I had the privilege to have a one-on-one chat with Sir Mike Hanopol, the Father of Filipino rock music, during the press conference for the “Full Blast Pinoy Super Bands” concert. The first question I asked him was what makes a rock song rock.
According to Hanopol, the first thing to consider is the lyrics or what the song is saying. The next things to consider are the beat and the rhythm then the melody.
It is the letters that make a song a rock one first before the music, Hanopol said. He pointed out that most rock songs are all about the truth and they do not contain emotion, imagination and fantasy.
“Full Blast Pinoy Super Bands” was presented by Rockford Productions, Inc. The concert gathered all the rock icons of the Philippines to perform on the same stage on the same night.
The concert took place on Oct. 20 at the Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay City. The press conference took place on Oct. 3 at Bahay Kalinaw in the University of the Philippines- Diliman in Quezon City.
Also present during the press conference was Hanopol’s Juan Dela Cruz bandmate Pepe Smith. Juan Dela Cruz guitarist Wally Gonzales and Yano frontman Dong Abay did not make it to the press conference but they performed during the concert.
Lolita Carbon of the Asin band, Basti Artadi of the Wolfgang band and Kevin Roy of Razorback were present during both the press conference and the concert. The other bands who performed during the concert were The Wuds, Queso, Maria Cafra, The Youth, Suicidal Genius, Banda Ni Kleggy, Hilera and The Chongkeys.
Watch my full interview with Hanopol here: