Red Button Production: Pushing the Passion for Music

The thing about mainstream artists is that, they veer from their persona to compromise with their producers. Some and hopefully, not all of them forget their own genre and their own styles for the sake of delivering what the masses want to hear and see. This isn’t to say that going mainstream is unacceptable. There are lot of great mainstream songs and artists. But I think this only brings out the value and the beauty of Indie Music.

Indie Music is where you can listen to passion translated into another universal language without error. It’s the soul speaking without the influence of unstoppable fame and overflowing talent fees. It’s pushing passion with utmost sincerity, only driven by the appreciation of people who love listening to their original music. Imagine the hours they put into rendering their thoughts into words, finding the right notes to fit them, arranging, tuning their own guitars, setting up their own make-shift studios, and finally uploading their edited mp3 files online. Now, that’s not a simple DIY but Indie artists pull it off easily because of their burning fervor for their craft.

Luckily, there are people who exert effort to gather the Indie artists in one place for them to share their music. For one, Red Button Production based in Makati regularly invites brilliant Indie bands and solos in Mang Rudy’s Tuna Grill and Papaitan.

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Almost every month, a good number of Indie bands come together to share their original compositions at Mang Rudy’s. With the place jam-packed with passionate artists, it’s somewhere you should be on a Saturday night. You don’t only get to hear good music, you also get to hang out face to face with people who are in love with their art.

Here are some pictures from Red Button’s last event Rough Draft, One More Beat:

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KELBASA

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JOSE

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DECEMBER AVENUE

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UNMUTE

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AGOS

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And there’s another gig coming up this Saturday! Check out the line up:
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If you live in Makati and you don’t have anywhere to go or anything to do this Saturday, you might as well hit me up so we can chill together at Mang Rudy’s. It’s definitely going to be one great night with music, new friends, and a few bottles of booze.

Also, don’t forget to like Red Button Production’s Facebook page here. See you!

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Legaspi Village, Makati: Yardstick Coffee

Yardstick is a coffee company at heart. We just want to focus on one thing – coffee. Some call it obsession, some say it’s passion. We take small steps; but at times, we take that leap. It is never about us; it will always be about the coffee and the relationships we make along our journey.
 

You have two options in catching up with a long-time friend. You can choose to do it over alcohol or coffee. When you’re done laughing your heart out and reminiscing the foolish moments you’ve had together under the influence of liquor, you just feel the need to get together one more time when you’re sober. Of course, that’s when you need the calmness that coffee brings.

My friend and I chose this new coffee kid on the block, Yardstick Coffee in Legaspi Village, Makati. It’s a 5-minute walking distance from my office and his condo so it’s just perfect.

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Its minimalist interiors and feel-good music make the coffee shop the ideal place to hang out and talk with a friend you’ve missed so much. Its location makes you forget that you’re in the heart of a bustling city. I’d like to think that it kind of slowed down time. Maybe because I really had fun laughing and pouring my heart out or Yardstick just gives that take-a-breather vibe.
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My friend got The Yard Shake (P180) and I got the Cold Brew with Milk (P160). Of course, we tasted each other’s drink! LOL. The Yard Shake was soooo delicious, the good kind of heavy. My cold brew was perfect. But it isn’t for people who just started drinking coffee. It’s kind of strong so it’ll pretty much keep you awake for hours.

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We also had Savory Waffle with Chive Cream Cheese (P 240). My friend wanted to get some more but I stopped him because I thought two waffles is more than enough for us. And I was right! With the shake or the coffee, a piece of waffle is enough.

 

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That was a really good breakfast date. If I was still a student, I’d probably hang out there the whole day to study. It’s spacious and relaxing with nothing that’s painful to the eyes. Plus, their broad coffee selection is one reason to go back. There’s just a lot of things to try. It’s definitely a place to go back to.

 

Oh, and thanks for the yummy breakfast treat, good friend. ;)

 

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Glorietta 3: Pizza Warehouse

Out with the cousins on a Sunday afternoon, we looked for a new pizza place to try. I must say, we found a good one that day! It’s the newly opened Pizza Warehouse at 2F, Glorietta 3.

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We ordered an 18-inch pizza and had half of it All Meat flavor and half Combo. We had it sliced into 6, one for each of us. It was worth it because…

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One slice is as big as this paper plate!

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Pizza heaven!

Cheesy goodness topped generously! If I we didn’t have shakes before we ate, I bet I can even finish two slices!

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It’s a place packed with simplicity. Choose a pizza and a drink and you’re off to your seats to eat. No hassle at all. It makes me imagine the pizza place where The Weekenders hang out after school. Hihi! Since they sell it per slice, I know I’ll be back here some time soon! Pizzzaaaaaaaaa!!!!! :)

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Forty Winks

I thought whoever must be in the room with us was just sweeping. But it was 2 o’clock in the morning. I tried hard to open my eyes wide because I was really sleepy. True enough, the man wasn’t sweeping. Suddenly, he covered my mouth with his hand and whispered, “Huwag kang sisigaw. May kukunin lang ako.” I tried to push him away from the bed because my phones were there. Then, he hugged me from the back and stopped moving. He sighed against my nape, inhaled and inhaled, and said, “Ahhh.”
I grabbed the bread knife from his other hand and stabbed him. It felt wrong. I did it again.

His flesh was as hard as cardboard and his skin… it was leather.

Then I woke up.

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Alabang Town Center: Johnny Rockets

Jukebox, couches, fatty food, and ketchup. We all loving imagining being at an authentic American diner. In Iloilo, my friends and I love Freddy’s for letting us feel that classic American ambiance. And I found one spot to simulate the feeling here in Manila too. Johnny Rockets!

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Fries and the their signature ketchup smileys!

Cheesy Fries and the their signature ketchup smileys!

My brother's grilled cheese with fries on the side

My brother’s grilled cheese with fries on the side

My Rocket Wings. They don't look that good but they taste great! Spicy! :)

My Rocket Wings. They don’t look that good but they taste great! Spicy! :)

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We enjoyed the crew’s dance numbers too! Their specialty are hamburgers, actually, but we didn’t feel like having them that day. I heard their shakes are quite the bomb but… we were going to have DQ ice cream after so we skipped it. Lol.

Here’s a link of their menu.

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My brother and I found the perfect place to catch up that day. We enjoyed retro music that’s not too loud that we couldn’t hear each other.

And oh, thank you Johnny Rockets for following me on Twitter! Haha! So do I get to have free coupons? Lol!

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Forty Winks

I peeped through the glass window and saw two men running towards the gate. One of them carried a knife. Aha, I could hear police siren. I rushed to the ground floor and was surprised to see everybody panicking, running around in different directions. I saw one man drenched in his own blood behind the boxes. I heard someone wail in pain. Then suddenly…

Earvin: Nurse, nurse! Pakiexplain ang laxative to this foreigner.
Me: You drink this so you can poop! (Sabay twerk as I handed him the specimen cup which already contained urine)

Then I woke up.

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I’ve finally decided to leave the past behind…

 

 

 

OR NOT.

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