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Q&A: Sugarfree's Farewell

<p>All good things do come to an end</p>
by Gelo Gonzales | Feb 24, 2011
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The running coverage of FHM.com.ph of Ebe Dancel's last gigs with Sugarfree ends with this interview. Suppose it's all been said, the goodbyes and the whys and the what's next. [firstpara]
Still like the rest of Sugarfree-loving music enthusiasts, we can't help but feel a little nostalgic for those good days when you knew you they were just a gig away.

Come March, we'll have to take Ebe's words for it. He, perhaps, said it best: "Hindi ko na kayang mabuhay sa kahapon." 

Sugarfree has two more shows remaining. Tonight, 24 February at 19East in Paranaque and then finally on 1 March at Eastwood.

How do these final few gigs feel?
Ebe: Every show so far has been, ever since we made the announcement, emotional. We’ve never seen this much support, and as much love, and thinking about the whole thing, we get goosebumps. Nahihirapan na nga rin kami tumutugtog minsan sa dami ng tao. But we love it, we love it.  

Jal: Very bittersweet. Every leg of the farewell tour, it causes us to reminisce also, from when we first started, and the people who first supported us. Meron siyang lungkot, pero meron din siyang saya.

As much as possible, we’re trying to control the sad part, because we don’t want to break down on stage. We want to leave happy memories. But in all honesty, malungkot talaga siya. It’s sad to say goodbye once, but to say it several times, that’s even heavier. We try our best to turn things around, and celebrate as well.

Are there songs that you’re having a hard time playing, with regards to you guys breaking up?
Ebe: Dinaanan ko na kasi yung lungkot na part nung January. I’m beginning to recover. And tama si Jal, we want to treat this as a celebration; I don’t want people to be mourning. The music’s still going to be there, yung musician lang ang mawawala.

What were the most memorable moments for the band?
Jal: Marami eh. I can name a few. First time we played in Baguio. First time we released an album. The major concerts. Ang dami eh, pwedeng “too many to mention?” Ha ha.

At what point did you feel Sugarfree had made it?
Ebe: Outside Manila, during the second album when “Hari ng Sablay” came out. Sa Manila matagal na, kasi yung first album bumenta na siya eh.

Jal: There was a time na nag-overlap yung mga singles eh. “Hari ng Sablay” was peaking; “Tulog Na” was slow burn; and then “Makita Kang Muli” was released. Nagkaroon ng time na magkakasabay sila lahat. It was overwhelming for the band, and that was when we realized.

Ebe: Oo nga, parang we had three songs sa mga top ten countdowns sabay sabay, sa radio stations.

And at what point did you make the decision that this was going to be the end?
Jal: Madaming rason e. May personal, professional, career path, family, nagsabay-sabay lahat. For the record, the band tried to do as much as it can, but in the end, we all decided to just celebrate the farewell.

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Instead of pushing it, yun nga ang sabi nung drummer naming si Mitch, leave it na nandun siya, na good yung memory nya, leave it na maganda yung nakatatak sa mga tao. So yun, yun na yung naging desisyon: end with a happy note!

NEXT: Their favorite albums, and songs

INTERVIEW BY: CAMILLE BANZON,  GELO GONZALES, & MIKEY AGULTO
PHOTO BY: VICKY CONANAN

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