Philip Vella is one of the most successful composers in Malta. He has won the main national festivals of Malta several times such as the Song for Europe festival, International Festival of Maltese song, Indipendenza Festival, as well as Ghanja tal-poplu festival. He has successfully competed in International festivals in Holland (song by ‘Ebonique’ finishing third in the Eurofestival in 2003), finalist in the Belgian Song for Eurovision competition in 2006, Bulgaria (Best song in the 2003 edition of the Discovery song festival), Czech Republic, Slovenia, Kazakhstan (Best song in 2003 Voice of Asia), Romania (3rd placing in the 2005 edition of the Golden Stag festival) as well as five times representing Malta in the Eurovision song contest, placing 2nd in 2002 in Estonia with the song 7th Wonder, in 2000 in Sweden with the song ‘Desire’, in 2004 in Turkey with the song ‘On Again, Off Again’ and in 2007 in Finland with the song Vertigo that broke all televoting records in Malta with over 31000 votes. In 2008, he composed the song Vodka sung by Morena, which represented Malta in the Eurovision Song Contest in Serbia.
He is well known for his compositions for television and radio jingles, signature tunes and computer games music. He is responsible for the soundtrack of many popular teleseriels and documentaries shown on the main tv channels in Malta. (Winner of best Song for Santa Monika in the Malta Television Awards). He is also the composer responsible for the music of popular games such as Harry Buster and Smoke Attack 2. He also composed the music for the various advertisement campaigns and jingles for some of the main companies in Malta and abroad.
Many of his compositions have been used in various special occasions in Malta such as the anthem used in the official celebrations to mark Malta’s entry in the European Union, ‘Worker of the Year’ manifestations, the anthem of the ‘Small Nations Games’ held in Malta in 2003, the song to celebrate ‘Year of languages’ in 2002 and also composed the music for the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth heads of Government meeting, held in Malta under the patronage of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth of England. Latest compositions include the music used for the opening ceremony of St. George’s square in Valletta, the song ‘Dinja Gdida, which is the official song of the Community Chest Fund., and the song ‘Inhallu f’idejk’ which has been chosen by ‘CARITAS’ Europe as one of their official songs.
Philip Vella has been nominated several times as Best Composer in the Malta Music Awards , and won the Best Author and Best Recording Engineer Awards.
Besides being an established artist himself, Philip is renowned for his guitar playing and for being the musical director/music arranger for various concerts involving Malta’s leading artists.
Together with his son Sean, who is a qualified pianist/arranger, they form part of a production team working together in their own studio, on various genres and music production requirements.
I am more known for my music endeavours than my photography, but I have been intrigued by this new passion for the past few years. In music, we are always playing around with people’s emotions and moods, and I find loads of similar characteristics in photography. I am totally engrossed in this new world, exploring the vast choices and combinations, appreciating the proven techniques and having fun trying to break all the rules.
Official photographer of GWIDA magazine