This Roster of Filipino Musicians Proves OPM is Living and Thriving
by Anne Marielle Eugenio, July 26, 2019 4:05pm
Art by Ahl Mirambel
We can’t deny that our Filipino artists are becoming more open and bolder when it comes to expressing themselves through music. They dare to be unique, making this generation of OPM artists more diverse than ever. There are folk-pop bands, alternative rock groups, young rappers, and independent musicians who are fearless when writing their songs. The different genres and styles are one of the many proofs that OPM thrives even more, and that every artist should have their own voice. Thankfully, a global recorded music company recognizes these homegrown talents.
Sony Music Philippines introduces a new roster of artists that overflows with pure talent and skill. Five groups and solo artists showcase their music that would make the Filipino people proud of their roots.
When it comes to rapping, we’ll give the microphone to 12-year-old hip-hop prodigy, Alex Bruce. She’s been rapping since four years old, and eight years later, she’s performing her pieces for the whole world to hear. We have no argument that rapping is her “destiny,” as she wants to call it. On May 24, Alex released her single “Pull It Off” (which reached the top 3 of Wave 89.1 list, btw). No words but, “Man, this girl can rap.” And she can, really well.
the vowels they orbit
The Vowels They Orbit is as interesting as their band name. Each of the band members has different musical influences, but they managed to put all of those together and bring in a new flavor to their music. In fact, this indie pop-rock outfit reached the number two spot on Spotify Philippines’ Top 50 Viral Charts with their debut single “Selos,” which talks about one-sided jealousy. With their distinctive sound, The Vowels They Orbit will surely soar to greater heights.
Nathan and Mercury
For Nathan and Mercury, the hardest question you can ask a band is what their genre would be. This band’s music is an infusion of almost everything—soul, pop, rock, jazz, gospel, you name it. It’s hard to box them in a single genre, but this only makes them memorable. Just check out their song “Fools” and be amazed by how they mix different elements to create new music.
At 17 years old, syd hartha had her eyes opened to the social issues our country has been and is still facing. Her latest single “ayaw” tells a bold statement about consent. This young lady is bold, woke, and undeniably talented (and in love with our Filipino language). We’re already looking forward to her next songs. Hint: it’s about the extrajudicial killings.
Folk-pop band Ben&Ben gave us hope through their debut album Limasawa Street. Now signed under Sony Music Philippines, we are ready to cry and fall in love with their songs, just like we did before. Furthermore, Ben&Ben will be at a new movie entitled LSS directed by Jade Castro—from music to movies real quick! *cue tears*
This set of artists reflects the Filipino talent and creativity, especially when it comes to music. There’s no reason why people should say “OPM is dead” because it never was. Mabuhay ang Musikang Pilipino!