Long before he can even sing, Elmo Magalona has already been featured in an album. That was when he, then six months old, appeared on the cover of his father Francis Magalona’s career-defining effort, FreeMan, which spawned the hits “Three Stars & A Sun”, “Kabataan Para Sa Kinabukasan” and “Kaleidoscope World.”
Fast forward to over two decades later, Elmo, now 22, again graced another album cover. But this time, it was his own debut record.
“Elmo,” released under Universal Records, features 10 tracks including the lead upbeat, ode-to-first-love pop anthem, “Kay Dali.” The song is iTunes’ second most downloaded track this month.
According to the talented heartthrob, having an album as a solo act is a dream come true.
“It’s super a dream of mine. Matagal ko nang hinihintay na magkaroon ng album kasi around 16 ako nag-start sa showbiz, and five years later ako nagkaroon ng album. I always said to myself na parang kailangan, ready ako [pag naglabas ako ng album]. I need enough experience… Then this year ko naisip na, I think this is the right time, the perfect time for me to come out with an album. And finally, I was able to finish it,” Elmo shared during his Roadshow stint on October 18, Tuesday.
(It’s super a dream of mine. I waited for this for so long, because I entered showbiz when I was around 16 and it’s only five years later that I had an album. I always said to myself that I should be ready if ever I’d release an album. I need enough experience…Then this year, I thought, it is the right time, the perfect time for me to come out with an album. And finally, I was able to finish it.)
Call it fate or a mere inheritance of musical genes, Elmo was born to take a bright spot in the local entertainment scene. After all, he is the son of the late Master Rapper himself.
But, as what he reiterated when he hopped on the Wish 107.5 Bus, he wanted to veer away from his father’s shadow and make name out of his own music.
“Dito sa album ko, iba-ibang influences ang pinasok ko music na ginawa ko para lang may difference, may contrast sa music ng dad ko. Kung si papa more on hip-hop and rap, sa akin, mas pop yung mga kanta ko.”
(Here in my album, I infused various influences in my music so that there will be difference and contrast between my sound and dad’s. If he is more on hip-hop and rap, my songs are leaning towards pop.)
Some of his influences for this record include Justin Bieber, Jay R and Billy Crawford. In the coming years, he also wishes to release more albums, hoping to record collaborations with Sponge Cola and pop royalty Sarah Geronimo.
Meanwhile, acknowledging the bright future ahead of him, he revealed an important career and life lesson he learned from his father.
“Kahit ano’ng mangyari sa buhay, kailangan mahal mo yung ginagawa mo. You have to have fun sa ginagawa mo…As long as talagang mahal na mahal mo ang ginagawa mo, you’re set for life.”
(No matter what, you ought to love what you do, you ought to have fun. As long as you really love you craft, you’re set for life.)
As a tribute to the rap icon, Elmo performed a WISHclusive rendition of “Kaleidoscope World” during his guesting.
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