In the pulsating, Western culture-dominated club scene of the UAE, Soniq stands as a uniquely Filipino voice – a group of young, musically gifted DJ’s on a quest to infuse the Middle East’s audio landscape with Pinoy soul.
Photo by Alex Callueng; Photography Assistant – Bethoven Filomeno Special thanks to – Giordano, Nikon, Liali Jewellery, Lulu, Mitsubishi and Western Union.
With tons of music festivals and EDM parties happening left and right, it’s hard to rise up in this kind of music scene. For Kidwolf, a Filipino music producer, composer and DJ, the music he produces is more of about passion and a personal satisfaction. When he was younger, he used to imagine what a track would be like if he adds more element in it and that’s how he started becoming great at what he does.
Artist Spotlight: Lakshmi Ramirez – Filipino Musician – I wouldn’t say my music is an original style, but being influenced by Western Americana Music and the Filipino’s Kundiman Music, I can say my original songs are distinct.
Artist Spotlight: Isa Tabasuares Singer-Songwriter in Berlin “Life is sometimes hard. Things go wrong in life and love, when this happens, make good art”, says the famous writer Neil Gaiman, and this is exactly how 37-year old, Berlin-based singer-songwriter Isa Tabasuares found her salvation in music and the arts.
Filipino Indie music producer, Cromwell Ojeda, the driving force behind Dubai-based electro outfit Muhaisnah Four, has just released their second single “Signal”, a track off their upcoming debut album “A Memoir”.
The Middle East teems with talented Filipino musicians, but every once in a while, an act rises above the crop and proves to be of a different, more transcendent and audacious sort of mettle. Case in point: WYWY. Take it from this quick profile, penned by lead vocalist “X.”
Illustrado Entertainment: Pinopela, Rachelle Ann Go & Basti Artadi – Filipino Acapella group Pinopela sweeps the top honors in the International A Capella championships in Singapore on Saturday. London-based Filipina singer and theatre actress Rachelle Ann Go just won the West End Frame’s 2016 Best Performance of a Song award. Wolfgang’s legendary rock frontman Basti Artadi is grateful for the overwhelming support he has received from fans and colleagues…
Marielle Castro: Singer and Songwriter – Dubai teems with brilliantly talented Filipino singers – but singer-songwriters? Not so much. This is where a talent like Marielle comes in as a breath of fresh air. She is a singer, a songwriter, and an instrumentalist. The consummate musician.
Filipino underground scene pioneer Cromwell Ojeda is the founder of Blacksheep Production – a collective of Filipino artists in Dubai. A multi-disciplinary artist, Cromwell is a graphic artist by day, and a musician by night, spinning stories through ambient sounds.
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