Music Corner: Color It Red in Session

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Last year, when local creative funding platform ArtisteConnect called out for pledges to give birth to celebrated local alternative band Color It Reds fifth studio album, fans and fellow artists all over the country expressed their support. Since then, the band has raised enough contributions to finally proceed with the recording of their fifth studio album-a project that has long been anticipated by supporters of the band for nearly seven years.

Luckily, Color It Red let us tag along during one of their recording sessions to get an exclusive look at the work they’re doing for their comeback record.

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5:00PM Upon arriving at the Sound Creation Studio, Cooky was already laying in vocal tracks. Bopip and Jayvee turned to greet us when they heard the door open.

Gaijin’s Shinji Tanaka, who owns the studio, was on deck, taking charge of the recording.

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7:00PM Bopip, Kwanchi and Ariel set up their guitars and jammed some riffs as Jayvee and Shinji set up the drumset in an isolated studio. Bopip told us that they were about to lay in the drum tracks for the second half of the album. We asked him how the funding at ArtisteConnect is going. II Nakakuha na ‘yung project ng mahigit PHP 260,000, which is more than enough;’ he replied. Cooky then added, II Ang fund para sa recording kumpleto na. Pero kasi pag nakita mo ‘yung breakdown sa ArtisteConnect, mayroon pang allocated fund para sa promotion, distribution, at iba pa.”

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7:30PM By 7:30, they began recording another song-a Gary Granada-penned track, according to Cooky. Jayvee pounded on the drums in his isolated studio while Shinji laid in his drum tracks. The other band members stayed with us in the room and played along to guide Jayvee.

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7:30PM By 7:30, they began recording another song-a Gary Granada-penned track, according to Cooky. Jayvee pounded on the drums in his isolated studio while Shinji laid in his drum tracks. The other band members stayed with us in the room and played along to guide Jayvee.

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8:00PM We took a short pizza break. Cooky shared that the plan was to have at least 1 0 songs in the album, and six of these tracks are nearly complete. ‘”Yung iba nasulat na namin dati, pero ang gusto kasi namin hinog muna sila bago isala sa recording. ‘Yung ibang kanta hindi pa namin masyadong natutugtog, kaya hindi pa masyadong hinog. Medyo mahirap pa.”

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8:30PM Jayvee resumed recording another song-one that reminds us of the signature Color It Red sound in the 90s. We asked Cooky which track is her favorite.” Marami;’ she swiftly answered. II Kapag bagong kanta naman, paborito ko. ‘Di pa kasi sawa,11 she joked.

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9:00PM It was Bopip’s turn to record his instrument. He plugged in his bass and played along to Jayvee’s recorded drum tracks. Bopip finished laying in two full songs.

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10:00 PM Kwanchi and Ariel laid in their guitar tracks for just one song. The band told us that they are aiming to release the album early this year.

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10:30 PM We happily bid our good byes to the band, thanked them, and showed ourselves out of the studio.