What’s it like to dream in modern-day Manila? The rules have changed a lot, but if there’s one thing we’re sure of, it’s that simple hard work doesn’t seem to cut it anymore. It’s crazy to think that it was just a few months ago when Tim Marquez and Zild Benitez first performed in public as the electronic duo Manila Magic, then opened for the Manila show of Canadian band BadBadNotGood a week ago — and now, they’re back to doing their homework and studying for finals. No albums, no big TV guesting, not even a lot of written features. So how do they do it? For Tim and Zild, it’s just a matter of making music that they love. No pressure. No compromise. Perhaps that’s the magic: having the courage to let things be. When the right things come together at the right time, the only thing you can do is grab the opportunity — and that they do so well. They’re still just making small waves at gigs here and there, but who says that’s a bad place to be in?
Our 20th bagets birthday bash was a coming together of young creatives who helped shape the youth culture of today. But it also marked a brand new decade and celebrates the new generation of creatives to emerge along with it. Eighteen-year-old Tim Marquez and 19-year-old Zild Benitez of the electronic duo Manila Magic are just two of them. Thanks to our ninongs and ninangs from Wanderland Music Festival, we were able to hear their music live at last week’s #YSProm. Young STAR also sat down with them to get to know more about the story behind their nostalgic sound.