Music Collaboration: Invisible

Today’s technology has made life easier and even made people from different places get to connect via internet. Musicwise, it’s a big leap as you can now collaborate with other musicians far from you. Whereas before, you have to meet and jam together, nowadays, you just record the tracks, send those track files to your collaborator and that’s it, the song is made even if you guys haven’t met each other or jammed together.

Here’s one example of an online collaboration between AJ Antonio of X2M and Ellei Maj of Diwai. The song, titled “Invisible”, was written by Ellei and then was arranged by AJ. It was an honor for me to be part of this online collaboration, laying down additional guitar tracks to the already guitar-filled song. 🙂

Ellei Maj – vocals
AJ Antonio – guitars, sequencer
Dennis Roxas – solo slide guitar
Marvin Bea – additional guitars

Listen to Invisible via Soundcloud.


Impromptu Jam @ Songwriters’ Night, Sitting In With The Group X2M

Last night was another jam time at Songwriters’ Night in Conspiracy Garden Cafe at Visayas Ave. I was asked late by my friends to sit in to their group X2M, since they, the core members will not be there. So it’s another impromptu jam, and with the songs emailed to me before I went to the venue, there’s no time to practice hehe, only, I listened to their songs posted on their website, tried to get the feel of the songs, and as what Filipinos say it, “Bahala na“. Yeah, that was inside my head when I got there, bahala na, anything goes. And I think it was also what Drew had in mind, since he’ll be singing the songs aside from playing the bass parts hehe. So it was X2M and friends performing, minus the X2Ms of course, we were the “and friends” group. 🙂


Was surprised also with new talents performing that night, their songs were good, easy listening stuffs, it chillaxed my mood of the evening.


This was one of the vid taken from last night, I’ve seen one clip and some parts I did were awful, hit the wrong notes, acheche.. This song, seemed to be ok though, but I hope I did justice to it and the rest of the songs. To listen to the original arrangements, please visit X2M’s website which by the way I did a collaboration work on one song :



X2M Album Out Now!

X2M (Ten to Midnight) has released an online album featuring 11 tracks of laid back, chillaxing pop tunes.


Guest artists include Deo Cruz of alternative band Crude Oz for the song Ayoko na Sana, Janine Liao for the song Kung Pwede Lang, Sander Briones for the song April’s Fool, and Marvin Bea of the band Blue Martian Cookies and Crude Oz for the song Don’t Fall.


Other contributors to the album are Kuya Kurt, Andrew Harder, Mark Dy, Paolo Rivas, Jedz Panuncio and Zeus Ong.


Listen to the songs through their website. Check it HERE.


event music Songwriters Philippines

Songwriters Philippines

Started in 2008 by former Katha members upon its demise, Songwriters Philippines was formed to help all the amateur songwriters to hone their skills and to learn the know hows through its workshops being conducted by professional songwriters. In showcasing their talents, the group has organized an event called Songwriters Night, first held at 9Mile Bar, with the songwriters performing their own works while others who can’t have brought in interpreters to perform their songs.

From then on, Songwriters Night got a home in Conspiracy Cafe. The event is held every third Monday of the month, a laid back acoustical jam session set-up featuring talented amateur singer/songwriters. Some well renowned artists from other parts of the country had dropped by and had performed there also. With its kind of setting, it’s like an MTV Unplugged meets VH1 Storytellers kind of thing, with performers doing their originals in acoustic format and telling the audiences what inspired them to write that song and what it’s all about.

Photos by Aba Lluch Dalena, Mency Atienza, Kuya Kurt, Marvin Bea, Doni Brooks Jr.

Some of the performances caught at TEN02

Photos by Allen Alesna, Mark Dy, Paolo Vivas

At present, aside from its regular schedules at Conspiracy Cafe, Songwriters Night has gone Tuesdays and also at the last Monday of the Month, this time at Mag:net Katipunan.

Photos by Andrew Harder, Aba Lluch dalena, Ansyl Cadag

The event is open to all performing and non-performing songwriters. Log on to for more info.