Nar Cabico inspired to do more relatable songs after winning an award

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"Ayaw kong mag-aim to make hits. Gusto kong mag-create ng body of work na kapag tumanda na ako at binalikan ko ang mga ginawa ko, mapa-proud ako na mayroon akong contribution na substantial," says Nar Cabico, who produced the hit songs "Natapos Tayo" and "Gaga."



Nar Cabico's award-winning song “Natapos Tayo” is not just a simple song that was created to fuel more emotions to the romantic drama movie All of You.

It was something personal, said the Kapuso actor in an interview after the May 15 press conference prepared for GMA Artist Center's singers.

Nar narrated, “Mayroon akong dalawang close friends na nag-break, na yung akala ng lahat sila na.

“Mahal na mahal sila 'tapos nag-break sila. So it felt like a community heartbreak.

"So sabi ko, parang bumibigat pala yung heartbreak kapag maraming nasasaktan sa iisa lang na relasyon—maraming damay, makalat.”

How was he able to draw the right emotions that made the song relatable, especially for those experiencing a heartache?

Nar answered, “I'm thankful na actor ako, ini-imagine ko how it feels kung ako yung nasa posisyon ng chineat.

“Yung tipong siguro parang punit yung puso mo n'on. Yun, para akong napo-possess, may ganun akong estado.”

The music artist said bagging the Movie Theme Song of the Year award in the 34th Philippine Movie Press Club Star Awards inspired him even more to write more songs.

“Parang noong nanalo ako, 'Uy, sulat pa tayo.'

“Parang yung inupo mo ng isang oras, nagbunga ng isang tropeo.

“Yun ang mga tiningnan kong moments na it has to happen more.”

But he was quick to clarify that winning another award won't be the main purpose of creating music.

“Pangit yun. Una sa lahat nakaka-stress siya,” Nar said.

“Kasi, paano kung hindi ka naman manalo?

“At saka hindi ako mahilig sa contest.

“Ang gusto kong pagtratrabaho is tahimik lang ako sa gilid and then, boom, 'Hi guys!'”

He also mentioned during the press conference, “Ayaw kong mag-aim to make hits.

“Gusto kong mag-create ng body of work na kapag tumanda na ako at binalikan ko ang mga ginawa ko, mapa-proud ako na mayroon akong contribution na substantial.”

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SONGWRITING AS A RESPONSIBILITY. Apart from “Natapos Tayo,” his other hit song “Gaga” was also chosen as a theme song of GMA's prime-time series The One That Got Away.

When his music is chosen as a theme song, Nar considers it as a validation of his job as an artist.

In fact, when he won his first music award, Nar recalled, “Parang feeling ko para lang akong natanggap sa trabaho.

“Alam mo yung feeling na apply ka nang apply 'tapos nakuha ka?

“Ganun yung feeling ko ngayon. It's as if a responsibility.

“Hindi siya yung arte lang na, 'O, may song ako na theme song.'

“I'm past that kasi sa palagay ko, that's the work that I should do.

“Hindi siya palamuti sa sarili.

“It only validates me na tama naman ang kinalalagyan mo ngayon, ibig sabihin, magtrabaho ka pa.

“Parang I accept the responsibility.”

SINGER OR ACTOR? Aside from being a singer-composer, Nar is slowly being recognized as an actor after doing supporting roles in several Kapuso series.

Asked which gives him fulfillment, Nar chose neither his music career or his acting career.

Instead, he said, “Ang sense of fulfillment for me is kapag naramadaman ko na I changed, I touched people. Depende kung acting man 'yan o sa music.

“Kasi, ngayon po sa TOTGA, sobrang overwhelmed ako sa tuwa ng mga tao sa akin, yung mga message kahit sa mall. Iba rin kasi yung kaligayahan n'on.

“I feel that my actualy fulfillment is storytelling.

“So kung anumang medium 'yan, music man o acting or through composition, doon ako mapu-fulfill.

“In terms naman doon sa kung papaano ko gustong makilala, siguro sasakyan ko na nae-enjoy ko talaga siya all together.

“At saka kung paano ako magsulat, dahil actor ako, ia-assume ko na yung pakiramdam ng isang taong na-break-an at saka ko na isusulat.

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“It works to my advantage. Malinaw lang sa akin yung mga salitang lalabas, hindi ako kundi yung istorya ang nagsasalita.”

He also admitted, “Hindi ko pa rin po kaya mag-full-time musician kasi nami-miss ko rin talaga ang pag-arte.”

Double tap kung nakaka-relate ka sa award-winning song na ito ni @narcabico.

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Nerisa Almo is a showbiz outsider, who was tagged as #MatabangReporter by PEPsters. Follow her on social media: @nherzjane


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