Kamikazee is a Filipino rock band which composes of five members such as Jay Contreras (lead vocalist), Jomal Linao (guitar/back-up vocals), Led Zeppelin Tuyay (guitars), Jason “Puto” Astete (bassist), and Allan “Bords” Burdeos (drummer).
They have firstly met in college at the College of Fine Arts of the University of the Philippines Diliman. Kamikazee’s early gigs were mostly campus events in UP Diliman like the annual UP Fair. Before they were signed, they went by the name “Kamikazee Cornflakes” in 2000, which was eventually shortened to its current state as “Kamikazee” was easier to remember. Their early shows included renditions of the songs “Tsinelas”, a cover of Ariel Rivera’s “Sana Kahit Minsan”, and Britney Spears’ Lucky.
In 2003 is proved to be the year of reckoning for Kamikazee as they also picked up the Listener’s Choice Award at the 2003 NU 107 Rock Awards function, while Allan Burdeos won the Drummer of the Year trophy. Two years since, they were names as the year’s Best Live Act at 2005 NU 107 Rock Awards. They also gave an electrifying performance of the hit song ‘Chicksilog’ that was nominated as the Song of the Year. The song reach the #1 position at NU 107’s Midnight Countdown and ended at the #9 position of the Yearend Countdown for 2005.
The band’s name speaks volumes of the band’s philosophy – pure passion and fearless music. The music they make will leave you exhausted, exhilarated and yearning for more…and Kamikazee is fast gaining the reputation as being one of the most explosive bands in the Filipino music arena. Their band influences are Parokya ni Edgar, Cheese, The Eraserheads, Deftones, New Found Glory, Slipknot, and Pantera.