Paolo Onesa from Team Bamboo of The Voice PH hopes to venture into songwriting

Paolo Onesa posed beside SPINNR's birthday cake during the first anniversary party of the said music portal. He talked to PEP about the life lessons he learned from his Voice coach Bamboo and his desire to compose songs.


Paolo Onesa is currently promoting his album titled Pop Goes Standards under MCA Music, which includes James Blunt's "You're Beautiful," and other popular tracks tweaked into the heartthrob's style of music.

The young singer revealed his wish to get his self-composed songs out in public during the first anniversary party of music portal SPINNR at 71 Gramercy last November 6.

“Sa ngayon sumusulat ako ng mga kanta.

“Sa album, wala pa. Kasi after ng The Voice, biglang kailangan ng album, so hindi ko alam kung paano. Di ko pa alam paano yung work and stuff sa music.

“So ayun natapos yung album, at ngayon sumusulat na ako. Meron akong mga songs, tapos ni-record ko sa bahay. Hopefully, baka marinig ng mga listeners.

The 21-year-old joked that he hasn’t informed his management yet about the songs he is currently writing. He told PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal): “Hindi ko pa nasabi, sa 'yo ko pa lang nasabi.”

On a serious note, Paolo hopes his fans would like his songs if they do make it to his next album, “Hopefully abangan nila kasi talagang dugo’t pawis [ko 'to.]

“And yung mga songs naman, sobrang makaka-relate yung mga tao. Like LDR [long distance relationship,] maraming nakaka-relate doon.”

COACH BAMBOO. The Zamboangueño, who tried his luck in Manila, succeeded in entering Philippine show business through The Voice of the Philippines Season One. The romantic crooner also talked about his thoughts on being under the tutelage of “Prince of Philippine Rock” Bamboo’s team.

“It was great, it was unforgettable, one thing kasi idol ko siya, idol ko siya ever since. So to be under his team, him coaching me, it’s such an honor talaga. I really had fun.”

Paolo explained that before The Voice of the Philippines, the type of music that he plays wasn’t limited to standards, which made it hard for him to decide on the kind of genre would best suit him.

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“Kasi dati tumutog kami sa bar, kung ano-ano lang, e. Yung range ng songs, hindi nagli-limit sa standards or alternative and stuff, iba iba.

“So before nung The Voice hindi ako sure kung anong genre gagawin ko. Nung pag punta ko ng The Voice, doon ko nalaman, siya ang nagsabi.

He said that it was Bamboo who suggested the kind of genre that would suit his image, “In singing or music, he was the one na nagsabi kung anong genre gagawin ko.

“Sabi niya, why not do standards? Tapos ayun, siya yung parang na-guide ng path ko na parang standards na.”

Listening to a lot of standard songs through his father’s playlist, Paolo says it wasn’t difficult to infuse traditional pop music [also known as standards] with his own pop favorites.

“Di naman malaking adjustment, it was something na comfortable naman ako. I think I’m happy na sinabi ni coach na ito, 'subukan mo.' So far, it’s been working for me.

Other than music, he revealed how Bamboo also influenced him in terms of stage presence and getting out there to present himself to other people, “Sa personal naman, yung confidence. [Kasi] kulang ako sa confidence level. So, ayun.”

ON TRYING OUT ACTING. Paolo, who is now a regular in ABS-CBN’s variety show The Singing Bee, expressed his desire to try out different fields in the near future.

“Siguro after ng album pwede ako mag-explore but ito yung focus ko ngayon.”

Does this include acting, if given a chance?

He replied, “Hindi ko kino-close ang door ko sa acting, I’ll always be open pag may opportunity na ganun.

“Pero sa ngayon may album akong nilabas, yun muna yung focus and just try to do good sa shows.”


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