After a successful first run in 2018, Cassette Store Day Philippines returned this year with more tape sellers and more performances by local bands. The annual worldwide event, established in 2013, aims to celebrate the cassette tape with live music and exclusive tape releases to keep the format alive.
Organized by cassette tape shop United Cassettes and DIY tape label Genjitsu Stargazing Society, this year’s local event, “You Can’t Kill Us,” was held on Oct. 19 at Limbo, Makati.
Cassette tapes and cassette-related goodies were available from United Cassettes, Mutilated Noise, Treskul, Plaka Express, Struggle Records, Ariel Magat, Genjitsu Stargazing Society, Noise Box PH, CD’s Atbp., Erick Records, and Think Positive Records. Save San Roque sold art and tote bags for a cause.
There were performances from bands and artists from all over the country who have released or have been on cassette tape, including The Buildings, Pamcy, Memoryville, .wendil, Kino1998, Marty McFly, Grrl Cloud, Anesthesia, Pastilan Dong!, ~sohee, brittleglasscasket, and Washington Drama Club.
We caught up with regional bands bedtime television of Cebu, TIM ÄWÄ of Lucena, and ビクター ＭＫＩＩ (pronounced “mark two”) of Naga, and asked them what it’s been like to be part of Cassette Store Day, and about their own cassette tape memories.
Young STAR: Tell us about your band!
Isabella of bedtime television: bedtime television is eerie, melancholic, and we’ve been told; surprisingly comforting. [It’s] basically a fever dream where I could project all the things I love, all my interests, fixations and all the sadness that I carry around with me everyday.
Zeph of TIM ÄWÄ: I used to call my music “mapagpanggap math rock.” I mean, it’s still alternative, I guess. Guitars, and drums. It’s not as technical and it is not as ambient, shoegaze-y. (laughs) [I’m also known as] “that post-rock girl from Lucena.” My producer Nick Lazaro (of La Balls) wrote that in a caption and I just took it as a pun as I can’t really claim it.
Victor of ビクター ＭＫＩＩ: I’m a beat maker/producer. I produce instrumental beats inspired by nostalgia, Japanese animation, and everyday ambient sounds. I always wanted to make something light, subtle, and somewhat familiar in a nostalgic sense, something that can make you relax and introspect at the same time and I think I’ve achieved those by approaching beat making as a subtle storytelling.