Music Interviews

Marmalja’s album launch

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    Marmalja’s debut album, titled Demm Ġdid Vol. 1 Dissett, has just landed. I caught up with the hip-hop outfit to hear about which toes the no-holds-bar duo have been stepping on. When Claude ‘il-Lapes’ Agius’s and Andrea ‘Drinu’ Delicata’s daily hangouts in the Santa Margherita area of Mosta evolved into breaking beats and rapping together, […]

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Interview: The Prodigy

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The Prodigy’s Liam Howlett and Keith Flint, who performed in Malta this August, talk studio work, live gigs and Gozo raves with Ramona Depares. An edited version of this interview was published on The Sunday Times of Malta. All photos: Chris Farrugia Studios. Lucca, 7pm. The whole town is buzzing with expectation and, even though […]

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Science fiction set to music

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I interviewed rock, electronic and hip-hop outfit The Cosmic Sect. The interview first appeared on the Sunday Times of Malta’s Culture section. A relative new addition to the local scene, The Cosmic Sect, was born through the chance meeting of musicians Jimmy and John Bartolo with Los Angeles-based producer Alex Fairman. Fairman had seen the two […]

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Best Scottish album winners in Malta

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Their latest album, Nobody Wants to be Here and Nobody Wants to Leave, won the title of best Scottish album of 2014 and has been hailed as probably their most significant work to date. Mixed by Pete Katis, producer of The National, Jonsi and Inter-pol, the album signifies a return to the band’s unadulterated, edgy […]

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Music as a social commentary

For Strings Inn (Herman Spiteri on vocals and guitars, Ryan Abela on drums, Kim Farrugia on guitar and Aaron Dimech on bass)are back with a new album, Feathers and Stones. This interview first appeared on the Sunday Times of Malta’s Culture section. What has the band been doing since we heard you guys last? Herman […]

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A sonic kind of equilibrium

Photo: Marija Grech

This interview was first published on the Sunday Times of Malta Culture section.Photo is by Marija Grech.  Many may be unfamiliar, as yet, with the name Jane Doe but do not let this fool you into thinking that this is a band made up of newbies. Even if you listen to their debut EP, the […]

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Take a bow and rock out

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They break music taboos by reinterpreting classic rock anthems on their cellos, and now they are on their way here to perform at the Malta Arts Festival. Ramona Depares interviews Stjepan Hauser, one-half of the internet sensation that is 2CELLOS. An edited version of this interview was published on The Sunday Times of Malta. In […]

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Aes Dana & Cygna interviewed

Ħaġar Qim. Photo Studio Seven

This interview was first published on The Sunday Times. Following a hypnotic experience at Ħaġar Qim two years ago, French DJ, composer and sound engineer Vincent Villius – better known as Aes Dana – is collaborating once again with Mario Sammut (artistically known as Cygna) for a second live performance in Malta. The two artists’ […]

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Coach & Horses gig: Dave Rock’s Slam Poetry

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Tomorrow – Thursday, November 21 – there will be what promises to be an intriguing and truly alternative gig at Coach & Horses, as Dave Rock treats us to his debut gig in Malta. The genre? Slam poetry. What’s that, I hear you say…read on. How do you describe your music and what is slam […]

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The skin I live in

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It’s a sub-culture that attracts more negative reactions than most, but the goth scene in Malta harbours a perhaps unexpectedly gregarious bunch. RENE FARRUGIA (aka DJ HADES), one of the very few local DJs who specialise in the genre, talks about music and misconceptions ahead of his upcoming Halloween event at Coconut. An edited version […]

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