Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Somedaydream: Burning Bright


He started off as an Internet sensation but by the time his first single Hey Daydreamer went on radio, there was no stopping Rez Toledo also known as Somedaydream from winning the hearts of a bigger audience. The massive radio airplay also translated into more votes as his music video was released on MYX. Seeing his talent and a refreshing change in the OPM scene, it landed him a spot as one of the performers of the 2011 MYX Music Awards where people finally saw him perform live. Though it is not the usual sound you will hear on OPM today, fans embraced him. So when he followed it up with his second single Delivery Boys, his name has been a prominent one especially to teens and students. The result: Somedaydream became the first OPM electronic act to hit big on the mainstream. 

Now after much anticipation, Somedaydream finally releases his self-titled debut album. It features his two hit singles Hey Daydreamer and Delivery Boys plus additional tracks like Do-do With You, Sing This Song and Break. The album also includes the acoustic version of Hey Daydreamer

He has also released his Christmas single Christmas In Purple which can be downloaded by texting SD to 2346. The single is now on heavy rotation on top radio stations in the Philippines.

“I’m so excited to have finally released my debut album,” Somedaydream said. “I’ve always love this kind of music and I’m thankful that people appreciate it. I’m definitely proud of it. ”

Mentored and managed by ex-Hale vocalist turned solo artist Champ Lui Pio, this 21 year old Ateneo de Manila University student was chosen as MYX Celebrity VJ for June 2011, was named as Breakthrough Artist for 2011 at Yahoo OMG Awards and was selected as one Yahoo Philippines Icons for 2011.

Somedaydream’s debut album is now out in CDs under Mecca Music and MCA Music.

Somedaydream is: Rez Toledo
Claim to fame: Hey Daydreamer. 
If I had just one word to describe myself, it would be: Electronic.
My favorite song to play live is: After Tonight.
The one thing that always makes me smile is: Awkward staring moments with a girl.
I never leave home without MY: iPod. 

My guiding principle is: Jesus is the way.


1.      Prelude
2.      Hey Daydreamer
3.      Do-do With You
4.      Delivery Boys
5.      Break
6.      Sing This Song
7.      Hey Daydreamer (Acoustic)

Check out BANDS Magazine Issue No. 56 as Rez Toledo wraps up 2011. He's also part of our cover along with other voxs, out on December 5 (Monday). Cheers! :)

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Simple Plan Live in Manila: "Get Your Heart On! Tour"

Get ready to have your simple world turned upside down as the band that gave you the hit song Welcometo My Life, Untitled and Perfect once again rocks Manila. DAYLY Entertainment and Midas Promotions proudly brings: Simple Plan Live in Manila for the Get Your Heart On! Tour.

This Canadian pop punk band from Montréal, Quebec entered the pop punk rock scene in 1999. High school friends Charles-Andre "Chuck" Comeau, Jean-Francois "Jeff" Stinco and Sebastian Lefebvre got together to form Simple Plan. Comeau met former Reset bandmate Pierre Bouvier at a Sugar Ray concert, and soon after Bouvier left Reset to join Simple Plan. David Desroriers joined the band and replaced Bouvier on bass, allowing Bouvier to concentrate on the singing.

They released their first studio album, No Pads, No Helmets...Just Balls in 2002, with twelve tracks including the hit "Perfect", creating a mark on the pop punk rock scene. This was followed by Still Not Getting Any in 2004 with singles Welcome to My  Life, Shut Up!, Untitled, Crazy and Perfect World. According to the band, on this album, they wanted to explore a more "versatile" sound, still good music but not limited to the punk rock genre.

After touring for more than a year and performing for their massive music fan base, Simple Plan took some time off in 2006 to work on their 3rd album, working with producer Dave Fortman. On October 29, 2006 they released their self titled album Simple Plan with When I'm Gone as the carrier single peaking at number 26 on the UK charts, giving them their highest charting single in the UK. Simple Plan's music has now achieved global status and has earned them numerous nominations and several wins at different music awards.

Not just your average rock stars, Simple Plan has also shown their philanthropic side by donating to many non profit and advocacy groups like MTV Asia Aid Benefit, MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving), RADD (Recording Artists and Athletes against Drunk Driving) and Make-A Wish Foundation. Afterwards they created the Simple Plan Foundation, a foundation that focuses on teen problems.

Simple Plan also made a mark in Hollywood by having several of their songs featured in the movies Scooby Doo and Scooby Doo 2. They also appeared in the 2004 film New York Minute. The band garnered considerable worldwide recognition and their name has become a staple to many teenagers and young adults' music playlists.

To promote their 4th album Get Your Heart On!, which features collaboration with several artists like Weezer's Rivers Cuomo, Natasha Bedingfield, K'naan and All Time Low's Alex Gaskarth, Simple Plan embarks on their Get Your Heart On tour. Jet Lag feat. Natasha Bedingfield for the English version and Marie-Mai for the French version is the album's first single and has gained significant airplay worldwide.

The band has visited Manila first in March 2005, performing together with Avril Lavigne. Leaving their local fans wanting for more, they came back in August 2008 with New Found Glory and Jamie Scott. Now, Simple Plan will once again bring some punk rock induced energy into Manila on January 12, 2012 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Jump, scream and sing your lungs out to the latest tunes brought to you by Simple Plan!

Tickets are available at Ticketnet outlets. Ticket Prices (excludes 6% Ticketnet charge) are: Php4,500 for Patron VIP, Php 3,500 for Patron, Php 3,000 for Lower Box,  Php 2,000 for  Upper Box A, Php 1,000 for Upper Box B and Php500 for General Admission. For more inquiries and reservations, please log on to  or call Ticketnet at 911-5555.

Spend Christmas with Richard Poon

Celebrate the Holiday season with the country’s multi-platinum crooner Richard Poon as he releases Christmas with Richard Poon. This is his very first Christmas album.

“I’m so thankful to MCA Music for giving me a chance to finally do a Christmas album. This is my gift to all my fans who supported me through the years,” said Richard Poon.

Richard, who will be sharing the stage with legendary singer/songwriter Jose Mari Chan in a concert entitled The Songwriter and the Crooner on December 2 at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC), sings yuletide favorites like Last Christmas, Christmas Song, Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas, Merry Christmas Darling and Grown Up Christmas List. It also includes the carrier single, the well-loved Christmas track Jingle Bells which features talented jazz vocal trio Baihana (composed of Mel Torre, Krina Cayabyab and Anna Achacoso).

“Collaborating with Baihana was such a blast,” said Richard Poon. “It’s amazing to work and record with these three talented and lovely ladies and hear such great results on record.”

Richard can also be seen regularly at ASAP Rocks as part of the popular ASAP Sessionistas. His previous albums I’ll Take Care of You and For You are muilti-platinum success in the Philippines. Richard’s current full album I’ll Be Seeing You (Deluxe Edition) which features his collaborations with top singers Nina, Sitti and Ms. Lea Salonga, is also doing well as evidenced in the retail charts.

With a great line-up of Christmas songs coupled with Richard’s cool vocals, this album is definitely a must this season.

Catch Richard Poon as he performs tracks of his Christmas album on December 14 
(Wednesday) at SM North EDSA The Block and December 15 (Thursday) at SM San Lazaro. All shows start at 5pm. Buy a copy of “Christmas with Richard Poon” and have it signed by the crooner himself right after the show.

Christmas with Richard Poon is now out in record stores under MCA Music. To download Richard Poon’s music on your mobile phones, text RP to 3456. Or if you want to download Jingle Bells as your ringback tone, just text KL572 and send to 2332 for Globe/ TM subscribers, JINGBELS and send to 2728 for Smart and Talk N Text or text 5493191 and send to 2300 for Sun Cellular subscribers. Visit for more updates on Richard Poon.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Noel Cabangon welcomes Holiday Season with "Panaginip" Christmas Special Edition CD

Fans of Noel Cabangon and his music are in for a treat as his hit current album Panaginip now includes four original Christmas tracks – Pasko Na, Pasko Na, Maligayang Pasko, Mahal, Pasko ng Pagbibigayan, and Ang Regalo Ko.

The upbeat, festive song Pasko Na, Pasko Na, the single for this special release, talks about how joyous the celebration is for Filipino families. Meanwhile, Maligayang Pasko, Mahal is a romantic ditty that talks of the promise of Filipinos residing abroad of better lives for their loved ones. The two other tracks Pasko Ng Pagbibigayan provides inspiration for season of giving and sharing and Ang Regalo Ko is a lover’s dream to be loved by his/her beloved.

Panaginip is Noel Cabangon’s latest album featuring the title track. It also includes noteworthy original songs like collaborations with former Sugarfree frontman Ebe Dancel (Hulog Ka ng Langit) and Diamond Soul Siren Nina (Ikaw Na Sana). Other impressive new songs include the aforementioned title track Panaginip, as well as Dahan Dahan, Bayani ng Bayan, Ngayon ang Bagong Simula, the hip-hop flavored Walang Katulad and the haunting Awit ng Naghahanap, a heart-wrenching tune inspired by victims of political killings. Three longtime original songs from Noel Cabangon are also included in the album (Sana Dumating Ka Na, Dahil Nariyan Ka and the '80s inspired Umuulan sa Tag-araw, Umaaraw sa Tag-Ulan).

Of course, the covers are still there: Bulag, Pipi, Bingi (Grand prize song of the 2nd Metropop Music Festival, originally performed by Freddie Aguilar), the Heber Bartolome classic Tayo’y Mga Pinoy, Tag-Ulan by Lolita & The Boys and the Pete Lacaba/Ding Achacoso-written Sangandaan, which gained attention from the Mike De Leon classic film Sister Stella L.

"Panaginip" Tacklisting:

1. Bulag, Pipi, Bingi
2. Dahan Dahan Lang
3. Hulog Ka Ng Langit with Ebe Dancel
4. Sana Dumating Ka Na
5. Ikaw Na Sana with Nina
6. Dahil Nariyan Ka
7. Sangandaan
8. Panaginip
9. Walang Katulad
10. Tag-Ulan
11. Tayo’y Mga Pinoy
12. Awit Ng Naghahanap
13. Umuulan Sa Tag-Araw, Umaaraw Sa Tag-Ulan
14. Bayani Ng Bayan
15. Ngayon Ang Bagong Simula

Bonus CD:
1. Pasko Na, Pasko Na
2. Maligayang Pasko, Mahal
3. Pasko ng Pagbibigayan
4. Ang Regalo Ko

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Sunday, November 20, 2011

If your job was to interview bands/artists, name one that you would want to interview and something you would definitely want to know about them.


I would want to interview Steve Jobs (I consider him an artist by the way).  I want to know where he gets his inspiration when designing his products. And what his prediction/vision is in technology five years from now. –Champ Lui Pio

Steven Tyler of Aerosmith. Aside from music what do you wanna do? Haha. –Jason Fernandez

Eraserheads. Anong favorite Eheads song ng bawat miyembro. –Mark Escueta

To any other musician, artist or band etc. I always ask who their influences are. Diego Mapa

The original line up of Guns N' Roses. What really happened between Axl and Slash?! –Marc Abaya

Tune in to Jam 88.3 every Sunday at 7pm we interview bands on Jam Sessions with Jugs and Kel.  I’d like to do an interview with Sir Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr.  –Kelvin Yu

I want to interview Sting/Radiohead. –Pat Tirano

I’d like to interview Slipknot and ask them if they were to interview me, what would they ask me… and why? No, but seriously, I would ask the Dixie Chicks – was it worth it? –Jaq Dionisio

I would interview Sponge Cola and ask "love mo ko?" Awww, sabay group hug. –Yael Yuzon

Dream interview? That's really tough! For right now it would have to be The Script. Their lyrics are amazing! What I would ask them is how do they come up with their word play?! They’re so original but as a listener you can immediately connect. Pretty hard to do.  –Mike Chan

The Dave Matthews Band would be an interesting group to interview. Then I'm gonna ask what Carter Beauford eats for breakfast...then maybe eat some myself. –Chino David

General Luna. Mahilig ba sila sa Chinese bassist? Haha. –Jerrick Sy

Definitely EHEADS! Pero dapat kumpleto sila for the interview. I wanna ask about how they wrote their songs and the experiences behind every album they recorded and their life on tour while being the biggest band in the Philippines. How they feel about being the most influential band in the country and the story that lead to the break up. As a HUGE fan of the band, I can't help but be tsismoso! Haha! Sana nga gawan sila ng movie bio! Eheads, Dolphy at Juan dela Cruz! Haha! –Gabby Alipe

If my job is to interview bands, I would like to say that I would like to interview the Eraserheads and what is their secret to composing good music. And if they reunite for a new album, can they consider me as the 5th member. If not, why not? –Luke Jickain

I'd want to interview The Red Hot Chilli Peppers (they seem like a ball of fun). I'd ask them who's idea the "sock" photo shoot was and if it was any fun for them. –Nicole Asensio

Linkin Park. "How do you keep your music very positive?" Kean Cipriano

The band called "GWAR" definitely. If you know this band you'd know why. –Chris Padilla

I think as of now, it would be Lifehouse. I really want to know the theory behind their songs, like what really is inside Jason's head while writing his songs, how they create music as a band and how do they manage to always make a simple song rock so hard! –Jay Perillo

I guess that would be The Doors. Wala, ayain ko lang sila makipag-inuman. –Karl Vito Cruz

Coldplay. How long it took and what did they have to go through before getting their big break.  –Miguel Escueta

Oasis. I wanna know just how much Liam and Noel hate each other. –Rocky Collado

I'd want to interview U2 and ask them how their journey as a band was throughout the years. After all they were all friends growing up. –Kelley Mangahas

I would like to interview The Itchyworms. I would like to know how they write their songs, what is their creative process. And how they come up with great ideas.  Enzo Miguel Villegas

Dahil sa Jam Sessions w/ Jugs & Kel, na-interview na namin lahat ng mga ini-idolo namin na banda. Ang wish list ko siguro for this year: Rico Blanco, Danny Javier, and ‘yung buong Eraserheads. –Jugs Jugueta

I would love to have a chat with Till Lindemann of Rammstein and ask him if he can speak English. Hehe. Serioulsy, I'd ask Brian Wilson what's on his mind when he did the Pet Sounds album. –Angelo Del Pilar

Beach Boys, and I want to ask Brian Wilson why he's so great at what he does and what’s his secret. Haha. –Harlon Pasion Agsaoay

I'd like to interview Hayley Williams of Paramore, especially now considering they just lost two original members. –Monty Macalino

Gary Valenciano. When and how did you know the stage is where you belong? –Chelo Aestrid

Sigurado, ERASERHEADS! Walang duda about it. Actually, ‘di ko pa naiisip kung ano gusto kong itanong sa kanila. 'Yung idea pa lang kasi na may chance na makausap ko sila as a group, probably I would be “speechless” kapag kaharap ko na silang lahat. Haha! They're my heroes. Mga idolo. Especially Ely Buendia. –Nani Naguit

This is tough! There are a lot! Pero siguro on top of my head right now is Incubus. I'll ask them, will there be a time that you guys would create another album full of sci-fi, intergalactic, ambient rock/metal-ish music just like your S.C.I.E.N.C.E. and Make Yourself era albums? (Which I consider the best album in my book!) Yeah I know I’d just get a NO answer from them but I'd just want to see their reactions! That would be priceless!  –Jam Bumanlag

I’d love to interview one of the most amazing jazz bands of all time, "Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers" and ask what they eat for breakfast, how they choose song titles, and Art's life story from start to finish! –Nyko Maca

Radio Active Sago Project. How they keep their music tight. –Kat Agarrado

I’d interview the members of Dream Theater, and ask them individually about their thoughts on Mike Portnoy leaving, which was a big shock to everyone. –Shaun Hilario

I would go for Splender. "How do you come out with such great songs?" –Gec Pobre

I would like to interview Heart, Paramore, Stevie Nicks and Norah Jones. Itatanong ko kung ‘di sila naging successful sa music industry, ano kaya ‘yung career nila ngayon. –Catherine Go

Hayley Williams of Paramore. I’ll ask her if she wants to marry a Filipino guy and move in here in the Philippines if there’s a chance. –Dex Yu

I'd interview The Jerks. I think they're the Rolling Stones of the Philippines and it would be cool to ask them what they think of the music scene today. –Jett Pangan

Friday, November 18, 2011

Bold predictions for the ATP World Tour Finals in London

Bold predictions for the ATP World Tour Finals in London

Federer vs. Tsonga
Nadal vs. Fish
Tsonga vs. Fish
Nadal vs. Federer
Federer vs. Fish
Nadal vs. Tsonga

Federer hasn't lost since his heartbreaking U.S. Open defeat to Novak Djokovic. Nadal hasn't played in more than a month and might be rusty on the court. A match against Tsonga could decide who advances to the semis.

Murray vs. Ferrer
Djokovic vs. Berdych
Ferrer vs. Berdych
Djokovic vs. Murray
Djokovic vs. Ferrer
Murray vs. Berdych

Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray will advance. Just because...

Round Robin Standings

Round-robin record
Roger Federer*
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga*
Mardy Fish
Rafael Nadal
Andy Murray*
Novak Djokovic*
David Ferrer
Tomas Berdych


Roger Federer d. Novak Djokovic
Andy Murray d. Jo-Wilfired Tsonga

ATP World Tour Final

Roger Federer d. Andy Murray

Federer targets another record in London

LONDON (AP))—Victory at the ATP World Tour Finals beginning Sunday will give the 16-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer a sixth title at the season-ending event, putting him one clear of Ivan Lendl and Pete Sampras.

“It’s a motivation,” Federer said Friday ahead of the tournament for the year’s top eight players. “That I’ve been able to reach some of these incredible milestones has been amazing and it’s definitely been an extra motivation for me trying to equal them or trying to do something like they did.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Chris Rene mash-ups ‘Everything’s Gonna Be Alright / No Woman No Cry’ on X Factor USA Top 10

Chris Rene, one of my favorites from X Factor, sang 
on the X Factor USA Top 10 live performances. 

To be honest, I was really not a fan when I first saw Chris Rene. But he has stepped up big time during the live performances (where it really counts). I like it when he raps. He seems to have a natural ease on stage. And I’m a fan now. Yes!

This guy got soul. He's relatable. And yes, very talented!

He's suave. He's got such a different sound and puts different flavors in every song [that] he does. I'd say, he's probably almost too talented for X Factor.

Last week, the 28-year-old rapper/singer from Santa Cruz delivered a solid performance after rapping his version of Gansta Paradise And I was very impressed. Immediately, I put the song on my phone. His rendition of Bob Marley's too. Of course.

Here’s what the judges have to say about his performance yesterday.

“You did stay on key,” LA Reid told Rene. “I completely defend what you did,” he said, adding, “Bob Marley was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.”

“That was very original. It was not my favorite performance from you,” Nicole Scherzinger said in her remarks.

“I buy into you,” Paula Abdul told him.

“I love the performance,” Simon Cowell told him. “It would have been great if this week was Reggae music,” he added.

Chris Rene is safe and I can't wait when he performs again on
 X Factor USA Top 9 live performances (next week)

Here's the lyrics of Bob Marley No Woman No Cry

No woman, no cry (Repeat 4 times)

Said said
Said I remember when we used to sit
In the government yard in Trenchtown
Oba, ob-serving the hypocrites
As they would mingle with the good people we meet
Good friends we have had, oh good friends we've lost along the way
In this bright future you can't forget your past
So dry your tears I say

No woman, no cry
No woman, no cry
Oh my Little sister, don't she'd no tears
No woman, no cry

Said, said, said I remember when we used to sit
In the government yard in Trenchtown
And then Georgie would make the fire light
Log wood burnin' through the night
Then we would cook corn meal porridge
Of which I'll share with you

My feet is my only carriage
So I've got to push on through
But while I'm gone...

Everything's gonna be alright
Ev'rything's gonna be alright
Ev'rything's gonna be alright
Ev'rything's gonna be alright
Ev'rything's gonna be alright
Ev'rything's gonna be alright
Ev'rything's gonna be alright
Ev'rything's gonna be alright

No woman, no cry
No, no woman, no woman, no cry
Oh, little sister, don't she'd no tears
No woman, no cry

No woman, no woman, no woman, no cry
No woman, no cry
Oh, my little darlyn no she'd no tears
No woman, no cry, yeah
any sister no she'd no tears, no women no cry

No woman no cry, no woman no cry
No woman no cry, no woman no cry

Say, say, said I remember when we used to sit
In a government yard in Trenchtown
Obba, obba, serving the hypocrites
As the would mingle with the good people we meet
Good friends we have, oh, good friends we've lost
Along the way
In this great future,
You can't forget your past
So dry your tears, I say

No woman no cry, no woman no cry
Little darling, don't she'd no tears, no woman no cry
Say, say, said I remember when we used to sit
In the government yard in Trenchtown
And then Georgie would make the fire light
As it was, love would burn on through the night
Then we would cook cornmeal porridge
Of which I'll share with you
My fear is my only courage
So I've got to push on thru
Oh, while I'm gone

Everything 's gonna be alright, everything 's gonna be alright
Everything 's gonna be alright, everything 's gonna be alright
Everything 's gonna be alright, everything 's gonna be alright
Everything 's gonna be alright, everything 's gonna be alright

So woman no cry, no, no woman no cry
Oh, my little sister
Don't she'd no tears
No woman no cry
I remember when we use to sit
In the government yard in Trenchtown
And then Georgie would make the fire lights
As it was, log would burnin' through the nights
Then we would cook cornmeal porridge
Of which I'll share with you
My fear is my only courage
So I've got to push on thru
Oh, while I'm gone
No woman no cry, no, no woman no cry
Oh, my little darlin'
Don't she'd no tears
No woman no cry, No woman no cry

Oh my Little darlin', don't she'd no tears
No woman no cry
Little sister, don't she'd no tears
No woman no cry

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Gloc 9: Music That Changed My Life

Francis M’s Rap is Francism
Mga Praning
“Lagi kong kinakanta ‘to sa lahat ng school presentation namin noon. Kahit ‘di pa noon kilala masyado ang rap lalo na sa lugar namin sa Rizal.”

Bone Thugs n Harmony’s Creeping On A Come Up
Thuggish Ruggish Bone
“After listening to this song ng sobrang daming beses, I somehow understood kung paano nila ginagawa ‘yung rap na parang mabilis. So I tried to write my own rhymes with the same technique in Tagalog.”

Missy Eliot’s Supa Dupa Fly
The Rain
“Noong narinig ko ang tunog niya with producer Timbaland, medyo nasira ang ulo ko kasi sobrang unique at ang lutong ng mga elements kahit ‘di ganun kadami.”

“Kahit matagal na ‘yung kantang ‘to noong pinakinggan ko nakakabilib ng sobra dahil parang ahead of its time siya in terms of phrasing and words – hindi pinilit ang mga letra at timing ng pagkakabigkas na minsan nating nadidinig sa ibang songs.”

Eminem’s Marshall Mathers LP
The Way I Am
“Kinanta nya ito sa isang awards night and doon ko unang nadinig ‘yung pagpalit n’ya ng timing or rhythm ng rap lines n’ya parang alanganin na on point parang ganun pero sobrang ‘mismo’. Nabaliw ako!”

“With this song I realized na walang boundaries pagdating sa pagsulat or concepts ng mga kanta. Parang naiwanan n’ya lahat ng ibang rappers ng at least sampung taon. Ganun katindi para sa akin.”

Eminem’s The Eminem Show
Cleaning Out My Closet
“Natatandaan ko nagta-trabaho pa ako sa isang mall sa Ortigas Center at every time break ko pupunta ako sa isang record bar para pakinggan 'to sa listening station ng paulit-ulit.
Sabi ko sa sarili ko gusto ko ring magka-album (ng) parang si Eminem.”



Siguraduhing gusto mong mag-rap at trip mo ang rap.

Kung wala ka pang kahit anong experience sa rap humakot at makinig ng mga rap CDs. Listen to Eminem, Kanye West, BTNH, Twista, Jay-Z, T.I, etc.

Minsan dapat dumating sa point na naiintindihan mo na kung paano nila ginagawa ang mga style na ginagamit nila sa pagra-rap. It’s all about timing and rhythm.

Huwag magmadali. Araling mabuti ang mga letra to the point na kapag kinakanta o nira-rap mo ito ay hindi mo na iniisip ang next line parang ‘domino effect’ ba. Sa mabibilis na rap naman, aralin ng mabagal at malinaw ang rap then unti-unting bilisan kapag kabisado at alam na alam mo na.

Pakinggan ng pakinggan ang sarili. There is always room for improvement. Minsan mas nara-rap mo ng mas maganda ang lines kung mas matagal mo na itong pina-practice. Mas may magandang rhythm kang naiisip.

Always pray before a performance. Magdasal ka na sana hindi mo makalimutan ang lines mo. Hehehe! 

Energized Siakol still burning


I recently had the chance to talk with Noel Palomo about the band, the new album Tropa, Lakas Tama, his reflection on the marketplace today, playing live and the future of Siakol.

How long have you been a musician? [And] What’s the most memorable experience of your music career so far?
1994 kami nabuo, 1995 naisama kami sa compilation album na Numeric Sampler 502 at1996 lumabas ang 1st album namin na Tayo Na Sa Paraiso. Lahat naman memorable, siguro 'yung magka-album kami at magustuhan ng tao 'yun 'yung pinaka hindi namin malilimutan. Sobrang gusto namin ginagawa namin kaya talagang enjoy.

Fast forward. Can you guys compare the first Siakol gig to a gig today?
Wala namang gaanong nabago, kung meron man siguro 'yung mga ibang bagong ideas na naisisingit namin. Sa bawat kanta naman minsan may nababago na nailalagay kahit noon pa hindi lang sa album kundi sa bawat kanta.

Can you tell me/us what the difference is between your debut album Tayo na sa Paraiso and your new album titled Tropa?
Ang kaibahan ng album namin na Tayo Na Sa Paraiso sa bago namin na Tropa, siguro 'yung haba ng pagitan nila na panahon kaya medyo mas may mga malakilaking nabago sa bawat style o tema pero sabi nila tunog Siakol pa rin daw na medyo moderno.

Can you tell me/us something about the songs Tropa, Ituloy Mo Lang, and P.I?
Tropa, para sa mga barkadahan, marami kasi sa ating nagpapagawa ng kanta tungkol sa samahan at tribute ko na rin sa mga tropa ko 'yung mga kalokohan nung araw. Ituloy Mo Lang, para sa mga tao na may kakayahan na 'di pinapansin bagkus ay minamaliit, 'yung kanta kung mapapakinggan mo tungkol sa mga binabae pero hindi lang para sa kanila 'yon.
Sila kasi naisip ko na mas may malaking kaugnayan sa ganyang pangmamaliit at panlalait. P.I., 'yan ang tawag ng mga nasa ibang bansa sa Pilipinas. P.I., Philippine Islands o p’wede ring P.I., Pu#@%& - I%^ 'yung mura. Tungkol sa bansa natin ang kanta na 'yan.

When you think about it, what's your rationale for why you guys sold so many records?
Napakalaking tulong sa amin ang pagtangkilik ng masa sa mga kanta namin. Siguro ramdam nila mga ginagawa kong kanta kaya halos lahat ng ilabas naming album patok sa kanila. Kaya siguro 'yung formula kung bakit maraming bumibili 'yung pagiging maingat mo sa paglikha ng kanta at dapat may aral at kasiyahan silang makukuha.

What are your reflections on the marketplace today? How do you guys find today's music scene? Do you think that bands are on its way out like what some critics say? Does it worry you?
Hindi naman mawawala ang banda. Nagla-lie low pwede pa pero mawala hindi siguro. Matagal na kaming banda para kabahan. Naranasan na naming napagdaanan na iba't-ibang klase ang nauuso pero nandito lang kami. Rakenrol pa rin!

When you guys are playing [on stage], what songs are the crowds really reacting to live?
Depende sa crowd. Pero karamihan gusto nila 'yung mga mabibilis namin. Doon kasi sila nagkakagulo, sayawan, sumasabay sa kanta,

If it all ended tomorrow, what would be the one song that you want people to identify the band with?
Kung magwawakas na kami bukas, marami kaming kanta na gusto naming maalala ng tao pero kung isa lang siguro 'yung unang hit namin, Lakas Tama, kami ay mawawala.

What are you proudest of so far? How would you like to be remembered?
Pinagmamalaki namin na tumagal pa rin kami at nagkakaroon pa rin ng mga kanta na naghi-hit pa rin.

Finally, can you tell us what is in store for the future of Siakol? Your supporters would love to hear from you.
Mga haharapin namin ngayon at sa darating na taon, siguro 'yung pagbibigay pa rin ng makabuluhan at magagandang musika na kahilingan ng nakararami. Pagmamahal sa Diyos, sa kapwa at sa bayan. Kapayapaan mga kapatid!