Saturday, May 5, 2012 The Pinoy TV Channel on your Computer! is the website to go to watch fresh and original Pinoy shows online. I'm really amazed that TV is really now on the internet(or the internet is now on your TV hehe!).

I remember not so long ago, whenever I want to watch a show or the latest rock music videos, I would have to sit and wait for a long time in front of the TV for it. Good thing now that we have the internet and we can watch the shows we want on-demand. And music videos may easily be searched and viewed via YouTube.

But if you're looking for something new, something different and something Pinoy, then I highly recommend you visit With a very wide variety of shows, I'm pretty sure they have something that you would enjoy. For me, my favorite shows are Happy Endings, Ashley's Playlist and LSS: Last Song Syndrome.

*At the set of Ashley's Playlist

*with Ashley, Anj and Out of Body Special

By the way, a little trivia: my alternative rock band, Hedgezero, was featured in their show LSS a few years back. Check it out here!

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Manila Music Festival 2012

The Manila Music Festival is coming this May! Let's go and show our love for the local music scene by supporting this event. :)

Below is the official press release from the organizers:

Manila Music Festival 2012
May 1, 2012
Aseana Ave. Alphaland Bay City Grounds in Paranaque City

Manila Music Festival is an event organized by Volume Unit Entertainment, the same group that made the highly successful Malasimbo Music and Arts Festival. The two day celebration that was held last February 18-19, 2011.

The Philippine music scene is unique. With the energy, excitement, and passion that the artists brings on and off the stage just sets the house jumping over the ground. Filipino bands, performers, DJ’s, songwriters and dancers alike give their mind and soul whenever they perform, making them one of the greatest performers of the world.

Regardless of the massive number of talents, the number of musical events in the Philippines are very low. Yes, there are somewhat a number of annual music festivals like Pulp Summer Slam and the San Miguel Oktoberfest, which might I say remarkable, but with the talents that our local artists have, there is basically no excuse not to come up with a bigger astounding that will leave the world so dumbstruck they won’t even know what hit them.

Now VUE is back for another round of fun and excitement through the art of music. Showcasing some of the greatest musicians both international and local.

So girls and boys Mark your calendars on May 1, 2012. In cooperation with Sofitel Philippine Plaza, Ticketworld, Department of Tourism, and Universal Zulu Nation. About 5,000 people will take part and experience yet another historic event in our country’s music scene. DJ’s, Bands, and solo performers around the world will be participating and witness one of the most booming and prosperous event this year. The Manila Music Festival is bound to be an outbreak of melodies, symphonies, notes, beats and lyrics from all music genres.

Volume Unit Entertainment has two main roles: First is change-making, which they already did and currently doing. Second is to put on an awesome show that will exceed beyond expectations and will defy all limits of imagination.

List of performers:

• Afrika Bambaataa
• Ali Shaheed Muhammad
• Shinichi Osawa
• Kjwan
• Wilabaliw
• Sinosikat
• June Marieezy
• Similar Objects
• Complex
• Kristian Hernandez
• Kishore
• Liquid A
• Katsunami
• Angelo Mendez
• Noodles
and many more (to be announce)

Ticket Price:
PhP 1,545.00

Tickets are now available at all Ticketworld outlets.
Call 891-9999 or visit for more details about the show


Author Bio: Peter de Jesus is a marketing consultant for Manila Music Festival and White Knight Hotel in Intramuros, a budget hotel in the Philippines.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

The Finishing Moves / How to Start a Band Tip #2

My band The Finishing Moves started back in June 2011. I was out looking for a new group to play with since my band at that time decided to take a break for awhile. I met Chris, our bassist, in a tryout jam for a "Creed" inspired cover band. Unfortunately, the band did not push through but we kept in touch.

After a few weeks, I got a message from Chris inviting me to join an alternative rock band he was forming. He said he already has a drummer, Tobs, and he's out looking for a guitar player and a singer. At that time I was already talking to Les, our vocalist, and planning a band him with too so I also invited him to join us as well. And it turned out pretty well! After a few jams, Chris invited his friend, Weak, to join and play the guitar for us and so The Finishing Moves was born!

Even though we have different tastes in music, we have successfully created a good alternative sound that we could call our own. Our inspirations include the following bands: Minus the Bear, Mutemath, Toe, Mastodon and Radiohead.

We have recorded 2 original songs which are currently posted in our facebook band page

Go check them out! They're streaming for free! :) And as I always say: "If you like what you hear, please like and share our facebook page to your friends as well."

The Finishing Moves performing "I guess it's now over between us" at Casa Nami.

How to start a band tip #2: Go out and find other musicians to play with.

Local forums like Philmusic could open up doors for your musical journey. This forum has Musician Classifieds as well as specialized forums discussing the different topics including musical instruments. Just be open to opportunities and have fun.


Saturday, March 17, 2012

How to Start A Band Tip# 1

A lot of people are saying "Pinoy Rock Music" is dead. I strongly disagree. If you know where to go to, you'll see a lot of Indie bands making beautiful original music in the underground scene. It's just that most local rock bands now don't make it to mainstream radio because of all the fascination of pinoys with "K-Pop" and the usual OPM novelty pop.

But Pinoy Rock ain't dead. No way. It's just sleeping for now. :)

Anyway, one way to help the current situation of OPM "Pinoy Rock", is to, well, contribute. So how do you exactly go about it? Let me share to you some tips:

How to Start a Band, Tip # 1: Learn to play a musical instrument.

If you have been planning to learn to play a musical instrument before or you really enjoyed playing "rock band"/"guitar hero" in the arcades, then you might have a calling! Now is the time to try and learn to play the real thing!

With so much free resources on the internet, there's no excuse for you not to learn to play an instrument. Just make that first step and buy that guitar/bass/drums you've been looking at. It doesn't matter if you buy the cheap ones first for you could easily upgrade your gear as you get better and more serious in your craft.

Of course, there's nothing better than learning to play a musical instrument than learning with a music teacher. Having a teacher would provide you with musical guidance and inspiration. You may take the "self taught" path but if you really want to learn faster, you should go out and find a music teacher. You may inquire at local music stores too for lessons.

So what are you waiting for?! Let's go and wake up Pinoy Rock together! :)

Sunday, January 1, 2012

How I Met Rock Music

Happy New Year!

Today I wanna share with you one of the best things that ever happened to my life, and that is how I started my long running love affair with music.

I remember it was 1994 and I was a quiet kid in school, just doing my homework everyday and so addicted to playing video games. I really didn't have a hobby, I guess the options weren't many for kids my age back then.

Anyway, one day during the summer vacation of that year, I was hanging out with my one of my neighbor friends who lives across the street from my mom's house when all of a sudden he brought out a black a cassette tape and said that he's going to play some cool music that I should check out. Turns out this tape is an album of the great Bon Jovi called "Slippery When Wet".

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I was instantly hooked. The music I was hearing was something I've never heard before. Upbeat and mellow at times, I loved the sound coming at me! I was really fascinated with the guitar sounds I was hearing.

So when the weekend came and my parents brought us to the mall, I went out on a mission to research this rock music I heard in my friend's place and went straight to the nearest record store. Man, was I in for a surprise, there were a lot of albums under the rock section and the covers we so cool too! I spent more than an hour just browsing the rows of cassette tapes in front of me.

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My first rock album ever was White Lion's "The Best of White Lion". Just like the guitars I heard in Bon Jovi's album, they were amazing!

The next week, I bought Bon Jovi's New Jersey album.

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From then on, I would save my small school allowance and buy a rock album every weekend. For special occassions, I would ask my mom and dad to buy me a rock tape as gift.

And this is how I ended up now: playing guitar in bands, making orignal music and doing bar gigs. Music has defined my life literally, it defined who I hang out with and the things I did on my free time, the things I focus on.

I'm really glad I heard that Bon Jovi album. Now I will end this post with one of the first ever Bon Jovi songs I heard, "Never Say Goodbye". Enjoy!

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