|Ebe Dancel- Lead vocalist, Jal Taguibao- Bass and back-up vocals and Kaka Quisumbing- Drums|
|Ebe Dancel- Lead vocalist, Jal Taguibao- Bass and back-up vocals and Mitch Singson- Drums|
Sugarfree (28 December 1999-1 March 2011) is a defunct pop-alternative band composed of Ebe Dancel on lead vocals and guitars, Jal Taguibao on bass and vocals, Kaka Quisumbing on drums (2006-2011), Mitch Singson on drums (1999-2006), and Bodjie dela Cruz on lead guitars (2007-2011).
Sugarfree's first gig was on 28 August 1999 in Villa Romana in Baguio City. Jal recalled that during that time Ebe was sick and only five people were in the audience.
Ebe joined one band after another during his college days until he met Jal and then Sugarfree's drummer Mitch Singson. Together, they played in the underground. They earned admirers and supporters as they became mainstays in productions nights including “Admit One” in Freedom Bar and “Sunday Grabe Sunday” in Mayric's.
Sugarfree's first record deal was with Viva Records in 2000.
Into the music scene
Sugarfree was able to lay-in a few songs at Tracks Studio. Rico Blanco, who was still with Rivermaya, co-produced their album. Rico eventually has to beg off for he was also busy with his own band. Angee Rozul, who was the in-house engineer of Tracks Studio, carried on.Sugarfree was able to complete their 12-song debut album entitled Sa Wakas. It was released two years later with the help of Angee for they signed a new recording contract with EMI.
Their first major concert was held in September 2007 at the Music Museum. They performed with a 33-piece Manila Symphony Orchestra. The whole event was captured and released in a 2-disc album entitled SUGARFREE Live! With the Manila Symphony Orchestra released in 2008.
Their debut album Sa Wakas was released in January 2003. The album was reportedly sold out in about 11 minutes. Their singles Telepono, Burnout and Mariposa hit the local airwaves and topped music charts. They won two major awards in the NU 107 Rock Awards 2003 including Best New Artist and Album of the Year.
Their second offering Dramachine was released in July 2004. It featured hit singles like Sinta, Hari ng Sablay, Prom, Kwarto and Tulog Na. The said album reached Gold record by September 2005 which signifies 15,000 units were sold.
Sugarfree was chosen to record the single Makita Kang Muli which was written by Jimmy Antiporda and Cymbee Antiporda. The song was theme song for ABS-CBN's Panday which starred Jericho Rosales. This song along with Hari ng Sablay brought Sugarfree into every home. Makita Kang Muli was included in the repackaged edition of Dramachine.
EMI stood as record label and artist manager of Sugarfree. Drummer Mitch Singson was replaced by Kaka Quisumbing. Ebe suffered from a writer's block and had to seclude himself in a condominium in Makati for six months to be able to compose new songs.
Their third album Tala Arawan was released in November 2006. Ebe composed all of the 12 Tagalog songs included in the album. Even the lyrics on the album packaging were hand-written by him. The said album won Best Album Packaging during the 20th Awit Awards. The songs Kung Ayaw Mo Na Sa Akin, Dear Kuya and Wag Ka Nang Umiyak were the album's hit singles.
Mornings and Airports
Three years have passed since their last album and they found themselves stealing catnaps at nearly every airport for their next destination. Those days were their inspiration for their fourth album.
Their fourth album Mornings and Airports was released on July 24, 2009. Its hit singles include Hay Buhay, Feels Like and Hang Over.
- 20th Awit Awards: Best Album Packaging, 2007
- 18th Awit Awards: Best Video for Hari ng Sablay
- Gold Record Award (15,000 units) for Dramachine, September 2005
- 17th Awit Awards: Best Rock for Mariposa, 2004
- 17th Awit Awards: Best Alternative for Burn Out, 2004
- NU Rock Awards: Best New Artist, 2003
- NU Rock Awards: Best Album for Sa Wakas, 2003
A decade has passed since Sugarfree has entered into the music scene. They managed to carve its name in the local music history. They have been known for their various hit songs, commercial endorsements (San Miguel Beer, Pugad Dencio's and AlactaGrow) and for a continued steady line-up of gigs. They celebrated their 10th year anniversary with at 2-night concert at the Music Museum with the Manila Symphony Orchestra. Billed as DEKADA, it was held on August 28 and 29, 2009.
The group has decided to bid farewell to its fans after twelve years. Their farewell concert billed as “Paalam Pilipinas” was held at the Eastwood Central Plaza on March 1, 2011. Although the band has decided to leave, they said that the memories as well as their music will live on.
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