By this time, you’ve probably heard “Hey, Crush,” a song part of the highly-anticipated Vince & Kath & James film. Well, if you haven’t, you’re definitely missing out:
The song was written by Volts Vallejo, the first-ever One Music Artist, as part of the contest VKJ hosted when it was looking for music to add to its soundtrack. Volts joined the contest, along with hundreds of other hopefuls, eventually being declared winner, and receiving the honor of being the first One Music Artist.
However, success didn’t come easy for him. Before learning about One Music, he had already joined numerous other music ventures, including a stint in The Voice, MYX Mo!ment, and other stages across the country. And though he was able to showcase his musical talent, his efforts were largely unsuccessful. However, upon hearing about One Music from a friend, he tried his luck once more, and finally succeeded.
Volts, in spite of his tremendous talent on the guitar and on the mic, surprisingly didn’t start singing at a young age: in fact, according to him, his interest in music came first before the desire to play. “Sa pagkanta, late na e, maybe four or five years ago, pero interest in music, nagsimula noong bata pa,” (It was only four or five years ago when I started singing, quite late but I've been interested in Music since I was a kid) Volts explains. He described how he would often drag his mom around every time a new album came out, just so he can be one of the first few individuals who can listen to it. His passion for music eventually pushed him to pick up a guitar, write a song, and sing his heart out: that’s why such a talent exists today.
Volts’ success is proof that if you’re determined and dedicated, you can achieve all of your dreams. There’s a bit of luck involved, sure, but if you work hard and long enough, you’ll fulfill all your aspirations eventually. At the end of the day, inspire yourself with the works of those who came before you—Ryan Cayabyab, Jungee Marcelo, as well as many others—and work hard until your idols become your peers.
If you have yet to watch Volts’ inspiring journey, you can view it for yourself below:
Are you a fan of Volts? Tell us your favorite song down in the comments, or tweet them to me via @rafael_reynante!
Raf rarely gets bored. However, when he does get bored, he works out his mind by dissecting the hidden and subtle meanings of songs. He enjoys philosophizing on pop songs, traveling the Metro in his hatchback, exercising constantly, and collecting leather bags.