With his boy-next-door looks, Markki Stroem is the type of guy you would wish to sing you a love song.
Yet, love songs are not his type. Markki prefers to perform songs that speak of “dark,” political and deep messages.
PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) had the chance to exclusively interview Markki last July 5 at the Alcatel event held at Bella Ibarra events venue along Quezon Avenue.
Markki has been working on the said album since March this year. To date, the 12-track album does not have a title yet.
“So, purely songs na sinulat ko and may mga covers, a, ‘yong style is more on… kung si Elvis Presley is alive in this day and age, parang gano’n, pero darker, dark.
“Uhm, concepts are very much different. Parang tungkol sa stalker, tungkol sa politics, parang hindi tungkol sa love [na] usual.”
The two songs that he covered are “Toxic,” which is an original single by Britney Spears, and “Jailhouse Rock,” which is an original by the King of Rock and Roll Elvis Presley.
THE INSPIRATION. Unlike other singer-songwriters of his age, Markki does not get inspiration from his personal experiences when it comes to writing songs.
Most of the songs that he composed are based on “exaggerated" feelings, certain individuals, thought processes.
“Things that are happening in the world, na may na-meet akong tao na may concept, na may nangyari sa kanya, and parang kinukuha ko ‘yong mga nangyayari sa kanila, then I create it in a concept, in a song.”
As for the time consumed in writing and producing a song, it depends on how deep or how relatable the situation is.
He recalls that it even took him three months to finalize a single since he didn’t want to rush things.
“Kasi kapag ira-rush ang isang bagay hindi [maganda ang kalalabasan].
“Kasi alam naman natin, specially sa out-of-town [shows], iba’t ibang bansa kapag ginagawa nila ‘yong TV series nila or mga music nila, hindi nira-rush.
“Minsan they take one year to create it, that’s why it works kasi it’s not sped up.”