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  • 21 Sep 2021
    Tuesday, September 21, 2021 - Mr. Harold Solomon, The CEO of Ridzpit Empyrean Co. (REC) and the founder behind the successful Rakista Radio, Rakrakan Festival, and Rakista Clothing Brand, has announced the forthcoming launch of the Rakista Records - a new independent record label that will open the doors of opportunities and a platform for potential bands and solo artists to exhibit their talents and skills.     On behalf of The Ridzpit Empyrean Co. (REC), Mr. Harold Solomon cordially invites all aspiring musicians to seize the chance of joining the nearing outset of Rakista Records, where a diverse variety of music genres and styles are warmly welcome. Being an independent musician and looking for essential resources to put out a piece of music is a daunting task while setbacks come in the way. Rakista Records intends to assist bands and artists, helping them to lay a stage where their music will be heard and discover by the general public and on various music streaming platforms.      “We recognize the value of creativity and the challenges encountered by artists in getting their work heard and acknowledged by the masses,” Mr. Harold Solomon stated. “The label (Rakista Records) aims to guide, encourage, and help musicians on their musical journey. Right now, we seek potential bands/artists who are interested in joining us in launching Rakista Records,” he added.       ---   What to do:      Indicate the artist/band’s profile - a brief description that provides information about you.   Prepare a music demo.   Submit it to [email protected]     Carrying the burning passion and the keenness to support the development of artists, and showcase their artistic growth and abilities to the field of music, are just one of the goals Rakista Records aspire to achieve.         
    Posted by Maica Rubis
  • Tuesday, September 21, 2021 - Mr. Harold Solomon, The CEO of Ridzpit Empyrean Co. (REC) and the founder behind the successful Rakista Radio, Rakrakan Festival, and Rakista Clothing Brand, has announced the forthcoming launch of the Rakista Records - a new independent record label that will open the doors of opportunities and a platform for potential bands and solo artists to exhibit their talents and skills.     On behalf of The Ridzpit Empyrean Co. (REC), Mr. Harold Solomon cordially invites all aspiring musicians to seize the chance of joining the nearing outset of Rakista Records, where a diverse variety of music genres and styles are warmly welcome. Being an independent musician and looking for essential resources to put out a piece of music is a daunting task while setbacks come in the way. Rakista Records intends to assist bands and artists, helping them to lay a stage where their music will be heard and discover by the general public and on various music streaming platforms.      “We recognize the value of creativity and the challenges encountered by artists in getting their work heard and acknowledged by the masses,” Mr. Harold Solomon stated. “The label (Rakista Records) aims to guide, encourage, and help musicians on their musical journey. Right now, we seek potential bands/artists who are interested in joining us in launching Rakista Records,” he added.       ---   What to do:      Indicate the artist/band’s profile - a brief description that provides information about you.   Prepare a music demo.   Submit it to [email protected]     Carrying the burning passion and the keenness to support the development of artists, and showcase their artistic growth and abilities to the field of music, are just one of the goals Rakista Records aspire to achieve.         
    Sep 21, 2021
  • 14 Sep 2021
    It is believed that no one can defy his calling. When one’s heart declares what it wants, its beat will lead to a cast-iron decision - to follow its desire. In the same way, when the euphony of music and instruments submerges in someone’s soul, it blossoms into a flourishing passion. The moment when you first discover the wonders that music and playing instruments can bring into your life, you will not be able to imagine life without them - like a portion of food you cannot live without. This is the kind of phase Chi Evora went through when he became immersed in becoming a musician and drummer, that without a second thought he made a firm decision to drop out of college to pursue his brassbound desire to perform with the band - Slapshock.It has been like living in a dream for Chi Evora during the last 23 years with Slapshock: being able to perform and work with his bandmates, to work with diverse artistic musicians, and to pursue his great passion while being able to support his family’s necessities. As a drummer of Slapshock, his dedication and devotion to the band are infrangible that he declined to be a member of Arcadia, a hardcore local band created in 2007.Established in 1997 by driven individuals Chi Evora (drummer), Lean Ansing (lead guitarist), Lee Nadela (bassist), Jerry Basco (rhythm guitarist), and Jamir Garcia (vocalist) who joined in 1998, Slapshock had made an enormous contribution to the music industry, and their legacy is indisputably one of the supremes. Consequently, when the shocking demise of the band’s legendary hard-rock vocalist, Jamir Garcia, came in the way last year, it caused unbearable pain to the family, bandmates, friends, fans, and along the path of the music scene.Curing the profound wound of melancholy has undoubtedly been a difficult process for Chi, especially when you lose a friend and brother most suddenly. But there is certainly one thing that helps him, Cycling enables him to progressively mend his broken heart. Enthralled and at one with the majesty of nature, riding a bicycle has become a form of therapy - healing that has brought him closer to God and cleared a direction to unlock his new chapter in making music.Therefore, his musical adventure is far from over. A new journal has been unfolded to write about his expedition with the most-awaited new band, “Chelsea Alley”.The teaser photo that was posted online last August by Lean Ansing about the formation of Chelsea Alley, had many fans shaking in excitement. The delight that Chi and Lean, at last, have formed a new band after the surprising breakup of Slapshock, and will perform again with the crowd, definitely is what the music scene and fans are looking forward to.Ultimately, on the 12th of September, a video entitled “Right up your alley” produced by Macbeth PH and The film alley, featuring the Chelsea Alley’s drummer, Chi Evora, was released, where Chi revealed that the lineup for the band has been completed. Curious about who the other members are, aside from the two, it turns out that Ariel Lumanlan - a guitar prodigy, is one of the other members of the band. Unknown to many, Ariel has been a good friend of Slapshock members since 2006. When the remaining members’ Chi, Lean, and the late Jamir had to perform in Muziklaban (2020), it was Ariel who willingly joined them to give a smashing stage together. With the strong bond and relationship, Ariel has established with both Chi and Lean, it is unquestionable for him to be a member of high-anticipated, Chelsea Alley.Finally, the last member who would be the voice and frontman of the band was also revealed. After seeing the cover of John Borja singing to Linkin Park’s Numb, which was posted on his Youtube Channel a year ago, a sudden goosebump was enough for Lean and Chi to be convinced right away, to have him as the band’s vocalist.The Chelsea Alley’s completed lineup, namely Lean Ansing, Chi Evora, Ariel Lumanlan, and John Borja, whose individual skills and talents are top-tier, the fans could expect an alpha song release. The band is planning and preparing to unleash their first-ever album after the pandemic, so everyone should keep them on track.Support Chelsea Alley! See the video below.Facebook: Chelsea AlleyInstagram: @chelseaalleyph
    Posted by Maica Rubis
  • It is believed that no one can defy his calling. When one’s heart declares what it wants, its beat will lead to a cast-iron decision - to follow its desire. In the same way, when the euphony of music and instruments submerges in someone’s soul, it blossoms into a flourishing passion. The moment when you first discover the wonders that music and playing instruments can bring into your life, you will not be able to imagine life without them - like a portion of food you cannot live without. This is the kind of phase Chi Evora went through when he became immersed in becoming a musician and drummer, that without a second thought he made a firm decision to drop out of college to pursue his brassbound desire to perform with the band - Slapshock.It has been like living in a dream for Chi Evora during the last 23 years with Slapshock: being able to perform and work with his bandmates, to work with diverse artistic musicians, and to pursue his great passion while being able to support his family’s necessities. As a drummer of Slapshock, his dedication and devotion to the band are infrangible that he declined to be a member of Arcadia, a hardcore local band created in 2007.Established in 1997 by driven individuals Chi Evora (drummer), Lean Ansing (lead guitarist), Lee Nadela (bassist), Jerry Basco (rhythm guitarist), and Jamir Garcia (vocalist) who joined in 1998, Slapshock had made an enormous contribution to the music industry, and their legacy is indisputably one of the supremes. Consequently, when the shocking demise of the band’s legendary hard-rock vocalist, Jamir Garcia, came in the way last year, it caused unbearable pain to the family, bandmates, friends, fans, and along the path of the music scene.Curing the profound wound of melancholy has undoubtedly been a difficult process for Chi, especially when you lose a friend and brother most suddenly. But there is certainly one thing that helps him, Cycling enables him to progressively mend his broken heart. Enthralled and at one with the majesty of nature, riding a bicycle has become a form of therapy - healing that has brought him closer to God and cleared a direction to unlock his new chapter in making music.Therefore, his musical adventure is far from over. A new journal has been unfolded to write about his expedition with the most-awaited new band, “Chelsea Alley”.The teaser photo that was posted online last August by Lean Ansing about the formation of Chelsea Alley, had many fans shaking in excitement. The delight that Chi and Lean, at last, have formed a new band after the surprising breakup of Slapshock, and will perform again with the crowd, definitely is what the music scene and fans are looking forward to.Ultimately, on the 12th of September, a video entitled “Right up your alley” produced by Macbeth PH and The film alley, featuring the Chelsea Alley’s drummer, Chi Evora, was released, where Chi revealed that the lineup for the band has been completed. Curious about who the other members are, aside from the two, it turns out that Ariel Lumanlan - a guitar prodigy, is one of the other members of the band. Unknown to many, Ariel has been a good friend of Slapshock members since 2006. When the remaining members’ Chi, Lean, and the late Jamir had to perform in Muziklaban (2020), it was Ariel who willingly joined them to give a smashing stage together. With the strong bond and relationship, Ariel has established with both Chi and Lean, it is unquestionable for him to be a member of high-anticipated, Chelsea Alley.Finally, the last member who would be the voice and frontman of the band was also revealed. After seeing the cover of John Borja singing to Linkin Park’s Numb, which was posted on his Youtube Channel a year ago, a sudden goosebump was enough for Lean and Chi to be convinced right away, to have him as the band’s vocalist.The Chelsea Alley’s completed lineup, namely Lean Ansing, Chi Evora, Ariel Lumanlan, and John Borja, whose individual skills and talents are top-tier, the fans could expect an alpha song release. The band is planning and preparing to unleash their first-ever album after the pandemic, so everyone should keep them on track.Support Chelsea Alley! See the video below.Facebook: Chelsea AlleyInstagram: @chelseaalleyph
    Sep 14, 2021
  • 13 Sep 2021
    The long wait is finally over! "Orphan Freakshow", the new master track of Sunil aka 999 was eventually released today at Rakista Radio Application. Numerous fans throw their support by listening to the music and dropping several positive comments. Let the filth out and check out the first single project of Sunil Dholwani. The band Reborn and Mortal Grudge is extremely happy for their guitarist's showpiece. Sunil was overwhelmed by overflowing support and admiration.You can listen to Sunil's masterpiece by placing your request on Rakista Radio application. Also available on Youtube! Stream now!
    Posted by Kle Intia
  • The long wait is finally over! "Orphan Freakshow", the new master track of Sunil aka 999 was eventually released today at Rakista Radio Application. Numerous fans throw their support by listening to the music and dropping several positive comments. Let the filth out and check out the first single project of Sunil Dholwani. The band Reborn and Mortal Grudge is extremely happy for their guitarist's showpiece. Sunil was overwhelmed by overflowing support and admiration.You can listen to Sunil's masterpiece by placing your request on Rakista Radio application. Also available on Youtube! Stream now!
    Sep 13, 2021
  • 11 Sep 2021
    The metal band’s guitarist, Sunil aka 999 posted an exciting announcement of his new solo project “Orphan FreakShow” on his official Facebook account last 10th of September 2021.Sunil wondrously prepared his solo project for those who are struggling with depression. He also acknowledged his team who helped him finish this heavy filth track. Listen to Orphan Freakshow exclusively at Rakista Radio Youtube Channel, 10:00 pm tomorrow. Follow his IG and FB Account for more updates! https://www.instagram.com/orphanfreakshow/https://www.facebook.com/orphanfreakshow
    Posted by Kle Intia
  • The metal band’s guitarist, Sunil aka 999 posted an exciting announcement of his new solo project “Orphan FreakShow” on his official Facebook account last 10th of September 2021.Sunil wondrously prepared his solo project for those who are struggling with depression. He also acknowledged his team who helped him finish this heavy filth track. Listen to Orphan Freakshow exclusively at Rakista Radio Youtube Channel, 10:00 pm tomorrow. Follow his IG and FB Account for more updates! https://www.instagram.com/orphanfreakshow/https://www.facebook.com/orphanfreakshow
    Sep 11, 2021
  • 06 Sep 2021
    Acclaimed rapper-songwriter Peaceful Gemini honors the importance of Filipina identity on the music video of “Mariposa,” her first official single under Sony Music Philippines. Directed by young filmmaker Josh Cesario, the visual narrative brings to life the shared historical and socially contingent relationship between women and nature. Centered on the themes of sisterhood, women empowerment, feminine intimacy, and rituals, the “Mariposa” music video finds both Peaceful Gemini and fellow rapper DB tha Girl embracing the tropical island vibes with an anthem that carves out a space for women of color to move past patriarchal pressures and embrace their innate power. “Women are worth so much more than what society tells us,” the Las Piñas-born artist explains. “'Years and years of misalignment with the truth of our importance and worth is rapidly opening a door to a new paradigm wherein women are to be honored and that becomes the norm. We are divine. Through our womb is the portal of life. We bring balance. We birth life into the world. Mariposa is anthem to embody these messages. It is a reclamation of our divinity as women and as a Filipina. Embracing what we got - whether struggles or success - because they are testament to our growth. Women deal with a lot of complexities but it is in returning back to our roots that makes these layers easier to understand. Turning back to nature, to community, to rituals, to honoring our ancestors - helps us make sense of things that once used to bewilder us.” Crushing stereotypes and capturing the essence of what it means to be a Filipina, Peaceful Gemini teams up with fellow rapper DB tha Girl in setting the precedent of incorporating women empowerment themes in modern hip-hop. The duo started working on the track since 2019, with prolific producer Pope Fiction dropping a soulful, Partynextdoor-inspired beat to complement the tune’s rallying sentiments. Peaceful Gemini recounts, “we allowed time, space and experience to marinate the song. Three years later, everything just flowed organically into place. Nothing rushed or forced because the process of creating it carried an energy and intention that respected the natural flow.” The music video of “Mariposa” is out now on Peaceful Gemini’s official YouTube page. --About Peaceful Gemini  Known for her sharp, introspective lyricism and spiritual eloquence, Filipina rapper and songwriter Peaceful Gemini continues to helm socially conscious narratives that capture the collective and marginalized voices of women in general—reclaiming their place in a genre that often dismisses their historical contribution and importance. Born Nicole M. Leonar, the eclectic artist has found her footing in the independent and underground music scene as part of the alternative hip-hop outfit, Assembly Generals, and as the person behind Peaceful Gemini. Her music as Peaceful Gemini is presented as a journey in itself, where sharing her stories, ideas, intentions, art, energy, and music with the rest of the world is her way for more healing to open up and hopefully, inspire more lost souls to find their purpose in the process. In 2019, Peaceful Gemini released her first EP, Middle Of NowHere. The soulful and hypnotic record was an ode to that phase in time wherein the practice of staying grounded to the present moment was the ideal. Moreover, Middle Of NowHere is about Peaceful Gemini’s self-discovery that led her to explore spiritual and outside themes within the context of hip-hop. The EP garnered critical success upon its initial release, with ABS-CBN News’ Rick Olivares praising it as “an expression of Peaceful Gemini’s femininity and seeking to push the envelope in this new world.” The acclaimed album was followed by the release of her biggest hit so far, the empowering anthem “Warrior Princess.” The 2020 single offers devotion “to raising awareness with the world and within ourselves” and champions the need to build new and better systems to spark some drastic and major changes in the country. At present, Peaceful Gemini is signed to Sony Music Philippines in preparation for her new music era. She is also one of Spotify’s RADAR artists in the Philippines, the platform’s global emerging artist program that aims to help up-and-coming artists in all stages of their development as they connect with new audiences.   
    Posted by Rakista Radio
  • Acclaimed rapper-songwriter Peaceful Gemini honors the importance of Filipina identity on the music video of “Mariposa,” her first official single under Sony Music Philippines. Directed by young filmmaker Josh Cesario, the visual narrative brings to life the shared historical and socially contingent relationship between women and nature. Centered on the themes of sisterhood, women empowerment, feminine intimacy, and rituals, the “Mariposa” music video finds both Peaceful Gemini and fellow rapper DB tha Girl embracing the tropical island vibes with an anthem that carves out a space for women of color to move past patriarchal pressures and embrace their innate power. “Women are worth so much more than what society tells us,” the Las Piñas-born artist explains. “'Years and years of misalignment with the truth of our importance and worth is rapidly opening a door to a new paradigm wherein women are to be honored and that becomes the norm. We are divine. Through our womb is the portal of life. We bring balance. We birth life into the world. Mariposa is anthem to embody these messages. It is a reclamation of our divinity as women and as a Filipina. Embracing what we got - whether struggles or success - because they are testament to our growth. Women deal with a lot of complexities but it is in returning back to our roots that makes these layers easier to understand. Turning back to nature, to community, to rituals, to honoring our ancestors - helps us make sense of things that once used to bewilder us.” Crushing stereotypes and capturing the essence of what it means to be a Filipina, Peaceful Gemini teams up with fellow rapper DB tha Girl in setting the precedent of incorporating women empowerment themes in modern hip-hop. The duo started working on the track since 2019, with prolific producer Pope Fiction dropping a soulful, Partynextdoor-inspired beat to complement the tune’s rallying sentiments. Peaceful Gemini recounts, “we allowed time, space and experience to marinate the song. Three years later, everything just flowed organically into place. Nothing rushed or forced because the process of creating it carried an energy and intention that respected the natural flow.” The music video of “Mariposa” is out now on Peaceful Gemini’s official YouTube page. --About Peaceful Gemini  Known for her sharp, introspective lyricism and spiritual eloquence, Filipina rapper and songwriter Peaceful Gemini continues to helm socially conscious narratives that capture the collective and marginalized voices of women in general—reclaiming their place in a genre that often dismisses their historical contribution and importance. Born Nicole M. Leonar, the eclectic artist has found her footing in the independent and underground music scene as part of the alternative hip-hop outfit, Assembly Generals, and as the person behind Peaceful Gemini. Her music as Peaceful Gemini is presented as a journey in itself, where sharing her stories, ideas, intentions, art, energy, and music with the rest of the world is her way for more healing to open up and hopefully, inspire more lost souls to find their purpose in the process. In 2019, Peaceful Gemini released her first EP, Middle Of NowHere. The soulful and hypnotic record was an ode to that phase in time wherein the practice of staying grounded to the present moment was the ideal. Moreover, Middle Of NowHere is about Peaceful Gemini’s self-discovery that led her to explore spiritual and outside themes within the context of hip-hop. The EP garnered critical success upon its initial release, with ABS-CBN News’ Rick Olivares praising it as “an expression of Peaceful Gemini’s femininity and seeking to push the envelope in this new world.” The acclaimed album was followed by the release of her biggest hit so far, the empowering anthem “Warrior Princess.” The 2020 single offers devotion “to raising awareness with the world and within ourselves” and champions the need to build new and better systems to spark some drastic and major changes in the country. At present, Peaceful Gemini is signed to Sony Music Philippines in preparation for her new music era. She is also one of Spotify’s RADAR artists in the Philippines, the platform’s global emerging artist program that aims to help up-and-coming artists in all stages of their development as they connect with new audiences.   
    Sep 06, 2021
  • 06 Sep 2021
    Seasoned expertise meets digital drive in the way indie label Off The Record seeks to make its mark on the local music scene.  When it comes to making music and creating entertainment, Off The Record is not out to reinvent the wheel. After all, if you want to play ball with the big music players there are rules you need to follow, formulas you need to master, and more than your fair share of luck if you want the gods of internet virality to smile down on you. Instead, what Off The Record does is combine its founder Ricky Ilacad’s decades of music industry experience and hit-attuned ear with the creativity and drive of its team of digital natives. The result is, rather than reinvention, a redirection of focus from admittedly catchy but ultimately forgettable bops back to what should matter most: the artists, and the music itself. It goes without saying that the events of 2020 have changed more than the severity of our hypochondria. The lens through which we see the world and the methods with which we interact with it have been forever altered with the outside closing in, and what Off The Record does is carve out a space on already-crowded platforms for light to shine through. Little else comforts and unifies the way that music does, and creating the best possible shared experience is what the indie label hopes to achieve with every release from its growing roster of artists. The growing and formidable team is headed by General Manager Francis Dayao, with advertising senior Basia Joaquin at the helm for Digital. With almost thirteen years of experience, Singer-songwriter and producer Jensen Gomez completes the core team as the head of A&R. Joining forces with one of the country’s leading music marketing experts, Amplified Entertainment supports the label’s marketing endeavours.  Work-Life balance: OTR core team in Kiwa Restaurant in Solaire  In just less than a year from its launch, what Ricky and his team have accomplished is very much in line with their label’s tagline “hits different”. With excitingly diverse new music from top young actress and singer Alexa Ilacad, the first ever release of Jacob Clemente’s cult favourite “Naghihintay”, a trilogy from rising indie artist rienne, the debut release of the power-pop band ASTER, they have managed to create a resonant space for their artists’ work to speak for itself. The indie label proves that there’s plenty of room on the playing field. Pampanga-based singer-rapper DAZE’s debut single “Diwata” featuring on-line sensation and content creator Zendee keeps flying high as it becomes the next hit on the block. To complete the roster, sibling alt-pop duo No Lore signs to the label and is set to bring their listeners on an otherworldly sublime transcendence with their music inspired from their own paintings with poetry.  Off the record is, without a doubt, set to usher in this brand new era of entertainment and experience.  About Off The RecordOff The Record is a Manila-based record label and entertainment company that is dedicated to the discovery, development, and distribution of bold, resonant voices in the local Pinoy music scene. Off The Record is the alternative choice for diversemusic, quality production, and engaging content—dedicated to the craft and creation of truly collaborative, memorable experiences between label, artist, and audiences across every boundary. Connect with @OffTheRecordPH on social media, or send an email to [email protected]
    Posted by Rakista Radio
  • Seasoned expertise meets digital drive in the way indie label Off The Record seeks to make its mark on the local music scene.  When it comes to making music and creating entertainment, Off The Record is not out to reinvent the wheel. After all, if you want to play ball with the big music players there are rules you need to follow, formulas you need to master, and more than your fair share of luck if you want the gods of internet virality to smile down on you. Instead, what Off The Record does is combine its founder Ricky Ilacad’s decades of music industry experience and hit-attuned ear with the creativity and drive of its team of digital natives. The result is, rather than reinvention, a redirection of focus from admittedly catchy but ultimately forgettable bops back to what should matter most: the artists, and the music itself. It goes without saying that the events of 2020 have changed more than the severity of our hypochondria. The lens through which we see the world and the methods with which we interact with it have been forever altered with the outside closing in, and what Off The Record does is carve out a space on already-crowded platforms for light to shine through. Little else comforts and unifies the way that music does, and creating the best possible shared experience is what the indie label hopes to achieve with every release from its growing roster of artists. The growing and formidable team is headed by General Manager Francis Dayao, with advertising senior Basia Joaquin at the helm for Digital. With almost thirteen years of experience, Singer-songwriter and producer Jensen Gomez completes the core team as the head of A&R. Joining forces with one of the country’s leading music marketing experts, Amplified Entertainment supports the label’s marketing endeavours.  Work-Life balance: OTR core team in Kiwa Restaurant in Solaire  In just less than a year from its launch, what Ricky and his team have accomplished is very much in line with their label’s tagline “hits different”. With excitingly diverse new music from top young actress and singer Alexa Ilacad, the first ever release of Jacob Clemente’s cult favourite “Naghihintay”, a trilogy from rising indie artist rienne, the debut release of the power-pop band ASTER, they have managed to create a resonant space for their artists’ work to speak for itself. The indie label proves that there’s plenty of room on the playing field. Pampanga-based singer-rapper DAZE’s debut single “Diwata” featuring on-line sensation and content creator Zendee keeps flying high as it becomes the next hit on the block. To complete the roster, sibling alt-pop duo No Lore signs to the label and is set to bring their listeners on an otherworldly sublime transcendence with their music inspired from their own paintings with poetry.  Off the record is, without a doubt, set to usher in this brand new era of entertainment and experience.  About Off The RecordOff The Record is a Manila-based record label and entertainment company that is dedicated to the discovery, development, and distribution of bold, resonant voices in the local Pinoy music scene. Off The Record is the alternative choice for diversemusic, quality production, and engaging content—dedicated to the craft and creation of truly collaborative, memorable experiences between label, artist, and audiences across every boundary. Connect with @OffTheRecordPH on social media, or send an email to [email protected]
    Sep 06, 2021

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