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Sponge Cola's Yael Yuzon On Love And Music

Cosmo chats with Sponge Cola frontman Yael Yuzon about things you'd love to know about him—the girl he would date, what he thinks of his "rock star" status, and more!
He's been in the music scene since his college years and you've probably heard his band's songs on the airwaves (or seen their videos on TV). We got the chance to ask him about his music, about his rock star status (which he denies), and of course, about love, but Sponge Cola's Yael Yuzon has a big voice and an even bigger sense of humor, so we're not quite sure how seriously you can take some of his answers. Were the guys really chased by an angry concert organizer with a bolo? That's for you to decide.

We know one thing for sure, though: we absolutely love how fun he is!

Q: Many of your most popular songs have been about love. Were any of them written for girls you knew? (And if they were, did they know that the songs were about them?)

I have written songs about girls. It just makes more sense to write about things you actually experienced. I had 20 years to prepare for the first album, 20 years of experiences poured into a microphone. I think some of them eventually found out. However, I stopped writing autobiographical songs after the first album. With the coming album, oops, I did it again, perhaps for the sake of catharsis.

Q: What kind of girl would you date?

A dork I get along with.

Q: What's the biggest challenge of being in a relationship?

'Biggest challenge would have to be work. It tends to get in the way.

Q: In what ways do you fit the rock star stereotype? In what ways don't you fit the rock star stereotype?

As much as possible, I try to avoid thinking of this rock star stereotype. There is more to me than being some dude in a band anyway. What? I'm in a band? Oh, I thought we were just standing around with instruments. I'm just myself and I'm quite comfortable being who I am and I do what I do.

Q: You've been making music since you were in school. Has this always been the plan, or was it just a happy coincidence that it kicked off?

The plan was to be a basketball player. I'm a foot shy. And I'm not very good either. Anyway, it became the plan. I now cherish every second that I wear this silver medal! Hahaha! (I'm partially kidding, I cry at night.)

Q: How would you describe your music to someone who has never heard you play?

Our music is guitar-driven randomness from the heart. Like the silence after a politically incorrect joke. It's half meant but you want to go home and sleep in fetal position. Totally random, yet very familiar.

Q: If you weren't the frontman of a popular rock band, what do you think you'd be doing?

I'd be Ari Gold. That's a name of a character from Entourage. No, that is not Taglish for "owner of Gold."

Q: How important was it to finish your education?

I really needed to do it. As much as possible, I didn't want success to come at a price of something as valuable as education. You usually pay the price for taking shortcuts in life, if not now, maybe a little later. Not that I see myself as successful or what. There is still so much work to be done and this is only the beginning. Although 2012 is fast approaching!

Q: What's a day in your life like, and what have you guys been up to lately?

I usually wake up at 10AM. I jog, I eat, then I either record or play gigs. I usually play basketball every Tuesday, but I've been nursing a sprained ankle for about a month now. I haven't had it checked though because I think I'm Wolverine.

Q: What's the most difficult part about being famous? Many artistas contend with the lack of privacy. Is it the same in the music scene?

I wouldn't know, I'm not exactly a big deal, maybe a medium deal.

Q: What's the sweetest thing a fan has ever done for you or said about you?

People who go to our gigs constantly show me test results and report cards. Always nice to know they excel in school with a Sponge Cola song serving as their battle cry. That inspires me.

Q: What's the craziest thing that's ever happened to you guys on the road?

We were threatened by an organizer back in 2004. He was all red, brandishing a bolo. We had to make calls to get out of that one alive. We did. Or did we?

Q: Which local bands are you listening to right now?

I love local bands so I won't mention the staple favorites I'm sure you guys have heard of. I'm not that into foreign acts because I think their first world drama isn't as hardcore as ours. We love on bare feet (Joi Barrios, 1998). Anyway, I'll just mention the latest ones I like: Angulo, Tonight We Sleep, Hansom, Wagyu, Tanya Markova, and Archipelago.

Q: Which local song do you wish you wrote?

Toss between Ted Ito's "Ikaw Pa Rin" or Rodel Naval's "Muli."

Q: What's the best song you think you guys have ever written, and why?

There is a song in our coming album that we were singing on our way home from a recent gig. It's weird because it usually takes so long for me to memorize a song that quick but it's just so moving. I went from being a goldfish to an elephant. An elephant never forgets!

Q: What are your hopes for the future of Sponge Cola and the future of OPM?

For Sponge Cola to keep fighting the good fight, keep attempting to come up with the greatest song of all time. As for OPM, let's attack the region!

Q: What makes you fun, and what makes you fearless?

Electric makes me fun, truth makes me fearless. Yessssssss.
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