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"I didn't like the name but it doesn't matter. They played great band music."
- Nina Araknida
Sunstar, Flip / September 15, 2002

"Few rock bands in town could stand at the crossroads of a dynamic and evolving music scene and knock down the high walls that divide music genres and audiences with as much success as Sheila and the Insects. "
- Ronald P. Villavelez
Yup!, Issue 1.03 / November 2001

"Sheila & The Insects’ music is new wave-influenced post-punk rock music that is considerably heavy yet still melodic "
- Cris O. Ramos Jr.
The Manila Times / May 31, 2003

"What does an indie band do with the oft-maligned mix of rock and new wave? In the case of Cebu-based Sheila and the Insects, plenty."
- Ganns Deen
PULP , PulpReviews / Issue 13, March 2001




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Softly
Sheila and the Insects
Originally by Apo Hiking Society


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Written by Jim Paredes

Softly, as the morning sun
Comes through my window pane
Thoughts come to me
Memories of you fill my mind and I smile

So gently, and my world transforms
Into a merry carousel
Turning me round
Bringing me back to the place where I found ...

You there, time could have stood still and then
We'd spend all our moments to share
The dreams that we've known sometime, somewhere

And as, we go through the days
Remembering the love we made
I know that you'll stay
Bringing me more than what mere words can say

I know, that time can stand still and then
We'd spend all our moments to share
The dreams that we've known sometime, somewhere.

I know, that time can stand still and then
We'd spend all our moments to share
The dreams that we've known sometime, somewhere.

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This song appears in the album The Best of Kami nAPO Muna 2CD+DVD.



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Tuesday, September 27, 2005
Unfairly labeled

With enough money, time, label backing, the right publicist, a crafty manager, and a sharp stylist, any band can become famous. Or so they say, but is that really a certainty? Only up to a certain point, I'd like to believe. Marketing can only get you so far. Definitely, any band can benefit from the vertical boost but as soon as the band takes off, it has to fly on it's own power or it will quickly crash and burn.

If a band's music doesn't have merit, no amount of publicity can ever make up for the deficiency. Even celebrity power cannot carry a band farther that it deserves. Case in point is one particular band that is fronted by a TV and movie celebrity. To me, it's a funny coincidence that their band's name is highly suggestive of the fact that all they essentially have to offer is hot gas. Well at least their frontman's earnest attempts at trying to win the crowd over during live gigs come off as entertaining - for the hilarity. But enough of confused celebrities.

In musicdom, it is the labels that are the traditional center of power and influence. It is they who make or break stars. That of course is bound to change. In fact, it slowly is with the current restructuring of the music world brought about by many slow but sure changes: The CD as a format is dying, alternative music distribution is waiting to burst into the scene, and traditional media is losing its undisputed dominance and power to alternative and niche media outlets. Slowly, the power is shifting to the artists themselves, now, more and more empowered to market themselves especially with the Internet.

Waning influence or not, labels still bank on their power even more than they trust in talent. Some even go to the extent of manufacturing bands themselves to create new cash cows believing they can pull it off with savvy marketing. Others, lacking imagination, go with formula and sign up any band sounding closest to the latest music trend. It always is a risky thing to throw money on unproven talent.

To be fair, talent is hard to finger much less predict even for labels. There is no such thing as a sure thing. So if you're going to throw money on an investment, it helps to be assured, accurately or otherwise, that you have some amount of control in the outcome. Marketing offers this assurance being a game labels can play and play well to win. Most of the time, in fact, they do.

As long as there is money to be made in music, it will always be subject to corruption. To be truly honest, musicians then must go after the music and not the money to be made. This becomes the exact problem then, the moment the musician depends on the music to be his sole source of livelihood. In point, one of the smartest advices I ever got from veteran indie musicians has been to never lose your day job. Living off your music is sucking the life out of your music. It's that simple. How some bands manage to pull it off is simple: creative compromise.

So until traditional music distribution dies in obsolescence, labels will still be labels; and until they get signed up, indie bands will still be indie bands. One tries to make money from music while the other tries to make music without money. Labels can't afford to be artists. Musicians can't afford to be businessmen.

Yet although labels and indie artists are polar opposites, who says they can't marry and have children.

Posted at 07:40 pm by bisoy

rodx
September 28, 2005   01:57 PM PDT
 
polar opposites is the right word for it....a very big difference from the later but complimentary for each of their own existence...to rule labels out would only mean an "idealistic existence" of music...free, uncompromising and pure...im not to complain if this happen...we can dream +)
simon
September 28, 2005   01:44 PM PDT
 
indie artists and labels, have children? i'd prefer not, labels, are soulless, spineless pieces of sh*t. they arent in it for arts sake, its all about money. they dont give a sh*t about the artists, fans or anything in general outside of money that is. i'd prefer indie artists to be the rebelious, doped up son of the labels, you know the type that pawns of jewelry, steals the car and rapes the maid.
prozacstinator
September 28, 2005   03:46 AM PDT
 
wahaha... blow... funny.
- d a c s -
September 28, 2005   03:29 AM PDT
 
Wow, so very well said. Astig. Mabuhay ang tugtugang malaya :)
 

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