Your down­time?

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I do ev­ery­thing. And, of course, Bible read­ing at night. And house chores also be­cause wala mi’y kata­bang sa US.

Are you aware that you ex­ude sex­i­ness, as seen in your videos and with “Fck­roun?”

No. Dili baya. Dili gyud. Though I do get com­ments that it is kinda FHM. I don’t have the boobs, the volup­tuous body. But thank you for the com­pli­ment. Def­i­nitely I am aware that my brand is a lit­tle bal­ance of sexy and com­edy. I am aware of that. And I think that my mu­sic is also chill, laid-back, groovy, sexy R&B and jazz.

What about that im­pres­sion that you are or too ?

Re­ally? Dili gyud ko arte and also a lot of guys think nga tomboy ko . I am a very laid­back type of a per­son. Chill lang and jolly. And I do take life se­ri­ously even though I don’t take ev­ery­thing to heart and just en­joy ev­ery mo­ment.

What are your guilty plea­sures?

I am al­ways do­ing mu­sic. Mu­sic keeps me sane and with­out mu­sic, I think I’d be in a cas­ket right now. Any­thing else I do is like spir­i­tual sui­cide, it kills my soul and I’d be de­pressed and not happy. I turn pale, and I think ev­ery artist un­der­stands that. If you make them go to school, do en­gi­neer­ing stuff and they’re artists. You just have to do what you re­ally love. Like right now, I am bal­anc­ing col­lege and do­ing what I love to do, try­ing to make an im­pact.

So far, what’s the strangest re­ac­tion to your mu­sic?

de­spite the sug­ges­tion of my mu­sic team to change the lyrics to Ta­ga­log and ni dili gyud ko be­cause I want to amp up Bisaya mu­sic.

In your IMDB page it says that your ul­ti­mate mis­sion is to rev­o­lu­tion­ize OPM and make a mem­o­rable per­for­mance ...

When it’s OPM, it’s not only Pi­noy or Ta­ga­log, there’s also Bisaya. And I want to be that artist who says nga, “This is Bisaya mu­sic.” You have to pay at­ten­tion. We are ta­lented, we have the skills and we know what we are do­ing. You do not stereo­type OPM nga puro Ta­ga­log. We have tal­ents all over Visayas and Min­danao and they need to be rec­og­nized. Be­cause I feel that lo­cal tal­ents re­ally lack the recog­ni­tion and re­spect they de­serve.

What’s your cre­ative process when you make a song?

then we agreed that we would do mu­sic. We were work­ing on a draft called Lyri­cal Toast From My First Mix Tape, So Help Me God, pero wala na­dayon kay what Loonie wanted was we would do it in a record­ing stu­dio, pero naa man ko sa LA and he was in Manila. Pero now we still PM each other, he hit me up re­cently. So def­i­nitely, Loonie.

Would you be in­clined to do act­ing as well?

Why not? Any­thing drama and com­edy. Though I still want to be do­ing mu­sic ‘til I die. And if pos­si­ble make movies and then branch out to the world. I ac­tu­ally did a fea­ture film in LA. It’s called “Funny Man.” It was di­rected by Omri Do­rani and writ­ten by Rick Harmon. I was casted as the lead ac­tress, it was a dram­edy and filmed in Hol­ly­wood. It was also a bless­ing be­cause ni­agi ko og four au­di­tions to get that role, this was in 2015.

How was it like be­ing part of a Hol­ly­wood movie?

guided me and made me choose who to be my lead ac­tor. It was spe­cial and I some­how feel that I fi­nally did some­thing to be proud of for my coun­try. It is now go­ing through the process of dis­tri­bu­tion for main­stream re­lease how­ever you can see it through Ama­zon Prime.

How’s life at the home­front?

Chores. I help my mom in her care­giv­ing agency in LA. I have four older broth­ers and bisan asa ko moadto naa gyud akoang Kuya to drive for me. Mao gyud na sa akoang kanta nga strikto akoang Papa, bisan asa naa gyud akoang Kuya.

What’s on re­peat on your Spo­tify playlist?

Tame Im­pala, Ken­drick La­mar and Amy Wine­house.

Your mes­sage to as­pir­ing tal­ents who want to be part of the mu­sic in­dus­try?

Be ab­nor­mal, be weird. There’s no blue­print when it comes to art. I mean, you can get a bach­e­lor’s de­gree in art but that won’t as­sure you that you’ll be the best artist in the world. But you can be the best even if you just self-study, go on­line, read good books, don’t con­form to stan­dards, ad­here to no rules. Just stand out.

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