Award-winning R&B duo and real-life couple Thyro Alfaro and Yumi Lacsama, together with their friend, rapper Quest, lend their voices to TalkNText's new anthem titled "It's a Tropa Thing."
At the launch of TNT’s new batch of ambassadors last June 8, the trio performed their new catchy song, which they hope would be a hit in the airwaves and among barkadas.
Thyro and Yumi are known for composing the song “Dati,” which bagged the grand prize in the 2013 Philippine Popular Music Festival or Philpop.
They repeated the feat by winning the top prize in last year’s Philpop, with their song "Trianggulo.”
Meanwhile, rapper Quest also collaborated with them for the song “Dati” and is known for notable songs such as “Tao Lang” and “Saludo.”
ON MAKING ANOTHER HIT. Thyro hopes that “It’s a Tropa Thing!” will turn into another hit.
“Goal talaga na makilala siya, mag-number sa mga radio stations. Another main goal is kantahin siya ng magto-tropa,” said the the singer-composer.
Yumi added, “Dun naka-focus yung intention, kung paano makaka-relate ang bawat magkakabarkada, magkakatropa sa isang song kung saan man sila magpunta.”
Quest said that it wasn’t hard for them to come up with a good song since they are real-life friends.
“Underground pa lang, gumagawa pa lang ng kanta sa studio, magkakaibigan na kami, organic siya, hindi siya pilit.
“At the same time, gusto namin mai-reflect ito, mapakita namin ito na sobrang importante ang tropa,” explained the rapper.
PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) then asked the three, what makes a song a potential hit?
Thyro replied: “Pag naka-identify yung majority sa song. Pag naging parte siya ng buhay, yun na ‘yon.”
Yumi answered: “It’s relatable and it’s easy to sing. Pag totoo ka, totoo yung sinusulat mo, mararamdaman ng bawat listeners mo, hindi mo na sila pipilitin na gustuhin yung song mo.”
“Pag narinig mo yung kanta, may parte ng buhay mo na dumikit sa kanta, yun na ang hit,” volunteered Quest.
Thyro, Yumi, and Quest have a photo-op with the rest of the members of TNT Tropa. (Photo by Bernie Franco)
NO PRESSURE. While they are gradually making a name for themselves, these singers all agree in prioritizing passion over fame to really succeed.
Thyro said, “Mahirap kasing sadyain, e. So pag mas pinressure mo ang sarili mo na gumawa ng higit o katulad ng last time, it’s either steady ka na lang o uulit-ulitin mo na lang yung ginagawa mo, or magpi-fail ka nang magpi-fail, madi-discourage ka.
“Wag mong bigyan ng parameters, mage-enjoy ka sa ginagawa mo.”
Yumi said that there is no sure formula in making a hit song, but as long as a lot of people could relate to a song, it has a big potential of making it big.
For his part, Quest said, “My music is an extension of myself, so as long as ma-express ko yung sarili ko, di ako masyadong concern kung maghi-hit.”
He said that it is hard to please everybody, but as long as some people would sing his song, regardless if they are many or just a few, he already feels fulfilled.