When did you start?
I grew up into music. I have a very musically inclined family. I started playing piano when I was 6, started singing when I was in 7th grade. It wasn’t until I was in high school I started performing solo, then once my college years rolled around, I decided to dive into the songwriting world. The past fours years are when it really started to kick off for me, doing small tours, opening for acts such as Slum Village & Travis Porter, South by Southwest in Austin, TX, and connecting with music industry figures in regards to songwriting opportunities. So, I can honestly say I have been doing this all my life, it all just came in phases.
What do you hope to achieve through the Kollaboration experience?
Being able to connect with the people I will be performing for and sharing the stage with. To be blessed with the gift to write and perform music, the least I can do is give back to the universe by sharing my talent. I want to be able to impress new followers, and re-inspire the ones I already have.
On a day off, you can find me…
Shooting hoops at the gym or in the studio working on music. There really are no days off when you’re doing what you love because it doesn’t seem like a job. There just smaller steps in the bigger picture I am trying to accomplish.
People would be surprised to learn that…
That I am a Filipino singer. I say this because when people try to guess my nationality, Filipino is the last thing they would guess. I’m going to assume it’s because I’m light skinned for a Filipino dude. For the singer part, being that I do R&B, I am exposed into the urban market outside of the Asian American scene. When I tell people I do music, they automatically assume I rap or that I produce music. But when I hit them with the vocals, they’re quickly thrown off, but impressed. Seriously, I’ve got mad flavor.
My biggest inspirations are…
My family, especially my mom. At a young age, I lost 3 key figures in my life. One of them being my dad and my grandfather, who was the reason I started music in the first place. He raised me with music as the foundation. And lastly, my other grandfather, who if it wasn’t for him, I would have never been able to get the chance to immigrate from the Philippines and live the life I am living now. Since their passing, I have taken my mother through hell and back. Her strength, love, and support are the greatest inspirations to succeed. She is my pure definition that you can make it through anything.
If I could perform with anybody in the world, it would be…
Michael Jackson. Who wouldn’t want to perform with one of the greatest musical icons that’s ever lived!