Local artists reconsolidate to compete as one with foreign music

Local artists reconsolidate to compete as one with foreign music

Ryan Cayabyab believes the Original Pinoy Music (OPM) is currently reconsolidating in response to the view of musical buffs that the local music industry is already dead.

Cayabyab, currently artistic and camp content director of the ongoing 4th Elements Singing-Songwriting Camp said local artists can’t dictate to the public their choice of music thus OPM artists should pull all the forces together so they can move as one.

The prominent songwriter and musician stressed that Filipino artists should face foreign artists head on. He also encouraged aspiring artists to start writing in the Filipino languages to be able to effectively express the Pinoy feeling in the Filipino way. He further said that in other countries, they express themselves the way they are without trying to be another entity or from another country.

According to its website, the Elements music camp aims to bring together aspiring and professional singer-songwriters to bond and learn from one another via lectures, group performances, and panel critiques and consultation.

The national music camp being held in Bahura Resort and Spa in Dumaguete, Negros Oriental boasts of the presence of singer-songwriters Ebe Dancel, Ogie Alcasid, Jim Paredes, Joey Ayala, Jay Contreras of Kamikazee, Gloc-9, Jay Durias, and Armi Millare of Up Dharma Down, among others.