Formed in 2001, Fuseboxx‘ existence can very well be said to be the catalyst and inspiration which opened the doors to progressive music in the Philippines. They received widespread acclaim for their musical-precision and technical proficiency. This, especially so for their ability to meld and incorporate Filipino sentimentality with the different musical elements from a vast array of genres (rock, fusion, pop, classical, new age, metal, alternative, etc.) in order to create cohesive and thematic materials—indeed, arranging their music into movements that convey a compelling musical message.
The band took part on Progstravaganza XIX: Convergence and here is what they said for the Progstravaganza Questionnaire.
How did you come to do what you do?
Fuseboxx has come a long way from when they started more than a decade ago. Formed in 2001, Eric Tubon wanted to have an experimental trio composed of a guitarist, male vocalist and bass synth. After a few months, a bass player was added, then he continued on as a synth player and keyboardist. Abby came on board first as a female vocalist, then also a keyboardist. After covering songs and bar hopping, they started doing original material, wherein a niche of followers regarded their music as prog. On its 3rd generation, Eric remains on the synth, while Abby handles the same task, with the addition of the Chapman Stick, which she introduced to the band in 2009, taking away the need for a bass player. Mico Ong has been the guitarist since 2007, while Anthony Dio is the drummer and the newest member of the band. Together, after 2 independently-released and all-original Filipino music albums, they remain to have a common goal: to spread and introduce prog music in the Philippines, and to share their knowledge as mentors and teachers to the younger generation of musicians.
Where do you draw your inspiration from?
From our day to day lives, since almost everyone has a day job apart from being a musician. From the current music scene and the struggle of so many talented musicians that would always strive for a place in the scene.
What message does the song on our Progstravaganza compilation carry?
“Animated”, which has the same title of the album, is an instrumental song, that conveys an ever-moving journey to life. Always progressing, always moving. The song depicts the ups and downs of one’s life which is actually part of the whole.
Do you tend to follow any pre-defined patterns when composing a piece?
Not always. As prog music is, we can develop a certain idea in a number of ways, in different forms, in different time signatures. But, pre-defined patterns of certain genres inspire us to think out of the box and make music without the need of copying these patterns.
What is your method of songwriting?
Sometimes, one draws an idea from a theme, which may be a piece of poetry, a title, or a riff. Other times, it could be more free-flowing, allowing each member to draw out inspiration to the others’ response of their action while playing the instrument.
How do you see your music evolving?
Our music as a band has always been evolving. In 10 years, after a lot of line-up changes, we can safely say that our music greatly depends on whoever is in the band. Our individual influences make-up the totality of fuseboxx music in general. Our songs are never played the same way as it was recorded, because a new guitarist, bassist, etc. is present. With Anthony Dio on board as our drummer, we expect to have more groovy chops, more loose fusion lines, and more interaction with the music.
What advice would you give to other musicians, trying to make inspired music and get it out in the world?
Music is not a choice, it’s a chance. Just keep on creating and playing music. Take advantage of the social media to spread your music.
What are you looking forward to?
To find a proper recording label to support our music, since our last 2 albums have been independently released; and find a promoter for a possible tour in Asia, US or Europe.
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