Last August 17 (Friday), I got a chance to meet Aristotle Pollisco – most popularly known as one of the Philippine’s most successful rap artist – GLOC 9. He was scheduled to perform at Eastwood City for the MKNM (Mga Kwento ng Makata) Concert but two hours before the event a press conference was held at the 121 bar and grill.
Also present during the presscon were Gloc 9′s band mates Billy and Archie on guitars, Jasper on Drums and Enan on Bass. Denise Barbacena (Hari ng Tondo, Silup) and Sirena MTV director J. Pacena were also present.
Oh my daughter Sky was there also Picked her up after school and then we went straight to Eastwood (I am on yayo mode that day) – so I guess it was her lucky day because he was able to meet and actually talk to the voice behind the rap songs that her Kuya Neo is fond of listening to. Here’s Sky with Kuya Aris aka Gloc 9 with a signed copy of the MKNM album:
Anyway, Gloc 9 arrived at 121 bar and grill wearing an FMCC shirt and I was really surprised how casual and ‘normal’ the famous rap artist is. Before we got to meet him I was imagining to see a hip-hop, gangsta and yo yo yo mood transformation in the house, but we got none of that. Gloc 9 was … simply ordinary. Something you wouldn’t really expect from a master of words. To put it in perspective, you would easily lose sight of him in a crowd. But NEVER THE TALENT, nope his talents are exceptional. But what I admire most was his simplicity.
Here is Gloc 9 sharing bits and pieces from his rap career, his music and his new album MKNM:
What are the topics that you find the easiest to write about?
The songs that are the easiest to write are those that I wrote when I am most inspired – doon naglalaro yung bilis ng oras para matapos ang isang kanta. Iniisip ko na parang regalo kasi halos hindi ko na iniisip yung lines kapag nag start na parang alam ko na yung isusunod ko agad na linya sa kanta.
I also try to put myself in the position of the character that I write about.
How did you selected the artists who will collaborate with you in MKNM?
Madali lang ang criteria ko sa pagpili, ang basehan ay kapag ako’y isang fan nila. Karangalan ko makasama sila sa mga songs na isinulat ko. Ang tanong na lang ay kung gusto nila o hindi – pero thankful ako at lahat naman sila ay willing na makasama din ako.
In MKNM, which of the songs are your favorite?
Somebody once told me, ang isang album ay parang anak. Lahat ng songs paborito ko e, sobrang gustong-gusto ko yung album. Sana marami ang bumili para ma-experience din nila yung tuwa ko sa pagkakagawa sa album na ito.
How did the song Sirena came about?
Noong nag-usap kami ni Raymund Marasigan (Sandwich) sa backstage ng show ni Yeng Constantino at nagiisip ako ng di ko pa nagagawang kanta, sinabi ni Raymund na wala pa ko nagagawang song na “1st person view” pagkatapos nun naging challenge sa akin yun. That night on the way home nakagawa na agad ako ng chorus tapos alam ko din na ang dapat kakanta nun ay si Ebe (Ebe Dancel). Everything really falls into place kapag true ang intentions.
Sirena is one of those songs na napaka- strong ng message. Ito yung song na pag pinindot mo yung play button ng nakasandal ka sa silya, pagtapos ng kanta mapapansin mo na hindi ka na nakasandal. I am very thankful at naisulat ko ito at kinikilabutan pa din ako pag naririnig ko yung song at lagi ko iniisip kung paano ko ito naisulat. It’s really a blessing from above.
There are not so many rap artist who have successfully penetrated the mainstream like you did – is this an advantage for you or a disadvantage?
Pareho. Napakahirap maging isang solo rap artist pero maganda rin at ako ay kabilang sa iilan lang na nabigyan ng opportunity na makapagtrabaho sa mainstream at na-recognize ng hindi nasa-sacrifice yung music namin at hindi nag tutunog novelty. Nakakalungkot din nga lang kasi ako ang patunay na hindi malaki ang tiwalang naibibigay sa mga rap artist at rap groups dito sa ‘tin. Kasama pa rin sa wishlist ko ang magkaroon ng collaboration album with other rap artist and rap groups.
What do you think is the problem, why rap artists are having a hard time of penetrating the mainstream?
15 years ko na ginagawa to. Napagdaanan ko na at na out grow ko na siguro yung problema na yun. Isa lang ang natutunan ko – di ka pakikinggan ng Pilipino pag inuuna mo ang pagka-gangsta at pagka-wats’up yo. Pagiging totoo sa sarili, sa sinusulat at sa mga makikinig ang dapat inuuna. Huwag masyadong ‘caught in the hype’ – kapag nauna ang hype, mahirap e. Ok lang di ka muna kilala bago umakyat sa stage kaysa may pangalan ka na pero pag akyat sa stage, you can’t deliver.
During the presscon, Direk J. Pacena broke the news to everyone that just after 5 days when it premiered on MYX, the MTV of SIRENA is now on the number one spot. The album MKNM is also doing good on mymusicstore.com.ph.
Here’s a video of GLOC 9 inviting everyone to get a copy of his album:
THE MKNM EASTWOOD CONCERT
After the presscon, Sky and I went to the concert grounds to watch Gloc 9 perform together with his guest artists. The show was sponsored by Universal Records, FMCC, Tanduay, Ulalam, Astroplus, 121 Bar and Grill and Eastwood City.
He then performed some of the songs from his MKNM album and a few of his old ones and ends it with the Francis M hit ‘Kaleidoscope World.’
Here is Gloc 9 performing Hari ng Tondo with Denise Barbacena:
Here is Gloc 9 performing with Ebe Dancel for the song Sirena:
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