The Filipino music community mourns the loss of Razorback drummer Brian Velasco

The Filipino music community mourns the loss of Razorback drummer Brian Velasco

Brian Velasco—drummer of iconic Filipino rock act Razorback—has passed away on Wednesday (11/16) to an apparent suicide.

Prior to his death, Razorback had been performing at major shows including their 28th Anniversary gig at 19 East, Up in Arms: A Wally Gonzalez Thanksgiving Gig, and the first installment of the Pinoy Playlist Music Festival. In October, they released 'Stargazer,' featuring Basti Artadi, following the departure of vocalist Kevin Roy from the band last year.

The Filipino music community mourns the sudden loss of Velasco. See their messages below.


Francis Reyes of The Dawn writes that he "will remember all the fun and funny times" with Velasco.

Ebe Dancel mourns Velasco's death.

We Are Imaginary share they "grew up listening to legends like Brian Velasco."

Severo's Enzo Marcos reveals Velasco had given him great advice about the band scene.

Reg Rubio of Greyhoundz shares an audio clip of Razorback covering "Pigface."

Jorel Corpus writes his condolences on Twitter.

Musical instruments distributor Yupangco Music urges people to reach out to those who may be suffering from depression.

Local metal act Voice of Tranquility share their condolences online.

Raymund Marasigan is at a loss for words.

Marc Abaya of Kjwan reflects on how things are today.

Gab Alipe of Urbandub shares his thanks to Velasco with a heartfelt message on Instagram.


masayang alaala na May mga panahon na naka inuman at naka kwentuhan Kita sa labas ng pagbabanda. Salamat sa mga payo, sa inspirasyon at pagiging kaibigan. You’re a genius at your craft and I’m grateful that I had an opportunity to tell you that. Rest in power Senyor 🙏🏻 | #razorback | 📷 @isilaureanofotografia

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