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Wednesday, 29 October 2014 06:16

MESC 2015: In-Depth Interview with Glen Vella

On the 21st and 22nd November, the Public Broadcasting Services will be hosting the 2014-2015 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest at the Marsa Shipbuilding. 20 acts will be taking centre stage, in hope of representing the country at next year's edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, being held in Vienna, Austria. Over the next couple of weeks, escflashmalta.com will be publishing a series of interviews with all the participants. Whilst thanking the Public Broadcasting Services for this opportunity, Let's continue and follow things up with Glen Vella.

Would you kindly introduce your entry to our readers and also identify the meaning behind the lyrics?

It’s a very catchy tune. The style is upbeat and makes you feel good. Certainly you can dance along to it.

In Malta, the Eurovision Song Contest is considered to be a major outlet for the music industry, and you stand here as one of the semi-finalists. What does the whole experience mean to you?

I am a huge fan of the Eurovision Song Contest and after the experience of 2011 it was my dream to one day take part in this great spectacle again. I hope that my dream will become a reality with this song!

Recently, Malta has been rather successful at the Eurovision Song Contest, making the final on four of the last five participation attempts. What do you think is the reason for this success, and do you believe that your entry has what it takes to continue this positive trend?

I believe that many talented singers have been sent to represent Malta at the Eurovision Song Contest over the years. They have enjoyed their chance to represent the country and always to the best of their abilities and the audience has always appreciated their efforts. I really hope so!

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

If you were given the opportunity to sing another one of the competing entries in the 2014-2015 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, which one would it be and why?

There are so many other good songs in this year’s competition that it would be unfair to choose one!! 

Do you have any plans to release more music in the future, and do you have any particular projects in the pipeline?

I have recently embarked on an exciting new project at Vocal Booth Studios. I am director and tutor of Vocal Troupes. The aim behind Vocal Troupes is to teach different techniques that are necessary for singing in a group which are different to individual singing.

Would you like to say anything to our readers at escflashmalta.com?

Your support and love means a lot to me! I hope you like my song and that I am able to repay your loyal support with a great performance. Wish me luck!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cE99nwlkG8E

Published in Interviews

On the 21st and 22nd November, the Public Broadcasting Services will be hosting the 2014-2015 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest within the Marsa Shipbuilding, host venue of this year's edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. 20 acts will have the opportunity to perform on an incredible stage, one which has been specifically designed and create for the international competition. Earlier this afternoon, the running order of the semi-final was made public.

With the Public Broadcasting Services having already drawn Lyndsay in slot number #1 and Ekklesia Sisters in slot number #2, during the initial meeting held earlier this month, it was down to the producers to select the rest of the running order, hoping to create a mixture of genres, aiming to keep the public entertained. A quick glance at the list, one would realise that wherever the genre is seemingly similar, they are grouped in a specific manner. 

1. "Home" – Lyndsay (Boris Cezek)

2. "Could Have Been Me" – Iona Dalli (Philip Vella)

3. "Still Here" – Franklin (Alexander Rybak)

4. "Rush" – Christabelle (Elton Zarb / Matt Mercieca)

5. "Fandango" – Jessika (Philip Vella / Gerard James Borg)

6. "Closed Doors" – Chris Grech (Chris Grech / Edward Mifsud / Peter Borg / David C Torreggiani)

7. "12, Baker Street" – Karen DeBattista (Jan Van Dijck / Emil Calleja Bayliss)

8. "Something in the Way" – Daniel Testa (Charlie Mason / Mans Ek)

9. "Breakaway" – Glen Vella (Kevin Borg / Simon Gribbe)

10. "Stop Haunting Me" – Raquel (Elton Zarb / Matt Mercieca)

11. "Take Me As I Am" – Domenique (Biglert / Schneider / Jangklev / O’Connor)

12. "The One That You Love" – Lawrence Gray (Elton Zarb / Lawrence Gray)

13. "It’s OK" – Deborah C (Elton Zarb / Matt Mercieca)

14. "Close Your Eyes" – Danica Muscat (Elton Zarb / Emil Calleja Bayliss)

15. "Secretly" – Corazon (Corazon)

16. "Beautiful to Me" – L-Aħwa (Erik Anjou)

17. "Warrior" – Amber (Elton Zarb / Matt Mercieca)

18. "Chasing a Dream" – Trilogy (Paul Abela / Joe Julian Farrugia)

19. "Once In a While" – Dominic (Elton Zarb / Rita Pace)

20. "Love & Let Go" – Ekklesia Sisters (Philip Vella)

Just a quick reminder that you may still purchase tickets for the 2014-2015 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest by visiting the ticketing portal, Ooii. The prices are €10 (Gold Circle), €20 (Platinum Circle) for the semi-final, and €20 (Gold Circle), €30 (Platinum Circle) for the final. In the latter round of the competition, 14 acts through from the 20 competing in the semi-final will fight for the right to represent Malta in the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest, held in Vienna, Austria. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news.

Source: PBS / TVM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kAGepcIs8W8

Monday, 27 October 2014 19:47

MESC 2015: In-Depth Interview with Dominic

On the 21st and 22nd November, the Public Broadcasting Services will be hosting the 2014-2015 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest at the Marsa Shipbuilding. 20 acts will be taking centre stage, in hope of representing the country at next year's edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, being held in Vienna, Austria. Over the next couple of weeks, escflashmalta.com will be publishing a series of interviews with all the participants. Whilst thanking the Public Broadcasting Services for this opportunity, Let's continue and follow things up with Dominic.

Would you kindly introduce your entry to our readers and also identify the meaning behind the lyrics?

Once In A While is composed by Elton Zarb and penned by Rita Pace. The song Once is about a breakthrough in someone’s life. Life is full of ups and downs but one should never give up but keep on believing because something good maybe about to happen. This good song urges us to appreciate life more and the good things that we encounter throughout it. The style of the song is Pop Rock.

In Malta, the Eurovision Song Contest is considered to be a major outlet for the music industry, and you stand here as one of the semi-finalists. What does the whole experience mean to you?

Malta being the size it is has its limitations. The Eurovision Song Contest is a stepping stone for the singer to step into the international market as its gives you exposure in European countries and beyond. The contest is a festival I love following and even though I will be competing with other singers it will be un unforgettable experience that I am sharing with the other singers who I can sincerely today call friends. 

Recently, Malta has been rather successful at the Eurovision Song Contest, making the final on four of the last five participation attempts. What do you think is the reason for this success, and do you believe that your entry has what it takes to continue this positive trend?

I believe that the songs chosen lately have been good representations and in order to do well one has to look at the whole package being presented. Besides, I am sure that the professional team assisting the singer makes the whole experience more fun and feel comfortable throughout the start till the end.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_CmEdkUSpQ8

If you were given the opportunity to sing another one of the competing entries in the 2014-2015 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, which one would it be and why?

I like all songs because all are different from one another, however if given the opportunity to sing another competing song I would choose Still Here sung by Franklin because I like the style of ballad and its lyrics and is completely different from my song. 

Do you have any plans to release more music in the future, and do you have any particular projects in the pipeline?

Continue developing my music career both as a singer and as a composer. Both have their tuition and practice but with determination I know I get there.

Would you like to say anything to our readers at escflashmalta.com?

Your support gives us courage to continue presenting to you the music we write, compose and sing. Without you out there this will not be possible.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KI5DBOQl42U

Published in Interviews
Sunday, 26 October 2014 09:13

MESC 2015: In-Depth Interview with Lyndsay

On the 21st and 22nd November, the Public Broadcasting Services will be hosting the 2014-2015 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest at the Marsa Shipbuilding. 20 acts will be taking centre stage, in hope of representing the country at next year's edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, being held in Vienna, Austria. Over the next couple of weeks, escflashmalta.com will be publishing a series of interviews with all the participants. Whilst thanking the Public Broadcasting Services for this opportunity, we are pleased to introduce Lyndsay.

Would you kindly introduce your entry to our readers and also identify the meaning behind the lyrics?

Hello dear readers :D my song is entitled “Home”, written and produced by Boris Cezek. It’s a power ballad which talks about the journey of finding a place where you belong and being loved endlessly. 

In Malta, the Eurovision Song Contest is considered to be a major outlet for the music industry, and you stand here as one of the semi-finalists. What does the whole experience mean to you?

This experience is undoubtedly a turning point in my music career and such a golden opportunity to express my talents on a wider scale, being the most popular local festival in Malta. It’s my first time in the festival and I’m very excited to be opening the show on the night!

Recently, Malta has been rather successful at the Eurovision Song Contest, making the final on four of the last five participation attempts. What do you think is the reason for this success, and do you believe that your entry has what it takes to continue this positive trend?

Well, I think there are many reasons for this success. First and foremost, I’m very happy that we are finally learning to give a chance to the new comers and appreciate real music. I also think that there has been so much improvement in general and I believe that it’s completely fair for the jury to cast their final votes, choosing the winner based on a wise decision. 

I think that my Eurovision entry is strong enough to stand out and I believe that I have a professional team behind me to give my very best on the night. I also think that the song brings out the potential in my voice and it suits me perfectly as an artist. It would be such an honour to represent my country in the contest and I feel ready to carry out the responsibility!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RNmJ2qBNx6U

If you were given the opportunity to sing another one of the competing entries in the 2014-2015 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, which one would it be and why?

Hmmm…well there are my favourites of course but I still wouldn’t sing another song from the competing entries as I feel that my entry is too special and made especially for me on a personal note. 

Do you have any plans to release more music in the future, and do you have any particular projects in the pipeline?

Yes :D my music career is like a roller coaster ride from one opportunity to another and I just love it! In fact, I’m working on a very exciting project at the moment were I have been handpicked to work on a debut album collaborating with professional management to be exposed towards international labels and markets in the music industry for the upcoming year. Fingers crossed!

Would you like to say anything to our readers at escflashmalta.com?

I would like to thank everyone for the ongoing support and feedback towards my song and participation in the festival. It has been such a fun journey so far and I just can’t wait for the final night. May the best song win!

In the meantime, make sure to keep an eye posted for any upcoming projects, single releases and latest news on my official website: www.lyndsaypace.com 

Also :D keep up the great work escflashmalta.com and thank you for always supporting the local artists!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JFII2RBrhSA

Published in Interviews
Friday, 24 October 2014 11:42

MESC 2015: In-Depth Interview with Amber

On the 21st and 22nd November, the Public Broadcasting Services will be hosting the 2014-2015 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest at the Marsa Shipbuilding. 20 acts will be taking centre stage, in hope of representing the country at next year's edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, being held in Vienna, Austria. Over the next couple of weeks, escflashmalta.com will be publishing a series of interviews with all the participants. Whilst thanking the Public Broadcasting Services for this opportunity, Let's continue and follow things up with Amber.

Would you kindly introduce your entry to our readers and also identify the meaning behind the lyrics?

My entry is called 'Warrior', written by Matt 'Muxu' Mercieca and Elton Zarb. My song is an inspirational message to which anyone can relate to. It encourages anyone who is facing any obstacle, to conquer it. 

In Malta, the Eurovision Song Contest is considered to be a major outlet for the music industry, and you stand here as one of the semi-finalists. What does the whole experience mean to you?

The Eurovision is a huge platform for Maltese artists, authors and composers to showcase their talent locally and internationally. Being one of the semi-finalists is definitely an honor, since from this experience I always learn and enjoy myself. 

Recently, Malta has been rather successful at the Eurovision Song Contest, making the final on four of the last five participation attempts. What do you think is the reason for this success, and do you believe that your entry has what it takes to continue this positive trend?

I think that this positive outcome is a result of all the hardwork being carried out by all the team involved including the artists, authors and composers, as well as the rest of the Maltese delegation. Naturally I believe in my song, however the final result of the eurovision is up to the Maltese public and jury.

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

If you were given the opportunity to sing another one of the competing entries in the 2014-2015 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, which one would it be and why?

Like most of the other artists, I believe that to participate in a contest of this caliber, one must be sure that the song chosen is exclusively tailor-made for him/her. In this way, the song will truly reflect the person interpreting it.

Do you have any plans to release more music in the future, and do you have any particular projects in the pipeline?

My main focus at the moment is the Malta Eurovision Song Contest.

Would you like to say anything to our readers at escflashmalta.com?

I would like to thank the readers for their constant support. Without you all, I wouldn't have been able to be where I am today. Finally, I hope that you like my entry for this year's MESC as much as I do.

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

Published in Interviews

On the 21st and 22nd November, the Public Broadcasting Services will be hosting the 2014-2015 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest at the Marsa Shipbuilding. 20 acts will be taking centre stage, in hope of representing the country at next year's edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, being held in Vienna, Austria. Over the next couple of weeks, escflashmalta.com will be publishing a series of interviews with all the participants. Whilst thanking the Public Broadcasting Services for this opportunity, we are pleased to kick things off with Daniel Testa.

Would you kindly introduce your entry to our readers and also identify the meaning behind the lyrics?

My song 'SOMETHING IN THE WAY', by Charlie Mason and Mans Ek, is about this ’strange’ girl who acts differently in her own way.  An example of this being wearing sunglasses at night. All this is what makes me notice her. It is a bubbly feel good song with a catchy chorus.

In Malta, the Eurovision Song Contest is considered to be a major outlet for the music industry, and you stand here as one of the semi-finalists. What does the whole experience mean to you?

Eurovision, in Malta, is definitely the biggest platform that us artists have. If it had to stop being organised, we wouldn’t really have that much to look forward to in my opinion. Therefore, it is very important to me!

Recently, Malta has been rather successful at the Eurovision Song Contest, making the final on four of the last five participation attempts. What do you think is the reason for this success, and do you believe that your entry has what it takes to continue this positive trend?

I think that the reason for this success would be that the level of songs is increasing drastically. Yes, of course, I would have not submitted the song if I did not think so.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d0E73LISsfg

If you were given the opportunity to sing another one of the competing entries in the 2014-2015 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, which one would it be and why?

"Beautiful to Me" by L-Aħwa, because it is my style of song.

Do you have any plans to release more music in the future, and do you have any particular projects in the pipeline?

Yes, I do intend of releasing more music in the future. At the moment, singing wise I do not have any.

Would you like to say anything to our readers at escflashmalta.com?

As I always say ... I hope you like my song as much as I enjoy singing it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TPZSxT8bt4Q

Published in Interviews
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 20:02

MESC 2015: Moira Delia Will Not be Made Hostess

On the 21st and 22nd November, the Public Broadcasting Services will be hosting the 2014-2015 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest at the Marsa Shipbuilding. As the days progress, more details are revealed, but it seems that one of the key factors is the male or female individual who will be tasked with the role as host. Initially, it was thought that Moira Delia could have tied down the position, since she was the lead host of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2014, and also set to be the sole host the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2014, on the 15th November. 

This was shot down completely in an interview which Moira gave to esc-plus, in which she stated that "it is only fair for other local presenters to have their go". Therefore, the guessing game kicks-off, with a number of individuals possibly linked to the role including none other than; Keith Demicoli, Valerie Vella, Pauline Agius, Norma Saliba, Chrysander Agius, Elaine Saliba and Rachel Cachia. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about the 2014-2015 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest.

Source: esc-plus

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kAGepcIs8W8

Published in Local Music News

In just 4 weeks, Malta will have a national final, in hope of selecting the best possible entry to represent the nation at next year's edition of the Eurovision Song Contest in Vienna, Austria. The selection, spread over two nights, on the 21st and 22nd November, is set to take place at the Marsa Shipbuilding and will feature a host of well known and upcoming stars, all vying to present themselves in a professional manner, in hope of gauging public reaction and receiving support.

Earlier this afternoon, the Public Broadcasting Services published the Official Music Videos accompanying the entries competing in what has been dubbed the 2014-2015 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest. Recorded at WE Media Studios, the genres of the competing entries are varied, although one thing is clear, this is a different Mediterranean country than what the public were used to several years ago with the level of production having significantly improved, following investment in the local music market.

"Home" - Lyndsay (Boris Cezek)

"Breakaway" - Glen Vella (Kevin Borg / Simon Gribbe)

"Chasing a Dream" - Trilogy (Paul Abela / Joe Julian Farrugia)

"12, Baker Street" - Karen DeBattista (Jan Van Dijck / Emil Calleja Bayliss)

"Still Here" - Franklin Calleja (Alexander Rybak)

"It's OK" - Deborah C (Elton Zarb / Matt Mercieca)

"The One That You Love" - Lawrence Gray (Elton Zarb / Lawrence Gray)

"Warrior" - Amber (Elton Zarb / Matt Mercieca)

"Something In The Way" - Daniel Testa (Mans Ek / Charlie Mason)

"Fandango" - Jessika (Philip Vella / Gerard J Borg)

"Rush" - Christabelle (Elton Zarb / Matt Mercieca)

"Closed Doors" - Chris Grech (Chris Grech, Edward Mifsud, Peter Borg, David C Torreggiani)

"Beautiful to Me" - L-Aħwa (Erik Anjou)

"Stop Haunting Me" - Raquel (Elton Zarb / Matt Mercieca)

"Close Your Eyes" - Danica Muscat (Elton Zarb / Emil Calleja Bayliss)

"Secretly" - Corazon (Corazon)

"Could Have Been Me" - Iona (Philip Vella)

"Take Me As I Am" - Domenique (Biglert / Schneider / Jangklev / O'Connor)

"Once In a While" - Dominic (Elton Zarb / Rita Pace)

"Love and Let Go" - Ekklesia (Philip Vella)

As the saga officially comes to a beginning, escflashmalta.com would like to introduce the Public Award, which will be returning for a third consecutive occasion. You may select your favourite entry competing in the 2014-2015 Malta Eurovision Song Contest by clicking on this webpage. We urge you to stay tuned to this portal, even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news as soon as it becomes available.

Source: TVM / PBS

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rwB6hLtxUSE

Dubbed as the 2014-2015 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, due to the fact that the selection process is taking place in around 4 weeks time, the official campaign accompanying each of the 20 semi-finalists will kick-off today, with six different entries set to be presented through all mediums of the Public Broadcasting Services; Television Malta, Radju Malta, Magic Malta, and Radju Malta 2. Whether local or foreign, one will be able to follow everything through the official website of the public broadcaster.

During the day, you will be given the opportunity to either listen or watch the competing entries through programmes including; TVAM & TVPM on Television Malta, DanuSan on Radju Malta 1, Filgħodu ma Frederick Zammit on Radju Malta 2, Breakfast Show ma' Carlo Borg Bonaci on Magic Malta, and also before the 6pm and 8pm news on Television Malta. In just a matter of weeks, the Public Broadcasting Services received submissions, announced a short list, made the chosen entries public, and filmed the official videos which will also serve as a major promotional tool. 

The 2014-2015 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, set to take place on the 21st and 22nd November at the Marsa Shipbuilding, has been moved from the traditional January-February slot in order to make use of an extremely professional set-up which Malta will be showcasing to the rest of Europe, during this year's edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest which is taking place during the previous week, on the 15th November. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about the 2015 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest in Vienna, Austria.

Source: TVM / PBS / LimelightMalta

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rwB6hLtxUSE

It’s hard to believe that the Public Broadcasting Services already has a line-up for the next edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest with twenty entries set to compete for the ticket to represent Malta in Vienna, Austria. The national final, set to take place at the Marsa Shipbuilding on the 21st and 22nd November will be featuring a host of well known and upcoming stars, all vying to present their work, and garner the respect of the general public and the professional panel of judges.

During the course of the weekend, the Public Broadcasting Services will be recording the Official Music Videos which will accompany the entries over the next couple of weeks. According to the rules and regulations, all the qualified entries could have been re-mastered, without the additional change in melodic structure, as has been the case in recent years. This will ensure that the competition is of the highest quality and that everyone would have done their utmost to present the best possible product.

"Home" - Lyndsay (Boris Cezek)

"Breakaway" - Glen Vella (Kevin Borg / Simon Gribbe)

"Chasing a Dream" - Trilogy (Paul Abela / Joe Julian Farrugia)

"12, Baker Street" - Karen DeBattista (Jan Van Dijck / Emil Calleja Bayliss)

"Still Here" - Franklin Calleja (Alexander Rybak)

"It's OK" - Deborah C (Elton Zarb / Matt Mercieca)

"The One That You Love" - Lawrence Gray (Elton Zarb / Lawrence Gray)

"Warrior" - Amber (Elton Zarb / Matt Mercieca)

"Something In The Way" - Daniel Testa (Mans Ek / Charlie Mason)

"Fandango" - Jessika (Philip Vella / Gerard J Borg)

"Rush" - Christabelle (Elton Zarb / Matt Mercieca)

"Closed Doors" - Chris Grech (Chris Grech, Edward Mifsud, Peter Borg, David C Torreggiani)

"Beautiful to Me" - L-Aħwa (Erik Anjou)

"Stop Haunting Me" - Raquel (Elton Zarb / Matt Mercieca)

"Close Your Eyes" - Danica Muscat (Elton Zarb / Emil Calleja Bayliss)

"Secretly" - Corazon (Corazon)

"Could Have Been Me" - Iona (Philip Vella)

"Take Me As I Am" - Domenique (Aidan O'Connor)

"Once In a While" - Dominic (Elton Zarb / Rita Pace)

"Love and Let Go" - Ekklesia (Philip Vella)

With the recording of the Official Music Videos taking place this weekend, it is expected that they are published soon after. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about the 2015 Malta Eurovision Song Contest.

Source: TVM, escflashmalta.com

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iqP65vGsmk0

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