Listen in: New breed of artists in the Asian music scene
With the current situation that keeps us home half (if not all) the time, all forms of entertainment can be considered essential. To set our moods or raise our vibes, ear candy comes in handy. It’s a good thing digital streaming platforms make things easy.
During this time of seemingly endless lockdowns, I discovered four of Asia’s growing number of promising artists —Manila Killa, Steven Peregrina, daze, and Yuna.
US-born but raised around the world, Chris Gavino still paid tribute to his roots by keeping Manila in his moniker. Check out what this talented producer can do. His passion for producing transformed from self-taught Ableton lessons into a full-fledged career, earning him tens of millions of streams online, major festival billings, and prominent press coverage.
Music royalty Steven Peregrina is slowly making a name for himself, going beyond the image of being the grandson of OPM Legend Eddie Peregrina. Through his amazing skills at producing his own original beats and lyrics and creating mash-ups, he has earned over 100,000 loyal subscribers and listeners on his YouTube channel.
Some of his viral hits, “Ipagpatawad Mo x Kung Akin Ang Mundo” mash-up (with over 9 million views on YouTube), “Wasted” (with Because, and “Chito” (with Matthaios and Calvin de Leon) have hit the top charts of OPM Playlists.
Hailing from Pampanga, daze is a singer-songwriter heavily influenced by the sounds of her youth. This included old school RNB tracks that her cousins would play on the way to school, and ’80s rock / love songs from her parents. As a teenager, the music she listened to started to take a new shape as she discovered alternative and indie artists, such as Imogen Heap and Bon Iver.
In 2020, daze joined Tarsier Records for her debut release, “1996”, a peek of the narrative of what’s to come for her debut EP in 2021. The multi-single project gravitates towards a theme of her flavor of love songs embodying divine femininity. From the upcoming EP, she released “Lonely” in 2021 debuting as the cover of Fresh Finds Philippines on and in 8 New Music Friday playlists by Spotify across Southeast Asia.
Working with the likes of Pharrell Williams, David Foster, and Usher, Yuna established her international career in the U.S. and continues to grow in the American music industry and generating more music and content.
Staying true to her identity as a Malaysian Muslim artist, her professionalism and friendliness make Yuna a favorite brand ambassador among international brands and labels who share the same views as her. She now focuses on releasing her music on her own label and helping young musicians start their music career independently