Whenever people say the name Piolo Pascual, the most common label associated with him is the Philippines’ ultimate heartthrob. But when it comes to his artistry, there are some who overlook the music side of his personhood. Needless to say, he’s more than just an actor and he’s more than just a heartthrob. He also lives out a deep passion for music. And earlier today, One Music PH got the chance to talk with Piolo to find out more about what goes on in his mind when music is on the spotlight. Here’s how our exclusive interview went.
One Music PH: How does music help you out with your acting?
Piolo: I draw emotion from anything I listen to. I make sure that there’s, it’s like in a movie, you know, it completes the whole experience. So whenever I try to prepare for a scene, usually I listen to something that will touch my emotion so it plays a vital part in a scene that I do.
O: How would you describe Piolo Pascual’s musicality?
P: It’s so diverse. I’m personally into rock music. My go to band is Coldplay. Before it was U2. But I can listen to Josh Groban, I can listen to [Andrea] Bocelli, I can listen to EDM, I listen to a lot of praise and worship songs as well. I can go as a sentimentalist to listening to love songs, but me as a professional singer, I cater more to love songs, ballads. I grew up training in love songs, doing love songs.
O: Is there anything you haven’t crossed out in your music bucket list, if ever you have one?
P: Concert-wise, I still haven’t seen, well, I didn’t get to see Michael Jackson. I’ve seen Coldplay many times, I’ve seen U2, I saw Sting, I saw Groban, even Bocelli. These are people I look up to. I saw Maroon 5. I guess that’s it. I still want to watch, who else? I don’t know. My time, talking about the 90’s, pretty much that’s it. For now, mostly I listen to local performers.
O: Is there any other local music artist that you want to work with or work with again?
P: Well, I’ve always been a big fan of KZ Tandingan. I love her musicality, I love her eccentricity when it comes to music. The way she just gets you lost in the way she performs, and I love interpreting songs of Yeng Constantino, and I was able to collaborate with Regine [Velasquez], Toni [Gonzaga], Sarah [Geronimo], and a whole lot more. Even the likes of Morissette, you know one my favorite songs that I ever recorded was with her. And I probably want to do a song with Gary V. and even Martin [Nievera] because that’s my genre, you know, which is ballads.
O: What are your thoughts on a possible song or even an album collaboration between you and Inigo?
P: We’ve been trying to work on some songs. He’s a musician. He’s more of a musician than me. He plays the instruments. He plays the guitar, he plays the piano. Self-taught. He composes songs, even puts music to it. He’s a very talented kid. When it comes to music, he’s very gifted. But what we could probably collaborate on is just the lyrics, and then I’ll put music to it. But yeah, we’ve been trying to do something together, but hopefully sometime soon, we’d be able to come up with some songs that we could put in an album together.
O: What can we expect from you when it comes to music in the near future?
P: Oh gosh, I just came out with my compilations album comprised of my 15 years of music that has 11 movie theme songs that I recorded, and nine TV show theme songs that I’ve recorded through the last 15 years of my being in the recording industry. Next year, I’m coming up with an all-original album that I’ve been working on with Ely Buendia as my overall producer. We’ve been composing songs together. He’s the one who’s really overlooking everything, putting music into my words, and I’ve been recording in his studio. We’re more than halfway through, so hopefully next year, we’d be able to release that, and hopefully a 20th year concert by next year so there will be a lot of things to look forward to in terms of music.
Tomorrow, we’d be celebrating Piolo’s 40th birthday, and coming straight from him, there will be a lot of exciting things that we should look forward to when it comes to music.
Watch our exclusive interview with Piolo Pascual in the video below.
What do you look forward to in Piolo Pascual and his music next year? Tell us in the comments section!
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