For American duo, joan, the hunt and discovery for the pair’s defining sound is not a new thing. As the indie-pop band puts it, theirs is a sonic exploration that has long evolved from their creative partnership that dates all the way back in college leading to now, two years in the midst of a pandemic—having recently released a two new EPs “hi” and “bye” by the tail-end of 2021. Hopeful to own an art that, on a deeper level, is true to themselves, the duo is raring to share their new ventures with their growing audience as the world slowly opens up and their artistry continues to break new ground and evolve.
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Legendary alternative rock band Simple Plan makes a resounding comeback this year with the recent release of their sixth studio album “Harder Than It Looks”—more than half a decade since their last. For The New Agenda Issue, we sit down with lead vocalist and bassist Pierre Bouvier to talk newfound online fame brought about by their early aughts classics, the band’s sonic evolution, and the “prophetic” anthems now housed by the ten-track record that sing tunes to our collective pandemic emotions.
For Indonesian songwriter, rapper, and music producer, Warren Hue , pure passion and talent define his fast-rising trajectory as a recognized international artist. Now, more than ever, the young multi-hyphenate, freshly signed with global music label, 88Rising, sees to it, that there’s no stones left unturned on his road to staking his claim as the Boy of the Year.
In a wide and ever-changing sea of beautiful faces in entertainment, Iza Calzado stands out and makes an unrelenting stand. As the critically-acclaimed multi-hyphenate continues to take on a diverse slate of marked roles with close to two decades in the business under her belt, not only does she continue to be an acting marvel, she serves up her platform for good, to bring about culture-shaping discussions on empowerment, body positivity, mental health, and self love. Editor Leo Balante looks closer as Calzado shows us what it means to not just be a once-in-a-lifetime showbiz tour-de-force but, more importantly, a complex, uncompromising, but remarkable human being.
Introduced to the mainstream scene with a widely-recognizable surname hailing from a rich lineage of dramatic actors and action stars, Kylie Padilla has since staked her claim in the entertainment industry, making her 15-year-stay in the business as fruitful as it is storied, with a growing body of work and unrelenting conviction as an artist and a human being with an ever-evolving sense of self. For The Vision Issue, Rank Magazine works with HUAWEI, through the new MatePad 11, to translate her concept of empowerment, from a physical medium of acrylic on canvas to a sleek but powerful digital companion.
While history now sees him as the man behind the anthems in a time of isolation and distance, ultimately inducting him in the pantheon of Filipino music-making greats, young powerhouse Zack Tabudlo’s promise and purposeful commitment grows stronger and more significant than ever—telling stories of the people, one record-breaking hit at a time.
Rank Magazine editor Leo Balante catches up with the nineteen-year-old Island Records Philippines hitmaker as he relishes on his newfound seat atop OPM’s most promising discoveries and, with all bets placed on him, beyond the numbers and social media frenzy, we chart his aural history, imprint, and impact so far.
From DJs to recording artists and entrepreneurs, life partners Patty Tiu-Thompson and Mark Thompson put out all the stops to come out of the pandemic alive, in every sense of the word. As the two established DJs, producers, and now creative entrepreneurs grapple with the loss of live shows, Rank Magazine catches up with the power couple to talk about this new chapter of transitions, and what they’re cooking for and with the creative community.
Thai-Italian singer-songwriter and actress Silvy debuts into the global music scene with an empowering anthem for women all around the world. No detours, no dilly dallying or sugarcoating, she comes in straight to the industry knowing exactly what she has to offer, and what she wants to say. And with her powerful image and personality, the world is definitely eager to listen for more.
With a sixteen-year-old (and counting) music career under his name that has elevated him to “OPM icon” status, mapping out Kean Cipriano’s journey within the industry looks much like an image that has come full circle. From self-expression, to an added layer of self-realization, and then turning around to guide the next generation going through the same path—his voyage across the arts might seem like he has already done everything. In truth, though, he’s just getting started.
In great anticipation of Jungle’s third full album, Rank Magazine sits down with Josh Lloyd Watson, one half of the duo alongside Tom McFarland, to dive deep into their latest release, how “Loving in Stereo”, is in many ways a re-realization, and what else is there to expect up their artistic sleeves.