How Freddie Aguilar influenced indie band Phoenix

By Vince Garcia,

Posted at Jan 21 2014 03:02 PM | Updated as of Jan 21 2014 11:02 PM

Members of the band Phoenix pose for a photo at their press conference. Photo by Marie Fernandez for

MANILA -- Grammy-winning indie band Phoenix finally arrived in Manila on Monday for a one-night only concert at the World Trade Center, Pasay City.

The four-man French group composed of Thomas Mars, Laurent Brancowitz, Deck D'Arcy and Christian Mazzalai will be performing in the country for the first time since the band's inception back in 1999.

In a press conference held at the Diamond Hotel, Pasay City on January 20, Mars expressed his excitement over the chance to finally meet his Filipino fans.

"We feel very welcome and we are so happy to be here," he said. "We don’t know what we're going to play."

Phoenix is currently on a worldwide tour to promote their fifth studio album "Bankrupt." The quartet recently performed in neighboring countries like Japan and Singapore and have headlined several music festivals, most notably Coachella last year.

But before they were global rock stars, lead guitarist Brancowitz recalled the time he, as a kid, came across a Freddie Aguilar record and thought that the OPM legend's iconic look was "cool."

"We have a lot of records. We had them when we were kids...During one interview, I said, 'I had a record of this guy and I really loved the cover, " Brancowitz explained.

“A guy with the long hair and dark shades. He looked really cool," he added.

Brancowitz credits Aguilar among his many musical influences and admitted that he loved the trademark folk sensibilities of Aguilar.

"We love music and good music is very rare so we try to find them everywhere. I don’t know very well his career but I know I have a few records and they were good," he said.

Tickets for Phoenix's concert in Manila are available via SM Tickets at P5,000 for VIP seated and P3,500 for Gold standing. Show starts at 8 p.m. on January 21.