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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Johnathan Cilia

An Ambient World

Creating a spellbinding soundscape isn’t very straightforward - the open format, overlapping bars, and emotional input needed are all combined to create a challenging predicament for the producer. Forget the...

Johnathan Cilia

VA Album Announced in Memory of Microlith aka Rhys Celeste

Last week brought some of the worst news the Maltese electronic music scene has ever had - 24-year-old producer Rhys Celeste, known as Microlith, was taken in a tragic road accident....

Johnathan Cilia

Statix Festival – Malta’s Own Homegrown Talent

Statix Festival burst onto the scene in 2011, bringing something rarely seen in Malta’s electronic circuit: multiple stages featuring different genres right next to each other, with a line up...

Johnathan Cilia

Dazed & Confused with Dean Demanuele

Any budding producer or DJ would tell you that they want to perform in Berlin. Many others would also tell you that they would like to open their own record...

Johnathan Cilia

The Search for the Oldest Record Store in the World Ends

Check out Part 2 of our Search for the Oldest Record Store in the World here. I wonder if Thomas Edison realised what he was unleashing when he created the...

Johnathan Cilia

The Search For The Oldest Record Store in the World Continues

Missed part 1? Check it out here. In the National Archives in Mdina an old metal structure stands that is a testament to the human desire to be heard. Bigger...

Trackage Scheme

Sacred Noise – The Ranch Album

Here's the shoot from our 10th and final session of 'Sacred Noise' with Frankie Calleja, The Ranch & Chris Radium. Check out the photos below. Photos Courtesy of Igor Warzocha. [foogallery...

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Sacred Noise – Fuzzhoneys Album

Here's the shoot from our 9th session of 'Sacred Noise' with Fuzzhoneys & Steven Meli. Check out the photos below. Photos Courtesy of Igor Warzocha. [foogallery id="3166"]

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Sacred Noise – Bark Bark Disco Album

Here's the shoot from our 8th session of 'Sacred Noise' with Bark Bark Disco & G is for Gustav. Check out the photos below. Photos Courtesy of Igor Warzocha. [foogallery id="3200"]

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Sacred Noise – Lucy’s Last Album

Here's the shoot from our 7th session of 'Sacred Noise' with Lucy's Last & I.YOU. Check out the photos below. Photos Courtesy of Igor Warzocha.

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Sacred Noise – Plato’s Dream Machine Album

Here's the shoot from our 6th session of 'Sacred Noise' with Plato's Dream Machine & Clint Spiteri (KNTRL & Dolls for Idols). Check out the photos below. Photos Courtesy of Igor Warzocha.

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Sacred Noise – Massacre House Party Album

Here's the shoot from our 4th session of 'Sacred Noise' with Massacre House Party & LVX. Check out the photos below. Photos Courtesy of Igor Warzocha.

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Sacred Noise – The Velts Album

Here's the shoot from our 5th session of 'Sacred Noise' with The Velts & Michael Bugeja. Check out the photos below. Photos Courtesy of Igor Warzocha.

Johnathan Cilia

Women in Popular Music: Part 2

Read Women in Popular Music: Part 1 here Maltese women in popular music have sometimes garnered more mainstream appeal than male musicians, with some female artists garnering enough support to tour internationally...

Javier Albelo

Women In Popular Music Part 1

Question: Who is the best female guitar player ever? Nobody knows. Who is the best male guitar player? Mainstream magazine Rolling Stone has the answer: the best male guitar player...

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Sacred Noise – The Busker Album

Here's the shoot from our 3rd session of 'Sacred Noise' with The Busker & DJ Bob. Check out the photos below. Photos Courtesy of Igor Warzocha.

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Blackstar: A tribute to David Bowie – Album

Thank you all for attending "Blackstar: A tribute to David Bowie" and for bringing such an amazing vibe. Check out the full album below. Photos courtesy of Christina Goggi Photography

Johnathan Cilia

Twitchy Fingers

In a time when any 'self-respecting' DJ uses vinyl for breakfast, lunch, dinner - and afterhours - it is easy to forget that to many purists, using vinyl is still not...

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Sacred Noise – The Violent Violets Album

Thank you all for attending the second night of Sacred Noise! Top stuff by The Violent Violets & Joseph Felice - hats off guys! We continue next Sunday with The...

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Sacred Noise Launch Photoshoot

The Areola Treat & DJ Geddumu launched the Sacred Noise sessions with a total blast! We continue next Sunday with The Violent Violets and Joseph Felice (The Chemist). Check out the photos...

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Official Launch: The Sacred Noise sessions /w Areola Treat

Sunday 17th January, we kick off our Sacred Noise sessions with Areola Treat and DJ Geddumu (Hedon Crew). ‘Sacred Noise’ is a series of alternative, indie and rock live music...

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A look back at 2015

With life seeming to be on overdrive, we sometimes forget to take a moment to look back and appreciate the experiences, achievements and life lessons we've been lucky enough to gain...

Johnathan Cilia

Sick Alternative Music

2015 was a good year for alternative Maltese music. With great new releases from the likes of Dolls for Idols, Lucy’s Last, Acidulant, Digby, and weird new groups like Crux...

Johnathan Cilia

Say, How Big Is Your Living Room?

In a time when live gigs are a dime a dozen, it is possible to see world class musicians performing practically every week, and the shows of all your favourite...

Ramona Depares

On Pique, or Why I only Support My Friends

The culture of extreme factioning and polar opposites is deeply ingrained in our way of life. We have two main political parties, each faction constantly contradicting the other. When it...

Johnathan Cilia

Following the Alternative: An interview with Michael Bugeja

It’s all well and good to talk about Malta’s music scene growing, improving and diversifying, but the barriers we have are still clear to see. Some popular radio stations won’t...

Johnathan Cilia

Spotlight On: Oddball and vaxxine

For some in Malta, as indeed with many parts of Europe, techno is the answer. The perennially repetitive instrumental music is both a form of release and catharsis, as it...

Trackage Scheme

A night with Indie – Album

Here's the photo album of our last event, 'A night with Indie' held at Haywharf Clubhouse on 17th October 2015. Now that we have come back to our senses, we...

Trackage Scheme

TS presents: ‘A night with Indie’

'A night with Indie', Trackage Scheme's next event will be held on Saturday 17th October, so mark your calendars! From classy cultural magazine launches to beautiful day festivals and from...

Johnathan Cilia

Electronic Music Malta

It’s a sign of the times when a genre of music gets its own Voluntary Organisation to promote and kindle its spread in a country. Music has the power to...

Trackage Scheme

A look at Statix Festival 2015

Trackage Scheme sponsoring Statix Festival 2015 Statix Festival is back with a bang, this time spanning over two days with two rooms per day. Music kicks off at 4pm till...

Johnathan Cilia

On The Issue of Performing

You spend weeks looping a track through your headphones. You can’t get enough of it, the bassline and the melodies are so complementary and superbly delivered that you are not...

Trackage Scheme

TS’ Electronic Voyage Album

Trackage Scheme's Electronic Voyage closed off summer 2015 with a bang with non-stop dancing till early hours This was a truly special event, surely one of our best to date!...

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TS’ Rooftop Live Sessions

It's a wrap! Last Wednesday 26th August was extra special, bringing the 3 months of awesome Rooftop Live Sessions to beautiful close! These sessions showcased an eclectic selection of artists,...

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TS’ Electronic Voyage Promo

Here's the promo video for our upcoming event, 'Trackage Scheme's Electronic Voyage'! Having coordinated a summer-long, weekly programme for Maltese bands, our next event will focus on showcasing electronic music....

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Rooftop Live Sessions – Closing

Our summer long programme showcasing some of Malta's alternative bands is sadly coming to an end with a final performance by CRUX next Wednesday, 26th August. These innovative nights have...

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Fuzzhoneys Live at Rooftop

After last week's break due to bad weather, we're back again this Wednesday with more fuzz than ever! Fuzzhoneys consist of Francesca on guitar/vocals and Caroline on drums/tambourine, both born...

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TS’ Electronic Voyage

This was our most hectic summer yet! We've done it all; from hosting awesome weekly live sessions to a blast of a pool party on 4th July, from collaborating with...

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Website launch press release

Malta's alternative music hub: we’ve come a long way but we finally made it! Friday 31st July 2015 marks the day we launched this web platform. For the past few...

Ramona Depares

Music for the robot generation

The past few years have seen the non-mainstream music scene in Malta grow exponentially. Gigs are more regular and better attended; more and more festivals – including national ones –have...

Ben Vincenti

The journey so far

It’s a bit of a funny story really. Some friends of mine and I were just chilling out and listening to some music after an event. At one point, I...