Chris Cantada is a Filipino musician best known as the former drummer and backing vocalist of the band Sponge Cola. He was featured in the music video of Sponge Cola's "Tambay" in a cameo guest appearance per post band departure.
Cantada recently released his solo album Heartbeat with the carrier single of the same name. The music video for "Heartbeat" shows Cantada played all musical instruments for the song.
Born Christopher L. Cantada in 1985. He attended high school at Ateneo de Manila University.This was a message from Erwin “Armo” Armovit (lead guitarist) in a certain fansite:
The band made up of Yael Yuzon (vocals-guitar), Gosh Dilay (bass), Erwin Armovit (lead guitar) and Chris Cantada (drums) were all college buddies from the Ateneo de Manila University. Sponge Cola's debut album Palabas, was released in 2004 under Sony BMG, spawning radio hits like "KLSP", "Gemini", and "Jeepney".
Sponge Cola's acoustic live cover of the Madonna classic "Crazy for You" gained popularity among fans and casual listeners after it became an Internet download favorite.
Right after finishing college, the quartet immediately dished out their second record, Transit, under Universal Records in 2006. The album found a more focused unit as proven by the strong radio singles like the anthemic "Bitiw", "Tuliro" and "Pasubali".
Sponge Cola also graced two of the most successful tribute records come out recently: The Eraserheads' Ultraelectromagneticjam where they did a cover of "Pare Ko" and the APO Hiking Society's two-volume disc Kami nAPO Muna ("Nakapagtataka") and Kami nAPO Muna Ulit ("Saan Na Nga Ba Ang Barkada").
Sponge Cola's eponymous third album under Universal Records was released on September 19, 2008 and launched on September 26 at Eastwood in Libis Quezon City.
Cantada's departure however was done gradually as he will still be seen in the band's fouthcoming videos and even on some TV appearances meant to promo new records. Sponge Cola hired session drummers to fill in Cantada's slot during live gigs, until Tmac Cruz was officially announced as the new drummer in 2009.
After leaving Sponge Cola for three years due to health problems, Cantada released his solo debut album entitled Heartbeat (all songs written by Cantada himself), distributed under Universal Records and co-produced by Yael Yuzon.
His YouTube channel is called Chris Cantada Force. Currently he has over 200 thousand subscribers.Albums
Sponge Cola (2008)
Sponge Cola EP