Rik James Zantua, Carlo Cabato, Paolo Malong, and Derrick Chan of Sofa Sky, musicians
We started jamming and hanging out around October 2016. We only started gigging in May 2017, opening for Lola Amour’s EP Launch. Carlo and Rik James had a band called Awtsudon before, formed while applying for their music organization, The UP Music Circle. The pair recruited Derrick, their classmate in summer Calculus and Rik James’ coursemate, to play bass. Our current drummer, Paolo, is also part of The UP Music Circle.
When we write songs, we usually draw them from personal experiences. For our premiere album “Good Evening, Good Night”, we tried to write songs around the theme of going out at night — from nights out with friends, to dates with loved ones, and even drinking alone on your bedroom floor. We like to say that we sing the songs of youth — of being young, drunk, and in love.
Carlo: One thing I usually do before the school year starts is to go out with friends or watch a gig. It really helps just going out and having fun before school starts.
Rik James: I like buying new stuff (to start off a school year). I’d go for a National Bookstore run for my school supplies and a Uniqlo run for some new fits. I also try to meal prep and plan my schedule. Of course, it’s back to the normal messy life after a week (laughs).
Derrick: I try my best to return to a normal human’s circadian rhythm so I don’t wake up as a zombie when school hits. Goodbye 2 a.m. to 11 a.m. sleeping time!
Paolo: I try to squeeze every bit of free time left before the sem starts. May it be completing a video game or binging a series or completing a personal project.
(We balance everything through) prioritization, communication, and calendaring. We have a group chat to talk about our different commitments, and even have a shared calendar to input our non-negotiable events or dates (like exams, presentations, paper deadlines, or family commitments). We then try our best to schedule our rehearsals and gigs around those events, or at least as much as possible try to adjust to it.
A big milestone for the band was us playing three nights for UP Fair this year. As freshmen, we’d always joke around about playing in UP Fair and we never really thought it would come true, and three nights at that. Small victories for us are doing well in our exams, especially after a night of gigging and drinking!