THE CHONGKEYS would like to introduce you into a reggae world, through our music then we'll add some rock, a little bit of alternative, rap, dub and few surprises that are recepies for a whole lot of fun into a good sound of Rock Reggae Music.
THE CHONGKEYS was formed in 2004 with four members, namely BENJIE P. ESTANISLAO (voice), JOHAN S. LUGTU (guitar/voice) PEPITO TRINIDAD (bass) and MARK MARQUEZ (drums). We started in a simple jamming session place in Marikina called "Groove Shop" (an indie skate store). After several jamming sessions and being together we decided to make more songs and get serious about it. Few months after, we had EP launched, 10 tracks of our original songs at the rock and roll Purple Haze Bar.
THE CHONGKEYS had the honor of playing in many venues in metro manila (Bars: Mayrics, Xymaca, Club Dreeds, Purple Haze Bar, Freedom Bar, Dayo Bar, Kolumn Bar, Magnet Bar, Ride and Roll Diners, 9Mile bar, 70's Bistro, One Love Bar, Ten02 Bar, 6 Underground Bar, Generator Bar, Yonkers Bar, Leprechaun Bar, Blue Coco, Wills Attic Bar, Capones and more). We had fun of playing in productions, school or campus guesting, some parties like birthday party, company Christmas party and our out of town gigs with some of the top performers in the Philippine Music Industry.
We also played in some big events in the vicinity of Metro Manila like Pulp Summer Slam, Fete de la Musique Malate and Metrowalk, Rakista 7 and 9 and 10, Red Horse Rakrakan Series, Red Horse Musiklaban Fest, Red Horse Rakista Jam, Red Horse Urge Super XTour, Skateboard Demo and Competition, Tabak, UP Fair, Dutdutan Festival 2008, Give A Damn for Rizal 2008, The First Clark Rock Festival, Toy Convention, Arts Music Festival (I,II,III and IV), Youth for Peace 2009, Tribute to Francis Magalona at Saguijo, several guesting judging for Battle of the Bands. Had the opportunities to play on TV Sows like Breakfast Show with Studio23 and Jojo A of QTV Channel and Live Radio Interviews on Jam88.3 live session, YesFM Boracay, Love Radio, Brurats Show 99.5fm and 6Underground NU107fm.
We believed, supported, promoted and respected different genre. Because of our respect and faith in music we had given a chance to be managed by Ann Angala-Shy (a former band manager of Eraserheads and POT). During her guidance and supervision we promoted and released our first single title "DIKSYONARYO" and luckily had been chosen to be one of the tracks for Doobie Nights Album produced by Jam 88.3 under Galaxy Records.
One of our songs "DIKSYONARYO" has been placed in your regular videoke selection and "TIGNAN MO" was nominated Song of the Year in 2007 NU107fm Rock Awards. THE CHONGKEYS had earned so much respect from both underground and mainstream scenes.