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Jul 16, 2009
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So what exactly is AMPON?
Lamok: AMPON was supposed to be a record label. Yun talaga yung goal nun, but due to legalities—papers, etc—we decided not to push through with it and instead make it into an organization of artists that still functions as a label.

Chec:
Yan yung misconception ng tao. Akala nila, AMPON is parang Wu Tang: isang group tapos sa isang kanta lahat kami naruon. Akala nila AMPON is one big rap group. But it’s an organization with 17 members, almost lahat MC. Pero like ako, I do beats, DJ stuff.

Beetlejuice:
There’s a certain understanding that we have. The group is compromised of MCs, beat makers, we have graffiti artists also. As much as possible we attack all elements of hiphop. We just don’t have a b-boi.

Chec:
Pare-parehas na kaliwa mga paa namin.
Beetlejuice: We started, we’ve been going about now since 2003 so roughly about 5-6 years now.


How did you all come together?

Lamok: Yung iba blood related, iba, through the internet. yung iba tawagan lang.

Beetlejuice
: yea, there was a show, a gig at Magallanes. Basically, there was the four of us: me, victor prieto, Miguel Pacheco, Mic sanchez. But before it started, Vic had his own stint going with Pasta Groove. And then we had our own little stint, Miguel and Mic and I. We said okay we’ll put together a group and we’ll get people who share the same enthusiasm, show the same interest as we all do. Vic knew the camp of Gabby and Marlowe, through Dom, who is one of our friends from turbulence production. At this one show, in Asia Pacific in Magallanes, we all saw each other. Yun. It clicked. And pretty much like that. The friends of this person, hakot-hakot ng tao.

Scarm:
When it got started, there was this whole energy of hip-hop and rhyme and making beats, something very progressive, something independent and at the same time, something different. I remember at that time when I saw my brother with these guys, head bopping to rhymes, I had no idea what was going on. We all shared energy in building AMPON. We learned from what these guys were bringing and they learned it from some other place that they already knew, nagka-sharing. AMPON is like a family thing that we share from each other’s ano and we build out our own individual shelves.


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