Plus: New from Noel Cabangon, and 1st Tofarm songwriting contest
Pop rock band Autotelic has been making waves in the indie music scene especially when they released their self-titled three track EP in 2013 featuring “Misteryoso,” “Mulat” and “Balik.”
With their potential, following and sound that also has influences of dance rock/electronica, it is not surprising that they were eventually signed by a major label.
Now with MCA Music, Autotelic will finally come out with their major label debut album Papunta Pabalik on September 30. Fans can already pre-order the album via iTunes. The good news is, “Misteryoso” and “Balik” will be included in Papunta Pabalik.
Autotelic provided its first taste of the new album with their first single “Gising” released as a digital single in July. The song is about daydreaming, letting yourself drown in the feeling of being in love, as if it’s good to be true. Its music video is currently on the MYX charts and with its exciting vibe, it promises to be another millennial favorite.
Formed in 2012, the band is comprised of Josh Villena (vocals and guitars), Kai Honasan (keyboards and vocals), Neil Tin (guitars), EJ Edralin (synth), Timothy “Pabs” Vargas (bass) and Gep Macadag (drums). They agreed on naming the band Autotelic, which means “doing productive things for the sake of self-fulfillment and internal reward as opposed to worldly and external motivation.”
Music geeks can catch the band as they formally launch Papunta Pabalik on October 1 at B-Side, Makati.
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Another artist set to crush the notion that OPM is dead is singer/songwriter Noel Cabangon who has churned another new and refreshing album. Entitled Sa ‘Yo Lamang under Universal Records, it is a collection of classic inspirational songs and original compositions that delve on renewal and the environment. It comes after the success of previous albums Byahe, Tuloy Ang Byahe, Acoustic Noel, Throwback: Ang Songbuk Ng Apo” and Panaginip.
Songs in Sa ‘Yo Lamang include the title track “Tanging Yaman,” “Humayo’t Ihayag,” “O, Bayan Ng Diyos” and many more.
Cabangon is also preparing for his Traffic Jam concert on October 21 at the PETA Theater Center. It is a concert that promises to showcase a different side of Cabangon who is more known for his folk and acoustic tunes. Joining Cabangon are musical director Nikki Cabardo and special guests Ogie Alcasid, Rico Blanco and Aicelle Santos. Catch him as he explores new musical territories such as funk and jazz infused with unique Filipino touch as he continues to evolve as an artist. Tickets are available at Ticketworld.
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Universal Harvester successfully put the spotlight on the lives of the Filipino farmers via the Tofarm Film Festival where six stories highlighting the tribulations and triumphs of local farmers and similar workers in the sector were made. This year, the company continues its advocacy with the launch of the 1st Tofarm Songwriting Competition.
“What started out as a program to give recognition to the hardworking farmers has now evolved into different layers that form our main advocacy for agriculture,” said Milagros How, executive vice president of Universal Harvester Inc., at the competition’s launch in Edsa Shangri-La Hotel on September 10.
Guided by its theme, “Planting the seeds of change,” the 1st Tofarm Songwriting Competition is open to all Filipino amateur and professional songwriters. Different song genres are suggested, but not limited to Folk/Acoustic, Rock, Jazz, R&B, Country, Pop, Inspirational, and Fusion.
The following requirements must be submitted on or before November 18: A duly accomplished application form; copy of a valid ID with specimen signature of the applicant (including co-applicants, if collaboration) indicated thereon; song entry in mp3 format labeled with title and the contestant’s name or pseudonym directly on the CD; lyric sheet (in English or in any Filipino language, Filipino line-by-line translation, if applicable); two hard copies and one copy in pdf file in the song entry CD.
Songs will be judged based on the following criteria: quality of composition, lyrics and originality.
Nine finalists will be chosen with the results to be announced on December 5. Each of the nine finalists will receive a certificate and P40,000. The grand winner will receive P300,000, while the first and second runners up will be given P200,000 P100,000, respectively. The People’s Choice Award will also be awarded P75,000 during a special live concert on February 6, 2017.
For inquiries on how to send entries, email email@example.com.