Kean Cipriano balks at stereotypes about rock stars

by Karen A.P. Caliwara
Oct 21, 2013

Rock stars are usually depicted as babaero, mabisyo, and insomniac.

Kean Cipriano, vocalist of Callalily couldn’t help but agree, “We get that a lot…”

When asked if any of that is true, he said, “…it’s all a matter of choice. We’re different human beings, but we’re in the same umbrella: musician. We just wanna play music in whatever form.”

At the Get Loud event of Converse, he also underlined that even other professions are not exempted from “stereotypes.”

“Kumbaga parang pag sinabi mo na puro duktor, o mga nurse ganyan, mga press ganyan, parang… But you know, at the end of the day, we still have different style. We have different principles in life.

“Kaya ano yun, yung tinatanong mo sa akin kung ano ang totoo, pinakatotoo dun yung gumagawa kami ng mga kanta, na gusto naming i-convey yung message namin to a wider range of people. Parang ganun, e.

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“Kaya ang pinakatotoo talaga do’n, music namin, yun kami, yun ang ginagawa namin.”

The topic jumped to his being an actor.

“I did a couple of movies right after Babae sa Septic Tank, I did like four or five movies after that.

“Ngayon, wala akong ginagawang movie but I am so much [into] filmmaking.

“I just directed the latest Callalily music video.”

Yahoo’s Maridol Bismark asked, what does he enjoy more: acting or performing?

Kean replied, “Ako? Ano naman yun, e, kumbaga yung on-cam and off-cam, you know, just a bit of yourself whenever you get into that department parang ano ‘yon, e, ang sarap ng feeling na nasa [screen ka]…

“When you get the eye connection, that’s something different. Kasi pag nasa stage ka, nawawala ka, e.

“When you’re onscreen, when you act, when you portray your role, you do something deeper and you let go of yourself.

“Kaya okay ako sa pareho.”

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What’s important to him is he gets to express himself.

Kean said, “I just want to tell stories that I know…I just want to tell truthful stories about and all the experiences I have from my friends.”

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