MANILA, Philippines – MTV Music Evolution Manila 2016 has completed its line-up with the addition of two more stellar acts set to celebrate pop music like never before on 24 June 2016 at SM Mall of Asia Concert Grounds. MTV revealed today, L.A.-grown electric dance trio Far East Movement and Philippine pop superstar father and son-tandem Gary V feat. Gab Valenciano will join the roster of talents for the award-winning MTV Music Evolution Manila 2016.
They are slated to set the stage ablaze at the one-night only live music event – joining previously announced acts; iconic international pop band and prolific hit-maker OneRepublic, Billboard Hot 100 artist, American singer-songwriter Bebe Rexha, Korea’s favorite K-pop idol female group, Apink, Filipino pop darlings James Reid and Nadine Lustre – enabling fans to experience and discover the evolution of pop music and its dance influence that keeps fans moving.
The international sensation, Far East Movement (FM) has always had dance music in their DNA, having established their roots in dance early on with their break-out hit “Like a G6” which landed No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. They have since grown to be one of the most exciting touring acts in dance music, cultivating an ever-growing catalog of music with support from hit-making musicians such as Skrillex, Diplo and Afrojack. Another big hit for the trio, “Rocketeer” is the second single from FM’s 2010 album Free Wired and features Ryan Tedder of OneRepublic.
The track, which was written by FM as well as members of the production teams of The Stereotypes, The Smeezingtons, peaked at No. 7 on the Billboard Hot 100 upon release. Their current collaboration, “Break Yourself” with Hook N Sling has become a staple track from their devoted online base of followers. No stranger to MTV live music events, they have also performed at some of the most prestigious festivals Ultra Music Festival and Electric Daisy Carnival, continually showcasing FM as one of the most exciting touring acts in dance music.
The trio who comes back to the Philippines for the first time since 2011 is excited to return. “Manila is one of our favorite places to party around the world, and we’re ready to dance with everyone at MTV Music Evolution Manila!” – Far East Movement.
“See both your favorite international and Pinoy artists on one single stage to bring you one of the biggest nights in pop music in Asia. I am excited to be a part of this event. See you all at MTV Music Evolution Manila.” – Gary V
“I grew up watching MTV and to be able to work with them is actually very exciting and an honor for me!” –Gab Valenciano
With a career of over three decades in entertainment, Gary V, or Gary Valenciano, is the epitome of an icon in Philippine pop music. The multi-awarded singer-songwriter, producer and dance choreographer has to-date released over 32 albums locally and internationally, from which timeless songs like “Di Bale Na Lang”, “Hataw na”, ‘”Eto Na Naman”, “Sana Maulit Muli’”and “Shout for Joy” among many others, catapulted him to the status of a classic Philippine pop superstar. He has toured extensively in Asia, Europe and the Americas filling in prestigious venues like the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles, the Hammersmith Apollo in London and Olympia in Montreal and with each explosive stage performance, solidifying his reputation as “Mr. Pure Energy”. He holds an illustrious record for the most number of Awit Awards won; twelve years total as Best Male Recording Artist. More than thirty years after his debut, he continues to delight and excite Filipino audiences here and the world over with each concert.
Today, the Valenciano family name continues to stand for dance and music artistry with Gab Valenciano, Gary V’s son as he etches his name onto Philippine pop culture and music as a remarkable percussionist and musician, producer, arranger and choreographer. A Philippine celebrity dance champion for the Philippines’ TV5’s Shall We Dance Competition, Gab hones his craft in traditional and contemporary ways. He is dubbed as “Super Selfie King” from his self-edited, produced and scored YouTube Channel which garners multi-million views. Aside from his various Philippine projects involving hosting, acting and live performances, he has also delved into the realm of directing, having worked with American Idol sensation, Jessica Sanchez for one of her most current releases, “This Love”. The young Valenciano received international attention and renown, including a nomination for “Best Choreography” at the MTV VMA’s in 2015 for his collaboration with global pop superstar Beyonce for the video release of 7/11.
Recorded live for global telecast under the MTV World Stage global series, MTV Music Evolution Manila 2016 will reach an international audience of more than three-quarters of a billion households in over 160 countries. MTV Asia VJs Alan Wong and Hanli Hoefer will be hosting the event, along with MTV Pinoy VJs Yassi Pressman and Andre Paras.
MTV Music Evolution: Manila Asia Special premieres on MTV on Tuesday, 19 July at 3pm (WIB), 4pm (PH/SG) and 5pm (MY/TH).
The one-night only live music event will celebrate pop music like never before – enabling fans to experience and discover the evolution of pop music and its dance influence that keeps fans moving. MTV Music Evolution Manila 2016 will showcase iconic and contemporary international music artists and the hottest new acts in both the regional and local music scenes on a single stage, while featuring the best of Philippine music and culture to international youth audiences. Further details of MTV Music Evolution Manila 2016 will be announced in the run up to the event. The free-entry event will be held for one night only.