Unraveled was able to talk with Anton and The Salvadors, a band from the Philippines whose song Grace Us Tonight is featured on the #HypeForPH mixtape, about their thoughts regarding music and Typhoon Haiyan.
UR: Please introduce yourself and tell us what part of the Philippines you are from/currently located in.
AS: We are Anton and The Salvadors (Anton: Guitar, Sol: Guitar, Akira: Bass, Karlo: Drums). We’re a post-rock band from Quezon City, Philippines.
UR: What would you say is the overall message you are trying to convey through your music?
AS: We always say that our music is open-ended and open to each listener’s interpretation. It’s something personal that we can’t dictate. We just present what we have for everyone and the rest is up to the listener.
UR: Please tell us what you want the world to know about the current crisis and relief efforts in the Philippines.
AS: Putting what happened as “devastating” would be an understatement. We were caught underprepared but we’re also doing the best we can to recover in any little way possible. The relief efforts have been amazing, both locally and from abroad.
UR: Tell us an example of how you have witnessed people helping each other during this time.
AS: The almost automatic response of Filipinos outside the affected area was nothing short of inspiring. Within hours people from all over were ready to do whatever they could to help our brothers and sisters in Visayas.
UR: Do you think music has a healing power?
AS: Without a doubt. People say music is the ever-present great communicator that bridges gaps between people, countries, and cultures. We believe people will always be able to enjoy music and the healing it can give no matter how much or how little one might have. The power of music is universal in that sense. It’s something one can keep within himself or experience with a crowd. It’s always going to be around.
UR: If you or your friends and family have taken any actions to respond to the relief effort, please tell us about it.
AS: Most of our efforts have been as individuals, through local relief operations, especially those in the University of the Philippines. As for any links where people can course their donations through, the Philippine Red Cross accepts local and international donations, both in cash and in kind.
You can find more about Anton and The Salvadors and discover more from them and their amazing music here: Facebook | Soundcloud | Bandcamp. You can find more about #HypeForPH, Unraveled’s initiative to send love and support and donations to the Philippines, here: The Project | Press Release | Twitter