Twenty years in the industry, celebrated and multi-awarded rapper-songwriter Gloc-9 returns to Universal Records Philippines just in time for his work anniversary in September 2017.
He has done Liham at Lihim, MKNM: Mga Kwento Ng Makata, Biyahe ng Pangarap, and a documentary DVD with them.
His first single on his new album Rotonda, titled "Ice Tubig," is his simple way of making a dream come true.
"Yung first single, sobra kasi akong fan ni Mike Luis."
"Tapos first time napanood ko siya sa Limits, di ko alam if alam niyo pa yun."
"Sobrang galing, sinabi ko sa kanya, your music back then was so ahead of your time."
He says that his new 5-track album Rotonda is coming out at the right time under Universal Records Philippines.
"Nagkausap kami, mayroon kaming napagkasunduan na project na gawin in time, so excited ako, sobrang excited."
He leaves his former label with no hard feelings. He discloses, "Star Records was a one-project deal."
He adds, "I am very, very thankful sa kanila sa pag payag na gawin ko yun sa kanila, bihira lang ang label na pumapayag ng ganoon."
On doing "Ice Tubig" with Mike Luis, Gloc-9 admits, "Matagal ko na gusto gumawa ng song with him."
For those unfamiliar with Ice Tubig, it's borrowed from ice tubig: when you're playing with your friends, and you are really thirsty but don't have money for softdrinks, "only for ice tubig, which is, piso lang yun," Gloc-9 says with a smile.
He admits that "Ice Tubig" is one of his lighter songs, "this one is about a girl na ang kanyang pagmamahal ay parang ice tubig. Malamig!"
He says that when he had Mike sing, "tuwang tuwa ako, sobrang galing."
His new single "Ice Tubig" also sounds like a dance track and this kind of song is something, "na matagal na ako hindi gumagawa ng ganoong song."
By focusing on a woman's cold love, Gloc-9 explains, "It was the character of the woman, this intrigued me, bakit may ganitong klaseng babae."
The name of Rotonda, "matagal na idea, in connection to my 20th, I think nadaanan ko na yun mga before, mas alam ko na daan ko, kung ano maganda for me."
"Rotonda" is also an interesting track on the new album, he says because, "Nag-uusap kami ng kaibigan ko, tungkol sa reincarnation, yung what if niya, nasira talaga ulo ko. Paano daw kung nareincarnate ka at hindi pa tapos previous life mo. Tapos existing yung previous life mo?"
He describes the song which features Congressman Luplup, "kapag nanaginip siya, he dreams about his other life."
"Doon, isang mahirap na tao na may pamilya na nakatira sa isang depressed area."
He is still wrapping up the song, but he is down to the last verse in order to to tie it all together.
He says that Congressman Luplup, "in the end, mapupunta siya sa kanyang existing, previous life."
Rotonda is set for release by September 2017 while Ice Tubig will be released by July 2017.
He doesn't have plans yet for the singers or collaborators for the five songs, except for Mike Luis.
"Doon sa Rotonda, feeling ko babae, someone new."
He does hope to collaborate with the following artists for this album or maybe a future album, "Up Dharma Down sobrang fan ako nila Armi [Millare]."
"Siempre, in the future, one song with Gary V, siyempre."
"I am very thankful nung nakapagrecord ako ng song with Regine [Velasquez-Alcasid]."
He confesses, "Minsan nakausap ko siya, [sabi niya] gawa pa tayo ng isa."
He told Regine, "Okay na po ako."
Gloc-9 reveals his reasoning for this, "Ayaw kong masira yung integrity nung una."
"Ayaw ko na mag-attempt, sobra na akong sold doon sa una."
"I think di na ako makakagawa pa ng isa pang song na pwede kay Ms Reg. other than 'Takip Silim.' Sobrang favorite ko yun."
For now, he is gearing up to shoot the music video for "Ice Tubig."
He quips, "Sabi ko, gawa tayo ng isang video sa isang malaking ice plant!"