Neocolours

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Neocolours
Origin Manila, Philippines
Genres OPM
Years active 1988–1994 (reunion: 1999 & 2012)
Labels Universal Records Philippines
Associated acts Introvoys
Alamid
Christian Bautista
Members Ito Rapadas
Jack Rufo
Jimmy Antiporda
Niño Regalado
Past members Paku Herrera
Marvin Querido
Josel Jimenez
Dan Gil

Neocolours was formed 1988, out of the remnants of a mid-1980s vocal group, in Manila, Philippines. Founding members were: Jimmy Antiporda (keyboards), Ito Rapadas (vocalist), Marvin Querido (2nd keyboards), Josel Jimenez (guitar), Paku Herrera (bass) and Nino Regalado (drums). At that time the pop music genre in the Philippines was dominated by solo singers. Neocolours filled in the pop music void with the release of their first album, Making It in 1989. The said album reached platinum sales, and helped usher in a new era in the Philippine recording industry that is now known as the early 1990s band explosion.

The second album Tuloy Pa Rin came out in 1990, and created more hit singles for the band. It similarly reached platinum status and cemented several tracks as classic "OPM" songs to this day. The band, however, reached a plateau with the relatively poor sales of the third album Truth and Consequence in 1992. Various founding members made their exit in 1991 and 1992. Josel Jimenez was the first one to leave in 1991 and returned to his hometown of Davao City. Jack Rufo replaced him. Marvin Querido similarly decided to leave in 1992, and pursued a career as a session keyboardist and musical arranger. With the varying interests of the members and a dip in public interest the band, the remaining members agreed to retire the name in 1994.

Encouraged once more by a resurgent interest from its fans, the band decided in 1999 to do a "re-recording" of old hits from the past albums and compile those into a rehashed greatest hits package. Additional bonus songs were especially produced for the compilation, one of which, "Kasalanan Ko Ba", became a radio hit. The resultant album, entitled Emerge: The Best of Neocolours, reached double platinum sales in the Philippines.

Neocolours songs have been covered repeatedly by various artists through the years, which contributed to the band's stature as a relevant 1980s pop act. Their songs were utilized in various commercials, movie and television show themes.

Current undertakings[edit]

Keyboardist Jimmy Antiporda heads his own company JAM Creations, a company involved in music production and film/video productions for TV and radio commercials, album recordings and music videos. He has also ventured into directing for music videos and commercials, which adds another feather in his cap.

Lead vocalist Ito Rapadas, who is also a composer, is the Original Pilipino Music (OPM) production department managing director for Universal Records. Rapadas has produced and overseen important album works for the past ten years at Universal Records. His latest works as of 2007 are as follows: the chart topping and quadruple platinum Apo Hiking Society tribute album Kami Napo Muna, Lani Misalucha's 2006 gold record album and the best selling and gold record light jazz album of 2007 - In Love With Bacharach.

Meanwhile guitarist Jack Rufo had emerged as one of the Philippine industry's most sought after pop-rock producers and session guitarists. His most outstanding work was for Kitchie Nadal's multi-platinum selling second album in 2004. He has since collaborated and produced pop-rock albums by Barbie Almabis, Rocksteddy and Rivermaya.

Niño Regalado is widely recognized as one of the Philippines' most able drummers. He has played all this time for all the top solo singers. He is also a producer, composer and music arranger.

Paku Herrera's present location is Kyoto, Japan and remains very active with his music career.

Josel Jimenez stayed out of music related activities, but recently returned once more to band music with a group he formed in Davao City.

Marvin Querido is a musical director and arranger. He is sought after by many recording artists such as Gary Velanciano, Lani Misalucha, Sarah Geronimo and Piolo Pascual. He is currently the owner of his own recording studio, On Q, and he is in-demand by famous artists and singer such as Martin Nievera, Anne Curtis, Angeline Quinto, and Lea Salonga.

Discography[edit]

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