Do it yourself.

Those three words have spawned generations of creation. It’s tempting to think of accomplished creators as individuals who have a team behind them, but we forget that many of them started out literally doing it themselves, toiling away quietly before anyone ever took notice.

Erik Tuban is no stranger to DIY. He has managed to create a community through Pawn, a Philippine-based multimedia publishing group which specializes in pushing bold & forward-thinking literary, sound and visual art projects. Of course, DIY doesn’t mean he doesn’t have help, but despite having collaborators and partners, he has continued this journey with the DIY ethos in mind.

In this episode, we talked about his first experience in the Cebu gig scene, how to approach bands, how a music label works, why have analog experiences, and being self reliant (DIY).

Enjoy the episode!


The Spirals

The Pervs

The Subspring


Highway Seven Circus

Bumbo Pluto Ova

Wessui Bacareza (Zerothreetwo Conversations episode)

Michael Anthony Curran (Zerothreetwo Conversations episode)

Kidlat (Zerothreetwo Conversations episode)



Junior Kilat


True Faith

Shak Mancao (Zerothreetwo Conversations episode)

Kapitan Kulam

Bomba Press

Luis Quibranza (Zerothreetwo Conversations episode)


School Boy – The Subspring

Stray Mullets

Mark Cortes (Zerothreetwo Conversations episode)

Cross Three Runs

Jude Bart Brothers (Zerothreetwo Conversations episode)

Shepard Fairey

Jan Sunday

Rescue a Hero (Zerothreetwo Conversations episode)

Ian Intong (Zerothreetwo Conversations episode)

Perci Mansueto (Zerothreetwo Conversations episode)

Sheila and the Insects

The Line Divides

Anthony Tan (palanca award winner)

The Company

Mark Deutsch of Happy Garaje (Zerothreetwo Conversations episode)

Tropical Futures Forum

Dan Matutina

Chad Manzo (Zerothreetwo Conversations episode)

Karl Lucente (Zerothreetwo Conversations episode)

Where can you find Erik?

This episode is sponsored by Qube Gallery. A progressive art space in Cebu, Philippines. Providing network and exhibit opportunities for contemporary artists with whom they work closely with and promote beyond the local reach.

Currently in Qube – KDLT. His works have been archival in nature, believing that in order to elevate people’s consciousness, mundane things and happenings around should be given high regard. His works delved much on Elias as his subject, by which he likened himself and retrospectively find parallelism and similarities in his growing up years. To date, Mundane Rituals pushes further the story of his son and that of his to own to what resembles and celebrates the familiarity of the common and ordinary experiences others have imbibed and practiced. It is the universality of those mundane activities that bind and connects him as one with the people, with every breathing and moving individual.

Visit Qube Gallery to view Kdlt’s ‘Mundane Rituals’.

Aside from its physical space in Crossroads, Banilad, Cebu City, you can check out their online collection on

This episode is sponsored by Handuraw Pizza. Long before they became a sponsor, Handuraw Pizza has been mentioned in many of our conversations with musicians. They have always been a great venue for local music.

Looking for a place to chill? A spot that supports local artists and musicians? A place to enjoy delicious homegrown pizza and ice cold below zero beer? Look no further! Visit Handuraw Pizza. They have many branches which you can find listed in their website or you can have their wonderful pizza delivered to you. Have them delivered with Grabfood or Foodpanda.

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Music is Piano March by Audionautix

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