In fine com­pany

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sev­en­teen years on the scene, and The Blue Jean Junkies are tighter than ever. De­spite nu­mer­ous per­son­nel changes and a few per­sonal hic­cups , Nino Men­doza (vo­cals, gui­tars), Nathan Manansala (gui­tars), Miggy Matute (bass), and Niko Din­glasan (drums)—the band’s lineup since 2008—are still rock­ing the scene and rolling with the times. The ques­tion is, can they keep up the pace? How is the band do­ing, es­pe­cially with Nino’s re­turn (from re­hab)? Miggy: Now, we re­hearse, we gig all the time. We talk every day, we see each other more of­ten. As a re­sult, I guess we’re tighter as a band. Nathan: Nagka­roon ng break be­tween 2012 to 2014. Parang one gig in three months, tapos hindi man lang nagyayayaan. some­times we'd gig with­out prac­tic­ing, we didn’t make plans that would stretch for more than a week. Niko: There’s more di­rec­tion now. What has be­come of rock and roll from the time the group was founded? Niko: Konti lang ngayon yung rock and roll spirit, kum­baga peo­ple are play­ing it safe. Konti lang yung may edge... Nathan: ...yung el­e­ment of dan­ger! That’s why we need guns 'N’ Roses back! Ha ha! I think rock and roll as I know it is still around, but the bands that play with that kind of spirit aren’t so pop­u­lar any­more. The mu­sic busi­ness tends to fo­cus on what’s in right now. If any­thing, the sound it­self has evolved mas­sively through the years. Nino: Def­i­nitely grow­ing, def­i­nitely more com­plex. Rock and roll is an at­ti­tude... First it’s fun, which be­comes work that you can’t live with­out. you say rock should be sim­ple. Do you think tech­nol­ogy did good or bad to the mu­sic? Miggy: Feel­ing ko both. For one, there’s great mu­sic out there that ex­ists, by artists who don’t want to per­form live. But we get to en­joy their mu­sic be­cause they share on­line. Neg­a­tives in­clude pag pumunta ka ng con­cert, la­hat naka-cell­phone na, which I think takes away from the ex­pe­ri­ence. Peo­ple en­joy mu­sic dif­fer­ently now. Nino: Yeah, be­fore it used to be mosh, and peo­ple just like got stoned. Or when Robert Plant of led Zep­pelin would sing, girls would just hold their tits, like ‘Uhhh!’ They would get turned on! Nathan: I think the big pro with tech­nol­ogy is that you’re able to push the mu­sic fur­ther now. Back then, there’s a lot of stuff in your head that you can’t do be­cause you need a big stu­dio. Now, you can just down­load the soft­ware and do it your­self at home. Pero yung down­side is—and you see it ev­ery­where—me­dyo nawala yung drive for mu­si­cian­ship. Is it a good time to start a band? Miggy: There’s hun­dreds of bands in hun­dreds of places. Every night, may tao sa gig. Maybe there’s only a hand­ful that can sur­vive a full-time ca­reer as a mu­si­cian, but that doesn’t mean those who can­not don’t have a ca­reer cut out for them. Nathan: I guess the busi­ness might be on a low point, but yung scene it­self, buhay.

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