Raimund Marasigan

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Raimund Marasigan
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Background information
Birth name Raimund Emmanuel Parcon Marasigan
Also known as Lemon, Sugar Raims
Born (1971-05-22) May 22, 1971 (age 43)
Candelaria, Quezon, Philippines
Genres Pop rock, disco punk, electronica, experimental, hip hop, Pinoy rock, rap rock, punk rock, synthpop
Instruments Drums, percussion, synthesizers, guitar, vocals, keyboards, keytar, sampler
Associated acts Cambio, Eraserheads, Pedicab, Planet Garapata, Sandwich, Squid 9, Sun Valley Crew, Project 1, The Curfew, Keltscross, The Pin-Up Girls, Yeng Constantino, Parokya Ni Edgar, Abra, Assembly Generals
Notable instruments
Drum Workshop
Yamaha Drums
Remo Drum Accessories
Sabian Cymbals
Zildjian Cymbals
Latin Percussion
Roland Corporation
Yamaha MM6
Clavia Nord Electro 2
Korg Karma
Korg M1
Roland JX-10
Fender Telecaster
Gibson SG
Keytar

Raimund Emmanuel Parcon Marasigan, (born May 22, 1971) or simply known as Raimund Marasigan, is a ballad musician and record producer in the Philippines. Often, his first name is misspelled as Raymond, Raymund, Raimond and other variants. The breadth of his projects has made him one of the most well-respected mainstays of the Philippine rock band scene. He was the drummer, vocalist and lyricist alongside bandmate Ely Buendia of The Eraserheads, and the current keyboard/synths player for Pedicab, former rhythm guitarist and now frontman of Sandwich, current drummer of Cambio, vocalist of Project 1 and the man behind Squid 9. Currently, he holds bass for his newest band, Gaijin. Aside from writing songs and being a musician, he is also a record producer, voice actor, TV host and product endorser.

Eraserheads[edit]

He first achieved fame as drummer for the rock band, Eraserheads, one of the most popular Philippine bands of the 1990s. He played the drums, provided backing vocals, and occasionally sang on lead vocals. Marasigan's songwriting output for the Eraserheads was only next to that of its principal songwriter, Ely Buendia.

In 2002, vocalist-guitarist Ely Buendia left the Eraserheads, and Kris Dancel from the all-girl band, Fatal Posporos, was recruited to fill the vacancy. The group billed themselves as Eheads and issued an EP entitled, Please Transpose (2003). The group later renamed themselves Cambio after their lead guitarist Marcus Adoro quit. Cambio released two albums: Derby Light (2003) and Matic (2007).

On August 30, 2008 at the Fort Bonifacio Open Grounds in Taguig, Marasigan joined Buendia, Adoro, and Zabala for The Eraserheads reunion concert. The continuation of the reunion "The Final Set" was held on March 7, 2009 at the SM Mall of Asia concert grounds.

Sandwich[edit]

Main article: Sandwich (band)

The band Sandwich was formed in 1995 with his now-life partner Myrene Academia (Imago) & (Duster) on bass, Marc Abaya on lead guitars and vocals later replaced by Mong Alcaraz of Chicosci (mong alcaraz only replaced him on the guitars) when the former quit to focus on being an MTV mainstay, Diego Castillo on rhythm guitars, and Mike Dizon (of bands Pedicab and Teeth) on drums. Although existing simultaneously with the Eraserheads, Sandwich provided a heavier, grittier sound, and built up their own fan base. Marc Abaya left the band in 2005 to concentrate on his career as a VJ while frontlining for his other band Kjwan and Raimund Marasigan has since taken over as the lead vocalist. They have released three albums: Grip Stand Throw and 4-Track Mind (later reissued as a 2-in-1 by Sony BMG, and 2004's award-winning Thanks To The Moon's Gravitational Pull (initially an indie release; then later reissued by EMI Philippines with bonus tracks. Sandwich released further albums, entitled Five on the Floor (2006) which featured the phenomenal hit single, Sugod, and <S> Marks the Spot (2008), with its hit single Procrastinator and Betamax.

Pedicab[edit]

In early 2005, Marasigan once again formed another project band: Pedicab. Composed of seasoned artists donning alter egos; Raymund (a.k.a. Sugarraims) is on synths and backup vocals; Mike Dizon (of Sandwich and Teeth) a.k.a. Masterbeat is on drums; Jason Caballa (of Twisted Halo and Blast Ople) a.k.a. J. Sonic is on guitar and backup vocals; Diego Mapa (of Monsterbot and Cambio) a.k.a. Daddy Maps is lead vocals; and interestingly, acclaimed music video director RA Rivera a.k.a. Just Toni is on visuals and multimedia. They call their music "dunk music" which is essentially their own version of Dance-punk. They released a two-track sampler called "For Hire" with tracks "Bago Pa Mag Pasko" and "Pa-Experience". Pedicab’s first album Tugish Takish (the name coming from onomatopoeia of the sounds made by banging on drums) under Vicor music was released later that year. Tugish Takish has spawned hits such as "Dito Tayo Sa Dilim", "Dizzy Boy", "Konti Na Lang" and "A Stormy Night". Their second album "Shinji Ilabas Mo Na Ang Helicopter" with carrier single "Ang Pusa Mo" was released on April 2008 under MCA Records Philippines. Their second album also contains the remake of "Pa-Experience" which they retitled to "Pa-Taste". It also has fan favorites such as "FX", "Follow Through", and "Breaking Away".

Project 1[edit]

In 2008, Marasigan launched his new album with Sandwich, after that, he also launched a one-shot band called "Project 1" with Clem Castro (former Orange and Lemons, now The Camerawalls) on guitars, Francis Reyes (The Dawn) also on guitars, Carlos Calderon (Chicosci) on bass, Jazz Nicolas (Itchyworms) on drums and Uela Basco (Chilitees), Katwo Librando (Narda/Duster) and Raimund Marasigan himself on vocals. Their first single "Ang Sarap Dito" was released on March 2008. According to its members, "The new group was formed because we, as artists, feel that we wanted to create something fresh, especially for the young generation. We all believe in a common goal of being positive and changing the way young people think." Their first and only single was used by Coca-Cola Philippines for television and radio commercials and also by Pinoy Big Brother: Teen Edition Plus.

Other projects[edit]

Music[edit]

Squid 9[edit]

Squid 9 is a hip-hop influenced band that started out as a studio act and is formed from members of the Eraserheads, Monsterbot and Sun Valley Crew among others. It was soon performing live shows as well. Squid 9 released three albums: "Deleted Scenes", "Kraken Modular" and "Ink Jet". Squid 9 is also part of Electronica Manila and often collaborated with the late Wolfmann+. Squid9 Live is composed of Raimund Marasigan on samplers, drum machine and Chaos Pad), Vin Dancel (Twisted Halo and Peryodiko) and Kathy Meneses (Daydreamcycle) on vocals, Buddy Zabala (The Dawn, Twisted Halo & Cambio) on bass, keyboards and samplers and Rann Golamco (Drip, Porta, and formerly of Mojofly) on guitars. Marasigan calls his home studio "The Squid Crib".

Planet Garapata[edit]

Marasigan started Planet Garapata also in 1996, a short-lived hip-hop and electronica project that featured Eraserheads bassist Buddy Zabala, Eraserheads sound engineer Mark Laccay and Jeng Tan. The project debuted in Francis M's 1996 Happy Battle album and featured Marasigan's early rapping skills.

Sun Valley Crew[edit]

He is also part of Sun Valley Crew, a hip-hop/rap group with members Ryan Armamento and RJ Seneres on vocals, Uela Basco also on vocals, Mong Alcaraz on guitars, Dan Gil on Rhodes keyboards, Dex Aguila on Drums, Raimund Marasigan on samplers and Ryan Ventura on bass.

Other collaborations[edit]

He is often dubbed as “The Philippines’ busiest musician”, with multiple but different, simultaneous bands, in addition to collaborations with various artists such as Francis Magalona, The Pin-Up Girls, Rivermaya, Keltscross, Sugarfree, Itchyworms, Chicosci, Freestyle, Wolfmann, The Dawn, Chillitees, and others.

Marasigan collaborated with Radioactive Sago Project's Lourd de Verya and they created the song "Egis, Er'p!" for a film about Philippine Science High School System, titled "Pisay". Marasigan also sang the theme song for UPCAT movie.

Also unknown to many, Raimund (on keyboards and guitars) had a project band with Mark Laccay (bass), Dexter Aguila (drums, now with Chillitees), Thaddeus "Duff" Reantaso (vocals) and Mike Elgar (guitars, before he joined Rivermaya), called Blueberry Juice which lasted until 1994.

Raimund is the bassist and percussionist of the new band called Gaijin, fronted by Jesse Grinter (guitars and vocals) and Shinji Tanaka (drums). Gaijin means "foreigner" in Japanese. As the name implies, the group is composed of different artists from different heritages. Raimund is Filipino, Jesse is American, and Shinji is Japanese. Given the multi-national status of the band, their music is also focused towards the international music scene.

He was chosen by ABS-CBN, together with Rico Blanco and Aia de Leon, for the theme song of the network's 2010 elections campaign, which calls on Filipinos, especially the youth, to register, vote, and make the 2010 elections work. It also features the “Boto Mo, iPatrol Mo” drumbeat.

In 2014 he collaborate with rap prince Abra for Sanib Puwersa (Joined Forces) for beer brand Colt 45, the main competitor of Red Horse Beer which endorse by former bandmante Ely Buendia and Joey Pepe Smith.

Drums and percussions[edit]

Keyboards and synthesizers[edit]

Television[edit]

He is also the voice behind the character of Taira Yoshiyuki in the Philippine-edition of BECK: Mongolian Chop Squad aired in Hero TV.[1]

After some various TV appearances as a host, such as being a guest host and part of Studio 23's Breakfast, Marasigan was picked by Myx to be the first and current host of Myx Tugtugan. He is also the "Songwriting Teacher" for ABS-CBN's Pinoy Dream Academy.

Year Title Role Station
2006 Pinoy Dream Academy Songwriting Teacher ABS-CBN

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Production
1995 Run Barbi Run Himself (Eraserheads) Cinemax Films

Personal life[edit]

He was with Jeng Tan (bassist of The Pin-up Girls) for a very long time, but then lived-in with Sandwich, Imago & Duster bassist Myrene Academia from 2000-2008. The two have a daughter named Atari Kim.

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