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Tuesday, 22 January 2013 01:03

MESC 2013: Reviewing the track 'Superstar'

At some point in time, the Eurovision Song Contest had lost some of that magic sparkle with which it was created but nevertheless, with high viewing figures and an amazing run of success for artists who have represented their country; it has regained its fame. Time Magazine has listed the event as one of the top five to look forward to during the year. On the other hand, the Public Broadcasting Services is currently preparing to host this years’ edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest set to take place at the Malta Fairs and Conventions Centre as was the case last year in an event which was surprisingly won by Kurt Calleja with the entry This Is The Night. Promotion is the key for an artist whether upcoming or relatively established and with the local music scene somewhat extremely limited, the role it plays is pivotal. Through radio and television appearances, people are getting to know the artists better and escflashmalta.com is also helping out by virtue of a series of professional reviews carried out by foreign critics from the music industry. The sixteenth entry bears the title Superstar, and is performed by the group, Scar whose lead vocalist, being Konrad Pule just happens to be the songwriter. 

Scar came to existence during the time of the millennium and therefore, could be noted to being veterans in the local music scene whose contribution has always been very well respected. Looking at the humble beginnings, one would realise that their very first tracks including Time to Know and Calling Out had received massive airplay in Malta, Italy and the United States, spending weeks in the charts, giving the public a yearning for more. In 2003, everyone was taken by surprise as the eponymous debut album was released with a live performance which unplanned. The first effort was definitely well placed though because an acknowledgement was given by the Malta Music Awards for the Best Album Production. This was only the beginning of an astonishing career which has already lasted more than ten years, with original music, performances across the world and a significant fan base which keeps them going strong. The audience of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest will remember their entry As Long As You Know back in 2007 which had finished in a credible sixth place. They continues recording new material and indeed, their sophomore album release entitled Breaking Radio Silence was also a major hit and spawned several singles including their recent track White Lie which was nominated for Best Song at the Bay Music Awards. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=noeVTUH7u58

Their preview video suggests intriguing elements of red and green lighting which very much complement the ambience that the track tries to create. The genre is significantly noticeable to be a mellow form of pop/rock with a chorus that quickly sticks to mind and gets the listener tapping his foot to the guitar strings. The high pitch vocals from Konrad at the end of the track are somewhat necessary to get that extra oomph and this is the typical track that one would expect from Scar considering the material that they have released in the past. Comparing the track to their entry back in 2007, there seems to be a maturing process and this entry does indeed sound stronger. The song-writing credit for Superstar is given to Konrad Pule, the lead vocalist who had also written the song for their first experience in the competition. When the songwriter ultimately performs the track, there is a certain calmness and pride that comes along, giving credibility to the overall outcome of the performance which will be simplistic and most likely affective. One of the members of the group, David Cassar Torreggianni is also involved in the songwriting of another track entitled Never Walk Away which will be performed by Chris Grech.

The Critics Speak Out

Rating: 62%

Sharon Vaughn: A really good performance of an extremely mediocre song.

Martin Isherwood: Chorus fairly instant if derivative. Good pop rock track - with all the right ingredients although lacking a freshness or sense of originality.

Stano Simor: Catchy song. Gimmick and Chorus bring happiness. Modern pop that I need to listen a few times in the car. Very good fancy lyrics that fits to the concept of the Eurovision Song Contest. Guitar  lines and overall production is excellent. It baffles me why this group hasn't gone Eurovision yet!

Roberto Meloni: Average song. Pop rock composition with too little heart and soul inside. Sorry, to me it looks like a band singing in a wedding…

Lina Eriksson: I really like the Superman-pimping of the lead guitar. I’m not super impressed by the song it self but still I must admit that it sticks in my head. A rock-pop-cheer-me-up-song.

Source: Public Broadcasting Services, escflashmalta.com

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

Published in Editorials

The participants of this years’ edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest have been promoting their entries on a number of television and radio programmes as per the schedule set up for them by the Public Broadcasting Services yet today will mark the very first time that they are coming together on a show. Ħadd Għalik has played a major role in promoting the artists of the competition in recent years through fun filled activities, perfect for the entertainment of families. Amongst the games, there are a number of questions which the artists have to answer about each other and that has always proven to be absolutely hilarious. The show will be aired between 12:10 and 15:30 CET on Television Malta which could be streamed through the official website.

This years’ edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest is proving to be one of the most competitive in recent years noting that there has been a higher standard of quality and the country stands a better chance to do well based on that. Earlier this week, there were doubts with regards to the draw that the country was given at the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest, but nevertheless, despite performing in the first part of the second semi-final, the editorial board is confident that with the best entry, the odds will be overcome. Our public poll with more than five thousand votes sees Never Walk Away by Chris Grech in first place followed by Needing You by Kevin Borg in second place. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news with regards to this years’ edition of the local showcase.

Source: Television Malta

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qq0QxauIyic

Published in Local Music News

The 2013 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest will be staged in the first weekend of February noting that the Public Broadcasting Services purposely set it up as a weekend that will celebrate the local music scene noting the renowned competition taking place on the 1st and 2nd February with the Malta Music Awards taking place on the next day on the 3rd February. As a matter of fact, the promotional campaign for each of the twenty-four semi-finalists has commenced and the broadcaster has carefully planned ten promotional outlets in which their entries will be played along with one to one interviews. One of the shows that has been included in the roster is Carlo's Breakfast Cafe on Magic FM. The host of the show, Carlo Borg Bonaci is one of the leading figures in the industry having been on the radio for several years and also plays a role in the Malta Music Awards being a co-organiser with Noel Magri. 

In recent days, the editorial team at escflashmalta.com has been in touch with Carlo Borg Bonaci in order to learn the schedule and we are proud to fill you in on when which of the semi-finalists will be appearing on which day. We also had the opportunity to listen to some of the interviews held early in the morning around 08:15 CET just before the programme comes to an end and it is an extremely light interview featuring aspects of the budding performer, the track itself, the intentions of participation and many other tidbits which listeners will enjoy. In the meantime, the song is played in full and one gets a different vibe when hearing it on the radio, spotting that special hit potential which many might be on the look out for at the moment. The feedback that we have received about the interviews has been quite positive and it is quite a jovial start to the day so to speak. Have a look at the schedule below.

  • 17th December - Chris Grech (Never Walk Away)
  • 18th December - Claudia Faniello (When It's Time)
  • 19th December - Richard Edwards (Fall Like Rome)
  • 20th December - Corazon (My Stranger Love)
  • 21st December - Ylenia (Tides of Illusion)
  • 24th December - Jessika (Ultraviolet)
  • 28th December - Gianni Zammit (Us Against the World)
  • 2nd January - Scar (Superstar)
  • 3rd January - Richard & Petra (Wonderful Today)
  • 7th January - Klinsmann (The Remedy)
  • 8th January - Petra (No One's Home)
  • 9th January - Danica Muscat (Fantasy)
  • 10th January - Gianluca Bezzina (Tomorrow)
  • 11th January - Deborah C (Love-O-Holic)
  • 14th January - Domenique (Too Little Too Late)
  • 15th January - Raquela (Keep Believing)
  • 16th January - Amber (In Control)
  • 17th January - Melanie Zammit (Loverdose)
  • 18th January - Franklin Calleja (Let Your Heart Talk)
  • 22nd January - Marilena Gauci (Overrated)
  • 25th January - Davinia (Betrayed)
  • 27th January - Kevin Borg (Needing You)

As one could note from the list above, some of the interviews have already taken place and will therefore be missed unfortunately but nevertheless, most of the participants have not been on the programme yet. We invite you to turn on Magic FM in the morning and listen into Carlo Borg Bonaci's breakfast show known as Carlo's Breakfast Cafe. This is one of the several means of promotion that the Public Broadcasting Services is giving the twenty-four semi-finalists, despite them being either already well known or relative newcomers to the competition. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news about the 2013 Malta Eurovision Song Contest as soon as it becomes available and remember to listen to all of the songs of this years' competition on the official website of Television Malta.

Source: PBS, Carlo Borg Bonaci

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EgaX5QuMGR8

Published in Local Music News
Tuesday, 18 December 2012 18:10

MESC 2013: Annual ESCflashmalta Awards Return

The Malta Eurovision Song Contest has become a well respected event in the local music calender with several artists trying their luck to be amongst the elite showcase in which twenty-four acts compete against each other for the right to represent the country at the Eurovision Song Contest which in 2013 will be taking place in the city of Malmö within Sweden. The preparations by the Public Broadcasting Services are well underway and each respective participant is receiving ample promotion through all their representative media outlets including Television Malta, Radju Malta and Magic Malta amongst others with appearances on lifestyle programmes such as TVPM, current affairs programmes such as TV Hemm and TVAM and of course on radio breakfast shows. Nevertheless, whilst the result for the actual competition is decided, escflashmalta.com will engage a series of awards which for the second year running will then be handed out on television.

2013 will definitely prove to be an important year considering that many foreigners find our selection process quite positive. As a matter of fact, criticism has been very minimal and this will ultimately show the country moving forward musically. We have decided on three awards for yet another year starting with the Public Award which will be a public poll set to be engaged pretty soon where our system will record each IP Address so that one could only submit one vote, the Media Award which will be the choice of personnel from radio stations, television broadcasters and print media and last but not least, there is also the one which bears the most work, the Critics Award which will feature heavily in January due to the daily reviews we plan on publishing. Five members of the foreign music industry have been contacted and have gladly accepted to listen to the entries and judge them accordingly. Their criticism will appear in the reviews published daily but all the results will be revealed after the competition comes to an end. Therefore, no trouble there.

Our collaboration for 2013 will be taking place with NET Television noting that the editorial team of escflashmalta.com have been in contact with Spiteri Lucas Entertainment in the past couple of days securing the announcement of the three awards on the popular magazine programme which airs on Saturday afternoon and is hosted by Ray Attard and former Eurovision Song Contest representative; Debbie Scerri. The international critics which we have engaged barely need any introduction noting that we have managed to garner the likes of Sharon Vaughn, a songwriter who written songs for Delta Goodrem, Agnes, Emilia, September, Joe McElderry, Jedward and Charlotte Perelli as well as Roberto Meloni who has been to the Eurovision Song Contest on behalf of Latvia on two occasions, the first time on 2007 with Bonaparti.lv and their entry Questa Notte which reached the final and finished in fourteenth place and also the following year with Pirates of Sea performing the track Wolves of the Sea which also managed to reach the final and finished in twelfth place. Since then, he has been working on a number of solo tracks so this is definitely one of the many artists to look out for.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U9YRL_pHxvU

Another individual who has gladly accepted our invite is Stanor Simor from Slovakia who is a producer and has worked with a number of popular artists in Eastern Europe, amongst them Tereza Krendlova who represented the Czech Republic at the Eurovision Song Contest back in 2008. His work has been certified platinum on a number of occasions and considering the growing influence of the East, it is imperative to get an eat to analyse such music. The fourth and very respecting member of the critics is Lina Eriksson who has written for a notable amount of Swedish artists throughout the years including Jessica Andersson, Marie Picasso, Thomas Di Leva, and Nordman. She also co-write the 2010 Irish entry; It's For You performed by Niamh Kavanagh. She has made it to the Melodifestivalen selection for a number of years and is signed to EMI Music Publishing Scandinavia. The final member of this years' team is a welcome return of Martin Isherwood, a leading figure at the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts who was also the songwriter of the British entry back in 2003. 

Just in case, anything goes wrong including a possibility that one of the critics worked with local artists in the past, Knut Oyvind-Hagen who is a singer/songwriter, known for his hit track Rocket Ride which finished second in the 2007 Melodi Grand Prix is also on stand by. As one of the main figures at the Norwegian broadcaster; NRK, he surely knows a thing or two behind the selection of the right song. He is standing in for Sharon Vaughn on the track Needing You by Kevin Borg due to the fact that they know each other professionally. We would like you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com in the coming days, weeks and months because the coverage of the 2013 Malta Eurovision Song Contest is surely going to be cracking and we would like you to support all of the artists as much as possible so keep sharing their videos. We would also like to thank Spiteri Lucas Entertainment for their kind support through the programme Sas-Sitta.

Source: escflashmalta.com, Spiteri Lucas Entertainment

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EgaX5QuMGR8

Published in Local Music News
Sunday, 16 December 2012 16:29

MESC 2013: Television Promotion Begins Today

The preview videos have become an annual tradition noting that their existence has become vital as a means of promotion and the Public Broadcasting Services should be commended for their effort in this regard. As a matter of fact, the clips are being shared even international and become even more popular as they are coming on related tags even on viral website, YouTube but nevertheless, the focus will now turn to local television as artists try to garner as much exposure as possible through a pre-planned schedule of appearances planned by the broadcaster through some of the major programmes. This is a means where the people will get to watch the video of the respective performer whilst also getting to know the artist a little bit better, something which is always quite appreciated.

It has to be noted that in the past two years, things have been rather intriguing with the interviews ranging from anything from the song to typical questions which relate to personal life. One of the shows which has been chosen to promote the entry is none other than TV HEMM produced by Where's Everybody, the popular company which makes several programmes for the national broadcaster, Television Malta. It is expected that daytime television will also be incorporating the elements that make the promotion viable due to the various demographics that each programme manages to reach. It is yet unknown what will happen but of course, from Monday to Friday, last year Television Malta proudly promoted the tracks through the programme Sellili hosted by 2000 Eurovision Song Contest representative, Claudette Pace but now another show known as TVPM has taken the time slot and it is hosted by Eurovision Artist Coordinator, Peter Carbonaro and Malta Eurovision Song Contest semi-finalist, Corazon. We will be keeping you posted with the schedule as much as possible so make sure to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news.

Source: escflashmalta.com, Public Broadcasting Services

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m_-g1qo5m5M

Published in Local Music News

89.7 Bay embarked on a mission a couple of years back to promote the local music scene and considering the astonishing amount of tracks that have been played on the radio station throughout this particular year, it seems that their efforts are paying off noting that success has become their trademark. The ninth edition of the Bay Music Awards which took place last night at the Bay Arena in St Julians were running under the theme Party Like It's The End of the World and there was a buzzing feeling in the crowd featuring people of all generations, representing the various artists who were nominated or performed. The build up was intense and several people were left on edge until the first performance, even preceding the introduction of the hosts took place. A lot was riding on the evening which included live performances for the very first time and apart from some mixing issues in the beginning of two performances, one could say it was a huge success.

89.7 Bay well represents the upcoming generation of artists and it seems that the fans that they are bringing with them are becoming more vocal when considering that the new guard was well promoted and ultimately ended up winning the most awards amongst seasoned veterans whose music is still very strong with the right to garner airplay and even nominations. Nevertheless, when tele-voting is the source of the actual vote, it is to be noted that the fan base becomes notorious and the younger generation have become accustomed to this element. Without a doubt, the live performances went down well with the crowd noting that Scar, BrookeChristabelleDimal ft Lyndsay and Red Electrick gave the show the much needed boost to make it stand out. The audience was in full support to the act pictures above though as announced at the latter stage of the evening by Benjamin Glover, one of the three hosts of the evening which also included Dorian Cassar of Bay Breakfast and Nathan D from Malta's Top Ten and the Drive-time Show.

The Bay Music Awards have become a welcome event in the local music calender and it was quite the evening when considering that following a two year break from the scene, Ira Losco made her return following her successful stint with her new single What I'd Give during the summer. The 2002 Eurovision Song Contest representative has been relatively busy in the past couple of months working on a brand new album which will be unveiled to the public in January. In the meantime, the biggest winners of the evening; Red Electrick are making headlines in several fields with one of their co-writes also competing in the 2013 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest which is taking place on the 1st and 2nd February 2013. We would like you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com as our collaboration with 89.7 Bay continues to develop in the way that it has in the past couple of months.
 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DGDv-GZAUSg
Published in Local Music News
Thursday, 06 December 2012 00:53

BMA 2012: The Songs Which Stand Out

The features with regards to the upcoming edition of the Bay Music Awards officially come to an end with the revelation of the tracks which the radio station has selected to represent the best elements of the industry for the past couple of months. Separate categories have already been well represented by solo artists or bands, those of which have already earned the right to be called established as well as those who are ready for their big break. In recent years, tracks released by local artists have been earning several positive criticism from foreign members of the press and this is due to the fact that there is more thought put in behind every piece of lyric and every note within the composition in itself. Record studios have become much more professionalism and production is sometimes even conducted abroad in order to have that perfect enhancement. 89.7 Bay has always been on the front line to promote the best possible tracks, ones which the people would enjoy listening to and are easy on the ear. Therefore, it is not surprising to note that for the ninth edition of the Bay Music Awards, the Best Song of the past couple of months will be given an award during a ceremony which is taking place at the Bay Arena on the 12th December 2012 hosted by Ben Glover, Dorian Cassar and Nathan D, the latter of which is pictured below.

It is important to note that this is the only category which only comprises of four entries and kicking off things is none other than Ira Losco who earns a second nomination, this time for her track What I’d Give which is a different tune to what the people have come to expect from the former Eurovision Song Contest representative whose hiatus from music was somewhat well adapted for a major comeback. In fact, it is important to note that the genre of the new track, the lead single off her yet unnamed album is a mixture of soul, funk and a little bit of reggae making it extremely distinguishable from anything else on the market. Ira Losco has been around for quite some time noting that she first emerged in the local music scene by virtue of winning the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza before finishing second in the Eurovision Song Contest. Upon her return to Malta from the latter event, she joined forces with Howard Keith of Jagged House and together have created magic for many to enjoy. As previous stated, she is set to drop a brand new album in the beginning of next year.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IZGM8IEg2qc

Two nominations during the evening are quite intriguing because one would definitely hope to end up finishing in the top position within both or at least one. The second act to garner a nomination is the group Red Electrick who have invented themselves in the past couple of months, coming up with brand new material which shows versatility in composition and vocals. As a matter of fact, one of such results is surely Paul which was a major hit earlier this year. Creative control has been the major element in their success having left on good terms with their management Jagged House with the idea to change their genre and ultimately be more mature in their decisions. Their debut single entitled Who The Heck Is Rek was and remains a crowd pleasure and is included in several of their playlists but then again, their recent album The Unplugged Sessions shows why the group have decided to take up issues in their own hands. The acoustic feel has saw them gain an edge over several other bands in the country.  Matthew and Peter have co-written the track Never Walk Away for Chris Grech in the next Malta Eurovision Song Contest.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vEPU2v8aIGw

My World has been described by critics and one of the most notable tracks to have been released within the summer months and this is surely the case according to the thoughts put forward by the people. Gaining a nomination in this category was no mean feat especially when one considers that a number of tracks were omitted from the list despite having the airplay and the credibility. Carlo Gerada is no newcomer to the music scene and has worked on several tracks in the past whilst Jan Cortez is slightly more fresh having come off a talent show a couple of years back where he did his best to prove his talent. This is a duo which has worked well and could be described as a combination of pleasure and hard work. As a matter of fact, despite being nominated for the best song category, it seems that they are heavily favoured to come out on top in another category featured earlier on, that being the one of Dance Music. They have definitely worked hard to show that they indeed could be successful and a possible double is not out of the equation especially with a large fan-base. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3jHAb_dZ0S8

One would say that leaving the act for last means that they are the best and Scar have truly well represented the local music industry for several years with the band name stretching back a couple of decades and still proving successful. This band has always managed to remain at the top of the peoples’ acclaim due to the fact that they are current and promote music which the people enjoy. In their careers, they have been noted to participate in the Malta Eurovision Song Contest back in 2007 with the track As Long As You Know which managed to finish in sixth place whilst they prepare for a second participation next year as they participate with Superstar which is written by Konrad Pule who just happens to be the lead vocalist in the band. There is a certain aura and a chemistry which also makes them extremely likable and if they continue this acoustic feel to their songs, it also shows maturity, but one which is very different to that being presented by Red Electrick. The song which has garnered the nomination is a gem entitled White Lie and had also lead the charts a couple of weeks back.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0PPFtJ3ioyE

The was the fifth and last in a series of features that escflashmalta.com has planned for the 2012 edition of the Bay Music Awards and that is because people have to party as if it's the end of the world. Voting officially came to a close at midnight on Wednesday and therefore, votes cannot be cast but if so, they will not count and may still be charged. We hope that you have already cast your vote though. Nevertheless, you can also be part of the Bay Music Awards as a spectator by virtue of entering in our competition which could see you attending this years’ showcase. The question we’re asking is; Which female artist nominated for the Bay Music Awards has been to the Eurovision Song Contest? Send your answers to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by not later than Saturday 8th December 2013 at 23:59 CET. In the meantime, stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news.

Source: 89.7 Bay, escflashmalta.com

Published in Local Music News
Wednesday, 28 November 2012 15:57

MESC 2013: Major Radio Artists Conquer Selection

The anticipation continues to rise with the announcement of the semi-finalists of next years' edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest taking place in just two days time and it is expected that the songs are of relatively high quality especially following the qualification of Malta into the final of the prestigious event earlier this year with his entry This Is The Night which was a co-write between Johan Jämtberg, Kurt Calleja and Mikael Gunnerås. There has been a lot of talk with regards to the possibility of garnering artists who succeed on the local radio scene and it seems that the Public Broadcasting Services have managed to succeed because a number of performers within the second phase have been known to enter the playlists of radio broadcasters.

The national broadcaster shortlisted a total of sixty nine names in the second selection phase of the competition and did call upon some of the performers in order to prove their stage and television presence whilst also confirmed their vocal abilities. Some of the artists as mentioned above have come forth from the radio scene and we have picked a couple to point out their most recent achievements. Melanie Zammit is the first to fill in this spot actually noting that she is competing with the song Loverdose co-written between Maria Lundin, Niclas Lundin and Gerard James Borg. The artist first came to prominence with her debut single Electric Sound garnering promotion on major radio broadcasters and also on television having been invited to Clint on ONE as well as Stylewatch on Television Malta respectively. She has been relatively busy working on new material in the past couple of months and will be hoping to be announced as one of the semi-finalists on Friday.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rsCQATt5Y0E

Another group which has been eclipsing a prerogative set beforehand is surely Scar who have already been in the finals of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest in the past with the track As Long As You Know which finished in sixth place behind the likes of Trilogy and Olivia Lewis. Following an extended period of inactivity, the group returned earlier this year with their brand new single White Lie which has topped the chart at 89.7 Bay and has helped them garner a total of two nominations at the upcoming edition of the Bay Music Awards; the first one being for the Best Band where they will have to compete against the likes of Red Electrick, Saving Alexis, Dolls for Idols, and Three Stops to China as well as; the Best Song where they have a tough competition against artists such as Ira Losco, Red Electrick and Carlo Gerada ft. Jan Cortez. Superstar is the track which they are presenting to the upcoming edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest. We wish them luck and hope that they do return.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0PPFtJ3ioyE

Following years within the competition with a number of tracks which he has co-written alongside Jonathan Spiteri, one of his best friends come none other than Klinsmann who has been a notable name in the competition since 2007, where he had managed to finish in third place with his track She Gives Me Wings composed by Mark Spiteri Lucas and penned by Rita Pace. Klinsmann has decided to change his course of action for the upcoming edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest working with songwriters; Philip Vella, Magnus Kaxe and Gerard James Borg on a track entitled The Remedy. Klinsmann is actually a frontman of a new band known as Planet Seed which is also nominated for the Newcomers Award at the upcoming edition of the Bay Music Awards taking place on the 12th December at the Bay Arena. They are newcomers to the scene but have made quite the impact with their lead single It's Gonna Be Ok

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8C-qV6ySJEo

Two of the main bands which have been gracing the local music industry as of late are surely Funk Initiative and The Crowns and it is quite intriguing to see that they are not battling out on radio for the most airplay this time round but instead focusing on the Malta Eurovision Song Contest because their lead vocalists; Victorio Gauci and Gianluca Bezzina are both in contention for one of the elite twenty-four positions. The latter is the brother of the renowned vocalist; Dorothy Bezzina and enters for the first time with the song Tomorrow composed by Boris Cezek and penned by Dean Muscat whilst Victorio reached the competition in 2009 in a duet with the aforementioned female performer. He is trying to reach the selection with the track Naked co-written by Tony Jonsson, Gabriel Warmby and Gerard James Borg. Once more, it will be interesting to see them through should they manage.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=go9TWbPsWpA

The final act which we have chosen for this feature is none other than vocalist; Chris Grech who has most notably performed in the Rockestra for the past two years. He has entered the selection process for the very first time with the track Never Walk Away and brings about the most intriguing songwriting team to the Malta Eurovision Song Contest in the form of Red Electrick band members Matthew James Borg and Peter Borg respectively alongside David Cassar Torreggiani from the aforementioned band; Scar. Such a team is always very important in order to denote the existence of a brand new sound or rather the progress that the local selection has made in the past couple of years. The quality of the songs has greatly improved and collaborations between local and foreign songwriters have bore great fruit as even local songwriters have worked harder to make sure their contributions are accepted and shortlisted. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news as soon as it becomes available.

Source: escflashmalta

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

Published in Local Music News
Friday, 23 November 2012 09:30

BMA 2012: The Meteoric Rise of Bands

Several music critics have gone on record stating that the local industry required a little bit of diversity and when looking back at what was being offered, this was surely the case but gone are the days when soloists dominate the radio scene because there is a new wave of bands which are definitely coming into focus and taking the limelight away. As a matter of fact, many have described the influx as a meteoric rise of success because they do not just put out music but through their respective genres and niches manage to release good material which is normally enjoyable to various demographics in society. One of the particular radio stations to promote a talented bunch of musicians is surely 89.7 Bay having spearheaded the campaign to see through that there is a progression in the local music scene. It should come to no surprise then that the ninth edition of the Bay Music Awards will be once more awarding the Best Band Award during the ceremony which is set to take place at the Bay Arena on the 12th December 2012 hosted by Ben Glover, Dorian Cassar and Nathan D.

It has been decided that five nominees should make up this extremely tough category although it is fair to say that there could have been some other contenders in the list. Nevertheless, kicking off with the first band; Red Electrick, one which has been featuring heavily in 2012 especially after deciding to take up full creative control over their music having previously worked with the likes of Howard Keith from Jagged Records. Their initial release off their latest effort was of course the sublime track 'Paul' and it was just the beginning of a successful era with 'The Unplugged Sessions', originally a concert which was aired at the cinema. The members of the band are Matt, Pete, Jonas, Ivan and Raf and they make up what has become a solid band in the local music industry. Many will remember one of their debut singles; 'Who the Heck' is REK!? which easily topped the radio charts in the country. Two of the members; Matthew James Borg and Peter Borg have also co-written a track entitled 'Never Walk Away' for the upcoming Malta Eurovision Song Contest making it to the final sixty-nine tracks with vocals by Chris Grech. We wish them the very best of luck.

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The second band to have been given a nomination is another one which does not actually need too much of an introduction having been around for quite some time, undergoing a couple of line-up changes along the way before ultimately becoming one which features Konrad Pule as the lead vocalist. The band whose name is Scar has managed to remain current despite the wave of foreign sounds which has been infiltrating the market and their last studio release 'Breaking Radio Silence'. Despite the album being put out quite a while ago, the music is still relevant and their most recent offering entitled 'White Lie' clearly shows that they are in the scene in order to remain there. They also took part in the 2007 Malta Song for Europe competition finishing in sixth place and have submitted yet another entry in the upcoming editio of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest entitled 'Superstar'. The band features the already mentioned Konrad Pule who also a co-writer, Michael Scicluna, Arda Baykurt and David Cassar Torreggiani. Once more, we would like to wish them the very best of luck with their competition endeavours for yet another year.

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The third band to have been given the nomination is actually one of the newest bands in the local music scene by the name Saving Alexis. In fact, they first came together in 2010 and ultimately had been awarded with the Best Newcomer Award at this same prestigious ceremony held by 89.7 and it is to be noted that they bring that something different to the table because their music is highly describable as power pop with several influences from modern rock'n'roll to classical jazz. Clear dedication is what has been the successful factor in this group and coming about from the same town is definitely another positive attribute to have aided their success. It is highly notable that all of their releases have managed to enter within the playlists of 89.7 Bay and other local radio stations ultimately ranking in the top positions making them somewhat a little bit of having a midas touch with their music, knowing exactly what to put out there without losing their creative control. This is their first nomination in this category. The band is made up of Clayton Bonelo, Chris Cass, Melchior Busuttil, and Chris Farrugia.

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Intriguing. That is the word I will be using to describe the fourth nominees in this group of absolutely delightful acts who not only release great music but ultimately provide a great show. Three Stops to China are also relatively new to the music scene but it does feel like they have been around for quite some time, probably because people have become accustomed to hearing their music on the radio. In their official Facebook page, they official describe themselves as to being all about the hype and that is actually an element to succeed in the music industry. It is vital to get the people behind you. Their genre has really been of a progressive nature but that is what most people would probably denote. They are coming up against some of the most notable names in the local music industry in this category but they are truly deserving of the nomination, which I believe is actually not the very first time either having been nominated in another year not too long ago. Their music has also performed solidly on the chart and people are definitely waiting for more.

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One final band to garner a nomination into this years' edition of the Bay Music Awards is Dolls for Idols which very much like the previous two have not been around in the industry for an extremely long period of time. Once more diversity plays an extremely important role behind obtaining this achievement because they are the best representatives for Electronic music at the moment. In fact, their material was somewhat very current about two years ago but when they released their most recent tracks, it seems that they managed to keep up their sound whilst still managing to remain true to the current music scene. The group Dolls for Idols is made up of Clint Spiteri, Aaron Sammut and Erick Saliba. Their line up has also been extremely consistent and therefore keeps within the element that consistency is the key behind success. They have a good music following and in fact, their fans are relAtively noisy so this definitely gives them the possibility to cause an upset for this award in particular but also possibly for another award.

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This was the second  in a series of features that escflashmalta.com has planned for the 2012 edition of the Bay Music Awards and that is because people have to party as if it's the end of the world. In order to vote for the Best Band Award, it is vital to send an sms with either of these acts' respective name sakes as show in the article in bold to 50615303. Make sure that the vote you make is for the song which you believe deserves the award because it managed to make some sort of impact. The voting is open until the 5th December which is roughly just less than a month. Make sure to get cracking and stay tuned to both escflashmalta.com and 89.7 Bay for all of the latest updates from this years' edition of the prestigious music awards

Source: 89.7 Bay, escflashmalta.com

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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

Dimal

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

Scar

Saving Alexis

Three Stops to China

Best Solo Artist (50615304)

Brooke

Chrisabelle

Ira Losco

Kurt Calleja

Muxu

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

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