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Quezon City, Calabarzon, Philippines | Established. Jan 01, 2011 | INDIE

Quezon City, Calabarzon, Philippines | INDIE
Established on Jan, 2011
Duo Electronic



The best kept secret in music


This band has no press


Still working on that hot first release.



Manila-based duo Tarsius, composed of Diego Mapa (Pedicab, Eggboy) on sampler and Jay Gapasin (Kapitan Kulam, Radioactive Sago Project) on drums, combines electronic music and live instrumentation to produce dance tracks influenced by hip hop, big beat, house, jungle, psych and indie dance.

They met several years ago when Pedicab and Radioactive Sago Project were touring Geneva, Switzerland and Hong Kong in support of a non-goverment organization. Mapa and Gapasin instantly hit off with their common interest with electronic music.

Their track “Nightlife” has been played by London based producer Four Tet on the BBC Radio 1 and Boiler Room.  He also played “Baluga 2000” (Baluga 2000 E.P 2015) on Rinse FM U.K. Electronic duo, Dark Sky (Monkeytown Records) included “AM” (More Rice Records 2017) in one of their mixes on NTS Radio in 2017.

Tarsius in their earlier years, remixed a track from U.K. electronic act Ladytron.  The cut is included in a Record Store Day special release called, “Gravity Seducer Remixed” in 2013.  The Filipino duo also have been remixed by Swiss DJ and Producer, Manuel Fischer; which is included in their latest E.P. called “Igado" (More Rice 2017).

In Manila, they’ve opened for international acts such as Toro Y Moi (US), Ningen OK (Japan), Max Tundra (Warp Records U.K.), Free The Robots (US), and Delorean (Spain).

Tarsius has graced international shows and festivals such as Intastella Burst presents Numberline Records in Hong Kong 2012, Clockenflap 2014 (Hong Kong), Mai Asia Festival  2015 (Osaka, Japan), Wonderfruit 2015 (Pattaya, Thailand), More Rice Presents:  No Rice No Life Tour (Bangkok, Thailand) and Malasimbo Festival 2015 (Puerto Galera, Philippines).

Tarsius’ latest release called the “Igado E.P” on 12” vinyl is available on-line through Lobster Records Distribution, Phonica Records, and Juno Records. Their debut “Primate” is still available on digital download through Numberline Records’ Bandcamp page. Their sophomore E.P called teamed up with design and clothing line Team Manila called, Baluga 2000 is available for download and streaming on Spotify and Apple Music. Tarsius is one of the first Filipino artist to release a vinyl LP (“Primate” Numberline Records 2012) in the Philippines that spearheaded the resurgence of releasing the format by a local artist in 2012.

Band Members