"Relieved" daw ang nararamdaman ni Robin Nievera dahil sa wakas ay na-launch na ang kanyang debut album na Robin Nievera: Overwait.
Naganap ang launch noong Marso 14, sa Rockville Restaurant sa Tomas Morato, Quezon City, at isa ang PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) sa mga naimbitahan na dumalo sa naturang launching.
"I’ve been working on this for so long," pahayag ni Robin.
"I’m just happy, you know the feeling of you’ve been doing something for a long time and you don’t finish it, and then you finish it? That’s how it feels.
"Parang it’s finally done, it signals me that I’m starting to work very soon. I was like, ’we’re done, we’ve done the launch,’ I’m waiting for the next step."
ROBIN THE SINGER. Inamin ni Robin na noong una’y inisip niyang hindi sundan ang yapak ng kanyang mga magulang na sina Pops Fernandez at Martin Nievera.
Pero nang magsimula na siyang tumugtog para sa kanilang simbahan, doon unti-unting napagtanto ng binata ang karerang gusto niyang pasukin.
Bagamat may pangalan na sa industriya ang kanyang mga magulang, tingin ni Robin ay katulad lang din siya ng ibang baguhang mangaawit.
"My parents are Martin and Pops, I know that and it gets me a lot of doors opened," pag-amin ng binata.
"But I am not the most talented person here, I’m not the best singer, I’m not the best looking.
"I’m lucky that I got this far with PolyEast, I’m lucky that I got this far with my friends, and just have you all talking to me now.
"So, I’m grateful for that, I just want to see how far I can go, so we’ll see."
Kung ang pag-uusapan naman ay ang inilamang niya sa ibang mang-aawit, ang tanging maipanglalaban daw sa ngayon ni Robin ay nakapag-release siya ng all original hits album.
Kuwento niya, "PolyEast is curious enough with my 10 original songs.
"Zia [Quizon] came up before me and she had a lot of original songs, and they picked out one original song from the hundreds that she had written.
"So, I consider myself lucky that I got what I wanted, you know, that there’s no big argument about, ’can I have 10 songs?’ there’s no debate about it, they said, ’we can try it.’
"So I’m just happy that all the songs are in my album."
THE ALBUM. Samantala, naiiba naman ang genre ng mga awitin ni Robin mula sa mga kadalasang inaawit ng kanyang mga magulang.
Kung ang mga awitin nina Martin at Pops ay love songs, si Robin naman ay nalilinya sa rock songs.
"Well, not really," pagtanggi ng 25-year-old na baguhang mang-aawit nang tanungin kung sinadya ba niyang maiba ang genre ng kanyang mga kanta.
"I can see how it looks like that, but more like they are inspired by the musicians in their time. So, Kenny Logins, Toto, Michael Jackson, that’s my dad, Frank Sinatra.
"Well, they’re still cool now it’s just that I listen to a lot of different kinds of music, that’s why my music came out like this.
"It’s more rockers, it’s loud, but that’s what I grew up with."
Sampung orihinal na kanta ni Robin ang napasama sa kanyang debut album at hindi naman daw ito naging problema sa PolyEast, na siyang nag-produce ng kanyang album.
Kuwento pa niya, "I showed them 7, they told me, ’let’s do 6,’ like in Zia’s album.
"Then few weeks later we meet again and they said, ’let’s add 4 more,’ and I said, ’I still have songs,’ and I recorded it, and they managed to decided, ’let’s try 10 songs.’
"So, I’m hoping it goes well because it’s been a long time since OPM sold an all original album."
Pagdating naman sa mensahe ng mga kanta sa kanyang album, hindi naman daw ito naiiba sa ibang mang-aawit.
Inamin din ni Robin na kahit pa siya ang nagsulat ng sampung awitin sa kanyang album, humingi pa rin siya ng tulong sa mga propesyonal na manunulat ng kanta.
"You know there are love songs, there are feel good songs.
"I just wanted it to be more like, Filipinos keep saying, ’let’s bring OPM back,’ and I just want to show people that OPM doesn’t have to sound like the typical OPM songs, it can be a different music.
"Some musicians in the album, I wrote a part, but some of them helped me in writing the songs, and they’re all young.
"You know, I just want to be very creative--I just want to be creative a little bit.
"So, not all the songs are written just by me, you know. There was a lot of help from different kinds of people.
"So, the songs are all OPM, but they don’t sound regular OPM, I just want to show people that.
"If people buy this album, other countries will see that we’re great singers, we’re great musicians, and can make great songs."
TRACKLIST. Here’s the track list for Robin’s debut album, Robin Nievera: Overwaited.
1. In 3’s
2. Sexy Strut
7. Sing Along
8. Sound Tripping