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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.
    280 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.”
    333 Posted by Franz Santiago
  • 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/
    805 Posted by Rakista Radio
  •     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.
    882 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.
    250 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.
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  • 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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  • 22 Sep 2020
    Paolo Sandejas slows it down and brings the feels in his latest track "Sorry."     The young singer-songwriter continues his streak in providing the perfect mix of modern and nostalgic music, this time infusing elements of easy rock and jazz into the song that tackles the aftermath of a break-up. Talking more about the song, he says "After a break up, I think most of us are left with feelings of regret, and we end up thinking about the things we could’ve done differently. In a way, it was really closure for me at the time to get all of that off my chest, and I hope the song can also help others find the closure they’re looking for."     The track is to be released in anticipation of his debut EP "Purple Afternoon" coming out later this year.     Sorry is now available on Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube Music, Amazon Music, Deezer, and all digital stores worldwide under Universal Records.     
    300 Posted by Franz Santiago
  • Paolo Sandejas slows it down and brings the feels in his latest track "Sorry."     The young singer-songwriter continues his streak in providing the perfect mix of modern and nostalgic music, this time infusing elements of easy rock and jazz into the song that tackles the aftermath of a break-up. Talking more about the song, he says "After a break up, I think most of us are left with feelings of regret, and we end up thinking about the things we could’ve done differently. In a way, it was really closure for me at the time to get all of that off my chest, and I hope the song can also help others find the closure they’re looking for."     The track is to be released in anticipation of his debut EP "Purple Afternoon" coming out later this year.     Sorry is now available on Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube Music, Amazon Music, Deezer, and all digital stores worldwide under Universal Records.     
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  • 22 Sep 2020
    Aside from making a name for herself as one of the breakout young actresses of her generation, Maris Racal has successfully dabbled in writing her own songs and challenging industry expectations with her intimate and refreshing take on pop music. From penning the chart-topping confessional “Ikaw Lang Sapat Na” to collaborating with Rico Blanco on the city pop-influenced ditty “Abot Langit,” Racal is surprisingly an effective chronicler of love anthems for the modern age—a guitar-toting songstress known for balancing commercial appeal with artistic integrity.Bursting with youthful fervor and charismatic edge, Maris Racal’s latest single “Not For Me” stretches her introspective side of music-making to interesting places, while retaining the accessibility of her recent crossover hits. Her resounding confidence translates perfectly into the musical output, but it’s her conversational and matter-of-fact songwriting style that earns the stripes, revealing a degree of self-assuredness that comes with experience.Inspired by Britpop acts such as Aqualung and folk-pop chanteuses like Lily Allen and Regina Spektor, Racal wrote “Not For Me” not so much for intriguing unconventionality, but as an outlet to express herself in a way that feels truthful and inherently raw. The driving piano chords and the soaring arrangements give her storytelling a more authentic spin, lending it an effortless breeziness while making sure it doesn’t lessen the emotional impact of the song.With “Not For Me” putting a spotlight on her songwriting strengths, Maris Racal explores the complexities of romantic uncertainty with a surprisingly nuanced approach—unfiltered, no longer afraid of possibilities, and ready to own the moment. “Not For Me” is out now on all digital platforms worldwide via Sony Music Philippines.
    841 Posted by Franz Santiago
  • Aside from making a name for herself as one of the breakout young actresses of her generation, Maris Racal has successfully dabbled in writing her own songs and challenging industry expectations with her intimate and refreshing take on pop music. From penning the chart-topping confessional “Ikaw Lang Sapat Na” to collaborating with Rico Blanco on the city pop-influenced ditty “Abot Langit,” Racal is surprisingly an effective chronicler of love anthems for the modern age—a guitar-toting songstress known for balancing commercial appeal with artistic integrity.Bursting with youthful fervor and charismatic edge, Maris Racal’s latest single “Not For Me” stretches her introspective side of music-making to interesting places, while retaining the accessibility of her recent crossover hits. Her resounding confidence translates perfectly into the musical output, but it’s her conversational and matter-of-fact songwriting style that earns the stripes, revealing a degree of self-assuredness that comes with experience.Inspired by Britpop acts such as Aqualung and folk-pop chanteuses like Lily Allen and Regina Spektor, Racal wrote “Not For Me” not so much for intriguing unconventionality, but as an outlet to express herself in a way that feels truthful and inherently raw. The driving piano chords and the soaring arrangements give her storytelling a more authentic spin, lending it an effortless breeziness while making sure it doesn’t lessen the emotional impact of the song.With “Not For Me” putting a spotlight on her songwriting strengths, Maris Racal explores the complexities of romantic uncertainty with a surprisingly nuanced approach—unfiltered, no longer afraid of possibilities, and ready to own the moment. “Not For Me” is out now on all digital platforms worldwide via Sony Music Philippines.
    Sep 22, 2020 841
  • 19 Sep 2020
    Known for their heart-wrecking ‘hugot hits’—in which everyone can surely relate, Indie pop band based in Las Piñas, This Band, surprised their fans as they released their most-awaited comeback single with their newest track, titled “Sinungaling Ka.”The song, which is also a prelude track to their upcoming debut album, mainly talks about a liar being caught in the act, and still making reasons. It emphasizes how someone became stronger and fiercer after being cheated on.According to This Band, people should stay tuned for more surprises as it just the beginning of the painful yet heartful songs they were about to release within the year.You can stream and buy the single here:apple.co/3kqVc4m spoti.fi/35Oke9I youtu.be/-37p_vY9gi8
    443 Posted by Arci Sagaysay
  • Known for their heart-wrecking ‘hugot hits’—in which everyone can surely relate, Indie pop band based in Las Piñas, This Band, surprised their fans as they released their most-awaited comeback single with their newest track, titled “Sinungaling Ka.”The song, which is also a prelude track to their upcoming debut album, mainly talks about a liar being caught in the act, and still making reasons. It emphasizes how someone became stronger and fiercer after being cheated on.According to This Band, people should stay tuned for more surprises as it just the beginning of the painful yet heartful songs they were about to release within the year.You can stream and buy the single here:apple.co/3kqVc4m spoti.fi/35Oke9I youtu.be/-37p_vY9gi8
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  • 18 Sep 2020
    Los Angeles (September 18, 2020) – Global pop sensation Ava Max—who has already accumulated more than 4 billion career streams—has today released her highly-anticipated debut album Heaven & Hell.The record features eight new tracks alongside her previously released hit singles “Sweet But Psycho,” “Who’s Laughing Now,” “So Am I,” “Salt” and “Kings & Queens,” the latter of which spent five weeks at #1 on European airplay and is currently #21 on Top 40 radio.   Click HERE to buy/stream the album.   “Heaven & Hell represents light and dark, good and evil, and the devil and angel on your shoulder,” said Ava on the meaning behind the album. “I’m discussing the dualities of the challenges we face each day. Some songs have darkness; other songs are more positive. Heaven & Hell is the middle ground.”   Ava has also today revealed the video for her track “Naked,” which was directed by Hannah Lux Davis (Ariana Grande, Halsey, Doja Cat).   “It’s about the real emotions we go through,” said Ava on the meaning behind the track. “If you don’t know my mind, soul, and heart, you’ll never know me by seeing me naked. We are more than our physical bodies. That’s what I wanted to show.”   Click HERE to watch the video.   A truly international artist, Ava sealed her pop superstar status with the blockbuster success of the RIAA 3x-platinum certified hit, “Sweet but Psycho.” Currently boasting over 2 billion global streams and counting, “Sweet But Psycho” was named among the New York Times’ “54 Best Songs of 2019,” spent three weeks in the top 10 of Billboard’s “Hot 100,” peaked at #3 at US Pop Radio and earned Ava her first-ever Teen Choice Awards nomination for “Choice Pop Song.” The song was joined by an official video that has more than 600 million views on YouTube. Produced by GRAMMY® Award-winning super-producer Cirkut (Maroon 5, Miley Cyrus, The Weeknd) and co-written with Madison Love (Camila Cabello), “Sweet But Psycho” hit #1 on both Spotify’s “United States Viral 50” and Billboard’s “Dance Club Songs” while becoming one of “The Top Most-Shazamed Songs of 2019.” The song’s stateside success followed the track’s remarkable popularity abroad, including four consecutive weeks atop the UK Singles Chart and #1 rankings on charts in nearly 20 countries.   Dubbed an “Artist You Need to Know” by Rolling Stone, Ava has been feted with a wide range of media attention including high profile features in Vanity Fair, Billboard, FORBES, PAPER, and more. The pop star first took over TV with performances of “Sweet but Psycho” on CBS’s The Late Late Show with James Corden, NBC’s TODAY, and the Ellen DeGeneres Show, as well as a summer performance of her RIAA-certified gold single “So Am I,” on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live. Ava became one of 2019’s most honored performers, including “Best New Artist” nominations at both the 2019 MTV Video Music Awards and the 2019 MTV Europe Music Awards. The latter was highlighted by both Ava’s first-ever win for “Best Push Artist” and show-stopping live performances of both “Torn” and “Sweet But Psycho,” streaming now HERE.   ALBUM TRACKLISTING:   Side A – Heaven: 1. H.E.A.V.E.N 2. Kings & Queens 3. Naked 4. Tattoo 5. OMG What’s Happening 6. Call Me Tonight 7. Born to the Night   Purgatory: 8. Torn   Side B – Hell: 9. Take You To Hell 10. Who’s Laughing Now 11. Belladonna 12. Rumors 13. So Am I 14. Salt 15. Sweet But Psycho   FOLLOW AVA MAX: Website | Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | TikTok | YouTube | Spotify | Apple Music   LISTEN, FOLLOW & SHARE: SIKAT SA PINAS WARNER X OPM
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  • Los Angeles (September 18, 2020) – Global pop sensation Ava Max—who has already accumulated more than 4 billion career streams—has today released her highly-anticipated debut album Heaven & Hell.The record features eight new tracks alongside her previously released hit singles “Sweet But Psycho,” “Who’s Laughing Now,” “So Am I,” “Salt” and “Kings & Queens,” the latter of which spent five weeks at #1 on European airplay and is currently #21 on Top 40 radio.   Click HERE to buy/stream the album.   “Heaven & Hell represents light and dark, good and evil, and the devil and angel on your shoulder,” said Ava on the meaning behind the album. “I’m discussing the dualities of the challenges we face each day. Some songs have darkness; other songs are more positive. Heaven & Hell is the middle ground.”   Ava has also today revealed the video for her track “Naked,” which was directed by Hannah Lux Davis (Ariana Grande, Halsey, Doja Cat).   “It’s about the real emotions we go through,” said Ava on the meaning behind the track. “If you don’t know my mind, soul, and heart, you’ll never know me by seeing me naked. We are more than our physical bodies. That’s what I wanted to show.”   Click HERE to watch the video.   A truly international artist, Ava sealed her pop superstar status with the blockbuster success of the RIAA 3x-platinum certified hit, “Sweet but Psycho.” Currently boasting over 2 billion global streams and counting, “Sweet But Psycho” was named among the New York Times’ “54 Best Songs of 2019,” spent three weeks in the top 10 of Billboard’s “Hot 100,” peaked at #3 at US Pop Radio and earned Ava her first-ever Teen Choice Awards nomination for “Choice Pop Song.” The song was joined by an official video that has more than 600 million views on YouTube. Produced by GRAMMY® Award-winning super-producer Cirkut (Maroon 5, Miley Cyrus, The Weeknd) and co-written with Madison Love (Camila Cabello), “Sweet But Psycho” hit #1 on both Spotify’s “United States Viral 50” and Billboard’s “Dance Club Songs” while becoming one of “The Top Most-Shazamed Songs of 2019.” The song’s stateside success followed the track’s remarkable popularity abroad, including four consecutive weeks atop the UK Singles Chart and #1 rankings on charts in nearly 20 countries.   Dubbed an “Artist You Need to Know” by Rolling Stone, Ava has been feted with a wide range of media attention including high profile features in Vanity Fair, Billboard, FORBES, PAPER, and more. The pop star first took over TV with performances of “Sweet but Psycho” on CBS’s The Late Late Show with James Corden, NBC’s TODAY, and the Ellen DeGeneres Show, as well as a summer performance of her RIAA-certified gold single “So Am I,” on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live. Ava became one of 2019’s most honored performers, including “Best New Artist” nominations at both the 2019 MTV Video Music Awards and the 2019 MTV Europe Music Awards. The latter was highlighted by both Ava’s first-ever win for “Best Push Artist” and show-stopping live performances of both “Torn” and “Sweet But Psycho,” streaming now HERE.   ALBUM TRACKLISTING:   Side A – Heaven: 1. H.E.A.V.E.N 2. Kings & Queens 3. Naked 4. Tattoo 5. OMG What’s Happening 6. Call Me Tonight 7. Born to the Night   Purgatory: 8. Torn   Side B – Hell: 9. Take You To Hell 10. Who’s Laughing Now 11. Belladonna 12. Rumors 13. So Am I 14. Salt 15. Sweet But Psycho   FOLLOW AVA MAX: Website | Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | TikTok | YouTube | Spotify | Apple Music   LISTEN, FOLLOW & SHARE: SIKAT SA PINAS WARNER X OPM
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  • 18 Sep 2020
    FRIDAY 18 SEPTEMBER - Singapore hip-hop producer Wovensound has released his new single “Sickleberry Sunsets” via indie label Umami Records. With its exquisite fusion of lo-fi, jazz, and hip-hop, Wovensound’s latest jam exudes a feel-good summer road trip vibe while leaning towards a classic, stylistic lineage in terms of production and overall sound.   According to the underrated producer, the song was recorded during the lockdown period in Singapore, with no access to the studio. He collaborates extensively and roped in 4 artists from Singapore on this track, including rappers Ihasamic!, SHAK, Andrew Marko, and singer Raina Sum. “I just love how this song takes different turns throughout its different sections, with each artist bringing their own flavour to the table and bouncing off each other,” Wovensound shares.   Lyrically, “Sickleberry Sunsets” doesn’t adhere to bland compromises. It’s a slickly produced hip-hop anthem that tackles two sides of a familiar persona. “In the song, there are two stories playing simultaneously: a cynic's struggle with staying optimistic as a realist, and an optimist's struggle of dealing with a loss of innocence and ignorance”, shares Wovensound. “I was in a very Nujabes mood when creating the track. The horns at the end is me paying some tribute to an artist I love dearly.”   “Sickleberry Sunsets” is the lead single of Wovensound’s 6-track debut EP Vertigos Fulfilled, dropping in June 2021.   Listen to Sickleberry Sunsets via Umami Records: https://www.umamirecords.sg/sickleberry-sunsets/   About Wovensound Singapore hip-hop producer Wovensound weaves his love for music with other artists, collaborating extensively and producing something unique every time. Wovensound AKA Vinod Dass is also a veteran of Singapore’s underground metal scene, playing guitar in various bands including Truth Be Known and Mucus Mortuary. He decided to establish this moniker in order to pay tribute to his love for other forms of music, mainly hip hop and rap. Wovensound’s 6-track debut EP Vertigos Fulfilled drops in June 2021.   Facebook | 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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  • FRIDAY 18 SEPTEMBER - Singapore hip-hop producer Wovensound has released his new single “Sickleberry Sunsets” via indie label Umami Records. With its exquisite fusion of lo-fi, jazz, and hip-hop, Wovensound’s latest jam exudes a feel-good summer road trip vibe while leaning towards a classic, stylistic lineage in terms of production and overall sound.   According to the underrated producer, the song was recorded during the lockdown period in Singapore, with no access to the studio. He collaborates extensively and roped in 4 artists from Singapore on this track, including rappers Ihasamic!, SHAK, Andrew Marko, and singer Raina Sum. “I just love how this song takes different turns throughout its different sections, with each artist bringing their own flavour to the table and bouncing off each other,” Wovensound shares.   Lyrically, “Sickleberry Sunsets” doesn’t adhere to bland compromises. It’s a slickly produced hip-hop anthem that tackles two sides of a familiar persona. “In the song, there are two stories playing simultaneously: a cynic's struggle with staying optimistic as a realist, and an optimist's struggle of dealing with a loss of innocence and ignorance”, shares Wovensound. “I was in a very Nujabes mood when creating the track. The horns at the end is me paying some tribute to an artist I love dearly.”   “Sickleberry Sunsets” is the lead single of Wovensound’s 6-track debut EP Vertigos Fulfilled, dropping in June 2021.   Listen to Sickleberry Sunsets via Umami Records: https://www.umamirecords.sg/sickleberry-sunsets/   About Wovensound Singapore hip-hop producer Wovensound weaves his love for music with other artists, collaborating extensively and producing something unique every time. Wovensound AKA Vinod Dass is also a veteran of Singapore’s underground metal scene, playing guitar in various bands including Truth Be Known and Mucus Mortuary. He decided to establish this moniker in order to pay tribute to his love for other forms of music, mainly hip hop and rap. Wovensound’s 6-track debut EP Vertigos Fulfilled drops in June 2021.   Facebook | 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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  • 18 Sep 2020
    Filipino-Australian singer-songwriter Bryan Estepa navigates the process of understanding and coming to terms with life’s curveballs on his brand new single, “Admit Now, Pay Later”—released on September 18, Friday under Lilystars Records / Rock Indiana.   Stripping everything down to essentials while exploring a more sonically adventurous approach to musicality, Estepa deflates any kind of conceit for a song that touches on hindsight and self-reflection. He strives to keep his narrative distinctly more intimate and closer to home without sounding contrived at all.   “Lyrically this song touches on how quickly life can change both for the good and the bad,” the folk rock artist explains. “But just as importantly is how we react to it. There's never gonna be a perfect response to life's curve balls but we just deal with it the best we can.”   Having been inspired by phrases and passages that he encountered or read on a daily basis, Bryan Estepa remembers being instantly drawn seeing the sign “Admit Now, Pay Later.” He particularly likes the incongruity in its meaning: the idea of diving into the deep end, of being courageous and dealing with what may come from it later on. He shares, “It was also one of the few songs that was born during the heaviest period of the COVID lockdowns here in Sydney and I had a really unexpected creative burst. When that happens, I try to ride the wave as long as I can.”   Driven by intricately playful instrumentation and wistful alt-country melodies, “Admit Now, Pay Later” feels more like an extension of Bryan Estepa’s remarkable consistency as a songwriter and musician. With guidance from multiple ARIA and APRA-award winning producer, Josh Pyke, Estepa’s new track blends tenderness with immaculate precision, revealing its charm even the first time you listen to it.  He reveals, “The final version is a lot more layered than my original idea but that's the beauty of music and the way it can evolve in beautiful and unexpected ways.”   “Admit Now, Pay Later” is out now on all digital and streaming platforms worldwide via Lilystars Records.
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  • Filipino-Australian singer-songwriter Bryan Estepa navigates the process of understanding and coming to terms with life’s curveballs on his brand new single, “Admit Now, Pay Later”—released on September 18, Friday under Lilystars Records / Rock Indiana.   Stripping everything down to essentials while exploring a more sonically adventurous approach to musicality, Estepa deflates any kind of conceit for a song that touches on hindsight and self-reflection. He strives to keep his narrative distinctly more intimate and closer to home without sounding contrived at all.   “Lyrically this song touches on how quickly life can change both for the good and the bad,” the folk rock artist explains. “But just as importantly is how we react to it. There's never gonna be a perfect response to life's curve balls but we just deal with it the best we can.”   Having been inspired by phrases and passages that he encountered or read on a daily basis, Bryan Estepa remembers being instantly drawn seeing the sign “Admit Now, Pay Later.” He particularly likes the incongruity in its meaning: the idea of diving into the deep end, of being courageous and dealing with what may come from it later on. He shares, “It was also one of the few songs that was born during the heaviest period of the COVID lockdowns here in Sydney and I had a really unexpected creative burst. When that happens, I try to ride the wave as long as I can.”   Driven by intricately playful instrumentation and wistful alt-country melodies, “Admit Now, Pay Later” feels more like an extension of Bryan Estepa’s remarkable consistency as a songwriter and musician. With guidance from multiple ARIA and APRA-award winning producer, Josh Pyke, Estepa’s new track blends tenderness with immaculate precision, revealing its charm even the first time you listen to it.  He reveals, “The final version is a lot more layered than my original idea but that's the beauty of music and the way it can evolve in beautiful and unexpected ways.”   “Admit Now, Pay Later” is out now on all digital and streaming platforms worldwide via Lilystars Records.
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  • 18 Sep 2020
    September 18, 2020 (Los Angeles, CA) – Toronto talent Ali Gatie has unveiled the breezy, yet heartfelt “Welcome Back,” his latest song and first-ever collaboration, featuring alt-pop dynamo Alessia Cara. Following up the lovelorn R&B hits “Running on My Mind” and “If I Fall in Love,” this instantly memorable new single proves Ali Gatie is on track for global pop domination. “Welcome Back” arrives as an optimistic sign of things returning to normalcy as we navigate through a global pandemic and highlights one of the singer/songwriter’s most charming qualities: He finds hope even in heartache. “I’ve been keeping doors unlocked just hoping you would walk back in,” he croons over a brightly reverbed guitar. Cara effortlessly slips right in with her soulful voice repeating his words before their vocals melt together: “Feels like you were never gone; I’m glad you’re back / If it doesn’t last, at least we had that time that we had.” Not only is it a song written to a lover, but Ali wrote it as a song to his former self. The new song also finds Ali Gatie further refining his blend of intimate pop and heart-on-sleeve R&B — a sound his fans, the LISNERS, have championed from the start. Over the last 18 months, the artist has seen his numbers soar. He’s surpassed 3 billion global streams and even with a sold-out world tour and Coachella slot put on hold, he’s continued to grow a huge following online. All thanks to unassuming, but undeniable smashes like “What If I Told You That I Love You,” which has garnered nearly half a billion streams all on its own since January. “Welcome Back” is a next step that again shows the R&B-pop singer’s strength as a solo star while proving his potential as a collaborator. It’s also a hint of what’s to come as Gatie begins putting the pieces together for his first full-length album. ABOUT ALI GATIE:Raised in Mississauga, Canada, just outside of Toronto, and of Iraqi descent, 23-year-old phenom Ali Gatie has quietly ascended as a singular voice in the culture. Within two years since his first independent release, he’s surpassed 3 billion streams with earworms like “What If I Told You That I Love You,” “Say To You," “It’s You” and “Moonlight.” He’s quickly proving to be one of the year’s most compelling new artists, straddling the line between pop and R&B. In 2019, he released his debut EP, YOU, achieved RIAA platinum status for his breakout smash “It’s You” (which spent 13 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100) and sold out his first six shows in less than 10 minutes. Cultivating a massive international following and global media attention, Gatie has been covered by the likes of Complex, HYPEBEAST, Billboard, Forbes, Genius, NYLON and more. He goes deep on the big subjects that have always consumed great artists: Vulnerability, love, and devotion are concepts that he confronts head-on. The openness in his music is palpable, and his fans, affectionately dubbed the LISNERS, continue to multiply, hanging on to the edge of every one of his words. FOLLOW ALI GATIE:Twitter | Instagram | TikTok | YouTube 
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  • September 18, 2020 (Los Angeles, CA) – Toronto talent Ali Gatie has unveiled the breezy, yet heartfelt “Welcome Back,” his latest song and first-ever collaboration, featuring alt-pop dynamo Alessia Cara. Following up the lovelorn R&B hits “Running on My Mind” and “If I Fall in Love,” this instantly memorable new single proves Ali Gatie is on track for global pop domination. “Welcome Back” arrives as an optimistic sign of things returning to normalcy as we navigate through a global pandemic and highlights one of the singer/songwriter’s most charming qualities: He finds hope even in heartache. “I’ve been keeping doors unlocked just hoping you would walk back in,” he croons over a brightly reverbed guitar. Cara effortlessly slips right in with her soulful voice repeating his words before their vocals melt together: “Feels like you were never gone; I’m glad you’re back / If it doesn’t last, at least we had that time that we had.” Not only is it a song written to a lover, but Ali wrote it as a song to his former self. The new song also finds Ali Gatie further refining his blend of intimate pop and heart-on-sleeve R&B — a sound his fans, the LISNERS, have championed from the start. Over the last 18 months, the artist has seen his numbers soar. He’s surpassed 3 billion global streams and even with a sold-out world tour and Coachella slot put on hold, he’s continued to grow a huge following online. All thanks to unassuming, but undeniable smashes like “What If I Told You That I Love You,” which has garnered nearly half a billion streams all on its own since January. “Welcome Back” is a next step that again shows the R&B-pop singer’s strength as a solo star while proving his potential as a collaborator. It’s also a hint of what’s to come as Gatie begins putting the pieces together for his first full-length album. ABOUT ALI GATIE:Raised in Mississauga, Canada, just outside of Toronto, and of Iraqi descent, 23-year-old phenom Ali Gatie has quietly ascended as a singular voice in the culture. Within two years since his first independent release, he’s surpassed 3 billion streams with earworms like “What If I Told You That I Love You,” “Say To You," “It’s You” and “Moonlight.” He’s quickly proving to be one of the year’s most compelling new artists, straddling the line between pop and R&B. In 2019, he released his debut EP, YOU, achieved RIAA platinum status for his breakout smash “It’s You” (which spent 13 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100) and sold out his first six shows in less than 10 minutes. Cultivating a massive international following and global media attention, Gatie has been covered by the likes of Complex, HYPEBEAST, Billboard, Forbes, Genius, NYLON and more. He goes deep on the big subjects that have always consumed great artists: Vulnerability, love, and devotion are concepts that he confronts head-on. The openness in his music is palpable, and his fans, affectionately dubbed the LISNERS, continue to multiply, hanging on to the edge of every one of his words. FOLLOW ALI GATIE:Twitter | Instagram | TikTok | YouTube 
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  • 18 Sep 2020
      In less than three years, Project Orange has slowly but surely gained traction outside of Bacolod City’s relatively small but thriving music community. Thanks to their maiden singles “Ctrl + Esc” and “Sputnik Sweetheart,” the promising quartet earned their chunk of streaming listenership on cities such as Taipei, Manila, and Hong Kong—a proof that their brand of music sees no boundaries, and resonates on a universal level.   Formed by vocalist/guitarist Diana “Moose” Mapa, guitarist Ann Marie Pillado, bassist Martin Garces, and drummer Miguel Gabriel San Miguel, Project Orange returns with a distinctly laid-back affair that chronicles the growing pains of young love and the unsteady circumstances that define it.   Their new single “Play Pretend” captivates listeners with their sophisticated blend of bedroom pop and indie rock. The four-piece outfit employs a lush and dream-like palette in terms of musical approach, fully embracing a deceptively simple arrangement that wouldn’t feel out of place side by side with the breezy pop sensibilities of Clairo and Boy Pablo.   “Too many people get caught up with the immense amount of music elements these days and I try to avoid that,” lead vocalist Diana Mapa shares in a statement. “The additional portions like the distorted guitar and synths were suggested by the producers in the studio and it added a stunning perspective to the song.”   Steeped in melancholic pulse, “Play Pretend” provides glimpses of a promising music act informed by the sound of its time, but never allowing trends to envelope the finality and packaging. It’s all heart, less feels: the more you immerse to the song’s intimate revelations, the closer it hits home.    Lyrically, “Play Pretend” demands to be felt. With its wandering verses, a bridge that makes you feel like you're at a wit's end, and a chorus that hits you with a sanguine yet somber tune, the song represents built up feelings that will never see the light of the day. Mapa shares, “It’s like you’re running out of time, but at the same time you aren’t. And that distorts what you think of love, whether it be imaginary or reality.”   “Play Pretend” is the third official single of indie pop collective Project Orange under Lilystar Records. Stream their new track here.
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  •   In less than three years, Project Orange has slowly but surely gained traction outside of Bacolod City’s relatively small but thriving music community. Thanks to their maiden singles “Ctrl + Esc” and “Sputnik Sweetheart,” the promising quartet earned their chunk of streaming listenership on cities such as Taipei, Manila, and Hong Kong—a proof that their brand of music sees no boundaries, and resonates on a universal level.   Formed by vocalist/guitarist Diana “Moose” Mapa, guitarist Ann Marie Pillado, bassist Martin Garces, and drummer Miguel Gabriel San Miguel, Project Orange returns with a distinctly laid-back affair that chronicles the growing pains of young love and the unsteady circumstances that define it.   Their new single “Play Pretend” captivates listeners with their sophisticated blend of bedroom pop and indie rock. The four-piece outfit employs a lush and dream-like palette in terms of musical approach, fully embracing a deceptively simple arrangement that wouldn’t feel out of place side by side with the breezy pop sensibilities of Clairo and Boy Pablo.   “Too many people get caught up with the immense amount of music elements these days and I try to avoid that,” lead vocalist Diana Mapa shares in a statement. “The additional portions like the distorted guitar and synths were suggested by the producers in the studio and it added a stunning perspective to the song.”   Steeped in melancholic pulse, “Play Pretend” provides glimpses of a promising music act informed by the sound of its time, but never allowing trends to envelope the finality and packaging. It’s all heart, less feels: the more you immerse to the song’s intimate revelations, the closer it hits home.    Lyrically, “Play Pretend” demands to be felt. With its wandering verses, a bridge that makes you feel like you're at a wit's end, and a chorus that hits you with a sanguine yet somber tune, the song represents built up feelings that will never see the light of the day. Mapa shares, “It’s like you’re running out of time, but at the same time you aren’t. And that distorts what you think of love, whether it be imaginary or reality.”   “Play Pretend” is the third official single of indie pop collective Project Orange under Lilystar Records. Stream their new track here.
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  • 15 Sep 2020
    Hugot songs" began flooding our airwaves a few years back, and it seems like some of us never really got over the feels. We hear about heartache and loneliness in different forms during different parts of the day, and it can either inspire you to move on or fall even harder. Now that we're nearing the end of 2020, Meryl decided to conclude their "two-year narrative" with their latest single, "Paghilom".     Meryl calls their music the soundtrack of their listener's own love story. According to the band, their songs serve as the score to "the common romantic's tale of love and tragedy". In addition to their past songs "Colors", "Vincent", and "Dagat", the new single "Paghilom" ties the narrative together. For their loyal audience, this song marks an appropriate ending.   Previously called "Untitled Song" by their fans, the band described "Paghilom" as a serenade of a romantic to his/her sweetheart. "It is about staying hopeful despite knowing that the relationship is about to end. It tells the story from the perspective of a person's willingness to fight for love. From the lines 'buuin natin mga pusong sugatan' to 'hindi ka papakawalan, the song itself is a romantic's way of expressing love at the grandest scale."   Meryl's fans are in for a treat this year, as the band is set to release an album before the year ends. To listen to "Paghilom" and get band updates, follow Meryl and Warner Music Philippines on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.    Tags: #Rakista  #RakistaRadio  #WarnerMusicPH  #Meryl 
    940 Posted by Franz Santiago
  • Hugot songs" began flooding our airwaves a few years back, and it seems like some of us never really got over the feels. We hear about heartache and loneliness in different forms during different parts of the day, and it can either inspire you to move on or fall even harder. Now that we're nearing the end of 2020, Meryl decided to conclude their "two-year narrative" with their latest single, "Paghilom".     Meryl calls their music the soundtrack of their listener's own love story. According to the band, their songs serve as the score to "the common romantic's tale of love and tragedy". In addition to their past songs "Colors", "Vincent", and "Dagat", the new single "Paghilom" ties the narrative together. For their loyal audience, this song marks an appropriate ending.   Previously called "Untitled Song" by their fans, the band described "Paghilom" as a serenade of a romantic to his/her sweetheart. "It is about staying hopeful despite knowing that the relationship is about to end. It tells the story from the perspective of a person's willingness to fight for love. From the lines 'buuin natin mga pusong sugatan' to 'hindi ka papakawalan, the song itself is a romantic's way of expressing love at the grandest scale."   Meryl's fans are in for a treat this year, as the band is set to release an album before the year ends. To listen to "Paghilom" and get band updates, follow Meryl and Warner Music Philippines on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.    Tags: #Rakista  #RakistaRadio  #WarnerMusicPH  #Meryl 
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  • 15 Sep 2020
    The fierce, sensual R&B-style vocals and dark, danceable vibe of LA Santos’ new single Hibang will make you want to get on TikTok and dance like you’re in the club.LA Santos – born LnardAntonio Brioso-Santos – knew from a very young age that he wanted to become an entertainer, and so he set out to reach this goal by learning guitar and piano and completing his degree in Music Production at the De La Salle University-College of St. Benilde. Not long after that, he started a full-fledged music career, becoming known by his fans as the Singing Idol and performing alongside the likes of Imelda Papin and Claire de la Fuente, as well as international superstars Air Supply and Patti Austin – all before he reached the age of 19.Listing among his influences the likes of Bruno Mars and Michael Jackson, LA adopted not only their singing styles, but also their slick dance moves. It certainly helped that he was a basketball player in high school, as the speed and nimbleness needed to become a good dancer came all too naturally to him.With his new single Hibang, LA gives us a tour de force of his soul-filled R&B-styled vocals backed by a dark, sensual beat. This appealing package calls to mind the production values of K-Pop acts like BTS, but LA puts an interesting new spin on this formula by mixing it with a more mature, masculine, leather-jacket type of vibe in the vein of 88rising acts like Joji.LA lists clubbing and “chillin’ with friends” as some of his influences in making Hibang. He says of the song: “it’s like the feeling of dancing in the club and…like you have your own world.”Brought to us by 7K Sounds, LA Santos’ Hibang is now available for streaming on all major digital platforms, such as Spotify, Apple Music and YouTube. The song’s accompanying music video has begun the Hibang Dance Challenge contest, which seems ripe to become a viral hit among TikTok households during the quarantine period.Led by director Alco Guerrero and experienced musician Romel “Sancho” Sanchez, 7K Records is a new record label that aspires to push the boundaries of OPM with fresh, exciting material. Expect more to come from this promising new label over the next few months.
    344 Posted by Rakista Radio
  • The fierce, sensual R&B-style vocals and dark, danceable vibe of LA Santos’ new single Hibang will make you want to get on TikTok and dance like you’re in the club.LA Santos – born LnardAntonio Brioso-Santos – knew from a very young age that he wanted to become an entertainer, and so he set out to reach this goal by learning guitar and piano and completing his degree in Music Production at the De La Salle University-College of St. Benilde. Not long after that, he started a full-fledged music career, becoming known by his fans as the Singing Idol and performing alongside the likes of Imelda Papin and Claire de la Fuente, as well as international superstars Air Supply and Patti Austin – all before he reached the age of 19.Listing among his influences the likes of Bruno Mars and Michael Jackson, LA adopted not only their singing styles, but also their slick dance moves. It certainly helped that he was a basketball player in high school, as the speed and nimbleness needed to become a good dancer came all too naturally to him.With his new single Hibang, LA gives us a tour de force of his soul-filled R&B-styled vocals backed by a dark, sensual beat. This appealing package calls to mind the production values of K-Pop acts like BTS, but LA puts an interesting new spin on this formula by mixing it with a more mature, masculine, leather-jacket type of vibe in the vein of 88rising acts like Joji.LA lists clubbing and “chillin’ with friends” as some of his influences in making Hibang. He says of the song: “it’s like the feeling of dancing in the club and…like you have your own world.”Brought to us by 7K Sounds, LA Santos’ Hibang is now available for streaming on all major digital platforms, such as Spotify, Apple Music and YouTube. The song’s accompanying music video has begun the Hibang Dance Challenge contest, which seems ripe to become a viral hit among TikTok households during the quarantine period.Led by director Alco Guerrero and experienced musician Romel “Sancho” Sanchez, 7K Records is a new record label that aspires to push the boundaries of OPM with fresh, exciting material. Expect more to come from this promising new label over the next few months.
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  • 15 Sep 2020
    "Hugot songs" began flooding our airwaves a few years back, and it seems like some of us never really got over the feels. We hear about heartache and loneliness in different forms during different parts of the day, and it can either inspire you to move on or fall even harder. Now that we're nearing the end of 2020, Meryl decided to conclude their "two-year narrative" with their latest single, "Paghilom".   Meryl calls their music the soundtrack of their listener's own love story. According to the band, their songs serve as the score to "the common romantic's tale of love and tragedy". In addition to their past songs "Colors", "Vincent", and "Dagat", the new single "Paghilom" ties the narrative together. For their loyal audience, this song marks an appropriate ending.   Previously called "Untitled Song" by their fans, the band described "Paghilom" as a serenade of a romantic to his/her sweetheart. "It is about staying hopeful despite knowing that the relationship is about to end. It tells the story from the perspective of a person's willingness to fight for love. From the lines 'buuin natin mga pusong sugatan' to 'hindi ka papakawalan, the song itself is a romantic's way of expressing love at the grandest scale."   Meryl's fans are in for a treat this year, as the band is set to release an album before the year ends. To listen to "Paghilom" and get band updates, follow Meryl and Warner Music Philippines on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
    184 Posted by Rakista Radio
  • "Hugot songs" began flooding our airwaves a few years back, and it seems like some of us never really got over the feels. We hear about heartache and loneliness in different forms during different parts of the day, and it can either inspire you to move on or fall even harder. Now that we're nearing the end of 2020, Meryl decided to conclude their "two-year narrative" with their latest single, "Paghilom".   Meryl calls their music the soundtrack of their listener's own love story. According to the band, their songs serve as the score to "the common romantic's tale of love and tragedy". In addition to their past songs "Colors", "Vincent", and "Dagat", the new single "Paghilom" ties the narrative together. For their loyal audience, this song marks an appropriate ending.   Previously called "Untitled Song" by their fans, the band described "Paghilom" as a serenade of a romantic to his/her sweetheart. "It is about staying hopeful despite knowing that the relationship is about to end. It tells the story from the perspective of a person's willingness to fight for love. From the lines 'buuin natin mga pusong sugatan' to 'hindi ka papakawalan, the song itself is a romantic's way of expressing love at the grandest scale."   Meryl's fans are in for a treat this year, as the band is set to release an album before the year ends. To listen to "Paghilom" and get band updates, follow Meryl and Warner Music Philippines on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
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  • 15 Sep 2020
    VANS APAC. (Sept. 2, 2020) - Vans, the original action sports brand and global advocate for creative expression announces the worldwide expansion of the brand’s celebrated music platform, Vans Musicians Wanted. Originally launched in Vans’ Asia-Pacific region in 2015, the Vans Musicians Wanted competition is a global music platform that provides undiscovered musicians a chance for their original music to be heard by a global audience. This year’s competition has evolved into a seamless digital experience, and will award one grand prize winner the opportunity to share the stage with Vans Ambassador and Grammy award winning artist Anderson .Paak.   Submit Original Music Now at Vans.com/MusiciansWanted APAC Submission Open: Sep 2nd to Sep 30th Americas and EMEA Submissions Open: Sept 28th to Oct 11th Launching in partnership with the trailblazing talent from Vans’ final chapter of the ‘THIS IS OFF THE WALL’ brand campaign released today, Vans shares the compelling journey of two artists: Atlanta-based rapper, J.I.D and Chinese-born and American-raised artist, Bohan Phoenix, who express their personal identities through music. Inspired by their experiences of fusing cultural identity with raw musical prowess, Vans has partnered with J.I.D and Bohan Phoenix to serve as guest judges for the global competition. The stories of these two young artists within the hip hop industry serves as a catalyst for the next generation of musicians looking to come up from their bedrooms to main stage.   Vans’ ‘THIS IS OFF THE WALL’ campaign stories celebrate creative expression through the pursuit of artists making their own way forward in hip hop. The genre has become a distinct language of choice for young voices who continue to work to forge their own path by any means necessary.   Born and raised in East Atlanta, Destin Choice Route, better known by his stage name J.I.D, has carved out a unique space for himself through his raw talent and unwavering desire for greatness. While creativity was a constant throughout J.I.D’s life, he originally pursued professional sports, but through injuries and uncertainty, he embraced music. Driven by his magnanimous work ethic, J.I.D’s focus on writing and dense wordplay has helped to establish him as a leader in a new wave of hip hop that values craft over hype, defining a new sound that is unmatched. Hear J.I.D’s origin story and the path he has taken in order to hone his craft at Vans.com/JID. Born in Hubei, China and moved to Massachusetts, Bohan Phoenix was introduced to hip hop when his mother used popular movies and television as a tool to teach him English. One movie in particular sparked a love for music and culture that would go on to define his life moving forward. This introduction to hip hop led Bohan down a path of discovery and personal exploration that brought him to create his own music. By embracing his upbringing and dual cultural identity, he began to make music that blended two languages and cultures together to create something uniquely personal, pushing hip hop in new places. Watch Bohan Phoenix’s journey to self-discovery and how his multicultural upbringing has come to influence his identity as an artist at Vans.com/BohanPhoenix.   To celebrate the partnership, Vans has teamed up with Bohan Phoenix to release his customized Vans shoes on Vans.com/Customs . Joining J.I.D and Bohan Phoenix as special guest judges, European based singer-songwriter Nilüfer Yanya, and Grammy award-winning artist, Anderson .Paak  will review the top-5 artists from each region. Top-5 artists from APAC will perform at the Vans Musicians Wanted Virtual Concert this December, they will also receive free album distribution through Spinnup, Universal Music Group’s distribution service for independent artists. One grand prize winner will be selected to receive Vans product, Fender Gear, Vans Spotify and Apple Music playlisting, music video produced by Universal Music Group and one year of free and unlimited global music distribution from Spinnup (APAC exclusive), and the opportunity to share the stage with Anderson .Paak as the opening act in 2021.
    206 Posted by Rakista Radio
  • VANS APAC. (Sept. 2, 2020) - Vans, the original action sports brand and global advocate for creative expression announces the worldwide expansion of the brand’s celebrated music platform, Vans Musicians Wanted. Originally launched in Vans’ Asia-Pacific region in 2015, the Vans Musicians Wanted competition is a global music platform that provides undiscovered musicians a chance for their original music to be heard by a global audience. This year’s competition has evolved into a seamless digital experience, and will award one grand prize winner the opportunity to share the stage with Vans Ambassador and Grammy award winning artist Anderson .Paak.   Submit Original Music Now at Vans.com/MusiciansWanted APAC Submission Open: Sep 2nd to Sep 30th Americas and EMEA Submissions Open: Sept 28th to Oct 11th Launching in partnership with the trailblazing talent from Vans’ final chapter of the ‘THIS IS OFF THE WALL’ brand campaign released today, Vans shares the compelling journey of two artists: Atlanta-based rapper, J.I.D and Chinese-born and American-raised artist, Bohan Phoenix, who express their personal identities through music. Inspired by their experiences of fusing cultural identity with raw musical prowess, Vans has partnered with J.I.D and Bohan Phoenix to serve as guest judges for the global competition. The stories of these two young artists within the hip hop industry serves as a catalyst for the next generation of musicians looking to come up from their bedrooms to main stage.   Vans’ ‘THIS IS OFF THE WALL’ campaign stories celebrate creative expression through the pursuit of artists making their own way forward in hip hop. The genre has become a distinct language of choice for young voices who continue to work to forge their own path by any means necessary.   Born and raised in East Atlanta, Destin Choice Route, better known by his stage name J.I.D, has carved out a unique space for himself through his raw talent and unwavering desire for greatness. While creativity was a constant throughout J.I.D’s life, he originally pursued professional sports, but through injuries and uncertainty, he embraced music. Driven by his magnanimous work ethic, J.I.D’s focus on writing and dense wordplay has helped to establish him as a leader in a new wave of hip hop that values craft over hype, defining a new sound that is unmatched. Hear J.I.D’s origin story and the path he has taken in order to hone his craft at Vans.com/JID. Born in Hubei, China and moved to Massachusetts, Bohan Phoenix was introduced to hip hop when his mother used popular movies and television as a tool to teach him English. One movie in particular sparked a love for music and culture that would go on to define his life moving forward. This introduction to hip hop led Bohan down a path of discovery and personal exploration that brought him to create his own music. By embracing his upbringing and dual cultural identity, he began to make music that blended two languages and cultures together to create something uniquely personal, pushing hip hop in new places. Watch Bohan Phoenix’s journey to self-discovery and how his multicultural upbringing has come to influence his identity as an artist at Vans.com/BohanPhoenix.   To celebrate the partnership, Vans has teamed up with Bohan Phoenix to release his customized Vans shoes on Vans.com/Customs . Joining J.I.D and Bohan Phoenix as special guest judges, European based singer-songwriter Nilüfer Yanya, and Grammy award-winning artist, Anderson .Paak  will review the top-5 artists from each region. Top-5 artists from APAC will perform at the Vans Musicians Wanted Virtual Concert this December, they will also receive free album distribution through Spinnup, Universal Music Group’s distribution service for independent artists. One grand prize winner will be selected to receive Vans product, Fender Gear, Vans Spotify and Apple Music playlisting, music video produced by Universal Music Group and one year of free and unlimited global music distribution from Spinnup (APAC exclusive), and the opportunity to share the stage with Anderson .Paak as the opening act in 2021.
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  • 11 Sep 2020
    FRIDAY 11 SEPTEMBER 2020 - Following her well-received debut single ‘Tonight’ in July, Filipina-Singaporean singer-songwriter Gail Belmonte chronicles her struggles of reclaiming happiness on her new single “You Don’t” -- released today on all digital platforms worldwide via indie label Umami Records.“You Don’t” tackles the importance of not taking anything for granted, but at the same time knowing one’s worth. “In the relationships I got involved in, romantic or platonic, I always gave so much of myself,” the R&B artist says. “Sometimes I would give so much of myself that when these relationships break down, I would feel so lost, like I lost a part of myself. I looked for happiness in other people and it was not until I wrote this song, that I decided to reclaim that happiness by finding it within myself.”A rallying cry for self-discovery, “You Don’t” endears listeners with its compelling, soulful delivery and radio-ready pop hooks. It’s the second of a trio of singles Gail Belmonte is debuting in late 2020. The last of the series, ‘Restart’, is scheduled for release on 13 November.Listen to You Don’t via Umami Records:https://www.umamirecords.sg/you-dont/About Gail BelmonteR&B/soul singer-songwriter Gail Belmonte makes music full of heart, with a voice that radiates beauty and effortless delivery.Born and raised in Singapore, of Filipino descent, Gail Belmonte loved singing and performing from an early age and has been practising professionally from the age of 18. Gail was champion in the vocal solo category of Singapore talent competition Impresario 2016, a finalist of China Super Vocal 2016, a finalist in Mediacorp Singapore’s The Final 1 (2013), and also appeared in Season 4 of ABS-CBN’s Pilipinas Got Talent (2016). Gail made her theatre debut in Pangdemonium’s staging of the Tony award-winning musical, Fun Home, in 2017.Gail Belmonte has featured on tracks by artists like fulses, thecolorfractal, Fingerfunk and Tim De Cotta, and is finally ready to put out her own music with 3 singles planned for release in 2020 via indie label Umami Records, in which she explores the effects of love, heartache, falling apart and putting yourself back together again.Facebook InstagramAbout Umami RecordsUmami 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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  • FRIDAY 11 SEPTEMBER 2020 - Following her well-received debut single ‘Tonight’ in July, Filipina-Singaporean singer-songwriter Gail Belmonte chronicles her struggles of reclaiming happiness on her new single “You Don’t” -- released today on all digital platforms worldwide via indie label Umami Records.“You Don’t” tackles the importance of not taking anything for granted, but at the same time knowing one’s worth. “In the relationships I got involved in, romantic or platonic, I always gave so much of myself,” the R&B artist says. “Sometimes I would give so much of myself that when these relationships break down, I would feel so lost, like I lost a part of myself. I looked for happiness in other people and it was not until I wrote this song, that I decided to reclaim that happiness by finding it within myself.”A rallying cry for self-discovery, “You Don’t” endears listeners with its compelling, soulful delivery and radio-ready pop hooks. It’s the second of a trio of singles Gail Belmonte is debuting in late 2020. The last of the series, ‘Restart’, is scheduled for release on 13 November.Listen to You Don’t via Umami Records:https://www.umamirecords.sg/you-dont/About Gail BelmonteR&B/soul singer-songwriter Gail Belmonte makes music full of heart, with a voice that radiates beauty and effortless delivery.Born and raised in Singapore, of Filipino descent, Gail Belmonte loved singing and performing from an early age and has been practising professionally from the age of 18. Gail was champion in the vocal solo category of Singapore talent competition Impresario 2016, a finalist of China Super Vocal 2016, a finalist in Mediacorp Singapore’s The Final 1 (2013), and also appeared in Season 4 of ABS-CBN’s Pilipinas Got Talent (2016). Gail made her theatre debut in Pangdemonium’s staging of the Tony award-winning musical, Fun Home, in 2017.Gail Belmonte has featured on tracks by artists like fulses, thecolorfractal, Fingerfunk and Tim De Cotta, and is finally ready to put out her own music with 3 singles planned for release in 2020 via indie label Umami Records, in which she explores the effects of love, heartache, falling apart and putting yourself back together again.Facebook InstagramAbout Umami RecordsUmami 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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  • 11 Sep 2020
    Bruce Springsteen is slated to drop his highly anticipated studio album with E Street Band, Letter To You on October 23, 2020 (Friday) via Columbia Records.     A rock album fueled by the band's heart-stopping, house-rocking signature sound, the 12-track Letter To You is Springsteen's 20th studio album, and was recorded at his home studio in New Jersey. “I love the emotional nature of Letter To You,” says Springsteen. “And I love the sound of the E Street Band playing completely live in the studio, in a way we’ve never done before, and with no overdubs. We made the album in only five days, and it turned out to be one of the greatest recording experiences I’ve ever had.” Letter to You includes nine recently written Springsteen songs, as well as new recordings of three of his legendary, but previously unreleased compositions from the 1970s: “Janey Needs a Shooter,” “If I Was the Priest,” and “Song for Orphans.”   Springsteen is joined on Letter To You by Roy Bittan, Nils Lofgren, Patti Scialfa, Garry Tallent, Stevie Van Zandt, Max Weinberg, Charlie Giordano and Jake Clemons. The album was produced by Ron Aniello with Bruce Springsteen, mixed by Bob Clearmountain and mastered by Bob Ludwig. Letter To You is Springsteen's first time performing with the E Street Band since The River 2016 tour, which was named the year's top global tour by both Billboard and Pollstar.   Bruce Springsteen’s recording career spans over 40 years, beginning with 1973's ‘Greetings from Asbury Park, NJ’ (Columbia Records). He has garnered 20 Grammys, won an Oscar and a Tony, been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, received a Kennedy Center Honor and was MusiCares’ 2013 Person of the Year. Springsteen’s memoir ‘Born to Run’ (Simon & Schuster) and its companion album ‘Chapter and Verse’ were released in September 2016, and he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in November 2016. His historic 236-show run of ‘Springsteen on Broadway’ at Jujamcyn’s Walter Kerr Theatre from October 2017 to December 2018 also yielded an accompanying soundtrack album and Netflix special. In 2019, Springsteen released 'Western Stars,' his first studio album in five years, and together with longtime collaborator Thom Zimny he co-directed ‘Western Stars,’ a feature film released through Warner Bros. Tracklist: 1. One Minute You’re Here2. Letter To You3. Burnin’ Train4. Janey Needs A Shooter5. Last Man Standing6. The Power Of Prayer7. House Of A Thousand Guitars8. Rainmaker9. If I Was The Priest10. Ghosts11. Song For Orphans12. I’ll See You In My Dreams   Watch the video for the album's title track here:     Pre-order Letter To You here: brucespringsteen.lnk.to/LTY-POPS
    436 Posted by Franz Santiago
  • Bruce Springsteen is slated to drop his highly anticipated studio album with E Street Band, Letter To You on October 23, 2020 (Friday) via Columbia Records.     A rock album fueled by the band's heart-stopping, house-rocking signature sound, the 12-track Letter To You is Springsteen's 20th studio album, and was recorded at his home studio in New Jersey. “I love the emotional nature of Letter To You,” says Springsteen. “And I love the sound of the E Street Band playing completely live in the studio, in a way we’ve never done before, and with no overdubs. We made the album in only five days, and it turned out to be one of the greatest recording experiences I’ve ever had.” Letter to You includes nine recently written Springsteen songs, as well as new recordings of three of his legendary, but previously unreleased compositions from the 1970s: “Janey Needs a Shooter,” “If I Was the Priest,” and “Song for Orphans.”   Springsteen is joined on Letter To You by Roy Bittan, Nils Lofgren, Patti Scialfa, Garry Tallent, Stevie Van Zandt, Max Weinberg, Charlie Giordano and Jake Clemons. The album was produced by Ron Aniello with Bruce Springsteen, mixed by Bob Clearmountain and mastered by Bob Ludwig. Letter To You is Springsteen's first time performing with the E Street Band since The River 2016 tour, which was named the year's top global tour by both Billboard and Pollstar.   Bruce Springsteen’s recording career spans over 40 years, beginning with 1973's ‘Greetings from Asbury Park, NJ’ (Columbia Records). He has garnered 20 Grammys, won an Oscar and a Tony, been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, received a Kennedy Center Honor and was MusiCares’ 2013 Person of the Year. Springsteen’s memoir ‘Born to Run’ (Simon & Schuster) and its companion album ‘Chapter and Verse’ were released in September 2016, and he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in November 2016. His historic 236-show run of ‘Springsteen on Broadway’ at Jujamcyn’s Walter Kerr Theatre from October 2017 to December 2018 also yielded an accompanying soundtrack album and Netflix special. In 2019, Springsteen released 'Western Stars,' his first studio album in five years, and together with longtime collaborator Thom Zimny he co-directed ‘Western Stars,’ a feature film released through Warner Bros. Tracklist: 1. One Minute You’re Here2. Letter To You3. Burnin’ Train4. Janey Needs A Shooter5. Last Man Standing6. The Power Of Prayer7. House Of A Thousand Guitars8. Rainmaker9. If I Was The Priest10. Ghosts11. Song For Orphans12. I’ll See You In My Dreams   Watch the video for the album's title track here:     Pre-order Letter To You here: brucespringsteen.lnk.to/LTY-POPS
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  • 11 Sep 2020
    Boasting memorable live performances here and there, four-piece band St. Wolf quickly turning into a household name. Comprised of KL Dela Cruz, Vince Lucero (guitars), Karlo Maglasang (bass), and Bob Sadural (drums), these young musicians have mastered their "swabecore" genre since forming in 2015 with their catchy music, showcased in full force on their popular releases.     Now with a remix EP, St. Wolf got to play around with their previous tracks, and experiment with a new sound. In the reworks of "Gary Vince" and "Jealousy", we can hear the band's style taken to new heights while remaining faithful to their persona in their own way. On creating a new song versus working on a remix, they said, "The remixes were pretty much done without being together all the time, which fit in our advantage during these times. We do the remixes mostly pretty much on our own and we contact each other if we need help with anything like instruments or more ideas."     "Our inspiration for this was our circumstances during the lockdown. Since all of us are living in different parts of the country and experiencing different headspaces, we wanted to give The Pack a treat a chronological mirror of each member's experiences in lockdown through re-imaginations of how our songs would be done in different styles. Each song is a reflection of every emotion that we went through during those times," the guys of St. Wolf said in an online interview.    Along with the EP, St. Wolf will also be dropping their new song "Lapastangan".  "Lapastangan is about realizing that people should not tolerate abusive behavior of others and that they should stand for themselves against injustice and evil. Especially for this time, truth, love, and justice must persevere."     According to the band, they have new songs lined up in the future. "Many plans and releases have been delayed because of the things that happened for the past months -- leaving all of us disappointed. But we are trying our best to connect with The Pack. And for the time being, although the four of us are separated from each other, we have been working on writing a good number of new songs that we are really excited to share with people. We just hope that we may find light and peace through this dark age. Our prayers are will all of you."   St. Wolf RMNNTS Vol.1 is out now via Warner Music Philippines        
    524 Posted by Franz Santiago
  • Boasting memorable live performances here and there, four-piece band St. Wolf quickly turning into a household name. Comprised of KL Dela Cruz, Vince Lucero (guitars), Karlo Maglasang (bass), and Bob Sadural (drums), these young musicians have mastered their "swabecore" genre since forming in 2015 with their catchy music, showcased in full force on their popular releases.     Now with a remix EP, St. Wolf got to play around with their previous tracks, and experiment with a new sound. In the reworks of "Gary Vince" and "Jealousy", we can hear the band's style taken to new heights while remaining faithful to their persona in their own way. On creating a new song versus working on a remix, they said, "The remixes were pretty much done without being together all the time, which fit in our advantage during these times. We do the remixes mostly pretty much on our own and we contact each other if we need help with anything like instruments or more ideas."     "Our inspiration for this was our circumstances during the lockdown. Since all of us are living in different parts of the country and experiencing different headspaces, we wanted to give The Pack a treat a chronological mirror of each member's experiences in lockdown through re-imaginations of how our songs would be done in different styles. Each song is a reflection of every emotion that we went through during those times," the guys of St. Wolf said in an online interview.    Along with the EP, St. Wolf will also be dropping their new song "Lapastangan".  "Lapastangan is about realizing that people should not tolerate abusive behavior of others and that they should stand for themselves against injustice and evil. Especially for this time, truth, love, and justice must persevere."     According to the band, they have new songs lined up in the future. "Many plans and releases have been delayed because of the things that happened for the past months -- leaving all of us disappointed. But we are trying our best to connect with The Pack. And for the time being, although the four of us are separated from each other, we have been working on writing a good number of new songs that we are really excited to share with people. We just hope that we may find light and peace through this dark age. Our prayers are will all of you."   St. Wolf RMNNTS Vol.1 is out now via Warner Music Philippines        
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  • 11 Sep 2020
    Orange & Lemons have proven time and again, that they’re capable of writing infinitely hummable, indie-pop classics that maintain a distinct sensibility and effortlessness amidst shifting trends.   Their new single, “You Bring Out My Best” is among their most delightful work to date: a song that finds Clem waxing poetic on the intimate moments that he once shared with a fictional ex-lover.     According to Orange & Lemons’ chief songwriter and producer, Clem Castro, the song was intended as a pitch for a commercial project, but the band decided to release it as a stand-alone single. “We just love how the song turned out,” Clem reveals in a statement. “It’s the first time we sat down together working on a concept material, with no relevant inspiration for it. Just a play with words and melodic lines.”   The production packs a punch in a way that is seamlessly understated but compelling—never overdoing the process to gain attention or impress music fans. But it’s the songwriting that remains front and center to this massive release, a distinct mold whose appeal transcends generations of any kind.     “You Bring Out My Best” was written, arranged, and demo-recorded last February 2020 at O&L’s drummer studio from 4pm to 3am. The members of the band had to maximize their time together because they live far from one another, with Clem already having an approximate idea of a verse and chorus lines for the session. After jamming with the band, they brainstormed on adding sections and parts to complete the demo. “The resulting production has that trademark O&L sound, and much, much more because of the contribution of our keyboard player, who after more than a year of being an official member has immersed himself in indie-pop stylings,” the Orange & Lemons frontman adds.     Four months after the demo was shelved, Orange & Lemons finally braved the studio to resume recording of their new single “You Bring Out My Best.”   Armed with disinfectants and face masks, the award-winning band carefully observed health and safety protocols to finish the material. Clem says, “We had to remove our shoes when tracking, and only one person is allowed at a time to record. The rest had to wait outside at the receiving area of Sonic State Audio in Mandaluyong City.”   “You Bring Out My Best” is out today, September 11, 2020 (Friday), on all digital platforms worldwide via Lilystars Records.  
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  • Orange & Lemons have proven time and again, that they’re capable of writing infinitely hummable, indie-pop classics that maintain a distinct sensibility and effortlessness amidst shifting trends.   Their new single, “You Bring Out My Best” is among their most delightful work to date: a song that finds Clem waxing poetic on the intimate moments that he once shared with a fictional ex-lover.     According to Orange & Lemons’ chief songwriter and producer, Clem Castro, the song was intended as a pitch for a commercial project, but the band decided to release it as a stand-alone single. “We just love how the song turned out,” Clem reveals in a statement. “It’s the first time we sat down together working on a concept material, with no relevant inspiration for it. Just a play with words and melodic lines.”   The production packs a punch in a way that is seamlessly understated but compelling—never overdoing the process to gain attention or impress music fans. But it’s the songwriting that remains front and center to this massive release, a distinct mold whose appeal transcends generations of any kind.     “You Bring Out My Best” was written, arranged, and demo-recorded last February 2020 at O&L’s drummer studio from 4pm to 3am. The members of the band had to maximize their time together because they live far from one another, with Clem already having an approximate idea of a verse and chorus lines for the session. After jamming with the band, they brainstormed on adding sections and parts to complete the demo. “The resulting production has that trademark O&L sound, and much, much more because of the contribution of our keyboard player, who after more than a year of being an official member has immersed himself in indie-pop stylings,” the Orange & Lemons frontman adds.     Four months after the demo was shelved, Orange & Lemons finally braved the studio to resume recording of their new single “You Bring Out My Best.”   Armed with disinfectants and face masks, the award-winning band carefully observed health and safety protocols to finish the material. Clem says, “We had to remove our shoes when tracking, and only one person is allowed at a time to record. The rest had to wait outside at the receiving area of Sonic State Audio in Mandaluyong City.”   “You Bring Out My Best” is out today, September 11, 2020 (Friday), on all digital platforms worldwide via Lilystars Records.  
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  • 09 Sep 2020
    TALA is one with the stars in her latest single "lucky!"  Slowing it down from her last two releases, TALA embraces some R&B in this track as mixes in her love for astrology and astronomy with her knack for writing irresistible lyrics about young love.      Talking about the song, she says she was inspired by the existence of the planet Mercury, in how "it is both the planet of communication, but also the planet of luck/trickery. In the same sense, it's odd how the planet shrinks every time it orbits the sun, yet it keeps on coming back - the song puts that into a context of a relationship that is doomed to fail."     The young singer-songwriter is definitely expanding her reach and her music, and "lucky!" is a clear indication of what's to come as she sets to release her second EP.  
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  • TALA is one with the stars in her latest single "lucky!"  Slowing it down from her last two releases, TALA embraces some R&B in this track as mixes in her love for astrology and astronomy with her knack for writing irresistible lyrics about young love.      Talking about the song, she says she was inspired by the existence of the planet Mercury, in how "it is both the planet of communication, but also the planet of luck/trickery. In the same sense, it's odd how the planet shrinks every time it orbits the sun, yet it keeps on coming back - the song puts that into a context of a relationship that is doomed to fail."     The young singer-songwriter is definitely expanding her reach and her music, and "lucky!" is a clear indication of what's to come as she sets to release her second EP.  
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  • 07 Sep 2020
    Australian pop sensation Sebastian Rhodes teams up with Filipina-Singaporean artist Ysa Yaneza on the new single “Miss Me”— out today, September 4, 2020 (Friday), on all digital platforms worldwide.   The eclectic pairing explores the glitchy but shimmering surface of pop music while maintaining a slightly experimental production for good measure.   Turning the spirit of collaboration into a messy kind of fun, “Miss Me” is a brash, unapologetic kiss-off that takes a swipe at someone’s past relationships. According to Rhodes, he wrote the PC-inspired jam for all his exes who are trying to come back into his life, now that things are looking up and exciting. “They were nowhere to be to be found during the tough times of extreme depression,” he adds.   After writing the first verse, the Aussie hyper-pop act realized that he needed another voice to air out his frustrations, lyrically and musically. “I found Ysa through an online zoom show and I was so impressed with her performance that I reached out to her on Instagram,” says Rhodes. “Ysa had the exact sound I was looking for to complete this single. I sent her the track and we wrote it using voice memos. We both finally recorded our vocals and sent it off to be mixed and mastered.”   The collaboration paved way for a sleek, colorful bop that wouldn’t feel out of place on records released by Charli XCX, Hannah Diamond, and Caroline Polachek. Songwriting-wise, Sebastian Rhodes displays a no-frills, confessional approach as he name-checks some of his exes in the latest release. “Artists like Taylor Swift often write about particular relationships, but I've never heard a song that drops 5 exes,” the hyper-pop star shares in a statement. “That's next level. It was incredibly therapeutic to reflect and laugh about how I've been treated in the past. I wish nothing but the best for every single one of them! It's not coming from a place of hate.”   Sebastian Rhodes’ “Miss Me” (Feat. Ysa Yaneza) is now out on Spotify and other streaming/digital platforms.
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  • Australian pop sensation Sebastian Rhodes teams up with Filipina-Singaporean artist Ysa Yaneza on the new single “Miss Me”— out today, September 4, 2020 (Friday), on all digital platforms worldwide.   The eclectic pairing explores the glitchy but shimmering surface of pop music while maintaining a slightly experimental production for good measure.   Turning the spirit of collaboration into a messy kind of fun, “Miss Me” is a brash, unapologetic kiss-off that takes a swipe at someone’s past relationships. According to Rhodes, he wrote the PC-inspired jam for all his exes who are trying to come back into his life, now that things are looking up and exciting. “They were nowhere to be to be found during the tough times of extreme depression,” he adds.   After writing the first verse, the Aussie hyper-pop act realized that he needed another voice to air out his frustrations, lyrically and musically. “I found Ysa through an online zoom show and I was so impressed with her performance that I reached out to her on Instagram,” says Rhodes. “Ysa had the exact sound I was looking for to complete this single. I sent her the track and we wrote it using voice memos. We both finally recorded our vocals and sent it off to be mixed and mastered.”   The collaboration paved way for a sleek, colorful bop that wouldn’t feel out of place on records released by Charli XCX, Hannah Diamond, and Caroline Polachek. Songwriting-wise, Sebastian Rhodes displays a no-frills, confessional approach as he name-checks some of his exes in the latest release. “Artists like Taylor Swift often write about particular relationships, but I've never heard a song that drops 5 exes,” the hyper-pop star shares in a statement. “That's next level. It was incredibly therapeutic to reflect and laugh about how I've been treated in the past. I wish nothing but the best for every single one of them! It's not coming from a place of hate.”   Sebastian Rhodes’ “Miss Me” (Feat. Ysa Yaneza) is now out on Spotify and other streaming/digital platforms.
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