Autotelic is a six-piece Filipino pop/rock band comprised of guitarist and vocals Josh Villena, Kai Honasan (Keyboards and vocals), Neil Tin (guitars), EJ Edralin (synth), Timothy “Pabs” Vargas (bass guitar) and Gep Macadaeg (drums). After exhausting brainstorming sessions, the band agreed upon having the name Autotelic, which means doing productive things for the sake of self-fulfillment and internal reward as opposed to worldly and external motivation.
With a very fresh and interesting debut single under MCA Music, “GISING” is a song about daydreaming letting yourself drown in the feeling of being in love, as if it’s good to be true. With luminous-sounding, positive and exciting vibe that is very easy to relate to Filipinos, “GISING” will surely take over the music charts by storm.
Members of the band found a common interest in and appreciation for different influences, mainly dance music, Japanese pop culture and a desire to create a lasting impact on Filipino music. With these in mind, they agreed that they wanted to write and play songs that will be appreciated across the mainstream and independent music scenes and deliver something fresh to listeners. To attain that goal, they shunned the original plan of making heavier music and instead planned to make songs that will not only have a positive and exciting vibe through the conventions of electronic dance music, but also convey a sense of being truly Filipino in theme and orientation.
When Autotelic deemed that their material was fit for listening, they contacted people from the local gig circuit for opportunities to play in local music venues. A few rough gigs later, the band was happy to find out that the listeners appreciated their songs and recommended their music to other people. Autotelic was able to play in more notable gigs and performances.
As Autotelic performed their songs in more gigs and rehearsals, the songs grew and evolved. The songs were no longer bound by the limits of electronic dance music, as the members contributed more elements of alternative pop, post-punk, progressive rock, and world music to the tracks. While the band built each song with their individual stylings, they still retained the essence of electronica at the core of their material.
By the end of 2013, Autotelic was featured in several year-end lists, including Radio Republic’s Picks of 2013, 8list.ph’s 8 Best Local Indie Acts of 2013. They were also selected as one of the finalists for the Wanderland band competition and Jack Daniel’s JD Set. The band also managed to get airplay for their tracks “Misteryoso” and “Balik” at Jam 88.3’s Fresh Filter program. They were also featured in the February 2014 issue of FHM Philippines as the Rising Band of 2014.
Last July 14, 2016, the band opened the unboxing of Smart Music Live at the Big Dome performing with the biggest local artists in the Philippine music industry.
MCA Music’s latest addition to its growing roster of top-notch artists, Autotelic is now ready and will surely dominate the charts this year with their upcoming major label debut album coming out this September. Autotelic’s first single “GISING” is now out under MCA Music here.
For bookings and inquiries, contact Bea Velasquez of MCA Music Artist Management at +639209682991 or email [email protected] For more updates and information on Autotelic, log on to the following pages: Facebook- MCA Music (Universal Music Philippines) or Autotelic, Instagram- mca_music or autotelicmusic, Twitter- @mcamusic or @AutotelicMusic.