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Janelle Borg

Swedish electronic duo Carbon Based Lifeforms performing in Malta this weekend

Thanks to local promotions company Frekwenzi, the Swedish duo Carbon Based Lifeforms will be gracing the islands with their presence and their music. Trackage Scheme caught up with Frekwenzi ahead...

Janelle Borg

KNTRL on embracing change, analogue synths and Electro-Clash

No one can dispute the fact that Clint Spiteri, a.k.a KNTRL, has one of the most distinctive sounds in Malta's electronic music sphere. The analogue aficionado has been slowly but...

Janelle Borg

Maltese punk band BILA are touring the U.S

Maltese punk band BILA is currently touring the U.S. with American post-rock band Staghorn. Back in 2015, BILA released their first E.P., "L*BA", with the Venetian record label "Youth Of...

Janelle Borg

I Am Willow: The Malta-born, London-based artist’s spellbinding music and career

Having been invited to perform in front of legends such as Annie Lennox and Sting, I Am Willow is undoubtedly one of Malta's best exports when it comes to international...

Janelle Borg

Noah Fabri mixes their singer-songwriter roots with the pulse of Malta’s underground scene

Photographers: Leo Chircop (left) and Nicholas Bonello (right) In an age where singer-songwriters in Malta are opting for the glitz and glamour of reality TV shows to get their talent...

Janelle Borg

Berne reflect upon diversity and politics in their evocative new single

Berne are a London-based alt-pop duo with Maltese roots. The project was initially a brainchild of singer-songwriter Deborah Borg Brincat. However, Berne have recently arisen as a duo after guitarist...

Janelle Borg

Sound artist Yews returns with two enchanting singles

Photographer: Heba Ahmed (left) Yews is one of Malta's top sound artists. She's constantly pushing the envelope when it comes to electronic and ambient music and is one of the...

Nicole Parnis

Bark Bark Disco – ‘Cockblock’ is the Synth-Pop Anthem We Never Knew We Needed

What do you get when you cross 'Loveshack' by the B52s, 'The Model' by Kraftwerk, and Ian Schranz’s special blend of fun-loving humour? Something that sounds a lot like 'Cockblock',...

Janelle Borg

Spotlight Series: Junior B

Junior B needs no introduction. The man revolutionised the local electronic music scene. Despite a tonne of obstacles along the way, Junior B is still a prominent contributor to this...

Janelle Borg

The Spotlight Series: Noel Mifsud

The Spotlight Series continues with Noel Mifsud. Noel is an avid supporter of the local rock and metal scene. He's always willing to give local musicians a much-needed leg up...

Janelle Borg

Lighthouse: Young, Maltese & Rock ‘n’ Roll

Lighthouse are one of Malta's youngest rock groups. Inspired by legends such as Led Zeppelin, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Guns n Roses, these five youngsters are determined to cement...

Nicole Parnis

Do Quit the Day Job – Talking Cross-Country Craziness with ĠENN

Remember the Spice Girls? You had Sporty, Baby, Posh, Scary and what was the last one? Oh yeah, Ginger. I was six years old when I watched the music video...

Janelle Borg

Sajf Lajf Festival 2019: The alternative, DIY Festival straight outta Sliema!

Sajf Lajf Festival 2019 is the alternative, DIY festival that's rocking the islands this coming Saturday at Cloudberry Club, Sliema. Featuring a diverse line-up that incorporates acts from across the alternative spectrum,...

Janelle Borg

Kill the Action’s latest single ‘Anti-Gravity’

Kill The Action are a band made up of four local musicians who are not afraid to stand out from the crowd and experiment their heart out. Their music is...

Nicole Parnis

MILFMAFIA – ‘Sin Syndrome’ is a Modern Berlin Soundtrack

In all honesty, it took me a while to get round to listening to Milfmafia’s album, Sin Syndrome. Sometimes workloads get in the way and I knew this wasn’t about...

Janelle Borg

The ASEO Quintet – Live in Malta!

If you feel like you need an evening full of jazz, wine and groovy rhythms, you're in luck! This Saturday, Storeroom is presenting The ASEO Quintet - a Rotterdam-based jazz...

Janelle Borg

Rock for Richmond 2019: An alternative festival with a noble cause

The highly-anticipated mini-festival Rock For Richmond is back...and every alt-music fan in Malta is super excited! This mini music festival was created with the sole aim of raising funds for...

Nicole Parnis

The Velts – ‘Breastfeed’ Is a Horror Punk Hit

Our favourite indie boys are back with a banging music video to remind us just how good their debut album ‘Alphabet’ really is. [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M-bx5hqc1r0[/embed] Franco Rizzo injects the due darkness...

Janelle Borg

Eddie Fresco – Fresh tunes, solo move & new grooves

Eddie Fresco burst onto the local scene as part of 215Collective. With a signature look and a rapping style that is rapidly garnering a lot of attention, Eddie Fresco's musical...

Janelle Borg

The Malta Craft Beer Festival 2019 is just around the corner!

The 2019 edition of the Malta Craft Beer Festival is just around the corner. Prep yourself for a three-day festival (30th August -  1st September) brimming with beer, music, and...

Janelle Borg

The Spotlight Series: Tonio Pace

Our Spotlight Series continues with Tonio Pace. Tonio is another local pioneer, whose undying passion for the local and international alternative music scene is manifested through his radio programmes. Trackage...

Janelle Borg

American industrial metal legends Combichrist to perform in Malta

Spearheaded by Rene Farrugia and Sabrina Chircop, Hades Events is proudly hosting American aggrotech-industrial metal band for the first time in Malta. Trackage Scheme caught up with Rene - 1/2...

Janelle Borg

REA’s Rapping: Music as a vehicle for social change

Rachelle Deguara (also knows as REA), is a young Maltese rapper whose passion for activism resonates in her art. Trackage Scheme talked with Rachelle about how socio-political issues and bureaucracy...

Janelle Borg

Beesqueeze: Discussing the duo’s new track ‘Lost At Sea’

One of Malta's favourite alternative duos, Beesqueeze, have released their latest single 'Lost at Sea'. Trackage Scheme caught up with one of the Chrises - Kriz Haze - to discuss...

Janelle Borg

The Spotlight Series: Mike Bugeja

Mike Bugeja is synonymous with Malta's alternative music scene. Mike has been consistently working to boost Maltese artists' visibility and is one of the few individuals who strive to support...

Janelle Borg

Punk is not Dead: An Interview with local punk legends DRIPHT

Local punk legends DRIPHT need no introduction. Their adrenaline-fuelled live performances perfectly complement their unique style, which fuses punk, ska, reggae and metal. Trackage Scheme sat down with two of...

Janelle Borg

roża: Malta’s newest indie kids on the block

This self-described 'not so bad' band is an upcoming indie band composed of five passionate youngsters. It's safe to say that in a scene that desperately needs new blood, roża...

Janelle Borg

A Berlin Love Affair: Music & moving with Superlove

Superlove is a brand new indie-synth group with familiar faces. Daniel, Alexandra and Rebecca have all been involved in a variety of projects here in Malta, before moving to Berlin...

Janelle Borg

The Spotlight Series: Jon Lukas Woodenman

It's safe to say that Jon Lukas Woodenman is a highly respected figure in Malta's music scene. He was the very first solo Maltese artist to score a place in...

Janelle Borg

A Tale of Two Cities: Dean Montanaro talks about his latest project ‘Blue Tangerine’

Dean Montanaro is a well-known face in Malta's music scene. After being involved as a bassist and a session-musician in many local bands, Dean decided to take his musical career...

Janelle Borg

Catching up with singer-songwriter Sam Christie

It's safe to say that Sam Christie has been raised by Malta's alternative community. Starting out as a young teen in the band 'Unexpected', he has evolved into a bonafide...

Janelle Borg

An Interview with The Ranch: Malta’s very own uncouth, uncivilised and unsophisticated four-piece

The Ranch are one of Malta's most eclectic and active bands. The self-described 'uncouth, uncivilised and unsophisticated' group stunned every music fan in Malta when they first appeared on the...

Janelle Borg

Malta’s Music Pioneers: Shining the Spotlight on Ray Bajada

It's safe to say that Ray Bajada is a pioneer of Malta's alternative music scene. His never-ending enthusiasm for upcoming bands, alternative sounds and young talent is vital in a...

Janelle Borg

Decline The Fall: A Maltese Prog Metal Band with Big Ambitions

Decline the Fall are one of Malta's leading progressive metal bands. After supporting international acts such as Mayhem, Rotting Christ & Lacuna Coil, the group are taking their career to...

Janelle Borg

One Drop Reggae Festival 2019: Music Festival 101 with Miguel Cachia

It's safe to say that One Drop Reggae Festival is a truly unique gem when it comes to events and festivals happening in Malta. Trackage Scheme spoke with one of...

Janelle Borg

A Writer’s Eye: Discussing Oxygyn’s ‘Blindfold’ with Kurt Abela

For those who are not familiar with 'Oxygyn' (and yes, the 'y' is not a spelling mistake), the term refers to a Maltese indie-pop outfit, fronted by the brother and...

Janelle Borg

Discussing Djun’s elegy for Time with Charles Cassar

Djun is a recently-formed, impressive musical ensemble merging the talents of some of Malta's finest musicians. It's safe to say that their latest single 'Il-Bir' got everyone excited about this...

Janelle Borg

A conversation with Neon Islands’ Jamie Hayes

Alternative Indie-Rock band Neon Islands have just been announced as performers at the iconic Isle of Wight festival this year. Trackage Scheme talked to the Maltese member of the band, Jamie Hayes,...

Janelle Borg

A trip down memory lane with Beangrowers

It's safe to say that Maltese indie rock band Beangrowers are legends in Malta's music scene. From their very first album back in 1999 to their latest single Love, You...

Janelle Borg

Music as a form of therapy

While it’s common knowledge that music definitely helps to shake off those Monday blues, it’s becoming increasingly clear that music has a profound positive influence on the body and the...

Nicole Parnis

This Exhibition In Mdina Is A Must-See For All Music Lovers!

Featured image by Pamela Baldacchino Music In Malta - From Pre-History To Vinyl   Ever find yourself at a loss for stimulating, interesting things to do? If galleries and exhibitions...

Janelle Borg

4 free ways local artists can grow their fanbase

You’ve created some new tracks. Great! You’ve rehearsed and rehearsed with the hopes of performing live. Awesome! Now it’s time to grow your fanbase and get your music out there!...

Janelle Borg

4 ways local artists can promote their music in today’s digital landscape

  Being a DIY artist in Malta in today’s digital landscape is definitely a challenging task. However, we’re here to give you some tips and tricks you can use in...

Janelle Borg

The benefits of learning a musical instrument

Learning how to play an instrument is not only fun but can also be beneficial in the long run. Regardless of whether you become a pro at it, or whether...

Chiara Micallef

Maltese Releases of 2019 Which Deserve Your Full Attention

Malta’s music scene is at an all-time high this year. We’re just a few months into 2019 and this island is already booming with nonstop releases blessing our eardrums. We’ve...

Janelle Borg

5 Questions with Brikkuni’s Mario Vella

Brikkuni need no introduction. Safe to say that they are one of Malta's most beloved alternative acts. With their unique take on the Maltese language, introspective and spellbinding lyrical content,...

Janelle Borg

Local Hip-Hop artists to look out for in 2019

Hip hop is definitely taking off in Malta! Safe to say that it’s injecting some much needed young rebellious blood in the alternative music scene. Here we break down some...

Janelle Borg

A look back at 10 favourite tracks from the Maltese alternative scene

We all have that favourite song from the Maltese alternative scene, which reminds us of a memorable crazy night out, or that particular midnight drive with friends. Here are a...

Chiara Micallef

DrumFest: An eclectic festival taking over the Maltese islands

Malta has seen its fair share of festivals over the past few years. However, few have come close to what DrumFest is set out to be. The organisers behind this...

Janelle Borg

Rock & Metal Festivals to look out for in 2019

Rock and metal fans in Malta are in for a treat in 2019, with these three rock and metal festivals providing top-notch rock and metal artists from Malta and abroad,...

Janelle Borg

Festivals to look out for in 2019

It’s safe to say that Malta has become a hot spot for some super cool festivals. From alternative music to world music, pick out which festival suits your music taste...

Janelle Borg

Malta’s hottest music venues of 2019

Malta’s music venues are definitely upping their game. With cool decor and a constant stream of live music, here’s our list of 2019’s hottest music venues in Malta: Zion Reggae...

Janelle Borg

Bands to look out for in Malta in 2019

Malta’s music scene is continuously evolving, and 2019 seems to be a good year for Malta’s alternative scene, with a lot of new releases and newcomers that will surely satiate...

Trackage Scheme

Glitch Festival 2018: The biggest line-up ever to hit Malta!

Around 2,500 tourists coming down for Glitch Festival. The festival will be held on the 14-16 August, hosting the biggest line-up ever to hit Malta! Coming off 2 very strong...

Nicole Parnis

Djun The Rabbit Hole

Wistful, melancholic, melodic: be prepared to get swept away by the songs of relative newcomers on the Maltese Alternative scene-Djun. The five-piece formulate music that's made for chilling and able...

Nicole Parnis

Bark Bark Disco – On Tours And Tribulations

If you haven’t yet heard of Bark Bark Disco, you’ve been living in a different time zone, because the USA’s Midwest most certainly has! Straight back off their fun-fuelled American...

Trackage Scheme

Cain’s Record Project with Rachel Fenech

When I first started this project, I wanted the first candidates to be the people behind Trackage Scheme themselves. For those of you who have just came across it, Trackage...

Trackage Scheme

Glitch Festival announce their biggest line-up to date

Nina Kraviz, Jeff Mills, Amelie Lens & Charlotte De Witte amongst the headliners. [embed]https://youtu.be/d5XwlgoTKDk[/embed] Coming off 2 very strong editions, Glitch Festival has quickly established itself as the biggest festival...

Baryn Jacobsen

An Alternative View On Artistry: Crowdfunding & Engagement

Money is a huge barrier to any artist, but it is perhaps one of the most crippling hurdles local musicians can face. Gone are the days of jamming to accumulate...

Trackage Scheme

Lana Del Rey Scrapes the Barrel for Fame… Again

Lana Del Rey is the latest in a string of high-profile artists to be accused of copying fellow artists with a much higher respected profile than themselves. Ed Sheeran settled...

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The Record Project – Cain in collaboration w/ Trackage Scheme

There is no better feeling than discovering new music, is there? Ever taken a look back over your collection and felt like some things seem almost new, in a weird...

Trackage Scheme

A Look Back At 2017

How is it already that time again? Another year has been and gone and what a year it has been! Touch wood we haven’t lost too many artists this time...

Trackage Scheme

Malta Takes London 2017

What a great night! Malta Takes London 2017 was off the hook! Thanks to everyone who came down to party with us and all of the amazing acts who performed...

Trackage Scheme

Glitch Festival announce 2018 edition

3rd Edition held on the 14-16 August. Coming off 2 very strong editions, Glitch Festival has quickly established itself as the biggest festival in Malta as well as one of...

Nicole Parnis

Short term personal loan

Of course, many people feel nervous about annoying telemarketers and family isn’t always a week or paycheck advances small short term loans no credit check. These are among the terms...

Baryn Jacobsen

Is Rock Music Dead?

For as long as it has existed, rock as a genre has been shot down by many people. In contrast to the flaunting takeover of MTV in the 80’s by...

Johnathan Cilia

As The Music Industry Changed, The Wedding Present Remained True

The music industry rises and falls with trends, and no-one knows this more than David Gedge, sole remaining founding member and singer of The Wedding Present. Having formed his band...

Nicole Parnis

Destination Sound: Soul Searching In Brixton

London is a top travel destination for the Maltese, and with all it has to offer, you can’t blame us! But apart from the usual spots, if you’re planning a...

Johnathan Cilia

Glitch Festival 2017: Malta’s Techno Stronghold

It’s easy to see the success of the Maltese techno and electronic music scene in 2017. With more and more foreign artists coming to the island, bigger festival names entering...

Trackage Scheme

NBM feat. The Wedding Present / Weval / Happyness / Pional

Hairyamp Promotions and Trackage Scheme, two of Malta’s top alternative music promotion groups join forces this year for another “Nil By Mouth” mini festival, albeit one with a difference. Due...

Trackage Scheme

Brotherhood: A Story of Metal in Malta

This feature length documentary explores one of Malta’s most engaging underground music scenes: the extreme metal community. Through interviews with established and emerging talent, it sheds light on a long-standing...

Johnathan Cilia

The Glitch House and Techno Fortress Returns

As Malta’s house and techno scene approaches its saturation point, with top level DJs being brought to Malta nearly every weekend for a slew of underground parties, there is one...

Nicole Parnis

Whole Lotta Fuzz

When I was thirteen and clueless I had Kelly Osbourne and Avril Lavigne to look up to as these "alternative girls" in the limelight. Not exactly Janis Joplin or Debbie...

Trackage Scheme

Glitch Festival announce boat party line-up

Last year, Maltese newbie ‘Glitch Festival’ won the underground with a fresh festival that captured the spirit of the Malta movement, and 2017 looks to go above and beyond, with...

Ramona Depares

Tazza te and some vintage clubbing

Malta, circa 1987: Ċikkulata Catch, ftira bis-sunflower oil and 8am mass. Also Malta, circa 1987: Mohawks, ghetto blasters by the Triton Fountain and smoking weed at MaltaSajf. The glorious contradictions...

Nicole Parnis

8 Things I Learned From IMS College About Succeeding In The Music Industry

I don't "get" electronic music. My grasp of it tailed off somewhere around the release of 'Groovejet'. Tune. I was a kid in the 90s but even then I could...

Ben Mifsud Joslin

Meanwhile, Back at The Ranch

Some may think that a band’s biggest hurdle is releasing its debut album. I’d contest this by saying that the sophomore album is often a greater challenge, especially when the...

Nicole Parnis

Destination Sound: Soul Searching In Brixton

London is a top travel destination for the Maltese, and with all it has to offer, you can’t blame us! But apart from the usual spots, if you’re planning a...

Nicole Parnis

Earth Garden – Unity Through Music

Wow. What a hangover. No, not that kind of hangover, I kept it quite tame this weekend. Malta is waking up to a new dawn after what’s been one hell...

Nicole Parnis

Totally Wired

Once in a while you come across a band by accident which makes you stop in your tracks, turn to your friends and and go “Who are they?!” or, more...

Trackage Scheme

A night with Indie. Vol III photoshoot

Here are the photos from A night with Indie. Vol III - and what a blast it was! Major thanks to all those who came out and danced and created such...

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Beesqueeze release new single & music video, Complain

Beesqueeze have just released a brand new single and music video called 'Complain'. Complain is a brilliant piece of work that taps the progressive and experimental spirit of psychedelic rock, and not just...

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DUCKS! PUBLIC PROGRAMME, PRESENTED BY BLITZ

1. Free talk and social Join us for drinks and an introduction to Ducks! and their work Thursday 18 May, 7.30pm at Blitz Blitz welcomes the second incoming residents for...

Trackage Scheme

April was busy

What a month April was! We started off with Sick of Ants & SCHONWALD (nice one lads!), followed by the plato's dream machine's exquisite album launch held on 2 days...

Johnathan Cilia

Malta’s Most Colourful Musical Contributions

Malta's national discography is varied and, sometimes, just sometimes, a thing of true beauty. In recent years especially, a lot of Malta's music - for better or for worse - has...

Johnathan Cilia

Sliema Arts Festival Cancelled Due To The System

Since 2013, the Sliema Arts Festival has been a major highlight of the summer, with multiples stages for live performances and DJ spots as well as art exhibitions and cool...

Trackage Scheme

U is for Umbrella

Over the last few years Malta’s alternative music event scene has seen its star rising, with quality events happening every weekend, spoiling the local audience for choice. With an increase...

Johnathan Cilia

One World: An International Fusion of Reggae and Hip-Hop

Malta has historically been a meeting place for different cultures - whether it is President Bush and Soviet General Secretary Gorbachev ending the Cold War between the East and the...

Trackage Scheme

Official ALT NYE 2016 After Movie

Here's the official after movie from that crazyyyy NYE party - ALT NYE! Check it out ;) Shout out to all of you who came down and created such an...

Trackage Scheme

CRUX release new single & music video, NSKY

CRUX are thrilled to announce the release of their latest single ‘NSKY’ from their debut album ‘Ego vs Ego’ available on all music platforms on the 24th of April 2016....

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Perform in front of thousands of people at the University of Malta

The Food Faculty in collaboration with KSU - Kunsill Studenti Universitarji and Trackage Scheme are launching 'Live Stage' - an artist platform for any type of up-and-coming artists to perform...

Trackage Scheme

An electronic music video by Shadeena, Trackage Scheme & Electronic Music Malta

A few months ago, Trackage Scheme and Shadeena met up to discuss the production of music videos. We wanted to create a collaboration between professional entities to show the world...

Johnathan Cilia

Prepare For Rock The South 2017

You can’t fight organic growth, especially when there’s ample sunlight involved. Who would expect a standard gig that you had organised for some visiting buddies would blossom into a highly...

Johnathan Cilia

TS interviews Annie Mac from Lost and Found Festival

Annie Mac Presents: Lost and Found returns for it’s third year on the Maltese islands. Lost and Found has quickly become a staple of the local electronic dance events, heralding...

Trackage Scheme

T is for Tracking

When our mission started, it was all about tracking new music which we loved. Our main goal was, and still is, to consistently attract more and more artists, music enthusiasts...

David Grech Urpani

I Love You As Much As God Loves Me

A fortnight with Ġuf, the new album by Plato’s Dream Machine When I was twelve years old and still at a Secondary Church School, I was introduced to (and constantly...

Johnathan Cilia

Malta’s music community reacts to Dax J’s Tunisian prison sentence

It’s standard for DJs to try and dig around for a unique track to play when performing to a new crowd in a new country. Maybe a local hit, or...

Nicole Parnis

Tears Of Joy

Photo by Chris Vella aka  Storbju. L-R: Daniel, Mark, Robert, Samwel & Francesco Plato’s Dream Machine isn’t your ordinary band name, and turns out they’re not your ordinary boys. You...

Sally

Starting Them Young – How to Pick a Child’s First Guitar

Like parents across Malta last year, we were faced with the task of buying our children their first musical instruments. For one of our daughters this meant a piano, which...

Trackage Scheme

S is for Shop

Trackage Scheme has earned a leading position as Malta’s hub for the alternative music scene through our work and support for artists. Our online shop is used to buy and sell event...

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