The Itchyworms Were Friends First Before Being Bandmates

They've been together for 25 years!

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( OPM pop-rock group The Itchyworms has been together for 25 years, which is a huge feat considering how bands come and go. And the secret to staying together all these years? Friendship. In OG's debut episode OG Presents: 25 Years of The Itchyworms, band members Jazz Nicolas, Jugs Jugueta, Chino Singson, and Kelvin Yu talked about how friendship shaped their career—one that started when they were students in Ateneo in the '90s.

"We were never really friends...joke lang. We were really friends first before we were bandmates," co-lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist Jugueta shares in the first few seconds of the episode. Later, he excitedly says, "The Itchyworms is a great excuse to hang out with my friends." 

"That's what I take pride in, actually more than the music that we make. Malaking bagay sa akin 'yong ano, kasundong-kasundo ko, totoong kaibigan ko 'yong mga kabanda ko," bassist Yu says.


Lead guitarist Singson even considers The Itchyworms as one of his two longest relationships—the other being with his wife, whom he met shortly before he joined the band. 

"Sinuwerte kami na naging successful kami kahit papano," Jugueta shares, "pero malaking bagay talaga 'yong friendship do'n, e." He feels that it's also easier and "much, much more bearable" to be with friends. "'Yong tugtog parang bonus lang 'yon. Pero 'yong hangout 'yong masaya do'n." 

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Apart from their friendship, they talk about their hit songs in the OG episode. Lead vocalist Nicolas shares an advice from his dad when they were just starting out. "'Yong mga songs niyo, masyadong kumplikado, di yan kayang kantahin ng masa. Dapat makagawa kayo ng kantang ano, kayang kantahin ng mga lasenggo sa kanto." Cue: The melancholic track entitled "Beer."

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