Amateurish: A Powerhouse in Baguio’s Indie Music Scene


Nestled amidst the scenic mountains and cool breeze of Baguio City, Amateurish has been carving a niche for themselves in the vibrant indie music landscape since their inception in 2016. Comprising five talented musicians, the band’s dynamic lineup includes Grey Gagarin on bass and vocals, Sean John Caburao on guitar and vocals, Dan Michael on guitar, Barry Ragaza on drums, and Kyle Lee on guitar.


Contrary to what their name might suggest, Amateurish is far from being inexperienced or unpolished. In fact, they have earned a reputation as a powerhouse in the indie pop/punk genre, captivating audiences with their electrifying performances and captivating sound.

The band’s name, “Amateurish,” is a playful nod to the underground music scene in the Philippines and the crucial role they play in upholding the post-hardcore/metal genre’s progression in the country. As true artisans of their craft, they have managed to transcend the confines of the local music scene and are making their presence felt on a broader scale.

From the very beginning, Amateurish had a vision of crafting a unique sound that defies convention and resonates with listeners. Their music showcases a seamless fusion of catchy melodies, intricate instrumentation, and a touch of punk rawness that sets them apart from the mainstream.

Throughout their musical journey, Amateurish has matured and evolved, honing their craft and pushing the boundaries of their creativity. With each passing year, they have grown bolder and more experimental, exploring new sonic territories that captivate the hearts of fans and critics alike.

As an independent and self-sustaining band, Amateurish faces their fair share of challenges. Yet, their unwavering passion and dedication to their art propel them forward, refusing to be constrained by the limitations imposed on the local music scene. Their persistence and tenacity have opened doors to opportunities that extend beyond their hometown.


Amateurish’s live performances are nothing short of electrifying spectacles. Their stage presence is nothing less than captivating, as they channel their raw energy into each note and lyric. Audiences are left enthralled by the band’s charisma and ability to engage with the crowd on a profound level.

The band’s accolades and recognition continue to grow, and their music is now reaching audiences beyond the borders of Baguio City. Recently, they were invited to perform at the prestigious Fete de la Musique in Makati City, where they took the Post-Rock/Math Rock stage by storm, leaving an indelible mark on everyone present.

Amateurish’s discography boasts a string of remarkable releases, each showcasing their musical prowess and growth. From their self-titled EP in 2017 to the captivating singles “No Cape” (2019), “New Age You” (2022), and “Things” (2023), their artistry continues to evolve and resonate with fans worldwide.

As they prepare to unleash their highly-anticipated full-length album, “A Gentle Reminder to Rest,” music enthusiasts eagerly await the magic that Amateurish is set to unveil. Promising a journey through heartfelt storytelling, intricate melodies, and thought-provoking themes, the album is expected to be a testament to their artistic brilliance.

Amidst the challenges that musicians face in the digital age, Amateurish stands tall as a beacon of hope and inspiration. They prove that with genuine talent, unwavering dedication, and a deep connection with their audience, artists can transcend boundaries and create an impact that spans far and wide.

Mark your calendars for August 4th because that’s when “Indigo” will be making its grand entrance! This highly anticipated single marks the final release before the much-awaited launch of their album in the near future.

In the heart of Baguio’s thriving indie music scene, Amateurish stands as a symbol of artistic freedom and unyielding spirit. As they continue to evolve and shape the soundscape of the Philippine music industry, they remind us all of the transformative power of music and the artistry that lies within every passionate musician.