Usual bands come in three or four members. Now, imagine what it sounds like to mix a number of awesome talents into one unique band. Skabeche may be unusually huge with its ten members but it somehow creates a big difference in the Philippine music scene. As flavorful as the Filipino cuisine Escabeche – a sweet and sour dish of dried or poached fish, Skabeche offers a mix of blues, punk and jazz through the dance beat of ska. The humorous way of addressing political and cultural awareness in their songs captivated the hearts of many fun loving Filipinos.
The proud band from Bulacan, is composed of members Michael “Dadi Mike” Santos (vocals/guitar) – also a guidance counselor and professor, Noel Salonga (percussion), Kim “Kympwet” Patawaran (drums), Leonardo “Monz” Castillo (guitar), Daniel Quintero Jr. (bass), Lester San Juan (vocals/alto saxophone), Billy Adap (trombone), Mark “JR” Ibanez (trumpet), Roberto Santiago (tenor saxophone), and Roberto Villegas Jr. (baritone saxophone). Surprisingly, they were able to combine their talents and musical influences into one awesome vibe, Ska – the band’s common interest which is closely related to reggae with an upbeat pattern. Officially formed in 2000, the band came up with many names until they settled with Skabeche – derived from the usual Filipino dish “escabeche”. Years later, they are already sharing the stage with other popular artists with the tag – “Ang pambanSkang banda ng bayan”.
The unconventional band has gone through many struggles as many other mainstream bands did, but their catchy music kept listeners wanting for some more. May it be recorded or live performance, you’ll be dancing to their rhythm. The humor embed in the songs such as “Lamok” and “Good Day”, is something that Filipinos can relate to – being able to address political and social issues in a very funny way. Earning the place in the hearts of the community is something that they’re very proud of. As a result, the proud Bulakenyos succeeded in the Philippine mainstream being considered as one of the best independent artists in the country. They’ve been performing acts for many years in different parts of the country and they’re also they mainstay in the cooking show “Ka-touque” aired in GMA News TV as live performers. Their songs are often heard in radio stations grabbing a place in the most played bands in the airwaves.
For the past 11 years, the band accomplished many things that earned them a place in the Philippine music industry and internationally as well. With that, they also share their success through the band’s album “Skabeche: Table for Ten” where part of its proceeds will go to the beneficiary called Earnest Support for Underprivileged Children Charity Association Inc. (E-SUCH) – a non-profit organization that offers education opportunities for underprivileged children of Bulacan