Snakecharmer band members are Jason Quibilan on vocals and blues harp, Zann Pacificador on electric guitars, Ruben Flores on slide guitars, Mich Regalado on bass guitar, Ronneil Guba on keyboards and Monmon Lopez on drums.
Why the name SNAKECHARMER?
If you look at our profile, it would say “they aim to cast a spell on their audiences…” But when the band was formed 3+ years ago nobody was actually really thinking that hard about it. - Ruben
Romeo Lee actually suggested “Snakecharms” would be a better name. - Zann
SnakeCharmer’s musical influences are?
A good chunk of the band are Black Crowes addicts, but influences also include The Allman Brothers Band, Jimmy Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, (earlier) U2, John Lee Hooker…. - Ruben
The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Taj Mahal! Neil, our keyboardist, is heavily influenced by the theme to “Baywatch” - Zann
Why is SNAKECHARMER into blues music?
No technical skill required, you just have to love it! Give it the respect it’s due and it’s actually very forgiving. - Ruben
Natripan lang talaga. Noong una akala ko kasi dahil mas konting guitar pedals lang kailangan, mas tipid. Yun pala, mas mapapagastos ka sa magandang pang-blues na amp! - Zann
What are your thoughts on the blues music scene in the Philippines?
Right now, very exciting! Or maybe it’s just because we feel we have a tiny bit part in it. But it still doesn’t get the exposure it deserves. Actually nakakasawa na mukha ng other Blueskrieg bands. Huwahahahaha!!! Biro lang, actually miss ko na sila ulit kasi dami namin absent lately. - Ruben
Hirap “sumali” sa blues scene… kasi hindi naman kami blues band. Marami din kasing “blues snobs” or “purists” who frown upon this thing we do which is really a bastardized version of the blues. Eh hirap din sumali sa rock scene, masyado naman daw kami bluesy to be a rock band. Eh ano ba talaga kuya… Zann
Where can blues music fans watch SNAKECHARMER play? Snakecharmer plays regularly at Mag:net Katipunan, Gweilos Eastwood and 70s Bistro.
We used to play at Conspiracy, and we’d usually attract the brgy. tanods. Maybe they like our sets… but they also kept telling us to turn it down while flashing their batons… so we’re not really sure… - Zann
How did SNAKECHARMER guys get together?
A bunch of high school friends started missing each other after college. Very gay. - Ruben
I was looking for a guitarist who could play back up to me, so I thought I’d give Ruben a chance… and maybe even be a mentor to him. - Zann
But it turned out… sige na nga. - Ruben
Is blues really the devil’s music?Ö
I think so. It is very hard to play bluesy stuff without a little bit of Satan in your heart… take it from AC/DC. When did we sell our soul? Actually everytime we grant a request to play “Roadhouse Blues” or “Hard to Handle”, I think we sell a little bit of our souls… hehe - Zann
teka, wala naman sa blues ang pera dito e. I think the devil’s busy buying souls elsewhere now… Ruben