These Musicians Reveal Their Chosen OPM Generation
by Anne Marielle Eugenio, June 22, 2019 9:00am
Art by Dani Elevazo
We all have different picks on what is the “golden age” of music, specifically OPM. One thing’s for sure, each music generation has its charms. But if you had to pick an OPM era you would like to experience, what would it be?
Inside Manila asked artists and budding composers during this year’s Philpop BootcampKick-off. The participating musicians took the challenge of picking their chosen OPM generation. Here’s what we got:
“Curious ako sa 70s and 80s because of the freedom of the songwriting process itself. The value of writing intelligently written lyrics to songs. It doesn't mean na ‘yung mga kanta ngayon ay hindi na intelligently written. It's just that there's so much wonder in the beauty of songs written in the past. It's our mission to, kung hindi man higitan, at least pantayan ‘yung nagawa nila before.”
- Davey Langit, Philpop coach
“Now. Because I believe the music era now is ever growing and fast-paced in its development and its finally opening, maybe not finally, but somehow slowly opening its arms to accept other sounds, not just were used to.”
- Ramonne Rodriguez, Philpop fellow
“Gusto ko 90spara kasabay ko Eraserheads and Rivermaya. Para the rise of the band of OPM.”
- Gab Cabangon, Philpop Marketing Manager
“I'm living in it now. Kasi right now, parang ang daming kinds ng Filipino artists coming up with their own thing. Everyone's different from each other pero we are all excited to do our own thing. I honestly think ito ‘yung golden age ng Filipino creativity.”
- Mark Armas, Philpop fellow
“Feeling ko ‘yung rock scene ng 80s. Pepe Smith! Kasi, for me, ang naging golden era ko is rock scene ng 2005, 2006—as in mga Cueshe, Hale, Spongecola. Sa 80s, makikita mo talaga ‘yung yung roots. Ako as a musician, ‘yun ‘yung genre ko. So interesting lang siguro for me kung mabubuhay ako sa era na ‘yun.”
- Abi Esteban, Philpop fellow
“I'd say now. Kasi dati, they celebrate artists but now artists have the challenge to make OPM as interesting as it was. Feeling ko mas may purpose ‘yung pagiging musician.”
- Daryll Bernal, Philpop fellow
“Disco. There’s something about it. It’s just so powerful to make people move and forget about everything that’s going on in their lives. And I feel like we can still revive that concept and just make more meaningful lyrics and songs about it.”
- Paola Mauricio, Philpop fellow
The answers may be varied, some unexpected, but one thing’s for sure for the Philpop artists: they would continue to create music that would hopefully raise the Filipino flag.
We all have different taste in music genres. Some prefer rock and roll over disco or vice versa. Still, these differences make the OPM industry alive and thrive. Whether we root for the music of the past or of the present, music will always be a part of our lives—one that would be hard to live without.