The third installment of Tunog Natin!--a free live music event sponsored by Avida Land Corporation--gets bigger, and better, as it invades Market! Market! in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City, on October 21 (Friday).
Singer-songwriter Myrus, who is also serving as the endeavor's project head, happily relates that even he was surprised with the success of the concert series, as proven by the warm reception accorded both by the audience and artists.
"Nakakatuwa kasi yung support na nakukuha namin is dirediretso, hindi putol-putol, so yung project is continuous and walang let-up. We are very much on target in terms of the schedule that we mapped out when we conceptualized this project," Myrus proudly told PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) and other reporters at a press conference held last October 15, at Café Juanita in Pasig City.
Interestingly, Tunog Natin! has become a venue for local artists to connect with the listening public-a welcome development since OPM has been relatively quiet for the longest time now with no particular acts or genre dominating the radio landscape.
This perhaps also explains why the venture has been successful as local artists try to help each other out to once again revive the interest of the listeners to patronize Filipino music.
In fact, big names in the music industry are aware of the concert series and are very supportive of the effort.
The concert aims to put together different artists from diverse genres for the one-night-only event.
"We want of course to cater to every listener out there. At the same time, we want to expose everyone to different kinds of music to also expand their taste and preference," explained Myrus.
For the third leg, Tunog Natin! will feature acclaimed folk-pop singer-songwriter Noel Cabangon; Queen of Soul Jaya; pop-rock artist Miguel Escueta; ex-Orange and Lemons, and now Kenyo vocalist, Mcoy Fundales; up and coming singer Tricia Garcia; the super band Franco; veteran rock band The Dawn; young rock group Letter Day Story; electronic pop band Techy Romantics; and hit-making pop group, Moonstar 88.
The previous two concerts featured Jim Paredes, Sitti, Callalily, 6cyclemind, True Faith, Princess Velasco, 1:43, Aiza Seguerra, Barbie Almalbis, Faith Cuneta, Kiss Jane, Tanya Markova, Kitchie Nadal, and Mitch Valdes, among others.
Tricia Garcia said that any opportunity to perform and showcase her music is a blessing especially for a new artist like her who is eager to reach out to the mainstream audience.
"Music, or let's say OPM, is always, and will always be there. But it is also a matter of going out there and letting your music be heard outside the confines of your usual audience. It's always exciting to perform in big venues and not knowing what to expect from the crowd," smiled Tricia.
As for Letter Day Story, although the rock community remains close-knit, they feel that the scene needs another major kick to usher another rock revolution in the mainstream.
"The bands, like any other artists, need all the support we can get to make sure that OPM continues to be appreciated," said guitarist-vocalist Dex Yu.
Another exciting development that is related to the concert series will be the upcoming launch of the Tunog Natin! compilation CD, which will feature some of the artists who have so far participated in the live project.
Plans are also underway for the fourth leg of the series, as well as shows in the provinces slated for next year.
Despite the seeming lull and problems facing the local music industry, artists and industry players are optimistic that OPM will once again emerged and dominate its foreign counterparts here in our own turf.
"Yun naman yung essence nitong project (Tunog Natin!) na 'to--and that is to show that we're always here, and that OPM is back," Myrus brightly pointed out.