DJ Brian Cua happily joins us for a quick catch up in a quite corner on the second floor of Reserve.   [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y_XiaC1s7Vc?ecver=2]   An Impressive Résumé   He starts off with something we both have in common—vinyl. Brian's interest in music sparked from his uncle's disco and house record collection. He's the epitome of "start 'em young", and it's no surprise that he's reached this level of success. He's

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Somewhere between the loud music, shots, and great food of Reserve, DJ X-Factor cheerily sat down with us for a chat.   [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y_XiaC1s7Vc?ecver=2]   The Veteran  Introduced simply as X, he explains that he's been involved in music for a long time. His liking for hip hop and pop started him off as a radio and showcase DJ. From there, he made sure to perfect the craft he loved

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Marc, Janus, Jon, and Marlo Naval have been bustling all around the Philippines to fire up crowds. Beyond the pumping tunes, they've also been stretching themselves towards different business ventures. With this level of success, the Naval Brothers have made sure to keep their heads screwed on tight.   [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gnMhGuv3ugM?ecver=2] Band of Brothers Even as individuals, the brothers have proven their first names worthy. Marc's extensive list of

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With a bright demeanor and a big smile, it's not hard to see why Alex Wong is one of the most sought-after DJs in the Metro. [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R4941CIPcB4]  Humble Beginnings  Alex's interest in music began at the age of 13 when he started collecting tapes and CDs. Just like Knoxville, he was also part of a band but as a lead guitarist. Towards the end of high school,

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First up on the bill is DJ John "Knoxville" Monreal.  John Monreal aka Knoxville Before residencies in the area of Cebu, this DJ started out as a drummer for a band. That position sparked his interest and influenced his skill in mixing. The release of his "Okay Thanks" mixtape with MVRCO shows a different side to him, prompting him to re-brand as Knoxville. "Okay Thanks" holds a slow and steady

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UPDATE: Shkreli decided to sell the album with the current eBay bid at around $100,000. He says he'll donate of the money to medical research and that he hopes "someone with a bigger heart for music can be found for this one-of-a-kind piece and makes it available for the world to hear." Martin Shkreli a.k.a "Pharma Bro" enjoys the spotlight. If anything, he relishes it. This pharma/bio-tech

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I felt like a fucking monster.  Chris Brown and Rihanna were the power couple gone wrong. For those who forgot, the two were involved in a physical altercation in February of 2009. Brown was found guilty of felony assault and the world hasn't been the same ever since. In his new documentary, "Chris Brown: Welcome To My Life", the singer opens up about the incident.  The Dirty

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Green Day has never been afraid to call out the immoralities of the United States, so in the wake of the terrorists attacks in Charlottesville, Virgina over the weekend, they released a music video for their track "Troubled Times".  Always Outspoken, Never Shy  Billie Joe Armstrong, Mike Dirnt, and Tre Cool might be in their mid-40s but they're what millennials call "woke AF". They've never been shy

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On this week's episode of Coke Studio PH, Buddy Zabala steps down from his producer duties and shows us how two seemingly opposite bands can meet in the middle.  Opposites Attract  Moonstar88 is known for their "heartbreak pop" while Jensen and the Flips are the complete opposite—they love their "sexy funk" music. The Flips gave off a very serious vibe during their first meeting, but it soon

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During my junior year in college, I wrote a research paper titled "The Reflection of Gangsta Rap in the '80s and '90s."  It was a short document, six pages and around 2,000 words. The paper talks about the origins of the subgenre and its cultural value to African-Americans. Basically, gangsta rap solidified the terrors they were facing. These terrors include poverty and racism amongst others. The

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