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Tenishia hold their own as the most successful DJ/Producer in Malta, selling arena shows and appearing everywhere from TV to mobile phone adverts. Winners of ‘Best Newcomer Award 2005′, ‘Best Live Performance 2005′ and ‘Best Dance Tune Award in 2008 & 2009’ at the Malta Awards , Tenishia has taken Malta’s clubbing scene by storm, they played in all the island’s major clubs and events, including MTV Summerdance and rocked thousands of clubbers with their cutting edge DJ sets and live shows!
Tenishia’s story started in summer 2004 when Joven Grech and Cyprian Cassar joined forces for music production after a long talk about music in a small bar. Joven was already into djing for a few years while Cyprian had a perfect ear for good melodies due to his classical music background of playing the piano and other musical instruments from a very young age. They entered the Maltese club scene officially on the 12th of March 2005, as Tenishia, with a Live PA which reached maximum limit of bookings around the Maltese islands within few weeks for the best local events including MTV Malta. TV, radio stations, internet, magazines and newspapers featured their interviews and information which quickly gained popularity for Malta’s new artists. Loved by the crowd, the duo won the ‘2005 Best Newcomer Award’ just eight months after their debut and another award some months later as ‘ Malta’s Best Live Performance 2005′. Today they have enough local fans to put up their own ‘Tenishia Live’ event that’s sell out the biggest clubs on the island of Malta.
Tenishia played alongside various big names during their DJ adventures in Malta, meeting lots of experienced people in the industry, one of which was Kirsty Hawkshaw who showed big interest in the duo. Working close with Kirsty, Tenishia produced their first big hits such as ‘Outsiders’ which was chosen as ‘One for the Weekend’ by UK’s most in Demand DJ Dave Pearce on BBC Radio and ‘Reasons to Forgive’ and ‘Invisible’ all released on Armada’s top label, Armind. Big hit after big hit, Tenishia grew from national to international stars, their music was being supported by top names like Armin Van Buuren, Paul Van Dyk, Tiesto, Pete Tong and Markus Schulz and included in best selling compilations like ‘Ministry of Sound’, ‘Gatecrasher’, ‘Global Gathering’ and ‘Cream Ibiza’. Soon after, requests for Tenishia from around the globe started coming in, and the duo has already travelled far as Australia and New Zealand, headlining events and even supporting big names like Ferry Corsten!
2010 is looking quite solid for Tenishia, following their remixes for the likes of Andy Moor and Matt Darey, Tenishia has a lot more coming up in the pipeline! Their rework for the big Jan Johnston classic ‘Flesh’ is being hammered by Markus Schulz, Andy Moor just loves their ‘See the Sun’ bootleg, Armin van Buuren has included their single ‘Stranger to Myself’ in his award winning compilation and if that is not enough, more big releases and remixes are also on the way!
Joven Grech has been DJing since 1997, coming from a family with a musical background, starting off his career at a small community radio at the young age of 15. He was introduced to the old LP turntables by a DJ of a teen club, after hanging hours and hours on the DJ booth door admiring the job at a teen club he used to frequent where he got his first club residency. Seeing a great potentiality and enthusiasm, the owner of the club gave Joven his first chance in a proper club that he owned called Reeds, which at the time was one of Malta’s most popular clubs getting a lot of attention by his tender age of 17 years old, Joven was already playing in front of big crowds from week to week, gaining his skills and experience! His ambition for music grew bigger and bolder and it wasn’t long till Joven realized the music production was his next step. No local DJs did any production at the time, and his only way of learning was by himself, starting off with a simple playstation game called ‘Music’!
Cyprian started playing the piano at the age of 10, is highly educated in the art of music, passing several grades and he is able to play several musical instruments. He started his musical career playing the piano and later joining a rock band writing music, playing synths and guitars. But he found the true love for music after attending his first dance events in Malta at the age of 16, badly inspired by the sound of the golden years of trance! This led him into leaving the musical instruments, experiment his own sound and also building his first studio, starting his first experiments on the good old Rebirth. Self teaching was the only option as there was no one else to learn from in Malta at the time, later on joining Joven creating project Tenishia!