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Mike Elgar

Artist Info
Mike Elgar

Communications, Ateneo de Manila. Graduated 1998. Born May 8th, 1976.

Mike Elgar
Composes, also plays drums, bass and organ.

Musical Influences:
Van Halen, Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, Deep Purple, Steve Vai, Tribal Tech, Guns N’ Roses, David Lee Roth, Sex Pistols, Juan de la Cruz, U2, The Cure, The Beatles, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Frank Zappa, Queen, Cream, Michael Jackson, Dream Theater, and many more.

PRS Guitars and M-Audio Endorser

Nominee, “GUITARIST OF THE YEAR”, NU Rock Awards, 2002, 2003, and 2007.

   Formed 1st band and played 1st gig at age 13, 1989.
   1st Runner-Up, National Guitar Competition at age 15, 1992.
   Best Guitarist, National Battle of the Bands, 1993.
   Champion, National Guitar Competition at age 16, 1993.
   Recorded 1 EP and 1 Album with the Jett Pangan Group, 1999-2000.



   First production “Rivermaya”, November 1994. First single “Ulan” climbs quickly to the top of the charts, 1994.
   1995 -Releases “214”. Declared the longest-running song at No. One on the 1995 charts.
   “Trip”, “Himala” (named Song of the Year), 1996.
   “Buhay”, January 2008.
   Acoustic album with VCD entitled “RIVERMAYA: LIVE AND ACOUSTIC” in January 2003.
   “Bagong Liwanag” EP, August 2007.
   “Isang Ugat, Isang Dugo”, awarded Gold, March 2007.
   “Rivermaya-Remixed”, a collaboration with pioneering Manila DJ group, Groove Nation.
   A first in the Philippines, featuring dance remixes by top Manila Djs of Rivermaya’s greatest hits, 1997. Also releases third album “Atomic Bomb”. Record-breaking four No. one songs on the charts: “Hinahanap-hanap Kita”, “Elesi”, “Kung Ayaw Mo Hwag Mo”, and “If”. Rivermaya is named Band of the Year by Campus Radio 97.1 DWLS-FM and Monster Radio RX 93.1, 1997.

Important Public Performances and achievements

MTV Music Summit , December 2006 - Jakarta, Indonesia.

Asian TV Awards 2006, Singapore.
Fat Festival 2006, Bangkok, Thailand - the biggest rock festial in Thailand.
Named Philippines’ Favorite Group at the MTV Asia Awards 2006 for a second year in a row, Bangkok, May 2006.
Voted “Ultimate Pinoy Pop Icon 2006” by Meg Magazine readers, June 2006.
Rivermaya wins Music Video of the Year, plus both for “You’ll Be Safe Here” at the 19th Awit Awards 2006, June 15, 2006, Best Song Written for Movie/TV/Stage Play.
Wins Favorite Group in a Video for “Sunday Driving” at the MTV Filipinas Video Music Awards 2006, August 14, 2006.
Rivermaya is voted Pinoy Brand Award at the 2007 Songhits Awards, November 2007.
Asian Idol Finals, December 2007 - Jakarta, Indonesia.
“Channel Vs The [V] Party” - Zouk, Singapore.
Rivermaya is the first Filipino rock band to perform at the MTV Asia Awards in its
5-year history; also the first time, an original piece of Filipino music was performed.