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Himaya’s music: A mixture of old style and new sound . . . a wedding of each worlds


For the multigenerational band Himaya, power lies in its members’ diverse musical influences and experiences. “There are age gaps amongst us, however we now have turned that into a bonus. The variety in experiences and style, we are able to take all these in, and gel them collectively via collaboration,” guitarist-vocalist Aio Barcelona mentioned in a latest digital convention for the unique soundtrack they wrote for the upcoming teen mystery-comedy flick “Caught within the Act.”

Music for everybody

“We’re mixing old style and new sounds. So now, we’re creating one thing totally different… a wedding of each worlds,” Aio mentioned of the band, which was fashioned by his father, lead vocalist and guitarist Alvin Barcelona, in 1997.The inspirational pop-rock band can also be composed of pioneering members, bassist James Aguilos, keyboardist Jeric Milson and guitarist-vocalist Mike Nuez. Drummer Gab Espinosa like Aio is a Gen Z musician, who joined the band solely 5 years in the past. As a result of they don’t have pegs or subscribe to a selected pattern, the group, Aio identified, at all times has one thing for everybody.

“There are basic old-school rock, in addition to fashionable sounds with new beats,” mentioned Aio, who’s additionally a part of the favored Catholic worship band Feast Worship. “Generally, I wish to do one thing impressed by Ben&Ben and John Mayer whereas my father desires one thing from Queen or Eric Clapton.”

“But it surely’s a bonus as a result of we are able to faucet totally different audiences. Nobody will get alienated in our reveals—we are able to do, say, VST & Co. for the older technology after which do Coldplay for the youthful ones,” he added.

Being surrounded by older musicians Aio mentioned, helped him and Gab develop a deeper respect for “music that got here earlier than us. And on the flip aspect, his bandmates are equally keen to adapt to new developments in music.” “Now we’re up to date by the younger ones!” mentioned Alvin, who’s additionally a Catholic lay preacher. “The band’s sound has advanced because it was fashioned and we be sure to adapt to altering instances—however with out compromising the core and message of the band.”

Reward for the band

Alvin, who used to play as entrance act for music icon Freddie Aguilar, mentioned Himaya—Cebuano for “glory” or “reward”—began out as a reward band and afterward crossed over to people and secular music. The band spent the final 24 years placing out authentic and independently produced singles and albums. In 2019, the group was signed by PolyEast Information below which they launched the tune “Payakap.”The group has additionally written soundtracks for movies, the newest being Perry Escaño’s “Caught within the Act.”

Distributed by Star Music, the soundtrack compilation is titled “Inside Love” and options six authentic songs: “Nariyan Ka Lang Pala” and “Tanging Hiling” (sung by Andi); “Sabihin Ko Na Ba” (Bamboo B.); “Huwag Muna Ngayon” (Jhassy Busran); “Ako Muna” (Aio); and “Huli Ka” (Alvin). The songs even have accompanying music movies on Star Music’s YouTube web page.

Staying true to Direk Perry’s imaginative and prescient for the film, Himaya, with enter from songwriter Henry Ong, crafted a set of tunes that revolve round self-love, however with differing sounds and really feel—gradual rock, pop, R&B.

“I talked to those younger, very promising singers I labored with to get a really feel of their personalities and see their strengths as singers… to provide you with songs that will swimsuit them,” mentioned Alvin. INQ

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