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Janelle Borg

Pebble Beach: The Maltese band leading the country’s very own garage-rock revival

If you were around in the early noughties (i.e. you were old enough to follow the international alternative scene), you will definitely recall the ascent of The Strokes - the...

Janelle Borg

YANNICK – The Gen Z rapper set to revolutionise Malta’s hip hop scene

Yannick is a man of many talents. Part professional footballer, part model, part rapper and now label creator and activist, Yannick belongs to the burgeoning generation of cultural explorers, ready...

Janelle Borg

Uncovering the Maltese electronica artists making waves in London, Brighton and Berlin

Danjeli, Jim Hickey and Anna Belle have a couple of things in common; they're Maltese musicians who found a home away from Malta, and they all have a passion for...

Janelle Borg

Petit Massif on getting your music out of your bedroom

Petit Massif is Craig Hitchings and Eifey Hinchy. The self-described "DIY, Bedroom Pop & Synthwave" duo are currently creating music out of their bedroom in Gozo. It's safe to say...

Janelle Borg

COVID-19 and Malta’s music events industry: What’s the verdict?

While Malta is experiencing parallel universes that feature ease of restrictions and the second wave of COVID-19, a lot of people have been asking: what is going to happen to...

Janelle Borg

Premiere: NO YES NO’s debut single “Stocktake”

It's New Music Friday! Today's tune arrives by way of Malta, the UK and the worldwide web. It's none other than the new band NO YES NO, Francesca Mercieca's (Fuzzhoneys)...

Janelle Borg

Alex Alden: The music pilgrim is back with a soul-stirring track

[caption id="attachment_15121" align="aligncenter" width="870"] Alex Alden by Marija Grech[/caption] Alex Alden burst onto Malta's mainstream music scene thanks to a judging role on a certain televised singing competition. However, the...

Janelle Borg

MarieClaire Portelli: What it takes to become a music video director

It's safe to say that MarieClaire Portelli forms part of a new generation of Maltese interdisciplinary artists who are not afraid of dipping their toes in various art forms. While...

Janelle Borg

How artists in Malta are dealing with self-isolation amid the coronavirus pandemic

At this point, it's common knowledge that Covid-19 has caused havoc: a lot of artists and freelancers working in already precarious industries have lost jobs and opportunities, and the touring...

Janelle Borg

Rock the South returns with a banging line-up for its 9th edition!

It's safe to say that Rock The South has become an integral part of the local, alternative music scene. Along the years, local and foreign acts have participated in a...

Janelle Borg

Kill The Action defy gravity with their sophomore album

Kill The Action's sophomore album 'Anti-Gravity' is a mixture of uncompromising electronic sounds and rock sensibilities. It's safe to say that anyone interested in innovative music and the evolution of...

Janelle Borg

Maltese electro-funk duo Mathematikal are back with a bang!

The self-described 'House/Funk/Electro' duo Mathematikal are back with a bang! They've just released their album 'MMKL', and here at Trackage Scheme HQ, we're massive fans already.  I caught up with...

Janelle Borg

Singer-songwriter Claire Tonna pushes herself more than ever in 2020

Photographer: Kim Sammut Claire Tonna's music definitely strikes an emotional chord with anyone who listens to it. After winning a prestigious songwriting competition in Italy, Tonna is gearing up to...

Janelle Borg

The Spotlight Series: Trudy Kerr

Here in Malta, Trudy Kerr's voice is synonymous with the world of radio. Ms Kerr has been championing Maltese and Malta-based artists since day one. This is why we decided...

Janelle Borg

London-based, Maltese singer-songwriter Federica on her budding music career

Federica Giallombardo is one of Malta's brightest musical exports. Trackage Scheme caught up with the singer-songwriter/guitarist in London, her current base, to discuss her life's passion: music. Growing up, who...

Janelle Borg

Pudini tal-Milied 2019: Not one, but two Pudini happening this year!

If you're still in need of some Xmas cheer, you're in luck! The legendary alternative party Pudina is happening tomorrow. You'll also be glad to discover that this year there's...

Janelle Borg

Dana McKeon: Malta’s very own beatboxing champion’s illustrious career

Dana McKeon is mostly known for her earth-shattering beatboxing skills. However, the Maltese, London-based artist is also a proficient songwriter and vocalist who's making waves in the London scene. In...

Janelle Borg

The Violent Violets: Exploring strong emotions in their new album ‘Jade’

Local post-punk band The Violent Violets are launching their compelling album 'Jade' on the 14th of December (tomorrow). Trackage Scheme caught up with drummer Samuel Xiberras ahead of their much-anticipated...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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