By Nyko Rodriguez
His favorite uniform is a white shirt paired with straight cut denim jeans. He is stick thin, not so tall, and sports a rather normal haircut. A lot has gotten the impression that he’s serious and a man of few words. I am not pertaining to your most boring classmate during high school or your class geek in college. Surprisingly, these are a few ways to describe one of the greatest rock stars of our generation, Chito Miranda.
Take note, he’s undoubtedly one of the most known rockers in the country. Being the main vocalist of his equally famous band, Parokya ni Edgar; he has become the one of the faces and innovators of OPM rock music. This month of May, the main man of Parokya ni Edgar opens up to Circuit Magazine on his life as a living legend in Philippine music.
The real me is Alfonso Miranda Jr
But I’d like to be called as Chito
Rocking in the universe for 36 years
Drop me a tweet through @chitomirandajr
Party with a Rockstar
See me in person at Relik Tapas and Bar where friends hang out.
I love to chill at… my room.
Then there’s always my rest day every Sunday
My drink of choice… anything that can be mixed with soda.
All about the band
The Making of Parokya… we started playing when we were in 4th year high school back in 1993, we also played regularly at Club Dredd in 1994, and then we came out with an album by 1996.
What’s with the name… we just thought it would be a funny name for a band.
Describe each band members… Buwi—flip, Dar—steady, Gab—OK, Vinci—serious, Dindin—walang pakielam.
Music and Him
I love to listen to… lahat naman gusto ko but I try not to categorize music. For me, dalawa lang yan–good and bad music. Anything well thought of is good.
The song to boot…Psychedelic Furs’ Ghost in You.
I’m inspired with… all songwriters who come up with brilliant lyrics.
So unforgettable gig… when we had a gig in Boracay before. I wasn’t able to play because they can’t find me. Then they found me hours later face down on the floor at 2nd floor veranda totally wasted.
My favorite Parokya ni Edgar song is…all of it but as of now my current favorite is “Ok lang ako”.
The Big Fanfare
Interacting with your followers… we always play as if we are playing for our closest friends. Ok lang mag-kalat, basta masaya lahat.
The changes over the years… The difference from before and now, we’re doing more gigs at bigger venues now, but as a band and as friends, nothing has changed.
Living in the digital world… There are always advantages and disadvantages to it. Good side because the music is more accessible now but the bad side is the adverse effect on the recording companies because they can’t get their investment on their artists and also, with that problem, they can’t invest on other new artists and making music videos.