Pinoy Rocks

Major music stars mentor new talents for free

Mentors rock the camper-scholars in last year’s Elements Camp in Dumaguete City. (Photo courtesy of 7101 Music …Call it a creative boot camp.

Or a chance to hang for five days—and jam—with everyone from Raimund Marasigan of Sandwich to Aiza Seguerra.

And junket to Dumaguete for free.

"It's not every day that you get to be in the same isolated place as Gary Valenciano, Gary Granada, Joey Ayala, etc.," said Gabby Alipe of Urbandub. "Even for us musicians, that alone is worth the five sleepless days of discussing and making music."

Those sleepless days will happen during third Elements National Singing-Songwriting Camp in Dumaguete on November 18-22.

Wanna embark on a music career?

Open to Filipino citizens and residents between 18-35 years old, the Camp gathers aspiring musicians and professional performers acting as mentors to engage in learning sessions.

Topics include the science of vocal production, basic music creation and melody writing, lyric writing, AN arranging session, getting started in the music business, and stage performance essentials.

Respected names in the music industry who have signed up to act as speakers, facilitators and mentors include Joey Ayala. Noel Cabangon, Jim Paredes, Raimund Marasigan of Sandwich, Gabby Alipe, Ebe Dancel, Aia de Leon, Aiza Seguerra and Jay Durias, among others.

"At the Camp, you get a feel of the richness of musical talents in the country," said 7101 Music Nation artistic director Ryan Cayabyab during the press launch of the 2012 Elements Camp held July 3.

"We are looking for raw talents who want to embark in a career in music. These are talents that need to be harnessed on the basics of making good music, how to record a song and how to make a performance with an impact."

Mentors also learn from Campers

Applicants can complete the necessary forms on the camp website. They also need to submit a   performance video of their original song.  The application deadline is August 31, 2012.

A shortlist of 100 aspirants will take part in regional eliminations, from which the top 60 will be chosen to attend the Camp for free.

"The Camp is a meeting of people from all walks of life with similar mindset—to be good singer-songwriters," Cayabyab said. "It's not an easy task to group them to write songs. But many of our Campers eventually became friends and they continue to get in touch with each other. That alone is a learning experience for all of us."

Ebe Dancel agrees. "You think the Campers were on an amateur level. But I have to say, we mentors also picked up a lot things from interacting with them."

Success stories

A Camper wrote the first track on Tanya Markova's debut album.

Ma. Laurice Jamero, who participated in the 2011 Elements Camp, and was chosen as among the newcomers to perform at the Y! Rocks event held at the MOA Concert grounds in December of 2011 . She credits her Camp mentor Raimund Marasigan for drawing out her skills in writing original music.

In fact, Marasigan and Dancel have projects in the works with past Campers.

Dumaguete as music capital of PH?

To further promote Original Pilipino Music, 7101 Music Nation has launched Radio Republic, a 24/7 live-streaming internet site devoted solely to OPM.

In November 2012, Radio Republic will stage the first DAGSA Music Festival in Dumaguete City in partnership with the local government.

The Festival will kick off a local initiative to make Dumaguete the "music capital" of the Philippines.

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