Why Eskina Jones is the Next Cebuano Artist You Should Watch Out For

Cebu is a melting pot of various talents. It’s evident in the fact that there are new faces recognized more frequently than before. Next week, one promising young artist is going to take on the city’s music scene. With a vibe that’s laidback and cool, all eyes are on Eskina Jones and his sound that takes us back to the past.  

Tell us about yourself.

The name’s Jones, Eskina Jones.

No but really, just call me Jom. I’m a music producer and Eskina Jones is my new side project. It’s my take on 80’s synth wave.

You’re launching your EP titled Interstellar next week. What’s it all about?

It’s a mix between a homage to the things I love about the 80’s and how I translate emotions into music. If your life was shot on a crappy VHS cam, Interstellar would be the soundtrack to that video.

What made you want to create music?

Well, I’ve been writing music ever since I was 16. It’s more of an outlet for me to vent out what I’m feeling. Marcelo, my other project, was more of trying to capture that cozy vibe you get when it’s raining. However with Eskina Jones, I’m trying to go for something else.

We’re insanely curious—why the name “Eskina Jones”? Is there a story behind that?

Originally I was going to name this project something super nerdy like “Voyager 9000”. I was binging on Isaac Asimov’s novels and it felt right. I realized that I wanted something a bit more relatable so I asked my friend Ron for advice. We came up with “Eskina Jones” and thought it would fit since it sounded like a name.

What should we expect from Eskina Jones?

Something different. I’d write it down but it would be better if you guys experienced it for yourselves. Drop by A Space Cebu this October 25 to hear me and a bunch of other talented individuals perform music. See you there!

Gia Mayola
Gia Mayola

Gia Mayola is the Editorial Assistant of Zee Lifestyle. She’s usually either cooking or eating in her spare time — that’s if she’s not scrolling through social media to watch cat videos. Follow her insatiable wanderlust and love for food and fashion on Instagram: @eyasthetics

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