You might know me from years ago because you watched me on a variety show, or you may just have heard me on the radio recently, or heck, you may just have stumbled across me one day while you were bored and a picture of me in my underwear sparked your interest. Whichever of those things it might be, now you have ended up here with me. Wonder what I’m doing? You’re probably not alone.
I disappeared for a while. I left the country for ten months after my 2 years stint with MTV Philippines (which by the way, were some of the most amazing days of my life.) Another reason why I left was because a close friend of mine was murdered, but we’ll get into that another time. So, I left.
In that time, I was alone. I’m sure a lot of you can relate to being alone, as unless we are surrounded by family and friends, we are always, alone. I had my mother and brother nearby, but unfortunately, we are estranged, so that didn’t really help much either. (sabi ko sayo, personalan to e.) Being alone is never a bad thing though, (unless you’re that guy from 127 hours, in which case, it sucks.) It gives you time to reflect, something that people tend to forget they need to do nowadays. When you reflect, you put things in your life together, you develop a deeper understanding of yourself and the world around you and you figure out what needs to happen in order for you to move forward, both physically and emotionally. Not to say that you cant do it on a regular day to day basis, but being alone FORCES you to come to terms with yourself.
But I digress.
So, I was alone in London, and I was trying to get over the death of a friend, the failures of my family relationships and adjusting to being away from everyone I knew and loved here in the PI. Where did I turn to? Music.
Now, I have been musical my whole life. At the age of 2, my mother said that I learned to whistle in tune and drove her crazy. She also said that she always thought the best job for me would have been being a DJ. (Ironically, now I work at Wave 89.1, doing just that.) I joined the choir at age 8, started training opera at 11, Jazz and Pop at 16, and at this point in time I’d like to give a shoutout to my music teachers who loved and pushed me because they believed in my talent.
At 17, I joined ‘Pop Idol’, which is actually the original ‘AI’ just in the UK. I didnt get far, I made it through the first round and then Simon told me I wasn’t ready and I called him an a**hole on camera. (sorry Simon, I actually have a lot of respect for you, I was young and had no stage presence and you were absolutely right.)
Anyway. In 2008, Marc Abaya (Kjwan) and I were hanging out, and he started to play a riff on his guitar, and I told him to record it, put it on loop and let me write to it. Hence, my first song ‘Conversation’ was born.
Then I started working with my very good friend, Beau and Aaron Canlas, otherwise known as L.A Stone and Eyespk and collectively we are SNRG. (check out our music at www.SNRGmusic.com) Recently we released:
and we even did a remix version of ‘Conversation’ and we shot the music video through Skype.
Now, I’m venturing out on my own solo music endeavor, and as soon as I get the band together, we will have a name. I released this song recently through flipmusic (www.flipmusic.com who have AMAZING artists, support OPM!) with Gene Roca, its called
‘Back to Bed’
And I have a whole bunch of other songs that I’ll be coming out with soon. Music is something I have loved my whole life, and it’s one of the only things that makes sense to me. When I write, I feel like i’m interpreting my soul or my emotions and putting them into words. I want to write and make music for people to be able to feel something again, be it happy, sad, hatred, love, I wanna make them be able to cry if they need to, dance if they want to and SING at the top of their lungs because it makes them feel free.
And there you have it. Long winded I know. But that is where I am now.
Here’s hoping you’ll join me on this new chapter of my life.
This is the realizm of my life.