After getting signed to Universal Records' roster of diverse up-and-coming artists, rock band COLN just had their first-ever TV appearance as a group on the number one music channel in the Philippines!
COLN first came together as friends who desired to make music together. Their band name was derived from the one who started it all, their leader and popular YouTube star Cong Velasquez of CongTV, now with over 2.86 million subscribers. He plays guitar and sings for the band along with Awi Columna on vocals, Yow Andrada on Bass, Gio Herrera on lead guitar, and Nins Denso on drums.
The band recently released their brand new single "Pake" which is reminiscent of classic OPM rock hits yet still fresh to modern ears. A lot of Filipinos will definitely relate with each high energy declaration of "Wala akong pake" (translated: "I don't give a damn") from the band despite the obstacles and oppression around them. With its universal message and the rocking sound with some cool touches of rap, "Pake" is bound to create more buzz amidst the building fanfare.
During the MYXclusive interview, the band said that they were able to write the song after performing at Rakrakan Festival 2019 Day 2 last March. Performing in front of thousands of local music fans for the very first time, it was their "trial by fire" moment especially for Awi who recalled that he received some hateful comments from bashers after seeing him perform.
"Lumabas yung 'Baliw' (last year) ay wala ako sa bandang COLN noon, pero nandun ako sa music video. Tapos syempre noong lumabas yung Rakrakan Festival, nag-perform kami nang live nagulat yung tao na may Awi sa banda. So na-upload s'ya sa YouTube parang kumalat 'yung puro bash na mababasa mo. Parang naging thinking lang noong kinausap ko si Cong, sabi ko 'Ganito ba talaga rito sa eksena, parang mararanasan mo yun?' Tapos parang nasabi n'ya lang sa akin na dapat laging wala kang pake. Kaya nasulat yung kanta," he explained.
Awi also shared some really cool words of positivity about reaching your goals and dreams. "Kung sino man 'yung pumigil sa'yo para maabot mo 'yung pangarap na 'yun, dapat wala kang pake."
"Kaya salamat doon sa lahat ng mga nagsabi na yung kay Awi pinanganak yung kanta. So good job guys," Cong added. Listen to "Pake" below!
VJ Aya also asked a lot of other cool stuff about the band especially their previously released singles "Lakas", "Kayod", "Nasilaw Sa Dilim", and their debut song "Baliw". They also gave really meaningful and motivational quotes to live by! And if you want the very first teaser of the "Pake" music video concept, watch this MYXclusive interview with COLN below!
Speaking of "motivational", you should all watch out for COLN's "Motivational Playlist" on MYX Moods soon here on MYX!