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Photo by Logan Cole Photography

Photo by Logan Cole Photography

Debby Ryan’s band, The Never Ending, has just dropped their debut album called One. Here, the star of Jessie gets candid about recording the album, working with the guys, and going against the flow.

Tell us about One.

“People have been describing it as indie rock with a little bit of blues and retro pop. Of the nine songs, I wrote a few by myself and a few with the guys.”

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What’s it really like to record in a studio? Is it as glamorous as we think it is?

“I would say the most glamorous thing would be the luxury of having all the equipment at your fingertips. You’re able to write in the moment and play at any time. Most of us live in condos and apartments so it’s nice to be able to record at any time of the day and not bother your neighbors! It’s a massive playground where you can sing and make great music. As for the unglamorous part, when you’re in a recording studio for hours with five guys, it starts to smell like Thai food. JK!”

A sampler of One

The band released the album independently. What are the advantages and disadvantages of doing this?

“We’re all learning a lot as we go along. It’s verrry expensive to make an album. Record labels have a tremendous amount of resources to make sales and get radio play. No matter how good my music is, it can’t make the charts if the word isn’t out and people can’t buy it. I have to rely heavily on my amazing fans to spread the word.

On the other hand, the advantage is that I can truly express myself creatively. I can do things on my own timeline and do them my way. My popular image is different from who I am creatively, and record labels want sales so they want to build on that. To keep my voice and stay true to myself creatively, I decided to release the record independently. Besides I like doing things on my own and going against the status (quo).”

“Mulholland Drive” from One

 

The Never Ending consists of singer-songwriter Debby Ryan, drummer Johnny Franco, guitarists Kyle Moore and Carman Kubanda, bassist Edwin Carranza, and keyboardist Harry Allen. One is now available on iTunes.

 

How Positive Thinking Led Me to Taylor Swift

by dyan
Tuesday, June 10th, 2014
Posted in Spotlight |
Photos by MMI

Photos by MMI

Who knew that positive thinking could be so powerful? When we found out that Taylor Swift tickets were sold out back in February, I gave up all hope of seeing her. But there was something in the next few months that had me The Secret-ing things like Wanderland tickets and convenient photo shoot dates. So I thought, it wouldn’t hurt to wish for T-Swift tickets, would it?

Cut to one afternoon at work, Candy EIC Marla was waiting for me at my desk. “I have something for you,” she says. “Boys?” It’s Candy Cuties season for us after all. “Better,” she says and hands me her phone so I can read a text message. Keds was giving us one VIP ticket to Taylor’s concert, which Marla was giving to me because she had a Coron trip planned around the same time! WHAT. I mean, WHAT. Positive thinking FTW!

By some twist of fate and some more positive thinking, a few girls from the Candy team ended up going as well. I had on some red lipstick from fashion and beauty gurl Erin, and my Keds sneakers from Marla (she’s seriously the most generous boss ever), and I was ready for the feels. The girls and I were in different sections, but it didn’t matter—we were breathing the same air as Taylor!

Photo by Erin Torrejon

Photo by Erin Torrejon

Erin and I ended up standing right beside the platform, just a few feet away from Taylor whenever she wandered to our area. She was perfection. Her energy was infectious, her dance moves were adorably awkward, and her fashion and beauty game were A+. We couldn’t help but notice that her winged liner stayed put all night long—seriously, that girl does not sweat. And I love that she really made it a point to go around the stage, giving everyone a chance to see her up close. When she sang “All Too Well,” my favorite, she was all the way in the back of the stage, and I stood on my wobbly tippy toes to see her infamous headbanging. WORTH. IT.

Lesson learned: you really get what you give. Positivity trumps negativity, always. <13

 

The YOLO Diaries

by dyan
Saturday, May 24th, 2014
Posted in Spotlight |

Can you imagine traveling across Europe with only cans of Red Bull as your currency? That’s exactly what UP students Dave Agbayani, Red Calayan, and R-jay Esposo did for Red Bull’s “Can You Make It?” competition this summer. Relying on the kindness of complete strangers, they traded the cans for food, lodging, transpo, and everything else. Among the 100 teams, the boys—who dubbed themselves The Beasts of the Southeast—didn’t make it to the top bracket, but they did reach six countries and traveled a total of 1906 km with just 167 cans. That’s definitely #winning in our books.

Do you want to build a snowman?

Do you want to build a snowman?

The highlights of their super adventure:

  • Favorite country: Slovenia. Because there’s LOVE in sLOVEnia. Kidding aside, Slovenia was the country where we felt most welcome! The people were really willing to share their lives with us. But in terms of sightseeing, we liked Switzerland more. While hitchhiking, we met a great guy named Phil, who did a detour and brought us to the mountaintop just so we could touch the snow!
  • Best trade: Ah, this is a tough one. Maybe when we traded the cans for accommodation and dinner in a Slovenian home. They gave us Slovenian folk dance lessons, and in return, we taught them tinikling.
  • Most difficult experience: The first night in Slovakia. No one would pick up hitchhikers there so we had to walk from Bratislava to the border of Austria. We tried hitchhiking until the middle of the night. We got so tired that we slept for an hour on the side of the highway in the freezing cold, and then we had to walk for two more hours!
  • Best meal: Adobo prepared by a Filipino family in Italy!
  • Lesson learned: Money doesn’t make the world go round. There are still A LOT of people who help strangers without expecting anything in return. They help just because they want to, as simple as that!

Photo courtesy of The Beasts of the Southeast/Red Bull 

Summer Sleepover

by dyan
Friday, May 23rd, 2014
Posted in Candy, Spotlight |

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Candy Girl Brittney Baldwin, “Little Miss Sunshine” herself, at Greenstone Serviced Residences, featured in our May issue. It was actually freezing cold when we shot her back in February, but Brittney was a total pro!

 

So you want to have one last sleepover with your barkada before the summer ends. But your parents will be out of town, one friend has relatives visiting from the province, another has home renovations—basically, no one can do the honors of hosting.

Here’s an idea: why not book a room for you and your friends? We’re not talking about fancy schmancy rooms that cost more than a single 1D VIP ticket—we’re talking the affordable and convenient kind. Greenstone Serviced Residences Makati offers spacious rooms and studios, and guests can use their gym, sauna, and indoor pool for free. Every room has a kitchen so you can turn the sleepover into a cooking/baking party, too. You can also go with good ol’ room service or pop down to the restaurant Public House. The food tastes as good as it looks—you can check out our full review in the August issue!

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For more details, call +632 888 6677 or check out greenstonemakati.com. Greenstone Serviced Residences Makati is located at H.V. Dela Costa St. cor L.P. Leviste St., Salcedo Village, Makati. Photos by Dakila Angeles.

The Fault in Our Stars: Little Infinities

by dyan
Thursday, May 15th, 2014
Posted in Spotlight |

The best thing about the #LittleInfinities screening—aside from having a roomful of fangirls to ugly cry with—was checking out all the merch and DIY goodies that everyone brought. Can you spot yours?  :)

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Check out that Magritte shirt!

Check out that Magritte shirt!

Spotted: Candy Cutie LA Aguinaldo and Readers' Choice Awards nominee Dominic Roque

Spotted: Candy Cutie LA Aguinaldo and Readers’ Choice Awards nominee Dominic Roque

The wall we wanted to take home!

The wall we wanted to take home!

The Fault in Our Stars opens June 5. Photos courtesy of 20th Century Fox.

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