Last August 15, Tuesday, One Music PH had a very special guest performer. No other than Filipino-Australian rock singer MiG Ayesa who you probably know as one of the finalists on Australia’s RockStar: INXS. During the latest edition of One Music Live, MiG serenaded the online audience with his voice that both has power and charm. Shortly after his performance, he sat down with us, and gladly elaborated on the reason why his passion for music never wavers, and that thing we Filipinos can’t stop talking about, “hugot.”
MiG said that his One Music Live experience was “scary and at the same time really cool” because it felt like a typical jam wherein he had freedom to do what he wanted to do, but as comments from the audience started to flood in, he realized that there were actually a lot of people watching his performance. That’s why we couldn’t help but ask him what his thoughts are on the rise of digital media, and how it has changed the way music is consumed and created.
“You can’t fight it. The rise of digital technology, it brings the power back to the musician which I’m actually all in favor of,” MiG said while also adding that musicians no longer need an enormous budget to produce and share their music. In a way, the world of music going digital has been a huge equalizer, and benefited music creators tremendously according to him.
And provided that he’s one of the people who’ve experienced how to go about life as a musician in both the traditional and digital means, we thought it be interesting to get his two cents on what keeps him driven.
“I think it’s just the love of it (playing music). It’s almost like people ask me if you were to do something else tomorrow what would you do, and I really think I can’t think of anything else I’d rather do than what I’m doing right now, you know. What I do on my spare time, like now it’s supposed to be my spare time, but I was like let’s go play some music, but that’s also how I earn my living, you know. It’s my hobby, it’s my passion, it’s my career, and it’s my job. And I think if you do something that you love, then you’ll never work a day in your life so I feel like I’ve never worked a day in my life…I think what keeps me driven is a constant need of just being creative. I think if I can always be creative and create something new, make something new, I feel a fulfillment. I feel like this is exactly what I was put on this earth to do,” he said.
During his short but sweet set on One Music Live, one of the songs he performed that easily captured everyone’s attention was the song that he wrote with Nino Alejandro – the nephew of OPM icon Hajji Alejandro. The song as you might have guessed is anchored on love, and inspired by the very special woman in MiG’s life right now. Living as a Filipino-Australian musician who is based in New York meant that MiG is bound to travel a lot. But the constant traveling he’s doing at the moment (this year, he’s done 62 flights and counting), and this song he just exclusively performed on One Music PH, have taught MiG something very important.
“It’s been a frustrating thing doing all this travel, but at the same time, it’s being away from her that makes me realize that you know, I’m in love. I actually think about this girl all the time.” And for MiG, the best way to express that love is to put it into words and into a song. It’s not yet recorded, but he reveals that this beautiful woman’s birthday is coming soon, and so recording it would be a perfect birthday present.
Of course, with MiG touching on the topic of love, it was inevitable for us to ask him what his “hugot” is.
“It would be hard for me to say this without sounding corny, but it is love. It is a sense of what joy love can bring, and also what sorrow love can leave when it goes. So it’s the void that it leaves, but it’s the chasm that it fills, and I think what makes us human is the fact that the ability to love separates us from animals and machines, and it is my constant drive, and it keeps me alive, and a lot of my songs are based on that. It’s a sense of love, what’s good, and justice. I think that’s my hugot.”
Watch MiG Ayesa's One Music Live session in the video below.
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It may seem that Karlos is out of place in One Music PH because he’s someone who can’t live without sports. Until of course, he realized that he is equally passionate with music as well. He may not admit it just yet, but Karlos loves Davie Bowie very much. Oh, and he runs a barbershop too.