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  • 23 Oct 2020
    The Midnight Greetings, the solo bedroom pop project of Kyle Maraton, paints a drowsy picture of emptiness on his debut single “Youth”—released today via indie record label, Lilystars Records. The lo-fi tune makes good on the promise of Kyle’s shaggy charm and confessional songwriting, reflecting on his struggles of losing track of time and being an inconvenience to everyone. “The song conveys the feeling of loneliness,” the Cebu-based young musician explains. He wrote “Youth” during a very productive period in his life last year, attending shows and performing live in music venues. But the bouts of depression just kept seeping in. His mind was occupied with the uncertainty of not knowing what the future holds; hence, the need to find an outlet to express his feelings.   “After enjoying the entire midnight with friends and strangers, you catch a 4am trip on your way home,” Kyle shares a familiar scenario that somehow alludes to the song. “Suddenly, you find yourself alone, completely detached from the rest. Then, this surge of unexplained emotional bleakness leaves you in deep contemplation, dragging you into thinking about where life would lead you in the coming weeks or months. These pent-up emotions inspired the song to what it is right now.”   Entangled in the woes of suburban teenage ennui and impulsive sentiments, The Midnight Greetings delivers a coming-of-age soundtrack with timeless appeal. On his latest song “Youth,” Kyle wears his Gen Z angst on the sleeves, balancing authenticity with aesthetic value, and chronicling important issues that young folks experience on a day to day basis—be it addressing mental health problems or the need to be seen or heard. The Midnight Greetings’ new single “Youth” is now available on various digital and streaming platforms worldwide via Lilystars Records.
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  • The Midnight Greetings, the solo bedroom pop project of Kyle Maraton, paints a drowsy picture of emptiness on his debut single “Youth”—released today via indie record label, Lilystars Records. The lo-fi tune makes good on the promise of Kyle’s shaggy charm and confessional songwriting, reflecting on his struggles of losing track of time and being an inconvenience to everyone. “The song conveys the feeling of loneliness,” the Cebu-based young musician explains. He wrote “Youth” during a very productive period in his life last year, attending shows and performing live in music venues. But the bouts of depression just kept seeping in. His mind was occupied with the uncertainty of not knowing what the future holds; hence, the need to find an outlet to express his feelings.   “After enjoying the entire midnight with friends and strangers, you catch a 4am trip on your way home,” Kyle shares a familiar scenario that somehow alludes to the song. “Suddenly, you find yourself alone, completely detached from the rest. Then, this surge of unexplained emotional bleakness leaves you in deep contemplation, dragging you into thinking about where life would lead you in the coming weeks or months. These pent-up emotions inspired the song to what it is right now.”   Entangled in the woes of suburban teenage ennui and impulsive sentiments, The Midnight Greetings delivers a coming-of-age soundtrack with timeless appeal. On his latest song “Youth,” Kyle wears his Gen Z angst on the sleeves, balancing authenticity with aesthetic value, and chronicling important issues that young folks experience on a day to day basis—be it addressing mental health problems or the need to be seen or heard. The Midnight Greetings’ new single “Youth” is now available on various digital and streaming platforms worldwide via Lilystars Records.
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  • 23 Oct 2020
    PhilPop, the country’s premier songwriting competition, has officially released the songs from the finalists of the Mindanao cluster on Spotify and other digital platforms worldwide this October 23, Friday.Distributed by Warner Music Philippines, the maiden batch reflects the diversity and appeal of the region’s music heritage, and champions authentic representation of the contemporary ‘Mindanaoan’ experience.The tracks available for streaming and download include “Akong Bilihon,” composed by John Cadeliña and interpreted by The Marshland; “Kasadya,” composed by Christian Chiu and interpreted by Jay-ar Vaño and XT on Sax; and “Pahuway,” composed by Sherwin Fugoso and interpreted by Ferdinand Aragon. Akong Bilhon: An anthem of resilienceAccording to singer-songwriter John Cadeliña, “Akong Bilhon” is a song about contentment. “No matter how big or small the blessings you have or received, if you really appreciate it’s true value, then it’s more than enough for you to be happy,” the Pilipinas Got Talent season 2 finalist says. “I wrote it last June, inspired by the current situation we have—that despite the negativities, the weights on our shoulders, we should still look up for the silver lining.”With its soaring arrangements and infectious melodies, the inspirational piece stresses the importance of optimism and resilience in dealing with the uncertainty of the times.John Cadeliña’s music project, The Marshland is the sole interpreter of the guitar-pop ballad. He counts the likes of Five For Fighting and City and Colours as major influences.Kasadya: An eclectic sonic brewChristian Tiu marks the passing of time on “Kasadya,” an irresistible number inspired by childhood nostalgia, Ilonggo culture, and the pandemic. Tiu’s official entry to the PhilPop 2020 Songwriting Festival looks back at the glorious memories spent with his family and grandparents.Tiu shares, “During the pandemic, that feeling of isolation was even more accentuated.The thought of spending time with our grandparents would be at the bottom of the listdue to their vulnerabilities with the virus. In the song Kasadya, I was looking back tothose times; reliving those memories and just embracing those nostalgic moments.I felt genuinely happy for those times.”Musically, “Kasadya” is an upbeat number that blends ‘80s pop with jazz, Manila Sound, ‘70s soul, and contemporary R&B sounds. It features interesting arrangements that mirror the artist’s intentional leaning towards retro-sounding appeal, while also incorporating modern touches to cater to the younger generation of listeners. The song is interpreted by Jay-ar Vaño, a singer based in Koronadal City and an active contributor to the Ilonggo pop scene, and XT on Sax, a renowned saxophonist. Pahuway: An emotionally gripping balladSherwin’s Fugoso’s stripped-down ballad “Pahuway” speaks about knowing what your heart truly desires and patiently waiting for its fulfillment. According to the folk artist, it’s a song about “longing, love, commitment, and dedication that stands against the test of time.”“Pahuway was inspired by a famous passage from Saint Augustine’s  Confession in which he states: You have made us for yourself, O Lord, and our heart is restless until it rests in you,” Fugoso explains. “His words hit me big-time, and for me, it is a must to write songs out of these very powerful words.  Pahuway portrays my longing for a cure for my daily dose of restlessness.”The spiritual song digs deeper into the songwriter’s emotional psyche, but mines a less-is-more approach to showcase the vulnerability in Fugoso’s words. Award-winning Cebu-based artist Ferdinand Aragon interprets the song with the right mix of subtlety and warmth, and even going to as far as captivating listeners with his nuanced delivery and wounded vocal styling. “Akong Bilhon,” “Kasadya,” and “Pahuway” are now available on streaming and digital platforms worldwide via PhilPop and Warner Music Philippines. 
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  • PhilPop, the country’s premier songwriting competition, has officially released the songs from the finalists of the Mindanao cluster on Spotify and other digital platforms worldwide this October 23, Friday.Distributed by Warner Music Philippines, the maiden batch reflects the diversity and appeal of the region’s music heritage, and champions authentic representation of the contemporary ‘Mindanaoan’ experience.The tracks available for streaming and download include “Akong Bilihon,” composed by John Cadeliña and interpreted by The Marshland; “Kasadya,” composed by Christian Chiu and interpreted by Jay-ar Vaño and XT on Sax; and “Pahuway,” composed by Sherwin Fugoso and interpreted by Ferdinand Aragon. Akong Bilhon: An anthem of resilienceAccording to singer-songwriter John Cadeliña, “Akong Bilhon” is a song about contentment. “No matter how big or small the blessings you have or received, if you really appreciate it’s true value, then it’s more than enough for you to be happy,” the Pilipinas Got Talent season 2 finalist says. “I wrote it last June, inspired by the current situation we have—that despite the negativities, the weights on our shoulders, we should still look up for the silver lining.”With its soaring arrangements and infectious melodies, the inspirational piece stresses the importance of optimism and resilience in dealing with the uncertainty of the times.John Cadeliña’s music project, The Marshland is the sole interpreter of the guitar-pop ballad. He counts the likes of Five For Fighting and City and Colours as major influences.Kasadya: An eclectic sonic brewChristian Tiu marks the passing of time on “Kasadya,” an irresistible number inspired by childhood nostalgia, Ilonggo culture, and the pandemic. Tiu’s official entry to the PhilPop 2020 Songwriting Festival looks back at the glorious memories spent with his family and grandparents.Tiu shares, “During the pandemic, that feeling of isolation was even more accentuated.The thought of spending time with our grandparents would be at the bottom of the listdue to their vulnerabilities with the virus. In the song Kasadya, I was looking back tothose times; reliving those memories and just embracing those nostalgic moments.I felt genuinely happy for those times.”Musically, “Kasadya” is an upbeat number that blends ‘80s pop with jazz, Manila Sound, ‘70s soul, and contemporary R&B sounds. It features interesting arrangements that mirror the artist’s intentional leaning towards retro-sounding appeal, while also incorporating modern touches to cater to the younger generation of listeners. The song is interpreted by Jay-ar Vaño, a singer based in Koronadal City and an active contributor to the Ilonggo pop scene, and XT on Sax, a renowned saxophonist. Pahuway: An emotionally gripping balladSherwin’s Fugoso’s stripped-down ballad “Pahuway” speaks about knowing what your heart truly desires and patiently waiting for its fulfillment. According to the folk artist, it’s a song about “longing, love, commitment, and dedication that stands against the test of time.”“Pahuway was inspired by a famous passage from Saint Augustine’s  Confession in which he states: You have made us for yourself, O Lord, and our heart is restless until it rests in you,” Fugoso explains. “His words hit me big-time, and for me, it is a must to write songs out of these very powerful words.  Pahuway portrays my longing for a cure for my daily dose of restlessness.”The spiritual song digs deeper into the songwriter’s emotional psyche, but mines a less-is-more approach to showcase the vulnerability in Fugoso’s words. Award-winning Cebu-based artist Ferdinand Aragon interprets the song with the right mix of subtlety and warmth, and even going to as far as captivating listeners with his nuanced delivery and wounded vocal styling. “Akong Bilhon,” “Kasadya,” and “Pahuway” are now available on streaming and digital platforms worldwide via PhilPop and Warner Music Philippines. 
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  • 23 Oct 2020
    New Zealand four-piece Drax Project are back with "Firefly," a sublime new collaboration with Fetty Wap featuring Aacacia, out now - watch HERE.   "Firefly" sees the quartet lean further into their R&B sensibilities and adopt a more mature sound, all while keeping their signature jazz licks and impeccable vibes intact. By fusing the stylings of Drax Project and Fetty Wap, "Firefly" is rich in enticing vocals, instrumentation, and iconic Fetty ad-libs, generating an intoxicating and timeless track. The track arrives alongside a visual that takes viewers on a journey through a magical bonfire party filled with a piano camp-fire, Fetty Wap apparition, love at first sight and incendiary dance moves. Written in Los Angeles with acclaimed producers Rogét Chahayed (Travis Scott, Drake) and Imad Royal (Panic! At The Disco, The Chainsmokers), the track/video united an all-star team bringing together crew members from renowned films such as The Hobbit Trilogy, Mission Impossible, King Kong, Lord of the Rings Trilogy and more. Singing on the bridge is New Zealand singer/songwriter Aacacia, who landed on the band's radar after winning a competition to perform "Catching Feelings" with the group at Rhythm and Vines Festival last "Firefly" marks Drax Project's first new release since the delivery of their self-titled debut album last fall. Since returning to New Zealand due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the boys of Drax Project have done some soul-searching and have honed in on utilizing their platforms for advocacy, such as breast cancer awareness and indigenous language preservation. The personal and artistic growth Drax Project has undergone is evident on "Firefly" and only scratches the surface of what's to come from the kiwi group.   ABOUT DRAX PROJECT: Signing to 300 Entertainment stateside as “Woke Up Late” took off everywhere, Drax Project accompanied Famous Dex on the standout single “LIGHT". The quartet continued to wow both audiences and fellow musicians, resulting in Shaan, Matt, Sam and Ben embarking on tour in Europe. After selling out their own shows in London and Paris, the group returned to Europe alongside pop sensation Christina Aguilera on the European leg of The X Tour, supporting her in major cities such as Paris, Amsterdam, Antwerp and Berlin. As Drax Project continued to make their imprint in the US music scene, they reworked their hit single “Woke Up Late” with a feature from Hailee Steinfeld. As the single climbed to the top of the radio charts, they released a music video featuring YouTube sensation, Liza Koshy. Drax Project added to the momentum with the release of “All This Time,” an eclectic anthem with elements of jazz and pop blended perfectly with a hard saxophone drop. With rich layered harmonies, the EDM hybrid bop combines relatable lyricism and impressive vocal performances from the group.    The band unveiled their debut, self-titled record in 2019, which has so far earned 15 Platinums internationally. Drax Project showcases their eclectic influences from jazz to R&B to pop and touches on themes such as love and lust, life on the road, trust and heartbreak. With sharp yet delicate production that blends classic sensibilities with a modern, shimmery touch, the guys of Drax Project are pushing pop to new heights, proving themselves to be an unstoppable musical force.   Assets: year.
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  • New Zealand four-piece Drax Project are back with "Firefly," a sublime new collaboration with Fetty Wap featuring Aacacia, out now - watch HERE.   "Firefly" sees the quartet lean further into their R&B sensibilities and adopt a more mature sound, all while keeping their signature jazz licks and impeccable vibes intact. By fusing the stylings of Drax Project and Fetty Wap, "Firefly" is rich in enticing vocals, instrumentation, and iconic Fetty ad-libs, generating an intoxicating and timeless track. The track arrives alongside a visual that takes viewers on a journey through a magical bonfire party filled with a piano camp-fire, Fetty Wap apparition, love at first sight and incendiary dance moves. Written in Los Angeles with acclaimed producers Rogét Chahayed (Travis Scott, Drake) and Imad Royal (Panic! At The Disco, The Chainsmokers), the track/video united an all-star team bringing together crew members from renowned films such as The Hobbit Trilogy, Mission Impossible, King Kong, Lord of the Rings Trilogy and more. Singing on the bridge is New Zealand singer/songwriter Aacacia, who landed on the band's radar after winning a competition to perform "Catching Feelings" with the group at Rhythm and Vines Festival last "Firefly" marks Drax Project's first new release since the delivery of their self-titled debut album last fall. Since returning to New Zealand due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the boys of Drax Project have done some soul-searching and have honed in on utilizing their platforms for advocacy, such as breast cancer awareness and indigenous language preservation. The personal and artistic growth Drax Project has undergone is evident on "Firefly" and only scratches the surface of what's to come from the kiwi group.   ABOUT DRAX PROJECT: Signing to 300 Entertainment stateside as “Woke Up Late” took off everywhere, Drax Project accompanied Famous Dex on the standout single “LIGHT". The quartet continued to wow both audiences and fellow musicians, resulting in Shaan, Matt, Sam and Ben embarking on tour in Europe. After selling out their own shows in London and Paris, the group returned to Europe alongside pop sensation Christina Aguilera on the European leg of The X Tour, supporting her in major cities such as Paris, Amsterdam, Antwerp and Berlin. As Drax Project continued to make their imprint in the US music scene, they reworked their hit single “Woke Up Late” with a feature from Hailee Steinfeld. As the single climbed to the top of the radio charts, they released a music video featuring YouTube sensation, Liza Koshy. Drax Project added to the momentum with the release of “All This Time,” an eclectic anthem with elements of jazz and pop blended perfectly with a hard saxophone drop. With rich layered harmonies, the EDM hybrid bop combines relatable lyricism and impressive vocal performances from the group.    The band unveiled their debut, self-titled record in 2019, which has so far earned 15 Platinums internationally. Drax Project showcases their eclectic influences from jazz to R&B to pop and touches on themes such as love and lust, life on the road, trust and heartbreak. With sharp yet delicate production that blends classic sensibilities with a modern, shimmery touch, the guys of Drax Project are pushing pop to new heights, proving themselves to be an unstoppable musical force.   Assets: year.
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  • 23 Oct 2020
    Major Lazer’s long-awaited fourth album, Music Is The Weapon, is out today — listen here. You can watch the official lyric video of "Hell and High Water" featuring Alessia Cara here. Featuring collaborations with Nicki Minaj, J Balvin, Anitta,Khalid and many more, MITW is Major Lazer’s first full-length album since 2015. Music Is The Weapon continues to fulfill Major Lazer's goal of making the world smaller by making the party bigger.  Coming five years after Peace Is The Mission and countless worldtours—with stops in seldom-visited destinations including Pakistan, Cuba and Nigeria—Music Is The Weapon highlights the group’s thoroughly global approach.    The new album includes songs in five languages and features collaborations with a roster of emerging artists and superstars from around the globe whom the group has encountered on their travels.    New York-born, Chileanartist Paloma Mami features on musico urbano track “QueLoQue,” Jamaican rising stars Sheensea and BEAM on "Tiny" and Indian producer Nucleya and vocalist Rashmeet Kaur on the desi bass track "Jadi Buti."    Anitta returns to the group's fold on the Latin Grammy-nominated "Rave de Favela" — their 2017 collaboration "Sua Cara" was one of the first times the now-superstar was heard outside of her native Brazil. Mr Eazi—who Lazer first collaborated with in2017 and with whom they have toured Africa—joins fellow Nigerian K4mo and the legendary Nicki Minaj on the Afrobeat-inspired "Oh My Gawd." The previously-released, chart-topping “Que Calor” with J Balvin and El Alfa embraces the reggaeton and dembow that have made the two titans of Latin music worldwide—sounds that Major Lazer first explored in 2013 with "Watch Out For This (Bumaye)" with Busy Signal (the Jamaican superstar who is featured on the Soca track “Sun Comes Up” and with whom the band has been collaborating since their very earliest releases). The result is the ultimate showcase of Major Lazer’s ability to produce massive singles and highlight vibrant sounds from up and coming artists around the world.   Additionally, six Lazerism episodes launch on Spotify today that explore the album’s backstory, as well as lyric videos for each song on Youtube and Apple Music.   MAJOR LAZER  —  MUSIC IS THE WEAPON 1. Hell and High Water (feat. Alessia Cara) 2. Sun Comes Up (feat. Busy Signal & Joeboy) 3. Bam Bam (feat. French Montana & BEAM) 4. Tiny (feat. BEAM & Sheensea) 5. Oh My Gawd with Mr Eazi (feat. Nicki Minaj and K4mo) 6. Trigger (feat. Khalid) 7. Lay Your Head On Me (feat. Marcus Mumford) 8. Can’t Take It From Me (feat. Skip Marley) 9. Rave de Favela with MC Lan & Anitta (feat. BEAM) 10. QueLoQue (feat. Paloma Mami) 11. Jadi Buti with Nucleya (feat. Rashmeet Kaur) 12. Que Calor (feat. J. Balvin & El Alfa)  
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  • Major Lazer’s long-awaited fourth album, Music Is The Weapon, is out today — listen here. You can watch the official lyric video of "Hell and High Water" featuring Alessia Cara here. Featuring collaborations with Nicki Minaj, J Balvin, Anitta,Khalid and many more, MITW is Major Lazer’s first full-length album since 2015. Music Is The Weapon continues to fulfill Major Lazer's goal of making the world smaller by making the party bigger.  Coming five years after Peace Is The Mission and countless worldtours—with stops in seldom-visited destinations including Pakistan, Cuba and Nigeria—Music Is The Weapon highlights the group’s thoroughly global approach.    The new album includes songs in five languages and features collaborations with a roster of emerging artists and superstars from around the globe whom the group has encountered on their travels.    New York-born, Chileanartist Paloma Mami features on musico urbano track “QueLoQue,” Jamaican rising stars Sheensea and BEAM on "Tiny" and Indian producer Nucleya and vocalist Rashmeet Kaur on the desi bass track "Jadi Buti."    Anitta returns to the group's fold on the Latin Grammy-nominated "Rave de Favela" — their 2017 collaboration "Sua Cara" was one of the first times the now-superstar was heard outside of her native Brazil. Mr Eazi—who Lazer first collaborated with in2017 and with whom they have toured Africa—joins fellow Nigerian K4mo and the legendary Nicki Minaj on the Afrobeat-inspired "Oh My Gawd." The previously-released, chart-topping “Que Calor” with J Balvin and El Alfa embraces the reggaeton and dembow that have made the two titans of Latin music worldwide—sounds that Major Lazer first explored in 2013 with "Watch Out For This (Bumaye)" with Busy Signal (the Jamaican superstar who is featured on the Soca track “Sun Comes Up” and with whom the band has been collaborating since their very earliest releases). The result is the ultimate showcase of Major Lazer’s ability to produce massive singles and highlight vibrant sounds from up and coming artists around the world.   Additionally, six Lazerism episodes launch on Spotify today that explore the album’s backstory, as well as lyric videos for each song on Youtube and Apple Music.   MAJOR LAZER  —  MUSIC IS THE WEAPON 1. Hell and High Water (feat. Alessia Cara) 2. Sun Comes Up (feat. Busy Signal & Joeboy) 3. Bam Bam (feat. French Montana & BEAM) 4. Tiny (feat. BEAM & Sheensea) 5. Oh My Gawd with Mr Eazi (feat. Nicki Minaj and K4mo) 6. Trigger (feat. Khalid) 7. Lay Your Head On Me (feat. Marcus Mumford) 8. Can’t Take It From Me (feat. Skip Marley) 9. Rave de Favela with MC Lan & Anitta (feat. BEAM) 10. QueLoQue (feat. Paloma Mami) 11. Jadi Buti with Nucleya (feat. Rashmeet Kaur) 12. Que Calor (feat. J. Balvin & El Alfa)  
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  • 23 Oct 2020
    When everyone's locked in side their own homes, one can't help but miss seeing the outside world, their friends, and ultimately, their loved ones. This is exactly the feeling singer-songwriter Vanessa Mendoza airs out in her newest single, "Giliw." This mellow acoustic track was written during a time when everyone's staying in their own homes, when traveling is difficult, and the distance seems to be farther than ever. Vanessa lays down this feeling in "Giliw," a love song that longs to be with a loved one once again. Giliw is now available in all digital music playforms! ~  #GiliwSpotify: spoti.fi/2IP3tByApple Music: apple.co/3jnKEls Youtube: bit.ly/35nazF3 You can also request this song via Rakista Radio app available from Google Play!
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  • When everyone's locked in side their own homes, one can't help but miss seeing the outside world, their friends, and ultimately, their loved ones. This is exactly the feeling singer-songwriter Vanessa Mendoza airs out in her newest single, "Giliw." This mellow acoustic track was written during a time when everyone's staying in their own homes, when traveling is difficult, and the distance seems to be farther than ever. Vanessa lays down this feeling in "Giliw," a love song that longs to be with a loved one once again. Giliw is now available in all digital music playforms! ~  #GiliwSpotify: spoti.fi/2IP3tByApple Music: apple.co/3jnKEls Youtube: bit.ly/35nazF3 You can also request this song via Rakista Radio app available from Google Play!
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  • 21 Oct 2020
    HONNE are back with new acoustic EP, ‘no song without you: dream edits‘ – a special reimagining of six standout tracks lifted from acclaimed mixtape, ‘no song without you‘. Listen HERE.   To coincide with the EP release, the band have also shared a special ‘london session‘ performance of title-track ‘no song without you‘, which was filmed at Tate Britain in September – watch it HERE.   Released in July, ‘no song without you‘ formed HONNE’s first material since the release of 2018 album, ‘Love Me / Love Me Not‘, and saw the band strip everything back to channel the psychedelic and infectious, care-free romanticism of the ‘60s. “It’s ok for things to sound a bit rough”, the duo explained, “rather than going into the studio and compressing guitars over and over. The more character that you leave in it, the more the listener can dive in.”   Picking out six standout tracks from the mixtape, including the title-track, ‘free love‘ and ‘by my side‘, the dream edits EP further crystalizes the musicianship HONNE demonstrated right across ‘no song wihtout you‘, and shines a light on their ability to deliver powerful and emotive live performances.   ‘no song without you: dream edits‘ is out now: LISTEN HERE
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  • HONNE are back with new acoustic EP, ‘no song without you: dream edits‘ – a special reimagining of six standout tracks lifted from acclaimed mixtape, ‘no song without you‘. Listen HERE.   To coincide with the EP release, the band have also shared a special ‘london session‘ performance of title-track ‘no song without you‘, which was filmed at Tate Britain in September – watch it HERE.   Released in July, ‘no song without you‘ formed HONNE’s first material since the release of 2018 album, ‘Love Me / Love Me Not‘, and saw the band strip everything back to channel the psychedelic and infectious, care-free romanticism of the ‘60s. “It’s ok for things to sound a bit rough”, the duo explained, “rather than going into the studio and compressing guitars over and over. The more character that you leave in it, the more the listener can dive in.”   Picking out six standout tracks from the mixtape, including the title-track, ‘free love‘ and ‘by my side‘, the dream edits EP further crystalizes the musicianship HONNE demonstrated right across ‘no song wihtout you‘, and shines a light on their ability to deliver powerful and emotive live performances.   ‘no song without you: dream edits‘ is out now: LISTEN HERE
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  • 21 Oct 2020
    Multi-talented band emerges from hiatus to announce self-penned/produced new single “Fallin’” arriving September 29th via Atlantic Records   WDW teams up with HeadCount & ATL Votes for “Why Don’t We Vote” campaign Multi-talented band Why Don’t We have officially returned, announcing their highly anticipated self-penned/produced new single “Fallin’” – arriving Tuesday, September 29th via Atlantic Records. Following a nine-month hiatus spent writing and producing their forthcoming second studio album, the group started a social media frenzy last week with a mysterious #WhereIsWDW campaign that amassed over 5.5 million impressions in under six days.   The return of Why Don’t We also marks the beginning of the band’s partnership with HeadCount and Atlantic Records’ task force ATL Votes to encourage voter registration. Kicking off yesterday with the unveiling of a “Why Don’t We Vote” mural in Los Angeles, the band is urging their wide network of fans and beyond to make their voices heard this November. For more information, please visit headcount.org/wdw.   DOWNLOAD HIGH-RES IMAGES Since their debut in 2016, Why Don’t We has amassed over 3 billion global career streams, 670 million YouTube views, 4.8 million Instagram followers, 5 RIAA Gold-certified singles, 2 Top 20 singles at Pop radio, and a Top 10 Billboard 200 debut on the with their inaugural full-length album 8 Letters. They have sold out back-to-back North American and global headline tours, in addition to performing as part of the iHeartRadio Jingle Ball tour and on heralded stages such as Radio City Music Hall & more.   WHY DON’T WE is: Daniel Seavey, Zach Herron, Corbyn Besson, Jonah Marais, and Jack Avery   CONNECT: WHYDONTWEMUSIC.COM | TWITTER | INSTAGRAM | FACEBOOK | YOUTUBE | ASSETS  
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  • Multi-talented band emerges from hiatus to announce self-penned/produced new single “Fallin’” arriving September 29th via Atlantic Records   WDW teams up with HeadCount & ATL Votes for “Why Don’t We Vote” campaign Multi-talented band Why Don’t We have officially returned, announcing their highly anticipated self-penned/produced new single “Fallin’” – arriving Tuesday, September 29th via Atlantic Records. Following a nine-month hiatus spent writing and producing their forthcoming second studio album, the group started a social media frenzy last week with a mysterious #WhereIsWDW campaign that amassed over 5.5 million impressions in under six days.   The return of Why Don’t We also marks the beginning of the band’s partnership with HeadCount and Atlantic Records’ task force ATL Votes to encourage voter registration. Kicking off yesterday with the unveiling of a “Why Don’t We Vote” mural in Los Angeles, the band is urging their wide network of fans and beyond to make their voices heard this November. For more information, please visit headcount.org/wdw.   DOWNLOAD HIGH-RES IMAGES Since their debut in 2016, Why Don’t We has amassed over 3 billion global career streams, 670 million YouTube views, 4.8 million Instagram followers, 5 RIAA Gold-certified singles, 2 Top 20 singles at Pop radio, and a Top 10 Billboard 200 debut on the with their inaugural full-length album 8 Letters. They have sold out back-to-back North American and global headline tours, in addition to performing as part of the iHeartRadio Jingle Ball tour and on heralded stages such as Radio City Music Hall & more.   WHY DON’T WE is: Daniel Seavey, Zach Herron, Corbyn Besson, Jonah Marais, and Jack Avery   CONNECT: WHYDONTWEMUSIC.COM | TWITTER | INSTAGRAM | FACEBOOK | YOUTUBE | ASSETS  
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  • 17 Oct 2020
    Beabadoobee today releases her highly anticipated debut album Fake it Flowers via Dirty Hit. As one of the UK’s most exciting recent breakthrough artists, Beabadoobee has been on a stratospheric rise since the release of her first acoustic songs, crafted in her childhood bedroom. A raw, confessional album with real trauma at its heart, Fake It Flowers is by far Bea’s most mature body of work to date, tak- ing a sonic journey that documents the delicate sounds of her early EPs all the way through to huge jan- gling guitar anthems that nod to her 90’s grunge heroes. To celebrate the album’s release, this evening Beabadoobee will be playing a full band live performance of the album on Youtube. The show will be broadcast at 8:30pm UK time, tune in at YouTube.com/be- abadoobee    “a thrilling debut from Gen-Z’s newest guitar hero” - 5*, NME “The diary-entry nature of Bea’s songwriting... makes the fuzzy, bubblegum grunge of ‘Fake It Flowers’ a perfect brooding soundtrack” - 4*, DIY   As she always does, Bea came back to where it all started, her childhood bedroom, to write Fake It Flow- ers. "There's something about the arched walls, and the weird smells, and the Tom Hanks posters, that frickin' hits – like, as soon as I walk into my bedroom I want to write something." She took her time there to delve into difficult parts of her history. "Mistakes I made on tour correlated to what happened when I was young," she explains. "It was like a pattern. I went back to a really dark time." Writing, she says, helped her through. "[Childhood] was a traumatic time. I'm still trying to get over it, with the help of therapy and with the help of people around me. It's gonna take a while, but writing this album has helped a lot. Every song is so personal, I'm low-key fucking terrified to show it to the world." The album’s lead singles ‘Care’, which has since been streamed almost four million times, and ‘Sorry’, described by The Guardian as a “masterfully restrained expression of regret, eventually pushing sardonic 90s alt-rock into the sky-splitting territory” showcase Bea at her most determined and anthemic, while she tack- les personal topics from teenage infidelity on ‘Worth It’ to neglected relationships on the tender ‘How Was Your Day?’. Earlier this week Beabadoobee shared ‘Together’ from the album, an un- guarded song about wrestling with the need for affection and comfort but also understanding that it’s impossible to stay in the same place in time forever. Embracing her imperfections and her mistakes, vulnerability is at the core of Fake It Flowers, a genuinely raw and unflinching record: “hopefully people will start to see that I'm learning and growing, and that this al- bum represents that," she adds. Listen to / buy / download Fake It Flowers Fake It Flowers Care Worth It Dye It Red Back To Mars Charlie Brown Emo Song Sorry Further Away Horen Sarrison       How Was Your Day? Together Yoshimi, Forest, Magdalene Beabadoobee is set to play a run of headline shows in 2021 to celebrate the release of Fake It Flowers. The Fake It Flowers tour will take place across the UK and Ireland in September and October next year, taking in 14 dates across the country, including a hometown show at London’s O2 Forum Kentish Town. Tickets are on sale now. 2021 UK & IE Tour Dates Tue 07 Sep - MANCHESTER - O2 Ritz Thu 09 Sep - LEEDS - Beckett University Fri 10 Sep - NOTTINGHAM - Rescue Rooms Sat 11 Sep - BIRMINGHAM - O2 Institute Mon 13 Sep - CAMBRIDGE - Junction Tue 14 Sep - LEICESTER - O2 Academy Thu 23 Sep - LONDON - O2 Forum Kentish Town Fri 24 Sep - BRISTOL - SWX Sat 25 Sep - OXFORD - O2 Academy Tue 28 Sep - DUBLIN - The Academy Wed 29 Sep - BELFAST - Oh Yeah Music Centre Sat 02 Oct - NEWCASTLE - University Students Union Sun 03 Oct - EDINBURGH - The Liquid Room Mon 04 Oct - GLASGOW - SWG3     Born in the Philippines and raised in London, Bea Kristi began recording music as Beabadoobee in 2017. At just 20 years old, Beabadoobee has built her huge, dedicated Gen-Z fan base with her flawless output of confessional bedroom pop songs and DIY aesthetic. Her first track, ‘Coffee’ gathered hundreds of thousands of streams in a matter of days, through a fan-uploaded video, and has since taken on new life as a sample in Powfu’s TikTok and worldwide chart-dominating hit. Earlier this year Bea took to the road on a UK arena tour with labelmates The 1975, including two sold out shows at London’s O2 arena. The end of 2019 also saw her tour the US with Clairo, headline the sold out Dirty Hit Tour and release her acclaimed third EP Space Cadet, the follow up 2018’s Dirty Hit debut Patched Up and her stardom cementing Loveworm. Her highly anticipated debut album Fake It Flowers is out now.
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  • Beabadoobee today releases her highly anticipated debut album Fake it Flowers via Dirty Hit. As one of the UK’s most exciting recent breakthrough artists, Beabadoobee has been on a stratospheric rise since the release of her first acoustic songs, crafted in her childhood bedroom. A raw, confessional album with real trauma at its heart, Fake It Flowers is by far Bea’s most mature body of work to date, tak- ing a sonic journey that documents the delicate sounds of her early EPs all the way through to huge jan- gling guitar anthems that nod to her 90’s grunge heroes. To celebrate the album’s release, this evening Beabadoobee will be playing a full band live performance of the album on Youtube. The show will be broadcast at 8:30pm UK time, tune in at YouTube.com/be- abadoobee    “a thrilling debut from Gen-Z’s newest guitar hero” - 5*, NME “The diary-entry nature of Bea’s songwriting... makes the fuzzy, bubblegum grunge of ‘Fake It Flowers’ a perfect brooding soundtrack” - 4*, DIY   As she always does, Bea came back to where it all started, her childhood bedroom, to write Fake It Flow- ers. "There's something about the arched walls, and the weird smells, and the Tom Hanks posters, that frickin' hits – like, as soon as I walk into my bedroom I want to write something." She took her time there to delve into difficult parts of her history. "Mistakes I made on tour correlated to what happened when I was young," she explains. "It was like a pattern. I went back to a really dark time." Writing, she says, helped her through. "[Childhood] was a traumatic time. I'm still trying to get over it, with the help of therapy and with the help of people around me. It's gonna take a while, but writing this album has helped a lot. Every song is so personal, I'm low-key fucking terrified to show it to the world." The album’s lead singles ‘Care’, which has since been streamed almost four million times, and ‘Sorry’, described by The Guardian as a “masterfully restrained expression of regret, eventually pushing sardonic 90s alt-rock into the sky-splitting territory” showcase Bea at her most determined and anthemic, while she tack- les personal topics from teenage infidelity on ‘Worth It’ to neglected relationships on the tender ‘How Was Your Day?’. Earlier this week Beabadoobee shared ‘Together’ from the album, an un- guarded song about wrestling with the need for affection and comfort but also understanding that it’s impossible to stay in the same place in time forever. Embracing her imperfections and her mistakes, vulnerability is at the core of Fake It Flowers, a genuinely raw and unflinching record: “hopefully people will start to see that I'm learning and growing, and that this al- bum represents that," she adds. Listen to / buy / download Fake It Flowers Fake It Flowers Care Worth It Dye It Red Back To Mars Charlie Brown Emo Song Sorry Further Away Horen Sarrison       How Was Your Day? Together Yoshimi, Forest, Magdalene Beabadoobee is set to play a run of headline shows in 2021 to celebrate the release of Fake It Flowers. The Fake It Flowers tour will take place across the UK and Ireland in September and October next year, taking in 14 dates across the country, including a hometown show at London’s O2 Forum Kentish Town. Tickets are on sale now. 2021 UK & IE Tour Dates Tue 07 Sep - MANCHESTER - O2 Ritz Thu 09 Sep - LEEDS - Beckett University Fri 10 Sep - NOTTINGHAM - Rescue Rooms Sat 11 Sep - BIRMINGHAM - O2 Institute Mon 13 Sep - CAMBRIDGE - Junction Tue 14 Sep - LEICESTER - O2 Academy Thu 23 Sep - LONDON - O2 Forum Kentish Town Fri 24 Sep - BRISTOL - SWX Sat 25 Sep - OXFORD - O2 Academy Tue 28 Sep - DUBLIN - The Academy Wed 29 Sep - BELFAST - Oh Yeah Music Centre Sat 02 Oct - NEWCASTLE - University Students Union Sun 03 Oct - EDINBURGH - The Liquid Room Mon 04 Oct - GLASGOW - SWG3     Born in the Philippines and raised in London, Bea Kristi began recording music as Beabadoobee in 2017. At just 20 years old, Beabadoobee has built her huge, dedicated Gen-Z fan base with her flawless output of confessional bedroom pop songs and DIY aesthetic. Her first track, ‘Coffee’ gathered hundreds of thousands of streams in a matter of days, through a fan-uploaded video, and has since taken on new life as a sample in Powfu’s TikTok and worldwide chart-dominating hit. Earlier this year Bea took to the road on a UK arena tour with labelmates The 1975, including two sold out shows at London’s O2 arena. The end of 2019 also saw her tour the US with Clairo, headline the sold out Dirty Hit Tour and release her acclaimed third EP Space Cadet, the follow up 2018’s Dirty Hit debut Patched Up and her stardom cementing Loveworm. Her highly anticipated debut album Fake It Flowers is out now.
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  • 12 Oct 2020
    Kubra Commander joins Lilystars Records’ impressive roster of music acts from the Philippines and beyond. Prior to signing up with the indie record label, the Cebu-based psychedelic rock outfit has been making waves online since the release of their breakthrough track, “On Your Left,” which made it to CNN’s 8 New Local Releases for your Listening Pleasureand earned a glowing review from indie music website, Flying Lugaw. To mark their debut on Lilystars Records, the band has finally released their latest single “The Now”—a brooding, post-punk number about “gaining a new perspective on things through experience, and having an inclination to share the experience with other people in hopes that they can gain something new in return.”  Propelled by Kubra Commander’s inherent brand of disaffected cool, “The Now” starts off strongly with glistening synths straight from the ‘80s pop playbook, and builds up into an anthemic chorus at a brisk pace. Music-wise, it sounds more indebted to the band’s post punk and new wave influences, as well as the escapist, modern indie rock anthems of music acts such as MGMT and Empire of The Sun. “I believe the chiming synth riff was what nailed it for me, playing it over the chords and beat gave a danceable feel to the track which I really liked,” vocalist and guitarist Bobbi Olvido shares the details about the music arrangements. “Everything just followed through from that point. It's the first song where in all the members we're able to contribute in the recording process, and it was quite easy to have everyone be on the same page production-wise. I also wanted to try to play with the idea of singing all the verses first and having all the choruses after.” “The Now” will be part of Kubra Commander’s upcoming new album, Rhythm Tourists to be released in 2021.   
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  • Kubra Commander joins Lilystars Records’ impressive roster of music acts from the Philippines and beyond. Prior to signing up with the indie record label, the Cebu-based psychedelic rock outfit has been making waves online since the release of their breakthrough track, “On Your Left,” which made it to CNN’s 8 New Local Releases for your Listening Pleasureand earned a glowing review from indie music website, Flying Lugaw. To mark their debut on Lilystars Records, the band has finally released their latest single “The Now”—a brooding, post-punk number about “gaining a new perspective on things through experience, and having an inclination to share the experience with other people in hopes that they can gain something new in return.”  Propelled by Kubra Commander’s inherent brand of disaffected cool, “The Now” starts off strongly with glistening synths straight from the ‘80s pop playbook, and builds up into an anthemic chorus at a brisk pace. Music-wise, it sounds more indebted to the band’s post punk and new wave influences, as well as the escapist, modern indie rock anthems of music acts such as MGMT and Empire of The Sun. “I believe the chiming synth riff was what nailed it for me, playing it over the chords and beat gave a danceable feel to the track which I really liked,” vocalist and guitarist Bobbi Olvido shares the details about the music arrangements. “Everything just followed through from that point. It's the first song where in all the members we're able to contribute in the recording process, and it was quite easy to have everyone be on the same page production-wise. I also wanted to try to play with the idea of singing all the verses first and having all the choruses after.” “The Now” will be part of Kubra Commander’s upcoming new album, Rhythm Tourists to be released in 2021.   
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  • 12 Oct 2020
    Award-winning nine-piece band, Ben&Ben joins the impressive roster of nominees for the 2020 MTV Europe Music Awards (EMA).     The official announcement enlisted the critically acclaimed collective as a nominee for Best Southeast Asian Act—a special category that aims to recognize the region’s finest.   According to percussionist Andrew de Pano, the group wasn’t really sure of what to feel after receiving the news, but felt grateful to be part of this year’s selection. “Being nominated feels like such a huge honor, so we have nothing but gratitude to all the people who helped us get here,” Miguel says in a statement. “We all grew up seeing all our favorite artists get nominated for MTV awards, so to actually be in this same position feels nothing short of surreal.”     Ben&Ben vocalist and guitarist Paolo Benjamin also expressed gratitude to everyone who supported the band. “We've always worked towards a collective goal to play music that speaks to and of the heart and soul of the Filipino. In our humble yet exciting journey of sharing our musical stories to the world, we thank everyone for continuing to believe in us. We promise to continue giving our all in every single step.”     Aside from Ben&Ben, other music acts that were shortlisted in the same category from the previous years include Sarah Geronimo, James Reid, Nadine Lustre, IV of Spades and Moira Dela Torre.   To vote for Ben&Ben, click here. Voting runs until November 2 (Monday).   The 27th edition of MTV EMA will be aired on November 8. Details on the performers, presenters and hosts will be announced soon.
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  • Award-winning nine-piece band, Ben&Ben joins the impressive roster of nominees for the 2020 MTV Europe Music Awards (EMA).     The official announcement enlisted the critically acclaimed collective as a nominee for Best Southeast Asian Act—a special category that aims to recognize the region’s finest.   According to percussionist Andrew de Pano, the group wasn’t really sure of what to feel after receiving the news, but felt grateful to be part of this year’s selection. “Being nominated feels like such a huge honor, so we have nothing but gratitude to all the people who helped us get here,” Miguel says in a statement. “We all grew up seeing all our favorite artists get nominated for MTV awards, so to actually be in this same position feels nothing short of surreal.”     Ben&Ben vocalist and guitarist Paolo Benjamin also expressed gratitude to everyone who supported the band. “We've always worked towards a collective goal to play music that speaks to and of the heart and soul of the Filipino. In our humble yet exciting journey of sharing our musical stories to the world, we thank everyone for continuing to believe in us. We promise to continue giving our all in every single step.”     Aside from Ben&Ben, other music acts that were shortlisted in the same category from the previous years include Sarah Geronimo, James Reid, Nadine Lustre, IV of Spades and Moira Dela Torre.   To vote for Ben&Ben, click here. Voting runs until November 2 (Monday).   The 27th edition of MTV EMA will be aired on November 8. Details on the performers, presenters and hosts will be announced soon.
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  • 09 Oct 2020
    If you thought the production on their previous songs are brilliant, Leanne and Naara take their sound to a new level on their new release, "Keeping Me Up."Keeping Me Up, the creative duo's first single in a while is a testimony to their artistic growth. At just four years since breaking through, Leanne and Naara’s garnered constant positive buzz from fans and media critics who have fallen in love with their sound. With the new single, people will rave about them even more. Talking about the new song, Leanne shared, "Keeping Me Up is a product of the songwriting camp we attended in Sweden in October last year. It was a three-day songwriting camp that we had the privilege to be a part of. We never thought we’d get ever the chance to come to Sweden, and to be there for the purpose of music made the trip even more special. It was lovely because we got to experience their process of songwriting and music production firsthand. They’re full of ideas and so innovative that’s why it’s no surprise that most modern pop songs that top the charts come from there." Their time spent in Sweden allowed Leanne and Naara to explore a different side of their artistry that pushed them to new-found capacities. The duo delved further into the "indie pop" world, incorporating sounds more complex compared to their other songs. "We worked with a different set of producers every day. The second day at camp was really exciting because it was our first time to work with a topline writer. A topliner is the one who comes up with the melody of the song. Keeping Me Up was written on this day with Elias as our producer and Patrik as our topliner. Some of the artists he’s worked with are Jojo and Akon so it was a pleasure working with him indeed!", Leanne added.Keeping Me Up, produced at Northbound Studios, Stockholm Sweden, presents Leanne and Naara turning a corner with a new indie pop and r&b sound—the product of their harmonious team-up with the Swedish music makers. "We actually just started jamming to different chord progressions and melodies until we found the perfect style for the song. We wouldn’t be able to come up with this beautiful track without the help of Elias (producer) and Patrik (topliner). The one who really put the indie-pop and r&b vibe was Elias. It was magic when he made it because he was just jamming to himself while we were writing the lyrics and then after a few minutes, he came up with this dance-y vibe and melody that’s perfect with the hook that we made with Patrik. It was really a collaborative work." Leanne and Naara is no stranger to writing about love and relationships, with songs like "Again" and "Evergreen" among their hit singles. Narrated with catchy beats and honest lyrics, Keeping Me Up tells a budding romance that's easily relatable for anyone listening. On their move toward this new direction, Naara said, "This song is totally different from our previous tracks because it’s a mix of pop, indie, soul and r&b. This time we didn’t box our sound into one genre. And this song will be the bridge to our new sound so they’d better be ready to hear more upbeat songs from us! We really hope they’ll enjoy and love listening it as much as we do."New song releases used to come with press launches and a bar tour, but live music continues to bear the brunt of the pandemic. With everything done virtually, even Leanne and Naara had to make adjustments when interacting with their fans. "We miss human contact. We’re lucky that we can still connect with the help of technology, but being able to look into an audience member’s eyes while performing onstage, or getting to hug our friends and chat with them after a performance, and even watching our favorite artists, these are priceless interactions that sadly we cannot afford to have now. We definitely miss it, and we hope we can come back to the stage soon. But 'til then, we’ll strive to look for more creative ways to share our music and our experiences."For fans and new listeners, expect more exciting news from Leanne and Naara for the rest of the year. Keep tabs by following their and Warner Music Philippines' social media pages.
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  • If you thought the production on their previous songs are brilliant, Leanne and Naara take their sound to a new level on their new release, "Keeping Me Up."Keeping Me Up, the creative duo's first single in a while is a testimony to their artistic growth. At just four years since breaking through, Leanne and Naara’s garnered constant positive buzz from fans and media critics who have fallen in love with their sound. With the new single, people will rave about them even more. Talking about the new song, Leanne shared, "Keeping Me Up is a product of the songwriting camp we attended in Sweden in October last year. It was a three-day songwriting camp that we had the privilege to be a part of. We never thought we’d get ever the chance to come to Sweden, and to be there for the purpose of music made the trip even more special. It was lovely because we got to experience their process of songwriting and music production firsthand. They’re full of ideas and so innovative that’s why it’s no surprise that most modern pop songs that top the charts come from there." Their time spent in Sweden allowed Leanne and Naara to explore a different side of their artistry that pushed them to new-found capacities. The duo delved further into the "indie pop" world, incorporating sounds more complex compared to their other songs. "We worked with a different set of producers every day. The second day at camp was really exciting because it was our first time to work with a topline writer. A topliner is the one who comes up with the melody of the song. Keeping Me Up was written on this day with Elias as our producer and Patrik as our topliner. Some of the artists he’s worked with are Jojo and Akon so it was a pleasure working with him indeed!", Leanne added.Keeping Me Up, produced at Northbound Studios, Stockholm Sweden, presents Leanne and Naara turning a corner with a new indie pop and r&b sound—the product of their harmonious team-up with the Swedish music makers. "We actually just started jamming to different chord progressions and melodies until we found the perfect style for the song. We wouldn’t be able to come up with this beautiful track without the help of Elias (producer) and Patrik (topliner). The one who really put the indie-pop and r&b vibe was Elias. It was magic when he made it because he was just jamming to himself while we were writing the lyrics and then after a few minutes, he came up with this dance-y vibe and melody that’s perfect with the hook that we made with Patrik. It was really a collaborative work." Leanne and Naara is no stranger to writing about love and relationships, with songs like "Again" and "Evergreen" among their hit singles. Narrated with catchy beats and honest lyrics, Keeping Me Up tells a budding romance that's easily relatable for anyone listening. On their move toward this new direction, Naara said, "This song is totally different from our previous tracks because it’s a mix of pop, indie, soul and r&b. This time we didn’t box our sound into one genre. And this song will be the bridge to our new sound so they’d better be ready to hear more upbeat songs from us! We really hope they’ll enjoy and love listening it as much as we do."New song releases used to come with press launches and a bar tour, but live music continues to bear the brunt of the pandemic. With everything done virtually, even Leanne and Naara had to make adjustments when interacting with their fans. "We miss human contact. We’re lucky that we can still connect with the help of technology, but being able to look into an audience member’s eyes while performing onstage, or getting to hug our friends and chat with them after a performance, and even watching our favorite artists, these are priceless interactions that sadly we cannot afford to have now. We definitely miss it, and we hope we can come back to the stage soon. But 'til then, we’ll strive to look for more creative ways to share our music and our experiences."For fans and new listeners, expect more exciting news from Leanne and Naara for the rest of the year. Keep tabs by following their and Warner Music Philippines' social media pages.
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  • 08 Oct 2020
    Indie pop trio Parasouls deftly captures the frustration of romantic yearning on their debut single “Can We, Can We”—released today via Lilystars Records. A brisk but engaging alt-rock number that brings to mind the likes of The Cranberries and Frankie Cosmos, the band’s latest release is a tribute to a beloved sci-fi character from one of the longest running TV series in the world. “This is a funny story: Can We, Can We is actually the first song I’ve ever written back when I was seventeen,” guitarist and vocalist Dani Dimaano says. “I wrote about one of my favorite TV shows, Doctor Who. This song, in particular, is an ode to Rose Tyler and The Doctor in the TARDIS.” The song was originally recorded in acoustic form, and was written way back in high school by Dani and bassist Joshua Gaces. “We tweaked the rhythm a little bit so it would fit the band setting better,” Dani shares. “Also, fun fact: I really wanted to put in a dotted 8 delay somewhere in the song, so I spent so much time trying to learn that just to make sure it makes it to the record.” The final version of “Can We Can We” is indicative of the band’s combined music influences, which touch on a more playful but deceptively simple arrangement and anthemic pacing. It sets the tone for their future releases, where the music is written and produced with the right mix of inherent rawness, melodic sheen, and pop sensibility.Parasouls’ “Can We Can We” is now available on all streaming and digital platforms worldwide.
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  • Indie pop trio Parasouls deftly captures the frustration of romantic yearning on their debut single “Can We, Can We”—released today via Lilystars Records. A brisk but engaging alt-rock number that brings to mind the likes of The Cranberries and Frankie Cosmos, the band’s latest release is a tribute to a beloved sci-fi character from one of the longest running TV series in the world. “This is a funny story: Can We, Can We is actually the first song I’ve ever written back when I was seventeen,” guitarist and vocalist Dani Dimaano says. “I wrote about one of my favorite TV shows, Doctor Who. This song, in particular, is an ode to Rose Tyler and The Doctor in the TARDIS.” The song was originally recorded in acoustic form, and was written way back in high school by Dani and bassist Joshua Gaces. “We tweaked the rhythm a little bit so it would fit the band setting better,” Dani shares. “Also, fun fact: I really wanted to put in a dotted 8 delay somewhere in the song, so I spent so much time trying to learn that just to make sure it makes it to the record.” The final version of “Can We Can We” is indicative of the band’s combined music influences, which touch on a more playful but deceptively simple arrangement and anthemic pacing. It sets the tone for their future releases, where the music is written and produced with the right mix of inherent rawness, melodic sheen, and pop sensibility.Parasouls’ “Can We Can We” is now available on all streaming and digital platforms worldwide.
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  • 06 Oct 2020
    K Sounds is excited to announce a remix contest for LA Santos’ new single, Hibang! Written by Josan Enos Perez, the song is a bona fide dance anthem that combines LA’s soulful vocals with a dark, sensuous club vibe.     If LA himself likes your mix (as well as judges Dara Carmina, Migs Santillan and David Ardiente), you could win some awesome prizes, including P10,000 for Best Remix, P5,000 for People’s Choice, a 7K Sounds ‘New Normal’ kit, a 4-pack PCK Light Ale, Drunk Barista liquor, and Calle Con bucket hat!   How to join: Send the following information to the 7K Sounds Facebook page: Name (Last, First, Middle) Contact number Email address Home address Birthday (mm-dd-yyyy)   Fill up the Google form linked here: https://bit.ly/2ETLusf Wait for the master audio file to be sent to your submitted Email address Upload your entry on your personal or artist Facebook page Set to Public viewing Tag LA Santos and 7K Sounds Facebook page Add hashtag #HibangRemixContest   The submission deadline for the Hibang Remix Contest is Saturday, October 17.   Four remixes for the single have been released on Spotify, Apple Music and other digital platforms as of Friday, October 2, 2020. These remixes are brought to you by talented producers Funk Arvy, Katsy Lee, Gummy Manila and Menon & Steelo. Listen to them here: https://spoti.fi/34mzMPD   This contest is brought to you by 7K Sounds, the fresh new record label that LA and many other exciting acts call home. Look out for more new releases to come from 7K’s upstart collection of innovative talent!  
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  • K Sounds is excited to announce a remix contest for LA Santos’ new single, Hibang! Written by Josan Enos Perez, the song is a bona fide dance anthem that combines LA’s soulful vocals with a dark, sensuous club vibe.     If LA himself likes your mix (as well as judges Dara Carmina, Migs Santillan and David Ardiente), you could win some awesome prizes, including P10,000 for Best Remix, P5,000 for People’s Choice, a 7K Sounds ‘New Normal’ kit, a 4-pack PCK Light Ale, Drunk Barista liquor, and Calle Con bucket hat!   How to join: Send the following information to the 7K Sounds Facebook page: Name (Last, First, Middle) Contact number Email address Home address Birthday (mm-dd-yyyy)   Fill up the Google form linked here: https://bit.ly/2ETLusf Wait for the master audio file to be sent to your submitted Email address Upload your entry on your personal or artist Facebook page Set to Public viewing Tag LA Santos and 7K Sounds Facebook page Add hashtag #HibangRemixContest   The submission deadline for the Hibang Remix Contest is Saturday, October 17.   Four remixes for the single have been released on Spotify, Apple Music and other digital platforms as of Friday, October 2, 2020. These remixes are brought to you by talented producers Funk Arvy, Katsy Lee, Gummy Manila and Menon & Steelo. Listen to them here: https://spoti.fi/34mzMPD   This contest is brought to you by 7K Sounds, the fresh new record label that LA and many other exciting acts call home. Look out for more new releases to come from 7K’s upstart collection of innovative talent!  
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  • 05 Oct 2020
    Mercy is a song about battling depression and the demons that corrupt a person’s mind. It talks about the elements a person holds on to whether it be religion, family, or friends. Without the needed support, it is difficult to overcome. The song talks about a very dangerous state of mind and the struggles not to be a victim of it.The band wanted to go back to its roots to record a heavy guitar driven track. The song still stays true to the Moonshine sound with its odd-timed verses in an unconventional song structure. The verses are sung in a high angry pitch, as the melody of the choruses’ somber down to a harmonizing eerie feel. “We really pushed our vocalist, Gian Sison to sing the “hell out” of the verses”. Moonshine’s 8-piece entourage is definably heard with the layers of electric and acoustic guitars, heavy drum and bass line, percussions, harmonica and the twin back-up vocals blanketing the melodies throughout the track. The song was composed with one guitar and one vocal melody. “Everyone in the band just contributed in arranging the song as to how it turned out to be”. Athena Sayaman orchestrated a lot of ideas for the back-up vocal arrangement. Aris Sison added layered guitar choruses and Ton Gregorio on acoustic guitar.It took a long time to finish recording because of the pandemic. The band needed to ensure the safety of everyone. Shaun Hilario (drummer) and Carlo Ybanez (bassist) isolated themselves in two separate recording days to lay down their tracks. Angela Rivera (back-up vocalist) submitted her vocal tracks remotely while the whole song was mastered via a video conferencing service on-line. Composed by Bryan Gatmaitan, produced by Hey Moonshine under Viva Records Corp. Listen to Mercy in Spotify and all digital music platforms.Listen to Mercy here:  http://bit.ly/MercyPL
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  • Mercy is a song about battling depression and the demons that corrupt a person’s mind. It talks about the elements a person holds on to whether it be religion, family, or friends. Without the needed support, it is difficult to overcome. The song talks about a very dangerous state of mind and the struggles not to be a victim of it.The band wanted to go back to its roots to record a heavy guitar driven track. The song still stays true to the Moonshine sound with its odd-timed verses in an unconventional song structure. The verses are sung in a high angry pitch, as the melody of the choruses’ somber down to a harmonizing eerie feel. “We really pushed our vocalist, Gian Sison to sing the “hell out” of the verses”. Moonshine’s 8-piece entourage is definably heard with the layers of electric and acoustic guitars, heavy drum and bass line, percussions, harmonica and the twin back-up vocals blanketing the melodies throughout the track. The song was composed with one guitar and one vocal melody. “Everyone in the band just contributed in arranging the song as to how it turned out to be”. Athena Sayaman orchestrated a lot of ideas for the back-up vocal arrangement. Aris Sison added layered guitar choruses and Ton Gregorio on acoustic guitar.It took a long time to finish recording because of the pandemic. The band needed to ensure the safety of everyone. Shaun Hilario (drummer) and Carlo Ybanez (bassist) isolated themselves in two separate recording days to lay down their tracks. Angela Rivera (back-up vocalist) submitted her vocal tracks remotely while the whole song was mastered via a video conferencing service on-line. Composed by Bryan Gatmaitan, produced by Hey Moonshine under Viva Records Corp. Listen to Mercy in Spotify and all digital music platforms.Listen to Mercy here:  http://bit.ly/MercyPL
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  • 05 Oct 2020
    There's a massive wave of new music being put out this year, from heavyweights releasing long-awaited comeback singles and albums to rising acts entering unchartered territories. The latter include Warner Music Indonesia's star-in-the-making Rahmania Astrini who's promoting her upcoming all-English EP and collaboration with our very own soul duo, Leanne and Naara.   Rahmania Astrini's first self-written English song "It's Amazing" opened the doors for the singer-songwriter to become one of Indonesia's promising new artists. Her debut single charted in six countries, and peaked at Apple Music's Top 30 during its first week, while her follow-up single "Tak Lagi Sama" garnered more than 600k YouTube views and 300k Spotify streams in less than a month.   Before closing the year, Rahmania decided to release her newest single "Runaway" and introduce herself outside of her home country. "Runaway" is produced by Björn "Mr. Fantastic" Djupström, whose achievements include creating hit songs for Nicki Minaj, Jessie Reyez, J-Lo, and Khaled. For Rahmania, collaborating with Mr. Fantastic feels like a dream. "I never imagined that I could work with such a great producer and songwriter as him." Rahmania also added that she was delighted when Mr. Fantastic helped her out with this release.   Rahmania admits that she has a strong personal sentiment embedded in "Runaway". "There is [inspiration] actually. It's about someone who made me feel a dilemma in the relationship. It's about a love-hate relationship that makes you feel like escaping."   "Runaway" is part of Rahmania Astrini’s debut extended play (EP), which is scheduled to be released in 2021. The all-English EP will feature international artists including the Philippines’ Leanne & Naara whom Rahmania met at a songwriting camp in Stockholm, Sweden. Rahmania admits that she really looks up to the duo, and enjoyed the time that they spent together. “We spent a couple of days together in Sweden – strolled around the city, drank more than 2 cups of coffee every time we wrote a song, and made a cover video together where they sounded totally amazing. I truly had the best time of my life. It was really nice working with Leanne & Naara. They are music geniuses who are really funny, kind, and just amazing – I’m really excited for their upcoming releases as well!".   Rahmania Astrini’s "Runaway" is now out digitally on Spotify and Apple Music. Follow Warner Music Philippines for updates on the Leanne and Naara and Rahmania Astrini collab track coming out soon.
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  • There's a massive wave of new music being put out this year, from heavyweights releasing long-awaited comeback singles and albums to rising acts entering unchartered territories. The latter include Warner Music Indonesia's star-in-the-making Rahmania Astrini who's promoting her upcoming all-English EP and collaboration with our very own soul duo, Leanne and Naara.   Rahmania Astrini's first self-written English song "It's Amazing" opened the doors for the singer-songwriter to become one of Indonesia's promising new artists. Her debut single charted in six countries, and peaked at Apple Music's Top 30 during its first week, while her follow-up single "Tak Lagi Sama" garnered more than 600k YouTube views and 300k Spotify streams in less than a month.   Before closing the year, Rahmania decided to release her newest single "Runaway" and introduce herself outside of her home country. "Runaway" is produced by Björn "Mr. Fantastic" Djupström, whose achievements include creating hit songs for Nicki Minaj, Jessie Reyez, J-Lo, and Khaled. For Rahmania, collaborating with Mr. Fantastic feels like a dream. "I never imagined that I could work with such a great producer and songwriter as him." Rahmania also added that she was delighted when Mr. Fantastic helped her out with this release.   Rahmania admits that she has a strong personal sentiment embedded in "Runaway". "There is [inspiration] actually. It's about someone who made me feel a dilemma in the relationship. It's about a love-hate relationship that makes you feel like escaping."   "Runaway" is part of Rahmania Astrini’s debut extended play (EP), which is scheduled to be released in 2021. The all-English EP will feature international artists including the Philippines’ Leanne & Naara whom Rahmania met at a songwriting camp in Stockholm, Sweden. Rahmania admits that she really looks up to the duo, and enjoyed the time that they spent together. “We spent a couple of days together in Sweden – strolled around the city, drank more than 2 cups of coffee every time we wrote a song, and made a cover video together where they sounded totally amazing. I truly had the best time of my life. It was really nice working with Leanne & Naara. They are music geniuses who are really funny, kind, and just amazing – I’m really excited for their upcoming releases as well!".   Rahmania Astrini’s "Runaway" is now out digitally on Spotify and Apple Music. Follow Warner Music Philippines for updates on the Leanne and Naara and Rahmania Astrini collab track coming out soon.
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  • 05 Oct 2020
    “Melancholic nu disco meet nu garage vibes lay over a modern house groove, with sultry pop vocal top lines and stabs reigning through. Think of a slowed down two-step remix of a vocal banger from the early two-thousands, this Asian collaboration has done a bit of digging around to carve their sound.” - Mixmag Asia   FRIDAY 2 OCTOBER - Singapore producer-songwriter Eve Alai collaborates with Sri Lankan pop artist Senara again on his brand new single ‘For Life’. The second single of his upcoming debut EP, For Life features Eve Alai’s signature blend of deep house and nu disco influences with relatable lyrics carried by Senara’s undeniable voice.
   For Life was inspired by the sets of deep house played at nightclubs in Eve Alai’s native Colombo. “The song is catered for the dancefloor. This is what nightlife sounds like in my head. I want my song to move people physically, from a head bop to a full on shuffle”, declares the underrated producer.   Eve Alai’s previous release, “Pills and Potions,” also with Senara, has already been featured on Mixmag Asia and the cover of Fresh &. His debut EP is scheduled to drop in early 2021 via Singapore indie label Umami Records.   Listen to For Life via Umami Records: https://www.umamirecords.sg/for-life/   About Eve Alai Singapore based electronic producer-songwriter Eve Alai makes dance music fused with timeless melodies, designed to give listeners a sonic experience that will move them emotionally and physically. Eve Alai’s sound is the sound of summer - parties, road trips with friends, and the beach. Originally from Sri Lanka, Eve Alai completed his degree in music at LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore. His 6-track debut EP will be released in early 2021 Instagram “Melancholic nu disco meet nu garage vibes lay over a modern house groove, with sultry pop vocal top lines and stabs reigning through. Think of a slowed down two-step remix of a vocal banger from the early two-thousands, this Asian collaboration has done a bit of digging around to carve their sound.” - Mixmag Asia   About Senara Sri Lankan based singer/songwriter Senara, who was born and raised in Dubai, enjoys working with a variety of genres such as pop and edm. Her sassy but smooth vocals allow listeners to experience her music physically and emotionally. Senara has enrolled herself to pursue her law degree in the UK as she continues her passion for music alongside. She is currently working on more original tracks and continues to perform and post covers on her social media platform. Instagram   About Umami Records Umami Records is a Singapore-based indie record label founded in 2013. Much like the “5th taste” reputation of its namesake, the label strongly believes in discovering new, interesting sounds that run underground and away from the mainstream. The label’s tight-knit, curated roster includes releases from Linying, The Steve McQueens, brb., Evanturetime, CampFire, Martin Baltser, Phoria, Oriental Cravings, and more. UmamiRecords.sg · Instagram · Facebook · Twitter · YouTube  
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  • “Melancholic nu disco meet nu garage vibes lay over a modern house groove, with sultry pop vocal top lines and stabs reigning through. Think of a slowed down two-step remix of a vocal banger from the early two-thousands, this Asian collaboration has done a bit of digging around to carve their sound.” - Mixmag Asia   FRIDAY 2 OCTOBER - Singapore producer-songwriter Eve Alai collaborates with Sri Lankan pop artist Senara again on his brand new single ‘For Life’. The second single of his upcoming debut EP, For Life features Eve Alai’s signature blend of deep house and nu disco influences with relatable lyrics carried by Senara’s undeniable voice.
   For Life was inspired by the sets of deep house played at nightclubs in Eve Alai’s native Colombo. “The song is catered for the dancefloor. This is what nightlife sounds like in my head. I want my song to move people physically, from a head bop to a full on shuffle”, declares the underrated producer.   Eve Alai’s previous release, “Pills and Potions,” also with Senara, has already been featured on Mixmag Asia and the cover of Fresh &. His debut EP is scheduled to drop in early 2021 via Singapore indie label Umami Records.   Listen to For Life via Umami Records: https://www.umamirecords.sg/for-life/   About Eve Alai Singapore based electronic producer-songwriter Eve Alai makes dance music fused with timeless melodies, designed to give listeners a sonic experience that will move them emotionally and physically. Eve Alai’s sound is the sound of summer - parties, road trips with friends, and the beach. Originally from Sri Lanka, Eve Alai completed his degree in music at LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore. His 6-track debut EP will be released in early 2021 Instagram “Melancholic nu disco meet nu garage vibes lay over a modern house groove, with sultry pop vocal top lines and stabs reigning through. Think of a slowed down two-step remix of a vocal banger from the early two-thousands, this Asian collaboration has done a bit of digging around to carve their sound.” - Mixmag Asia   About Senara Sri Lankan based singer/songwriter Senara, who was born and raised in Dubai, enjoys working with a variety of genres such as pop and edm. Her sassy but smooth vocals allow listeners to experience her music physically and emotionally. Senara has enrolled herself to pursue her law degree in the UK as she continues her passion for music alongside. She is currently working on more original tracks and continues to perform and post covers on her social media platform. Instagram   About Umami Records Umami Records is a Singapore-based indie record label founded in 2013. Much like the “5th taste” reputation of its namesake, the label strongly believes in discovering new, interesting sounds that run underground and away from the mainstream. The label’s tight-knit, curated roster includes releases from Linying, The Steve McQueens, brb., Evanturetime, CampFire, Martin Baltser, Phoria, Oriental Cravings, and more. UmamiRecords.sg · Instagram · Facebook · Twitter · YouTube  
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  • 02 Oct 2020
    Timmy Albert eases his way through the "HURTS" in his latest single. A prelude to his debut EP, the synth-pop singer-songwriter recalls the memories of a relationship from the past and the inevitable hurt that came from the break-up.   Talking more about the song, Timmy says it's an expression of dealing with the aftermath of a break-up; "as things get worse, I choose to walk away to ease the pain for her, and this song talks about dealing with the break-up now that she's left." There's much to look out for as he approaches the release of his debut EP "DISTANCED", coming out on October 9th.  HURTS is now available on Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube Music, Amazon Music, and Deezer under mustard music. 
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  • Timmy Albert eases his way through the "HURTS" in his latest single. A prelude to his debut EP, the synth-pop singer-songwriter recalls the memories of a relationship from the past and the inevitable hurt that came from the break-up.   Talking more about the song, Timmy says it's an expression of dealing with the aftermath of a break-up; "as things get worse, I choose to walk away to ease the pain for her, and this song talks about dealing with the break-up now that she's left." There's much to look out for as he approaches the release of his debut EP "DISTANCED", coming out on October 9th.  HURTS is now available on Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube Music, Amazon Music, and Deezer under mustard music. 
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  • 02 Oct 2020
    It’s official: ADR, the ambient music project of actress/producer/director/writer Alessandra de Rossi, officially joins the growing roster of music acts under Manila-based indie label, Lilystars Records.     Her first major project as a solo artist is the re-release of the landmark single “Make It Better”—now out on all digital platforms worldwide this October 2, 2020 (Friday). Delicately arranged with ethereal soundscapes, trip-hop beats, and New Age-inspired vocals, ADR’s self-penned and self-produced electro-pop number has been given a remastered treatment, making it sound more polished than ever.   WATCH THE MUSIC VIDEO OF “MAKE IT BETTER” HERE.     Written in as early as 2010, “Make It Better” is a product of its time: a confessional outlet that simmers with disappointment and heartbreak. “It’s supposedly written for someone, but maybe I was looking for the exact words that I really wanted to tell myself,” the multi-hyphenate artist shares in a statement. “But dedicating it to someone else felt easier. Is it too vague? Don't worry, the feeling is mutual.”     Aside from “Make It Better,” ADR’s debut record, Adrift will also make its way to several music platforms soon in remastered format. Initially released in 2012, the 13-track chillout, electronic and ambient album was made available for free download as a zip file.     “I was told by so many, that no one would buy my music because it’s not pop enough for radio,” ADR said. “But it’s 2020: everything is much more accessible, thanks to all online streaming platforms. I'm just really happy that people who don't have access to laptops or computers can now finally hear it through their phones. And skip throughout the whole song, if it's not pop enough.”   Music was once just a hobby for ADR, and dropping old and new music under a record label felt very new to her, despite giving out songs for free since 2008. “Now under Lilystars, it makes me feel crazy to be lined up with musicians who are really legit, and I’m still trying to let everything sink in. I don’t know if I should be terrified or very terrified.”   The remastered version of “Make It Better” is now available worldwide via Lilystars Records.      
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  • It’s official: ADR, the ambient music project of actress/producer/director/writer Alessandra de Rossi, officially joins the growing roster of music acts under Manila-based indie label, Lilystars Records.     Her first major project as a solo artist is the re-release of the landmark single “Make It Better”—now out on all digital platforms worldwide this October 2, 2020 (Friday). Delicately arranged with ethereal soundscapes, trip-hop beats, and New Age-inspired vocals, ADR’s self-penned and self-produced electro-pop number has been given a remastered treatment, making it sound more polished than ever.   WATCH THE MUSIC VIDEO OF “MAKE IT BETTER” HERE.     Written in as early as 2010, “Make It Better” is a product of its time: a confessional outlet that simmers with disappointment and heartbreak. “It’s supposedly written for someone, but maybe I was looking for the exact words that I really wanted to tell myself,” the multi-hyphenate artist shares in a statement. “But dedicating it to someone else felt easier. Is it too vague? Don't worry, the feeling is mutual.”     Aside from “Make It Better,” ADR’s debut record, Adrift will also make its way to several music platforms soon in remastered format. Initially released in 2012, the 13-track chillout, electronic and ambient album was made available for free download as a zip file.     “I was told by so many, that no one would buy my music because it’s not pop enough for radio,” ADR said. “But it’s 2020: everything is much more accessible, thanks to all online streaming platforms. I'm just really happy that people who don't have access to laptops or computers can now finally hear it through their phones. And skip throughout the whole song, if it's not pop enough.”   Music was once just a hobby for ADR, and dropping old and new music under a record label felt very new to her, despite giving out songs for free since 2008. “Now under Lilystars, it makes me feel crazy to be lined up with musicians who are really legit, and I’m still trying to let everything sink in. I don’t know if I should be terrified or very terrified.”   The remastered version of “Make It Better” is now available worldwide via Lilystars Records.      
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  • 01 Oct 2020
    Ben&Ben continues to support vulnerable communities affected by COVID-19 through Balik Eskwela: Puhon Part 2. The nine-piece collective is slated to perform their massive hits for a one-hour live show on October 4, 2020, Sunday at 5pm onwards via simultaneous streams on their official Facebook Page and YouTube Channel.Following the unprecedented success of Puhon: A Ben&Ben FB Live Event for the COVID-19 Efforts and YouTube Live “Doors” Single Launch + Fundraiser, Balik Eskwela: Puhon Part 2 aims to support students and teachers who are “left with limited to no ability to adapt to the changes” implemented in the Philippine education system during the pandemic.“Ever since the end of the first Puhon, we've been aching to help out even more in our own little way,” Ben&Ben lead vocalist and guitarist Miguel Benjamin said. ”And so, when we were figuring out where to help with the myriad of problems in today's landscape, we eventually zeroed in on helping out a sector that is very close to our hearts: education.”While the first Puhon gig focuses on COVID-19 response relief efforts, Puhon part 2 prioritizes assistance to the education sector. As Ben&Ben lead vocalist and guitarist Paolo Benjamin puts it, “We have concluded upon analysis that this is one of the areas wherein most help is needed in these times. School in the time of the pandemic is something that none of us expected, and so we will do our best to help out in this major challenge.” As part of the growing community of artists with a platform of hope and love, Ben&Ben is committed to holding a free online concert to rally support for their fellow countrymen and come up with response efforts specifically for those who are in need.According to Miguel, this is the first time that Ben&Ben will self-produce a full-length online show during the pandemic, live from the BBTV house. “Expect a very intimate, premium live concert experience straight from our home to yours,” the singer-songwriter said.The Balik Eskwela: Puhon Part 2 project is the second fundraising initiative of Ben&Ben through their community-driven website, www.puhon.ph, which aims to inspire, uplift and boost the collective morale of all the key stakeholders of the COVID-19 response through uplifting stories, music, art, and more.The goal of the Balik Eswela Project is to gather funds for:E-learning and physical supplies that will be distributed to public schools.Care packages (PPEs and vitamins) for teachers and personnel assigned for distribution of said supplies.Distribution efforts with localized transport systems that will be coordinated with LGUs.To know more on how you can be part of Ben&Ben’s fundraising campaign, visit www.puhon.ph or check out the band’s official social media pages.This event is brought to you by Ben&Ben, Sony Music Philippines, Y4WU Philippines, Planet Drugstore, Limitless Lab, The Spark Project and Brand On Demand.
    273 Posted by Franz Santiago
  • Ben&Ben continues to support vulnerable communities affected by COVID-19 through Balik Eskwela: Puhon Part 2. The nine-piece collective is slated to perform their massive hits for a one-hour live show on October 4, 2020, Sunday at 5pm onwards via simultaneous streams on their official Facebook Page and YouTube Channel.Following the unprecedented success of Puhon: A Ben&Ben FB Live Event for the COVID-19 Efforts and YouTube Live “Doors” Single Launch + Fundraiser, Balik Eskwela: Puhon Part 2 aims to support students and teachers who are “left with limited to no ability to adapt to the changes” implemented in the Philippine education system during the pandemic.“Ever since the end of the first Puhon, we've been aching to help out even more in our own little way,” Ben&Ben lead vocalist and guitarist Miguel Benjamin said. ”And so, when we were figuring out where to help with the myriad of problems in today's landscape, we eventually zeroed in on helping out a sector that is very close to our hearts: education.”While the first Puhon gig focuses on COVID-19 response relief efforts, Puhon part 2 prioritizes assistance to the education sector. As Ben&Ben lead vocalist and guitarist Paolo Benjamin puts it, “We have concluded upon analysis that this is one of the areas wherein most help is needed in these times. School in the time of the pandemic is something that none of us expected, and so we will do our best to help out in this major challenge.” As part of the growing community of artists with a platform of hope and love, Ben&Ben is committed to holding a free online concert to rally support for their fellow countrymen and come up with response efforts specifically for those who are in need.According to Miguel, this is the first time that Ben&Ben will self-produce a full-length online show during the pandemic, live from the BBTV house. “Expect a very intimate, premium live concert experience straight from our home to yours,” the singer-songwriter said.The Balik Eskwela: Puhon Part 2 project is the second fundraising initiative of Ben&Ben through their community-driven website, www.puhon.ph, which aims to inspire, uplift and boost the collective morale of all the key stakeholders of the COVID-19 response through uplifting stories, music, art, and more.The goal of the Balik Eswela Project is to gather funds for:E-learning and physical supplies that will be distributed to public schools.Care packages (PPEs and vitamins) for teachers and personnel assigned for distribution of said supplies.Distribution efforts with localized transport systems that will be coordinated with LGUs.To know more on how you can be part of Ben&Ben’s fundraising campaign, visit www.puhon.ph or check out the band’s official social media pages.This event is brought to you by Ben&Ben, Sony Music Philippines, Y4WU Philippines, Planet Drugstore, Limitless Lab, The Spark Project and Brand On Demand.
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  • 01 Oct 2020
    Multi-platinum pop phenomenon Melanie Martinez is celebrating the release of her “AFTER SCHOOL” EP and marking the first anniversary of her internationally acclaimed album and accompanying full-length film “K-12” with the eagerly awaited release of a deluxe version. The “AFTER SCHOOL” EP is available via Atlantic Records at all DSPs and streaming services now HERE.  The EP is also being joined to “K-12” as the “K-12 (AFTER SCHOOL – DELUXE EDITION),” available at all DSPs and streaming services now HERE. As it approaches its anniversary, K-12 the album was nominated for “Top Soundtrack” at the 2020 Billboard Music Awards.     “AFTER SCHOOL” includes seven brand new songs, including “The Bakery,” produced by Blake Slatkin and accompanied by an equally engaging companion video directed and costume designed by Melanie herself, premiering today at her official YouTube channel with over 11.4 million subscribers HERE.     Hailed by Forbes as “a perfect conceptual album in the streaming age,” album “K-12” proved a sensation upon its September 2019 release, entering the SoundScan/Billboard 200 at #3 – Martinez’s highest chart placement thus far. Furthermore, the album debuted at #1 on the “Alternative Albums,” “Soundtracks,” and “Vinyl Albums” charts, as well as #2 on “Pop Albums” and #3 on “Top Albums.” Internationally, “K-12” made top 10 debuts in Canada, Australia, Ireland, Netherlands, UK, New Zealand, and Spain.     Produced by Michael Keenan with the exception of one song produced by Kinetics & One Love, “K-12” also serves as a soundtrack companion to an eerily enchanting musical film, written, directed, and starring Martinez. K-12 is streaming now at DSPs and Martinez’s official YouTube channel, with its nearly 64 million views to date contributing to her career 6.3 billion global streams and more than 2.5 billion total YouTube views. Praised by Billboard as “a visual dream world of the 24-year-old’s own making… a whimsical, highly dramatized version of school life, filled with pastels, magic, oversized hair bows and babydoll dresses,” K-12 was the 6th highest grossing film in US cinemas on release day, September 3, 2019, with screenings in over 400 cinemas in 32 countries.      Recently, longtime fan-favorite “Play Date“ – originally found on the deluxe digital edition of Martinez’s RIAA platinum certified debut album “CRY BABY” - has proven a true pop sensation, earning RIAA gold certification and approaching 500 million global streams. In addition, the track’s current popularity helped propel “CRY BABY” back onto the upper half of the SoundScan/Billboard 200 more than five years after its initial release.     A worldwide TikTok favorite, “Play Date” has been featured in millions ofuser-generated videos using the hashtag #playdate. Martinez recently created her own TikTok video for “Play Date,” streaming HERE.  Martinez further marked the current success of “Play Date” with a new official lyric video, now boasting over 28 million views via YouTube HERE, having drawn close to 1.5 million views in its first day alone. The original YouTube audio stream of “Play Date” has now earned over 107 million streams HERE.     Named by both SPIN and Idolator as one of 2015’s top pop albums, “CRY BABY” spent more than 100 consecutive weeks on the SoundScan/Billboard 200 after making a #6 chart debut upon its initial August 2015 release. In addition to the album’s own platinum certification for sales equivalents exceeding 1 million, each individual track has now been certified gold and/or platinum, including “Play Date.”
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  • Multi-platinum pop phenomenon Melanie Martinez is celebrating the release of her “AFTER SCHOOL” EP and marking the first anniversary of her internationally acclaimed album and accompanying full-length film “K-12” with the eagerly awaited release of a deluxe version. The “AFTER SCHOOL” EP is available via Atlantic Records at all DSPs and streaming services now HERE.  The EP is also being joined to “K-12” as the “K-12 (AFTER SCHOOL – DELUXE EDITION),” available at all DSPs and streaming services now HERE. As it approaches its anniversary, K-12 the album was nominated for “Top Soundtrack” at the 2020 Billboard Music Awards.     “AFTER SCHOOL” includes seven brand new songs, including “The Bakery,” produced by Blake Slatkin and accompanied by an equally engaging companion video directed and costume designed by Melanie herself, premiering today at her official YouTube channel with over 11.4 million subscribers HERE.     Hailed by Forbes as “a perfect conceptual album in the streaming age,” album “K-12” proved a sensation upon its September 2019 release, entering the SoundScan/Billboard 200 at #3 – Martinez’s highest chart placement thus far. Furthermore, the album debuted at #1 on the “Alternative Albums,” “Soundtracks,” and “Vinyl Albums” charts, as well as #2 on “Pop Albums” and #3 on “Top Albums.” Internationally, “K-12” made top 10 debuts in Canada, Australia, Ireland, Netherlands, UK, New Zealand, and Spain.     Produced by Michael Keenan with the exception of one song produced by Kinetics & One Love, “K-12” also serves as a soundtrack companion to an eerily enchanting musical film, written, directed, and starring Martinez. K-12 is streaming now at DSPs and Martinez’s official YouTube channel, with its nearly 64 million views to date contributing to her career 6.3 billion global streams and more than 2.5 billion total YouTube views. Praised by Billboard as “a visual dream world of the 24-year-old’s own making… a whimsical, highly dramatized version of school life, filled with pastels, magic, oversized hair bows and babydoll dresses,” K-12 was the 6th highest grossing film in US cinemas on release day, September 3, 2019, with screenings in over 400 cinemas in 32 countries.      Recently, longtime fan-favorite “Play Date“ – originally found on the deluxe digital edition of Martinez’s RIAA platinum certified debut album “CRY BABY” - has proven a true pop sensation, earning RIAA gold certification and approaching 500 million global streams. In addition, the track’s current popularity helped propel “CRY BABY” back onto the upper half of the SoundScan/Billboard 200 more than five years after its initial release.     A worldwide TikTok favorite, “Play Date” has been featured in millions ofuser-generated videos using the hashtag #playdate. Martinez recently created her own TikTok video for “Play Date,” streaming HERE.  Martinez further marked the current success of “Play Date” with a new official lyric video, now boasting over 28 million views via YouTube HERE, having drawn close to 1.5 million views in its first day alone. The original YouTube audio stream of “Play Date” has now earned over 107 million streams HERE.     Named by both SPIN and Idolator as one of 2015’s top pop albums, “CRY BABY” spent more than 100 consecutive weeks on the SoundScan/Billboard 200 after making a #6 chart debut upon its initial August 2015 release. In addition to the album’s own platinum certification for sales equivalents exceeding 1 million, each individual track has now been certified gold and/or platinum, including “Play Date.”
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  • 30 Sep 2020
        AUSTIN JOHN Born and raised in the province of Batangas, Austin John has always dreamt of seeing and experiencing the world, and found the path to this dream through music. Inspired by his own life experiences and musical influences, he has been writing songs and performing with an acoustic guitar at every open mic venue he could find in their local since he was 14.    Austin John writes lyrics and tells stories where his voice comes out; he puts you in his shoes and gives you a glimpse of what he perceives. His sound can be diverse in different songs as he was influenced by different genres like alternative, pop, soul and rap music that also gives a sense of familiarity in his music. Now based in Quezon City, the independent singer-songwriter/performer aspires to bring his music to new audiences. With so much intensity and passion, he always gives it all in his striking performances with his aggressive and rhythmic tunes that you’d witness in your favorite open mic QC venues like Jess & Pat’s. Check him out here: https://www.facebook.com/austinjohnmusic https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTP7YRksU9PolwKm8iwuqkg?view_as=subscriber       YOHANI   Yohani is a singer/songwriter, music producer, dancer, and theatre student based in Manila. Growing up with a background in voice, choir, piano, ballet, hip hop, and theatre, music has always been an essential part of her life. Not only is it essential, but it is also her constant peaceful and magical escape from the humdrum and harsh reality of life, a medicine to her soul. Indeed, music has always been a healing medicine even in the darkest hours of her life.   It is no doubt that music is her ikigai. Indeed, producing music on her DAW and writing songs doesn’t feel like work at all; instead, it feels like brewing a magic potion that brings about a healing power. Now at 23, her objective is to heal listeners with her music the way music helped her during her darkest hours.   Listen to her music at:   https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwpGjv9FFQHlCUkQSjwiptA?view_as=subscriber https://www.facebook.com/yohanimusicph      TYRON MONTERO "When I was a child, maybe I was about 7 or 8 years old then, my mom and I used to go to birthday parties. Every time, Mama always sang and she makes me sing. I remember na may tono naren ako ng time na yun. Favorite song na kinakanta ko nun is Britney Spears' song. Halos lahat kabisado ko mga songs niya at nagagaya ko yung voice niya. Actually, wala talaga akong idea na dati kung maging singer ba ako pag laki ko or if I like it, but because of Mama, I continued it. When I was a bit matured, I twisted everything to discover everything. I know what my genre is, what is the right tune in each song before I only knew about the tones, but here I was able to help myself and I gradually discovered it. In 2018, 2019, and 2020, I was able to release three albums and its title is (Style, Legend, Brave). Ang mga albums ko na iyan ay sobrang espesyal sakin dahil jan ko na sha-share lahat ng mga gusto ko ilabas na sakit sa puso ko, as in lahat. Year 2019, maraming mga events, quest ang nadanas ko kaso kahit sobrang laking achievement na ang natatangap ko, ay ayaw parin ng ng tatay ko na maging musician ako. He used to say that to me face to face when we talked, he didn't want me to be a musician but I still continued, until he supported me, even though I did not ask him to buy me instruments for recording, he bought me! I am very thankful to my family because they are always there for me, to support me, and I am happy with myself that I do not give up right away. I thank the Lord because he gives me the diligence every day to continue this, now I continue to do it and I believe that soon, I will also be successful. I hope all those who dream in this world will be successful too." - Tyron Montero   Tyron is also a Youtube vlogger.   Check him out here: https://www.facebook.com/monterotyron http://www.youtube.com/c/TyronMontero       GIDEON BIANG   Gideon was introduced to the Christian life when he was a teenager and music is one of the contributor on how he strengthened his faith. People singing, emotions flowing, lyrics penetrating to the deepest part of his heart, and this made him realize that there is something more about music, especially if it's for God. He joined the worship team and was so glad to be part of something great. It was a fulfillment where he can finally sing his heart out. He challenged myself to start writing songs: songs of encouragement, songs of hope, songs of love, and songs of peace. Acknowledging that he still have a long way to run, he managed to release his first ever original song on every music platforms.   “I'm thankful that there are few people who still listens to my song. I feel so happy when I hear people encouraged and motivated because of my song. And this is the reason why I keep on pushing forward. Someday, I'll be the stars I looked up back when I was a kid, I will bring a new taste in music, and I will keep on glorifying God through this gift He gave me. I am Gideon Biang, a believer and a warrior." - Gideon Biang    Check out his music at:       CATHY OLLETE   Fueled with an eccentric vocal timbre, snappy dance moves, a smart androgynous style, and a burning passion to fulfill what she has envisioned, this young musical artist surely has a lot of drive to offer in this intense world of music business… Hailing from the Heart of Bicol, Catherine Bena "Cathy" Tindugan Ollete is a singer, dancer, and songwriter whose capabilities and determination are at the heart of her appeal. Her artistry is basically a fusion of pop, rock, rhythm and blues, soul, funk, hip-hop, and classical. She began to show her interest in music as a child while jamming to the melodies of Aegis and while singing with her dad on the videoke to the songs of Michael Learns to Rock and Bee Gees. Her parents decided to have her take piano and violin lessons then to help her further discover her musical abilities. Her father also bought a guitar for her from a business trip without her knowing. Surprised by it, she took interest to practice and eventually learned the essentials on her own, paving a way for her to be accepted as a member of an acclaimed rondalla group in her hometown.   At present, Ollete mostly focuses on singing and writing songs. She has been learning to arrange, mix, and master tracks on her own. As a creator, she has helped to write, compose, and arrange songs, including “Kodak Moments” and “Tulong”, both released in 2019, with American songwriter-producer Albert Reed. Usually writing about life, and inner desires and struggles, she has done a number of unfinished songs and unreleased ones for her future solo endeavors. Check her out here: https://www.facebook.com/cathyollete https://www.youtube.com/cathyollete       MAXELL BARCELON "I started music in grade 2 when I learned my first instrument(drums). We were never a musically-inclined family but our eldest brother became a front man for an amateur band in the late '90s and early 2000s, the time when OPM was at its peak with bands like Eraserheads, Parokya ni Edgar, Rivermaya, etc., same with those in the international scene like Nirvana, Oasis, Red Hot Chilli peppers, etc.    I started learning drums on my own and by observing my brother’s band practice. In high school, I learned how to play acoustic & bass guitar through YouTube (to impress a girl, haha!).  I sucked at vocals during that time.   My voice was very unstable back then (at the verge of puberty) and I was still finding my own style when it comes to singing. In 2009, the death of Michael Jackson lit up the fanboy in me and made me want to enhance my talent in singing (listened to a lot of MJ songs in 2000). Also around that time, I made it in our college chorale as a Tenor 1. From there, I learned different techniques of breathing and singing styles which lead me to discovering my own style of singing.    After college, I continued to practice music, learning from other bands and listening to other artists. I, then, started to do gigs in a band and as a solo artist. My passion for music grew further and up until now, I'm continuously learning and creating music." - Maxell Barcelon   Check his Facbook page here: https://facebook.com/maxellbarcelonmusic https://www.youtube.com/user/morfolomule         SILENT STEREO   Silent Stereo is the brainchild of drummer, guitarist, and songwriter – Peachy Policarpio. Originally started out as a duo and a project band in 2017, the group was able to perform in various gigs and was able to release their first single “Drive” last January 2020.   Peachy is a multi-talented performing artist whom Saranggola Productions consider as the “Ambasadress of Good Vibes”. She is a crusader for wider appreciation of independent music by organizing live and online gigs through Blaster Productions.   Today, Silent Stereo is the alias being carried by Peachy when performing as a solo artist. During her younger years, her first drumsticks was a pair or banana cue sticks and the first drum kit she used was a round foam chair. With no formal lessons, she played by ear while watching her favorite music videos on TV. She joined various bands ever since High School where she was able to grow and mature as a musician. Not being used to the limelight, performing as a solo artist this pandemic was a huge leap for Peachy. Considering herself as an emotional type of songwriter, her songs are inspired by real life experiences. Peachy a.k.a. Silent Stereo is also one of the newest members of Laya Manila, a performing arts collective. Check her music here: https://m.facebook.com/SilentStereoMusic/ https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC2uJHWCFNPAaFk4UZcsCETg       INDIO   Indio has been active in underground bands communities since 2016. They have performed on various events and music gatherings. Indio was known in the local music scene as the band with a crazy female frontman, whose songs were executed to convince the audience. Jenny is a theater artist, playwright and music producer. The songs of Indio that she wrote talked mostly about existence, self-evaluation, and hope. Jen Darlene uses her pen name Indio for her music. Indio was a band formed in 2015 and now she is still producing music as Indio as a solo artist. Indio explores punk, gothic, tribal, and alternative rock all mixed with classic Filipino popular music.   "I have never been more free in my entire life than when I was performing on stage. I started composing songs when I was 7. Most songs I did were really focused on questioning the way of my life. Singing was just a hobby back in early 2000's. I was raised in a Christian community. I joined the music ministry, the band, and became a worship leader. Then in 2015, I questioned my calling, left the church and all my commitments to rediscover my self. It was then when I met my band who later on became my lifetime friends. I also met there the love of my life, Alexis, whose name was the title of our first mellow song. Now I write songs that are deeply connected to my faith, existence, and God’s mysterious plan over me when I faced depression. Later on as the members entered adulthood and said goodbye to teenage years, we went on a hiatus, not a band break up... Because we're all still bonding together on all occasions we could think of. I guess this is not just a band, isa 'tong tropahan. But musically, I continued producing music as a solo artist in the name of Indio." – Jen Darlene Torres Check their music at:           TRUTH SERUM “We came up with the name Truth Serum after we decided to make a side project. Originally we were called The Lady of Lourdes, a house band of Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital Manila but due to issues we had to change it after watching the movie “Antman and the Wasp”. At first we wanted the name as a joke during a Lambanog session downtown. A friend of ours said that there was a unique name for a band and also has a connection to a Hospital were working at. So we had an idea to name us “Truth Serum” since we play a positive vibes genre like reggae, alternative fusion band. We wanted a unique name with a homey vibe to it.” – Truth Serum   Truth Serum members are all musicians. They can also play different type of musical instruments while combining their talents and sharing their techniques to one another to make a good music.Wind instruments like horns, bonggos, djembe, cowbells, maracas and shakers will make you want to dance to their song.Truth Serum band members have been playing together since March 2018 originally as home base project band of OLLH. Later on, they added Edgar"s friends from Rizal KD-John-Jon; Jeff as Drums; blowing to add spicy reggae jive. They recorded their first single titled “Liwanag”; released as a digital format in Spotify other digital flatforms. October. 31, 2018 produced by: Bongskie Productions / powered by Distrokid.   Truth Serum’s music is like injecting love in people's life. Sharing, spreading inspirational songs to boost the good mind and heart of the listeners. Fusion beats of their alternative reggae sound make the listeners feel good. When it hits you, you’d just feel living in positive ways.   Check out their profile here:  https://www.facebook.com/truthserum.ph/ https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQacT9UVpNh6WpfhnboWWgQ       REWIND Rewind - a four piece band originating from different locations, Jampol, Kaka, and Kiks are from Northern Samar and Jojo is from Las Pinas. Originally, Jampol and Kiks were bandmates doing various gigs. Jojo was also in a four piece band doing underground gigs and is involved in Catholic community worship band. Kaka was also in a band in his school. Kiks and Kaka, as brothers, do some acoustic covers which they post online as well as Jojo was also doing some guitar and drum covers. The Band started out with Jojo and Kiks. As former office colleagues, they were catching up and sharing various musical ideas and influences. One day, they had an idea of forming a band, “Tara tol jam tayo”. There Jojo met Kaka, Kiks, his brother, their vocalist.   They did various covers just to feel each other’s groove and tastes for music. Then Kiks introduced Jampol as the bassist. They started out as Cronies Band. Besides getting together and playing, they love to hangout, talk, have a few drinks while jamming, and doing goofy stuff. They started out by jamming to some songs to familiarize their strengths. As time goes by every practice there is improvement, there is bonding, there is brotherhood. Their passion for music grows. Feeling they are comfortable with each other, they started composing a song called “Di Na Aasa”, which was well received by some.   They started out by performing to multiple charity events like Mental Health awareness and raising funds to help abused women and children. From Cronies, they changed their band name to “Rewind”. Rewind, is focused on creating music based on their passion. As an alternative rock band, they are ready to share their music and be heard. Check them out here: https://www.facebook.com/rewind.manilaph/
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  •     AUSTIN JOHN Born and raised in the province of Batangas, Austin John has always dreamt of seeing and experiencing the world, and found the path to this dream through music. Inspired by his own life experiences and musical influences, he has been writing songs and performing with an acoustic guitar at every open mic venue he could find in their local since he was 14.    Austin John writes lyrics and tells stories where his voice comes out; he puts you in his shoes and gives you a glimpse of what he perceives. His sound can be diverse in different songs as he was influenced by different genres like alternative, pop, soul and rap music that also gives a sense of familiarity in his music. Now based in Quezon City, the independent singer-songwriter/performer aspires to bring his music to new audiences. With so much intensity and passion, he always gives it all in his striking performances with his aggressive and rhythmic tunes that you’d witness in your favorite open mic QC venues like Jess & Pat’s. Check him out here: https://www.facebook.com/austinjohnmusic https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTP7YRksU9PolwKm8iwuqkg?view_as=subscriber       YOHANI   Yohani is a singer/songwriter, music producer, dancer, and theatre student based in Manila. Growing up with a background in voice, choir, piano, ballet, hip hop, and theatre, music has always been an essential part of her life. Not only is it essential, but it is also her constant peaceful and magical escape from the humdrum and harsh reality of life, a medicine to her soul. Indeed, music has always been a healing medicine even in the darkest hours of her life.   It is no doubt that music is her ikigai. Indeed, producing music on her DAW and writing songs doesn’t feel like work at all; instead, it feels like brewing a magic potion that brings about a healing power. Now at 23, her objective is to heal listeners with her music the way music helped her during her darkest hours.   Listen to her music at:   https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwpGjv9FFQHlCUkQSjwiptA?view_as=subscriber https://www.facebook.com/yohanimusicph      TYRON MONTERO "When I was a child, maybe I was about 7 or 8 years old then, my mom and I used to go to birthday parties. Every time, Mama always sang and she makes me sing. I remember na may tono naren ako ng time na yun. Favorite song na kinakanta ko nun is Britney Spears' song. Halos lahat kabisado ko mga songs niya at nagagaya ko yung voice niya. Actually, wala talaga akong idea na dati kung maging singer ba ako pag laki ko or if I like it, but because of Mama, I continued it. When I was a bit matured, I twisted everything to discover everything. I know what my genre is, what is the right tune in each song before I only knew about the tones, but here I was able to help myself and I gradually discovered it. In 2018, 2019, and 2020, I was able to release three albums and its title is (Style, Legend, Brave). Ang mga albums ko na iyan ay sobrang espesyal sakin dahil jan ko na sha-share lahat ng mga gusto ko ilabas na sakit sa puso ko, as in lahat. Year 2019, maraming mga events, quest ang nadanas ko kaso kahit sobrang laking achievement na ang natatangap ko, ay ayaw parin ng ng tatay ko na maging musician ako. He used to say that to me face to face when we talked, he didn't want me to be a musician but I still continued, until he supported me, even though I did not ask him to buy me instruments for recording, he bought me! I am very thankful to my family because they are always there for me, to support me, and I am happy with myself that I do not give up right away. I thank the Lord because he gives me the diligence every day to continue this, now I continue to do it and I believe that soon, I will also be successful. I hope all those who dream in this world will be successful too." - Tyron Montero   Tyron is also a Youtube vlogger.   Check him out here: https://www.facebook.com/monterotyron http://www.youtube.com/c/TyronMontero       GIDEON BIANG   Gideon was introduced to the Christian life when he was a teenager and music is one of the contributor on how he strengthened his faith. People singing, emotions flowing, lyrics penetrating to the deepest part of his heart, and this made him realize that there is something more about music, especially if it's for God. He joined the worship team and was so glad to be part of something great. It was a fulfillment where he can finally sing his heart out. He challenged myself to start writing songs: songs of encouragement, songs of hope, songs of love, and songs of peace. Acknowledging that he still have a long way to run, he managed to release his first ever original song on every music platforms.   “I'm thankful that there are few people who still listens to my song. I feel so happy when I hear people encouraged and motivated because of my song. And this is the reason why I keep on pushing forward. Someday, I'll be the stars I looked up back when I was a kid, I will bring a new taste in music, and I will keep on glorifying God through this gift He gave me. I am Gideon Biang, a believer and a warrior." - Gideon Biang    Check out his music at:       CATHY OLLETE   Fueled with an eccentric vocal timbre, snappy dance moves, a smart androgynous style, and a burning passion to fulfill what she has envisioned, this young musical artist surely has a lot of drive to offer in this intense world of music business… Hailing from the Heart of Bicol, Catherine Bena "Cathy" Tindugan Ollete is a singer, dancer, and songwriter whose capabilities and determination are at the heart of her appeal. Her artistry is basically a fusion of pop, rock, rhythm and blues, soul, funk, hip-hop, and classical. She began to show her interest in music as a child while jamming to the melodies of Aegis and while singing with her dad on the videoke to the songs of Michael Learns to Rock and Bee Gees. Her parents decided to have her take piano and violin lessons then to help her further discover her musical abilities. Her father also bought a guitar for her from a business trip without her knowing. Surprised by it, she took interest to practice and eventually learned the essentials on her own, paving a way for her to be accepted as a member of an acclaimed rondalla group in her hometown.   At present, Ollete mostly focuses on singing and writing songs. She has been learning to arrange, mix, and master tracks on her own. As a creator, she has helped to write, compose, and arrange songs, including “Kodak Moments” and “Tulong”, both released in 2019, with American songwriter-producer Albert Reed. Usually writing about life, and inner desires and struggles, she has done a number of unfinished songs and unreleased ones for her future solo endeavors. Check her out here: https://www.facebook.com/cathyollete https://www.youtube.com/cathyollete       MAXELL BARCELON "I started music in grade 2 when I learned my first instrument(drums). We were never a musically-inclined family but our eldest brother became a front man for an amateur band in the late '90s and early 2000s, the time when OPM was at its peak with bands like Eraserheads, Parokya ni Edgar, Rivermaya, etc., same with those in the international scene like Nirvana, Oasis, Red Hot Chilli peppers, etc.    I started learning drums on my own and by observing my brother’s band practice. In high school, I learned how to play acoustic & bass guitar through YouTube (to impress a girl, haha!).  I sucked at vocals during that time.   My voice was very unstable back then (at the verge of puberty) and I was still finding my own style when it comes to singing. In 2009, the death of Michael Jackson lit up the fanboy in me and made me want to enhance my talent in singing (listened to a lot of MJ songs in 2000). Also around that time, I made it in our college chorale as a Tenor 1. From there, I learned different techniques of breathing and singing styles which lead me to discovering my own style of singing.    After college, I continued to practice music, learning from other bands and listening to other artists. I, then, started to do gigs in a band and as a solo artist. My passion for music grew further and up until now, I'm continuously learning and creating music." - Maxell Barcelon   Check his Facbook page here: https://facebook.com/maxellbarcelonmusic https://www.youtube.com/user/morfolomule         SILENT STEREO   Silent Stereo is the brainchild of drummer, guitarist, and songwriter – Peachy Policarpio. Originally started out as a duo and a project band in 2017, the group was able to perform in various gigs and was able to release their first single “Drive” last January 2020.   Peachy is a multi-talented performing artist whom Saranggola Productions consider as the “Ambasadress of Good Vibes”. She is a crusader for wider appreciation of independent music by organizing live and online gigs through Blaster Productions.   Today, Silent Stereo is the alias being carried by Peachy when performing as a solo artist. During her younger years, her first drumsticks was a pair or banana cue sticks and the first drum kit she used was a round foam chair. With no formal lessons, she played by ear while watching her favorite music videos on TV. She joined various bands ever since High School where she was able to grow and mature as a musician. Not being used to the limelight, performing as a solo artist this pandemic was a huge leap for Peachy. Considering herself as an emotional type of songwriter, her songs are inspired by real life experiences. Peachy a.k.a. Silent Stereo is also one of the newest members of Laya Manila, a performing arts collective. Check her music here: https://m.facebook.com/SilentStereoMusic/ https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC2uJHWCFNPAaFk4UZcsCETg       INDIO   Indio has been active in underground bands communities since 2016. They have performed on various events and music gatherings. Indio was known in the local music scene as the band with a crazy female frontman, whose songs were executed to convince the audience. Jenny is a theater artist, playwright and music producer. The songs of Indio that she wrote talked mostly about existence, self-evaluation, and hope. Jen Darlene uses her pen name Indio for her music. Indio was a band formed in 2015 and now she is still producing music as Indio as a solo artist. Indio explores punk, gothic, tribal, and alternative rock all mixed with classic Filipino popular music.   "I have never been more free in my entire life than when I was performing on stage. I started composing songs when I was 7. Most songs I did were really focused on questioning the way of my life. Singing was just a hobby back in early 2000's. I was raised in a Christian community. I joined the music ministry, the band, and became a worship leader. Then in 2015, I questioned my calling, left the church and all my commitments to rediscover my self. It was then when I met my band who later on became my lifetime friends. I also met there the love of my life, Alexis, whose name was the title of our first mellow song. Now I write songs that are deeply connected to my faith, existence, and God’s mysterious plan over me when I faced depression. Later on as the members entered adulthood and said goodbye to teenage years, we went on a hiatus, not a band break up... Because we're all still bonding together on all occasions we could think of. I guess this is not just a band, isa 'tong tropahan. But musically, I continued producing music as a solo artist in the name of Indio." – Jen Darlene Torres Check their music at:           TRUTH SERUM “We came up with the name Truth Serum after we decided to make a side project. Originally we were called The Lady of Lourdes, a house band of Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital Manila but due to issues we had to change it after watching the movie “Antman and the Wasp”. At first we wanted the name as a joke during a Lambanog session downtown. A friend of ours said that there was a unique name for a band and also has a connection to a Hospital were working at. So we had an idea to name us “Truth Serum” since we play a positive vibes genre like reggae, alternative fusion band. We wanted a unique name with a homey vibe to it.” – Truth Serum   Truth Serum members are all musicians. They can also play different type of musical instruments while combining their talents and sharing their techniques to one another to make a good music.Wind instruments like horns, bonggos, djembe, cowbells, maracas and shakers will make you want to dance to their song.Truth Serum band members have been playing together since March 2018 originally as home base project band of OLLH. Later on, they added Edgar"s friends from Rizal KD-John-Jon; Jeff as Drums; blowing to add spicy reggae jive. They recorded their first single titled “Liwanag”; released as a digital format in Spotify other digital flatforms. October. 31, 2018 produced by: Bongskie Productions / powered by Distrokid.   Truth Serum’s music is like injecting love in people's life. Sharing, spreading inspirational songs to boost the good mind and heart of the listeners. Fusion beats of their alternative reggae sound make the listeners feel good. When it hits you, you’d just feel living in positive ways.   Check out their profile here:  https://www.facebook.com/truthserum.ph/ https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQacT9UVpNh6WpfhnboWWgQ       REWIND Rewind - a four piece band originating from different locations, Jampol, Kaka, and Kiks are from Northern Samar and Jojo is from Las Pinas. Originally, Jampol and Kiks were bandmates doing various gigs. Jojo was also in a four piece band doing underground gigs and is involved in Catholic community worship band. Kaka was also in a band in his school. Kiks and Kaka, as brothers, do some acoustic covers which they post online as well as Jojo was also doing some guitar and drum covers. The Band started out with Jojo and Kiks. As former office colleagues, they were catching up and sharing various musical ideas and influences. One day, they had an idea of forming a band, “Tara tol jam tayo”. There Jojo met Kaka, Kiks, his brother, their vocalist.   They did various covers just to feel each other’s groove and tastes for music. Then Kiks introduced Jampol as the bassist. They started out as Cronies Band. Besides getting together and playing, they love to hangout, talk, have a few drinks while jamming, and doing goofy stuff. They started out by jamming to some songs to familiarize their strengths. As time goes by every practice there is improvement, there is bonding, there is brotherhood. Their passion for music grows. Feeling they are comfortable with each other, they started composing a song called “Di Na Aasa”, which was well received by some.   They started out by performing to multiple charity events like Mental Health awareness and raising funds to help abused women and children. From Cronies, they changed their band name to “Rewind”. Rewind, is focused on creating music based on their passion. As an alternative rock band, they are ready to share their music and be heard. Check them out here: https://www.facebook.com/rewind.manilaph/
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  • 30 Sep 2020
    In less than two years of being signed under Sony Music Philippines, syd hartha quickly rose to prominence with compelling pop/folk anthems that expertly balance lyrical depth with relatability and social relevance. From taking a pro-woman stand on “ayaw” to documenting the importance of self-restraint on “paru-paro,” the young singer-songwriter marks a clear step forward in terms of exploring outsider themes that even her contemporaries would seem to avoid.     Having that same grasp of writerly elegance without resorting to repeating herself, syd hartha takes a moment to reflect on her personal actions through her latest single, “hiwaga”—a stunningly produced, stripped-down tune that deals with self-awakening and healing in preparation to becoming “the best version of herself”—to reference a line from the coming-of-age film, Lady Bird.       Writing from a place of newfound perspective and riveting wisdom, syd wrote “hiwaga” as a reminder that no matter who you are and what you may be going through, you are still capable of being part of a better change. “Basically, the love you have for yourself reflects to everyone and everything around you,” the critically acclaimed musician explains. “There was a time in my life where I felt so stuck and started to question my existence and the reason for everything. What inspired me to write this song is my awakening to the fact that I was given this life for a reason. I want to heal so I can be the best version of myself for everyone around me and I want to inspire people to do the same.”     Quite a diversion from her usual sound, “hiwaga” is produced by Johnoy Danao, and performed with her backing band consisting of Bea Fabros, Raisa Racelis and Pat Sarabia. According to syd hartha, the track was recorded at the confines of the musicians’ homes under the guidance of Johnoy Danao. “Initially, we thought of a big production incorporating more instruments like horns, but we decided we wanted to give the song a lot of room to breathe and let the lyrics shine.” syd adds, “recording ‘hiwaga,’ was definitely challenging because it was our first time producing a single without seeing each other.”     The song also features a rap verse from syd herself, who admits that hip-hop has greatly influenced her songwriting. “As someone who's so fond of several hip-hop artists’ writing and delivery, I noticed how stronger and more effective it is when the message is somehow spoken instead of sung. Also, when I wrote ‘hiwaga,’ it all started with just words; it was me having a conversation with myself. I decided then that I wanted the feel to be more conversational and more focused on the message of the lyrics.”   Syd hartha’s “hiwaga” is out now on all digital platforms worldwide via Sony Music Philippines.
    877 Posted by Franz Santiago
  • In less than two years of being signed under Sony Music Philippines, syd hartha quickly rose to prominence with compelling pop/folk anthems that expertly balance lyrical depth with relatability and social relevance. From taking a pro-woman stand on “ayaw” to documenting the importance of self-restraint on “paru-paro,” the young singer-songwriter marks a clear step forward in terms of exploring outsider themes that even her contemporaries would seem to avoid.     Having that same grasp of writerly elegance without resorting to repeating herself, syd hartha takes a moment to reflect on her personal actions through her latest single, “hiwaga”—a stunningly produced, stripped-down tune that deals with self-awakening and healing in preparation to becoming “the best version of herself”—to reference a line from the coming-of-age film, Lady Bird.       Writing from a place of newfound perspective and riveting wisdom, syd wrote “hiwaga” as a reminder that no matter who you are and what you may be going through, you are still capable of being part of a better change. “Basically, the love you have for yourself reflects to everyone and everything around you,” the critically acclaimed musician explains. “There was a time in my life where I felt so stuck and started to question my existence and the reason for everything. What inspired me to write this song is my awakening to the fact that I was given this life for a reason. I want to heal so I can be the best version of myself for everyone around me and I want to inspire people to do the same.”     Quite a diversion from her usual sound, “hiwaga” is produced by Johnoy Danao, and performed with her backing band consisting of Bea Fabros, Raisa Racelis and Pat Sarabia. According to syd hartha, the track was recorded at the confines of the musicians’ homes under the guidance of Johnoy Danao. “Initially, we thought of a big production incorporating more instruments like horns, but we decided we wanted to give the song a lot of room to breathe and let the lyrics shine.” syd adds, “recording ‘hiwaga,’ was definitely challenging because it was our first time producing a single without seeing each other.”     The song also features a rap verse from syd herself, who admits that hip-hop has greatly influenced her songwriting. “As someone who's so fond of several hip-hop artists’ writing and delivery, I noticed how stronger and more effective it is when the message is somehow spoken instead of sung. Also, when I wrote ‘hiwaga,’ it all started with just words; it was me having a conversation with myself. I decided then that I wanted the feel to be more conversational and more focused on the message of the lyrics.”   Syd hartha’s “hiwaga” is out now on all digital platforms worldwide via Sony Music Philippines.
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  • 30 Sep 2020
    Are you stuck in the throes of a good old-fashioned unrequited love? Or have you just come off a fresh heartbreak, courtesy of your now-ex significant other? If so, then look no further than Five Fifty Myth and their heart-tugging debut single, Andito Lang Ako, to soothe the savage beast in your soul.   Based in Melbourne, Australia, Five Fifty Myth is a five-man Filipino alt rock band comprised of frontman and lead songwriter Warren Ribates, guitarists Fred Ursua & Charles Michael Bagundol, bassist Denn Gerrel Manaloto, and drummer Darrel John Roberto.   The band met in Melbourne, where frontman Warren grew up. Guitarist Fred & drummer Darrel, recent emigrants to Australia, are grateful to have found an outlet for their musical passions, as well as a newfound family, in their band. Says Darrel of the experience of working with Five Fifty: “second family ko kung ituring yung [dating] banda ko, kaya nakakalungkot na naiwan ko sila sa Pinas…ngayon may bago na akong banda sa gitna pa ng pandemya!” (“I saw my previous band as a second family, so I was saddened when I left them in the Philippines…now, amidst a pandemic, I suddenly have a new band!”)   Initially touring as a duo comprised of just Warren and Fred under the stage name Restless, the band managed to secure a spot as the front act for an Eraserheads concert in Melbourne, and released an EP to boot. With a YouTube channel full of covers that run the full gamut of sentimental & emo pop-rock –  from classic favorites like Stephen Speaks to more recent acts like juan karlos & Michael Dutchi Libranda – the band boasts a wide range of influences that are all firmly rooted in the hugot (Tagalog for emotionally-charged or melancholic) tradition that has become so popular in Original Pilipino Music (OPM), particularly among rock bands. Five Fifty Myth claim that their main influences are aforementioned Eraserheads, as well as equally-legendary band Rivermaya – and as newer acts like December Avenue take the mantle of successors to these two vaunted OPM superstars, it would not be a surprise to see a talent like Five Fifty Myth follow in their footsteps as well.   The band recently became a signed act of Blacksheep Records Manila, an indie label under Philippine industry giant Viva Records. Five Fifty Myth’s debut single, Andito Lang Ako, epitomizes their hugot sensibilities – in the band’s own words, it is about “a guy who falls in love with his best friend, but she harbors an unrequited love for another man. Both of their feelings remain unrequited, but because of the man’s love for her, he is willing to wait for her to open her eyes [and see him]!”   The colorful and distinctive cover art for the single was created by Mina Aglipay of Art by Minaenae. According to Aglipay, the light blue color scheme, with a subtle sunset gradient, symbolizes a “coldness to the guy, but a little bit of warmth too, because he keeps his love for the girl secret.” The two star-crossed lovers are shown sitting on top of a car “overlooking somewhere romantic and [in the sunset glow].”   Five Fifty Myth’s Andito Lang Ako is now available on all major digital streaming platforms, such as Spotify and Apple Music. A lyric video for the song is also set to be released on YouTube.   Founded as recently as August 2020, Blacksheep Records Manila is a fresh new label that is determined to give OPM acts a chance to shine internationally. Under the helm of Jaworski Garcia, a veteran record label executive who has worked with the Warner Music Group, Blacksheep Records Manila is primed to become a true force for innovation in the Philippine music industry. Look out for more releases from this promising young label.
    247 Posted by Franz Santiago
  • Are you stuck in the throes of a good old-fashioned unrequited love? Or have you just come off a fresh heartbreak, courtesy of your now-ex significant other? If so, then look no further than Five Fifty Myth and their heart-tugging debut single, Andito Lang Ako, to soothe the savage beast in your soul.   Based in Melbourne, Australia, Five Fifty Myth is a five-man Filipino alt rock band comprised of frontman and lead songwriter Warren Ribates, guitarists Fred Ursua & Charles Michael Bagundol, bassist Denn Gerrel Manaloto, and drummer Darrel John Roberto.   The band met in Melbourne, where frontman Warren grew up. Guitarist Fred & drummer Darrel, recent emigrants to Australia, are grateful to have found an outlet for their musical passions, as well as a newfound family, in their band. Says Darrel of the experience of working with Five Fifty: “second family ko kung ituring yung [dating] banda ko, kaya nakakalungkot na naiwan ko sila sa Pinas…ngayon may bago na akong banda sa gitna pa ng pandemya!” (“I saw my previous band as a second family, so I was saddened when I left them in the Philippines…now, amidst a pandemic, I suddenly have a new band!”)   Initially touring as a duo comprised of just Warren and Fred under the stage name Restless, the band managed to secure a spot as the front act for an Eraserheads concert in Melbourne, and released an EP to boot. With a YouTube channel full of covers that run the full gamut of sentimental & emo pop-rock –  from classic favorites like Stephen Speaks to more recent acts like juan karlos & Michael Dutchi Libranda – the band boasts a wide range of influences that are all firmly rooted in the hugot (Tagalog for emotionally-charged or melancholic) tradition that has become so popular in Original Pilipino Music (OPM), particularly among rock bands. Five Fifty Myth claim that their main influences are aforementioned Eraserheads, as well as equally-legendary band Rivermaya – and as newer acts like December Avenue take the mantle of successors to these two vaunted OPM superstars, it would not be a surprise to see a talent like Five Fifty Myth follow in their footsteps as well.   The band recently became a signed act of Blacksheep Records Manila, an indie label under Philippine industry giant Viva Records. Five Fifty Myth’s debut single, Andito Lang Ako, epitomizes their hugot sensibilities – in the band’s own words, it is about “a guy who falls in love with his best friend, but she harbors an unrequited love for another man. Both of their feelings remain unrequited, but because of the man’s love for her, he is willing to wait for her to open her eyes [and see him]!”   The colorful and distinctive cover art for the single was created by Mina Aglipay of Art by Minaenae. According to Aglipay, the light blue color scheme, with a subtle sunset gradient, symbolizes a “coldness to the guy, but a little bit of warmth too, because he keeps his love for the girl secret.” The two star-crossed lovers are shown sitting on top of a car “overlooking somewhere romantic and [in the sunset glow].”   Five Fifty Myth’s Andito Lang Ako is now available on all major digital streaming platforms, such as Spotify and Apple Music. A lyric video for the song is also set to be released on YouTube.   Founded as recently as August 2020, Blacksheep Records Manila is a fresh new label that is determined to give OPM acts a chance to shine internationally. Under the helm of Jaworski Garcia, a veteran record label executive who has worked with the Warner Music Group, Blacksheep Records Manila is primed to become a true force for innovation in the Philippine music industry. Look out for more releases from this promising young label.
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  • 29 Sep 2020
    Keiko Necesario, now signed with Warner Music Philippines, just released her new album “Ready, Let Go” last Friday, September 25th, 2020. The album which was six months in the making is a collaboration between the singer-songwriter and UK-based producers Rusti Russouw and Tristan Charmichael, collectively known as Chasing Fantasia. “I’ve had some of the songs in this album for years and some of them, I started writing while in process of the recording but technically, I only started working on the production last November 2019; I recorded 2 songs in London and the rest of the album was here in the Philippines. The producers, Chasing Fantasia flew from London and we worked on the album for 3 weeks in Baguio. I think I’ve been working on this for 6 months in total,” Keiko said in an exclusive interview. “The process of making this album has been an adventure because there’s been a different kind of high in figuring things out; what sounds good and what doesn’t, or trying to make the elements work or even just listening to Rusti and Tristan throw ideas for every song and witnessing them talk about some of the technical stuff I know nothing about (haha). It’s been really fascinating and just fun getting to make a record that way. From London, where we recorded 2 songs in the span of 3 days, to Baguio where we had 3 weeks to arrange 10 songs together. It was a bit nerve-racking yet exhilarating at the same time because of the timeline, plus the feeling of, ‘I can’t wait to finish this record and hear what the tracks would sound like in the end.’ All of it was awesome.” On the collaboration between Keiko and Chasing Fantasia, her manager Graham Perkins said, “This collaboration with Keiko, Chasing Fantasia, and Warner [Music] Philippines has been something very special to me. It's playing a huge part of my plans as I build my management business across the globe. It's been the catalyst to creating new partnerships and friends and the merger of my company with Open Door Artists in the Philippines has been a major outcome from the collaboration. For me, it's all about making music that can come from anywhere. Here we have a Filipino artist, managed by a UK-and-now-global management company, produced by South Africans. The UK as a market has had this kind of concept for many years now and I’m hoping with Keiko, this body of work and others to follow, we can begin to make a bit of difference to the rest of the world. Certainly, the UK is going to be a major part of our plans for Keiko and with a strong population of OFWs and a powerful festival scene, do expect to see Keiko back in the UK in 2021.” This is Chasing Fantasia’s first time to work with a Filipino artist. When asked about the possibility of collaborating with more talent from overseas, Rusti and Tristan said, “Definitely! It’s amazing when people from different cultures come together and create music. You learn so much and grow as both artist and producer.” Toward the end of the interview, we asked them what they learned about Filipino culture. They exclaimed, “Main thing we learnt about Filipinos? You love to eat!!! Haha! Honestly, we were blown away seeing the amount of talent while attending a few festivals during our time in Manila. We could see a real support for the fellow artist! This is sometimes lacking in the west. There also seems to be a real openness to collaborate and build cross-border relationships. We felt so welcome and were treated incredibly well, thanks! We would be thrilled to do more work in Asia. The west needs to hear more of the diverse talent coming out of these time zones!” “Ready, Let Go” is out now. Follow her, Chasing Fantasia, and Warner Music Philippines on social media for updates.
    225 Posted by Franz Santiago
  • Keiko Necesario, now signed with Warner Music Philippines, just released her new album “Ready, Let Go” last Friday, September 25th, 2020. The album which was six months in the making is a collaboration between the singer-songwriter and UK-based producers Rusti Russouw and Tristan Charmichael, collectively known as Chasing Fantasia. “I’ve had some of the songs in this album for years and some of them, I started writing while in process of the recording but technically, I only started working on the production last November 2019; I recorded 2 songs in London and the rest of the album was here in the Philippines. The producers, Chasing Fantasia flew from London and we worked on the album for 3 weeks in Baguio. I think I’ve been working on this for 6 months in total,” Keiko said in an exclusive interview. “The process of making this album has been an adventure because there’s been a different kind of high in figuring things out; what sounds good and what doesn’t, or trying to make the elements work or even just listening to Rusti and Tristan throw ideas for every song and witnessing them talk about some of the technical stuff I know nothing about (haha). It’s been really fascinating and just fun getting to make a record that way. From London, where we recorded 2 songs in the span of 3 days, to Baguio where we had 3 weeks to arrange 10 songs together. It was a bit nerve-racking yet exhilarating at the same time because of the timeline, plus the feeling of, ‘I can’t wait to finish this record and hear what the tracks would sound like in the end.’ All of it was awesome.” On the collaboration between Keiko and Chasing Fantasia, her manager Graham Perkins said, “This collaboration with Keiko, Chasing Fantasia, and Warner [Music] Philippines has been something very special to me. It's playing a huge part of my plans as I build my management business across the globe. It's been the catalyst to creating new partnerships and friends and the merger of my company with Open Door Artists in the Philippines has been a major outcome from the collaboration. For me, it's all about making music that can come from anywhere. Here we have a Filipino artist, managed by a UK-and-now-global management company, produced by South Africans. The UK as a market has had this kind of concept for many years now and I’m hoping with Keiko, this body of work and others to follow, we can begin to make a bit of difference to the rest of the world. Certainly, the UK is going to be a major part of our plans for Keiko and with a strong population of OFWs and a powerful festival scene, do expect to see Keiko back in the UK in 2021.” This is Chasing Fantasia’s first time to work with a Filipino artist. When asked about the possibility of collaborating with more talent from overseas, Rusti and Tristan said, “Definitely! It’s amazing when people from different cultures come together and create music. You learn so much and grow as both artist and producer.” Toward the end of the interview, we asked them what they learned about Filipino culture. They exclaimed, “Main thing we learnt about Filipinos? You love to eat!!! Haha! Honestly, we were blown away seeing the amount of talent while attending a few festivals during our time in Manila. We could see a real support for the fellow artist! This is sometimes lacking in the west. There also seems to be a real openness to collaborate and build cross-border relationships. We felt so welcome and were treated incredibly well, thanks! We would be thrilled to do more work in Asia. The west needs to hear more of the diverse talent coming out of these time zones!” “Ready, Let Go” is out now. Follow her, Chasing Fantasia, and Warner Music Philippines on social media for updates.
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