Tuesday, October 29, 2013


Save Me Hollywood is a Filipino rock/alternative band based in Quezon City, Philippines. Formed only in 2011, the band is a collaboration between members of influential rock acts Chicosci and Typecast. Bassist Carlos Calderon of Chicosci and drummer Melvin Macatiag of Typecast are joined by April Morning Skies guitarists Aaron Corvera and Kenneth Aranza. Former MYX VJ and model Julz Savard is the lead singer of the group.

Having been friends in the local music scene, the members of Chicosci, Typecast, and April Morning Skies have always discussed the prospect of forming a new band together. Calderon, Macatiag, Corvera and Aranza who have, at one point, jammed together and entertained the idea of working on a new project with each other. Savard was the missing piece the boys were looking for.

Despite only being together for a couple of years, the band has already achieved modest success in both the local and international music scene. Save Me Hollywood has been featured in several publications such as Pulp, Chalk and Meg Magazine. Apart from the usual gigs in Manila’s rock dives and schools, Save Me Hollywood has already performed for various events and concerts by ABS-CBN, MYX and Channel V and several international clothing companies such as Vans and Dr. Martens. Most notably, the band was part of Bazooka Rocks festival last August 2013. They performed alongside popular American acts like All Time Low, Red Jumpsuit Apparatus and Anberlin. In June 2013, Save Me Hollywood was given the chance to share the stage with Southeast Asia’s biggest artists as part of the Baybeats festival in Singapore.

Behind The Curtain
Bassist Calde Calderon is among the founding members of local rock group, Chicosci. Formed back in 2000 as an after-school get-together, the band has enjoyed continued success in the music scene - releasing 6 studio albums, garnering several music awards and ceaselessly touring the Philippines and the Southeast Asia. His successes with Chicosci include 2 NU 107 Rock Awards Bassist of the Year nominations, several MYX Music Awards for Best Video and Best Rock Videos as well as NU Rock Awards for Song of the Year and Listener’s Choice. Perhaps his biggest accolade is winning the Favorite Artist - Philippines award with Chicosci in the 2008 MTV Asia Awards in Malaysia. Calde was also part of another supergroup, Project One, which spawned the hit single and Coke anthem “Ang Sarap Dito”.

Drummer Melvin Macatiag is another seasoned veteran in the local rock scene. As part of the Laguna-bred Typecast, he is among the country’s premiere drummers with 3 NU Rock Awards Drummer of the Year Nominations. As MySpace’s Top Artist in Southeast Asia, Typecast has toured countries like Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia. After releasing their second studio album, Every Moss and Cobweb in 2007, the band broke into the local mainstream with the single, "Will You Ever Learn". Winning Best Song of the Year at the 2007 NU Rock Awards, their success eventually led to the opportunity to open for American bands such as Thursday, Good CharlotteSaosinAnberlinAll Time LowDashboard ConfessionalThe UsedCobra Starship and Taking Back Sunday. Fresh from their 2012 US Tour, the band is still touring and promoting their latest release, “How Your Influence Betrays You”.

Guitarist (and chief songwriter) Aaron Corvera and Kenneth Aranza are part of underground heavyweights, April Morning Skies. Among the country’s top up-and-coming rock bands, AMS is a product of metal, punk, melodic-post hardcore music. Their debut release, “In Darker Days Ahead”, has impressed critics and earned them Best New Artist nomination in the 2009 MYX Music Awards. AMS has consistently wowed crowds all over the country, as well as those from Singapore and Malaysia. Recently making a comeback after a year-long hiatus, the band has begun touring again and has also returned to their roots as pioneers of the revered Moshpit Sundays production.

Singer (and lyricist) Julz Savard is the youngest, not just of actual age, but of experience in the music industry. Working as a model at a very young age, she has only the heart of a musician and is dead-set on making a mark in the local music industry. Previously trying out her luck with local bands in her hometown of Mabalacat, Pampanga, Julz has always wanted to sing and perform. When she won the 2010 MYX VJ Search, Savard met Calderon during his work at the music channel. That’s when Save Me Hollywood found its final piece:  the doe-eyed 21-year-old with a powerful voice and a commanding stage presence. She still continues with her modeling career, having been named the MEG Magazine Style Ambassador in 2012. She briefly had a stint on a radio as DJ at JAM 88.3 and host of the daily morning show, “The Morning Breath”.

The band released their debut record, Your Story To Tell, under 12 Stone Records in June 2013 at Eastwood Central Plaza. The latest single, “High”, broken into the Top 10 of both radio and music channel charts, peaking at number 7 of the MYX Countdown. The earlier single, “Reckless”, also reached the music channel’s Top 20 countdown. The band is currently on tour, promoting their latest single, “Changes”.

Friday, October 18, 2013

An Evening Of Bel Canto

A rare treat awaits music lovers as the Manila Chamber Orchestra Foundation presents a special concert, "An Evening of Bel Canto" on October 26, 2013 at 7:00 p.m., at the Ayala Museum, Makati Ave. cor. de la Rosa St., Makati City. 

Bel Canto which literally means "The Art of Beautiful Singing" is a vocal fad made popular during the late 17th century that requires singers to possess incredible virtuosic vocal technique and impeccable musicality. Composers such as Rossini, Bellini and Donizetti wrote music with limpid melodic lines that would encompass a singer's whole vocal range with a lot of ornate embellishments. Operas like I Puritani, La Sonnambula, Norma, Lucia di Lammermoor are some of the well-known bel canto opera.

Promising a spectacular vocal evening, "An Evening of Bel Canto" will feature some of the country's finest young singers today headed by the internationally-acclaimed Filipino tenor - Arthur Espiritu, considered as the country's premiere tenor today, the sole and first Filipino to win the Belvedere Vocal Competition in Vienna, and the only Filipino to have sung in many major opera houses in the world including the prestigious Teatro alla Scala, St. Gallen Opera in Switzerland, Paris Opera, Pittsburgh Opera to name a few. Performing with him are soprano Elainne Vibal, a Jovita Fuentes Vocal Competition winner; soprano Myramae Meneses, the 2012 Aliw Awardee for Best Actress in a Musical and the top winner of the National Competition for Young Artists; and soprano Stephanie Aguilar, last year's third prize winner of the Jovita Fuentes Vocal Competition. Performing with them will be most a sought-after collaborating artist -- pianist Najib Ismail. The concert will also have Supertitles, an English translation projected on the sides of the concert venue for the audience's better appreciation of the words and music.

Highlight of the program includes some of the most challenging arias and rarely performed scenes from great operas including the duet from Bellini's "I Puritani" with its three high D's (high notes), the exquisite duet from Rossini's "Semiramide", and the fiendish Donizetti's "La Fille du Regiment".

This concert is for the benefit of foundations that support medical treatment for children afflicted with Cancer. For tickets, please call TICKETWORLD at (891-9999), COEA at (782-7164 or 0918-3473027) and MCO Secretariat at 750-0768 or 0920-9540053.  This concert is made possible in partnership with Ayala Museum, BusinessWorld, HighLife, DZFE.FM The Master’s Touch and Lyric Piano.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

The CompanY is holding a ‘KPub’ party

Event Announcement

The country’s premiere vocal group The CompanY has a lot to celebrate these days – a sold-out Rewind. Play. Fast Forward show at the Music Museum last month, various nominations and wins at various award giving bodies, a soon-to-be-released album and a forthcoming US tour.

In celebration of these victories, The CompanY will be having two special shows this October 11 and 18, 10 p.m., at KPub Global City, The Fort, billed Party with The CompanY.

The country’s vocal group will be performing some of the most enjoyable tunes from different genres, and generation, which will surely set everyone to party mood. Also included in the repertoire are the favorite hits from The CompanY.

For reservations, contact KPub at 8471961 or 8473098. Admission is P500, inclusive of entrance and two drinks.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

DJ TIESTO Live! In Manila 2013

"Beautiful World", "Sweet Things", "Elements of Life", "I Will Be Here", "Silence", "Work Hard Play Hard" and "We Own the Night" --- these are just some of the world smash hits created by Grammy nominee, legendary Dutch musician and record producer of Electronic Dance Music, and world-renowned professional DJ, Tiesto.


Tijs Michiel Verwest, more popularly known as Tiesto, began his DJ career by playing mostly New Beat and House Music in small clubs in his hometown in Breda, Netherlands. Tiesto then rose to popularity in the early 2000s after his performance at the Live at Innercity: Amsterdam RAI party, and the release of his first solo album entitled In My Memory. Since then, the Dutch musician has been making and producing award-winning EDM hits and albums, holding concert tours and parties all over the world, and receiving countless recognition for his music. One of Tiesto's albums, "Elements of Life", took the No. 1 spot on the Dutch album chart and on the Billboard Top Electronic Albums in the US, and was awarded Best Electronic Dance Album in 2008. One of Tiesto's most notable performances, on the other hand, was at the opening ceremony of the Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece, making him the very first DJ to play live on stage at an Olympic event. The legendary EDM record producer was also the very first DJ to rank No. 1 in the Top 100 DJs list by DJ Magazine for three consecutive years. He also received the Best International DJ Award in 2008 at the DJ Awards, and earned other titles such as the No. 1 DJ of 2008 and the Best DJ of All Time, both given by Mixmag magazine; the 40th Greatest Dutch Citizen of All Time and Officer of the Order of Orange -- Nassau by the Dutch Royalty in 2003; and International Dance4Life Ambassador in 2006. Tiesto's latest single “Take Me” featuring Kyler England is already a TOP FIVE Beatport hit. Listen here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Txk0RcZNVW8 . 


With a well-proven track record, there's no doubt that Tiesto is one of the most sought-after EDM DJs in the world. In fact, in the Philippines alone, Tiesto has played his tracks in front of his fans -- the country's hottest clubbers, EDM enthusiasts and personalities in two of the biggest and hippest dance arenas last 2008 and 2009. On October 3, 2013, Tiesto will be coming back to Manila for his very first concert party at the Big Dome featuring the fastest-rising, most exciting female Australian DJ, Tigerlily as special guest.


Tickets to "TIESTO LIVE IN MANILA" are now available at www.ticketnet.com.ph. For more information, visit World Wide Womb and Republiq on Facebook. For VIP tables, please call +639175508888. "TIESTO LIVE IN MANILA" is a World Wide Womb, Ovation Productions, Driven Manila and Republiq production.


Download “Take Me”, the newest single from Tiesto online via Smart Music http://smart.com.ph/music or iTunes http://smarturl.it/Tiesto-TakeMe-PH.