11 local artists to keep in your radar this year

  • Tons of fresh music comes out each day and to keep up, we’re running down the musical acts poised to break it huge.
  • Featuring genres of pop, acoustic, alternative, rock and heavy metal, the country’s rising artists are creating a buzz with their own brand of OPM sound.

It’s high time to amp up your playlist with these acts as seen in the first One Music Live performance this year:

1. Agsunta


Even if they officially “signed off” from social media they promise to still bring their acoustic and soft melodic rock sound influenced by OPM. “We are just on time off and we want to focus on ourselves and our music more,“ Jireh Singson of Agsunta collectively said for the group.

2. Argo


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Posted by Argo on Sunday, October 14, 2018

These fresh kids offer a funky new vibe to OPM with musical influences ranging from different genres. Proof that they aren’t just boy toys but can run with the big boys of the Pinoy music scene.

3. Cane City

Cane City

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Posted by Cane City Official on Thursday, January 31, 2019

An alternative rock band, Cane City has members who hail from Tarlac City, a province known as one of the biggest sugar producing locations in the country because of cane. The band plans to reach out and inspire more people with their own twist of music genres, which led to a fast rise in their cult following.

4. Carlito


Don’t let the age of the young punk-rock band prevent you from enjoying their original take on grunge and rock classics. “We want to be one of the bands who will be able to promote OPM, especially now that the band scene is making a comeback,” Carlito band front man, JC Padilla, enthused. JC is the son of “Magandang Buhay” Momshie Karla Estrada and brother to Kapamilya actor Daniel Padilla. The latter also used to play with his brother in another band.

5. Davey Langit

Davey Langit

Maraming nakakarelate sa inspirasyon ng pagkapanalo ni Catriona Gray. At tiyak marami ring nasa "gray area" ang makakarelate sa kantang ito na malapit nang lumabas ang lyric video! Para sa mga inalipin ng kilig. Stream nyo muna sa Spotify.

Posted by Davey Langit on Monday, December 17, 2018

A prolific songwriter, Davey continues to write songs even for brands and corporations. He is also the musician behind Ilocano song “Idjay” and he recently did the song for the McLisse movie, “Sakaling Maging Tayo,” entitled “Di Mo Na Kailangan Pang Malaman.”

6. Migz Haleco

Migz Haleco

Maybe The Night (Ben & Ben) Cover – Migz Haleco. Also check it out on YouTube! 👉

Posted by Migz Haleco on Thursday, October 11, 2018

Acoustic singer-songwriter Migz Haleco has first made a name for himself with viral covers uploaded on his YouTube channel. He is also the interpreter of a Himig Handog favorite, “Bes” and is even touted as the John Mayer of the Philippines.

7. Quacid


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Posted by Quacid on Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Another Tarlac-based band, Quacid features alternative-rock tunes from the 90’s and promises to offer their own take on OPM. “Pagkagising Ko” is a single by Quacid and is part of the McLisse film “Sakaling Maging Tayo” official movie soundtrack.

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Posted by on Sunday, December 16, 2018

The group’s name originated from “Sola” meaning Solas, or “Sol” for short. “Solas” is defined as peace, joy and happiness in the Gaelic language and “bros” means brothers, while “.com” means City Of Mandaluyong or Abalos Brothers from City Of Mandaluyong. Their heavy metal music is influenced by their father, Jerome Abalos of OPM metal band Death By Stereo.

9. Sinqo


The FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano actor Lester Llansang balances acting and making rocking music with his four-man alternative rock band Sinqo that’s sure to bolster your tunes with their fired up music.

10. Tanakuta


“Sampung taon na ko ay naghihintay, sampung taon na kong muntikan ng mamatay, sampung taon na ko ay nagiisa, sampung taon hindi kita na kasama” #SampungTaon #Starmusic #TanakutaPH #Spotify #ITunes #Amazon

Posted by Tanakuta on Monday, February 12, 2018

The four-piece group’s modern 90’s alternative, rock anthems are inspired by pop-punk 90’s bands. Tanakuta is reminiscent of OPM alternative’s heyday and now its members are ready to make fresh tunes with ABS-CBN Music.

11. Unit 406

Unit 406

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Posted by Unit 406 on Saturday, April 1, 2017

Alternative pop-rock band Unit 406 broke into the OPM scene with their feel-good rock music and candidly shared that they got the group’s name from the unit number of the condo where they all first jammed together, and the rest as they say is history. They got the 5th Best Song for “Tanghaling Tapat” in the Himig Handog 2017 and was recently nominated for “Best Performance by a New Group Recording Artist” for Awit Awards 2018.

From the Tarlac-born rockers to 90’s inspired bands who are set to follow their rockstar father’s footsteps, these are the acts to keep on your radar, along with comebacking legacy bands who are taking their earned space in the OPM spotlight.

Watch out for the upcoming projects of ABS-CBN Music’s roster of artists and follow @dnamusicph on Facebook and Instagram.


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