‘Terno’ is a word of Hispanic origin. As a proper noun, it is the national attire for women. As an adjective, it means ‘to match’, an indication of a state of symmetry and proportion– something which definitely does not describe contemporary Philippine society.
Terno Recordings is the brainchild of Toti Dalmacion, a Manila-based DJ, vinyl collector, musician, and impresario who has evolved to be one of the most progressive figureheads of the scene. A preacher of the gospel of taste, he has exposed Metro Manilans to a wide range of musical styles ranging from both indiepop and rock to modern dance to bossa and everything in between. Among the acts he has brought in include Juan Atkins, Alec Empire, Derrick May, Doc Martin, Josh Wink, Jazzanova, Derrick Carter, Richie Hawtin, Laurent Garnier, Ken Ishii, Swayzak, Stacey Pullen, Fantastic Plastic Machine, Nathan Coles, Q-Bert, The Lotus Eaters, D’ Sound, China Crisis, Tahiti 80, Toe, just to name a few.
Terno Records is determined to bring to the world some of the finest new music with a Filipino twist: indiepop/rock, jazz, house, techno, and everything in between.