Name and where are you based?
I am Bel Certeza and I am from the Philippines. I am currently working from my parents' house in the province of Rizal (two-hour drive from the city).
Tell us a bit about yourself and career leading you to where you are now?
A constant presence in the Music scene, I started out as a live music fan in 2005. In 2010, I started filming and taking photos of live performances and sharing them through various online platforms like YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter. My passion for discovering hidden live music gems mixed with my strong Documentation and Social Media background paved the way in bridging the gap between music fans and unknown underground bands. I was the Road Manager for notable Filipino bands like Autotelic, Taken By Cars, She’s Only Sixteen, IV OF SPADES, and iconic band The Itchyworms. In 2014, I launched Indie Manila, a live music online and offline community. I just resigned from my 4-year job as the Head of Activation and Artists Curation for Homonym, the Philippines’ first and only Music Agency and I'm now transitioning to a new job in the Music Industry which will officially start in a few weeks.
I am also the Country Manager for Sofar Sounds Manila and the former Showcase Festival Curator of the country’s first annual Music and Business conference, Sonik Philippines.
Tell us a bit about your current job and company?
For the past six years, Indie Manila has been in the forefront of the underground music scene paving the way for unknown but deserving bands have a platform to be heard by the community. We are continuously giving a platform to musicians digitally by holding weekly Open Mics and pay-what-you-can gig via Zoom.
How is your work &/or company contributing to the development of your city as a music city?
Indie Manila is contributing to the development of our city as a music city by keeping the fire alive and inspiring musicians to thrive and connect with the community. It was also through Indie Manila that other SEA countries had a tangible idea of what is the current status of live music and other music-related initiatives in Manila.
What short &/or long term plans do you have to contribute to your city being a music city?
The goal is to keep the community and musicians connected by organizing virtual events and hopefully after the pandemic, live events that will nurture these relationships. Long term is to establish an exchange commission dedicated to exporting music and having a more concrete implementation of regulations that will promote standardization on fees involving artist compensation and venue support. The exhange commission will also champion initiatives to make tourism strong by having music as anchor.
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