AJ Mitchell is primed for stardom with electric new single ‘Stop’

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Further building out an immersive sonic world, gold-certified pop phenom  AJ Mitchell  has officially released a new single entitled “ STOP .” The song is the next chapter to be unveiled from his anxiously awaited full-length debut album, Skyview , due out this year and executive produced by Mike Dean.  The track pairs a thumping bass line and flurry of funk guitar with a showstopping vocal performance. He delivers charismatic verses before igniting the instantly unshakable hook, “I don’t wanna stop, baby it’s our time . ” “STOP” continues the journey that was set in “ CAMERAS ON ,” released late last Month. The conceptual lyric video shared today picks up where “ CAMERAS ON ” left off. While “ CAMERAS ON ” depicts the story of AJ dealing with the darker sides of fame and his previous experiences with the content collective Team 10, the new lyric video finds him walking away from the cameras to the stage, depicting his passion and dedication to the music and what truly matters.  

Experience Macbeth Episodes through Chalmers And Shakespeare

The last time I saw a Shakespearean straight play and musical was either a stage adaptation by Repertory Philippines or a stage translation in Filipino by Tanghalang Pilipino, and I can't even remember when was that? Thanks to Artist Playground in partnership with St. Vincent School, because on its third season they are playing " M Episode. " A back-to-back play about Macbeth told during the extravagant Renaissance period. 
    
Act 1 begin with James Chalmers' " Prelude To Macbeth " which tackles the story on how Macbeth became Thane Of Glamis and later introduced Lorna Stewart who became his second wife - Lady Macbeth. Cast includes Paul Jake Paule (Macbeth), Jernice Matunan and Mariella Munji Laurel (Lorna), Andre Tiangco (Duncan), Juan Carlo Martin Pacheco and Vincent Pajara (Callum) and Tasha Guerrero, Marjorie Duldulao, Princess Tuason, Kia del Rosario, Jeremy Cabansag and Kathleen Francisco (Spirits 1, 2 and 3).
 Followed by William Shakespeare's " Macbeth " in Act 2. The 400 year old play which has been stage played and screen played multiple times around the world with some of most notable actors on film, television and stage. Cast includes Paul Jake Paule (Macbeth), Mailes Kanapi and Catherine Go (Lady Macbeth), Anjo Resurreccion (Banquo), Mitoy Sta. Ana and Andre Tiangco (King Duncan), Al Gatmaitan (Macduff), Vincent Pajara (Malcolm), Dan Sheneill Solis (Fleance), Juan Carlo Martin Pacheco (Ross), Basty Batistis (Porter), Gry Gimena (Lennox), Marjorie Duldulao and Tasha Guerrero (Lady Macduff) and Tasha Guerrero, Marjorie Duldulao, Princess Tuason, Kia del Rosario, Jeremy Cabansag and Kathleen Francisco (Three Witches). 
   
  
For Artist Playground, I have to credit the two-time ALIW Best Stage Actor Roeder Camañag for directing. The blocking and stage movements of the actors were all visible. I love how the set and stage were maximized by these actors. Putting all the actors in a small scale space was indeed a pro. Majority of the actors are neophytes and non-English speakers and it was through Banaue Miclat-Janssen that they were trained specifically through speech and voice. As I was watching this play in two acts, I noticed how the music and score became relevant and appropriate to the show. It was all because of the pianist and known composer of music for dance, theater, film and television Jesse Lucas. Moving and soothing in a way.
Catch the performance on Fridays at 7pm (June 16, 23 and 30), Saturday and Sunday at 3pm (June 17, 18, 24 and 25) and Saturday at 3pm and 7pm (July 1). Playing at Artist Playground II Arts Above West Venue Building, 112 West Avenue, Quezon City. For tickets and inquiries, visit www.artistplayground.ph or call 09759193179.

Text and Photos by Gilbert Kim Sancha.

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