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ENCORE FEATURE: The Ridleys for Music Dive

September 24, 2019 Feather Casilan

Want more of The Ridleys? Well, we gotchu covered through Music Dive! Learn more about them through an interview, a fun game, and amazing acoustic performances right here!

The Ridleys is a 4-piece alternative folk band that has been capturing our hearts. It’s like most of the gigs I go to, The Ridleys is part of the lineup giving soothing and mesmerizing music to the attendees. Hypnotizing—that really is the one word I’ve thought of when I first listened to this band. And it was such a great time to have them over for Music Dive!

Getting to know The Ridleys

I had the pleasure of having some chitchat with the members to learn The Ridleys’ music journey and to know more about the members right HERE:

The Ridleys is composed of Benny Manalingod (vocalist), Jan De Vera (lead guitarist), Joric Canlas (bassist), and Bryant Ayes (drummer). Starting out as a project band for the University of Santo Tomas‘ Battle of the Bands, the name “The Ridleys” came from their adoration of Star Wars’ actress, Daisy Ridley, who plays the lead character of Rey.

The members of the band didn’t plan to make a career out of their passion. Admittedly, Benny shares that they are actually in the transition from merely doing a hobby and something they love, to being a professional band. Well, I don’t know about you, but I think they are such a natural! Am I right or am I right?

Music is an escape for the members. Playing is definitely something that they look forward to at the end of the day. And even though they are just learning this year in regards to becoming a professional in the music scene, they always make sure that they enjoy whilst performing live.

For all aspiring artists out there, the members of the band are telling you to study and get that degree. Because at least no matter what happens, you have a day job that could support you. And if you truly wanna go full time on your music career, you have to wait for that wave to come first. Of course, most importantly, don’t forget that you started playing to enjoy!

Here’s our fun Singing Bee game with the members!

The Ridleys’ acoustic performances

‘Aphrodite’ by The Ridleys is such a sweet innocent song that if you’re a girl who has heard of this already, I bet you dream of someone serenading you with this song (I know I do)!

You’re the moon that glows in the sky
Lighting up the world when it’s blue

Just beautiful, right? And of course, let’s not forget the beautiful tunes to their other single, ‘DYWTBM’!

Do you want to be mine? Uhhhh, with that beat that I can’t stop swaying to? Yes, definitely a yes!

If you can’t get enough of The Ridleys, better stay tuned for them because they are not going anywhere! Be sure to stream their songs on Spotify:

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