UAE-based Pinoy rockers Project: PROTOTYPE, a work in progress
AL AIN, United Arab Emirates – True to their band's moniker, four overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) here are likening their group to a project that is still on "experimental stage."
"The band is some kind of a project as we are still on our experimental stage," said Archie Salvador Camiling, 30, referring to his band, Project: [PROTOTYPE].
"We used the term 'prototype' to describe our attempt in contributing to the UAE's music scene with our enveloped ideas and as a 'newbie'," added Archie, a finance and team leader in NEXtCARE and the bassist of the group.
Completing the band are vocalist/rhythm guitarist Kurt Ramos, 25, sales ambassador in Samsung Gulf; lead guitarist Phillip Villegas, 32, administrative support in MOOD-GCC; and drummer Dino Sindac Tumaliuan, 36, WPS Customer Support in Wall Street Exchange.
"Our first exposure together on stage was in Sessions DXB at The Fridge through the help and support of Mr. Ronald Galvez and his team who untiringly creates free concerts for music enthusiasts," Archie shared of their first public gig.
Project: [PROTOTYPE] covers tracks from Urbandub, Franco, Kamikazee, Slapshock and Typecast. They were named Tribu during the Al Ghurair Centre Band Jam in November last year where they were among the 30 finalists.
Although influenced by 90's grunge, alternative rock, and nu metal, Project: [PROTOTYPE] still tries to be as original as it can be, said Archie.
"Project: [PROTOTYPE] is a cover band at the early stage," he said. "As we discover our sound, we also work on the arrangement of our cover songs to infuse our influences and eventually create a distinct flavor to our listeners."
In performing, Archie said the band makes it a mission to establish a “connection” with the crowd.
"Whenever we perform, hearing our listeners sing with us makes us feel very much appreciated - which for us is the return of our hard work," he said. "We establish a connection with our audiences and encourage their participation when up the stage."
"Just like an open platform with on-going designs and features, we can say that we are on the final stages of the tests and will be ready to release the next version soon," Archie added. —KBK, GMA News