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Sunday, December 13, 2009

MTV Emerge Winners

Here is a run down on the profile of MTV Emerge Winners

Rock/Experimental band Faircatch is composed of Lyndon Voltaire Baniqued in vocals, Johann Stephen Salas in guitars, Vistor Lozano in drums and Arvie San Buenaventura in bass. The band, which started in October 2008, strives to compose straightforward but catchy songs and is influenced by numerous artists from a mixture of different genres ranging from rock to alternative.

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DRP – Dirty Room Productions
Hip hop group DRP is composed of Gryan Modejar “Pino-G”, Michael Angelo Bernardo “Mic-O” and Dino Reyes “Dno”. The members of DRP started on their own before teaming up with each other. The influences of the group include R. Kelly, T.I.P. and Threesix Mafia.

Soul Brothers
Formed in February 2006 in Cebu Rock band Soul Brothers is composed of Jay Dilan, Kniel Nangit, Randy Russel, Eddie YbaƱez and DJ Yangzy. Playing several genres of music ranging from rock, reggae and rap to punk and hip hop, the influences of the band include Abba and Zappa.

Mid Nasty
Hip hop group Mid Nasty is composed of Greedy, Andez, Fry, Early, Cloud and Kurt. Mid Nasty started way back 2001 in Dumaguete City, with Greedy and Andez as the frontliners of the band. The band’s vision is to represent the Visayas and the rest of the Philippines to the world. Their influences include Nelly & St. Lunatics, Black Eyed Peas, Lyfe Jennings, India Arie, Ludacris, J-Kwon and Chingy.

TBG (The Band Glenn)
Alternative rock band TBG is composed of Glenn Capanas, Ferdie Manigbas, Javen Liam, Glenn Gejon and Jobim Nillo. The band started out as an acoustic double with Glenn Capanas and Glenn Gejon. After a year of being a duo, both decided on starting a band to try and make it to the mainstream music arena. The influences of the band include Dishwalla, Incubus, Boyce Avenue, Splender, Goo Goo Dolls and John Mayer among others.

RnB and hip hop group Urbanation is composed of Art Camonayan, Brian Babilonia, Ryan Lim, PJ Olivares, Ian Tan, Joshua Paz and Juan Paolo dela Rama. The band started out in 2004 and has been creating original music ever since—with genres ranging from RnB, hip hop, urban to pop. The influences of the band include Chris Brown, Akon, Apl.de.ap/Black Eyed Peas, Justin Timberlake and Ne-yo.

The Pin-Up Girls
New wave and indie rock group Pin-Up Girls is composed of Jeng Tan, Ryan Nachura, Mitch Singson and Mondo Castro. The band was formed in the late nineties and has since created a lot of original compositions that reflect the craft of their numerous musical influences such as the Stone Roses, Echo & the Bunnymen, The Smiths, Pixies, The Cure, Violent Playground and The Dawn.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Admiring Apl.de.ap

I first saw Apl.de.ap in person and up close during MTV Emerge winners announcement night last November 27. He is a Filipino-American hip hop musician, record producer and is best known as a member of the Black Eyed Peas.

It amazes me how Apl has brought his Filipino culture into his collaboration with the Black Eyed Peas. Some of the group's songs with Tagalog lyrics include "The Apl Song" from the album Elephunk, and "Bebot" from the Monkey Business album.

Currently, Apl.de.ap is working on a solo album. He would be collaborating with fellow Filipino-American Chad Hugo of The Neptunes and Illmind from G-Unit to incorporate traditional Filipino instruments into his songs.

Last January, he made a debut with the single, U Can Dream, featuring Florante and Billy Crawford. In August, he released a music video for his second single named Mama Filipina.

Apl.de.ap started sharing his blessings through the Apl Foundation which is committed in giving back to communities and children within the Philippines and throughout Asia.

He recently established the music company called Jeepney Music that provides promotional and collaborative opportunities for artists to work with him. An artist's beats or music might be featured on Jeepney Radio or they might be invited to collaborate on a Jeepney Project.

Jeepney Music also fosters a non-exclusive community filled with content and connectivity between music, gossip, travel, food, entertainment, and living histories from the Philippines. It is one location where one can always track Apl.de.Ap and participate in the Jeepney community. It is currently based in Silver Lake, Los Angeles, California and currently handles DJs such as Free School, DJ Rockyrock, DJ MIA, and PoetNameLife.

Apl.de.ap recorded another tagalog song for Black Eyed Peas' fifth studio album, "The E.N.D.", the song is called "Mare". In 2009, he also had a song entitled "Take U to The Philippines" that is hitting the airwaves in the Philippines. The song is in partnership with the Department of Tourism of the Philippines.