So, this weekend, everyone’s favorite music channel MYX is staging its second edition of “MYX Moves Street Dance Competition,” but not without a twist. Say goodbye to those remixes of The Chainsmokers and Avicii for now, the event is the country’s first ever street dance competition to feature all-Filipino electronic music!
But just how? Pushing for local music further, MYX has brilliantly partnered with Star Music to churn out original tunes for the competition. MYX for this event has pooled talented music producers: Borhuh x MRKIII, John Sedano, MVRXX, and Ian Sndrz.
Each of the DJs will serve up competition mixes for the 15 high school dance crews battling for the crown.
The event will feature three categories battling it out in elimination format. Under the All Boys Division: The Marist School, Xavier School, Paco Catholic School, Longos National High School, and Jose P. Laurel Sr. High School. For the All Girls Division, there are School Of The Holy Spirit, St. Paul College Pasig, Dominican College, Colegio De Sta. Rosa, and Holy Family School. The Co-Ed Division pits Colegio San Agustin, School Of St. Anthony, Esteban Abada High School, Bulihan National High School, and Fort Bonifacio High School against each other. The event will hold the semis this weekend, before the finale in October.
Back to the DJs, we recently caught up with these young guns raring to make it big in the international EDM scene someday. Get to know more about them below!
MVRXX was taking up Marketing at MAPUA, but he found his way into music production instead. He had serendipitous encouragement from Looper Beats Academy (now known as Bounce). “I love it—from looking for inspiration tracks, to making your chord progression, making the lead, everything. It makes me happy when I listen to the finished product, it feels like having a new born baby!” he laughs. He used to work for Star Cinema and Star Records back in 2012, as screenwriter Enrico Santos’ executive assistant. It didn’t take long for MVRXX to be discovered, “Now they got me as a producer, I’m just happy that I work for them doing my passion!” MVRXX, now an SM Youth ambassador, just couldn’t wait to spin for MYX Moves, “It’s a perfect idea, anything that supports local artist is a great and awesome idea. Anything that will help OPM music grow is fantastic!”
His biggest gig yet: “Lifedance for Sinulog Festival in Cebu! The stage was huge, and I got to open for Carnage, DJ Blend, Lookas, and some of the best local DJs we have!”
His dream gig: “International music festivals like Tomorrowland, EDC, and ULTRA!
Check him out on: “Spotify and Souncloud as MVRXX!”
Growing up, Ian rather treaded through an eclectic mix of music. “I used to listen to Backstreet Boys, then during my teenage years I started taking up piano lessons. That didn’t last too long. I learned how to play the drums and bass guitar. After a while, my sister introduced me to trance music (Tiesto, Armin van Buuren to name a few),” he recalls. “Pretty much after that, I never stopped loving music!” As a DJ, Ian loves seeing people appreciate his mash-ups, bootlegs, and edits, and, later on, his own tracks. He’s just as thrilled to see the MYX Moves teams dance to his beats very soon!
His biggest gig yet: “When I opened and closed for Hardwell! It was the peak of my DJ career and sharing the stage with the number DJ in the world that time will take you to cloud nine!”
His dream gig: “Tomorrowland and/or Ultra!”
Check him out on: “Pretty much everywhere, just google my name and it’s everywhere.”
Julia sang pop song covers before discovering the wonders of music production in college. Hence, her taking AB Music Production at arts school DLS-CSB. She gets rather creative describing the entire process, “I love how you can create a story and adventure through the sounds you make and of course the lyrics that you can also write. I love how vague and big it is that can make you think about all the possibilities and outputs you can finish!” At 19, Julia has performed at Neverland Manila and is a talent at Star Music. OPM’s not dead with this newbie making giant ripples in the EDM scene!
Her biggest gig yet: “’Neverland Manila Presents: Young Gunz Festival in 2017.’ I got to meet a lot of international artists and being in the same lineup with some of them that I looked up to was surreal!”
Her dream gig: “Ultra Miami, Tomorrowland, EDC—it seems impossible but I guess we'll just have to wait and see.”
Check her out on: “MRKIII on Spotfiy, and MRKIIIOfficial on Soundcloud!”
With his first name “Himig,” Borhuh’s musical inclination was inevitable. He played the piano, drums, and guitar, good enough to be part of a band called Throwback Thursdays later on. He is also enrolled at the Conservatory of Music Major in Music Technology in UST. He continues, “I started producing dance music when I got hooked up on Skrillex' album Bangarang, and then I started to produce dance music genres like house, electro, moombahton, dubstep, and more.” Better watch out as this talented chap showcases his chops at MYX Moves!
His biggest gig yet: “’Neverland Manila Presents: Young Gunz last year! We opened for eight international DJs and we met them all! Tom Swoon, one of the international DJs even played our unreleased track on his radio!”
His dream gig: “I think Ultra Music Festival, Electric Daisy Carnival, or Tomorrowland. As a producer/DJ, it would be a privilege representing our motherland abroad!”
Check him out on: “Spotify, Soundcloud and YouTube—just search “Borhuh.”
Let Jal Emata (his real name) break his badassery by revealing his early fascination with, yes, classical music. Blame the type he'd unavoidably listen to at the ballet school (it's their family business), he says. "I would listen to cassettes all day. My favorite was my TLC tape, memorized ko pa nga lahat ng kanta hanggang ngayon, eh!" he laughs. His seriousness over making beats started in 2011, the time EDM was making it big. "I was part of a hip hop duo project... By 2014, I got signed with Tonedef Music, a local electronic music label." Jal seems like the laid-back guy you'd expect of an artist, judging by his music mantra "Feels feels lang, ganun."
His biggest gig yet: “Boracay Music Festival. I opened the stage for Chicane. Grabe si Martin Buen, I found out I was actually opening for the legend on the day itself. Excited pa rin ako 'pag naiisip ko hanggang ngayon kahit tapos na.”
His dream gig: "Ultra!"
Check him out on: "Spotify! I’ve had prior projects for Matteo Guidicelli and Enchong Dee. You can actually find it on Spotify still! If you can find any tropical house OPM up there, that's mine!"
Catch the “MYX Moves” semifinals on September 17 at the Ayala Mall South Park. To vote for your favorite dance crew, visit myxmoves.myxph.com. MYX is on Skycable channel 23. For updates, log on to myxph.com or follow MYX on Instagram (@MYXPhilippines) and Twitter (@MYXPhilippines).
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