Island Records is finally making its way to the local shores with the launch of its first regional headquarters in Southeast Asia. The British-Jamaican record label is looking to reinforce its position as a global powerhouse and expand its domestic reach via Island Records Philippines.
Universal Music Philippines managing director Enzo Valdez takes pride of Island Records’ efforts in trailblazing a new era of music culture. In a virtual presser on July 23, 2020, he said that the the iconic label “represents creativity, adventure and authenticity” and “celebrates artistry, individuality and style while also amplifying the voice of the artists.”
With the record label’s initiative to give partner artists an opportunity to make history and be part of something big, expect only the best in terms of talent and artistry from its maiden roster of exciting, innovative and fresh new discoveries. The first six members in the Island Records Philippines’ family continue to take the country by storm as they answer the call to help redefine original Pinoy music and stand out in the global music arena with their unique brand and authenticity.
Singer-songwriter and producer Fern. and alt-pop outfit One Click Straight push their sound into new music horizons by incorporating indie and electronic sensibilities with heartfelt anthems that connect the personal with the universal. Both Lala Vinzon and Zack Tabudlo reinvent their pop past with impeccable showmanship and stylistic excursion into new musical directions.
Over October heralds an easy-listening sound with cleverly crafted lyrics and emotionally resonant appeal that wouldn’t feel out of place in today’s most-streamed mood playlists. To complete the pioneering batch, multi-platinum band juan karlos plans to create an impact in the international and local music markets with the release of his newest single “BLESS Ü.”
Island Records Philippines’ impressive roster of homegrown acts took the virtual stage on June 23, 2020 to give listeners a preview of their new music releases in a 90-minute digital launch streamed live via MCA Music’s Facebook and YouTube channel. Hosted by top actor and celebrity endorser Tony Labrusca, it featured several surprise international guests from the Island Records global family such as PUBLIC, Skip Marley, Johnny Orlando, Olivier O’Brien, Keshi, Jack Ross and Banners.