So you have unravelled ...
Dapat unta, nga maIlabi na og na’ay magsalig nimo. Lahi na gyud namosa
Insoy ... from p13
gamit sa akoang social media. I may give tips here and there otherwise wala na kaayo, it’s more on marketing.
You have been writing for print or the mainstream media. What’s your reaction to the industry going digital?
It’s nice nga nakaabot pa ta sa panahon nga grabe pa kabaga ang paper. I remember when I was in the seminary there were four newspapers. Imagine, what does that speak of us as a reading community. This is something that we have been expecting and the mainstream media should be prepared dili na pud mahitabo nga people had to let go of their jobs. Twenty years ago, we have been talking about this and right now it’s happening. Back then we really didn’t mind it because we were on top and now that it’s happening, the least that I am happy about is that I was part of it and I was there when the turnaround happened.
Will you recommend art and literature as a career to your kids?
I have a seven-year-old boy who is now taking up drum lessons. Naa mi’y gig kung dili na gabii kaayo pulihan niya amoang drummer and mo join siya . He’s in that direction already ug ang manghud mo piano na pero we don’t know kay basin as they grow old mausab na niya and ilaha sab na. Karon lang is naa sa ilaha ang hilig sa music and ganahan ko pero makaguol sab kay sa akoang experience there’s no money man gud sa art. Sa akoang nabantayan, sa music na’ay gamay, ug sa writing pila ra baya ug dili siya maka -support og family so I want them to go into business pero ayaw lang biyai ang art. Kay ganahan nako i- break ang cycle sa amoang family nga there’s nobody in it who is into business and it someohow perpetuates the cycle of poverty ba. At least in this generation cut na unta ba, nga well-versed unta sila in running a business.
What if they’d really want to pursue the arts?
At least we would have done our part like whenever we sell (Sinugbang Sugbu) shirts, ako silang pakuyogon. For the kids makakita sila nga magtrabaho mi with my wife without actually telling them to go into business, magtan-aw sila sa ilang parents nga mangugi is already telling.
Naay gamay’ng pagmahay because dugay man kaayo ka maka- realize nga importante sab gyud diay ang pag- make og money. Kana gani nga mag sige lang ka og trabaho unya kuwangon lang gihapon and
(laughter). Like, kanangmga talent fee gigs it would go directly to the family. It’s not just me but for my bandmates. We would like to monetize from the art that we are doing. Kinahanglan makakwarta gyud ka and my concern is with royalties and with our laws on intellectual rights nato diri kay it’s not in place. You cannot make money out of your art unlike other countries nga maka one-hit wonder ra ka and you will still get something out of it. It’s not like that man here. It’s sad for an artist most especially with writers and those who are in the fields of literary arts and music.
As a writer, musician and businessman, how do you want to see things down the line?
I’d still want to succeed on all those fields. Siguro dili na kaayo into music because I have this feeling nga naka- contribute naman ko dira so I may as well try contributing something on other fields na sab. Right now, it’s all for my family naman gud and I still love music and the drive is there but it’s not the same drive when we were younger. Had I known nga ingon ani diay ka busy ang na’ay pamilya, unta gidaghan na lang nako akoang gipanghimo nga music sa una (laughter).
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