The 2018 JCCI Battle of the Bands by Neil Macasaet

Last October 26, 2018, John Clements Consultants Inc. held its annual Battle of the Bands with the theme #IndieMalilimutangGabi.

It is evident that the era of the internet provided independent song producers with a better and more accessible platform where they can showcase their genre of music without commercial intervention from record labels. This year, the committee with representatives from different divisions of JCCI-EDI have decided to celebrate the pre-Spotify era of the independent music scene.

Each of the three divisions, plus EDI, represented one band with a maximum number of 8 members, including an import from outside the company. Each band was given 20 minutes to set up and perform three numbers: an indie song, a rap song, and a single song choice.

The Professional Staffers Division was represented by the Amazing Grace band. The crowd went wild when the band started off with Moonstar 88’s “Migraine” as their Choice of Song, followed by a rap song, “Upuan” by Gloc 9. The crowd (or should I say Francesca of PS in particular) was in tears as the band performed their last song, “Sana” by I Belong to The Zoo.

Have you had one of those rainy nights when you just feel like watching the rain through the window while listening to an emotional song? Staff Builders Asia Division’s BandaRITA surely reminded us of those lonely nights as they kicked off their set with December Avenue’s hit single “Sa Ngalan Ng Pag-Ibig”. They performed “Suntok Sa Buwan” by the alt-rock band Session Road as their song choice, and ended the act with a Nicki Minaj rap song “Super Bass”.

EDI’s VI of Hearts brought back to life the legendary Francis M’s “Kaleidoscope World” as their first song. They then gave us chills when they sang their song choice, “Sweet Child O’ Mine” by Guns ‘N Roses. For their last song, they played a laid-back version of “Mundo” by IV of Spades, which I think was the inspiration for their band’s name.

Though the night was still young, ESSD’s Kampon Ni Mario was called to show off as the last performer of the event. A heartfelt rendition of “Kung Di Rin Lang Ikaw” by December Avenue was their first song, followed by Parokya Ni Edgar’s “Bagsakan”. The crowd went wild as they performed the infamous “Bboom Bboom” for their last piece. The unity of ESSD was evident especially when their colleagues had a dance-off in the middle of the performance.

The audience surely enjoyed all the performances by the bands, and I am certain everyone would agree when I say this is one of those corporate events one should really not miss. Nevertheless, it is still a competition and we had to award those who really stood out.

Even as everyone anxiously waited for the results of the competition to be announced, the crowd still enjoyed a series of performances by the guest band, “The Rage Dream”, who played originally- written songs. The songs were refreshing and truly heartfelt masterpieces, attracting millennial souls.

In the end, BandaRITA was awarded champion of this year’s Battle of the Bands: #IndieMalilimutangGabi, and VI of Hearts was the first runner up.

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About the author:

Neil Tracy is a graduate of International Studies from the Mindanao Kokusai Daigaku. His desire for constant discoveries leads him to traveling cities and countries. In his free time, he likes to watch Netflix and look for best travel deals online.