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Gianluca, the lead vocalist of the band Funk Initiative decided to give the Malta Eurovision Song Contest a try with the track Tomorrow co-written by Boris Cezek and Dean Muscat. It was his debut in the competition and it could not have ended any better, finishing ahead of favourite Kevin Borg following the jury vote and garnering the second most support from the general public which is undoubtely amazing for an absolute newcomer. The young male vocalist has gone on record stating that music is more of a hobby noting that his full time profession is that of a doctor but nevertheless, the role of the former has seemingly changed following his successful result at the Eurovision Song Contest.

Malta had not managed to finish in the top ten for eight years prior to Gianluca with Chiara and her self-penned entry Angel finishing in second place back in 2005. Qualification has always been a tough hurdle but the nation has succeeded on two of the last three attempts which is definitely a positive sign. Since returning to Malta, Gianluca has been in contact with several promoters who have been wanting him to perform in events both locally and abroad, some of which are yet to be unveiled by his respective management. Apart from negotiating appearances, the male artist has been busy working on his debut album which officially saw the light yesterday during a launch held at Calamatta Cuschieri in Valletta. 

Album Title: Waiting for Tomorrow

Released: 29th July (International)

Waiting for Tomorrow, the debut album by Gianluca is published by Albam Records, an independent record label based in the United Kingdom. The material on the collection was recorded for the past two years and it literally sees the male vocalist use his skills to the very best. Musically, people who enjoyed his performance at the Eurovision Song Contest will most likely enjoy listening to what the album has to offer although it has to be noted that there are a couple of intriguing tracks which many people might not have expected to be included. The production of the album is extremely laid back, with elements of sixties pop, swing and also that slight tinge of soul, giving the music character and totality. 

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A debut album is always difficult especially due to the fact that although you might have a hit track, the people might be expecting a collection which would be surrounding that. The title in itself tried to give Tomorrow extreme importance with some of the music in the album somewhat going back to complete basics but the output is strong and the quality is high enough to cause worry for the future as more material is recorded, mastered, produced and ultimately published. Gianluca and his team wanted to thank Alan to Alan Bambrough of Albam Records, Howard Keith Debono of Jagged House, Daniel Borg and Reuben Spiteri of Kuluri and Tommy Hilfiger.

Tracks to look out for:

I'll Be There - Following the first single off the album was always going to be extremely difficult due to the overwhelming success that it entailed. This is the second single off the album and it was definitely a wise decision considering that there is some resemblance. Gianluca uses his soft vocal range against a backdrop of piano and guitars, stripped down to only the former during the bridge. Additional use of female backing vocalists is encouraged at key moments of the song to give it a complete sound. 

Light Me Up - The fifth track on the album also sees the male vocalist perform in the soft register which people have become accustomed to with only just slight use of piano in the beginning. Suddenly though as the thirty second strikes, there is a bass included along with some cymbals and once more, the track gains image and credibility. The chorus is strong and very much encourages a sing-a-long. The harmonies of the backing vocals are heard very softly on this one, something which is surely done on purpose. At the end, Gianluca rises to the occasion with a higher register and the overall effect is just beautiful. 

Perfectly in Tune - Music and Lyrics starring Drew Barrymore and Hugh Grant had a similar swan song in their soundtrack album and it seems that both Gianluca and Louise Ann drew inspiration. This particular song is set as the final track on the debut album and it was definitely a wise decision because it is written in a completely different manner. Both the male and the female individuals have soft vocals and it almost seems like they are performing without any music whatsoever at times. Nevertheless, there is a cello and a piano involved within the final production. A stunning piece which definitely sees to the possibility of future collaborations. 

Final Verdict: 

Following the success at the Eurovision Song Contest, Gianluca has amassed several fan-bases across the continent with some of the most prominent being those in Sweden and Spain which both have reputable foreign markets. It is important to denote that the success is being well managed by Doyaya Management who are working closely with a number of high profile companies such as Calamatta Cuschieri and Albam Records. I was anticipating a positive album with a strong message that Gianluca is here to stay in the music industry for a good number of years, and indeed, I wasn't surprised to have confirmed my initial feeling.

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Up until a couple of months ago, Gianluca was just the lead vocalist of an awesome band known as Funk Initiative with hit songs including The Liberators and Paris but nevertheless, since winning the Malta Eurovision Song Contest with the track Tomorrow co-written by Boris Cezek and Dean Muscat, everything has significantly changed. During the international spectacle, Gianluca managed to charm the audiences and the juries alike with his charisma and performance, so much that he finished in eighth place, the best result for the country since 2005 when Chiara took to the stage with a beautiful performance of the self-penned entry Angel.

He has not made it a secret that apart from returning to work as a professional doctor, he has also been busy recording his debut album whilst giving several notable performances including in front of thousands during the Isle of MTV fronted by Jessie J, Afrojack, Rudimental and Rita Ora. One of the tracks which will also be included on his debut album is a duet with Louise Ann Bugeja Tate entitled Perfectly In Tune which is also written by Boris Cezek and Dean Muscat.

The song recorded at Doyaya Studios was performed for the very first time before Gianluca left for the Eurovision Song Contest on the programme Xarabank. Louise Ann is a make-up artist and also a vocalist, having been to the Eurovision Song Contest twice, the other time being with Lynn Chircop in 2003 as she presented the track To Dream Again composed by Alfred Zammit to the lyrics of Cynthia Sammut. You may listen to the song once more just below. In the meantime, stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news. 

Source: Soundcloud

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VK4TvZeL6c0

 

Published in Local Music News

Gianluca, representative of Malta at this years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest with the track Tomorrow co-written by Boris Cezek and Dean Muscat is currently working on his debut studio album. During the Pan-European competition, the young male artist who is a full time doctor by profession achieved the best result for Malta since 2005 when he finished in eighth place whilst accompanied on stage by Kenny D'Ugo, Gabriel Cassar, Christopher Tate, Louise Anne Bugeja Tate and Samaria Bezzina.

In recent weeks, Gianluca has been busy in the studio with Boris Cezek and Dean Muscat recording a set of brand new songs, all of which will be included in the debut studio album. One of the four tracks included on the extended play that helped promote Malta to the rest of the continent in the months leading up to the competition was I'll Be There which Gianluca also had the opportunity to perform during the London Preview Party. This track, a cheerful, ditty number has been released in full for all to hear. It is worth noting that the set of original songs will most likely be light and tailor made for the summer months. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news. 

Source: Official Facebook Page

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IiJLo1ZDthk

Saturday, 11 May 2013 14:17

Malta: Gianluca Oozing Charisma on Stage

The nerves of the very first rehearsal conducted earlier this week were clearly nowhere to be seen as Gianluca alongside his team made up of Samaria Bezzina, Louise Ann Bugeja Tate, Christopher Tate, Gabriel Cassar and Kenny D'Ugo took to the stage for the second technical rehearsal. Tomorrow, co-written by Boris Cezek and Dean Muscat has gone down well at the Eurovision Song Contest, achieving positive comments throughout and with competent rehearsals, the foreign media has only words of praise. The second semi-final despite weaker is known to have a series of good songs including the section in which Malta will be performing but hopefully, the charm and fresh quality of the song along with a sublime performance will take it through to the final. 

It is said that the Delegation were absolutely delighted with the shots used for the performance and the effect that the lyric video is having in terms of colour scheme is quite emphatic noting that the shots will ultimately provide such a sense of security. In rehearsal videos posted by fan-sites the true colours are not being emitted properly as one could see either in the photo above of even in the official video of the rehearsal posted below. Tomorrow, is definitely one of the best entries that Malta has ever sent to the Eurovision Song Contest and therefore, it just has to be in the Saturday show because charisma and talent infused together go a long way. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news as soon as it becomes available

Source: eurovision.tv

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wSrYk3ujYTA

escflashmalta.com had the opportunity to have a short conversation with Daniel D'Anastasi, Head of Press for the Maltese Delegation at this years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest following the first technical rehearsal that took place. Despite some early issues which were encountered during the first run, they were quickly fixed as Gianluca and the rest of the team including Samaria, Louise Ann, Kenny, Gabriel and Christopher grew in confidence. There are a couple of things which need to be altered slightly including some camera shots but nevertheless, it was an extremely positive rehearsal.

In the meantime, as per the typical schedule setup by the European Broadcasting Union and the respective host broadcaster, this year being SVT, Gianluca and the rest of the delegation will tomorrow embark on a tour across Sweden and therefore, that is the plan for the itinerary. Friday is another 'off' day for the whole team noting that the schedule is currently being filled up with a series of events including a trip to a hospital where Gianluca, our representative will be meeting up with some young children who are braving the elements and surviving through sickness. This is an incredibly touching moment and means even more considering that Gianluca is a doctor and therefore has a tendency to meet with patients on a daily basis. Gianluca's second rehearsal will be taking place on Saturday afternoon and it will be open to the media so therefore, in collaboration with Radio International, Eurovision Ireland, and escXtraescflashmalta.com will be bringing you all of the latest news.

Source: Daniel D'Anastasi (Head of Press), Television Malta

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Tomorrow, co-written by Boris Cezek and Dean Muscat with lead vocals provided by Gianluca had a first go on the stage of this years' Eurovision Song Contest as rehearsals from the second semi-final commenced. The afternoon has somewhat been plagued by a series of sound issues that have effected rehearsals of Finland, Malta and Bulgaria when it comes to the first run but all of the technicalities are fixed as countries head into the rest of their allocated time. Following Azerbaijan and Finland was always set to be a challenge for our entry but the sheer excitement of the actual performance continues to ascertain positivity amongst the international community. 

The lyric video created for the international and local public to sing-a-long to the song in preparation for the Eurovision Song Contest is being used as a backdrop, an effective idea as the audience could grasp the concept and sing-a-long. The lighting used on stage is relatively light featuring a mixture of orange, blue and green as opposed to the darker colours being used by other countries. For most of the performance the staging is kept very similar to the national final performance with Gianluca making use of the catwalk towards the end of the song before turning back to the main stage where he joins all the rest of the team on a park bench, as is reminiscent of the music video. The vocals following the first run got better as Gianluca grew in confidence whilst noting that is saving his voice for the actual performance next week as the fourth run came to an end. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news.

Source: eurovision.tv 

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Sunday, 28 April 2013 11:12

Malta: Watch Gianluca on Ħadd Għalik

Gianluca, who will be representing Malta in the upcoming edition of the Eurovision Song Contest with the track Tomorrow co-written by Boris Cezek and Dean Muscat is doing a series of promotional rounds on local television prior to leaving for the international spectacle. Ħadd Għalik has become a weekly Sunday appointment for several because it is a game-show with a difference involving particular themes and specific games. Angie Laus is the main host of the show, alongside Mario Coleiro and PJ Vassallo who aid and carry out features respectively. 

In this weeks' game-show, Gianluca joins his whole family including Malta Eurovision Song Contest Finalist, Dorothy Bezzina against the team that will be accompanying him abroad including Louise Ann Bugeja Tate, Christopher Tate, Kenny D'Ugo and Gabriel Cassar noting that Samaria Bezzina is still in the United Kingdom. In the meantime, special performances on the show are expected by resident singers including three time Eurovision Song Contest representative; Chiara who has just premiered her latest single Żarbun, as well as Malta Eurovision Song Contest finalists; Eleanor Cassar and Deborah C and Azeri representative, Farid Mammadov who will perform his entry Hold Me. Tune in to Television Malta between 12:10 and 15:30 CET and let yourself be entertained. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news.

Source: Where's Everybody

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Published in Local Music News

Gianluca is surely busy with the preparations for the upcoming edition of the Eurovision Song Contest which is now less than two months away. Although things have been quite quiet because of the local elections in Malta, the work was still being done by all the team to ensure that the local entry is promoted appropriately and the song will have the best possible presentation during the second semi-final on the 16th of May where Malta will be sixth in the running order.

The competition seems to be high this year and qualification is a barrier we need to overcome, so in order to boost our chances, the Public Broadcasting Services has decided to have a trick up our sleeves. The Public Broadcasting Services believes that the media is a sucker for a sweet unusual story, so if you manage to sell them this you will stand out. It has been made clear prior and after Gianluca’s win that his family is musically gifted and since this is something rather unusual – the team decided to use this to our advantage.

The film and musical The Sound of Music made a hit because of this and having a real life story would surely go down well with the media in Malmo – maybe this might be the actual trick that the country needs to finally bring the Eurovision Song Contest to Malta. The Bezzina family is quite big, in total they are nine – seven siblings, the mother and the father. The only problem which arose was when the family found out that the Eurovision rules state that each song can have up to six performers on stage as this meant that three members were going to be left out!

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Whoever knows the Bezzina family, knows how humble and down to earth they are but with a shot at stardom in sight, it seems that the family has become more competitive than ever, in order to get one of the six slots available to perform in Malmo. Gianluca brings the number of members to be chosen down to five because since he won he has to be the performer on stage, but the other places are up for grabs. Big sister, Dorothy Bezzina has basically assured herself of a place when she was appointed as the vocal coach for the song by the team. 

That means, that in actual fact there are four places left. Close sources to our website told us that the decision is going to be taken by Dorothy and Gianluca since they are the stars of the family. Gianluca is somewhat reluctant on making the choice though but Dorothy decided to grab the bull by its horns and decide who is going to make the cut herself. Distant family members told us that right now, Dorothy is being considered as the queen in the Bezzina household as all the other members are trying their best to impress the oldest sibling in choosing them. 

The idea of the Family Von Trapp from The Sound of Music puts the parents in pole position to grab two of the places in the final six and that would mean that there would only be two places left. Samaria, the sister who accompanied her brother in Malta is in outrage as her place is definitely at risk - a close friend of hers stated that she completely lost it when she found out the news. She cannot compete as much as the others since she is living abroad but she had been going mad on buying flowers to her older sister and sending all kinds of gifts to her.

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Close sources to the Public Broadcasting Services state though that she shouldn’t worry much as they plan on keeping her in the song for the sake of some continuity since she was present in the national selection and also in the video. This would leave two brothers and two sisters fighting for the last spot – quite awkward I would say but no one has a clue to which sibling this spot will go to. It seems that Dorothy will be making her decision solemnly based on who manages to serenade her with gifts she likes. The talent is strong and therefore any member would be fit to take a place in Tomorrow.

Gianluca is over the moon that instead of his friends, he is going to have his family on stage with him and he commented that it is unfortunate that the Eurovision Song Contest rules allow only six members on stage as he feels this is discriminating big families and music groups. The original members of the band seemed to be rather tolerable with the idea, although sources stated that Louise Ann threw a huge tantrum when she found out that her second Eurovision experience came to an abrupt end. 

The family version of Tomorrow was well received by critics and thankfully the team decided beforehand to put the family version on the official single. To give the idea of a united family front, the background of the Maltese song will feature ALL the members of the family going round different parts of Malta – similar to the idea of what we see in The Sound of Music in Austria but this time with the blue sea and clear skies of the Mediterranean island. Let us all hope that all this havoc leaves the impression we want and next year we will all be waving the Maltese flag in Malta. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for more updates as they come forth.

UPDATE: Without a shadow of doubt, this was one of the many jokes that have been going round in celebration of April Fools Day. The editorial team of escflashmalta.com would like to thank the Bezzina Family for being so positive towards the story whilst stating that Gianluca will be joined on stage by Louise Ann Bugeja Tate, Samaria Bezzina, Chris Tate, Kenny D'Ugo and Gabriel Cassar. Also thanks to the Public Broadcasting Services for their support with regards to the story.

Source: escflashmalta.com

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Gianluca, the artist who will be representing Malta in the upcoming edition of the Eurovision Song Contest taking place in Malmo, Sweden with the track Tomorrow co-written by Boris Cezek and Dean Muscat has been relatively busy in these past couple of days with a number of foreign interviews which the editorial board of escflashmalta.com has been skimming through. One of the most intriguing elements that we have picked up is definitely the fact that the team that accompanied Gianluca on stage will be retained for the performance in May which is a step in the right direction noting that the package itself is what the jury and the public decided upon.

Infact, whilst the main vocalist is Gianluca, he is aided by Kenny D'Ugo on the ukelele, Gabriel Cassar on bass, Chris Tate on drums as well as Louise Ann Bugeja Tate and Samaria Bezzina who are exclusively acting as backing vocals. Gianluca is currently juggling his daily routine of medical work alongside those of being the Maltese representative at this years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest. Within the next couple of weeks, he will be flying over to The Netherlands for the EurovisionInConcert as well as the United Kingdom for the annual London Preview Party. During another particular interview, published on EurovisionIreland, it has to be noted that our vocalist is being given vocal lessons by his sister, Dorothy Bezzina who also took part in this years' Malta Eurovision Song Contest with the track Starting from the End composed by Magnus Kaxe to the lyrics of Gerard James Borg. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news as soon as it becomes available and remember to purchase your copy of Tomorrow on iTunes.

Source: EurovisionIreland, Kris Micallef (Image)

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