Zack Tabudlo is currently touring in the US back to back with December Avenue. He's also coming up with career milestones left and right, and that is partly due to the huge pop appeal of his music and his prolificness in churning out fresh material. And his two most recent single releases are proof of that.
Known primarily for his hit songs “Binibini,” “Habang Buhay,” and “Give Me Your Forever,” his recent megahit, “Asan Ka Na Ba,” is his take on a particular romantic song trope: the pain of seeing people in love and wondering when it would be his turn. Zack wrote, produced, and recorded the song in his home studio. The single is now released on all music streaming platforms.
“Asan Ka Na Ba” is a sonic departure for Zack. He says that he had never worked on a song that is, in his words, “funky and vibey.” The song’s sonic palette draws upon songs from the ‘80s and ‘90s, and in particular disco, funk, R&B, and pop music from that era. In particular, he inserted sound elements reminiscent of Michael Jackson’s work and, inspired by Japanese disco music, created the song’s particular feel.
Zack has three reasons why you should listen to this song: 1. It’s a groovy and danceable tune. 2. It’s a low-key kind of musical style you haven’t heard from him before. 3. It’s all fun and love. This light and fun song is indeed what we need as summer sets in. We wait to hear what Zack has next for us because he says that everything he releases is a complete surprise. “Asan Ka Na Ba” is definitely no exception.
Zack Tabudlo began making music on his own in 2018 and two years later joined the Island Records Philippines family. He has released multiple singles and a full-length album, Episode (2021). Most recently, he released “Iba,” a duet with Moira de la Torre, and a new version of his massive Southeast Asian hit “Give Me Your Forever” with Thai singer Billkin.
If there's anything timely about Southeast Asia's hot hit maker Zack Tabudlo's new single, "As You Are," it's that wedding season is almost upon us. The single is out now on all music streaming platforms. Tabudlo wrote, performed, produced, and recorded the song.
Zack tells us that "As You Are" is his first English-language single, following a string of Tagalog-language releases, including "Habang Buhay," and "HATDOG" feat. James Reid. He says that the song reflects "one of those phases for me, where I look at relationships in general and how much love you feel if you're with the right person." The song's lyrics definitely reflect his take on a classic love song trope, which makes it appropriate for those months when people make lifelong commitments.
What Zack brings to this classic theme is his musical stylings, influenced in part by the slow rock, old school blues he's been listening to lately. Songs like "As You Are" are enjoyable to write, he says because these allow him to explore different genres and styles.
Zack adds that "pop wedding songs here in the Philippines have been already fading," so he wanted to contribute a song to that genre that sounded different given what other, more mainstream wedding songs are in demand. He hopes that "As You Are" will appeal to "people in love, and people who've found real love and the one for them."
"As You Are" might be the next wedding song of choice for the couple who wants something different to celebrate their everlasting love. But if there is anything we've learned from listening to Zack Tabudlo's music, a song like this can go beyond that moment into the realm of the timeless.
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