Unraveled was able to talk with Honeydrop, a band from the Philippines whose song The Place 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.
HD: We are Honeydrop, a post-rock band from Cebu City, Philippines.
UR: What would you say is the overall message you are trying to convey through your music?
HD: We are still playing music… we are still living… why should you stop living?
UR: Please tell us what you want the world to know about the current crisis and relief efforts in the Philippines.
HD: To be honest, since we are not residents nor do we know anyone who is living in the places in the Philippines that experienced great damage from the typhoon, we are unaware of their current situation. But, with the help of social media we were able to get news from the people who went there and saw the devastation from Typhoon Haiyan. Because of that people here in Cebu took the initiative to help. There are still ongoing relief operations today – even events that encourage event goers to donate. But, still, we don’t think the relief goods will be enough for the people there to be able to survive and stand each day on their own feet. Those people need to rebuild their homes or to relocate, reacquire jobs to earn money and to start all over again.
UR: Tell us an example of how you have witnessed people helping each other during this time.
HD: Every weekend there were many events that encouraged people to donate, to share their time, to help in repacking goods. These were done in multiple venues. We experienced one that was held in ‘UP Lahug, Cebu’ a concert for a cause/repacking goods. It was packed with so many people, they were forming up in lines. There were some that were assigned to give plastic bags to event goers, some are in charge of putting in goods in the plastic, some are in charge for placing the plastic with goods in their designated pile. It was like a relief-good-factory. It helped a lot in speeding up the repacking process, since there were so many goods to be repacked.
UR: Do you think music has a healing power?
HD: The ‘healing power’ that can be seen in music, may depend on each individual. Every individual is unique and have different approaches to music. If an individual heard some message of hope in a song, then that individual may respond and may see it as a sign to move forward, and to realize that life goes on. In my opinion, I can’t say that music ‘has’ this power, but I can say that It ‘can’ have this healing power. It’s a possibility, I might as well count on it.
UR: If you or your friends and family have taken any actions to respond to the relief effort, please tell us about it.
HD: As a band, we participated in events that are ‘For a Cause’ and even helped to repack goods.
You can find more about Honeydrop and discover more from them and their amazing music on Soundcloud + Bandcamp. You can follow them on Facebook + Twitter. 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.