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  • 27 Jun 2022
    It seems a lot of listeners find themselves coming back to Parokya Ni Edgar’s gem of a track “Your Song” because right now, it just surpassed 100 million streams on Spotify and still continues to rack up more streams. The song, which was off the band’s 2003 record Bigotilyo is PNE’s first song to ever hit the said Spotify milestone. Time and time again, the band has been very thankful for all the love this simple love song of theirs has been getting over the years.    What’s also surprising is the fact that “Your Song” was never released as an official single by the band during their Bigotilyo era. The song, clocking in at less than three minutes and was written and sung by guitarist Gab Chee Kee organically rose to popularity during the mid-2000s. Since the song gained massive mainstream popularity, Parokya Ni Edgar decided to include “Your Song” on their Inuman Sessions Vol. 2 setlist back in 2012. (WATCH HERE) Likewise, Asia’s Limitless Star Julie Anne Jose was able to do a rendition of “Your Song” as it became included on her 2018 album Breakthrough. Her own version now has over 50.5 million streams on Spotify and counting. (WATCH OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO HERE) Julie Anne’s Wish Bus performance of “Your Song” on the other hand has over 40.1 million views as of this writing on YouTube.
    Posted by Tito Nixon
  • It seems a lot of listeners find themselves coming back to Parokya Ni Edgar’s gem of a track “Your Song” because right now, it just surpassed 100 million streams on Spotify and still continues to rack up more streams. The song, which was off the band’s 2003 record Bigotilyo is PNE’s first song to ever hit the said Spotify milestone. Time and time again, the band has been very thankful for all the love this simple love song of theirs has been getting over the years.    What’s also surprising is the fact that “Your Song” was never released as an official single by the band during their Bigotilyo era. The song, clocking in at less than three minutes and was written and sung by guitarist Gab Chee Kee organically rose to popularity during the mid-2000s. Since the song gained massive mainstream popularity, Parokya Ni Edgar decided to include “Your Song” on their Inuman Sessions Vol. 2 setlist back in 2012. (WATCH HERE) Likewise, Asia’s Limitless Star Julie Anne Jose was able to do a rendition of “Your Song” as it became included on her 2018 album Breakthrough. Her own version now has over 50.5 million streams on Spotify and counting. (WATCH OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO HERE) Julie Anne’s Wish Bus performance of “Your Song” on the other hand has over 40.1 million views as of this writing on YouTube.
    Jun 27, 2022
  • 24 Jun 2022
      Following the release of their introduction song “Just A Hit” and debut single "Panahon", HEY JUNE!, one of the youngest and promising bands, drops their latest single "Lugar Kung S'an". The song speaks mainly about our special place because of the memories created there. As insignificant a place may seem to one, it can mean the whole world to another.     "Lugar Kung S'an", written by Earl Paglinawan, captures the nostalgia that one feels with a place where you find peace, love or importance - where you find that unique connection to yourself or to the people you treasure most.   This four-piece band composed of vocalists Jim Mase, (Guitars, Synth) and Earl Paglinawan, (Guitars) with Coey Ballesteros (Bass and Back up vocals) and Aci Fodra (Drums) is one of the newest Filipino bands formed in 2021. These 4 young kids live for their passion for music and their own creative pursuits.
    Posted by Tito Nixon
  •   Following the release of their introduction song “Just A Hit” and debut single "Panahon", HEY JUNE!, one of the youngest and promising bands, drops their latest single "Lugar Kung S'an". The song speaks mainly about our special place because of the memories created there. As insignificant a place may seem to one, it can mean the whole world to another.     "Lugar Kung S'an", written by Earl Paglinawan, captures the nostalgia that one feels with a place where you find peace, love or importance - where you find that unique connection to yourself or to the people you treasure most.   This four-piece band composed of vocalists Jim Mase, (Guitars, Synth) and Earl Paglinawan, (Guitars) with Coey Ballesteros (Bass and Back up vocals) and Aci Fodra (Drums) is one of the newest Filipino bands formed in 2021. These 4 young kids live for their passion for music and their own creative pursuits.
    Jun 24, 2022
  • 24 Jun 2022
              About The Artist  Dilaw is an indie-alternative duo that fuses multiple genres with mind-bending lyrics that stimulate your thoughts, melodies that blows your mind, and an enigmatic presence unlike any other. Dilaw started his relationship with music through rapping over beats found online. He then met Vie Dela Rosa at 2019 which brings us the duo "Dilaw".   From writing comedic skits to making music, the duo continues to spread their message to the conscious people. Inspired by the stories of Radioactive Sago Project, to the verses of MF Doom, the duo aims to make their mark in the music scene by releasing songs, forging relationships, and spreading their message     
    Posted by Tito Nixon
  •           About The Artist  Dilaw is an indie-alternative duo that fuses multiple genres with mind-bending lyrics that stimulate your thoughts, melodies that blows your mind, and an enigmatic presence unlike any other. Dilaw started his relationship with music through rapping over beats found online. He then met Vie Dela Rosa at 2019 which brings us the duo "Dilaw".   From writing comedic skits to making music, the duo continues to spread their message to the conscious people. Inspired by the stories of Radioactive Sago Project, to the verses of MF Doom, the duo aims to make their mark in the music scene by releasing songs, forging relationships, and spreading their message     
    Jun 24, 2022
  • 23 Jun 2022
      The song articulates one’s feelings of being betrayed in all its aching messiness and honesty   Ben&Ben chronicles the inevitable disintegration of a romantic relationship on “Langyang Pag-ibig,” their latest single under Sony Music Philippines. Witnessing how a burning love ultimately ends up in a disaster, the nine-piece Filipino collective writes a song that wades through a bad breakup with the stinging anger of someone struggling to put their life back on track. Arranged with classic rock bigness and percussive elements, the song packs a devastating punch with a chorus that articulates one’s feelings of being betrayed. “It's the song where we flexed our musicality the most,” says the acclaimed band. “It's three songs in one song, but it still sounds like one song.” “Langyang Pag-ibig” is recorded at Spryta Studios, the same place where Ben&Ben recorded the entirety of their multi-platinum debut album, Limasawa Street. It was produced by Ben&Ben and Jean Paul Verona, mixed by Sam Marquez and Verona, and mastered by Leon Zervos. “We’ve always wanted to make a song with this vibe, and we think the songwriting in itself begged for it,” shares the chart-topping folk-pop group in a statement. “It helped that Jean Paul and Sam were very familiar with the vibe we were going for and that helped create the general mood and sound we wanted for Langyang Pag-ibig.” According to the band, “Langyang Pag-ibig” was approached in the familiar way their songs were recorded. They jammed it first a couple of times, and arranged it together slowly as if building a house of cards. “We also balanced elements and see how high we could take the themes,” adds the band. Ben&Ben’s “Langyang Pag-ibig” is out now on all streaming platforms worldwide via Sony Music Philippines.
    Posted by Tito Nixon
  •   The song articulates one’s feelings of being betrayed in all its aching messiness and honesty   Ben&Ben chronicles the inevitable disintegration of a romantic relationship on “Langyang Pag-ibig,” their latest single under Sony Music Philippines. Witnessing how a burning love ultimately ends up in a disaster, the nine-piece Filipino collective writes a song that wades through a bad breakup with the stinging anger of someone struggling to put their life back on track. Arranged with classic rock bigness and percussive elements, the song packs a devastating punch with a chorus that articulates one’s feelings of being betrayed. “It's the song where we flexed our musicality the most,” says the acclaimed band. “It's three songs in one song, but it still sounds like one song.” “Langyang Pag-ibig” is recorded at Spryta Studios, the same place where Ben&Ben recorded the entirety of their multi-platinum debut album, Limasawa Street. It was produced by Ben&Ben and Jean Paul Verona, mixed by Sam Marquez and Verona, and mastered by Leon Zervos. “We’ve always wanted to make a song with this vibe, and we think the songwriting in itself begged for it,” shares the chart-topping folk-pop group in a statement. “It helped that Jean Paul and Sam were very familiar with the vibe we were going for and that helped create the general mood and sound we wanted for Langyang Pag-ibig.” According to the band, “Langyang Pag-ibig” was approached in the familiar way their songs were recorded. They jammed it first a couple of times, and arranged it together slowly as if building a house of cards. “We also balanced elements and see how high we could take the themes,” adds the band. Ben&Ben’s “Langyang Pag-ibig” is out now on all streaming platforms worldwide via Sony Music Philippines.
    Jun 23, 2022
  • 23 Jun 2022
          WHAT happens when you combine power metal and Visayan culture? Adamanta!   Cebu symphonic folk power metal band Adamanta finally released their much-anticipated music video for the single "Conquer" on Saturday, June 18, 2022.
    Posted by Tito Nixon
  •       WHAT happens when you combine power metal and Visayan culture? Adamanta!   Cebu symphonic folk power metal band Adamanta finally released their much-anticipated music video for the single "Conquer" on Saturday, June 18, 2022.
    Jun 23, 2022
  • 17 Jun 2022
    One thing about CHNDTR, a band that is making waves with their unique pop-rock sound, is that they are happy to release new material reflecting their growth, particularly in what themes their music tackles. Such growth drives their new single “Mine,” a bilingual song that drops on major streaming services. Released under [which imprint?], the song was composed by Anne Margarette Detera and Niko Joei Bertrand Bacani, produced by the band and Tiny Corpuz, and recorded at Line In Records.   CHNDTR says that “Mine” is their first recorded love song, contributing to an important musical tradition in original Filipino music. What they want to contribute is a throwback to music that emerged in their childhoods. “Most of the [composers of] 90s OPM love songs are fond of playing with English and Tagalog in their music,” they tell us. This practice dates back even earlier, though, with a few 70s songs from the Manila Sound movement incorporating English slang into mostly Tagalog lyrics and a mid-1980s classic, “Boy” by Timmy Cruz, alternating English and Tagalog lines in its verses.   The story of “Mine” is an experience that listeners can connect with. The band tells us that this reflects the story of two people who have been unable to admit their love for each other for two years now, yet choose to care for one another. They say that the experience of moving from being friends to lovers sounds like a cliché, but add that this is one of the strongest kinds of love, because even when there are conflicts or struggles, they choose to be together in the end.   “Mine” is CHNDTR’s way of helping people in similar situations express their feelings for their loved ones. They say that it is a song that one can send to the other, preferably through a link—which is now available on all music streaming platforms!   ABOUT CHNDTR Getting a band together is both a joy and a challenge. Ask Chin, the lead singer and guitarist of CHNDTR, a band whose name comes from the consonants of her name. She had already been with an alternative band called Beating the Red Lights, whose minor claim to fame was making a song about comedian and host Vice Ganda (and appearing on TV because of that). The band eventually went on hiatus, but she kept writing new songs during that time. She then formed a band with some session musicians, but the lack of job prospects led them to migrate, and she was once again left on her own. She wanted to be in a band but had to settle for a long spell of being a solo performer. It was after a nine-month break that she got CHNDTR together, the ensemble she fronts to this day.   Apart from Chin, her colleagues in CHNDTR are Sean on bass, Niko on lead guitar, and Zach on drums. Exactly how they got together as a band, as Sean narrates, is a pretty standard story: the band first gets together, some people leave, others join in. He knew Chin for some time, and a founding member of the band and Chin were in school together. He sent an audition video, and they rehearsed some of Chin’s songs. It worked, he said. Then when the other bandmate left, he got Niko to join them because Niko was in a band with Sean before. Chin then got her friend Zach whom she knew from a certain circle of friends. And that was just in 2016!   Chin says that the first song they worked on together was the song “Martyr,” which they recorded as a demo with a different feel and flavor to the final product. When they recorded and released it on YouTube, they didn’t expect how much of a reaction it got. She says that other bands have covered it in “battle of the bands” competitions throughout the country.   The band members lived far apart from each other, which was a challenge. Their passion and willingness to get together to rehearse and perform, however, made them overcome that. Chin says that their goal was to make their sets something to experience. It paid off in one of their early gigs. They were invited to perform at a show where they were requested to dress up. Little did they know that it was an event where the cream of the crop of Philippine music, including National Artist for Music Ryan Cayabyab, all attended. The small group (of less than 20, Chin recalls) included Moy Ortiz, the members of The Company, and Noel Cabangon. Chin says that the reaction was very positive—even Cayabyab was head-banging—and the audience felt that they could relate to their music even though it was different from theirs.   As CHNDTR constantly played gigs and self-released their first EP (with the single dropped on their YouTube channel), they started gaining more and more attention in the music world. After guesting on a live music show sponsored by a recording studio with an affiliated label (a big feat for a relatively new band), the label signed them. It offered to re-release their EP and other recordings digitally. They worked on a new album with the label and launched it at an event at a supermarket, where a limited edition of 150 physical copies sold out in 30 minutes. That stunned them, Chin says.   CHNDTR’s next projects included a series of four singles working with Argee Guerrero, who is with the band Tonight We Sleep and is better known for his singer-songwriter project I Belong to the Zoo. The singles were dropped during the pandemic. Eventually, in September 2021, they joined Republic Records, an imprint of Universal Music Group. They say that their experience with the label has been very positive. They are well taken care of, they claim, even to the point of being spoiled. But they want to be back on the gig circuit again as the worst of the COVID pandemic is increasingly behind us.   CHNDTR says that what they want to be our female solo performers or female-fronted bands that they mainly admire for their songwriting and performing style. When asked who these are, they mentioned Paramore, Moonstar88, Avril Lavigne, Olivia Rodrigo, and the genre-bending Taylor Swift. And when we asked who they were listening to these days, each of the band members gave different answers. Chin is listening to Hayley Williams (Paramore), Lavigne, Swift, and Rodrigo, mainly for inspiration to write English-language songs (which is likely the direction they’re heading). Niko is listening to one of Island Records Philippines’ most prominent artists, Zack Tabuldo, because he says that Zack is a “solid songwriter and producer.” Zach prefers to listen to Justin Bieber these days, largely because of the vibes his music gives off. Sean says that he listens to IV of Spades because their songwriting and stage presence is remarkably good.   We would have wanted to end with their future hopes and dreams, but we think that it would be better to end with something we asked them—how does CHNDTR describe their music?   Whatever CHNDTR’s music turns out to be in the future, let’s hope it’s as comforting, sweet, and delicious as that.   ABOUT CHNDTR Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | YouTube | Spotify
    Posted by Tito Nixon
  • One thing about CHNDTR, a band that is making waves with their unique pop-rock sound, is that they are happy to release new material reflecting their growth, particularly in what themes their music tackles. Such growth drives their new single “Mine,” a bilingual song that drops on major streaming services. Released under [which imprint?], the song was composed by Anne Margarette Detera and Niko Joei Bertrand Bacani, produced by the band and Tiny Corpuz, and recorded at Line In Records.   CHNDTR says that “Mine” is their first recorded love song, contributing to an important musical tradition in original Filipino music. What they want to contribute is a throwback to music that emerged in their childhoods. “Most of the [composers of] 90s OPM love songs are fond of playing with English and Tagalog in their music,” they tell us. This practice dates back even earlier, though, with a few 70s songs from the Manila Sound movement incorporating English slang into mostly Tagalog lyrics and a mid-1980s classic, “Boy” by Timmy Cruz, alternating English and Tagalog lines in its verses.   The story of “Mine” is an experience that listeners can connect with. The band tells us that this reflects the story of two people who have been unable to admit their love for each other for two years now, yet choose to care for one another. They say that the experience of moving from being friends to lovers sounds like a cliché, but add that this is one of the strongest kinds of love, because even when there are conflicts or struggles, they choose to be together in the end.   “Mine” is CHNDTR’s way of helping people in similar situations express their feelings for their loved ones. They say that it is a song that one can send to the other, preferably through a link—which is now available on all music streaming platforms!   ABOUT CHNDTR Getting a band together is both a joy and a challenge. Ask Chin, the lead singer and guitarist of CHNDTR, a band whose name comes from the consonants of her name. She had already been with an alternative band called Beating the Red Lights, whose minor claim to fame was making a song about comedian and host Vice Ganda (and appearing on TV because of that). The band eventually went on hiatus, but she kept writing new songs during that time. She then formed a band with some session musicians, but the lack of job prospects led them to migrate, and she was once again left on her own. She wanted to be in a band but had to settle for a long spell of being a solo performer. It was after a nine-month break that she got CHNDTR together, the ensemble she fronts to this day.   Apart from Chin, her colleagues in CHNDTR are Sean on bass, Niko on lead guitar, and Zach on drums. Exactly how they got together as a band, as Sean narrates, is a pretty standard story: the band first gets together, some people leave, others join in. He knew Chin for some time, and a founding member of the band and Chin were in school together. He sent an audition video, and they rehearsed some of Chin’s songs. It worked, he said. Then when the other bandmate left, he got Niko to join them because Niko was in a band with Sean before. Chin then got her friend Zach whom she knew from a certain circle of friends. And that was just in 2016!   Chin says that the first song they worked on together was the song “Martyr,” which they recorded as a demo with a different feel and flavor to the final product. When they recorded and released it on YouTube, they didn’t expect how much of a reaction it got. She says that other bands have covered it in “battle of the bands” competitions throughout the country.   The band members lived far apart from each other, which was a challenge. Their passion and willingness to get together to rehearse and perform, however, made them overcome that. Chin says that their goal was to make their sets something to experience. It paid off in one of their early gigs. They were invited to perform at a show where they were requested to dress up. Little did they know that it was an event where the cream of the crop of Philippine music, including National Artist for Music Ryan Cayabyab, all attended. The small group (of less than 20, Chin recalls) included Moy Ortiz, the members of The Company, and Noel Cabangon. Chin says that the reaction was very positive—even Cayabyab was head-banging—and the audience felt that they could relate to their music even though it was different from theirs.   As CHNDTR constantly played gigs and self-released their first EP (with the single dropped on their YouTube channel), they started gaining more and more attention in the music world. After guesting on a live music show sponsored by a recording studio with an affiliated label (a big feat for a relatively new band), the label signed them. It offered to re-release their EP and other recordings digitally. They worked on a new album with the label and launched it at an event at a supermarket, where a limited edition of 150 physical copies sold out in 30 minutes. That stunned them, Chin says.   CHNDTR’s next projects included a series of four singles working with Argee Guerrero, who is with the band Tonight We Sleep and is better known for his singer-songwriter project I Belong to the Zoo. The singles were dropped during the pandemic. Eventually, in September 2021, they joined Republic Records, an imprint of Universal Music Group. They say that their experience with the label has been very positive. They are well taken care of, they claim, even to the point of being spoiled. But they want to be back on the gig circuit again as the worst of the COVID pandemic is increasingly behind us.   CHNDTR says that what they want to be our female solo performers or female-fronted bands that they mainly admire for their songwriting and performing style. When asked who these are, they mentioned Paramore, Moonstar88, Avril Lavigne, Olivia Rodrigo, and the genre-bending Taylor Swift. And when we asked who they were listening to these days, each of the band members gave different answers. Chin is listening to Hayley Williams (Paramore), Lavigne, Swift, and Rodrigo, mainly for inspiration to write English-language songs (which is likely the direction they’re heading). Niko is listening to one of Island Records Philippines’ most prominent artists, Zack Tabuldo, because he says that Zack is a “solid songwriter and producer.” Zach prefers to listen to Justin Bieber these days, largely because of the vibes his music gives off. Sean says that he listens to IV of Spades because their songwriting and stage presence is remarkably good.   We would have wanted to end with their future hopes and dreams, but we think that it would be better to end with something we asked them—how does CHNDTR describe their music?   Whatever CHNDTR’s music turns out to be in the future, let’s hope it’s as comforting, sweet, and delicious as that.   ABOUT CHNDTR Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | YouTube | Spotify
    Jun 17, 2022
  • 16 Jun 2022
    Filipino pop/R&B artist KZ Tandingan teams up with international producers GATTÜSO and Frogmonster on the clubby electronic anthem “Somebody Like You,” out now via Liquid State and Sony Music. With a collective 1.75 billion streams between them over the last 2 years, the unexpected trio pushes the boundaries of dance music with a truly global collaboration that features two versions: one in English and another one in Mandarin. The trio has created a progressive banger full of high emotions and feels across each version, with the lyrics highlighting that special moment when you realize that it’s possible to end up with your partner forever.   “Somebody Like You” has something for everybody, and arrives with a lyric video in tow that showcases a fake dating app where anybody can find the love they are looking for.   With collaborations under his belt with the likes of R3HAB, Steve Aoki and Nicky Romero, GATTÜSO has made a name for himself as one of the foremost electronic producers based out of the United States in the last few years, as he continues to bring his A-game to every single he is on. Tagged as ‘Asia’s Soul Supreme,’ KZ Tandingan delivers indelibly catchy music that has spanned pop, jazz, folk, and R&B, and with this latest release, now adds the dance genre and another new language to her vast music catalogue. Last but by no means least, Chinese duo Frogmonster, are two friends who connected at university. Having made their name in China with hit record “Remember our Summer,” which is now at over 1.4 billion streams in China, they continue to build their name as one of the most exciting progressive house duos across Asia. With separate acoustic versions set for release later this month, “Somebody Like You,” is set to continue pull at your heartstrings over the summer months ahead. KZ Tandingan, GATTÜSO and Frogmonster’s “Somebody Like You” is out now on all digital music platforms worldwide via Liquid State and Sony Music.
    Posted by Tito Nixon
  • Filipino pop/R&B artist KZ Tandingan teams up with international producers GATTÜSO and Frogmonster on the clubby electronic anthem “Somebody Like You,” out now via Liquid State and Sony Music. With a collective 1.75 billion streams between them over the last 2 years, the unexpected trio pushes the boundaries of dance music with a truly global collaboration that features two versions: one in English and another one in Mandarin. The trio has created a progressive banger full of high emotions and feels across each version, with the lyrics highlighting that special moment when you realize that it’s possible to end up with your partner forever.   “Somebody Like You” has something for everybody, and arrives with a lyric video in tow that showcases a fake dating app where anybody can find the love they are looking for.   With collaborations under his belt with the likes of R3HAB, Steve Aoki and Nicky Romero, GATTÜSO has made a name for himself as one of the foremost electronic producers based out of the United States in the last few years, as he continues to bring his A-game to every single he is on. Tagged as ‘Asia’s Soul Supreme,’ KZ Tandingan delivers indelibly catchy music that has spanned pop, jazz, folk, and R&B, and with this latest release, now adds the dance genre and another new language to her vast music catalogue. Last but by no means least, Chinese duo Frogmonster, are two friends who connected at university. Having made their name in China with hit record “Remember our Summer,” which is now at over 1.4 billion streams in China, they continue to build their name as one of the most exciting progressive house duos across Asia. With separate acoustic versions set for release later this month, “Somebody Like You,” is set to continue pull at your heartstrings over the summer months ahead. KZ Tandingan, GATTÜSO and Frogmonster’s “Somebody Like You” is out now on all digital music platforms worldwide via Liquid State and Sony Music.
    Jun 16, 2022
  • 16 Jun 2022
    Singer-songwriter Elise Huang is dropping her new EP, Elise, Live, which is an audio recording of her live sessions at Line In Records in Paranaque City. Listeners who already appreciate her distinct musical voice can stream these sessions starting today on all music streaming platforms. The EP, released under Island Records Philippines, brings together Huang and her fellow musicians Tim Recla (keyboards), Kris Malana (electric guitar), Ken Umahon (drums), and Sam de Leon (bass). De Leon was the musical director along with Karlo Maglasang, and they co-produced the recordings.Huang says that the sessions were in the works for a year prior to the release, saying that the idea was to offer her listeners a live music experience during the COVID-19 pandemic. In fact, she says that this is the first time in two years she and her colleagues ever played her music live. She chose the songs for this EP from her latest set of releases and she says that she wanted “to showcase them for people to see [these songs performed] from their homes.”What makes these performances different, Huang says, includes the way the songs were arranged, with synths giving way to a classic four-piece band. More importantly, though, she believes that these performances benefit from the band’s chemistry, making them feel different.Do these live sessions give us a glimpse of things to come? Huang says that, as with a lot of us, things have changed for her over the past few years. What does she hope to do when she sings live again, to an in-person audience? “I want to engage with people more and not take it for granted anymore…I don't want to hold back anymore. That's what's going to be different for me.”To watch Elise and her band’s live sessions that are also featured on the EP, here are links to the video:Lonely - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rKpj33DlHAwLove Me Too - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QVFVOY8fswQOpen Up - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aZHn983e_LYBlind - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ed0ziT2QwgIABOUT ELISE HUANGElise Huang brews human stories through musicThroughout her childhood, Elise has been exposed to many different genres thanks to her family’s musical background. This valuable influence has since helped her hone her own musical identity--modern yet still deeply rooted from what her parents used to play when she was young.For Elise, her music is a reflection of who she is. “I have many interests, and so my music taste is always changing.” Right now, she takes inspiration from the music of H.E.R., Mahalia, IU, UMI, and Tori Kelly. Listening to these artists led her to explore R&B, soul, gospel, and light pop genres for her latest releases.Her new song, Lonely, is a fruit of these inspirations—a modern pop R&B that is “a middle ground sound between acoustic and alternative R&B pop.” Elise believes that only by exploring and experimenting would she find her sound that both she and her fans could love.Her evolving musicality is also evident in her songs like Coffee, Won’t Stop, Nights, and In My Heart. Across the genres of pop-jazz fusion, gospel, indie pop, and soul, her musical creativity brings a new and unique touch to a wide range of well-loved genres. But what makes fans entranced by her music are the real stories and emotions that are told—narratives of relatable experiences wrapped in the soothing melodies that are unique to her.“I want to be a role model to younger people like my little sister. I want to be the type of artist that doesn’t have a picture-perfect Instagram feed or only talks about music. I want people to know that even as an artist I am not any different from them. I still have other interests like coffee, food, or playing video games. I want to be of help to people that struggle with some things I have struggled with in the past, and I will try to do that through my music.”Elise writes songs that are from personal experiences, regardless if it’s her own or others'. She threads each word from her perspective as she tries to tell what she thinks should be said or done. By telling stories that are based on real and relatable human events, she wishes to communicate to the humanness in her audience—a place within all of us where raw and imperfect emotions reside.Elise's authenticity as an artist is never lost in translation as she is present in all aspects of making her music. From the arrangement to music production, and even to its technical considerations, she makes sure that the intent, the message, and the core of her songs would be delivered to her listeners just how she first strung it from her heart.As a natural-born artist who started writing songs when she was in college, Elise has written a good number of unreleased songs that are yet to be heard by her fans—something that everyone can look forward to.FOLLOW ELISE HUANGFacebook | Instagram | Twitter | TikTok | Spotify | YouTube
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  • Singer-songwriter Elise Huang is dropping her new EP, Elise, Live, which is an audio recording of her live sessions at Line In Records in Paranaque City. Listeners who already appreciate her distinct musical voice can stream these sessions starting today on all music streaming platforms. The EP, released under Island Records Philippines, brings together Huang and her fellow musicians Tim Recla (keyboards), Kris Malana (electric guitar), Ken Umahon (drums), and Sam de Leon (bass). De Leon was the musical director along with Karlo Maglasang, and they co-produced the recordings.Huang says that the sessions were in the works for a year prior to the release, saying that the idea was to offer her listeners a live music experience during the COVID-19 pandemic. In fact, she says that this is the first time in two years she and her colleagues ever played her music live. She chose the songs for this EP from her latest set of releases and she says that she wanted “to showcase them for people to see [these songs performed] from their homes.”What makes these performances different, Huang says, includes the way the songs were arranged, with synths giving way to a classic four-piece band. More importantly, though, she believes that these performances benefit from the band’s chemistry, making them feel different.Do these live sessions give us a glimpse of things to come? Huang says that, as with a lot of us, things have changed for her over the past few years. What does she hope to do when she sings live again, to an in-person audience? “I want to engage with people more and not take it for granted anymore…I don't want to hold back anymore. That's what's going to be different for me.”To watch Elise and her band’s live sessions that are also featured on the EP, here are links to the video:Lonely - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rKpj33DlHAwLove Me Too - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QVFVOY8fswQOpen Up - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aZHn983e_LYBlind - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ed0ziT2QwgIABOUT ELISE HUANGElise Huang brews human stories through musicThroughout her childhood, Elise has been exposed to many different genres thanks to her family’s musical background. This valuable influence has since helped her hone her own musical identity--modern yet still deeply rooted from what her parents used to play when she was young.For Elise, her music is a reflection of who she is. “I have many interests, and so my music taste is always changing.” Right now, she takes inspiration from the music of H.E.R., Mahalia, IU, UMI, and Tori Kelly. Listening to these artists led her to explore R&B, soul, gospel, and light pop genres for her latest releases.Her new song, Lonely, is a fruit of these inspirations—a modern pop R&B that is “a middle ground sound between acoustic and alternative R&B pop.” Elise believes that only by exploring and experimenting would she find her sound that both she and her fans could love.Her evolving musicality is also evident in her songs like Coffee, Won’t Stop, Nights, and In My Heart. Across the genres of pop-jazz fusion, gospel, indie pop, and soul, her musical creativity brings a new and unique touch to a wide range of well-loved genres. But what makes fans entranced by her music are the real stories and emotions that are told—narratives of relatable experiences wrapped in the soothing melodies that are unique to her.“I want to be a role model to younger people like my little sister. I want to be the type of artist that doesn’t have a picture-perfect Instagram feed or only talks about music. I want people to know that even as an artist I am not any different from them. I still have other interests like coffee, food, or playing video games. I want to be of help to people that struggle with some things I have struggled with in the past, and I will try to do that through my music.”Elise writes songs that are from personal experiences, regardless if it’s her own or others'. She threads each word from her perspective as she tries to tell what she thinks should be said or done. By telling stories that are based on real and relatable human events, she wishes to communicate to the humanness in her audience—a place within all of us where raw and imperfect emotions reside.Elise's authenticity as an artist is never lost in translation as she is present in all aspects of making her music. From the arrangement to music production, and even to its technical considerations, she makes sure that the intent, the message, and the core of her songs would be delivered to her listeners just how she first strung it from her heart.As a natural-born artist who started writing songs when she was in college, Elise has written a good number of unreleased songs that are yet to be heard by her fans—something that everyone can look forward to.FOLLOW ELISE HUANGFacebook | Instagram | Twitter | TikTok | Spotify | YouTube
    Jun 16, 2022
  • 16 Jun 2022
    Today, critically lauded artist Joji has released his first new music since his sophomore album, Nectar, came out in 2020. Entitled “Glimpse Of Us,” the stripped-down piano ballad – released by acclaimed music collective 88rising – is a tender and lovelorn remembrance of a past relationship. Anchored by one of the most commanding choruses Joji has ever written and sung, “Glimpse Of Us” is at once new but familiar, showcasing Joji’s incredible vocal range and melancholic delivery. Listen HERE. Watch the video HERE.    A music video for the track also premiered today. Directed by Dan Streit (Brockhampton, Charli XCX, Diplo), the docu-style edit offers a sharp contrast to the elegiac ballad. All captured by one enigmatic figure behind the camera, the video depicts a day in the life through various acts of delinquency and sowing chaos.   The release of “Glimpse Of Us'' follows Joji's debut at the 2022 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival - one of the weekends' most highly-anticipated and talked-about performances. Joji will also be making appearances at a number of festivals this year, including Governors Ball Music Festival this weekend, Day N Vegas, and a special DJ set (as Yebi Labs) at this year’s Head In The Clouds Festival by 88rising, taking place August 20-21 in Pasadena, CA.   The Japan-born singer and producer Joji is one of the world's most enthralling artists with over 7 billion streams to date. Joji's sophomore album, Nectar, debuted at #1 on Spotify's inaugural US Weekly Top 50 Albums chart, #1 on Billboard's Independent albums chart, and #3 on the Billboard 200. Nectar debuted at #1 in Australia and in the top 10 in New Zealand, Canada, UK, and Norway. Joji also earned his highest-ever debut on the Billboard Hot 100 with the RIAA-certified Gold song "Run," and his national television debut on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.   CONNECT WITH JOJI Instagram | Twitter | TikTok
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  • Today, critically lauded artist Joji has released his first new music since his sophomore album, Nectar, came out in 2020. Entitled “Glimpse Of Us,” the stripped-down piano ballad – released by acclaimed music collective 88rising – is a tender and lovelorn remembrance of a past relationship. Anchored by one of the most commanding choruses Joji has ever written and sung, “Glimpse Of Us” is at once new but familiar, showcasing Joji’s incredible vocal range and melancholic delivery. Listen HERE. Watch the video HERE.    A music video for the track also premiered today. Directed by Dan Streit (Brockhampton, Charli XCX, Diplo), the docu-style edit offers a sharp contrast to the elegiac ballad. All captured by one enigmatic figure behind the camera, the video depicts a day in the life through various acts of delinquency and sowing chaos.   The release of “Glimpse Of Us'' follows Joji's debut at the 2022 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival - one of the weekends' most highly-anticipated and talked-about performances. Joji will also be making appearances at a number of festivals this year, including Governors Ball Music Festival this weekend, Day N Vegas, and a special DJ set (as Yebi Labs) at this year’s Head In The Clouds Festival by 88rising, taking place August 20-21 in Pasadena, CA.   The Japan-born singer and producer Joji is one of the world's most enthralling artists with over 7 billion streams to date. Joji's sophomore album, Nectar, debuted at #1 on Spotify's inaugural US Weekly Top 50 Albums chart, #1 on Billboard's Independent albums chart, and #3 on the Billboard 200. Nectar debuted at #1 in Australia and in the top 10 in New Zealand, Canada, UK, and Norway. Joji also earned his highest-ever debut on the Billboard Hot 100 with the RIAA-certified Gold song "Run," and his national television debut on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.   CONNECT WITH JOJI Instagram | Twitter | TikTok
    Jun 16, 2022

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    It was a light and happy Mother’s Day all over the world last Sunday. But one certain Mother’s Day greeting post in Instagram took the hearts of many and well… shattered them to pieces.    View this post on InstagramHappy Mothers Day we Love You.A post shared by JAY CONTRERAS (@jaycontr3ras) on May 9, 2020 at 11:21pm PDT An Instagram post from Kamikazee’s vocalist Jay Contreras greeting his wife for 11 years a happy Mother’s Day was simple but sweet. But what crushed their fans was when Sarah Abad left a comment on Jay’s post saying, “It may not be the same between us, but ill be forever grateful for giving me 2 wonderful angels. Thank u.” She was referring to their two lovely children, Kidlat Caia and Isla Eunan. Aside from the comment Abad left, her photos were also already deleted from Contreras’ Instagram feed. In the meantime, their cause of break-up has not been yet confirmed. 
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  • It was a light and happy Mother’s Day all over the world last Sunday. But one certain Mother’s Day greeting post in Instagram took the hearts of many and well… shattered them to pieces.    View this post on InstagramHappy Mothers Day we Love You.A post shared by JAY CONTRERAS (@jaycontr3ras) on May 9, 2020 at 11:21pm PDT An Instagram post from Kamikazee’s vocalist Jay Contreras greeting his wife for 11 years a happy Mother’s Day was simple but sweet. But what crushed their fans was when Sarah Abad left a comment on Jay’s post saying, “It may not be the same between us, but ill be forever grateful for giving me 2 wonderful angels. Thank u.” She was referring to their two lovely children, Kidlat Caia and Isla Eunan. Aside from the comment Abad left, her photos were also already deleted from Contreras’ Instagram feed. In the meantime, their cause of break-up has not been yet confirmed. 
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  • 30 Jan 2019
    Written By: Arem V. Bolalin“Masakit man at mahirap man, kailangan na muna naming itigil ‘to. Kami naman muna.”Today, January 30, 2019, a local band who’s well-known for their song covers, Agsunta posted a Facebook video stating they are now officially “signing off”.“From then on, parang four years na, ‘noh? Nagkaroon pa tayo ng #AgsuntaSongRequests, #AgsuntaJamSessions, tapos nagkaroon na rin ng #AgsuntaOriginals. Pero sorry po, wala munang kantahan ngayon. Chill chill lang tayo,” Agsunta said.The band already deleted their videos on their official YouTube channel, and their fans are both shocked and sad about it.Numerous supporters and random Facebook users shared their different sentiments and messages for the band.“This is fine. You also have your own lives that you need to focus on and take care of. We respect that.”“Thank you for making OPM much better and more fun to hear…”However, the band is still accepting gigs and guestings. They will now just focus more on themselves. Their official Facebook page is still there so let's just wait for further announcement and hope that they'll be back very soon.
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  • Written By: Arem V. Bolalin“Masakit man at mahirap man, kailangan na muna naming itigil ‘to. Kami naman muna.”Today, January 30, 2019, a local band who’s well-known for their song covers, Agsunta posted a Facebook video stating they are now officially “signing off”.“From then on, parang four years na, ‘noh? Nagkaroon pa tayo ng #AgsuntaSongRequests, #AgsuntaJamSessions, tapos nagkaroon na rin ng #AgsuntaOriginals. Pero sorry po, wala munang kantahan ngayon. Chill chill lang tayo,” Agsunta said.The band already deleted their videos on their official YouTube channel, and their fans are both shocked and sad about it.Numerous supporters and random Facebook users shared their different sentiments and messages for the band.“This is fine. You also have your own lives that you need to focus on and take care of. We respect that.”“Thank you for making OPM much better and more fun to hear…”However, the band is still accepting gigs and guestings. They will now just focus more on themselves. Their official Facebook page is still there so let's just wait for further announcement and hope that they'll be back very soon.
    Jan 30, 2019
  • 16 Jan 2019
    One of the rock legends in the local music scene has passed away today. Brian Velasco of Razorback jumps off a building while filming it using his phone's Facebook Live app.May you rest in peace sir Brian. The music scene will really miss you.
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  • One of the rock legends in the local music scene has passed away today. Brian Velasco of Razorback jumps off a building while filming it using his phone's Facebook Live app.May you rest in peace sir Brian. The music scene will really miss you.
    Jan 16, 2019
  • 25 Jun 2018
    Monday, June 25, 2018 – SkyChurch announced that their drummer, Robert Dela Cruz will be indefinitely out of the band’s roster. There are no further reasons given yet but the band assured that they are open for him to come back whenever he is ready and finished with his personal endeavors. The band also states that they will be stronger and promised that they will release a series of materials as soon as possible.Here is the band’s official statement from their official Facebook count.
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  • Monday, June 25, 2018 – SkyChurch announced that their drummer, Robert Dela Cruz will be indefinitely out of the band’s roster. There are no further reasons given yet but the band assured that they are open for him to come back whenever he is ready and finished with his personal endeavors. The band also states that they will be stronger and promised that they will release a series of materials as soon as possible.Here is the band’s official statement from their official Facebook count.
    Jun 25, 2018
  • 05 May 2018
    For the past weeks, the band, IV of Spades have been playing around the country without their lead vocals, Unique Salonga.  Embracing the full support and love of their fans while waiting for their band member.   But yesterday, May 4, 2018, the band released a statement from their official Facebook page that they had a chance to meet and discuss as a group and its official that their lead singer, Unique Salonga, officially left the band to continue his personal endeavors.   After all what happened, the band said that they will continue to create and share more music, and play more shows in the coming weeks.   IV of Spades is composed of Blaster Silonga on guitars, Badjao De Castro on Drums, Zild Benitez on bass, and now, their former lead vocals and guitars, Unique Salonga.   Here is the band's official statement from their official Facebook page    
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  • For the past weeks, the band, IV of Spades have been playing around the country without their lead vocals, Unique Salonga.  Embracing the full support and love of their fans while waiting for their band member.   But yesterday, May 4, 2018, the band released a statement from their official Facebook page that they had a chance to meet and discuss as a group and its official that their lead singer, Unique Salonga, officially left the band to continue his personal endeavors.   After all what happened, the band said that they will continue to create and share more music, and play more shows in the coming weeks.   IV of Spades is composed of Blaster Silonga on guitars, Badjao De Castro on Drums, Zild Benitez on bass, and now, their former lead vocals and guitars, Unique Salonga.   Here is the band's official statement from their official Facebook page    
    May 05, 2018
  • 29 Nov 2019
    Written by John Francis Sevilla   After starring in a music video together for almost 13 years, Eon and Arkin cover “Super proxy 2k6” at the vinyl launch of Eraserheads’ Ultraelectromagneticpop last Sunday. Eon and Arkin first met during the music video shoot of this song back in 2005. The Pupil and Apartel vocalist, Ely Buendia said that he’s proud to have witnessed this collaboration. Following in his father’s footsteps, Eons front his own band called Nobody’s Home. On the other side, the son of Master rapper, Arkin pursuing his passion as a rising R&B artist.  
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  • Written by John Francis Sevilla   After starring in a music video together for almost 13 years, Eon and Arkin cover “Super proxy 2k6” at the vinyl launch of Eraserheads’ Ultraelectromagneticpop last Sunday. Eon and Arkin first met during the music video shoot of this song back in 2005. The Pupil and Apartel vocalist, Ely Buendia said that he’s proud to have witnessed this collaboration. Following in his father’s footsteps, Eons front his own band called Nobody’s Home. On the other side, the son of Master rapper, Arkin pursuing his passion as a rising R&B artist.  
    Nov 29, 2019
  • 11 Jun 2018
    One of the pillars of Pinoy rock, Razorback just announced that their lead vocalist, Kevin Roy, have parted ways with the band. It was posted on the bands official Facebook page last night, Sunday, June 10, 2018.         Razorback is considered as one of the legends of Philippine Rock music producing 9 albums and gathering different music awards. After almost three (3) decades in the rock scene, the band is still alive and kickin’, playing in different events inside and outside the country.     Despite of their surprising announcement from their social media page, the band stated that they still forge and give the fans the “Rakenrol” that they deserve. They also wish their front man a good luck in his future endeavors. There’s no announcement yet who would replace Roy’s shoe, but the band has been touring with General Luna’s former lead vocalist, Nicole Asensio.   Razorback is composed of Brian Velasco on drums, Tirso Ripoll and Manuel Legarda on guitars, Louie Talan on bass, and now, their former vocalist, Kevin Roy.   Here are some of Razorback’s live performances with Kevin Roy            
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  • One of the pillars of Pinoy rock, Razorback just announced that their lead vocalist, Kevin Roy, have parted ways with the band. It was posted on the bands official Facebook page last night, Sunday, June 10, 2018.         Razorback is considered as one of the legends of Philippine Rock music producing 9 albums and gathering different music awards. After almost three (3) decades in the rock scene, the band is still alive and kickin’, playing in different events inside and outside the country.     Despite of their surprising announcement from their social media page, the band stated that they still forge and give the fans the “Rakenrol” that they deserve. They also wish their front man a good luck in his future endeavors. There’s no announcement yet who would replace Roy’s shoe, but the band has been touring with General Luna’s former lead vocalist, Nicole Asensio.   Razorback is composed of Brian Velasco on drums, Tirso Ripoll and Manuel Legarda on guitars, Louie Talan on bass, and now, their former vocalist, Kevin Roy.   Here are some of Razorback’s live performances with Kevin Roy            
    Jun 11, 2018
  • 01 Nov 2019
     The My Chemical Romance reunion is finally here. This is real. After over six years on hiatus, MCR announced that they are returning for a show on Dec. 20 at the Shrine Expo Hall in Los Angeles, CaliforniaMy Chemical Romance brought down the curtain on their 12-year career on March 23, 2013, breaking hearts with a short statement posted to their website, thanking fans for being "part of the adventure".Back in 2013, the band called it quits, stating: “My Chemical Romance is done. But it can never die. It is alive in me, in the guys, and it is alive inside all of you. I always knew that, and I think you did too. Because it is not a band — it is an idea.”Put on some of your mom`s eyeliner and Iron your bangs and lets sing our hearts out!  Do or die, you'll never make me (we'll carry on)Because the world will never take my heart (we'll carry on). 
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  •  The My Chemical Romance reunion is finally here. This is real. After over six years on hiatus, MCR announced that they are returning for a show on Dec. 20 at the Shrine Expo Hall in Los Angeles, CaliforniaMy Chemical Romance brought down the curtain on their 12-year career on March 23, 2013, breaking hearts with a short statement posted to their website, thanking fans for being "part of the adventure".Back in 2013, the band called it quits, stating: “My Chemical Romance is done. But it can never die. It is alive in me, in the guys, and it is alive inside all of you. I always knew that, and I think you did too. Because it is not a band — it is an idea.”Put on some of your mom`s eyeliner and Iron your bangs and lets sing our hearts out!  Do or die, you'll never make me (we'll carry on)Because the world will never take my heart (we'll carry on). 
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  • 26 Jun 2018
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  • A few weeks ago, Alternative rock band, Maryzark together with some other local artists and their fans, gathered at Cabin 420 Bar & Bistro for the music video launch of their latest single “Sshhh”. And yesterday, June 25, 2018, the band uploaded it on their official Facebook account.       “Sshhh” is the band’s latest single that was released a few months ago. It is available now on Spotify, iTunes and you can request and vote for it for streaming at Myx Philippines. The music video was directed by Eric JP and Nicole Monta of Nojire Studios. It was recorded at Yellow Room Music Philippines, mixed and mastered by Jam Bumanlag, under Warner Music Philippines. The cast for the music video was from the Philippine School for the Deaf namely Ella and Ghen Vhan.       Maryzark is composed of Ice Gecolea on vocals, Paolo Segura and Niko Bacani on guitars, Axel Vito Cruz on synth, Sean De Leon on bass, and Paulo Mendoza on drums.     Here is Maryzark’s new official music video for their song “Sshhh”  
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