My first EP (Fixed Points & Pendulums) launched June 22, 2012.
My second (Detours) launched June 23, 2013.
Listen to my band's entire discography here.
Check out one of my music videos below!
Jad Montenegro is musician and all-around bag lady. The music started out with Jad playing solo acoustic acts in Davao after moving here from Manila. She hosted two rock shows called Muzika del Sur and Durian Shake.
She eventually met and formed a band with drummer Dave Ibao and bassist Pjoe Sabanpan, who were both involved with their own bands at the time.
Prior to forming a band, Jad won Best Pop Artist in 2009 at the Muzika Del Sur Awards, and Best Music Video in 2010 for her song The Backyard.
They have since won other awards and been featured in a number of magazines and publications, notably Pulp Magazine and the Philippine Daily Inquirer. They were also artist of the month for Radio Republic, Davao Music Nation, Lieu Magazine, and altMNL.
In 2012 they were joined by Eric Luzada (lead guitar) and Carlo Garcia (drums). Dave Ibao shifted instruments (from drums to lead guitar).
The band is now composed of:
Jad Montenegro - guitar, vocals
Dave Ibao - guitar, backing vocals
Eric Luzada - lead guitar
Pjoe Sabanpan - bass
Garcia - drums, backing vocals
The band released their first EP Fixed Points and Pendulums on June 22, 2012.
They released their second EP Detours on June 23, 2013.
Listen to their entire discography here.
To support her bad habits, like playing gigs for free and producing indie albums, Jad works from home as a writer and graphic artist. She is married to professional comic illustrator John Amor, a.k.a The Boy.
Me, a rooftop and a buncha beer crates
Cliff singing an awesomely off-key version of Crash
Sherad came out of hiding!
It wasn’t strictly a gig I went to, since I usually just post about gigs where I actually play at, but this time it was a gig/film screening. Tekanplor is quirkily named because it’s a rock bar on the 2nd floor. It also has a rooftop bar, so while a gig was blasting on downstairs, the roof was holding a screening of Kordero sa Dios, done by Cebuano filmmaker Keith Deligero, who is also one of the leaders of the group BINISAYA.
I had some obligations to attend to, so I missed most of the film. According to my co-Hiphouse partner Cheekie, it was disturbing and beautiful at the same time. From what little I saw of it, I enjoyed the framing and cinematography, something that is always a bonus in my visual criteria for judging films. I’m probably going to catch another screening of it when I have the time.
Cheekie and I were particularly supportive of this event because it was independently curated for the first time by Angely Chi, a member of Hiphouse and many art groups in the scene (including DCK, a graffiti artist community)
Also included in during the screening was my music video for my song ANO, which you can view on the upper left sidebar under my photo. It was done by Bagane Fiola, who is my good friend and also a member/leader of BINISAYA.
Even though I was late, I still got to enjoy Chuck Fournier’s amazing electronica live set. From hearing his set, you’d never guess that he used to be the guitarist of Mutiny!
As for me, I took the chance to kick back and relax after a week of getting bludgeoned by work deadlines.
Not that I don’t love performing with my band, but I like listening to other people make music too. There’s a certain kind of satisfaction you get from going to an event and NOT performing, as opposed to always having to be on edge and not being able to enjoy yourself so much because of the pressure of your upcoming performance.
I totally had a good time and ended up staying out longer than I expected, even though I was running on two hours of sleep, lol. Sometimes you just need a drink or two!
My friend Cheekie and I run an artist collective that attempts to show art/culture related events every few months or so. We call it Hiphouse. Last week we held Binisaya Shorts, which was a pretty fun and successful event. A lot of new faces showed up, which is always awesome.
I didn’t want to be hunting for light the whole night, so I just used my kit lens and a flash diffuser for the pop-up flash. I got a lot of people making faces, hilarious.
Our friend Bagsy curated the event. 2 of his films are in the list!
It was tons of fun. And I got to see some friends of mine who flew in for Kadayawan: my Pisay classmates! <3
Don’t worry, guys (Kerwin, Mends, Nor, Cheekie). We’re forever young. hehe.
p.s. when the crowd thinned out and it was just us, we watched the first 15 minutes of V/H/S. I don’t think I’ve ever screamed so loud, lol. Watching horror movies with my friends is a blast!