If Gracenote had not adapted to the times, the band would’ve been a goner by now.
Some 11 years into their music career, violinist, keyboardist and vocalist Eunice Jorge, bassist-back-up vocals Jazz Jorge, drummer EJ Pichay, and guitarist Tatsi Jamnague are used to change, especially those brought about by technology.
“Actually the change has had positive and negative effects,” they pointed out in an exlusive interview with Bulletin Entertainment. “Positive in that it was easier for us to cater our product to our niche audience. Negative because the entire market got congested. We had to double our efforts to standout.”
Asked to give their two cents on the advent of streaming and how it has impacted the way people consume music, they simply said, “It’s something we can’t control.”
They intend to launch limited copies of their upcoming CD, if only for memorabilia.
Gracenote’s sound has changed from alternative rock to electro-pop-rock, again, in response to changing climes.
Do they feel as if they’re groping in the dark all the time because of all the twists and turns?
“If we are, still we’re up for the challenge,” they said. “Actually, that’s what makes things more enjoyable. If we remain in our comfort zone, that’s boring.”
Keep at it
Gracenote thinks despite OPM enjoying resurgence, local artists still get formidable competition from songs by foreign acts.
“Don’t be devoured by the system (of putting foreign acts above Filipino ones),” they said.
They remember the time they were starting. Despite being new in an industry of dime-a-dozen talents, they still made it.
“As long as there are people who listen to your music, OPM will never die,” they said.
Staying in the business for more than a decade now is no joke. What is their secret?
“We’re open to new ideas in terms of music,” they said. “And, look, our relationship was sharpened over the years.”
The band revealed their future plans.
One of these is to visit different countries in order to showcase Filipino talent.
Recall that in 2018, they released their single “Here I Go Again” under Warner Music at the Music Matters Live in Singapore. It was their first time to perform in an international music festival, sharing the stage with their counterparts from Australia, US, UK, Singapore, Canada, and Taiwan, among others.
Their latest single, written by Eunice, gives a glimpse of what the band’s third album sounds like. The album is due out March or April. It will have 12 tracks, all with lyrics that can “touch the soul.” The themes include romantic relationships, friendships, and their messages to fans as saying no to bullying.
The members of Gracenote met at St. Scholastica’s College Manila. They entered a number of band competitions, and were Nescafe Soundskool Finalists 2008, and Grand Champion of the DZUP: College Collision 2009.