Local independent music is thriving with self-made artists sharing their craft in intimate gig spots hidden around the city
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.soundloud.com/ReeseLansangan.
SAGUIJO BAR + CAFE
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.soundcloud.com/BPValenzuela.
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
JENSEN AND THE FLIPS
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. soundcloud.com/Jensen- 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