07 February 2016

Iceland: Interview with Sigga Eyrun (NF 2014,2016)

Have you had a look at your calendar? It is already February, and that could only mean that the national finals season is well and truly underway, with the choices for the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest being made as the weeks go by! This year, 43 participating broadcasters will be fielding entries in what has been coined the biggest entertainment spectacle in the world. We had the opportunity to speak to some of the acts who are hoping to win their nations' ticket, and the 1st to grace us with an interview is Sigga Eyrun, who will be singing the song "Kreisi", which she co-wrote with Karl Olgeirsson in Songvakeppnin 2016. Hello Sigga, how does it feel to be part of the Icelandic national selection “Söngvakeppnin 2016” with the song "Kreisi"? I am very excited and having so much fun with the preparations.  Who had the idea that you could participate in the Icelandic national selection and who decided "Kreisi"? My partner, Karl, wrote the song and we decided together that it would be a good idea to enter it into the competition. We were about to release it but decided that it would receive more notice if it was part of Eurovision. And it sure has. What is the message of "Kreisi”? The message of the song is to not lose touch with the real world when you get attached to something like a computer game or even social media. Don’t let social media and other modern temptations drive you crazy (kreisí). You need to a flashplayer enabled browser to view this YouTube video When have you started doing music? I started out as an actor/singer. I went to drama school in England (Guildford School of Acting) where I studied Musical Theatre. I have mostly been doing voiceovers for cartoons and acting in Musicals. My solo career in music didn’t take off properly until 2014 when I first sang in Eurovision.  What are you expecting in the national selection “Söngvakeppnin 2016”, are you excited? Yes I am very excited. I am expecting a lot of fun with all the wonderful contestants and the lovely talented people at RÚV. It will be a great party. How do you prepare yourself for the show?  I make sure I am rested and that I eat well and sing the song constantly in my car and everywhere I go.  You need to a flashplayer enabled browser to view this YouTube video You already participated in “Söngvakeppnin 2014” with the song “Lífið kviknar á ný”. Do you think it’s an advantage that you already participated in the national selection? Yes. Last time I had to spend a lot of energy on letting people know who I was and now I can let the act speak for itself. People know I can be trusted not to break down on stage. Which are your favorite Eurovision songs and what is your favorite from Icelandic entries? My favorites are Waterloo, Ein Bitchen Frieden, Gente di mare, J’aime la vie, Euphoria and Selma’s All out of Luck is my favorite from Iceland. What is your first Eurovision memory? Nicole singing Ein Bitchen Frieden You need to a flashplayer enabled browser to view this YouTube video Which kind of music do you like personally? I like all kinds of music that stirs up some kind of emotions in me, wether it’s happy, or sad. It really depends on my mood.  What are your plans for 2016 beside the Icelandic national selection, are you working on an album? I finished an album just over a year ago. I am in the process of writing a musical comedy and hopefully I will find the time to make another album soon. What are your wishes for the future?  That whatever happens will be something good and I can be proud of everything I have done.  You need to a flashplayer enabled browser to view this YouTube video If people outside Iceland never heard about you before – what should they know about you? I love what I do, I love entertaining people and I promise a good show. Why should the Icelandic audience vote for your song to represent Iceland at Eurovision 2016?  Because it is a fun song and we have a good show which will entertain Europe in May.  Do you have a message for our readers and your fans at escflashmalta.com Thank you for reading and please follow me on Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, Youtube and Instagram.  Thank you so much for answer those questions. Good luck for you and your song in the Icelandic national selection and maybe we see us in Stockholm! We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest. Source: Sigga Eyrun / RUV You need to a flashplayer enabled browser to view this YouTube video


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Malta: Spiteri Lucas Entertainment Light Up the Stage

On the 30th and 31st January 2015, the Catholic Institute in Floriana played host to "Abba, Soul and Rock ‘n’ Roll" produced by Spiteri Lucas Entertainment. Ample media coverage was given to both evenings due to an impressive line-up, one which included none other than former Eurovision Song Contest representatives; Debbie Scerri (1997) and Ludwig Galea (2004) whilst also featuring Dorothy Bezzina, Neville Refalo, Ivan Spiteri Lucas, Krista Spiteri Lucas, Antonello Persiano, Redent Falzon, Janvil, Kaya and the participation of the Dancel Dance Studio. All the acts were accompanied with the Spiteri Lucas Band, under the direction of Mro Mark Spiteri Lucas. As the title suggests, the show was divided into two (2); “Soul and Rock ‘n’ Roll” and “Abba”, with both genres attracted a sold-out audience, all of whom were ready for a fun-filled repertoire of classics, most of which they would know by heart. During the 1st act, “See You Later, Alligator” sung by Kaya & Michela Galea, was clearly a highlight with sultry vocals and plenty of drama for the public to enjoy. On the other hand, during the 2nd act, which was purely based on the songs of the 1974 winning group from Sweden, it was all about “Gimme, Gimme, Gimme” sung by all the ladies who were a part of the show. A notable mention to the Children’s Choir, directed by Neville Refalo, whose harmonies and skills were clearly showcased throughout the entirety of the show. The lead vocalists are essential and prominent in every show of Spiteri Lucas Entertainment, but one has to point out that they were supported by three (3) female backing vocalists; Marie Claire, Abigail Critien and Michela Galea all of whom played a role in ensemble performers, with the latter performer also having a duet with Kaya during the first act. The rising star, winner of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza 2014, is currently also starring as a resident backing vocalist during The Entertainers, a variety show which airs every Saturday night on NET Television. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about the local music scene. Source: escflashmalta.com / Spiteri Lucas Entertainment You need to a flashplayer enabled browser to view this YouTube video


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MESC 2016: Invincible Ira Losco Set to Fly the Flag

Ira Losco, and the original song “Chameleon” which she co-wrote with Howard Keith, Peter Borg and Matthew James Borg, collectively known as Talkback, was crowned the winner of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2016, receiving the maximum 12 points from three (3) of the five (5) professional judges, and the tele-voting. Brooke, and “Golden”, the original song which she co-wrote with Aidan O’Connor, Sara Biglert, and Christian Schneider finished in 2nd place, ahead of Franklin with “Little Love”, composed by Cyprian Cassar with lyrics by Matt ‘Muxu’ Mercieca which finished in 3rd place.  On behalf of the editorial team at escflashmalta.com, we would like to congratulate the Public Broadcasting Services (PBS) for putting on an impressive production in light of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2016, whilst thanking them for their ongoing hospitality towards the local and foreign members of the press. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even on Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about Ira Losco and her journey towards the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest in Stockholm, Sweden. Source: PBS / TVM / escflashmalta.com You need to a flashplayer enabled browser to view this YouTube video


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Malta: Fresh Innovative Debut for The Travellers

The Travellers, a new, young and energetic band, will be releasing their debut single, "Sempliċità" on the 12th of this month, followed by another single and the launch of their first 5 track Extended Play (EP) later on in 2016. The band got together in 2013, with one aim in mind, that of trying to create something different in the already wide diversified local music scene.  Clayton (Bassist), Joseph (Trumpet), Chris (Main Vocals) and Andrew (Guitarist), have been in the music scene from a very young age and their love for Music grew fonder as they grew older. On the other hand, Sylvano (saxophone) and Michael (drummer) joined the rest of the band later on in 2013. This marked the inception of The Travellers. All the members of The Travellers hail from Gozo and are very frequent commuters, crossing the channel to and from Malta regularly, hence the name of the band seemed the most appropriate and was an obvious choice. In the past year, the band has been working on a mix of contemporary music incorporating brass and Maltese lyrics. This had originally started more of a curiosity and the band started experimenting with how their melodious tunes would sound when combined with the Maltese language on contemporary rhythms.  The aim behind this was to change the concept of Maltese diction in music on the islands.   This does not mean that the band is restricting their music to Maltese, but are leaving all their options open and are excited to see what the future holds. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest about the local music scene. Source: Press Release


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Iceland: Interview with Sigga Eyrun (NF 2014,2016)

Malta: Spiteri Lucas Entertainment Light Up the Stage

MESC 2016: Invincible Ira Losco Set to Fly the Flag

Malta: Fresh Innovative Debut for The Travellers

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