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OPM LIVES!

Is OPM Dead? 

Not when you see who’s new, who’s active and out there! Well, they are here on Radio Republic next week! Mikey Bustos, Ian Tayao and Nino Avenido jamming as Batcat, MC Dash Peso Movement (the new group of Japs Sergio, Francis Reyes, Kurt Floreca, and Macky Macaventa), and Bamboo! 

All of them will be here in person and perform LIVE for everyone to see and stream! It’s not enough to listen and enjoy. It’s also time too learn  with Teacher Jim Paredes as he remembers all the influential women in OPM.

So, who said that new music isn’t being produced? Who said we also couldn’t pay tribute to the ones who have paved the way for the acts of today? 

Radio Republic is doing hits part to champion Original Philippine Music. Won’t you come and join our movement? 

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The ELEMENTS National Singing and Songwriting Camp is going on its third year. For the last two years, 60 aspiring Artists have gathered in Dumaguete for five days to share, and create music. Two dozen established Artists from the Philippine music industry like Ryan Cayabyab, Jim Paredes, Joey Ayala, Louie Ocampo, Gary Granada, Ebe Dancel Rico Blanco, Jimmy Antiporda, Gary Valenciano, Noel Cabangon, and many more all gather to mentor the Campers in a setting that is conducive to creativity. Not only songs are created but also bonds of friendship and opportunities to collaborate. Presented by 7101 Music Nation, the Camp has been a fun and inspiring experience for everyone who has been part of it, from mentors to Campers. Here in the video is Noel Cabangon's take on things:

I am big fan of Yeng Constantino and a longtime supporter of Parokya ni Edgar so I was excited to hear about this new collaboration! 

Even more exciting is knowing that both Chito Miranda and Yeng Constantino are coming to the 3rd ELEMENTS National Singing and Songwriting Camp as Mentors this year! 

Today is the last day to apply for the all-expenses paid Camp! So, all of the aspiring Singers Songwriters out there should log on to www.elementsmusiccamp.com.ph NOW and send it their entries! 

If you like Chito and Yeng, this is your chance to learn from them directly! 

Congratulations to Parokya and Yeng! Love the song! 

yengconstantino:

Pangarap Lang Kita - Parokya ni Edgar with Yeng Constantino

Nagulat ako nung kinontak ako ni Kuya Chito para dito.. Sobrang saya ko na nakajam ko sila… at sana di pa ito ang huli… Sana sa album ko naman yung next… :) (praying mode)

SO, who says OPM is dead? This movie champions the local Artists and the original music that they produce! Anyone who says the music is dying must be living under a rock or doesn’t do more than watch and listen to local TV channels and radio stations. 
Marie did a great job here and she has our total support! 
angnawawala:

Nagwawala na naman ang BLAST OPLE. Photos by Mark Peregrino.
B-side Courtyard. The Collective. August 18, 2012.
(via <angnawawala@gmail.com>)
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SO, who says OPM is dead? This movie champions the local Artists and the original music that they produce! Anyone who says the music is dying must be living under a rock or doesn’t do more than watch and listen to local TV channels and radio stations. 
Marie did a great job here and she has our total support! 
angnawawala:

Nagwawala na naman ang BLAST OPLE. Photos by Mark Peregrino.
B-side Courtyard. The Collective. August 18, 2012.
(via <angnawawala@gmail.com>)
Zoom Info
SO, who says OPM is dead? This movie champions the local Artists and the original music that they produce! Anyone who says the music is dying must be living under a rock or doesn’t do more than watch and listen to local TV channels and radio stations. 
Marie did a great job here and she has our total support! 
angnawawala:

Nagwawala na naman ang BLAST OPLE. Photos by Mark Peregrino.
B-side Courtyard. The Collective. August 18, 2012.
(via <angnawawala@gmail.com>)
Zoom Info
SO, who says OPM is dead? This movie champions the local Artists and the original music that they produce! Anyone who says the music is dying must be living under a rock or doesn’t do more than watch and listen to local TV channels and radio stations. 
Marie did a great job here and she has our total support! 
angnawawala:

Nagwawala na naman ang BLAST OPLE. Photos by Mark Peregrino.
B-side Courtyard. The Collective. August 18, 2012.
(via <angnawawala@gmail.com>)
Zoom Info
SO, who says OPM is dead? This movie champions the local Artists and the original music that they produce! Anyone who says the music is dying must be living under a rock or doesn’t do more than watch and listen to local TV channels and radio stations. 
Marie did a great job here and she has our total support! 
angnawawala:

Nagwawala na naman ang BLAST OPLE. Photos by Mark Peregrino.
B-side Courtyard. The Collective. August 18, 2012.
(via <angnawawala@gmail.com>)
Zoom Info

SO, who says OPM is dead? This movie champions the local Artists and the original music that they produce! Anyone who says the music is dying must be living under a rock or doesn’t do more than watch and listen to local TV channels and radio stations. 

Marie did a great job here and she has our total support! 

angnawawala:

Nagwawala na naman ang BLAST OPLE. Photos by Mark Peregrino.

B-side Courtyard. The Collective. August 18, 2012.

(via <angnawawala@gmail.com>)

IS OPM DEAD?

This has been the trending topic over the weekend and whilst this has been discussed before, I finally feel compelled to write down my own take on things. 

First of all, let’s define “O.P.M.” It can mean “Original Philippine Music” or “Organisasyon ng Pilipinong Mang-Aawit.” The former is a description of music and the latter is the group headed by Mr. Ogie Alcasid. Let’s take care not to confuse the two. 

That said, along with co-Board members Messrs. Ding Dong Avanzado, Noel Cabangon, and their colleagues, Mr. Alcasid has also taken up the cudgels of working to champion, promote and protect Original Philippine Music. (For that, we should all be supportive and thankful.)

So, let’s discuss the matter of the moment. Let’s answer the question, “Is OPM dead?” If we mean this to be the definition of the acronym, then let me just say a few things:

People are making a fuss and statements are made that the Artists that they see on television or hear on the radio are not singing Original Philippine Music. They sing covers of foreign Artists. That is true. We do see this happen weekly on musical variety shows on the major networks. But they do not do this all the time so let’s be careful not to criticize them. I know that they sing OPM in their concerts and their other activities that they do outside of mainstream media.

That said, these Artists that we see on television are NOT the entire music industry nor are they the only ones who solely define Philippine music. They are a percentage of it, yes, and maybe are the most popular. We all know they do exist alongside many other Artists. Many of them still also produce original material. Just take Ogie Alcasid and Gary Valenciano as the best examples of this. They have songwriting awards under their belt that no one can ever question. 

Furthermore, there are numerous Artists supported by  mainstream media that create and perform their own music like Gloc-9 and acts like Parokya ni Edgar, Pupil, Noel Cabangon, Sandwich, Kamikazee, Yeng Constantino, Callalily, Ebe Dancel, Jay Durias, 6cyclemind, and many more. 

If we just look at these names and see how exposed and active they are, then clearly we can say Original Philippine Music is not dead. 

Plus, count in the mix the other acts that continue to attract audiences and listeners who are not always seen on TV and radio: Wolfgang, Rivermaya, Joey Ayala, Cynthia Alexander (when she was still here), Grace Nono, The Dawn, The Youth, Hilera, True Faith, Sinosikat?, Up Dharma Down, Tarsius, Pedicab, Imago, Urbandub, Cattski Espina from Cebu, Maan Chua from Davao, and so much more.

How can the music be dead? It will never die. For as long as Filipinos create music and it is heard by others then it will live on. Who said that the health of OPM had to be determined only by what radio played or TV showed? Don’t concerts count? The fact that places like Conspiracy, 70’s Bistro, Route 196, Stone House, Saguijo, 19 East, Outpost in Cebu, MTS in Davao, Kaffeeklasch in Baguio, among countless others, continue to have shows presenting local Artists who sing their own songs, then we can safely say OPM is alive and well and will be for a long time.

However, I do know what is dying is the way the music industry used to behave. The centers of power are no longer concentrated on a few entities. The internet has democratized the way people create, share, and access music so for as long as Filipinos anywhere in the world are creating their own music, OPM will thrive. Just look at the success of AJ Rafael, for one. He is an internet sensation, is Filipino, and sings all of his own material. Oh, he was put forth in the Grammy nominations list and was a Finalist for the Billboard Awards, too. Is OPM dead? Not when we have Artists like him reaching audiences all over.

In fact, if you count the internet as mainstream media now, it is actually filled with so much more OPM than regular TV or radio. It doesn’t have space or time limitations and its reach goes beyond what a transmitter can do. 

Maybe what people are really reacting to is the fact that mainstream media doesn’t play as much OPM as we would all like. I know for a fact that Ogie Alcasid has had to lobby in Congress to enforce Executive Order 255 that requires all radio stations to play four OPM songs every hour. I cannot accurately say if this is being followed but based on this furor then I would venture to say it isn’t so. 

If we really want the state of OPM to be better, then there are two things that I see need to change. 

First, that the people who make decisions on content in radio and TV should recognize that the market – that’s us! - is willing and ready to hear more of what our fellow Filipinos have to offer. There is nothing wrong with supporting foreign music but let’s support our own first. They should allocate more time to playing OPM and also work their shows to present more Philippine content. 

Second, we the fans should also take this responsibility upon ourselves. We cannot go on talking and talking about the state of OPM but think twice or thrice about legitimately buying a local Artist’s album or a ticket to their concert. Bring in all the foreign acts to perform here – that’s good for tourism – but let’s do our bit to also support our local Artists, their craft, and the entities that spend their resources to make things happen for them. 

The record labels do not have the same spending power and resources to invest in new and developing Artists anymore because they don’t earn as much from CD sales. How can they take risks when they don’t have as much revenue? They may be in a state of flux but they still have the power to get music played on TV and radio. So, if we want more original content on that media, we should support what they do. Think twice then about whether or not you will just rip a CD or download illegally through a torrent.

The reason why K-Pop is a global success is that Koreans support Koreans. In J-Pop, the Japanese support the Japanese. In CantoPop, the Chinese support the Chinese. So, let me ask. can we Filipinos support our own Artists 100% all the time? I say we can and I say we should. I also say this, not just for the passive listener, but to every practitioner who has influence and the ability to make decisions as to what kind of music gets played on the biggest channels and stations, what’s written in the newspapers, and what concerts get produced and the repertoire that is performed.

I know for a fact that OPM is not dead because I work for a little entity called Radio Republic whose vision is to live stream OPM 24/7. In our four months of operation, we have had almost 100 Artists come to the studio to play their own songs. We don’t take foreign covers here. The influx of new Artists from all genres whom we present like LDP, Jonan Aguilar, Bullet Dumas, Curbside, Miscellaneous, Tricia Garcia, Flippin’ Soul Stompers, Feen, and Noodle and all the established, more visible ones like Rey Valera, Jay-R, Freestyle, Ryan Cayabyab, Kitchie Nadal, Barbie Almalbis, etc. is the sign that the talent is present and active. The thousands of people who watch our small site are the living proof that OPM is also being welcomed and appreciated. We even have Norweigians, Americans, and Japanese who enjoy Original Philippine Music.

OPM is not dying. It is not merely surviving. It is thriving. What should come alive more than ever is the support all around for everyone who is part of the music from the Artist to the listener. We can take it. We want it. Bring it on.

feanne:

Radio Republic is a free online streaming music channel that plays 100% OPM 100% of the time forever :D my ridiculously boyfriend JM Quiblat directs three of their shows. Tune in to one of them tonight, Rock Bato hosted by Basti Artadi of Wolgang; tonight is the “guitarmageddon” special.

Here’s some fanart. An “old world” style Radio Republic insignia:
“Republika ng Radyo ng Malayang Musika ng Mamamayan ng Pilipinas”

It’s based on this Philippine stamp circa 1900-1901:

Additional ornamental symbols inspired by our tropical archipelagic country of water and sunshine.

Old paper stock credit.

Radio Republic has started this new campaign where we quote great Artists and seek to provoke conversation, inspire action, and get minds moving.

This one from the esteemed Rey Valera is spot on and I just had to share this.

He may have written ballads but there is a punk in there that lives on. Love it.

Pondering the state of OPM…The OKTAVES guests at Radio Republic for Java Jam. Made up of The Jerks’ Guitarist Nitoy Adriano, Ely Buendia from Pupil, and Hilera, this new group offers a great blend of music reminiscent of The Beach Boys and surfer music, rockabilly, and early Beatles tunes. 

They have yet to record but have a set of original material which they have been performing around the metropolis. 

Refreshing, energetic, and fun like no other, The Oktaves is a band that we at Radio Republic want to champion. It is always challenging to introduce a new act but having heard and seen them LIVE, the task is one that we will certainly enjoy doing. 

Watch out for them LIVE. Stay logged on to Radio Republic for more news on these guys! 

my name is AJ.: AJ Rafael on TattAwards

thetearjerky:

Hey guys, kindly vote for AJ Rafael on Tatt Awards.

http://tattawards.com/vote#the-indie-rocker

AJ Rafael is a Filipino singer that is based on Moreno Valley, California. He is a very great musician/singer/artist/songwriter and an advocate as well. He formed Music…

Vote for him!

Not only is he a great musician, he is a very talented songwriter! I discovered him through his manager, Christina Luna, who is an old friend.

A true artist who embodies and captures the spirit and vibe of his generation. And he is true-blue Pinoy!

Listen to him and you will find yourself punching that “Vote” button immediately!

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