Gianluca Bezzina, the smiling doctor from Malta, who sang for the country at Eurovision 2013, will headline next week’s Isle of MTV Concert—one of the most anticipated musical events on the sunny island. Gianluca and his band Funk Initiative won the right to open the show after winning MTV’s “Battle of the Bands” online poll. They will perform their track “Paris” at the concert on June 25. But before they do, Gianluca took the time to speak with our Malta correspondent Noel Zarb.
Congratulations on winning the “Battle of the Bands”. What was your immediate reaction to the big news?
We at Funk Initiative are really honoured to be given the opportunity to open this year’s Isle of MTV at the Granaries. We entered the competition without any hopes or expectations of winning, considering the staggering amount of musical talent we have on the island.
We feel humbled and overwhelmed by the support the public has shown in us, and this truly spurs us on, not only to give our all during the performance next Wednesday, but to keep writing, recording and releasing new material. On that note, we are happy to announce that our new single, ‘House of Cards’ will be released online next Sunday.
Do you have any thank yous or shout outs you’d like to deliver?
I would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who have voted or promoted for us, and those who have helped us in any way, particularly Niki Gravino, who produced the single ‘Paris’, and Theo Cachia, who designed our brand new logo.
For more information on Funk Initiative, visit their official Facebook Page.
About Isle of MTV Malta Special
The annual Isle of MTV music event is an MTV Networks International (MTVNI) production, and the climax of a week of live music in Malta. This year’s line-up includes Nicole Scherzinger, Enrique Iglesias, Dizzee Rascal, DJ Hardwell and Kiesza, who will perform at a free live concert on the Granaries in Floriana in front of a crowd of more than 50,000.
The festival is a unique opportunity for music lovers to hear some of the world’s best established and emerging artists in Malta—and for free. Previous editions have included Lady Gaga, Black Eyed Peas, N*E*R*D, One Republic, Maroon 5, Akon, Enrique Iglesias, Kid Rock, David Guetta, Metro Station, Snoop Dogg, Will. i. am, Flo Rida, Nelly Furtado, LMFAO, Afrojack, Jessie J, Rita Ora and Rudimental, amongst others.
Ira Losco, the runner-up at Eurovision 2002, has also performed at Isle of MTV.