Rapper Aristotle Pollisco, more popularly known as Gloc-9, returns to Star Music with a new album after ten years of being away from the record label.
Titled Sukli, which is released a year apart from his last album, will allow listeners to get to know him even more. Distance and location notwithstanding, Gloc-9 says, "somehow makilala mo talaga ako kung narinig mo yung mga songs ko kung paano ko eto sinulat, makikita mo yung pinanggagalingan ko as a person. Kung gusto mo ako makilala, makinig kayo."
Why did it take him so long to return to the recording scene?
"After ng huling album, nagdecide muna ako na hindi muna ako magsusulat ng songs," explained Gloc-9.
But old habits die hard, considering that they are habits built over the 19 years he has been performing, rapping, and writing, "hinahanap-hanap ko din siya, so nag-start ako magsulat ng songs. Pero matagal na yung title na Sukli sa notes ko."
Gloc-9 explains that the songs fromt he 9-track album Sukli were culled from life experiences and lessons through the years.
"May mga bagay tayo nakukuha in return, and yung mga songs ay mga kwento pa rin ng mga Pilipino."
Sukli, he says, can be seen in both giving to and receiving from the people around us.
It features songs like a collaboration with KZ Tandingan titled "Industriya," which he says is about "kwento ng isang tao na nangarap, hinanap niya yung pangarap niya, nakamit niya, pero sa huli nawala niya yun."
He drew inspiration for "Industriya "from his own journey in the music industry. "May mga names na nauna sa akin, may mga names kasabay ko, mayroon habang nasa bihaye pa rin ako, bumaba na rin."
Gloc-9 recalls something Boy Abunda said about the entertainment industry being "isa sa pinaka-ungrateful na trabaho na pwede mo makuha," and when he heard that, he promised himself then and there, "hindi na ako papayag na pagtawanan ako ng trabaho na eto."
The rapper also collaborated with Monty Macalino of the band Mayonnaise for "Sagwan," a song that honors and shows appreciation for the sacrifices of our countrymen who are seamen.
He says, "eto ay isang song na tuwang-tuwa ako dahil napakagaling na singer ng taong yun, makulit lang, pero sobrang talented as a songwriter and as a singer, musician."
He also worked on a track called "Kalye" with Yosha, of which he says, "sobra akong privileged na nagkaroon ako ng opportunity na magbigay ng isang kanta sa isang napaka-talented na banda, binigay ko sa kanila ng hubad yung kanta, binihisan nilang sobrang ganda."
"Ang Probinsyano" is Gloc-9's collaboration with Ebe Dancel, which is used in the ABS-CBN TV show of the same name.
He adds, "isa yan sa mga songs na alam kong akin yung kanta kapag hindi masyadong nakatukod yung songwriting," because it wasn't forced nor looked at as an assignment.
He says about the song, used in the teleserye starring Coco Martin and Maja Salvador, "Alam ko na eto ay para sa amin talaga," because with songs like that, "sinabi sa akin ngayon at maya't-maya lang ay naririnig ko na yung melody, at alam ko na yung words, at nabubuo na namin ng napakabilis."
It's not always easy to keep coming out with songs, time after time, especially when you're hurting, angry, or uninspired.
Gloc-9 who's already revealed that he is inspired to write the most when he is sad, admits to thinking about that, but he focuses instead on what God has given him.
"Kung ako ay binigyan ng Panginoon natin ng talent to peform at mag-rap, higit doon, ako'y binigyan ng gift na mailagay ko ang sarili ko doon sa taong isinusulat ko, na makapagkwento ng tao na kung ano talaga yung nararamdaman at nakikita niya. Yun talaga pinapasalamat ko din na I was given the gift to tell stories."
He says that writing songs then and now has definitely changed him, even as he has gone through life changes as well.
Before he says, "nung nagsisimula ako, wala akong ibang option kung hindi maging successful," because he was motivated by providing for his loved ones.
"Wala sa option ko na hindi maging successful, lahat ng pagkakataon na pwede kong makuha," he would do so, he remembers. When he'd make a mistake during a performance, "dalawang linggo akong depressed kasi nasasayangan ako sa opportunity na baka, kung nagawa ko ng tama, baka may magandang break ako nakuha."
With Sukli, he is now giving back to the music industry.
"Yung realization na naibigay ng industry na eto ang pangarap ng isang bata from Binangonan, Rizal na makapag-rap and makatugtog," that to him is greatest benefit.
He shares he has come a long way from a point in this life, while riding a jeepney, he could only dream of becoming a rapper and signing with a major label.
The 'sukli' he has gotten from being a performer for the past 19 years is "yung makita mo sa mukha ng isang nanonood sa iyo na masayang-masaya siya, yun siguro ang isang bagay na binigay ng industry sa akin na pinagpapasalamat ko."
The album Sukli is also about Gloc-9 giving back to those "na sa dami, siguro lahat ng tao na tumulong sa akin, eto ay maliit na tulong o malaking tulong, lahat ng tao na ngumiti sa akin na kapag ako ay nasalubong, lahat ng tao na nagpakita ng respeto sa akin."
Is Gloc-9 open to coming up with a song for the new administration?
Ssana if ako ay susulat ng kanta or pyesa tungkol sa padating na administration, eto ay isang kanta na nagpupuri at nagbubunyi."
After 19 years, he says with a laugh, "sa totoo lang, nakakasawa na magsulat ng mga pangit tungkol sa isang administration. Gusto ko, mas masayang note, mas masayang tono ng kanta pagdating sa isang political song. I am very optimistic sa bagong administration natin."
Sukli is currently being streamed exclusively on Spotify and will be launched officially on June 5 at Market! Market!