Off The Stage: With Louell Armas-Lopez, Lomel Popera, Ezra Casul, Lex Alinsod, Kyle Wong, Karen Cardoso, Amy Ramos

After skipping a couple of weeks, WE’RE BACK! A lot of things have happened in just a few weeks’ time but rest assured we’re here to stay and with your support, we’ll definitely be staying! We’re also thrilled to feature a new set of artist friends and we can’t be grateful enough that these people shared a bit of their time to answer our staff questions. In case it’s your first time reading #OffTheStage, here’s a refresher from our first set:

The idea of Off The Stage is to allow these artists to share their most random thoughts about the most random questions thrown at them, as candid as possible. This came out as a humble idea of allowing friends (read: supporters of the local music scene) to hear the slightest and simplest thoughts from these local artists, from answering “Where do you think is the best siomai place here in Cebu?” to “What do you do before you sleep at night?” kind of questions. Sounds fun, right?

Read more here.

For this installment, the Indie Cebu staff brainstormed questions and picked the less serious ones to make way for a lighter reading experience. If you have any suggestions, we’d love to hear about them (more on this at the end of this post). 🙂

Anyway, without further ado, we present to you Louell, Lomel, Ezra, Lex, Kyle, Karen and Amy!

Louell Armas – Lopez

“Louell” – Vocals/Words, The Spirals

1. How are you? How is life so far?

I’m almost 40 and too old to be called a grown-up. Now, the sky is no longer the limit because I squandered a lot of opportunities. Joke.

2. Name top 5 artists nga imo gipaminaw recently?

Calix, The Axel Pinpin Propaganda Machine, Mosaics, Dust Bolt, anything from David Yow.

3. Do you watch Game of Thrones? Why or why not?

Yes. *Post Jose Mari Chan #WinterIsHere meme on his News Feed*

4. What can you say about Chester Bennington’s sudden passing?

RIP

5. If you could go back to school, unsa nga kurso imong kuhaon and why?

Marine Biology. I’m not a “beach day” person but there is really something about how the sea and the ocean works.

6. Asa imong dream country (nga adtoan) and unsa imong first nga buhaton ig-abot nimo didto?

An alternate 1998 Philippines wherein independent candidate Raul Roco won the presidency.    

7. What dessert have you eaten recently and why?

Dili ko hinam-is.

8. Beer or vodka? And why?

Rum straight, but my liver no longer permits me, so light beer.

Listen to The Spirals below:

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Lomel Popera

“Lomelize/Melly” – Drums, Drop Out Club / Shuriken / Richmen & Percussion, Three Legged Men

1. How are you? How is life so far?

Doing great. Busy sa work, Band life and spending time with Family, Friends, and lovelove.

2. Name top 5 artists nga imo gipaminaw recently?

Lettuce, Hiatus Kaiyote, Chon, Linkin Park (tungod sa cover night), and Wage War.

3. Do you watch Game of Thrones? Why or why not?

No! Usa ra akung ganahan nga series mao ang (drumroll) ANG PROBINSYANO! Dili pa ko maguol og spoilers og leaks og dili pa ko mang-unfriend. HAHAHAHA

4. What can you say about Chester Bennington’s sudden passing?

Shocking kaayu. Mao jud una nakit an naku pag open sa akung fb. Nagool kaayu ko og hunahuna sa iyang kamatayun.

5. If you could go back to school, unsa nga kurso imong kuhaon and why?

If I could be given a chance to go back to college I would take up AB MUSIC, my first love (char). Kay ever since ganahan kay ko og music and I want to learn more. Pero props sa MADP and Sir Michael Alba for giving us the oppurtunity and venue para makat on and mag improve.

6. Unsa imong dream country (nga adtoan) and unsa imong first nga buhaton ig-abot nimo didto?

Australia. Mangita kog kangaroo ako e hug. (binuang ra). Actually ganahan ko didto na mopuyo puhon (by God’s will). First jud nakung buhaton mo susi sa ilang music scene.

7. What dessert have you eaten recently and why?

Chocolate Cake, my  all time favorite. HAHAHAHA

8. Beer or vodka? And why?

Beer kay idol naku si Erwin Bear. HAHAHAHA. Beer bitaw kay I’m more of a beer person.

Listen to Three Legged Men here:

Like Shuriken, and Drop Out Club‘s Facebook Pages.

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Ezra Casul

“Ez” – Vocals, Shuffled

1. How are you? How is life so far?

By far ok rasad, workmode on weekdays and daddymode on weekends.

2. Name top 5 artists nga imo gipaminaw recently?

311, Mae, Fightstar, Orelha Negra, The Weeknd

3. Do you watch Game of Thrones? Why or why not?

I used to watch GOT pero kutob rako season 4. Ganahan kaayu ko basta naay dragon2x. hehe

4. What can you say about Chester Bennington’s sudden passing?

Grabi ka guba. Wala gyud ko mag dahom nga maka himu siya ato as music icon. Pero dako gihapon kog respeto niya as a music genius.

5. If you could go back to school, unsa nga kurso imong kuhaon and why?

Kung unsa na ang kurso para mahimung astronaut mao na akong gusto. Ultimate Dream!! Rawr!!

6. Asa imong dream country (nga adtoan) and unsa imong first nga buhaton ig-abot nimo didto?

Easter Island. Mangita ko ug Ancient Aliens nya pa picture sa mga MOAI  Statues. Haha.

7. What dessert have you eaten recently and why?

Chocolate Ice Cream ug Brownies. It’s my Medication.

8. Beer or vodka? And why?

BEER!! Because beer is food and dali rako ma time basta hard! Haha.

Listen to Shuffled below!

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Lexer Win Alinsod

“Lex” – Synth/Most Valuable Member, Red Twin Motel

1. How are you? How is life so far?

I’m doing pretty good. Chill lang naman ang buhay buhay.

2. Name 5 top artists nga imo gipaminaw recently?

Kendrick Lamar, Childish Gambino, J. Cole, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Switchfoot

3. Do you watch Game of Thrones? Why or why not?

YES! Because, why not? There are dragons and zombies. That’s why you should watch it.

4. What can you say about Chester Bennington’s sudden passing?

🙁 sad. He’s one of my childhood heroes. I can still remember dressing up like him before (white shirt then short sleeves polo) na ang top button lang ang naka button. Huhu.

5. If you could go back to school, unsa nga kurso imong kuhaon and why?

Fine Arts. Because frustrated artist ako. And I failed the art test before. Babawi ako. Haha!

6. Unsa imong dream country (nga adtoan) and unsa imong first nga buhaton ig-abot nimo didto?

China. Mukaon kog Chinese Ngohiong. 🙂

7. What dessert have you eaten recently and why?

Mamon gikan Goldilocks. Kay gigutom pa ko niya mao ra ang naa.

8. Beer or vodka? And why?

BEER. Pale Pilsen is life.

Listen to Red Twin Motel below!

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Kyle Wong

“Kyle” – Guitars/Back-up Vocals, Wonggoys

1. How are you? How is life so far?

I’m good. Life has been very good to me this year. Hallelujah.

2. Name top 5 artists nga imo gipaminaw recently?

Chance the Rapper, Kodaline, Foster The People, Francis and The Lights, and Kanye

3. Do you watch Game of Thrones? Why or why not?

Nope. I’ve seen a couple episodes, but it just didn’t entertain me.  Well actually I just saw half an episode.. but I love reading posts and blogs about it tho. Especially when some fight over it on Facebook.

4. What can you say about Chester Bennington’s sudden passing?

The very first cassette tape I’ve ever bought was of Chester’s band, Linkin Park. I thought it was a hoax when I heard about it on the radio going to work, until I saw posts online about it. He will always be an inspiration to me and my brothers.

5. If you could go back to school, unsa nga kurso imong kuhaon and why?

I’ve always wanted to be an interior designer! I just love designing, decorating and arranging my room and make it look like an apartment in New York. Hehe Its just like painting, but the room is the canvas and the furniture is the paint.

6. Unsa imong dream country (nga adtoan) and unsa imong first nga buhaton ig-abot nimo didto?

The best place I’ve ever visited is Prague. Beautiful architecture, beautiful culture, great weather, and they also have good dessert!

7. What dessert have you eaten recently and why?

I just recently ate 2 of my favorite snack or dessert, Piyaya and Binignit. I ate em cos I love em!

8. Beer or vodka? And why?

Beer. Para mahaba-habang inuman. San Mig Light! Red horse kung ga-maoy.

Listen to Wonggoys below!

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Karen Cardoso

“Ka, Kar, Kars, Karenini, Karyang” – Vocals/Ukulele, My Dragon Eats Cat Food

1. How are you? How is life so far?

Medyo busy ang life but as a mom of four (2 cats and 2 turtles), you just really gotta do what you gotta do para malipayon og hapsay ang life kuyog ang mga chikiting. Charot. Hahaha. Bitaw, busy jud but happy (panagsa). Hehe

2. Name top 5 artists nga imo gipaminaw recently?

Recently, sige kog paminaw sa the following (in no particular order ni, ha?):

Haim, BØRNS, Twenty One Pilots, Sara Bareilles, The “Disney Hits” playlist sa Spotify (I know this is not an artist but mao ni ako sige balik-balikon sa ug play sa work)

3. Do you watch Game of Thrones? Why or why not?

I used to watch GOT but I stopped somewhere in between sa Season 5. I dunno. Murag ni-fade lang gyud akong interest in it. Amsosorrrrriiiiiiiiiii sa fans ani!!!! Valar Morghulis!!!

4. What can you say about Chester Bennington’s sudden passing?

SAD KAAYO! It was the first time nga affected kaayo ko about a celebrity death. I cried while I was working. I really couldn’t take it.

5. If you could go back to school, unsa nga kurso imong kuhaon and why?

VET MED! Because F*CKYEAHANIMAAAAAALLLLSSSS!!! But bitaw, I really looooooove animals! I wanna interact with animals all day long nga I’m actually thinking about really taking up Vet Med jud.

6. Unsa imong dream country (nga adtoan) and unsa imong first nga buhaton ig-abot nimo didto?

USA! Sa California in particular kay ganahan ko muadto sa Disneyland! Disney is life! Makahilak guro kog Disney Princess inig sud nakog Disneyland!

7. What dessert have you eaten recently and why?

Sans Rival na silvanas. Na-curious naman gud ko unsa juy lami ana. Heheh. It was the first time I ate one and in fairness, nalami-an ra pud ko.

8. Beer or vodka? And why?

BEER because VODKA IS A TRAP!

Listen to My Dragon Eats Cat Food below!

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Amy Ramos

“Myk, Amyk, Amy” – Bass, Deanery

1. How are you? How is life so far?

I feel great! Life is like jeepneys in Cebu, paasa, sige ko ug hulat tapos kung naa na deadmahon lang.

2. Name top 5 artists nga imo gipaminaw recently?

I’ve been listening to random genres as well as random artists these past few days so, get ready:

The Bravery, Two Door Cinema Club, Barbie’s Cradle, Basia, Shakatak

3. Do you watch Game of Thrones? Why or why not?

No, unfortunately. Time won’t allow me as I am too busy and I think HBO shows it past my bed time.

4. What can you say about Chester Bennington’s sudden passing?

Totally a shock, and heartbreaking because Linkin Park’s songs were some of our playlist when I started in a band together with my siblings..memorable.  

5. If you could go back to school, unsa nga kurso imong kuhaon and why?

I really wanted to take up chemical engineering but I just can’t handle the lengthy formula and complicated maths, another option would be Psychology, I think knowing someones behavior theoretically is cool.

6. Unsa imong dream country (nga adtoan) and unsa imong first nga buhaton ig-abot nimo didto?

Japan! I’ll visit Kyoto and get a chance to see Samurais and Geishas (kung naa pa), after that, eat the authentic  tantanmen and lastly, indulge with maccha green tea latte!

7. What dessert have you eaten recently and why?

I have eaten (Pangtoa) ice cream sandwich. That was the only thing I could find soothing for a hot weather.

8. Beer or vodka? And why?

I would go for beer, because my bandmates prefer beer and I do too. Its taste is bittersweet murag akong life; another thing is that, ito ang tama!

Listen to Deanery below!

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There you go! Again, we’d like to thank these featured artists for squeezing in time to answer our set of questions and generally, for contributing a lot to the music scene here in Cebu. Please do check their music out (links to their music are attached) and do follow them on their social media accounts.

For your comments and suggestions, we’d be very pleased to have your thoughts on the table! If you have a few questions in mind that you’d want to ask our next batch of artists, let us know via the comments section! We are also thrilled to let you know that we are currently in the process of making #OffTheStage a more entertaining avenue for you to find out more about your favorite local artists. Sign up if you want to contribute or collaborate by dropping a message via Indie Cebu’s Facebook Page. Again, daghang salamat sa suporta (og sa pagbasa)!

Want to read more Off The Stage features? Here are the links to the past issues:

FirstWith Vincent Eco, Hanna Regis, Tram Florido, Bimbim Espeso, Wessui Bacareza, Fidel Ricafranca

Second – With Shak Mancao, JC Ramonal, Cole Geconcillo, Aikee Vestil, Faith Bernardes, Dominic Dosdos

Third With Amiel Cortes, BJ Pangilinan, Rudolf Karl Candelaria, Trestan Pasya, Samantha Solidum, Ezekiel Sullano, Nikey Balonga

Disclaimer: Photos used are credited to the photographers who took them unless they’re taken by the respondent (read: selfie).  Indie Cebu requested the artists aforementioned to submit photos of them for this write-up. 

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I write non-sense stories for people to like and I sing for a band who tastes sweet but not really.

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