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Akalain Mo ‘Yun: Mayonnaise to finally headline first major concert

May 29, 2019 – Ally Soriano

Good food, good music, and good friends. Meeting up with everyone’s favorite alternative rock band Mayonnaise felt like a night out with your old barkada. The dim lights and comfy interior of the El Calle Food and Music Hall provided a stark contrast to the regal white foyer of Resorts World Manila. The chill atmosphere puts you at ease as you casually saunter in and take a seat. 

The official titos of the OPM music scene caught up with us about their upcoming concert, their recent gigs, and what else they’ve been doing outside of music. Quiet laughs and chatter could be heard at every table as we chatted with the band and reminisced on things like whether their name really came from being hungry one day (way back in 2002) to how people doubted they’d get famous with such a name.

It felt like yesterday when we were watching the young zany Mayonnaise play their very first gig until the day we cheered them on as they won the Red Horse Muziklaban in 2004. Since then we’ve followed their seven studio albums, the most recent of which being Gusto Ko Kasama Ka Palagi Pero Hindi Pwede, as well as rocked out to their chart topping hits like “Jopay,” “Bakit Part 2,” “Paraan,” “Tayo Na Lang Dalawa,” and “Kathryn.”

But now the band is long overdue to play its first major solo gig. The date’s been set and it will take place at the Music Museum on June 29. It was 15 years in the making but the upcoming concert will celebrate the band’s 17th anniversary with a concert staged by One Music PH and produced by Gabi Na Naman Productions.

When asked why it took this long to have such a concert in the first place the band mentioned that “we’re just really the type of band that’s better known for doing bar gigs, fiesta events, and provincial gigs. We just wanted to wait for the right time. We wanted it to be an organic thing where someone would see our hard work and notice us. Eventually because of social media and a lot of other things, we finally were.”

On how they feel playing their first ever solo concert, bassist Nikki Tirona said: “It feels surreal. It’s a lot of pressure as well… since it is going to be a different kind of show with special collaborations with other artists. We have to think ‘what else can we give that’s different?’ We want it to be exciting for both us and the fans.” 

“It’s a big responsibility because for the first time an outside entity has invited us to have our first major concert… It’s also our first time to be able to work with Gabi Na Naman and One Music so it’s very exciting to have a show like this in a world class venue such as The Music Museum,” lead vocalist Monty Macalino shared.

The band also mentioned their desire to bring other musical acts like I Belong To The Zoo and Agsunta to their concert as special guests to show their gratitude and support for their other friends in the industry. Similarly, The Manila String Machine will be performing special numbers that are sure to add a new flavor to the fan favorite songs of Mayonnaise.

“We’re still narrowing down our list of guest performers but one of the real clinchers here is the Manila String Machine! We’ve never played with a string quartet or a violinist so that alone is exciting for us. What more if we get to have our friends in the event,” the Mayonnaise vocalist added.

The band wanted to show support for artists Sharlene San Pedro and I Belong To The Zoo’s Argee Guerrero because the group sees them as underrated and deserving of more opportunities to get out there.

“Everyone loves an underdog story. The reason we started a band in the first place was personally no one wanted to have me as a member in high school. Maybe because I was chubby and it didn’t fit their image. At that point I already felt the rejection. That’s why whenever I meet an artist or celebrity that I feel like has a chip on their shoulder like they have to prove something, I want to help them. Because I know what it feels like to not be noticed and not be given an opportunity,” he shared.

With regard on how they managed to last this long in the industry, the frontman emphasized solidifying one’s purpose of being part of a band. “You have to be in the band because you want to be in the band. Not for any other reason… Our band has lasted so long because we give it time. We set aside time for what we do. The passion, the motivation, and the inspiration are just added features. If you don’t put any effort in putting time into this job, you’re really not gonna last,” Monty said.

“How do we rejuvenate ourselves to be able to do this on a daily level? One, the love of music. We just love playing. Regardless if we play the same set of songs night in and night out. It’s never the same thing.”

Outside of music, the band shared that while they do engage in other activities like eating out, shopping, traveling, and video games, they still come back to their passion.

Tickets to Akalain Mo ‘Yun: Mayonnaise Live at the Music Museum.


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