These Pinoy Artists
Deserve Your Listen
By Kyzia Maramara
Whatever people say, OPM never died; it got better! The sound of Pinoy music drastically changed over the years. Now we’re discovering we can produce amazing music, get inspiration from everything around us, and actually support each other’s careers. It’s a new era and these are only 8 of the best Pinoy artists and musicians of this generation. Grab your headphones and get addicted!
Listen to: Into You, Lie 2 Me
Fern Tan, known for his stage name Fern., is a 17-year-old singer/songwriter who also produces his own songs. As if that in itself isn’t impressive enough, he also co-produced and co-wrote Claudia Barretto’s hit single “You.” Fern.’s own smashing single “Into You” has 2 million listens on Spotify as of writing, quite a feat for an emerging artist like him!
His self-titled debut album will give you 6 amazing chill songs you’d imagine would be great for late night drives. Fern. has also mastered the art of being ~aesthetic~, just check out his photos and music video! How pleasing!
2. Earl Generao
Listen to: Lunas, Pahingi ng Oras
Acoustic has never been this good! We mean it when we say it that Earl Generao is one of the artists out there that definitely need more listens. Usually we would like to keep it to ourselves, these musical gems, but in this case, the world needs to know more about him. Earl Generao is an acoustic singer/songwriter by heart, his voice and beautiful songs will make you want to find someone to love ASAP if you haven’t already! Let his voice wash over you on a relaxing, slow afternoon.
3. Janina Vela
Listen to: Hesitate, Sorry I Left
Beauty guru YouTuber Janina Vela has more than vlogging skills up her sleeve. She recently ventured into the music industry and has already released two new songs, one even featuring her good friend Donny Pangilinan. Her mini song covers on YouTube are glimpses on what she has to offer as an artist. Aside from her contagious bubbly personality and makeup skills, this girl can also sing! And can we just say that she looks really beautiful?
4. I Belong to the Zoo
Listen to: Porter, Sana
Sad songs about lost love or the pain of heartbreak will always resonate with today’s generation of hugoteros and hugoteras. But there’s nothing wrong with loving a simple sad song! I Belong to the Zoo create melodies with heart wrenching lyrics inspired by Argee Guerrero’s (Tonight We Sleep) private musings. Wistful and nostalgia-inducing, I Belong to the Zoo will definitely make it to your Rainy Day Playlist.
5. Drei Raña
Listen to: Ligaya, his many song covers
After creating covers of songs, posting it on the internet, and gaining fans and followers, Drei Rana finally has an original song to share. A no frills type of guy, Drei’s vocals and guitar skills show off how much of a multi-talented performer he is. Needless to say we’re excited to see how he could maximize his potential!
6. Claudia Barretto
Listen to: You, Stay
Well, unlike some of the Barrettos that came before her, she proves she’s not just a pretty face but a talented young lady too. Some people might argue that her songs sound too international and won’t cater to OPM market but if you think about it, OPM does not only pertain to Tagalog rock songs. OPM means songs created by Filipinos and it’s something we should be proud about. Give this girl a listen!
7. St. Wolf
Listen to: Papara, Gary Vince
The OPM most people are probably used to are the rock bands with striking lyrics, just what St. Wolf brings to the table. You can headbang to their songs while crying for your non-existent or messy love life. Formed in 2015, St. Wolf categorizes their genre as “Swabecore,” songs you can rock to while “feeling sexy” at the same time. And we can’t agree more!
8. No Rome
Listen to: Do It Again, Blue Jeans
Rome Gomez who goes by the stage name No Rome has already won our hearts with his electro-pop indie sound. If Claudia’s songs are too ‘international’ for you, then you might not even get past Rome’s first song. He started posting original songs on SoundCloud which indie kids immediately liked, this attracted attention for him until Matthew Healy of The 1975 proposed to fly him to London (where he now lives) to further develop and hone his producing skills. This means he now has both local and international fans!
Know any more artists we should listen to? Share it below and we’ll give them a listen!