PEP welcomes its newest blogger, Mike Villegas, former lead guitarist of the alternative pop/rock band Color It Red.
One of the most respected musicians and composers in the Philippine music industry, Mike has been on a roll since helping form Color It Red in 1992 at the ripe old age of 19.
He started playing professionally at 17 years old while studying at the University of the Philippines, doing session work for artists such as Susan Fernandez-Magno, Lolita Carbon, and Noel Cabangon's Buklod.
After scoring a hit with the song "Paglisan" with his then band Color It Red, Mike went on to write and produce for other artists such as Cacai Velasquez, Jet Pangan, and Sugar Hiccup. At 23, he helped form the rock outfit Rizal Underground as lead guitarist and composer, with whom he released the hits "Sabado Nights," "Yan Naman" and "Bilanggo."
His song "Isipin Mo Na Lang," performed by his wife Bayang Barrios, was used as the theme song of the hit indie film, Ang Pagdadalaga ni Maximo Oliveros. Mike is currently a resident composer at advertising music supplier Hit Productions.
Together with acoustic guitarist-singer Aiza Seguerra, Mike has toured the country and Canada with great success, and hope to bring their brand of six-string fire worldwide.
OPEN MIC. His first entry is a welcome note for his blog about music-related rants, raves and meanderings. Aptly titled Open Mic, this blogger will fill you in on the latest news, happenings, and gigs in the colorful world of the local music scene.
Be sure to catch his blog, Open Mic, only here in PEP.