Olongapo-born singer-songwriter Isid “Sid” Chiong is the newest member of the Viva Records family. He just inked his contract with the record label last October.
Isid, who goes by the screen name iSID, is truly a great addition to the roster of talented Viva artists. He’s not only good at songwriting but he also loves arranging and producing songs all by himself.
He began his music journey as young as 13 years old after he was greatly influenced by his cousin from playing guitar. He then created his first-ever song and eventually formed his own 3-piece band named Grade Five when he reached 16.
At that time, he started as the band’s lead guitarist and arranger and later on he finally became their vocalist. His band was doing so well as a newbie in the music scene and was even able to do front acts for several popular local bands such as Spongecola, Itchyworms and Rivermaya in 2011.
That same year, he finished his studies at Technological Institute of the Philippines-Manila with the degree of Bachelor of Science in Business Administration Major in Logistics Management.
In 2012, his band had to part ways but it wasn’t a hurdle for him to continue pursuing his passion for music. He was then given an opportunity to do solo opening acts for other musicians like Bamboo and Gloc 9.
And in the hopes to further improve in his craft, he completed a 12-session course in Songwriting and Music composition at the University of the Philippines, Diliman, College of Music in 2015.
Isid was also mentored by the iconic Jim Paredes of Apo Hiking Society after being named as grand winner among the top 15 finalists who joined the music competition hosted by the brand Listerine four years ago.
This year, he tried his luck and auditioned at the two-day Viva Convention held last August where he was finally discovered and signed as a solo artist.
When asked what he felt after being part of Viva Records family, he says, “Sobrang surreal ’yong feeling no’ng sinabi nilang gusto nila akong i-sign. I've been creating music na kasi for 16 years, almost half of my life. And this is the first time that an actual label expressed an interest in my work. Sobrang nakaka-excite.”
Now signed with a record label, Isid is also anticipating and hoping to release a single by January 2020, to write songs for other Viva artists and do a collaboration with the homegrown Viva stars Janine Tenoso and Sarah Geronimo.
With Isid entering this new chapter in his musical journey, we can’t wait to see what he can show us this time!