At number 9 stands Cruz’s latest single, Have it all. CRUZ was formed in late 2009 that brought about different flares of pop, funk, disco, and electronic-rock. After a few months of work (the garage days!) the band played live in some local bars followed by a summer packed of events including MTV Malta Music Week, Beer Fest and supporting act for the local band Winter Moods. For such a 'young' band, the Winter Moods gig, won through a competition, was the highlight of the summer, with a performance in front of a 10, 000 and more strong audience. Cruz's first single 'Red Tape' was then released on Malta's top radio stations. Ending the year with a bang, Cruz won the Bay Band Award at The 2010 Bay Music Awards in December and on New Years Eve Cruz, were announced winners of the prestigous TVM VIEWERS CHOICE award from the BMAS 2010. 2011 was a change-making year for CRUZ which saw a fresh face on the drums as Melchior Busuttil (full time endorsed drummer) joined the scene. a lot of hard work and a comittment to excellence paid off once again as 2011 CRUZ single STALK HAWK was met with incredible feedback by radios and the media alike. STALK HAWK' paved the way for CRUZ to become winners of the BEST NEW ARTIST AWARD at the Malta Music Awards 2011. 


And after several weeks in the top 3, Wintermoods, Miss You, has gone down to position number 8, after last week’s position number 7. It’s like the ‘odd-one-out’ of the chart, since firstly, it is a ballad, and secondly, its lyrics are so deep. Nonetheless, Wintermoods was, is and will remain the most loved Maltese band, no matter what position their songs are in the charts. inter Moods was formed in mid-eighties. Two young musicians, including bassist Joseph Rizzo were in a band in search for a vocalist. They took on a friend still in his teens, Ivan Grech. They preferred music over everything else in life. They met frequently in a garage in Senglea on cold grey days to put together their own original songs. Thus the mood, thus the name of the band – Winter Moods. The early years were all about playing in front of a crowd. The local music scene was ripe with activity. Bands came and went, some making more noise than others. Only one band stood the test of time, evolving and adapting itself to the changes in the music scene. Etienne Robinich joined on keyboards. During the nineties the emergence of new radio stations put an emphasis on airplay. Winter Moods released their first single Sarah, which was an instant hit with listeners. This song remains one of the band’s most popular tracks to this day. ‘Sarah’ was included in the band’s first CD album released in 1996. Self-titled Winter Moods, the album was reminiscent of the members’ original influences. Guitarist Melvin Caruana was the last member to join the band in 1997. Shortly after, in 2000, the band went on to launch their next CD album, Morning Ale.


In the meantime, Ordinary Men became the band’s best selling album to date, and includes the band’s most famous song ‘Marigold’.The band’s youngest member, Karl Fenech joined in 2009 to play on drums. Winter Moods celebrated their silver anniversary in 2010 with the launch of a new album , ‘Argento’. Winter Moods etched their name in Maltese music history by performing in front of 10,000 people at The Granaries, Floriana in July 2010. It was the largest ever Maltese crowd to attend a paying concert by a Maltese artist. Winter Moods only superseded their own 2008 record when over 7500 people had turned up for their concert at the Valletta Waterfront. Over the years Winter Moods garnered several awards. The band was voted as the Best Band at six editions of the Malta Music Awards (1997, 2001, 2003, 2007, 2008, 2010). Winter Moods also received the Best Song award for their timeless hit ‘Marigold’ (2007) and ‘My Neverland’ (2010), and the Best Song Writer award for Ivan Grech in 2007 and 2010. In 2008 the band was awarded the Legends Award – the first time such an award was handed out. During the Bay Music Awards 2004 Winter Moods were awarded the Icon Award for their on going contribution to the Maltese music scene and for the success their countless singles have had on 89.7 Bay. During the Bay Music Awards 2005 the band won best single of the year award for ‘Closer’ and the best single of all time award for ‘Everyday Song’. In 2007 the band garnered a further three BMAs this time for Best Band, Best Song (Marigold) and the Viewers’ Choice.


Lyndsay’s Runaway, moves up to position number 7, after last week’s entry in position number 8. Lyndsay has had several top 10 hits in Malta including System Overload, Zip It Up and Going Under.  She has been a resident singer on several prime time entertainment shows in Malta and was also part of an all girl band called Vieve. Christabelle’s new single, Say is continuing its race with Lindsay’s single, and this week, the young artist is at position number 6. It has a very particular feel, very ‘international sound’, very different style from her. She is one of Malta’s most prominent young singers that has busted the music scene, scooping up Music Awards and shooting to number 1 on the radio charts with every single release! She is currently studying and living in Malta but co-works and writes her music with a London producer and every couple of months she is in London recording her songs in studios the likes of Metropolis. She has been in the music scene from age 4. By 12 she had already participated and placed in numerous local festivals and gone on to participate in international ones.   In 2003 she was invited by Joanna Franchi to take part in the ‘Golden Magnolia’ held in Louisiana Baton Rouge New Orleans America. There she won the F.I.D.O.F. award for the best most outstanding young performer. This set her off to further ventures and training including memorable ones under Seth Riggs (who trained the likes of Michael Jackson) whom she met at an SLS (Speech Level Singing) Camp in Los Angeles in 2006.  Performing in front of a small crowd is n’ t what one would consider to be as the most memorable performance in their life but for Christabelle it happened that summer when she was asked to perform in front of some decision making people in the US music industry.  She was asked to fly back to Los Angeles the following year and recorded her first 3 songs abroad and for her that was it. As she builds her repertoire of new releases, develops her talent for song writing and co-producing and turns into an artist, Christabelle is currently working on her 1st album and is ready to be launched. 


Bridget Bone retain position number 5 for the third week in a row, with the song Gregory Jackson. Having broken into the local scene only a couple of months ago, Bridget Bone is a relatively young, 4 peice band. The idea to form the band came back in 2007 when Julian Borg (Drums) and Karl Gauci (Vocals & Guitars) came up with the idea to form an alternative rock band. The idea came during an open air gig at Ta’ Qali. Neither of them played instruments and after 3 months Karl had started to play the guitar and a year after Julian had started the drums. After some time they contacted Keith Sammut and he decided to join them as a guitarist. Their search for a fourth member inevitably led them to long time close friend, Bertram, who joined the band as bassist. In 2008 Bridget Bone then got their hands on a decent place to jam and from there onwards new ideas and grungy riffs started to form Bridget Bone. After a year Keith Sammut (Guitars) left the band due to his intense studies and although this was a very hard decision, he still manages to come and jam with the band as old habits die hard. He was replaced by the newest member of the band Andrew Francica (Guitars). Bridget Bone are now working on some new songs as well as setting up gigs for the near future.


Paul from Red Electrick has kept last week’s position, position number 4. They will soon be launching their new project in the local cinemas, after filming their ‘un-plugged’ sessions of their songs, and this single is one of them. I’m talking about Red Electrick, who have proven to be an excellent band with great potential. ‘Paul’ is very simple song, with a superb male vocal and really smooth instruments (piano and guitar mainly). What makes the band work so well is most likely to do with the artistic diversity of its individual members. Not only do they bring a variety of musical influences to the table, they’re all pretty different characters too, which usually comes in handy when it comes to igniting their creative spark. The band’s debut album, ‘Vine Lady’ is a fine example of just how different, yet consistently effervescent Red Electrick can be; small wonder then that it has been critically acclaimed as a firm stepping stone for this band that is simply brimming with energy and enthusiasm. And this week’s top three remain nearly the same as last week, with a slight expcetion in the first two positions …


Position Number 3: For Strings Inn, with the song Julie July. For Strings Inn is a four-piece band which was founded in Malta in 2008 when the owners ran into each other after their long separate journeys up and down the hills of music. Feeling stronger and full of energy they decided to fuse 'For Strings Inn' through their common influences in style. Having already formed part of other legendary underground local bands, the individuals forming this band need no introduction with the Maltese music lovers. So 'For Strings Inn' welcomes you to their inn, in which the music here is still fresh and nothing like anything ever heard before. In 2009 'For Strings Inn' entered Temple studios Malta to record their first Extended Play. The EP, '…with Strings attached', was launched in December 2010. From this EP the band released their first two singles, 'Beyond Infinity' and 'Strada Bar'. These two tracks entered the Maltese top ten charts, and also got great response from their respective fans. Apart from numerous promotional local gigs in 2010, together with other local and foreign bands, the band also performed 7 shows during two mini tours in Denmark and France. Indeed they got great response from the public which still shows to date with the continuous extension of their fan base. 2011 was another year full of events for 'For Strings Inn'. In the studio together with renowned producer David Vella of Temple Studios, who worked with great producers such as Mike Hedges (Cure, Travis) and Phil Vinall (Placebo, Radiohead), 'For Strings Inn' are planning the release of another set of singles to open the route for a full length album. They released their 3rd single 'Morning Star' in August and 4th single 'Julie July' in March '12 both accompanied by a music video directed and produced by nick morales/hotshoeflash.


Position Number 2: features JJoy Feat. Kelly Stelfox with the club song Love Hangover which has been co-written by Gerard James Borg, which went down from position number 1 after 2 weeks, whilst position number 1, this week, is proudly owned by Dj. Ruby feat.Laura Jee, with the song Defencless. Both Dj’s are renowed in our islands and they seem that they will be continue battling for the first two positions of the chart. Who knows?! Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com to know each week the latest updates in the Maltese charts.

Source; 89.7 Bay Radio

Published in Local Music News

Red Electrick is a band with a genuine love of music. With many elements at play in their collective sound, it’s safe to say that their passion is fuelled as much by the bluesy swagger of 70s rock as it is by punk’s needle-sharp guitar angst, the bittersweet skanked-up rhythms that the 2-Tone era revelled in and an indie frame of mind. Now add a dash of Mediterranean sunshine to it all and you’re pretty much on the mark. The five-man line-up that is Red Electrick has been firing up the Maltese airwaves in recent years with a brace of singles that also propelled the band to the forefront of the island’s music scene. 

Of course, their success was boosted even further thanks to the band’s charged live performances, much talked-about events that never fail to deliver the goods whether they’re unplugged or not. What makes the band work so well is most likely to do with the artistic diversity of its individual members. Not only do they bring a variety of musical influences to the table, they’re all pretty different characters too, which usually comes in handy when it comes to igniting their creative spark. The band’s debut album last year, ‘Vine Lady’, is a fine example of just how different, yet consistently effervescent Red Electrick can be; small wonder then that it has been critically acclaimed as a firm stepping stone for this band that is simply brimming with energy and enthusiasm. Their five different personalities combine together, creating that ‘Red Electrick Spark’

The band has also made its name abroad, namely in Denmark and Austria, whilst last Summer, they had the opportunity to do a mini-tour in London, which surely made a huge impact on all 5 members, after an incredible response. Playing live is what the band is known for. They create a certain vibe in every gig they play, whether if its to a few people or to a filled up club. They are greatly followed by the Maltese public, and every gig is always packed up and every fan is always looking forward to the next gig. A new venture is now in the making named “Red Electrick – the unplugged sessions”. The band have decided to test the waters with an approximate 90 minute feature which will consist of the band doing unplugged sessions and short interviews to get up close and personal with the band.


Red Electrick did what they do best and let JP Gatt do what he does best, that is, capturing everything through a lense. JP Gatt is well known for his artistic abilities. Infact, he was the one that filmed and directed Airport Impression’s “Walk with me” music video. JP was the obvious choice as he understood what the band wanted out of this project straight away. This new venture from Red Electrick will give each and every viewer/listener the opportunity to have an inside look on who the boys really are and see them perform unplugged. It will also be a great opportunity for the ‘first time’ acquaintances to this band to get to know their music and I can assure you, that you will be thrilled!

Launch details of this new project from one of Malta’s number one band will be out very soon. Watch out their Facebook page or log into their official site for more information about the band itself and all that concerns them. Also, stay tuned to ESCFlashmalta.com, the only site that brings you all the exclusive entertainment local and international news. Last but not least, keep supporting our local artists and their music, because that’s what keeps these kind of bands and artists going!

Source: Eileen Spiteri (PR Representative)


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