MANILA, Philippines - Ely Buendia is not a judge on franchised singing contest "The Voice" on ABS-CBN.
The former vocalist of Eraserheads who has a new band, The Oktaves, said that the rumor about his participation in the show actually caught him by surprise.
"Hindi totoo yun. Hindi ko alam kung papaano nangyari yun. Wala ngang lumalapit sa amin. Tapos nagkakalat ng ganun. Wala akong kaalam-alam dun," said Ely at the launch of The Oktaves album on Feb. 17.
If it were offered to him, Ely said he might not have accepted it anyway.
"Hindi ko alam kasi parang hindi ko kaya yung ganung klaseng trabaho na mag-appear sa TV. Hindi ko lang eksena yung ganun. Siguro merong ibang taong mas mahusay para dyan."
Ely stressed that he doesn't see himself watching and passing-on judgment or even mentoring contestants.
What Ely is an expert of, as Pinoy music aficionados know from his past achievements, is making music and putting up bands like The Oktaves. This latest endeavor also means additional work load for Ely who is juggling time between his solo shows and the band Pupil already. Future mall tours or shows of The Oktaves only make his chances of joining "The Voice," if ever, bleak.
So how does Ely manage his work load given his heart condition? He and his band members have different managers to take care of their respective schedules.
"Jingle ang pahinga," Ely said in jest. "So far wala naming banggaan, we make it a point na di naman ganung ka busy, tama lang."
Ely's number one priority when it comes to accepting gigs is that these shouldn't compromise his health meaning "dapat huwag akong masyadong mapagod."
The other members of Oktaves are Nitoy Adriano (formerly of The Jerks) and Chris Padilla, Bobby Padilla and Ivan Garcia (all from Hilera). Hilera collaborated with Ely and the late Francis Magalona in " In Love and War" as well as in the film "The Asiong Salonga Story."
"In many ways, ibang genre siya. Pero kung isipin mo rin medyo parang bumalik lang ako sa dati kong ginagawa with the Eheads kasi kung di ninyo naitatanong, yung Eheads noon, we started as a Garage Band - punk, rock and roll, rockabilly and country. Nag-move lang kami sa pop when we signed with a major recording label," said Ely.
"The Oktaves" features the tracks "Gone Gone Gone," "Hold On Tight," the carrier single "Walang Magawa," "Olivia," "Get You," "Paakyat Ka Pa Lang Pababa Ma Ako," (their second single released) "Ikot," "Detox," "Standing On My Own," "Bungo Sa Bangin" and "Langit Express."