Thursday, October 22, 2009


by Van Houten

We just got a message.

Make this site more interesting bai. If the site owner is lazzzzzyyyy, how would you expect to have contributors. You might wanna change the colors here. It's too dark. Try to re-create the design. Make updates at least once a week. Bahalag short articles lang. Just to show that the site owner is really serious.

Just a suggestion bai. Why not go to schools and feature their bands. Remember "SCHOOL PRIDE".If ang uban schools naay gipang post na pix, for sure masuya sad ang uban and they will try to make their own too.

Go talk to some music teachers. They can help you with this blog.


In all seriousness, I really don't NEED to be serious. So for the next couple weeks, I got an assignment for everyone:
1. Go to a particular school. Your alma mater would be the best pick. Scout for bands.
2. Once you've located the school and bands, interview them. Take photos of them.
3. Write an article about the whole shiz.
4. Submit your article and photos (2-3 photos will do) to us. Label it "SCHOOL PRIDE".
5. IMPORTANT: If not one article will be posted, WE WILL CLOSE THIS WEBSITE.
6. Deadline is two weeks from now, Nov. 4.
7. And also, which is more "alive" sunset orange or avocado green?

Thanks. See you on the B-side. :)

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

BANDALOGY 101: How To Get (Grab/Steal) Gigs

by Dr. Van Houten

We get it often these days. "Asa naay tukar?" "Paapila mi beh?" "Sila sila ra ba." "Mga tiguwang na mo mao naa moy tukar. Kami bata pa...blah-blah-blah" "Mga sikat ray pwede motukar. Salig mo, sikat mo sa pagka way byu!" "Amigohay ra ang pwede motukar."


Whiners and pussies come by the dozen. In the local band scene, they come in droves. Thus, I've come up with a list/guide to help these little wusses land/grab/steal gigs on their own.

1. Join contests. Once in a while, band contests are held. BQ Mall just recently finished one. A couple months back, Tip2x fiesta did one also. You may also join national contests with local elimination rounds. Nescafe Soundskool, Red Horse Muziklaban and Globe Kantabataan do theirs regularly each year.

2. Freshen Up Your Network. Not a single gig lately? Make friends with promoters, managers and event organizers. Makoi (Mark Hubac Productions, hehe kapatid!), Maw2x (Central Sense), Dadskidoo (PlugOut/GaraheEvents), Milo (Kalma Sounds) and Arvin (101 Productions) - approach them with a couple chilled bottles of Red Horse in hand and you'll be friends with them easy. These guys do regular gigs. They might just slip you in if you're nice enough (meaning: give more beers).

3. Martin's Bar. Ahhhhh..our favorite hang out. They serve the best chilled Red Horse in town. Also, they support bands both old and new. Go ask Ate Amor or Ate Heidz if you can play in one of the slow nights. I'm sure they'll comply. Just ask nice. Or you could hang out with Bic2x (meaning: give more beers, again) and he'll give you a gig easy.

4. Record Your Songs. With SoundGarage Recording Studio just around the corner, recording you own music is quick and painless these days. If you are serious about your band making music, this is the single most efficient thing to do. With your recorded song you can: share to friends, submit to FM stations, submit to Disco Mobiles, make a music video or upload to Imeem and be included in the BoholBand playlist. The BangBang concert series is also held for bands included in the compilation album of songs recorded at SoundGarage. If interested, just hang out with the iconic Mr. Roy Tutor. (Current rate: P2,000 per song, unlimited time, 1 bottle Tanduay)

5. Online Gigs. Who said you have to be at an actual physical stage to do a gig? You can be at the comforts of you own dusty, chlorine-smelling, insect-infested rooms and still play for the world to see. Live online streaming may be the way to go, baby (if you are one shy/unsocial bitch that is). Or just record your acoustic sessions and put them up on Youtube, Vimeo or Facebook. You get way more coverage this way.

Bottomline is, be more pro-active. Gigs won't come to you. Hell no! Find ways you lousy whining dipshit. Make things happen for your band. Play for the world and the world will listen.

Of course, you have to practice harder. And more frequently, too. Don't just practice when there is a contest coming. Don't you ever come to me asking for a gig only to play your lame-ass music with your lame-ass skills, brader.

Maybe nobody wants you to play 'coz you suck? Ponder on that.

BANDALOGY 101 will try to help new underground/indie bands think differently about the music industry and look at it as a part of the whole. Contributors wanted.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Notes From the Underground: Frontmen

by dOhNieLIanTAYAO

“Always something there to remind me...”(Am I singing it right?)

Well, allow my simple rendition to some local bands without a doubt my current favorite that immerse and I guess can’t puke it out of my system. Bands’ frontmen in one way or another always remind me of someone else’s all time favorite of mine everytime they do their performances onstage.

And to name a few...

Lucid Interval’s frontman, (aside from his growling and screaming voice), Paolo reminds me of... Queso’s Ian Tayao with his awesome skin art(tattoos are really appealing to me). And so with his comrade Blank Item’s vox reminds me of... the unleashed howling vocal of Greyhoundz’ Reg Rubio. Still, it’s vivid to my subconscious mind their performances last December 27, 2008 during the 4th Bohol Compofest together with Makoi onstage seemed to me a reminiscent of the “Trilogy” stuff.

Pirates of the New Age led by Zach dela Rocha-ish vocalist Morris undoubtedly a RATM-loving band, reminds me of ... some gorgeous frontmen who always do the off-shirt onstage. My all time favorite, legends like; STP’s Scott Weiland, Live’s Edward Kowalczyk, Motley Crue’s Nikki Sixx, RHCP’s Anthony Kiedis, and Incubus’ Brandon Boyd and so many others favorite who do the off-shirt thing. (Woah!).

That long-haired No Pets Aloud frontman, dude please don’t cut your hair off short ‘coz it reminds me of... that screamo vocalist Bert McCracken of The Used.

Brownbuds Mendel’s Legacy, well I love dreadz too. Dunno why everytime I hear the intro of your song “iro” reminds me of... Cheese’ “Garden Fresh(in a cool dry place)” intro.

G.Kantabataan ’07 Grand Champs Suitcase 101, frontman Adrian reminds me of... Alex Band, (actually you alone reminded me of all our pals way back in college.)

Couldn’t imagine who amongst(frontman) could do the tight-fitting-cycling short of GnR’s Axl Rose and would reminded me of him. (I doubt if anyone from this generation would dare to resemble. Well, I dare you!)

I guess that was just the frontmen(some) I discern. These maybe gone too far if I included all of those deserving who animate our music scene here in Bohol ( not to mention, with all due respect to the recording outfit and events organizer who support them and their music to reach a wider audience, and to this site of course).

Note: To those I’ve mentioned, my humble apology if I irritate your nerve(I didn’t mean to) into putting you to some sort of stereotypes to convey my sentiments. Well, you’re all liberate to refute but please do respect my own perception, I begged. Again, my humble apology.

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