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BE­FORE MAK­ING A NAME for her­self and a n n ra on a ross he o n r Valen­zuela was an ide­al­is­tic rookie who wasn’t sure of the things she would even­tu­ally en­counter as art of the inde en­dent usic in­dus­try n the years she’s een ac­tive has oined and even­tu­ally left mu­sic col­lec­tive Log­i­club; spo­ken out about var­i­ous is­sues re­volv­ing around pol­i­tics the L move­ment and in­ter­sec­tional fem­i­nism; and called out other artists on­line, the most prom­i­nent in­stance be­ing her feud with and the group’s in­fa­mous Pulp mag­a­zine cover por­tray­ing a male gaze for a les­bian cou­ple “I got very emo­tional about it, mostly be­cause,

’yun nga, the hilip­pines is a very atholic coun­try that also sees women like that I got frus­trated and it led me to let go lot of peo­ple’s toes got stepped [on] be­cause of what I was say­ing [on­line] ut then other peo­ple started to talk about it and I’m not sorry about that I’m not sorry be­cause peo­ple need to talk about it

In­ter­net feuds, es­pe­cially with celebri­ties in­volved, cause peo­ple to take sides and put cer­tain per­son­al­i­ties up on a pedestal, which is what many did with against other “less woke artists nce, she found her­self in an un­wanted com­par­i­son with rap­per Cur­ti­smith (who’s gained in­famy for his pub­lic friend­ship and sup­port of an­dro ar­cos, grand­son of the dic­ta­tor in a tweet that gained vi­ral sta­tus “ ith the politi­cal cli­mate of to­day, ev­ery­one’s a lit­tle riled up, a lit­tle an­grier so they look for sav­iors I don’t like be­ing put on a pedestal, as a mu­si­cian, as a per­son, as a hu­man be­ing, but I feel like it’s nec­es­sary for peo­ple to [have role mod­els] I mean if you have a plat­form, why would you use that just for self-preser­va­tion? I’m also not care­ful as I should be I can be very im­pul­sive I used to be very cau­tious and mild-man­nered ut as I grew older, with the cir­cum­stances of what I did, I had to ques­tion my­self, my goals, my be­liefs, and what was nec­es­sary for me to just be an artist in the hilip­pines right now I just wanted to be the kind of per­son I would look up to when I was young

In 2013, I was about to en­ter the lat­ter half of my third year of col­lege, work­ing un­der my school’s of cial pub­li­ca­tion and me­dia out­let, when my se­nior gave me a set of videos she wanted me to edit teneo de anila niver­sity’s

The Guidon had just started a new web se­ries on­line called Pub Room Ses­sions, where the staff would in­vite a cam­pus mu­si­cian to per­form in­side the org’s space (named the “pub room, hence the se­ries’ ti­tle , and then put out the acous­tic con­cert’s video on ou ube y rst edit­ing as­sign­ment for this par­tic­u­lar ub oom es­sion was an episode about a univer­sity fresh­man called Valen­zuela

Video edit­ing is te­dious work, but edit­ing made it less so er quiet vo­cals held an al­lure that’s hard to re­sist he tin­kered around with for­eign-look­ing ped­als and knobs while play­ing gui­tar at the same time he smiled and shook her head to her­self when­ever she made mis­takes on cam­era, but de­ter­minedly con­tin­ued with her cov­ers of

and In­stantly, I knew this girl was go­ing to make it big, an­nounc­ing to my friends out­side school that they just had to lis­ten to her taff mem­bers who were watch­ing the day it was recorded could sense her po­ten­tial

ack then, wore her hair short and sported glasses and loose cloth­ing, with a pair of head­phones per­pet­u­ally around her neck he made mu­sic at home solely for her­self ince then, she’s re­leased an , grown her hair to waist length, put out a crit­i­cally ac­claimed al­bum, per­formed count­less gigs around the coun­try, ex­per­i­mented with makeup and style, scored ma­jor mo­tion pic­tures, be­came a so­cial me­dia icon and dig­i­tal in uencer, and cut her hair short yet again t the time of this writ­ing, she is pre­par­ing for her much-an­tic­i­pated sopho­more record

It’s p m when rushes into the stu­dio late, right af­ter shoot­ing with two other

mag­a­zines the en­tire day er ex­pres­sion is wildly re­morse­ful and she pro­fusely apol­o­gizes to the team as soon as she shows up he shoot goes well as gamely poses, fol­low­ing all the un­con­ven­tional di­rec­tions our artist gives her e laugh with her when her eyes tear up from all the makeup and when we wrap her in cling wrap

still en­joys gig­gling at all her awk­ward­ness (she does this a lot dur­ing the shoot it­self but holds her­self more con dently, star­ing at the cam­era lens with a bold­ness I hadn’t wit­nessed in the girl I saw in 2013 his artist has grown up his Valen­zuela has gone and will con­tinue to go places

er sopho­more L “Cry­dancer, due out on her 22nd birth­day this uly , son­i­cally shuf es a bit fur­ther from her pre­vi­ous al­bum, “The eon our hile her highly suc­cess­ful de­but fo­cuses on a more xed pop sound, “Cry­dancer is spaced out and far more ex­per­i­men­tal, with re­gard­ing her mu­sic for this al­bum as a shared ex­pe­ri­ence with her lis­ten­ers rather than an out­let for her­self

“It’s my form of ther­apy, so I made mu­sic with that mind­set f course, when I started out, I didn’t know the amount of shows I would be play­ing I didn’t know the amount of at­ten­tion I would get I didn’t know how many peo­ple would be lis­ten­ing, she says “This time, I don’t want any llers I want [an al­bum] that peo­ple will en­joy be­cause I re­ally en­joyed [mak­ing it] lot of the mu­sic I wrote be­fore was just for my­self and whomever it was di­rected to, just so I could

“As I grew older, with the cir­cum­stances of what I did, I had to ques­tion my­self, my goals, my be­liefs, and what was nec­es­sary for me to just be an artist in the Philip­pines right now. I just wanted to be the kind of per­son I would look up to when I was young.”

man­age my emo­tions ow it’s dif­fer­ent be­cause I know what it feels like to con­nect with an au­di­ence I know what it feels like to play mu­sic, to lis­ten to mu­sic, and to just re­ally feel it I want to share it, and for peo­ple to feel the same way when they lis­ten to my songs

has been teas­ing the al­bum over the months lead­ing up to its July re­lease, putting out bb­girl and Cards as its rst two sin­gles both of which have mu­sic videos por­tray­ing and rep­re­sent­ing the L T com­mu­nity, which is a proud mem­ber of oth songs have gained praise from ne­ti­zens iden­ti­fy­ing with the move­ment, earn­ing the young mu­si­cian role model sta­tus on­line “I didn’t have stuff like that grow­ing up, she says “[The videos] weren’t made with rep­re­sen­ta­tion in mind, but that’s re­ally who I am The kind of thing that makes peo­ple happy would be that kind of thing where they can see them­selves I’ve never felt that be­fore, but now that I see it—it’s al­ways go­ing to be im­por­tant to me

Con­sid­er­ing ev­ery­thing she’s been through, has her views on the in­die scene changed? All it takes is some com­pro­mise, self-aware­ness, and em­pa­thy, in her opin­ion “At the end of the day, ev­ery­one puts up with shit very­one has a bad day e work with peo­ple we don’t want to work with and it’s in any in­dus­try It just so hap­pens that this in­dus­try is on a plat­form and peo­ple are lis­ten­ing, elab­o­rates “ very­one wants to get along, of course obody wants con ict ut con ict is nec­es­sary and dis­cus­sion is nec­es­sary, and the peo­ple who push back against you it’s like, why? Ayoko yung parang, ‘ Ano, tayo-tayo

na nga lang ’ I mean, yeah, tayo-tayo na nga lang but that doesn’t give you the ex­cuse to do what­ever the fuck you want and ex­pect that peo­ple won’t ques­tion you

Many me­dia out­lets have called her a wun­derkind and one of the most prom­i­nent fe­male artists of this gen­er­a­tion, all be­fore she’s even reached her mid-twen­ties ut as a woman in lo­cal mu­sic, has bat­tled misog­yny, hav­ing gone through scru­tiny on her im­age and sex­ual ori­en­ta­tion and even learn­ing pro­duc­tion on her own af­ter not be­ing taken se­ri­ously by a record­ing en­gi­neer In the age of so­cial me­dia and dig­i­tal mu­sic, she is one bea­con of light for fe­male artists, un­afraid of ght­ing for her be­liefs and ip­ping a big, fat mid­dle nger to any­one dis­crim­i­nat­ing against what she de­cides to rep­re­sent

ut amid all the crazi­ness within the past few years, is still very much a reg­u­lar girl who sim­ply en­joys im­mers­ing her­self in dif­fer­ent hobbies out­side mu­sic he’s re­cently taught her­self how to skate and has also started get­ting into -pop he still plays video games and likes tak­ing videos of her three pets (one dog, one cat, and one bird of­ten seen perched on her shoul­der at home er dreams as of now are hum­ble—to put out “Cry­dancer, and just keep tour­ing and play­ing shows, pos­si­bly out­side the coun­try

Re­gard­less of all the change and the things that come and go, what re­ally re­mains con­stant is her love and pas­sion for mu­sic hat used to be her safe haven turned into a com­mu­nal ex­pe­ri­ence that she’s more than will­ing to share with any­one who wishes to lis­ten, and surely, there are many who do This is what keeps go­ing

“ hen you put some­thing out there, it’s not yours any­more It’s ev­ery­one else’s hen I play at shows and then I hear peo­ple sing­ing along or spot a cou­ple hold­ing hands, it’s like, shit hoa It’s in­cred­i­ble that [my mu­sic] could even be syn­the­sized into some­thing else The fact that it could help some­one go through hard­ships is so im­por­tant to me To watch peo­ple com­mit and ap­pre­ci­ate and con­nect and re­late to it iba na

’yun That’s some good shit I love that

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