8 Underrated local artists you should be listening to right now

Mar 14, 2023 0 comments

 Welcome to the world of undiscovered musical treasures! In a sea of repetitive mainstream hits, it's time to dive into the deep end and explore the uncharted waters of the local music scene. These hidden gems are the ones that often fly under the radar, but once discovered, their music will leave you wondering how you ever lived without it. 

Here at Metroscene Mag, we know that sometimes it can be overwhelming to sift through the endless stream of music out there, which is why we've handpicked eight local artists that are worth your time. From indie to folk to pop, we've got something for every taste. So, let's embark on a musical journey and discover some of the most underrated local artists you need to listen to.


Meet Rienne Bangsil, a rising Filipino queer indie pop artist based in America. They fell in love with music at a young age, and their dad's love for R&B and early 2000s OPM helped shape their sound. Drawing inspiration from Boy Pablo, Clairo, and Beach Bunny, Rienne describes their music as alternative indie pop. They writes about themes like queer and unrequited love, self-love, and self-confidence.

Being a solo artist has its challenges, especially when marketing yourself in a different country. However, rienne overcomes this by being active on social media, posting covers, and interacting with fans. They aims to be an inspiration to other queer Filipino people and encourages aspiring artists to start with what they have and keep trying new things.

As for upcoming projects, Rienne is working on a new song set to release this year, with a few hidden Easter eggs for fans to discover. Their long-term goal is to continue making music that inspires others to pursue their passions and meet her greatest music inspirations. So keep an eye out for Rienne's music and get ready to be inspired by this talented artist.


Meet Gavv - the ultimate karaoke kid turned solo artist extraordinaire! Growing up with a karaoke machine in the house and musically-inclined parents, Gavv developed a love for singing at an early age. After joining a guitar club in high school and discovering his talent for writing poetry, Gacv realized that he could turn his words into songs and started composing music with his trusty guitar. 

Of course, being a solo artist has its challenges. But Gav is always up for a challenge - he even found his producer for his first single "Galaksiya" on TikTok! 

So, what's next for Gavv? He can't wait to share his music with the world and perform live on stage like his favorite artists. Keep an eye out for Gavv's upcoming releases, and be ready to get swept away by his amazing talent and passion for music!

Bea Muñoz

Bea Muños is a pop star in the making! She has been singing since she was a child, but it wasn't until she participated in a nationwide singing competition in 2017 that she fell in love with music. That experience gave her a glimpse into the industry and what it takes to be an artist, and she's been captivated ever since.

Bea's music style is primarily pop, but she enjoys infusing different genres and experimenting with various sounds. Her songs are like love letters that encourage people to acknowledge their emotions and escape from their problems - even if it's just for a few moments. When it comes to songwriting, Bea often begins with a catchy hook that she can't get out of her head. She writes most of her songs in one sitting, using lines she's saved in her notes and voice memos when she's feeling intense emotions.

Bea recently released her new Y2K-inspired pop love song, "On My Mind." The song talks about unexpected love that catches you off guard but also emphasizes trusting fate and the universe to work in your favor.

For all aspiring solo artists out there, Bea's advice is to strike a balance between impulse and strategy. Trust your instincts, but have a plan - the music industry can be wild!

Sean Archer

Meet Sean Archer - a rock enthusiast turned solo artist who aims to revive the genre. Inspired by the likes of Blink-182, Soundgarden, and beabadoobee, Sean's music style blends catchy pop melodies with rock energy.

As a songwriter, Sean starts with a central theme and builds his songs from there. He hopes to tackle a variety of topics, such as dating, student life, and career choices in his future works. Despite the challenges of marketing himself as a solo artist, Sean has developed his own brand through social media content creation. He hopes to be the artist that leads rock bands back into the mainstream and has his sights set on making music his career.

Sean's second single, "Red Flag," is set to release on March 17th, and he's excited for it to be his breakout hit. His advice to aspiring solo artists is to find their own unique sound and stick with it.


  In the coming years, Sean hopes to continue writing memorable songs, pushing the boundaries of OPM (Original Pinoy Music), and collaborating with the best artists in the industry. Keep an eye out for Sean Archer - the next big thing in rock!

Paul Lagac

Paul Lagac's music style is all about chill vibes, upbeat melodies, and an easy-to-listen-to sound that'll get you grooving in no time. Inspired by artists like Crush, PENOMECO, JUNNY, Woogie, Jay Park, Keshi, slchld, Tobi Lou, and many others, Paul's sound truly reflects his unique and fun personality.

When it comes to writing songs, Paul's approach is all about manifesting the situations he wants to happen in his life. He believes in having fun and not taking himself too seriously; that attitude shines through in his music. But it hasn't always been easy for Paul. He's faced creative ruts and struggled to find his true music genre, but he's overcome those challenges by taking small breaks and listening to the songs he genuinely enjoys.

Living in the Philippines, Paul has been heavily influenced by the local music community, which has helped him embrace his uniqueness as an artist. He hopes that his role in the local music scene is to inspire others to accept their imperfections when it comes to their creativity.

But that's not all! Paul has an upcoming EP set to be released at the end of this year, and he's eager to get to work on it once he's back in his bedroom studio in the US. His advice to aspiring artists is to keep creating music and find the style that works best for them.


  Looking to the future, Paul hopes to do more guestings and gigs and continue improving as an artist to show progress. With his infectious energy and love for music, there's no doubt that Paul Lagac is a rising star in the making!


When it comes to Trescoda's music style, he likes to keep things versatile and doesn't like to stick to one lane. Trescoda's journey as a solo artist started when he was playing in a band with his friends in high school. He soon realized that he wanted to play his own songs, which led him to delve into music production. After honing his skills in mixing and mastering, he started posting his music on social media platforms and streaming services.

Trescoda's songwriting process usually begins with beat selection or demos he receives from his friends. As a producer himself, he loves collaborating with others and letting them have a say in what they want to put on paper. 

As a young artist, he also credits his local community for giving him the push to start performing live and creating a following of his own.For now, he is cooking up some exciting projects with his collectives, Cookie$’ The Bakeshop Studios and CRXZYKIIDS, including a remix of a hit Waray-waray song. 


  With his talent, versatility, and drive, Trescoda is sure to make waves in the music scene for years to come. So keep an eye out for this rising young artist!


DR3MT is an up-and-coming solo artist who combines hip-hop and dark R&B to the music scene. He first discovered his passion for music while taking a break from studying for his board exams. One day, he decided to write a song about the plans he had for the future after he passed, and his friends loved it. From that moment on, DR3MT knew he wanted to pursue a career in music.

One of DR3MT's biggest inspirations is a local artist named Waiian, and he's also influenced by other artists such as Because, Al James, Bryson Tiller, The Weeknd, and Manila Grey. When it comes to songwriting, DR3MT's approach is to let his emotions guide him. He believes that the best way to tell a story is to convey the feelings behind it, and he explores a variety of themes and ideas in his lyrics.

DR3MT has faced challenges in balancing his time and priorities. While he loves making music, he also knows that it doesn't guarantee financial stability. However, he remains determined to pursue his passion and has found a way to balance his music career with his other responsibilities.

DR3MT's local community has played a significant role in his music career. He has met many other up-and-coming artists who inspire him to work hard every day. 


DR3MT hopes to collaborate with some of these artists and become a recognizable name in the music scene. Speaking of collaborations, DR3MT has several projects in the works that he's excited to share with his fans. He's also looking forward to performing worldwide and collaborating with local and international artists. DR3MT's long-term goals include becoming a successful solo artist, touring with his group, and making his mark on the music industry.


Teresa found her passion for music through theater and musicals. She started writing songs seriously during the pandemic, and her music style is heavily influenced by AURORA, though she likes to explore different genres to see where her music can go.

Teresa's songwriting process is prompted by personal experiences or the experiences of the people close to her. She overcomes the challenges of being a solo artist by having a strong support system that encourages her to continue what she's doing and reminds her of the impact her songs have on people.

For aspiring solo artists, Teresa advises them to keep creating, put their music out there, connect with the creative community, and have confidence in themselves while remaining humble.


  Teresa's ultimate goal as an artist is for her music to reach those who need to hear it, and she hopes to make a living out of it in a way that she wouldn't have to set aside making music and look for a different job. With her unique style and passion for music, Teresa is definitely an artist to watch out for in the coming years.

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