Nescafe Soundskool 2008 taps new talents

by Melba R. Llanera
Nov 19, 2008
The bands Bamboo (top) and Pupil (bottom) were some of the band-mentors for the 13 college bands that joined the Nescafe Soundskool 2008.

Naging matagumpay ang nakaraang Nescafe Soundskool 2008 last November 15 sa Ultra, Pasig City kung saan naglaban-laban ang 13 new bands with their own compositions. Mayroong student-mentor theme ang naturang paligsahan kung saan ang mga baguhang banda ay tinuruan ng mga sikat at hinahanggang banda ngayon. Ilan sa mga nag-participate at nagsilbing mentors sa mga baguhang bands ay ang Bamboo, Sugarfree, Callalily, Monster 88, Cueshe, Up Dharma Down, UP Kilat, Pupil, Sandwich, 6Cyclemind, Spongecola, Chicosci, Urbandub, JR Kilat, Itchyworms, at Parokya ni Edgar.

"The Nescafe Soundskool Finals provides the opportunity of a lifetime for young bands as they get to share the stage with their music idols. It also serves as a unique concert treat for the public as they get to enjoy exciting performances and great music form both the present and future of music," says Nescafe marketing and promotions manager, Eileen Rose Bangcoro.

Para naman kina Jay of Cueshe at Chito Miranda, lead vocalist ng Parokya ni Edgar, isa itong magandang proyekto na nagbibigay oportunidad sa mga aspiring bands na gustong makapasok sa music industry.

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"Sobrang saludo kami sa mga tulad nitong coffee company na ito na sumusporta sa local music scene, giving chance sa mga bands na nagi-strive and lahat naman kami tulong-tulong na himukin ang mga kabataan na mag-banda. Tulad nga ng sinabi nila, go out and form a band. Nakatulong ito para makagawa ng break out ng opportunity for new bands. Kami never kaming napagod na sumuporta sa kanila for the kids and for everyone elsen na gustong magbanda," pahayag ni Chito sa PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal).

"Actually this event is very good for every students who wants to be somebody, wanting to go to the music scene and wanting to be a part of the music business kasi, di ba, everybody starts from scratch, at least in this event, everybody's got the chance na makatugtog with the live audience, with a lot of people, with lots of good bands."

All the finalists received P25,000 and slots in the Nescafe Soundskool workshop in Boracay wherein they will also get the chance to learn from the country's music experts. Ang grand winner ng Nescafe Sounskool 2008 ay nakatanggap naman ng P250,000 in cash at record label from Sony BMG.

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Ang mga new bands na sumali mula sa iba iba't-ibang panig ng Pilipinas ay ang St. Scholastica's College Grace Note, Jose Rizal University's Project, South East Asian College's Letter Day Story, University of Santo Tomas Hooligans, Lyceum Institute of Technology's Maracore, Calayan Education Foundation's Flaurah, Wesleyan University-Philippines 7th Skool, Skalivur from Eastern Visayas State University, University of Cebu's Baronets, STI Tacloban's Sounvile, C-Shifter from AMA Davao Campus, Keyk from St. Mary's College, Theacers Stand Together from Xavier University-Ateneo de Cagayan, at ang South West Asian College's Letter Day Story ang nakapag-uwi ng premyo mula sa Nescafe.

Ang Nescafe Soundskool 2008 ay inendorso ng Commission on Higher Education (CHED).
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