KALIGTA RELEASES “AKING KA-IBIGBAN” MUSIC VIDEO

Kaligta music video for their 2nd single “Aking Ka-ibigan” is now on MYX Philippines. Help it get into the MYX charts, text MYX REQUEST AKING KA-IBIGAN and send to 2366.

To download the FREE ringback of “Aking Ka-ibigan,” just text SF587 to 2332 (globe), text KALIGTA3 to 2728 or text 5482815 to 2300 (sun for only P5). Get it now.

KALIGTA PERFORMS AT MORNING@ANC

Last July 15, Kaligta guested on Morning@ANC and performed two of their songs on X3M, the compilation album which features 2 other finalist from Nescafe Soundskul 2010 namely Soundvent and Kilos. Check out their performance which was recently posted by on their official youtube channel.

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To know more about Kaligta, visit them on facebook at www.facebook.com/Kaligta and follow them on twitter at twitter.com/#!/kaligta.

SOUNDVENT, KALIGTA & KILOS: Ready for imminent change of guards in OPM scene

No matter how good and well-loved established acts are, there always comes a time when emerging ones are given the chance to shine, too.

Sony Music knows this well and so invests in the future by coming up with the concept EP, “X3M.” The six-track output features two original songs each by recent Nescafe Soundskool finalists Kilos, Kaligta and Soundvent. Every group has its distinct sound and musical style that are sure to win more fans and help reinvigorate the local music scene.

Kilos is composed of vocalist Chao Sison, guitarist Andres Villaruel, drummer Kevin Vega and bass guitarist Dunne Mamhot. They recorded the songs “Dr. Love,” the promotional single that comes with a music video; and “Leaves,” the demo of which got them into Nescafe Soundskool.

The boys of Kilos have known each other for years. They all studied at Quezon City Science High School and went to college at U.P. Los Banos. They are a rock band influenced by different musical genres.

Kaligta, on the other hand, is the country’s first Christian band in recent years. Comprised by church mates who honed their musical skills through music ministries during worship services, they offer uplifting songs that are ecumenical enough to be embraced by all kinds of music lovers regardless of faith.

For “X3M,” the brothers Michael and Arnold Artita (singer and guitarist, respectively), bass guitarist Sherman Tupas and drummer John Michael Dino contributed “Awitin Mula Sa Yo” and “Aking Ka-ibigan.” The first talks about using the song in your heart to turn your life around, while the second is a love song in upbeat tempo.

The bands name is short for “kaligtasan” (salvation). “We thought of shortening it to ‘kaligta’ so it comes across as if the last part of the word was forgotten. They say in psychology that the more you want to forget something, the more it sticks to your head. We hope it works here,” said Michael.

 Finally, Soundvent. With their winsome pop/alternative sound, vocalist Jhoranz Lopez, drummer Tim Mejia, guitarists JC Feliciano and Jeric Amistoso, and bassist Jeremiah de Asis are, indeed, ready for the big time. Their songs “Di Na Lang” and “Tayo” have impressed even the likes of Sponge Cola and Robert Javier of The Youth, both of whom the band had worked with recently either on stage or in studio.

The band’s influences range from The Script and Switchfoot to John Mayer and Vertical Horizon. They believe in the importance of good songwriting and good musical arrangement, making the resolve to never put out half-baked material.

The three bands are set to record their respective full-length albums soon.

“X3M” under Sony Music swells a catalogue that have works by the country’s hottest recording artists including Gloc-9, Pupil, Itchyworms, Eevee, Letter Day Story and many more.

KALIGTA UPS MISSION OF TOUCHING LIVES THROUGH MUSIC

A few-weeks-old band outshines more seasoned ones in a competition for one reason: Divine intervention.

Drummer John Michael Dino, singer Michael Artita, bass guitarist Sherman Tupas and lead guitarist Arnold Artita collectively known as Kaligta believe so. Saying that though they expected the worst in joining the most recent Nescafe Soundskool tilt, they hoped for the best.

“We formed the band in order to join the contest. We recorded our demo late, submitted the last minute, and still got in,” Dino said, adding sincerely and not just as expression, “thank God!”

Michael and Arnold are brothers and John Michael is their cousin. Sherman is treated like family. All are Christians -and anyone would know this right away just by listening to their songs. In their forthcoming Sony Music album “X3M” also featuring Soundskool finalists Soundvent and Kilos, Kaligta contributes the inspiring “Awitin Mula Sa’Yo” and the upbeat “Aking Ka-ibigan.”

The first talks about using the song in your heart to turn things around, while the second is a love song. Both, as with their other still-unrecorded originals, are inspired by true experiences.

“And just because we’re a Christian band doesn’t mean we’ll sing about God all the time. We can still glorify Him – and hopefully help others find their way back to Him, by singing about other topics from a Christian perspective,” they said.

Note that though the musicians of Kaligta are Christian, it doesn’t mean the music sounds like traditional worship songs. So as to come across ecumenically, they channel their messages through the pop/alternative genre, and use the pronoun “Him” in their verses most of the times, resulting to a universal reach.

Asked about their name, Artita said it’s short for “kaligtasan.”

“We thought of shortening it to ‘kaligta’ so it comes across as if the last part of the word was forgotten. They say in psychology that the more you want to forget something, the more it sticks to your head. We hope it works here,” said Michael.

It probably will in their case, considering their history for making it against the odds. According to lead vocalist Artita, he didn’t even know how to sing just a few years ago (“I was off key all the time,” he confessed, smiling). As for the rest of the band members, they taught themselves how to play their instruments primarily for the music ministry at church.

The band doesn’t have big dreams. They say that more than selling CDs, holding big shows and clinching number one songs on the charts, they’d be happy touching people’s hearts with their songs.

“It’s the same when we made it to the finals of Soundskool. All of us fasted not so much because we were asking Him to let us win, but for our songs to make a difference in those who hear it. We’d be happy to be able to do just that,” Artita said.

But with Him on the helm, bigger mountains shall be moved.

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[EVENT] EEVEE 2ND ANNIVERSARY AT BIG SKY MIND | 15APR2011

Eevee, the grand prize winner of the Nescafe 3-in-1 Soundskool in 2009 will be celebrating their second year in the music industry this Friday, April 15 at Big Sky Mind. The group composed of Enzo Miguel Villegas (vocals, guitars), Paolo Segura (lead guitars, back up vocals), Jerrick Sy (bass) and Craig John Neniel (drums), moved from Davao to Manila 2 years ago and released their debut album ‘Paramdam.’ The album includes the hit single “Gusto Ko Lang Ng Girlfriend,” which was followed by “Waiter” and their latest “Larawan.” Joining them tomorrow, are Nescafe Soundskool 2010 finalists Kilos, Soundvent and Kaligta (also known as the X3M) who will soon release an album under Sony Music.

Learn more about Eevee, visit their fanpage at www.facebook.com/EEVEEBAND or follow them at twitter.com/Eeveeband