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EXCLUSIVE: Is The Dawn interested in getting their songs into musical theater?

Band bassist Carlos Balcells talks about adapting to changes considering that their band has been around for 30 years now.

BY GARY ANN LASTRILLA

Twitter: @iamgaryann

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9/23/2016 9:28 AM
EXCLUSIVE: Is The Dawn interested in getting their songs into musical theater?


092316-TheDawn_main.jpgOriginal Pilipino Music seems to have found a new way to connect with audiences through featured songs in theatrical plays. First was PETA’s Rak of Aegis which featured the hits of the band Aegis and now, Ako si Josephine which features the songs of Yeng Constantino. Given that people are receiving these kind of musical plays well (Rak of Aegis ran for 5 seasons), is The Dawn, who is celebrating their 30th anniversary this year, also interested to follow suit?

Bassist Carlos Balcells told PUSH.com.ph that he is personally eyeing that kind of endeavor.

“Funny you mention it kasi about two weeks ago, I was just telling Jett (Pangan, the vocalist), you know why don’t we make a rock-o-logy of The Dawn? Parang gano’n. How our music evolved… I mean it’s like a histology lang…

“You put together na the scene on those days, from the ‘80s which (were) coup-de-etat days to the ‘90s that we were trying to emerge from the effects of Martial Law and all that. And then, the transition na to the OFW migration and milenyo na, di ba? So, a lot of things have happened. The music reflects what goes on, whether it’s personal or it reflects the specific scene,” he said. The Dawn began their mainstream musical journey in 1986.

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Adapting to these changes, Carlos said it is always the challenging part.

“It’s challenging for all, I mean whether it’s a band or a solo artist. It’s challenge, the sustainability,” he said, emphasizing on adaptation.

“How do you repackage yourself? And that’s a constant challenge for us, how do we appeal to the younger generation. The taste, flavors have changed na, eh. May R&B na sila or hip hop. But then again, it’s a choice. But you know, you’ll be surprised that there are young kids that come to me and say, we know your songs,” he said.