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The constantly evolving music of the SUD group: from blues funk to pop rock, through soul and jazz


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During their 10 years in the music scene, the SUD group experimented with various musical styles, changed their composition and released beloved hits like “Sila”, “‘Di Makatulog” and “Baliw”.

Lasting as long as they’ve done so far is a milestone that members are grateful for and proud of. But what really excites them is the music that awaits them: the songs they haven’t written yet, the things they haven’t experienced yet, the genres they haven’t yet. explored.

“Celebrating our 10th anniversary is an accomplishment, but there is still a long way to go. The band has a lot more music to create and distribute. I am excited about them because we have a lot of new experiences, things that we had to go through. We have never stopped finding new inspiration, ”singer Sud Ballecer told the Inquirer.

Formed in 2011, the band started out as a funk blues band and later dabbled in pop rock, alternative and indie pop sounds, and even incorporated soul and jazz influences at times into their work. And they’ve only scratched the surface.

“Over the years, the music evolves and matures. It is not yet the summit. You never know, the next versions might sound completely different. This is something that we really look forward to: the unknown. And I take comfort in the fact that I will have my group mates as we venture into the unknown, ”said Sud. Second year album

As part of the celebration of its 10th anniversary, SUD, also made up of drummer Jimbo Cuenco, saxophonist Carlos dela Fuente, keyboardist Kohl Aguilar and bassist Raisa Racelis, finally released their second full album, five years after their debut. .

Entitled “Dumaloy” (Warner Music), the record consists of 12 songs, including the eponymous single, new tracks like “Ginhawa” and “Kapit”, as well as re-recordings of their previous hits “Sana Bumalik” and “” ” Di Makatulog. “

“It’s about the journey of love and its never-ending cycle,” said Jimbo, who co-writes the band’s songs with Sud. “We built the concept of the album around the song… The continuous flow of emotions.”

All of the new material on the album was written and inspired by their experiences during the pandemic. “We rarely write songs that are not personal; songwriting is a very personal process. Each song is about something that we have personally experienced. And we hope to share this with the public. I hope they can relate to this, ”Jimbo said.

Extracts from our individual interview with SUD:

Why did your next album take so long? Were the songs written during the pandemic?

South (S): Our new songs were all written while in lockdown. Jimbo and I are very slow writers, we are not magicians! We really sit down during our work together and show each other’s drafts.

But because of the pandemic, we have managed to increase our pace. The process became faster because there were no concerts, shows to think about. Writing songs was the only goal. We were pleasantly surprised to be able to complete so many songs in one year. At the time, we were releasing one or two a year.

Jimbo (J): We became more in tune with our feelings because we had a lot of time for ourselves. We were going to release a song every year. But now that there is so much going on around us, it has been a roller coaster of emotions.

Are any of the songs directly inspired by the challenges of the pandemic?

S: The song “Ginhawa” was inspired by it… I often find comfort in my girlfriend’s hug. But because of the pandemic, we couldn’t see each other for a long time. So when the restrictions finally eased, I went to her house. And having the hug I had dreamed of for so long inspired the song.

The album is also about gratitude.

J: After a heartbreak, we tend to hate the other person… But as I got older, my state of mind changed. I think people should forgive themselves more, but not necessarily forget. We should be kinder to each other. Gratitude plays an important role when it comes to moving on. Being filled with hate, anger, and bitterness will make it harder for you to find new love.

The group is known for infusing jazz influences into the music. How do you think you have evolved?

Carlos (C): It was an atmosphere that we took from the song “Smilky”… We didn’t force it. The songs were there, and we produced and played them the way we wanted to interpret them… The difference in maturity after the five-year gap was big. We tended to make over-the-top arrangements. “Let’s put the saxophone here. Now we stick to what we think the songs are calling for.

How has the pandemic affected your relationship with fans?

S: We have become more accessible to many people. There is a Facebook group for our listeners, some of whom are longtime fans of our music, but haven’t seen us perform live yet. But now, thanks to online broadcasts, they can see us as long as they have an Internet connection. We have newsgroups on different platforms… We didn’t know how to do this before. We are grateful that we did.

What is the challenge of recording music remotely?

C: We couldn’t record the songs at the same time in the studio because of the protocols… We lack the organic way of creating music. This is the challenge for us now.

If you’ve seen us live, not all of our performances are the same. We achieve what each of us gives off during recording or on stage. Sometimes we are more laid back; sometimes more aggressive.

What do you miss the most about live shows?

Raisa: Even though we are exhausted from all the travel, doing one gig after another, we always thought it was all worth it. I think we took that for granted. The traffic and all the waiting was a chore. But we miss them.

It is the 10th anniversary of the group. What does this mean to you?

Kohl: We weren’t expecting all of this to work up to this point… This line is what really stuck and gelled together. More than group mates, I see these people as family. And one thing I can say is that we will continue to make music, especially for the people who support us.

C: I’m just grateful. How many people can say that their passion is also their vocation? This is not a business proposition or a partnership. These guys are like my brothers now. We know each other’s attitudes and we know how to be patient with each other. We had our arguments, our good times… we lived them together.

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