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