88Balaz have been rousing audiences and sparking interest in locals and expat crowds alike since they formed around 1996. Wielding a battered acoustic and usually nursing a can of Beer, singer AH-JON brings listeners into his songs that unfold like dreams and fables. Accompanied by BLUEZ LEE's raw guitar solos and Kuan Ling and Dongyolee's punky drums & bass.
Taiwan-based electronic APRIL RED embodies a harmonious fusion between music from the East and West by blending a variety of electronic styles with traditional Chinese influences.
Bawal Clan is made up of artists with different backgrounds, brought together by their same love of music. With over 100 tracks combined, more than 50 tracks produced, and performances in more than 10 countries worldwide, Bawal Clan represents Filipino hip-hop locally and all over the globe.
BEN & BEN
Ben&Ben, with Paolo and Miguel on acoustic guitars and vocals, Poch on electric Guitar, Jam on drums, Agnes on bass, Patricia on Keyboards, Toni and Andrew on percussions, and Keifer on violin, are ready to play the songs that tug at your heartstrings.
Ena Mori’s brand of sophisticated pop fuses musicality, personal experiences, and her thoughts, creating a sound that’s uniquely her own.
The punk rock elite trio Outlet Drift consists of three young Amis (one of Taiwanese indigenous groups). The brother and sister, Wushang and Putad Pihay, sing the lead vocals along with the drummer Kurt Ken. They perform impromptu singalong with the songs that fuse the traditional tribe tunes into grunge rock.
A rising singer-songwriter, Syd Hartha breaks out from the mold with her intricate folk-pop sketches and disarming vocals. At only 17, she’s created empowering tracks that embody her strong heart and maturity that’s well beyond her age.
Talahib People’s Music is perhaps one of the leading world music groups in the country. Their sound has evolved with time, but they find their niche paying homage to the Filipino heritage with native instruments, homegrown music, and a bevy of bona fide performances.
What happens when you bring together four unapologetic young men, and a bevy of genres? You get The Adamant’s diverse sound—a unique mix of alternative, dance, and indie rock—featuring Matt (rhythm guitar and vocals), Clark (bass), Sam (lead guitar) and Jerard (drums).
Diego Mapa and Diego Castillo are both respected musicians in their own right, but together they form The Diegos—a pair best known for their diverse sound that anyone can relate to. Ranging from electronica, punk, post-punk, new wave, indie rock, hip-hop, funk, dub, and even disco and Motown, this DJ duo is sure to get you dancing!
A musically-inclined band of brothers, Gabe, Bill, and Kyle Wong came up with “The Wonggoys” by combining their surname with their mother’s term of endearment for them as kids (“unggoy” which roughly translates to “my three little monkeys”). Together, the trio exudes mirth and lyrical storytelling in upbeat folk rock, jazz, and rhythm and blues.
Genres don’t mean much to OPM duo Ysanygo. Made up of siblings Ysa and Ygo, this duo refers to their sound as “genre-fluid,” because they’re never defined by one singe genre. Their music ranges from R&B, hip-hop, electronic pop, and any other genre that might pique their interest.
ANY NAME's okay
A 5-piece alternative pop group that had its roots in UP Music Circle in 2017, Any Name’s Okay consists of Sofia Abrogar on Vocals, Renzo Lumanog on Vocals and Rhythm Guitar, Mike Armas on Lead Guitar, Arvin Olete on Drums and Juan Lada on Bass. Their upbeat music and catchy melodies will definitely get stuck in your head for at least a few days!
crwn is King Puentespina’s electronic music project, making waves in the music scene as a fine example of what it means to combine classical sounds with modern techniques. crwn has released two EPs since 2013: a joint EP with Jess Connelly, How I Love, and a follow-up solo EP, Tommy Gun.
Raw, unfiltered, intense—that’s what you can expect from Jason Dhakal’s coherent lyricism, elegant production, and a mix of smooth R&B and soul.
“Music is the universal truth,” says LUSTBASS. This persona was born out of Allan Malabanan’s need for an outlet to play all the instruments he wants, by producing music for artists who share the same passion. He has a varied taste of music, ranging from metal to jazz-hop, but LUSTBASS is certainly not the type to stick to just one genre.
NATHAN AND MERCURY
Nathan & Mercury is made up of Alex Samonte, Angelo Sison, Daniel Monong, and Nathan Huang. Their sound is a hot bowl of pop and RnB, sprinkled with a bit off jazz and hip-hop, with a dash of soul, gospel and funk—you won’t want to miss this!
Davao-based folk fusion band THEA is led by Thea Pitogo (lead vocals, ukulele), with Darryl Tingzon (keyboard), Ronald Tubio (lead guitarist, second vocals), Paul Jaso (bass), and Jasfer Pala (drums). Since 2014, they’ve released 2 EPs, and their single Stole My Heart made the band more visible in the national music scene.