Hector "Buddy" Avacena Zabala is the bassist of Filipino hard rock band The Dawn, indie band Cambio, and widely known as the bassist of the now disbanded alternative rock band, The Eraserheads.

A few years after the dissolution of the Eraserheads, Buddy Zabala continues to be a prolific musician. He plays bass for The Dawn and, of course, the renamed Eheads, Cambio. Intervening bands in which he was played were the Sun Valley Crew (together with fellow Eraserhead, Raimund Marasigan) and Twisted Halo (with Vin Dancel, Jason Caballa, Joey Odulio, and Mon Lopez.).

For his bass work for Cambio (Derby Light) and Twisted Halo (In Loving Memory of the Fearless Exploits of the Bolo Brigade), Zabala was awarded by the NU Rock Awards as 2004 "Bassist of the Year".

Aside from playing with his bands and doing session work, he focuses his energy in helping younger generation of Pinoy rock bands by way of producing their albums. Some of these are Boldstar’s "You Must Have Been a Beautiful Something/What Are You, Really?", Itchyworms’ "Little Monsters Under your Bed" (with Romel Sanchez), 6 Cycle Mind’s "Panorama", Moonstar 88’s "Todo Combo", and Imago’s "Blush".

He also works as co-producer with his Eraserheads and Cambio colleague, Raimund Marasigan; such as on Itchyworms’ "Noon Time Show," Twisted Halo’s "Twisted Halo EP", Fatal Posporos’ "Paper View," Sugarfree’s "Dramachine," Cambio’s "Derby Light," and Imago’s "Take 2." He was also involved for Marasigan’s recent "Five on the Floor" album for Sandwich’s. Zabala had also scored a number of movies, TV commercials, documentary shorts and stage plays.

Other Information

  • Birth name : Hector Avacena Zabala
  • Also known as : Buddy, Budz, The Baker Boy
  • Born : November 13, 1971
  • Origin : Zamboanga City, Philippines
  • Genres : Alternative rock/pop, Experimental, Pinoy rock
  • Instruments : Vocals, Guitar, Bass, Piano, Keyboards, Synthesizers
  • Associated acts : Cambio, The Dawn, Eraserheads, Sun Valley Crew, Twisted Halo, The Curfew

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