7 Pinoy Indie Musicians Worth Putting On Repeat And Watching Live

A force to be reckoned with, the local independent scene has slowly turned from an underground movement into a pool of artists dominating our Facebook feeds and Spotify recommendations. Most local music lovers are aware of these Pinoy indie musicians, but here are seven that you should definitely put on repeat.

1. Sud

Otherwise known as the swabe seven, this band has to be the hardest-working bunch in the scene right now. Their gig count alone averages about five shows a week. Very popular at the moment (especially after a controversial magazine cover), Sud seem to be waving the Pinoy indie music flag the highest. Their breakout hit, “Sila,” has already surpassed two million views on YouTube.

If you’re into the hugot feels or want to set the mood right, their music is for you. Putting a twist to blues-rock, you can’t go wrong with frontman, Sud Ballecer, and his smooth vocals plus that sax. It’s safe to say, “laglag panty” is solidified in listening to and watching these boys live.

2. Apartel

If you’re an old soul, Apartel are just the group for a proper throwback. The brainchild of rock icon, Ely Buendia, Apartel are your Miles Davis meets big band fix! One of the first to locally release on vinyl, their debut record Inner Play hits every nerve just right. Whether you dance along to some of the tracks or hum the brass section to others, Apartel are #swag for all ages. Listen to “Is It Hip” and “Guijo St.” which are currently charting iTunes Philippines along with the rest of the album!

Not to mention, they’re also the founders of Pinoy indie label, Offshore Music. A label for well, Pinoy indie musicians!

3. Reese Lansangan

Indie darling, Reese Lansangan, has her branding down to a tee. It’s no wonder she’s gained such a huge fan base with her quirky songs that match her quirky style. A Jane of all trades, not only does she sing and write, she’s also a fashion designer and self-confessed geek! You can usually find her either in small music cafés with just one guitar on loop, or taking the stage of big festivals dressed in Japanese-inspired outfits. With such a friendly demeanor, it’s hard not to fall in love, but there’s one thing! She won’t accept wrong grammar.

Currently endorsing brand upon brand, Reese Lansangan is making a mark in her own unique way as a Pinoy indie musician and was even handpicked to perform with YouTube sensation, Daniela Andrade!

4. Banna Harbera

The newest (and probably youngest) group on this list of Pinoy indie musicians, Banna Harberashouldn’t be undermined for their age. The band name alone is a spoonerism of the iconic creators behind the cartoons, Scooby-Doo and The Flintstones, very witty. This could be one of the reasons, besides their modern-funk sound, why they’re in the Top 5 for Wanderband 2017. If they win, they earn the privilege of playing at next year’s Wanderland Music and Arts Festival. In the meantime, check out their EPs, Persistence, and Something New on Spotify, iTunes, and Tidal.

5. Ninno Rodriguez

Young, talented, and fearless: Ninno Rodriguez is more than what meets the eye. If you’ve heard of Curtismith, it’s time you start paying attention to Third Culture Kid—as he also goes by in representation of his rapping identity. Give him a mic and Ninno can spit fire. One of the real masters of spoken word in the Pinoy indie music scene, he’s not only an artist and musician but also the head of producer collective, Logiclub. With so much responsibility on his shoulders and respect from peers, there’s no questioning that this kid is going places. It takes guts to completely strip your music off of SoundCloud to generate buzz towards an official release on Spotify and Apple Music. TCK is available for streaming and is a must-hear.

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6. Peryodiko

One-half of the Dancel brothers, Vin and the rest of Peryodiko are practically a cornerstone of the local music scene. They pride themselves on being fiercely independent and because of their strong relationship with their die-hard supporters; they have raised enough money (PHP 103,550 to be exact) to fund their third album. It’s a special record for their tenth year that will include a bunch of exclusive merch if you’re one of the first to buy it ahead of its release.

7. Moonwlk

It would be impossible to end this listicle without mentioning the faces of electronic-pop and indie duo, Moonwlk. Nick and Gabbi have a knack for coming up with catchy choruses and instant hooks. Technical but most definitely fun, Moonwlk, is never less than spot-on. They also recently raised funds to make a music video for their song, “Prefer,” and it did not disappoint.

If that doesn’t impress you, well just know that Nick (Nicholas Lazaro) is also a full-time producer and is working with acts like Peryodiko, Sixx, Runway Crimes, Lions and Acrobats, Paranoid City and the Sun Manager. Now that is a Pinoy indie musician!

As the music scene is growing, we’re sure we’ll hear more bright Pinoy indie musicians coming about and blowing our minds with original music and stellar performances. If you have any favorites, please let us know in the comment box below! Support local!

Rainy Day Mixtape: 10 Songs To Officially Bid Summer A Goodbye

As we wave farewell to summer, we also wave farewell to memories made. We may even be waving farewell to summer flings formed. But summer love never really ends in your heart. And that’s why, thanks to our writers here in the Philippines and the likes of Ed Sheeran, we have a song to sing. Let’s listen to a rainy day mixtape of songs to officially bid summer a goodbye.

1. 241 – Rivermaya

Almost ten years ago, this song came out and broke our hearts. It didn’t help that the music video to 241 portrayed a beautiful Tracy Abad moving on from Rico Blanco with another. We see flashbacks of what seemed to be a summer romance between the two of them. And we all put this song on repeat imagining maybe running into a former love, with just a bit of that spark left in our eyes for him.

2. It Will Rain – Bruno Mars

It couldn’t be a rainy day mixtape without a song…about rain. Whenever those drops of water start falling, it’s almost like we relate it to the pain of losing someone. We will be losing summer for awhile, but the rainy season is the perfect excuse to cuddle up in bed and let Bruno Mars soothe that pain of loss.

3. Photograph – Ed Sheeran

Everyone calm down, yes Ed Sheeran is coming to town this November. For one night, we all get to wear our hearts on our sleeves. “But you can keep me inside the pocket of your ripped jeans”. Ugh. Admit it, you still have someone you care about and her photo somewhere. It means so much more than the photo on your phone. Because just like what a photograph represents, a memory is something you experienced, cherished, and kept. We hope you got some great shots this summer with family and friends or your SO!

4. Sila – Sud

OPM darlings, Sud, came out with a banger and it’s now one of the most covered songs of our generation. With just the right amount of hugot, Sila is an all-out profession of undying love. With a line like “Ikaw ang araw sa tag-ulan”, this might just be the anthem to our rainy day mixtape. Good job, boys!

5. Leaving On A Jetplane – Chantal Kreviazuk

Remember that cute scene from Armageddon? With Ben Affleck horribly singing this tune before leaving to Liv Tyler? You’re welcome. A lot of us had our fair share of fun out of town. Or some of us actually went home for the summer. Either way, you can relate to this song about traveling back to where you belong and leaving what happened behind for awhile.

6. This Town – Niall Horan

Our rainy day mixtape couldn’t be complete without a former One Directioner. Niall Horan proves he’s got vocal chops on this stripped down version of This Town. One of the hardest things any of us will ever go through is seeing the person you love with someone new. As the chorus goes, “Everything comes back to you.” But rest assured, that even when the rain pours, it eventually stops. And when everything clears, you’ll see that there’s always a new beginning for you too (lalim, tsong.)

7. Luna – Up Dharma Down

Armi Millare simply looks regal in this music video. Up Dharma Down just can’t go wrong with any of their songs, and we know it’s because of Armi’s amazing writing skills. Just take a look at the deep lyrics of Luna (which when rearranged spell ulan!). Rainy days are really the best spent alone, contemplating life. Let her voice take you to another place while you do.

8. Dreaming With A Broken Heart – John Mayer

Promise, this is the last one on the list that might hurt a little. Dreaming With A Broken Heart tugs at all our heartstrings in the best of ways. I mean, come on, waking up really is the hardest part when you’re drifting away to the sound of the rain on your window. John Mayer deserves his own rainy day mixtape anyway, seeing as his album just dropped recently. We’re expecting more of the same sentimental hits from our favorite crooner.

9. Alapaap – Eraserheads

Summer wasn’t all about romance! And even if it may have been for some of us, for the majority of us, it was spent with friends. All of those spontaneous road trips, movie night outs, and sleepovers will get us through the rest of the year and this rainy season. That’s why it was a hard toss-up between Alapaap and Overdrive which perfectly describe those barkada moments you’ll never forget! Reminisce away folks, and let the E-heads help you out.

10. Nothing Left To Lose – Mat Kearney

We’ve come to a close. And surely, we can’t wait till next year. This may not be a familiar one, but Nothing Left To Lose is exactly the song you need to hear while you plan your next vacation. We’re blessed to be in a tropical country where even if it rains, we still get the sun from time to time. And soon enough, we’ll have lots of it! Get ready to pack your bags and go off on your next adventure (or find the one from last summer), but for now, we say goodbye to summer and hello to the rainy season with our rainy day mixtape.

11. Bonus: Thunder – Boys Like Girls

‘Nuff said.