Even colorful and storied music careers come to an end, and open up a whole new chapter.
Filipino rock band Kamikazee is ending its colorful 15-year run in the music industry after moving its legions of followers and inspiring people to embark on making music, with its farewell concert, "Huling Sayaw," on December 10 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Fans were shocked with their break-up announcement earlier this year given that hit local rock bands have been dwindling in the limelight. But their decision to do so, however, goes beyond their awesome popularity, their successful careers, and a soaring discography that peaked with "Narda." They decided because of something more important to them--their families.
For the group, they would like to try out different things, like focusing on their respective business ventures, honing their individual crafts, and being with their personal families. "Susubukan namin yun buhay sa labas ng banda...para maiba naman," Bords Burdeos said.
They have not yet ironed out their plans post-Kamikazee, but one thing is for sure: their desire to be with their personal families is the main reason why Jay Contreras, Bords, Led Tuyay, Jomal Linao, and Puto Asete chose to go to an indefinite hiatus starting next year.
“Sobrang importante ang pamilya namin kasi isa yun sa nagiging drive namin, kaya pinagpupursigihan naming yun ginagawa namin…para sa kanila talaga ‘yan,” Puto said during the Huling Sayaw press conference.
“Tama na yun time na sila yun nasa unang priority namin para maganda rin yun memories nun mga anak namin, [at masasabi nila] na ‘ok pala yun daddy ko kahit maraming tattoo’,” Jay candidly remarked, given the fact that all five of them are heavily inked.
Left to right: Led Tuyay, Puto Asete, Jay Contreras, Jomal Linao, and Bords Burdeos
While their very illustrious journey in the music industry may come to an end, there are a few things fans and aspiring musicians can learn from Kamikazee, aside from giving importance to their families.
Everything in balance
“Balanse lang…may time maging seryoso at may time na hindi gaano seryoso,” Bords said.
Bords sharing his thoughts on being with the band for 15 years
They are known for being wacky on stage and funny when it comes to interviews, but they become serious once in a while, especially when it comes to committing to gigs and ensuring that they arrive on time. Beyond their careers as musicians, this mantra also applies to their individual lives as well.
Dedication and passion
Being in the music industry for 15 years is no simple feat, and for the band, it all boils down to being passionate with their craft. Jay’s words of wisdom to aspiring musicians? “‘Wag ka magbabanda kung gusto mo lang sumikat o gusto mo lang magkapera kasi hindi talaga ganun yun.”
Jay and Puto having a light moment
Through those 15 years, Kamikazee has been through good and bad times, but one thing’s for sure: they enjoy what they have been doing all these years.
Respect for fellow musicians
The music industry can be competitive at times, but for the Kamikazee boys, they look up greatly to their peers like Urbandub, Chicosci, and Queso, who they treat as part of their extended family. “Malapit sila sa puso namin,” Jay remarked on their closeness to the bands mentioned. In fact, the three bands were tapped as front acts to Kamikazee’s last major concert before going on an indefinite hiatus.
Catch the boys for one last time in "Huling Sayaw" on December 10 at Smart Araneta Coliseum with Queso, Urbandub, and Chicosci.