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Tuesday, 18 November 2014 15:15

Malta: Sophie DeBattista Blares Out New Sound

Sophie DeBattista, a female singer/songwriter who has been part of the line-up at the Malta Eurovision Song Contest on two occasions, in 2011 with "Love to Love You" and in 2014 with "Let the Sunshine In" has just laid down a brand new single, one bearing the name "Beer Goggles". It has a fun twist, a catchy chorus, and an overall charm which somewhat resembles that of Lucy Spraggan in her hit song "Last Night (Beer Fear)".

Reading for a Bachelor of Arts in Music, Sophie is known to the general public as the young girl who not too long ago took to the stage on behalf of Malta at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest with the track "Extra Cute". Since then, the female singer/songwriter has relocated to the United Kingdom where she has been having a blast, releasing new material, and also supporting major stars such as Ciara. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about the Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2015.

Source: Sophie DeBattista (Facebook, Twitter)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ljRztJAgIa0

ONE Radio 92.7 and ONE Television merge into a professional broadcasting house, whose output is of extremely high quality. One such programme delivered through this system is "Clint on ONE" hosted by Clint Bajada, which aims to brings musicianship back into the term artist, promoting the singer in a setup where being comfortable is a necessity.  Following the inauguration of the autumn/winter schedule, the programme made a much anticipated return, and later on, will be welcoming, De Bee.

It has become somewhat custom  that the Malta Eurovision Song Contest reels in previously unheard of talent, and showcasing it to the general public. This is definitely the case with De Bee, whose song "Pin The Middle", written by Peter Paul became an instant hit, finishing in second place, following a good showing both with the public and the professional jury. Interested in a fusion of pop, rock and world music, the elements are present for a long lasting successful career. 

"Clint on ONE" airs every Saturday morning as from 11am onwards, so make sure to tune into ONE Radio 92.7 and ONE Television. Any foreign fans will also be able to follow the show through the LIVE streaming portion which is offered through the official website of ONE. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news from the local music industry.

Source: ONE Television, ONE Radio 92.7

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lpE_4_Av9gc

Published in Local Music News
Tuesday, 02 September 2014 16:23

MESC 2015: De Bee Confirms Non-Participation

De Bee, a female singer/songwriter who rise to fame was spearheaded by a first runner-up finish at the 2014 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest with the track "Pin the Middle", has been in contact with the escflashmalta.com editorial team confirming that she will not be partaking in the selection process for Vienna, Austria in a bid to focus on writing and recording her debut album.

Despite being a relative newcomer to the scene, De Bee re-affirmed the stance that the public have a tendency to support the underdog by awarding her 8 points, which would translate to 3rd place. In the next couple of weeks, the singer/songwriter will be performing during the Rockestra, in a line-up that features some of the nation's top talent. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about the Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2015.

Source: escflashmalta.com

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lpE_4_Av9gc

Published in Local Music News

Jessika, winner of the TVM Award and the Tele-Voting portion of the 2014 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest with 'Hypnotica' composed by Philip Vella to the lyrics of Gerard James Borg, has kept herself busy with a string of unplugged performances around the country. The latest, at Hugo’s Terrace, featured an original song and two cover versions, with the support of Lulu Agius, whose most recent release was ‘Letter 25’ alongside Lyndsay.

The original, 'Hypnotica' is her recent success story to which an official music video has also been recorded and released in recent weeks. The covers were 'Roar', originally by Katy Perry and 'Fix You', originally by Coldplay. Jessika has never sounded better, and it seems that she will once more be trying her luck to represent Malta in the Eurovision Song Contest with the submission deadline for the 2015 edition nearing closer. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UueH_CvMi2k
Published in Local Music News

Jessika, winner of the TVM Award and the tele-Voting portion of this year's edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest with "Hypnotica" composed by Philip Vella to the lyrics of Gerard James Borg, has just released the music video to the aforementioned track. The project, created by students who attend MCAST Art & Design had to submit this as part of their coursework for their second year credit known as "Creative Media Production".

The production team consisted in 5 students that together with Jessika developed the idea of this music video. The lecturer Mr. Ian Attard guided the students in the production of the video. Luke Borg directed the music video, Tyler Calleja Jackson was the director of photography and the principal editor. Samantha Gauci was the assistant of DOP and the second editor. George Formosa was the production assistant and took care of the light production, and Randell Camilleri took care of the audio and assisted in the light production as well.

This was not the first music video by Jessika, who had previously also released an accompanying short movie for the song "Golden Ways" which re-launched the singer/songwriter with her current look. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news from the local music scene as soon as it becomes available.

Source: Press Release

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g8LziOIr3Zc

Published in Local Music News

Deborah C, a female vocalist who has been part of the setup at the Malta Eurovision Song Contest for the past three years has been acknowledged as one of the best dressed performers in this year’s edition of the national selection. Through their web series; StyleWatch, local fashion critics; Peter Carbonaro and Carina Camilleri have gone on record stating that the dress worn on the occasion was one of the best during the evening.

The female vocalist who obtained her best result in the selection, by virtue of finishing in fifth place with the song “Until We Meet Again” composed by Elton Zarb to the lyrics of Matt Mercieca was said to have everything working for her during the evening. From our end, we acknowledge that Deborah C gave the best vocal performance of the evening, seemingly noting that the work being done with vocal coach, Ludwig Galea, himself a former Eurovision Song Contest is paying off. To watch the latest episode of StyleWatch, please click here. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news.

Source: StyleWatch

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

Published in Local Music News

Until 2013, Daniel Testa was the most successful artist to represent Malta in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest with "Junior Swing", a song he wrote himself, finishing in 4th place. That all changed when Gaia Cauchi swept to victory in an impressive performance of "The Start", co-written with Gillian Attard, Elton Zarb and Matthew Mercieca.

Earlier this year, Daniel Testa emerged as a dark horse during the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, and came the closest to winning the ticket, as a vocalist who had been to the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, including Marilena Gauci and Sophie DeBattista who have made the finals but yet to trouble the top three. "One Last Ride", a co-write between Stephen Rudden and Lawrence Peter Bridge, finished in third place, after achieving the second most amount of points with the public, just behind "Hypnotica" composed by Philip Vella to the lyrics of Gerard James Borg by Jessika.

In an interview with junioreurovision.tv, Daniel Testa confirmed that he will be putting his name forward for the Malta Eurovision Song Contest in the future, including next year. Nevertheless, he hopes that 'there would not be too many' entries before he would finally triumph. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news.

Source: junioreurovision.tv

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_1YFUT4dffU

Published in Local Music News

Firelight, representatives of Malta at the 2014 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest with the song 'Coming Home', written by Richard Edwards Micallef, made an interesting revelation earlier this evening by announcing that their yet-untitled debut album is currently being finalised after their record label requested more than eight tracks, which had already been recorded prior to the Eurovision Song Contest.

The eleven track album does not have a release date, but the group's lead vocalist and songwriter Richard Edwards Micallef assured the television viewers that the material will be our during the course of 2014. Apart from the studio album, a promotion company has also engaged the band to tour Germany in the coming months, showing artists in Malta and across Europe that the Eurovision Song Contest is still a major platform for upcoming artists. We would like to wish Firelight the very best of luck and ask you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even on Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news.

Source: ONE Television

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mXY0imG1SzQ

Published in Local Music News

De Bee, a female singer/songwriter who emerged as the first runner-up during the 2014 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest with the track Pin the Middle which she co-wrote with Peter Paul is set to release a music video in support of the aforementioned entry. Published through Jagged House, the track went to number #1 on iTunes hours following it's release whilst it was also one of the most streamed tracks through Spotify.

De Bee has yet to make an announcement on whether she will return to the Malta Eurovision Song Contest in 2015 despite several stating that this was just a one off appearance for the upcoming vocalist. Pin The Middle was the second choice of the viewers during the competition, ahead of Firelight, who then went onto triumph in the jury vote, in order to garner the ticket for Copenhagen, Denmark where the 2014 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest will take place in just over a weeks' time. We urge you to tune into Xarabank this evening in order to watch the music video for Pin The Middle whilst log onto escflashmalta.com for all the latest news.

Source: Xarabank (Official Facebook Page)

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

Published in Local Music News

As it was the case in most years, the Public Broadcasting Services has once again taken the initiative of producing a video for the Maltese entry Coming Home. Gianluca’s video was a massive success and it was never a surprise that PBS led by Tonio Portughese and Anton Attard decided to go to the man behind its success. Duane Laus along with his spouse Angie Laus were the brains behind the promotional video of Malta’s entry. Along with the input of PBS, Rodney Gauci and Gordon Bonello they came up with a product that will fit amongst the best popular videos in the music scene. 

The idea behind the Maltese video this year was exceptional and the cast and crew made sure that the message came across well. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the First World War and the video is “REMEMBERING THOSE WHO NEVER CAME HOME.” As any Brit would tell you, the idea of the 100th anniversary of this event has take the country by storm, as the media has been promoting this event for quite a long time now. Surely the Maltese video will feel right at home there and one would think, we really hit the right spot by appealing to the emotions of the public and gave the song a newfound meaning. Having said that, the perspective from where you actually look at it plays a vital role.

In fact one could say not everyone took a liking to our creative masterpiece or rather it was misinterpreted. The first reports of complaints came flooding in, after our video was previewed on BBC. A senior representative released an official statement earlier this week saying: “My heartfelt sympathy goes to all the families who have lost someone dear to them during the First and Second World War. The Maltese video has been sent to us by the European Broadcasting Union to promote the Maltese entry at the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest and like every other promotional video we were obliged to air it - we never thought it would touch so many people. We would like to express our sincere apologies but the video intended no harm.”

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

A number of nursing homes reported that after the preview of the Maltese video most of the patients were moved to tears. In fact in some extraordinary cases there were patients who needed medical attention as they started hyperventilating and went into a panic attack during and after the video was previewed. One disgruntled family member went on to comment that if she knew what the video was about she would have never let her mother watch it especially since she her mother had lost her father in the First World War and her husband in the Second World War. After the St Catherine’s Nursing Home in Surrey revealed their story to thesun.co.uk another twenty-four nursing homes said that they had experienced a similar situation.

In an ironic tone some even went on to comment that after the preview video was aired they had estimated that for this particular week they have used 5% more toilet paper as they had to provide their patients with a lot of tissue paper to wipe away their tears. Local markets also said they saw a sudden increase of sales in tissue paper but never thought that the reason behind all this would be a Eurovision video from the tiny country of Malta. On the other hand locally, the video was well received although some senior citizens did comment that the video was a bit overwhelming but would have loved to see more scenes featuring the happy moments were families of the lucky ones who actually made it home were reunited.  

Well, not all press is bad press because thanks to this those who hadn’t yet watched the video went on to the popular website YouTube to watch the most talked about video in this year’s Eurovision Song Contest and thanks it the video has garnered almost 170,000. In fact most the hits came in the past week after it was previewed on BBC. Coincidence or not, the video is a strong one and perhaps in the light of recent political turmoil Malta’s song and video will make the troubled countries realize that in every war there are no winners - only martyrs – the ones who never come home. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for more of the latest news.

NOTE: We would like to inform everyone that this was the April Fools Article for the day. It is pivotal to point out that the reception for the video has been more than satisfactory. We would like to wish Firelight the very best of luck as they represent Malta with Coming Home.

Source: BBC, escflashmalta.com

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qxi5C-lGX2Y

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