Linggo ng Musikang Pilipino kicks off with singer-songwriter Diego Cortez’ EP launch

Jace Amodo
PUBLISHED July 25, 2018 04:01 pm | UPDATED July 26, 2018 02:09 pm
Photos by Maria Romero/Inside Manila

(Inside Manila) Linggo ng Musikang Pilipino (LPM) is here, and avid supporters of Filipino music are looking forward to joining the scheduled activities, such as bar showcases, mall shows, LMP busking, and more. Jumpstarting the festivities is singer-songwriter Diego Cortez’ EP Launch.

Held last July 20 at Celebrity Sports Plaza, the launch of Cortez’ EP, “An Hour or Two,” was attended by his family, friends, fans, media practitioners, and other independent bands. Though he may seem tense—it’s his first EP, after all—what went down did not disappoint.

From cover songs like “Ang Huling El Bimbo” to original songs like “Prescribed Pills to Make Me Happy,” Cortez won the audience over. Other songs included in his EP are “Happy Hour,” “Getaway,” “Voicemails,” “One Last Chance,” “Coffee Shop Romance,” and a tribute to his late grandfather entitled “Last Words.”

“My EP is a combination of songs written over the last ten months. They talk about love and triumph in the eyes of a teenager and they are songs that I have been working on personally for a long time. It’s a very proud project to mine,” Cortez told Inside Manila. “Usually [it] takes me days to write my songs. It would come to me at night and I would stay up writing late at night until I get what I wanted out of the song,” he added.

On choosing the EP title, Cortez revealed that he knew beforehand that it had to be a line from a song, hence “An Hour or Two,” a line from “Coffee Shop Romance.” What many people don’t know is that Cortez started out in Soundcloud, a popular online audio distribution platform, the same platform where many popular singers such as Austin Richard Post (a.k.a. Post Malone) started.

When asked what he can advise aspiring artists, Cortez assured that it’s alright to start from the bottom. “It’s okay if you don’t make it big at first. I’m still struggling to get my name out there. But put out the music you like, find people who enjoy your music, and don’t stop creating,” he said. True enough, putting his foot on the door so to speak marked his beginning in the industry.

Listen to “An Hour or Two” on Spotify.

Ezri Mitra for the opening act

Kristella Enriquez, the bassist of all-female band Athalie

The Octava ensemble from the UST Conservatory of Music

Diego Cortez will be at the Musical Metrowalk Bar Showcase on July 26 as part of the LMP program. LMP is organized by Organisasyon ng mga Pilipinong Mang-Aawit (OPM), the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), Taga-Alog, and Estancia Capitol Commons.

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