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Music Matters 2017 artists Reese Lansangan, Tom Jay Williams, Ben&Ben share their stories with us

Music Matters 2017 artists Reese Lansangan, Tom Jay Williams, Ben&Ben share their stories with us

We had the pleasure of interviewing three amazing performers back in September during the Music Matters week in September — from an ex-Australian Idol contestant to the ringleaders of a nine-piece folk group.

Reese Lansangan

Having eight years of experience under her belt, Reese Lansangan is no stranger to the Filipino music scene.

Lansangan first debuted as part of the Filipino indie-pop duo in 2009. She made her solo debut in 2016 with her album Arigato, Internet!, a fusion of pop hooks and pastel, future-perfect aesthetics. Her latest EP, Of Sound Mind & Memory was released in April this year. 

Tom Jay Williams

Tom Jay Williams had his first breakthrough in the music scene during his stint on Season 6 of Australian Idol in 2008, where he gained attention for being the youngest Top 10 finalist, at age 16. He then went on to join the band At Sunset in 2014 before venturing out on his own.

With the release of his debut single, 'Closure' — the result of a collaboration between Williams himself, Fredrik Häggstam (the man behind hits by The Chainsmokers and The Sam Willows) and Swedish duo Ceasar & Loui — he's gathered just shy of 1.7 million streams on Spotify on that song alone. That may just spell future pop domination, so catch the young pop singer in an intimate setting — it might just be your last chance to do so.


Hailing from Malipi, Philippines, the folk-pop band Ben&Ben (formerly known as The Benjamins) was originally formed in 2015 by twin brothers Paulo and Miguel Guicio. The duo first made its debut in 2016 with 'Tinatangi', a composition which earned them 2nd runner-up and Best Music Video at the prestigious Philippine Popular Music Festival, as well as increased recognition in the Filipino pop scene.