For us Filipinos, the term “biyaheng langit” is something that we use to describe an unforgettable journey – one that is filled with long lasting happy memories. For Davey Langit, it’s that and so much more. The reason, you might ask. Well, “Biyaheng Langit” turns out to be the name of Davey’s album courtesy of Star Music which is a culmination of everything that he’s been through so far as a musician. Last August 22, Tuesday, Davey and his friend musicians visited the One Music Live stage to share the music from his album, and ultimately the story of his life.
It's no secret that Davey is a gifted musician and songwriter, and so it’s easy to get puzzled why it’s taken so long for him to finally come out with an album featuring his original songs. But for the “Dalawang Letra” songwriter, the album had to undergo a lengthy process before it can be made. He always wanted it, but he knew it needed the right timing, and that is now.
“It’s been a life-long dream. Gustong-gusto ko na dati. I had opportunities before pero ‘yun na nga siguro hindi pa talaga oras eh. Napag-isipan ko na lang siya 2016 na sabi ko parang I think panahon na. Kasi marami na rin nagtatanong sakin, ‘ang dami mo nang nalabas na kanta pero wala ka namang sariling materyal na iyo.’ I’ve written songs for other people. I’ve produced songs for other people, may mga mangilan-ngilan akong kantang sarili ko, pero ‘yun na nga, …importante pa rin yung merong something that holds them together which is the album,” he said.
Originally, the album was supposed to be called “Long Time Coming” because of how long it took to come into fruition. But knowing that the album represents “years-worth of experiences” and “years-worth of songs” that collectively shares the story of his life journey, and because “Biyaheng Langit” has a catchy sound considering it has his surname on it, he went with it as the title, and aptly so.
Like any journey, Davey’s brought him many memories, and more importantly, learnings that have molded him into the person that he is today. And if there’s something he’s realized from his “biyaheng langit,” so to speak, it’s the three-fold principle that he lives by.
“Lagi akong meron nung three-pronged rule na ginagamit ko for myself, at in-include ko ‘yon sa kantang Idjay: pangarapin, trabahuhin, manalangin. Dream hard, work harder, pray the hardest. Parang ‘yun yung constant na sinasabi ko sa sarili ko eh.”
Watch the music video of "Idjay" in the YouTube video below.
Speaking of “Idjay,” Davey reveals that it is the song closest to his heart. Once you hear his reasons, it’s not difficult to understand why.
“[With] Idjay, I’m paying homage to where I come from, that’s number one. Tapos, kwento ko siya basically eh. Parang ito yung kanta na pinakamatagal kong sinulat…Isipin mo ibabahagi mo sa mga tao yung buhay mo, ngayon paano mo gagawin ‘yon intelligently enough para mapagkasiya dun sa apat na minuto…Gusto ko lang talagang ibahagi yung kwento ko, and do also an Ilocano chorus for it. The reason bakit sobrang intense ang pagka-kanta is because you’re telling a story eh. You’re telling the story. And sa dami ng struggles ko with this music thing, parang minsan nadadala talaga ako eh. I’ve been through really, really tough patches sa trabahong ‘to na kumbaga walang nagturo sakin…It’s very, very special to me because it’s basically the story of my life. Wala na yatang mas pe-personal doon na nasulat ko ever na kanta…parang may kurot kasi each and every time na tinutugtog ko siya eh, and it’s also a vindication and a validation at the same time na, you know, sabi ko nga sa dulo, it’s a testament that dreams do come true,” he said.
Of course, every journey has a destination, and for Davey, he’s at the point wherein he’s yet to totally figure out what that destination is. But if you would ask him, his passion for songwriting serves as a reliable compass.
“As of the moment, I want to be very successful with my career as a singer-songwriter…I’m excited for the possibilities pa, kung anong pwedeng mangyari. Of course, kung kaya kong maging andun sa levels nila Ryan Cayabyab, Jungee Marcelo, ‘yun ang gusto kong marating sa career na ‘to…I haven’t thought of that, pero I think that’s the greatest destination kasi I’m living the best life possible. I mean, ilan ba ang makakapagsabi na trabaho nila yung gustong-gusto nilang gawin sa buhay, so ‘yun pa lang panalo na ako sa buhay. So ngayon, whatever it is na dumating just as long as I’m doing what I love, wala akong sinasaktang ibang tao, wala akong tinatapakang ibang tao, tapos may mga nakikinig pa rin naman sa mga ginagawa kong kanta, then I’d still continue writing, and doing my music hanggang sa kaya ko.”
Watch Davey Langit's One Music Live session in the YouTube video below.
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