MANILA, PHILIPPINES —Brando Bal, an up-and-coming indie OPM band, officially sealed an exclusive music distribution contract with Warner Music Philippines on Friday, January 12th, 2024. The contract signing took place at the Warner Music Philippines Office in BGC, Taguig City, marking a significant milestone in the band’s promising musical journey. Present at the contract signing were key representatives, including Brando Bal’s Manager, John Lloyd Elsisura and Warner Music Philippines A&R Director, Kelley Mangahas.
Warner Music Philippines, a regional branch of the global music powerhouse Warner Music Group, has been a prominent label in the Philippines’ music landscape since its inception in 1977. The label has played a pivotal role in launching and nurturing numerous Filipino music artists and bands, such as Dilaw, Lola Amour, Felip, Arthur Miguel, and international artists like Ed Sheeran, Coldplay, Dua Lipa, and Cardi B.
Brando Bal is one of the fast-rising OPM bands in the indie music scene in the Philippines. Formed in 2020, the band is composed of Mark Brando Baloloy on guitar and vocals, Allen Lestingyo on guitar, Marjun Gonzales on bass, Zedrick Lara on keys, and Merwin Hipona on drums. Their unique blend of soulful Blues, Pop Rock, and Alternative Rock has carved a distinctive niche in the indie music scene.
Popularly known for their hit single “Anghel”, which has garnered over 4.1 million streams on Spotify, resonating with listeners through its relatable lyrics and catchy melodies. Moreover, the band released an EP titled “Experimental,” featuring tracks like “Pag-Ibig,” which has received more than 1.1 million streams on Spotify, alongside “Bituin sa Langit,” “Ulan,” and “Mga Demonyo.” This collection highlights their versatility and bold exploration of different musical genres.
Expressing enthusiasm about the partnership, Mark Brando Baloloy, the frontman of Brando Bal, shares, “2024 marks a new era, new music for brando bal. This partnership with Warner Music Philippines will help us tap into our full potential in the music industry and share more music with our BB’s and listeners. We’re grateful for the continuous love and support they have shown us from the start, and we’re excited to take the next step in our journey with them.”
Reflecting on the milestone, John Lloyd Elsisura, Manager of Brando Bal, said, “It’s a significant milestone for us, and we extend our heartfelt gratitude to the Warner Music Philippines team for this opportunity. We are looking forward to a fruitful partnership and the exciting journey ahead.”
The partnership between Brando Bal and Warner Music Philippines promises fresh sounds and exciting musical experiences after a three-year hiatus of the band, setting the stage for an exhilarating new chapter in OPM. Watch out, as it’s set to become the next big thing in OPM.