Rhona Nolasco is featured in several Deckajam tracks. Photo by Tim Kent
LONDON -- A Pinay singer-songwriter is featured on four tracks belonging to a new electronic band in the United Kingdom.
Comprised of established music producers Kevin 'Energy' Thorpe and Nick '235' Sanett, Deckajam made its live debut in London last month after spending two years in the studio.
With the the duo were five of their featured artists, including Filipina Rhona Nolasco.
The 32-year-old belted out two original tracks - 'Saved You' and 'Stuck in the Middle' - during the launch gig at the Comedy Pub in Leicester Square.
Thorpe, 33, and Sanett, 32, are both well-known DJ's within the hardcore rave circuit, but they wanted to try something different, which led to the birth of Deckajam.
Having written and produced music with Nolasco in the past, approaching her to be part of their project was an easy decision.
"Rhona was the perfect choice because we'd worked with each other, we understood each other and the three of us were also looking to try something new at that time," explained Thorpe, who scooped Best DJ at the 2008 Hardcore Heaven Awards.
Sanett was in another band with Nolasco five years ago called Duke Gonzo. He is pleased to have reunited with her once again for Deckajam.
"There's a diversity out there and it's good to have Rho on this project again. I feel that it's really gelling well," said Sanett, who has been to several Filipino community events and admits he would one day like to perform in the Philippines.
Thorpe says they're attempting to create electronic dance music that doesn't stick to one genre, which could also cross over into the mainstream "but still stay true to its roots".
"We're trying to encompass most of our favorite things about electronic music but with our signature sound. That tends to be uplifting cool progressions, big musical melodies but big dirty bass drops and very high energy drums," he added.
The British-born Filipina, who made the Grand National Final of talent contest UK Idol in 2008, wrote the lyrics and melody for her own Deckajam songs and she enjoys the variety.
"I'm doing tracks that swing from drum and bass, to dub step, a bit of trip hop," Nolasco said.
"It's a bit difficult to explain because it's such a mix of stuff, and that's another reason why I really like working with these guys.
"We've all got individual things we really like, and favourite things we like and that's what we were able to bring to the table," she added.
Deckajam is eager to get its music out and has gigs lined up for the future. The band's next performance is set for December 6 at the O2 Academy in Islington, London.