Mark your calendars because 88Rising's Head in the Clouds is coming in hot this summer. The annual music festival features musical artists across the Asian diaspora including some of your favorite Filipino artists. Part of this year's newly announced lineup are Fil-Aussie Ylona Garcia, Fil-Am Yeek, and London-based Filipino No Rome. The event is set to take the stage in Pasadena, California at Brookside at the Rose Bowl on August 20th - 21st.
Register now at LA.HITCFESTIVAL.COM for first access to 2-DAY passes and presale begins Thursday, May 26 at 12pm PT.
Ylona Garcia: the Filipino-Australian actress, singer, songwriter began her career in entertainment at 13-years old. She currently is working on new tunes to showcase a different side of her musical journey and take her music global.
Yeek: the New Jersey born and Florida raised Fil-Am is an early adopter of the "genre-bending" space and breaking through as a DIY musician. He's a creative in every sense dabbling in music, film, fashion, and art.
No Rome: Born in Manila and now based in London began making music at a young age. His name is an ode for his laid-back electronic pop songs. Now signed with Dirty Hit Records also home to beabadoobee and The 1975, No Rome has collaborated with The 1975, Charlie XCX, and released his debut album It's All Smiles.
Cover Photo Credit: 88Rising Instagram
The singer-songwriter and producer, Lesha joins the Careless Music roster making her one of their newest signees. Her music influenced by electronic pop, hip-hop, alternative, and more is sure to expand the sound of Careless Music while also fitting right in. To coincide with the huge announcement, Lesha along with the label didn't waste time with releasing her debut track, "3:33"
"3:33" has a pop-rock and alternative vibe that matches her style of experimenting with different beats and vocal arrangements for an original sound. Check out the "3:33" now available on all streaming platforms.
The Manila based artist, Lesha started out independently releasing her own music that gained popularity on Youtube. She's also won talent competitions locally and internationally which led to her debut EP in 2018 called, Two Faced. Following the release of her EP, Lesha teamed up with Australian rapper/producer riddo for the track, "Burry" which charted #1 on Spotify's OPM Rising Playlist. Lesha is on her way to taking on the globally stage while performing at festivals in the Philippines to collaborating with top brands like GUESS, 88Rising, and more.
Cover Photo Credit: Careless Music Instagram
Previous Star Circle Quest runner-up, Sandara Park aka Dara took the 88Rising Coachella stage with her K-Pop group, 2NE1. This surprise performance became one of the highlights to Weekend 1 as the group hadn't done a live performance since 2015. The K-Pop group that consists of members Dara, Bom, Minzy, and leader CL who also performed solo on the same stage brought back the nostalgia with their hit, "I Am The Best."
Dara began her career with Star Magic in 2004, starring in films and shows alongside her love team partner, Hero Angeles. Before moving back to South Korea in 2007, she also ventured into music releasing a self-titled album. It became the only album by a South Korean to be certified platinum by the Philippine Association of the Record Industry.
Since CL was gearing up for her solo set, she extended the invite to her bandmates. According to Rappler, "CL wanted to get together [her] strength and [their] strength, before it was too late." The reunion made many fans' dream come true while letting the group thank them for sticking by their side all these years.
All members were excited to get everyone back together since disbanding back in 2016 and after releasing their final single in 2017. Dara shared how happy she was to spend several days with her bandmates while preparing for their Coachella performance.
Could this mean that there's a possibility for more music and performance from all of the ladies of 2NE1? Fingers crossed hoping there's more to come.
Cover Photo Credit: 2NE1 Instagram
Remember the old school games that used to be played online before high-definition came along? Filipino artist, Idris Vicuña-aka EYEDRESS is bringing it back in his latest music video for the track, "Smoke & Mirrors." Watch him and the crew featuring NA-KEL SMITH, BOOFPAXKMOOKY, CASHCACHE cruise around the city and kick it together. Roll with them as the vibe of the music video isn't just for aesthetics. It also introduces the EYEDRESS game that's available both for PC and Mac consoles.
According to the singer, the inspiration for the track comes from raps on SoundCloud. He says, "I've been inspired by the jazz chords and synthesizers they would use on their plug beats to the point where I felt some sort of connection, because the sound was pretty similar to what I was trying to do making indie rock songs."
EYEDRESS is gearing up to perform at this year's Coachella Festival alongside Fil-British singer beabadoobee and other 88Rising artists. Catch them both weekends on the Sunday lineup with EYEDRESS performing on the Sonora stage and beabadoobee taking on the Gobi stage.
Cover Photo Credit: EYEDRESS Instagram
Time for take 2! Coachella has been postponed cancelled the last couple years because of the pandemic, but third time's the charm. The music and arts festival is set for 2 weekends in April starting April 15 until April 24. So it's time to celebrate in the desert once again because the lineup is good
With a line up that accommodates all music genres, there's something for everyone. The headliners include Harry Styles, Billie Eilish, and Ye aka Kanye West. While my inner directioner is screaming, there's so many artists to look forward to like Filipino-Brit beabadoobee, Manila based singer Eyedress, and 88Rising artists.
beabadoobee who took TikTok/radio by storm with the remix "death bed (coffee for your head)" with Powfu for her track "Coffee." She's been blazing in the indie-pop scene blazing her own path with the dreamy vocals and recently going on a US Tour. We can't wait to catch her on stage.
You may not be familiar with Eyedress, but Idris Vicuña is making a mark in the Philippines with his shoegaze and bedroom pop sound. Born and raised in the Philippines, Eyedress moved to the U.S. where he was introduced to punk music, which influenced his current vibe. He's come a long way from making beats on his laptop to now performing at the biggest festival.
To top it off, catch 88Rising artists throughout the festival. Part of the lineup are Rich Brian, Niki, Joji, and Japanese Breakfast so it's going to be a good time! It's about time we get to see Asian artists take the stage and share their music at the most popular festival. They'll be taking the stage at the Head in the Clouds Forever along with beabadoobee and Eyedress.
Make sure to grab your tickets as presale for Weekend 2 starts Friday, 1/14 at 10am PT, but you'll have to register first at Coachella.com.
keshi released a new track in October called, "SOMEBODY" a year after the one year anniversary of his last project, always. The song is the first single and music video from his upcoming, debut studio album. After the track released, he took the stage at 88 Rising's Head in the Clouds Festival in Los Angeles earlier this month with NIKI to perform “right here” and eaJ of Day 6 to perform “pillows” to over 30,000 fans.
"SOMEBODY," co-produced with Eli Rizk, brings out keshi's edgier side, but balances it with a perfect equilibrium between lo-fi and pop sound with a touch of 832. You can expect to hear keshi's harmonies along with his artistry. “With "SOMEBODY" and the upcoming album as a whole, I felt like it was time to shift the tone to something more well rounded. It all exudes a newfound confidence that I think fans will be refreshed to hear and see in all the new videos,” keshi tells us.
Along with releasing his latest single, keshi teamed up with Mindset and Dive Studios for the keshi x Mindset podcast collection. The platform is dedicated to normalizing the conversation of human experiences through authentic stories. keshi talks about everything from who he is as Casey Luong and his upbringing, what he did before music, and answers some fan questions. He's featured in 8 episodes so time to grab some headphones and listen away!
When keshi broke into the scene with his 2018 project, The Reaper, it earned him early recognition for shaping the lo-fi discourse that’s flanking pop music. VICE said, “the rawness that underpins keshi’s sound keeps fans coming back for more.” The Houston, Texas native gained popularity in the lofi-hip hop/study beats community and continues to have success in that genre. He wrote, produced, engineered and played all the instrumentation on his EP projects (Skeletons (2019), Bandaids (2020), and Always (2020)), which describes the cycle of a relationship.
Since then, keshi has been gaining more traction in mainstream like appearing on the 88rising-curated Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings: The Album for his song “War With Heaven," YSL's special guest at their Venice show and he's currently tour with LANY. keshi wants to be remembered as an artist and he's on his way there. “I think the biggest goal for me right now is to create a record that will outlast me."
Get to know him as an artist and jump into his mindset in this recent MYXclusive with VJ Samm where they chat about songwriting, his album, and more!
Cover Photo Credit: UMG Philippines
Ylona Garcia takes the MYX Traks stage at the MYX Global Studio in Los Angeles, California, to perform her latest single, "Don't Go Changing." The single will be part of 88rising's latest collaborative album, "Head In The Clouds III." Check out Ylo's performance below.
About MYX Traks:
MYX Traks is a part of MYX Global’s new Youtube content line-up. The show features a live in-studio performance from up-and-coming and established artists co-produced with Traklife Media Group.
Ylona Garcia, is a Filipino-Australian singer, actress & television personality. Garcia rose to prominence after entering as a housemate on the first part of the second special season of ABS-CBN's reality show Pinoy Big Brother (2015), for which she received the title of "Daldal Darling ng Australia" (Lit. Talkative Darling of Australia) and finished first runner-up at the end of the reality show. Ylona Jade Garcia was was born in Sydney, to Filipino parents, both of whom are practitioners in the medical field based in Australia. She is the third among five siblings. At a very young age, Garcia has performed as a front act for several Filipino singers and songwriters such as Martin Nievera, Sarah Geronimo and Rivermaya's former lead vocalist Bamboo Mañalac during their Australian concert tours. Ylona has also participated in numerous singing competitions and won two notable competitions such as the Urban Star Sydney Championship in December 2014, for which she received the "Most Promising Talent" award in the same month; and Fast Track Australian Singing Competition as part of the junior division in March 2015. Garcia also finished third in the National Urban Star Competition reaping through the "Judges Choice" segment for the "Coolest Artist" and "the artist with the 'wow' factor." In 2015, Garcia auditioned to become a housemate for the first part of the second special season of ABS-CBN's reality television series Pinoy Big Brother, where she passed after showcasing her talents in singing, acting and dancing as well for her "confidence and candid remarks.
On 21 January 2016, Coca-Cola announced Ylona as one of the ambassadors for their "Taste the Feeling" campaign together with Bailey May, James Reid, Nadine Lustre, Maine Mendoza, Alden Richards, Liza Soberano, Enrique Gil, Janella Salvador, and Enchong Dee. In January 2016, Ylona was announced as the "Celebrity VJ" for the month of February for the myx music television network. In 2018, Garcia became a member of the teen pop group ASAP G!. Other members of the group are Isabela Vinzon, Jayda Avanzado, Kyle Echarri, Jeremy Glinoga and Darren Espanto. The group formed in June 2018 and disbanded on November 2018, when the show was reformatted into ASAP Natin 'To. In 2019, Garcia transferred from Star Music to Homeworkz for her recording label.
Paradise Rising just released their follow up EP, Semilucent 2 and now everyone can now listen to Paradise Transmissions. Since the formation of Paradise Rising, the platform dropped 2 EPs, featured various Filipino artists like: Guapdad 4000, Ylona Garcia, Kiana V, and Massiah. Now, they’re venturing on to even a larger stage. The 88Rising and Paradise Rising teamed up to create Paradise Transmissions Radio.
Catch your favorite Paradise Rising artists and more on the newly launched 88Rising x Paradise Rising Radio Tuesdays at 8PM on Sirius XM.
Paradise Rising announced, “We're excited to announce a collaboration between Paradise Rising and 88rising Radio: Paradise Transmissions. Our radio sanctuary of up-and-coming new wave of Filipino artists, homegrown or diaspora, established or emerging. Broadcasting Tuesday 8PM on @88risingRadio on @siriusxm”
Not only did Paradise Rising co-release a radio show, the label also just dropped new merch, Paradise Rising 01 Collection! Support and rep the platform that helps discover an emerging wave of Filipino talents. Get everything from shirts, hoodies, hats, and accessories. Show off your Paradise Rising style and bring paradise with you wherever you go.
Cover Photo Credit: Paradise Rising Twitter
Ylona Garcia is back and just released her new single "Don't Go Changing" via 88rising. We love when a song and visual drop at the same time, and Ylona did just that. The R&B and Soul track is set in a downtown apartment where Ylona is venting out her feelings and binging on some favorite Filipino snacks while coping with the changes she's going through while in love.
This is the first music video in a special series with Samsung as part of the "Head In The Clouds 3" visual album. The video was also shot with the Samsung Galaxy. Ylona is set to perform at 88rising's highly anticipated Head In The Clouds Festival in November. She's been dropping behind-the-scenes and updates on her Instagram, so make sure to keep up to date with her as she preps for the festival and hopefully more new projects to come.
Cover Photo Courtesy of Ylona Garcia Instagram
Who's all hyped with us to catch Marvel's latest film, Shang-Chi and The Legend of the Ten Rings starring our faves Simu Liu and Awkwafina. If you've already seen it or on the way to, the official soundtrack is now available to stream and IT. IS. GOOD. Shang-Chi and The Legend of the Ten Rings: The Album was co-produced by 88Rising and Sean Miyashiro so you know we're about to hear our people represented in the soundtrack. It'll showcase artists we may already now, but it's time for the whole world to also know. This is our time to shine!
88Rising worked closely with Shang-Chi director Destin Daniel Cretton to develop the film's soundtrack. The album's lineup includes so many artists and collabs you never knew you needed. 88Rising artists like Rich Brian, NIKI, and Guapdad 4000 are all featured plus other artists like 21 Savage, Anderson .Paak, Swae Lee and Jhené Aiko, Warren Hue, Rick Ross, and the ICY girl herself Saweetie all show up and go off! We couldn't list out everyone so you're just going to trust us it's worth a listen! Don't believe us, check out the tracklist!
1. "Always Rising" – NIKI, Rich Brian, Warren Hue
2. "Diamond + and Pearls" – DPR LIVE, DPR IAN, peace.
3. "In The Dark" – Swae Lee, Jhené Aiko
4. "Lazy Susan" – 21 Savage, Rich Brian, Masiwei, Warren Hue
5. "Nomad" – Zion.T, Gen Hoshino
6. "Fire in the Sky" – Anderson .Paak
7. "Lose Control" – JJ Lin
8. "Every Summertime" – NIKI
9. "Never Gonna Come Down" – Mark Tuan, BIBI
10. "Foolish" – Rich Brian, Warren Hue, Guapdad 4000
11. "Clocked Out!" – Audrey Nuna, NIKI
12. "Act Up" – Rich Brian, Earthgang
13. "Baba Says" - Various Artists
14. "Run It" – DJ Snake, Rick Ross, Rich Brian
15. "Swan Song" – Saweetie, NIKI
16. "War With Heaven" – keshi
17. "Hot Soup" – 88rising, Simu Liu
18. "Warriors" – Warren Hue, Seori
We honestly can't decide which track is our favorite because all of them are so good!
The track "Run It" with DJ Snake, Rick Ross, and Rich Brian will be catching attention soon as it'll be the lead track used for ESPN's 2021-2022 college football coverage. Also, if you didn't know Simu Liu is a total performer and can sing too! *Queue his national anthem performance at the 2019 Clippers Chinese Heritage Night. Well now he graces us with his voice again with his track "Hot Soup."
This soundtrack breaks barriers and the stereotype of both Asians and Asian Americans. According to the NY Times, the character of Shang-Chi is the lesser known players in the comic company’s roster. Shang-Chi, a.k.a. the Master of Kung Fu even stumped the Disney and Marvel Studios team who were going to bring the character to life in the MCU. This is after all, Marvel’s first and only superhero film starring an Asian lead, with an Asian American director and writer, and based on a character who was actually Asian in the original comic.
Producer Sean Miyashiro wanted to bring artists together to tell stories of "unconditional love and memories of growing up..." The songs are dedicated to parents, family, love, and youth. He says, "this album is for their sacrifice, their grit, and their endless endurance to give us the platform to be great. We wanted to make music and write songs celebrating all of that, while marrying the themes of the film of cherishing family, being fearless, and realizing your destiny.”
Now this film and soundtrack have the opportunity to inspire not just this generation, but also the next group of young ones looking to see themselves represented both in film and music. It honestly is the first of its kind for our community and we celebrate this time, but continue to push forward our stories.
Looking to help make that push? You can help give Shang-Chi a #GoldOpen! Gold House is inviting you to help more youth experience the first titular Asian superhero, Shang-Chi, in the upcoming film Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings. Donate to the fundraiser to cover the cost of tickets for youth programs across the country, or join the Shang-Chi challenge and start your own GoFundMe for a program in your area.
Every child deserves to feel seen. Help more youth see themselves represented on screen as strong, worthy, and as the superheroes that they are! Proper representation of different cultures is critically important for all children so that they understand that people of all colors and backgrounds are to be embraced and valued.
We want to see everyone pull up this weekend and wherever you catch Shang-Chi: The Legend of the Ten Rings in theaters! Send us your pics @myxnews on Twitter
Cover Photo Credit: Official Shang-Chi Facebook
Ylona Garcia is set to release her latest song, "don't go changing," under 88rising for the "Head in the Clouds" album and is calling on her fans to come and be part of her music video! Ylona is partnering up with Samsung to bring this opportunity to her fans. Here is how you can get involved.
All you have to do is share a video of what your upbringing means to you by using #withGalaxy + #88rising. It's simple and easy and a great way to share your personal stories as well. Ylona is also set to perform at the "Head in the Clouds" Festival alongside Saweetie, Guapdad4000, and Rich Brian this fall. We can't wait to check that out!
Cover Photo Courtesy of Ylona Garcia Instagram
88Rising just released the 2021 lineup of their festival. Who are you most excited to see? The event will take place November 6-7, 2021 in Pasadena. Filipinx artists who are part of the lineup include: Saweetie, Guapdad 4000, Beabadobee, Stephanie Poetri, and Ylona Garcia. Time to let the world know these amazing artists! Get tix here.
Let us know on Twitter tagging @MYXglobal #HITC.