If you ask any Filipino music artist around who they look up to in the rich music industry that the Philippines has, the usual name that gets mentioned is Mr. Pure Energy Gary Valenciano. And it’s absolutely a wise choice because Gary V is someone who has pretty much done everything in the music industry. Fortunately enough, we had the wonderful privilege of sitting down with him yesterday on One Music Exclusive about his remaining shows for “Gary V Presents” at The Theatre at Solaire on May 19 and 20, and even asked him what he normally tells aspiring music artists seeking advice from him. His response was lengthy and profound, but it’s also something that you might want to heed.
“When people ask me for advice kasi, it can’t just be something that is talked about over a couple of minutes. You can only scratch the surface. Barely scratch the surface. I love to sit down with aspiring artists and ask them one thing: how long do you want to be around? Because it’s easy to strike while the iron is hot. Anybody can do that. Even through a five and a half inch screen, you know, go viral, that’s not too hard to do. But the real question is, how do you keep that iron hot enough to strike? Because it’s only when the iron is hot that you can remold it, change it to something else, you could cool down at a certain time, but you can heat it up again and then strike again. But how do you do that? That takes time. It’s a process. You don’t go from, like for me to come up here to One Music PH, I was at the basement, and I had to take the elevator and go through floor number one, two, three, four…You don’t go from the basement to the ninth floor in an instant because sometimes the way you go up, the rate that you go up is also the rate that you go down. Then you look back and say, I didn’t know that you had to go through these floors, well, you do. And not every floor is as pretty as the floor you just came from. It might be challenging, but the end product, when you get to the ninth floor, when you get to the floor you’re supposed to be in, you want to be in, that’s a totally different ball game,” Gary V said.
True enough, one doesn’t simply reach the mountain top, so to speak, in just a snap. Success is something that you’ve got to earn, and it definitely requires a lot of patience and hits and misses along the way. But like what Gary V said, once you reach the place you want to be in, then looking back at the expectedly difficult journey becomes a whole lot meaningful and sweeter.
Watch our full exclusive interview with Gary Valenciano in the video below.
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