The Ridleys: Telling A Story Through Music

Image: Band members Benny Manaligod (Vocalist), Jan De Vera (Lead Guitarist), Joric Canlas (Bassist), and Bryant Ayes (Drummer).

The Ridleys is an Alternative-Folk band from the hometown of Manila, Philippines. Their music tells a story, and a story that they love to share with all listeners through their love of music. Leaving each and every listener inspired to do good in the world, and every listener to have a story to be told about The Ridleys.

Bands member's in The Ridleys include Benny Manaligod (Vocalist), Jan De Vera (Lead Guitarist), Joric Canlas (Bassist), and Bryant Ayes (Drummer). We interviewed The Ridleys to how they started their journey into the music industry. 


Image: Band members Benny Manaligod (Vocalist), Jan De Vera (Lead Guitarist), Joric Canlas (Bassist), and Bryant Ayes (Drummer).

How did you meet?

"Benny (frontman) and Bryant (drummer) were best friends in grade school. Benny and Jan (electric guitar) met in university. In November 2015, there was an open mic event at a mall, so Benny invited Bryant and Jan to session for him. That was the start of the trio."

What made the band decide to use the name 'The Ridleys' for a name?

"In March 2016, the trio decided to join a battle of the bands in Bryant's university. Bryant invited Joric, his friend, to play bass for us. Since we needed a band name for the application, and since Benny had a huge crush on Daisy Ridley from the new Star Wars movie that came out December 2015, we decided to go with The Ridleys, thinking we could change the band name later on. Obviously, things didn't go as planned."


Image: Band members Benny Manaligod (Vocalist), Jan De Vera (Lead Guitarist), Joric Canlas (Bassist), and Bryant Ayes (Drummer).

What inspired you to make music together?

"Making music is fun! We just love to jam with each other. Later on, we realized that music brings joy to people, so we decided to make music that makes a positive impact in people's lives."

What’s your songwriting process?

"Benny writes the songs, and the boys bring it to life. No one can match Jan's harmonies and guitar lines. Joric and Bryant's bass and drum combo is insane."


Image: Band members Benny Manaligod (Vocalist), Jan De Vera (Lead Guitarist), Joric Canlas (Bassist), and Bryant Ayes (Drummer).

Who are your biggest influences?

"Lots. But here are some prominent ones.

• Benny: Jason Mraz, Phoebe Bridgers, Bombay Bicycle Club

• Bryant: Toto, Snarky Puppy, Israel Houghton

• Jan: Charlie Parker, John Mayer

• Joric: Earth Wind and Fire, Stevie Wonder"

What's is your ultimate direction for the band?

"We want to continue making songs about faith, hope, and love, to make a positive impact in our listener's lives."


Image: Band members Benny Manaligod (Vocalist), Jan De Vera (Lead Guitarist), Joric Canlas (Bassist), and Bryant Ayes (Drummer).

What has been your biggest challenge as a band?

"Getting ourselves out there! We love the music-making side of being in a band, but we need help with the business side."

What would you like your followers to remember you by?

"We want them to remember us as four guys who loved to make music and genuinely cared for our listeners. We want every listener to have a story about how The Ridleys impacted their life in some way."

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