How Cup of Joe is brewing their way to mainstream success

The newest band in town Cup of Joe is ready to sweep you off your feet with their soulful voice and affecting yet refreshing lyrics.  FROM L to R: Rhythm guitarist Clint Joules “CJ” Fernandez, pianist Vixen “Xen” Gareza, lead guitarist Antonio Gabriel “Gab” Fernandez, vocalist Edgar Gian Bernardino, bassist Raphael “Seve” Severino and vocalist and acoustic guitarist Raphael Ridao

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The newest band in town Cup of Joe is ready to sweep you off your feet with their soulful voice and affecting yet refreshing lyrics. FROM L to R: Rhythm guitarist Clint Joules “CJ” Fernandez, pianist Vixen “Xen” Gareza, lead guitarist Antonio Gabriel “Gab” Fernandez, vocalist Edgar Gian Bernardino, bassist Raphael “Seve” Severino and vocalist and acoustic guitarist Raphael Ridao

It only took a few months for the band Cup of Joe to win many hearts. From becoming an online sensation last February to bagging a title from one of the most highly anticipated award shows in the country recently, these young musicians are truly something to watch out for. 

Up and coming band Cup of Joe was formed by six talented lads from Baguio namely vocalists Edgar Gian Bernardino and Raphael Ridao, pianist Vixen “Xen” Gareza, lead guitarist Antonio Gabriel “Gab” Fernandez, bassist Raphael “Seve” Severino and rhythm guitarist Clint Joules “CJ” Fernandez and almost all of them came from a family with musical backgrounds.

The band’s unique name, Cup of Joe, is a slang word for a cup of coffee. And just like coffee, they wanted to produce different blends of music for people to listen to, especially when they need that refreshing boost to get through the day.

Lead guitarist Gab explains: “Gusto naming iparating na taste ng music sa audience is parang taste ng iba’t ibang timpla ng kape. Tsaka ’yong Joe meaning average guy...parang kami students and kahit na students pa lang kami ngayon gusto namin i-share ’yong music namin sa iba.”

Their musical journey started inside the four walls of their classroom as they joined countless battle of the bands and open mic events held at their school.

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Back then, they were just like any other aspiring musicians who were so used to performing song covers in front of a huge crowd, but not until they finally decided to create their own, hence, the birth of their first single entitled “Nag-iisang Muli,” which they released on Spotify last February 25.

“Even before po namin i-release ‘yong song, we performed it sa school during the student’s day and then maganda ‘yong feedback ng mga tao…” Raphael, the vocalist, recalls.

“People were requesting for us to sing it again and some even suggested na i-record namin kasi nagustuhan nila. So we decided to record it for fun and to have a copy for ourselves. And then we thought na, ‘Bakit hindi natin to i-share sa iba?’ and others were asking din kung p’wede nila makuha ‘yong copy. So we decided na lang na i-upload ‘yong song.”

They first uploaded their recorded single on Facebook and then on Spotify. And that’s the time it really blew up because they said a lot of people streamed their song in just one day. 
                                                                                     
Raphael adds: “We did not expect na magugustuhan ng tao. Nakaka-wow talaga. And then nakapasok pa ’yong song namin sa malalaking playlists ng Spotify such as Trending Tracks and Top 50 hits in the Philippines.”  

After receving good feedbacks from their song “Nag-iisang Muli”, Cup of Joe made a sequel entitled “Sinderela”.​


After their song made waves online, the band was then discovered by Viva Records, a record label under Viva Entertainment, on Spotify. They exchanged emails with the executives and scheduled a contract signing which took place last June 17.

And just when they thought they already have enough blessings, another opportunity knocked on their door.

Despite being a neophyte in the music scene, Cup of Joe’s “Nag-iisang Muli” bagged the award, Regional Song of the Year at the MOR Pinoy Music Awards 2019 held at the Araneta Coliseum last July 16.

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MOR or My Only Radio, a 24-hour music radio station of ABS-CBN, hosts an annual music awards show where they honor world-class Filipino talent. And this year’s MOR awards night, Cup of Joe won against huge Cebu-based musicians such as Karencitta for her song “Bambambam” and Wonggoys with Visayan song “Wa’y Blema”.

Gab goes on, still amused, “Actually hindi po talaga namin in-expect na mananalo kami kasi no’ng nakita pa lang namin kung sino ‘yong mga kalaban matagal na pong kilala compared sa ‘min. In-expect din po namin na sa Baguio lang mag-stay ‘yong kanta pero kumalat po.”

With all their achievements so far and proven amazing talents, we believe these boys are already one step closer to their dream--to be one of the most successful and famous bands in the country.


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