6/3/09

MODE ZERO

"The Mayor goes back to his roots and puts together this new set for Mix Ministry. During the 80's, in the Mayor's place, when one talks New Wave, one talks of Mode Zero, a group of young gentlemen who decided to venture into what-was-then the undiscovered realm of New Wave. Recognized as one of fore-runners of the new wave invasion in the Philippines, Mode Zero became known for doing what it does best...putting together a string of new wave tunes to come up with one seamless melody. The Mayor revisits the group's glory days through this MixMinistry exclusive." ......These are the lines that you will read on MIX MINISTRY which is "Your Remix Authority" whenever MAYOR's MIXES are featured on the site entitled "MODE ZERO REVISITED". It's great that I was able to contact Mayor of MODE ZERO when I visited the site and definitely we will be talking about their good old days again. So braise yourself guys because I'm proud to present you another one of those MANILA's LEGENDARY NEW WAVE MOBILES back in the 80s none other than MODE ZERO exclusively here on "The Doctor Is In". First of all I wanna THANK Mayor of MIX MINISTRY for the inputs and according to him the information that we will be sharing to you are basically from his own recollection as a member of MODE ZERO. Mode Zero was composed of two groups of dudes, most of them Engineering students from a famous University along Taft Avenue. Mayor stressed out that he is not in any way among the founding members,but have only joined Mode Zero thru invitation. Mayor's brother who did the spinning for the other Mode Zero group was the one who referred him to the younger group so he became one of them. The members as far as Mayor could recall aside from him were Winston Bautista, Johannes, Jackson, Totots, Monching(who took over for Mayor),Relly, and Mayor's brother Dennis. He explained to me that he might have missed out someone on the roster and would like to apologize to these guys. Well, Mayor remembers his very first gig with the group which was in a birthday party which must have been a debut. After that, he would spin for them regularly in their gigs. However, since he studied in another part of the Metropolis he seldom get to spend time with them except for pre-gig and post-gig happenings.

Vintage MODE ZERO Photo


So what's MODE ZERO's motivation? Mode Zero stemmed from the guys' penchant for music and audio. It was not enough to play good music, the music had to sound good too. Setting up during those times was really time-consuming and the members were very particular about audio quality back then. According to Mayor the most memorable gigs or considered to be their best gigs would have to be the two successive halloween parties that Mode Zero helped organized which were NIGHT CHAMBER and REQUIEM. He remembered how packed the PICC Reception Hall was back then up to the rafters on both occasions. For him "THAT WAS CRAZY!!".


Courtesy of WINSTON BAUTISTA



Worst gig for Mayor would have to be this gig they had at St. Michael bar along Makati Ave. It was the first and would later turn out to be the ONLY time MODE ZERO with Mayor as spinner would be in a gig with Audio Network...(MoD's group) and their followers were really looking forward to that. Unfortunately, Mayor bombed his set. He didn't really know how it happened but he was really off that night. He got so embarrassed that he didn't anymore return for his next set. Wheeew!! THANKS for sharing Mayor!! MODE ZERO were loyal WXB102 fans. WXB all the way!! The NEW WAVE scene here in MANILA back then was incomparable and these guys were happy that they got grouped together just before the new wave invasion really happened. One magazine before gave them credit for being one of those who started the new wave invasion here in the Philippines. That's an honor for them I may say!! While most of their contemporaries were playing disco, dance music and 99.5rt songs, MODE ZERO were playing NEW WAVE which were their thing back then. All I can say "MEMORIES INDEED"!! So where are the guys right now? They went seperate ways already and who knows maybe someday they will have a reunion. Right Mayor?


Let's shift to
MODE ZERO!!
THANKS Mayor!!
-DR. STIRRING RHOD-

4 comments:

DrStirringRhod said...

ARCHIVED from my CHATBOX:

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10 Jun 09, 06:22
Snoog: HI DOC THANKS SA COMMENTS MO ABOUT MY LATEST MIX SA SITE KO ..MABUHAY!
9 Jun 09, 16:26
DrStirringRhod: More ORIGINAL Blogpost to come just STAY TUNE.
9 Jun 09, 16:25
DrStirringRhod: HELLO EVERYONE!! I would like to THANK all my visitors and those who placed comments here in my CHATBOX and also directly in my Bliogpost. I''m HUMBLED guys!!
8 Jun 09, 22:54
jaylegend: thank you so much i tot im alone!
8 Jun 09, 18:40
JOHNJOHN: Hi doc! Nice new posts on mode zero and this album reviews. keep it up!
7 Jun 09, 10:01
fred: great tribute for another well known mobile back in the 80s. apruv
6 Jun 09, 16:24
Joel: Bow talagako dito sir! Hanep ang mode zero! kudos sanyo lahat dito. salamat
6 Jun 09, 11:44
bingbong: Great Mode Zero post DSR. Mayor and MixMinistry DJ's rocks!!!
5 Jun 09, 10:18
DrStirringRhod: THANKS everyone for theBlog Support!! KEEP SAFE!! GODBLESS!! More surprises to come!!
5 Jun 09, 03:14
SnooG: Keep It up DOC! dami na fans mo
4 Jun 09, 22:08
beauty: very informative blog dsr
4 Jun 09, 10:03
kahoyman: salamat sa mode zero mix imga idol!
4 Jun 09, 09:37
Dandy: woooooow doc! just discovered your blog. awesome blog man! keep it up doc. i luv ur mobile tributes. tnx 4 all the infos and music here!
3 Jun 09, 22:52
Boy Kislot: Boy Pulandit, kung baby ka ako di ko nasaksihan yan dahil di pa ako pinapanganak nun. hehehe
3 Jun 09, 22:29
Boy Pulandit: hanep talaga yang Mode Zero, lalo na ng punuin nila ang picc sa Night Chambers, 5000 new wavers ang dumagsa nun, sayang baby pa ako nung panahon na yun
3 Jun 09, 21:03
Boy Kislot: ayus! lupet ng tribute sa MZ
3 Jun 09, 20:34
mayor: nice post doc! please check the email i sent you. TY!
3 Jun 09, 18:14
swordmaster: Fantastico talaga itong site m DSR....pati mga links great.....more power DSR
3 Jun 09, 18:12
swordmaster: Gud dau DSR...Nice blog about mode zero and harmonic trend...
3 Jun 09, 16:55
g0th1c: Just passing by...
3 Jun 09, 16:28
ghboy: hi doc puwede po bang paupload ng synthecide new wave megamix. nwala kasi cd ko dati. wala na akong mahanapan. thanks very much kung meron.
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DR. STIRRING RHOD
http://docmuzic.blogspot.com/

DrStirringRhod said...

ARCHIVE from my MULTIPLY ACCOUNT:

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replyisis67 wrote on Jun 3
Nice Doc, naalala ko pa sila nun sa Night Chamber.. ;-)

replydsri wrote on Jun 3
isis67 said
Nice Doc, naalala ko pa sila nun sa Night Chamber.. ;-)
THANKS ryan as always!! :-) MABUHAY ang mga LEGENDARY PINOY NEW WAVE MOBILES!! :-)

replymanicdaorene wrote on Jun 5
asa pinas ba si winston

replydsri wrote on Jun 6
manicdaorene said
asa pinas ba si winston
I'll ask mayor about it.
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DR. STIRRING RHOD
http://docmuzic.blogspot.com/

edgardo said...

doc - pakipromote na lang yung "requiem rising" na spin off from the original requiem ng mode zero dito sa SF on nov 20, just in case me mga new wavers tayo in the vicinity. balak din ikalat dito ang ministry ng requiem to LA and san diego at bahala na! brainchild din ito ni winston et al!

DrStirringRhod said...

No problemo edgardo. But I need the full details regarding it. Haven't received any info from the guys yet. They know how to contact me okay.