Lo­cal in­de­pen­dent mu­sic is thriv­ing with self-made artists shar­ing their craft in in­ti­mate gig spots hid­den around the city

Makati Leads - - Culture Beat -


Reese Lansangan en­tered our con­scious­ness in 2012 when her cov­ers and quirky orig­i­nal sound (in­spired by Ja­pan, pop cul­ture, and outer space) dropped on Sound­cloud. In 2015, she re­leased her first full-length al­bum “Ari­gato, In­ter­net,” an ode to the medium that al­lowed her to share her mu­sic. www.sound­­gan.


Here is where mu­si­cians and au­di­ences come to­gether to ap­pre­ci­ate good sounds, pow­er­ful lyrics, and the to­geth­er­ness of the lo­cal mu­sic scene, re­gard­less of genre. Founded 12 years ago, the house-turned-pub pushes the next gen­er­a­tion to broaden OPM off­line on a solid—if tiny— sweat-stained stage. SaGuijo. 7612 Guijo St., San An­to­nio Vil­lage, Makati


When heard live, BP Valenzuela’s mostly elec­tronic tracks be­come more of an ex­pe­ri­ence than any­thing else. From its dance vibes to her soul­ful, al­most haunt­ing tones, lis­ten­ing to Valenzuela’s mu­sic takes the au­di­ence to places deep within them even as they stand shoul­der to shoul­der in a crowd. www.sound­­zuela.


Away from the flashy, stiletto-heeled crowd of up­town clubs, Black Mar­ket lets ev­ery­one come as they are. Within its grunge-y ex­te­ri­ors, elec­tronic and synth-driven beats pulse from the decks of both lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional per­form­ers, driv­ing peo­ple to the mid­dle of the dance floor. Black Mar­ket. Ware­house 5, La Fuerza Plaza, Chino Ro­ces Ave. Cor. Sabio St., San Lorenzo Vil­lage, Makati


Re­call­ing the slightly cheesy yet also a tad sexy pop/R& B ap­peal of the ’90s boy­band hey­day is this seven-man mu­si­cal act. Of­ten wear­ing suits to their per­for­mances, the boys of Jensen and The Flips prove that even a Sound­cloud-based be­gin­ning doesn’t pre­clude a dap­per pre­sen­ta­tion. www. sound­ and-the-Flips.


This in­ti­mate space in­side the hip­ster-laden The Col­lec­tive along Malu­gay St. is known as the home of the niche gen­res, where the cu­ri­ous tread and the more ad­ven­tur­ous find so­lace. As one of The Col­lec­tive’s orig­i­nal ten­ants, B-Side has be­come the go-to gig des­ti­na­tion of the lo­cal mu­sic scene. B- Side. The Col­lec­tive, 7274 Malu­gay St., San An­to­nio, Makati

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