Blog Posts by Yugel Losorata

  • Fil-Am travels the world to look for love, writes songs about his journey

    Fil-Am musician Brad Go met a girl, dated her, but did not get the happy ending he was hoping.

    But the experience led him to initiate the Hush Project in 2013: a country-hopping journey where he interviewed people about their thoughts on love, and then wrote songs about it.

    Those songs now make up his debut album under MCA Music Philippines.

    The pop-rock debut from the 28-year old singer-songwriter also references his blog “Have U Seen Her,” which chronicled his times the girl who broke his heart, whom he met in New York one rainy night in 2012.

    "We started dating and although it didn't work out, I was inspired to travel around the world in search of credible stories to use as inspiration for my album," he said.


    Change-maker

    Brad went to Barcelona, Melbourne, Palermo, Berlin, Paris and Manila, where he interviewed his lone surviving grandparent who talked about her devotion to his grandpa.

    He also flew to Tokyo where he interacted with an interracial couple, inspiring him to write

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  • The Vamps to get future Grammy vote from this Fil-Canadian?

    The British quartet The Vamps, who recently held a concert at the Mall of Asia Arena, is often compared to the hugely popular One Direction in spite of the fact they perform while holding instruments.
    Yahoo Philippines chanced upon an avid fan of the band who happens to be a Filipino-Canadian and a voting member of the Grammy Awards.

    Zac De Guzman is a voting member of the Grammy Awards. (Contributed photo) Rammy awardsZac De Guzman is a voting member of the Grammy Awards. (Contributed photo) Rammy awardsChris "Zacariah" De Guzman, born in Winnipeg, Canada to Filipino parents, expressed admiration for The Vamps and offered his two cents' worth about the group's boy band image.
    "They are often compared to the boy band One Direction, but I believe their sound is different. The Vamps are putting a new spin on the coined term 'boy band' with their distinct style and sound," he shared.


    Fresh, unique sound
    Zacariah, a singer himself, was in the Philippines some years back to promote his own music. He attended the recent Grammy Awards ceremony, having been inducted as a voting member. He currently resides in Los Angeles, California.

     

    Zac's critical approach
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  • Boyce Avenue: Kilig kings pack Araneta Coliseum

    Investing in covers has done Boyce Avenue good.

    In fact, its amazing effect was in full force on Valentine’s Day when the group played their first arena concert in the Philippines and packed Araneta Coliseum like a boss.
     
    And who did we spy on the front row? None other than Vice Ganda, as prominent cheerleader perhaps.

    Instant appeal

    While brothers Alejandro, Daniel and Fabian Manzano have written their own tunes, they’ve had to compete with the instant appeal of bonafide hits—especially because they do such great covers.  

    As expected, the crowd reacted warmly upon hearing the boys provide their rendition of songs like Katy Perry’s “Teenage Dream,” “Tracy Chapman’s “Fast Car,” and Bruno Mars’ “Locked Out of Heaven.”

    That’s one of the nice things about a Boyce Avenue live performance --- you’ll never really predict what’s going to be offered on the table. Thus, it came as a thrill when one of their encore songs turned out to be Kings of Leon’s “Use Somebody.”


    The boys said of the crowd: Us chilling with over 7,500 of our friends in MANILA!!! (Adrian Bautista/NPPA Images)The boys said of the crowd: Us chilling with over 7,500 of our friends in MANILA!!! (Adrian Bautista/NPPA Images)

     

    Appreciative act

    “We love

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  • Thor scratches seven-year itch two years after ‘The Voice PH’

    By his calculation, soul singer Thor has spent the last seven years of his career out of the spotlight. By that he meant he hasn't put out one major release since his “Soul Obsessions” album in 2007, which featured a stellar cast of artists who recorded duets with him.

    But he did have his biggest break two years ago when he became a semi-finalist during season 1 of the highly popular TV spectacle “The Voice of the Philippines.”

    Thus, “Master of Soul,” his comeback album, becomes all the more special to him.


    A mix of soul classics and OPM. (Contributed photo)A mix of soul classics and OPM. (Contributed photo)


    Back-up singer

    “Akala ko wala na talaga at kuntento na po ako sa pagiging back-up singer. Hindi ko po alam kung anong nakita sa akin ng Cornerstone,” he shared when the album launched at the Music Hall in Metrowalk, Ortigas.

    In particular, he was referring to Erickson Raymundo, head of the talent management group Cornerstone—thanking him in the album credits for “believing in me.”

    Erickson is the same starmaker who transformed Richard Poon into a suit-wearing crooner of standards,

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  • Loving Boyce Avenue as only Pinoys can

    How big a phenomenon is Boyce Avenue among Pinoy fans? Well, quite a bit, if you go by the American acoustic trio’s Wiki page.

    "In early 2009, the band performed for an estimated total of 25,000 fans over four headline shows in the Philippines. And on the heels of its whirlwind success in the Philippines, the band launched headline tours in the USA, Canada, and Europe," it says.

    In fact, it's said that Boyce Avenue has become the country’s most streamed international act on Spotify.

     


    Fresh take on hot hits

    Gian Carlo Vizcarra, an established entertainment industry publicist, shared his observation of why they’re a hit among Pinoy music lovers.

    "Through the years, Boyce Avenue has made a solid Filipino following because first, they usually give their own fresh take on some of the hottest hits of the season,” he said.

    “Their renditions are usually new, straightforward and distinct. They look and sound good. Good, ‘familiar’ music, great looks make them a hit for Filipinos."


    Karaoke

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