Photos by Renzo Navarro
When I first heard that there existed a local band called Flu I thought, “Whaat?” But when I heard that they were a funk band, I became curious. There aren’t a lot of those on the local scene, to say the least, and definitely not a lot that describe their music as “tito tunes.”
Flu, composed of Dieter Bautista (bass), Luigi Aganinta (guitar), John Rae Rebano (guitar), Randall Enriquez (drums) and Deus Vergel de Dios (vocals), is the first band of newly minted music label Funky Records. The genesis of the band stems from a thesis requirement and evolved almost like a happy accident. All of the guys are music production graduates (except for Deus, who is an industrial designer), so they really have a sharp ear for what sounds good, which really shows up in their music.
To date, the band has released three singles: Fine Day, Get Down and ’93, all of which have a fully-realized funk sound that’s perfect for a Sunday morning coffee, a breezy rooftop evening with friends, or a cruise around town late at night — either way, you’re going to find yourself shimmying a little bit while listening.
On the other hand, their fourth single, which launches today, is a little bit slower and more emotional. Titled Is This the Love That I Need?, the track talks about modern love and relationships, and whether or not what you see in the movies is what you really want. We sat down with the band to talk about their new single, their influences, and what’s coming up for them this year.
YOUNG STAR: What’s your songwriting process like? Is it led by one member, or do you guys all chip in to complete songs?
DIETER BAUTISTA: For the album, I wrote most of the tunes, and co-wrote some of them with the other members. I give a demo, they listen to it overnight, and then at the next rehearsal, we jump right into it. See what feels right, see what’s lacking, and then we pitch in our ideas and then it evolves into a new thing. That’s basically how it goes. Tell me about your new single Is This the Love That I Need? What’s the story behind the song? Did you also write it, Dieter? It’s not a firsthand experience for the lyrics, but it’s mostly about, I guess, what you see in movies and what you hear from friends or people complaining about the modern dating scene. It’s mostly about feeling a conflict of wanting more from someone, but realizing or accepting that that’s just as good as it gets. That’s what the song revolves around.