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Zild releases the much-anticipated Medisina album

Zild has had years of musical practice, including multiple recordings and live performances, and it has led up to this. Medisina, Zild’s much-awaited first release under Island Records Philippines, drops on major streaming services on October 29. The album draws together his unique sound, his knack for connecting with listeners, and his storytelling talents, all of which have served him well over the years.

Medisina has eleven tracks on which Zild mostly plays and produces, reflecting the DIY approach which has distinguished his music in recent years. The overall goal, he says, is to create an album that evokes emotions more than themes or musical complexity. He says, “Growing up in the city also created this sound that I wanted to share: messy but contained, gloomy but still [feeling] like home, and young.”

To give an idea of the sonic scope of Medisina that helps Zild achieve his goal, the opening track, “CRAB,” is a post-punk number that recounts the unintended consequences of friends knowing one’s insecurities. Sometimes, even they don’t want their friend to succeed, the song suggests. Another track, “Duda,” tells the story of a relationship where one partner is frustrated by how the other doubts his sincerity. It takes on a genre Zild grew up with, 90s and 2000s Pinoy rock, through its sonic and lyrical influences.

It took a year for Zild to come up with this album, and the challenge of completing it was twofold: which songs would he include, and if so, whether these songs were really done once he worked on them. He has tried out some of the previously unreleased tracks in his live set lists. One recent favorite, “Dekada ’70,” which shares its name (and theme) with Lualhati Bautista’s short novel about dissent during the Martial Law years, is something that Zild says people sing along to with much fervor, particularly its chorus.

Zild says that his plans for the record include a launch tour, which happens all throughout November, lyric videos in the Windows Movie Maker style, and some music videos for his favorite tracks. As more people get to hear his music, they will discover an artist whose honesty and talent shines through, a needed medicine for such a challenging time as this.

BLASTER releases an exciting new single, “Nararararamdaman”

BLASTER has grown to be one of the most respected and collaborative musicians of this generation. With the release of his new single “Nararararamdaman” that is already out on all music streaming platforms, he demonstrates why he is one of the reasons local music is in good hands. Composed by Silonga, the song is a co-production with his band, the Celestial Klownz, who has been performing with him since live gigs resumed recently.

BLASTER says, “[Nararararamdaman]” is about the fear of growing old and missing out.” He adds that he was inspired by a scene featuring actors Ronaldo Valdez and Gina Parreno from the Filipino romantic comedy Labs Kita… Okey Ka Lang? (1998). He adds that in making the song, he wanted to capture what he calls the “paranoia of Frustrated Musicians” who found it hard to pursue their art because of how they were living.

BLASTER’s music has been known for its inspiration from the Manila Sound movement of the 1970s, the earliest attempt to make distinctly Filipino popular music. However, “Nararararamdaman” draws its inspiration from a more recent band that has made its own mark on OPM starting in the early 21st century. Blaster says that he was listening to the Itchyworms, known for hits such as “Akin Ka Na Lang” and “Gusto Ko Lamang Sa Buhay,” when he was composing his song. In celebrating OPM’s recent past, Blaster’s new single is a reminder that the talent and craft of his generation of musicians are what keeps local music going into the future.

Accompanying the release of BLASTER’s new single is a music video, directed by Daniel Aguilar, and it will be premiered at an event to be held on August 19, at 5:00PM in Imajin: Arts and Music, Marikina City. The event will feature a first look at the new video and performances from Halina, Hey June!, Lory, BLASTER and the Celestial Klownz and Lolo Roger. The event is presented by Island Records Philippines.

Mcoy Fundales releases latest single ‘Ang Forever Ko’y Ikaw’

Kapuso singer-songwriter and the original vocalist of ‘Orange and Lemons’ Mcoy Fundales releases a new single “Ang Forever Ko’y Ikaw,” under AltG Records, a sublabel of GMA Music.

The song was earlier composed by Mcoy as a theme song for GMA’s romantic comedy series ‘Ang Forever Ko’y Ikaw’ in 2018. Back then, the song was made up of only one stanza and chorus. But after sometime, he decided to finish it. “I want to put another stanza, arrange and record it properly. Nandoon kasi ako sa point na naghahalughog ako ng mga unfinished song ko. I want to finish them for posterity and ito yung inuna ko,” Mcoy revealed.

‘Ang Forever Ko’y Ikaw,’ which is produced by Kedy Sanchez, A&R Manager of GMA Music, is about the serendipity of falling in love and instantly knowing that the person is meant for you.

Mcoy is ecstatic that his single is finally out this year, “I’m happy to release this song because this is close to my heart and I have been thinking of releasing this for quite some time now. This song could have been released probably a year ago if not for the pandemic.”

Aside from this, he is also planning to release an album, “So far I have already recorded two singles for AltG Records and I already have two more ready. An album is possible if I will be able to write, prepare and record around two more songs.”

Meanwhile, Mcoy is happy to be able to juggle being a songwriter and scriptwriter at the same time, “Writing for TV and movies is still my main focus now but music will always be with me. I can always write songs, either for myself or for another artist, or for projects. I am privileged to be able to record and release singles for AltG Records.”

At present, he is one of the writers of ‘Pepito Manaloto,’ ‘Bubble Gang,’ and ‘All-Out Sundays.’

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Catch ‘Ang Forever Ko’y Ikaw,’ now available on all digital streaming platforms worldwide.

Shanti Dope is bursting with wonderful “Tricks” in latest single

“Parang si Rihanna, babae pero hustla ayaw mo sa drama, gusto mo sa gangsta,”

Time and time again, Shanti Dope always comes up with dazzling wordplay, spectacular verses, and gorgeous rap flow. But you haven’t seen it all. He’s once again ready to showcase the hacks and tricks that he rolled up his sleeves.


Presenting the Rap Phenom’s latest offering called “Tricks”, a song that revels in one’s need of an emotional connection and even magnetic sexual attraction towards someone that might develop into something more. Co-written by Lester Paul Vano, “Tricks” is Shanti Dope’s punchy take on an easygoing yet more mature manner of delivering his perspectives and storytelling prowess. It’s tightly metered and packed with lush beats too. While he uses some vulgarities while unraveling the narrator’s story, he weaves it in such an artistically powerful way, leaving listeners awestruck with this new set of “tricks.”


Another triumphant feat for the young Rap Phenom is the fact that he actually raps and sings his own chorus this time around. In fact, it’s his first time to do it for this track and it further proves that he’s ready to bolster his versatility as an artist. Its official lyric video easily gained over 100,000 views on YouTube in just a day.


“Tricks” is now out on all digital platforms under Universal Records Philippines and is part of New Music Friday Philippines playlist on Spotify.

Eric Ejercito debut “Fool” music video in style with red carpet cinematic premiere event

Music artist Eric Ejercito has just premiered his new music video for new single “Fool.” Eric, who’s been called by some in the entertainment circles as ‘the musical Ejercito,’ premiered his music video Sunday, August 14, with a red-carpet event at the Trinoma Cinemas at the Ayala Mall in Quezon City.

The event was attended by Eric Ejercito’s family and friends, including his father actor and politician E.R. Ejercito and relatives. Also supporting Eric Ejercito are fellow Viva Records artists: all-girl groups LITZ and Ppop Gen, singer and VJ Ataska, singer-songwriters Amiel Sol, Kyla Miel Cameron, rising music acts Valfer and Joaquin Canlas, Martin Veñegas, Born To Be A Star singing champ Jehramae Trangia, Ppop group BOIZ Will Be BOIZ and pop rock boy band New Style.


The “Fool” music video is collaboration between director L.A. based director Jeff Centauri and Eric Ejercito. Both are at the helm of said music video.


Featured on the film is Nayoung Kim who plays Eric Ejercito’s ‘love interest’ in the music video.

Also performance driven, Eric Ejercito’s dance crew on the music video includes John Matthew Quiambao, Keith De Guzman, Cyrus Paul Labarda and Michael Earvin Agas.

The entertainment press was also on hand to interview Eric Ejercito at said premiere, who capped the night’s festivities with an electrifying live performance of his latest single. “Fool” eventually made its debut on
The music video for “Fool” by Eric Ejercito is produced by EP 1 Films and Viva Records. “Fool,” written by Eric Ejercito, is arranged, mixed and mastered by Brian Lotho, can be listened to on Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube Music and digital streaming services.


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MV Credits
Eric Ejercito
Producer/Director

Song Arranged, Mixed, & Mastered by Brian Lotho

Jeff Centauri
Director / Cinematographer

Bryan Arcega
BTS Producer, Cinematographer

Robin Leung
Assistant Director / Photographer

Roy Justin Noble
Video Editor

Ezra Jed Cabrera
Project Manager, Logistics

Zack Tolosa
Photo Editor

VFX Team:
Alwyn Cruz
Zeff Fabian
Elijah Tolosa

Nayoung Kim
Leading Lady Talent

Mark Ranque
Wardrobe Stylist of Eric Ejercito

Ivor Sta.Maria
Wardrobe Stylist of Female Lead

Francisco Centeno
Makeup Artist

Lyndon Angelo Costes
Hair Stylist

Choreographer:
Kinection & Jobert Lachica

Dancers:
John Matthew Quiambao
Keith De Guzman
Cyrus Paul Labarda
Michael Earvin Agas

Gaffers:
Teddy Mapano
Jieymar Gajulin

Aki Rocero
Wire Rigger

Production Assistants:
Conchi Gusi
Curt de Guzman
Mark Asinas

The Way You Look At Me: Christian Bautista LIVE!

Asia’s Romantic Balladeer Christian Bautista, celebrates 20 years in the music scene by way of a serenade concert at the newly inaugurated Samsung Performing Arts Theater this October 2022. This marks the first ever solo headlining concert event to be held at the venue. The show will be directed by Paolo Valenciano, and musical direction by Myke Solomon


Stages Talents presents
The Way You Look At Me
CHRISTIAN BAUTISTA
October 8, 2022 – 8pm
Samsung Performing Arts Theater, Circuit Makati

TICKET PRICES
Platinum (Orchestra 1 Left, Right, Center) – Php3,399
Gold (Orchestra 2 Left, Right, Center) – Php2,884
Silver (Loge Left, Right, Center) – Php2,575
Bronze (Balcony Left, Right, Center)- Php2,163
General Admission (Balcony 2) – Php1,854

Rico Blanco, Maris Racal, Ebe Dancel, and more in Balcony Entertainment LIVE concert this June

After what seems like an eternity of waiting, fans are in for a treat as one of the country’s top management labels BALCONY ENTERTAINMENT is gearing-up for a most eagerly anticipated local live concert.

Balcony Entertainment Live – slated on June 11th at Music Museum in Greenhills, San Juan – promises to be an amazing showcase and celebration of local talent, as it features the country’s top acts, led by the ultimate entertainer RICO BLANCO, acclaimed singer-songwriter EBE DANCEL, pop superstar MARIS RACAL, lo-fi/indie songwriter and producer RAVEN, songwriting wunderkind ZILD, and modern alternative group NEVER THE STRANGERS.

The lineup alone speaks volumes about how the event promises to be the proverbial tour de force that aims to re-ignite the local music scene after a two-year plus hibernation.

“I welcomed most of these amazing artists into the Balcony family just in the last couple of years and mostly during pandemic,” Blanco (who doubles as Balcony Entertainment’s CEO…) begins to explain, when asked how the seed was planted and how the event came together. “All this time, I had the honor of guiding them and keeping them musically productive, even during the time when there were no gigs… we were able to churn out a lot of amazing new releases through the lockdown, but admittedly, I was really excited about the shows that would happen once things got back to normal: it was very clear to me we would have an incredible lineup for concerts and tours, and now I’m thrilled that we’re able to take this first small step.”

“I’m most-looking forward to meet the rest of the Balcony Entertainment family and roster of artists, since for the past two years, they’ve mostly been my ‘internet friends,’ says Zild, whose emergence during the pandemic was a much-needed shot of musical brilliance and magic for listeners. “It feels like a grand eyeball / meeting for all, including the different communities of music fans.” Fellow artist and singer/songwriter Ebe Dancel also shared the same sentiment and gave massive props to his fellow artists as well: “I’m such a big fan of Zild’s, it’s been ages since I’ve seen Rico perform – believe it or not – and I’ve never seen Maris live, so I am both a performer and a fan come June 11th.”

And speaking of Racal, the pop superstar shares: “I’m excited because it’s my first gig with Balcony Entertainment and it’s also my album launch – so I’m looking forward to seeing all the ‘mariestellers’ and to finally perform my new songs in front of a live audience.”

And the legion of loyal fans and followers – who have dubbed themselves the “Balconation” – are incredibly excited as well to troop over to the Music Museum to witness history-in-the-making. Without a doubt, their enthusiasm and anticipation for a musical showcase like this will finally be rewarded, as they collectively followed and supported the releases of the Balcony Entertainment roster throughout the pandemic. This is the perfect culmination of that fervent fandom – to be able to see and witness the live impact of the songs and material of the said artists.

“I’m excited for the fans to discover the other artists they might not have originally been tuned-in to,” Blanco continues, and adds: “I’ve had countless memorable performances at the Music Museum throughout the years, and I know that this particular first for the Balconation will be incredibly special as well.”

Tickets to Balcony Entertainment Live are now available through TicketWorld, and for information on ticket prices and purchases, interested parties can contact them through: https://premier.ticketworld.com.ph/shows/show.aspx?sh=BALCONYL22

Shanti Dope and Flow G’s “Kamusta” is a reminder to go and check in on our friends

“Kumusta?” or “How are you?” is always a welcome question amongst friends. It’s an ice breaker for what would be the start of the conversation or a soothing acknowledgement to someone going through tough times.


Written in collaboration with Flow G, Shanti Dope’s latest release with the title “Kamusta” touches on a very delicate topic — depression.
Depression is a serious matter and we’ve lost many young and very talented lives because of this mental health issue.

Photo by Danilo Factor


It comes as a surprise that with Shanti Dope and Flow G’s persona as hip-hop artists such a topic can be an inspiration for a song; which only goes to show how well-rounded individuals they are and not just an echo for grunt and angst. In terms of the lyrics, the two rappers were able to bring up the important discussion regarding mental wellness and helped in the stigma of suffering from depression being removed, in their own special way.


If someone with depression does not find God for solace, a family member or a friend can help with the continued reassurance that help is always available. All it takes is to say, “Kamusta?” “Meron bang nakakubli sa likod ng ‘yong ngiti at kutitap ng iyong mga mata? Mabigat ba sa dibdib ‘pag laging pinipigilang sabihin ang iyong nadarama? Di mo gustong malaman ng mundo ang kahinaan mo Kung wala kang malapitan, Pwede mo akong sabihan.”

Photo by Danilo Factor


“Kamusta” will be available on all streaming platforms under Universal Records Philippines. The music video was directed by Jeremy Lim of Blck Mrkt.

See more photos from the Red Carpet Premiere here:
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Sponge Cola reveals the inconvenient truth about regret on new single “Laman Ng Panaginip”

Filipino alternative rock outfit Sponge Cola addresses the truth about regret and longing on their heart-wrenching single “Laman Ng Panaginip”—released via Sony Music Philippines.


Redefining love songs with reckless abandon, the Filipino quartet expresses the complexity of impossible choices in a world that is grounded in the familiar and often neglected reality of prioritizing practicality first before anything else, including love.


“This idea is mentioned concretely in the song almost as blunt exposition,” lead vocalist and guitarist Yael Yuzon stresses. “I really wanted the listener to feel that slab of reality to the face as opposed to something vague and symbolic. No figures of speech here; just feel it and let it all out. It’s the type of material that deserves to be sung out loud in the videoke over drinks with our friends and family for some kind of release.”


According to Yuzon, the song is about a love that never was. “The courage and reckless abandon that goes with singing a power ballad oftentimes come from a place of regret.”


In terms of sonic approach and arrangement, “Laman Ng Panaginip” is inspired by the power ballad movement of the ‘80s and early ‘90s. With guidance from producer Joey Santos of Love One Another Studios, the track delivers another high point in the band’s career with indelible catchiness and impressive musical chops to back it up.


“It’s a direct reference to a specific genre and time period that had a very influential impact in our formative years,” guitarist Armo Armovit shares in a statement. “It was recorded in Love One Another with producer Joey Santos making sure each layer of production had meaning and told the story.”


The song’s release is accompanied by an arresting visual helmed by filmmaker Ken Tan. Referencing Armovit, the MV director “did an excellent job in conveying the dream vs reality theme with the most minimal of elements.” The Sponge Cola’s resident guitarist adds, “The dancer, Ysabel Lava, delivered a captivating and emotionally charged performance with every move she choreographed herself.”


“Laman Ng Panaginip” is the fifth single released off their upcoming new album, CLASSIC—to be released sometime this year. The new record will serve as the band’s eighth full-length album, following a string of multiplatinum and critically acclaimed hits that span for more than two decades.


Sponge Cola’s “Laman Ng Panaginip” is out now on all digital music platforms worldwide via Sony Music Philippines.

Tugatog Filipino Music Festival 2022

The biggest groups in P-Pop scene will gather in one massive music festival. Tugatog Filipino Music Festival will be held at the Mall of Asia Arena for the first time this July 2022. The event will headlined by MNL48, BGYO, Bini, Alamat, PPop Generation, Litz, VXON, Press Hit Play and a lot more! The event will be streamed worldwide.


Tugatog Filipino Music Festival

July 15, 2022 – 2:00pm
SM Mall of Asia Arena, Pasay City, Philippines

LINEUP
-Zack Tabudlo
-The Juans
-MNL48
-BINI
-BGYO
-Daydream
-Press Hit Play
-PPOP Generation
-Alamat
-1st.One
-LITZ
-VXON
-DIONE
-Calista
-R Rules
-Calista
-Yara

TICKET PRICES (On-Site)
VIP Standing – Php4,699
Lower Box – Php3,999
Upper Box – Php3,499
General Admission – Php1,999



TICKET PRICES (Livestream)
VIP – Php2,700 (Multiple Angle + Exclusive Contents)
Premium – Php1,800 (Regular Streaming)

EVENT PERKS

VENUE LAYOUT