Aspiring singer/songwriter Kito Romualdez is one of the latest additions to Viva Records' growing stable of talented performers.
Last month, he released “Ready Ka Na Ba?” his first single from his eponymous release.
The guitar-wielding upstart names Ed Sheeran, John Mayer, Jason Mraz and John Legend as his idols, and hopes to follow their career paths as well.
In an interview last June 4 at the Amerasian Studios in Quezon City, Kito shared the story behind his debut single.
“Kasi before I moved here, I was seeing a girl in Canada and I wasn’t expecting to get anything kasi I was gonna move na.
“Pero me, being selfish, I kept on wanting to push through with the relationship since I was turning thirteen.
"And despite being a thousand miles away, I would still try to push.”
“'Ready Ka Na Ba?' is a song na parang this guy's rushing someone into a relationship.
"Just like an anxious guy na we’re just supposed to get in a relationship right away, regardless of the consequences na long distance,” he explained.
Since its airing on Myx and MTV Pinoy a few weeks ago, his song has been getting many requests.
The creative graphics of his music video is like being in Cartoon Network's Adventure Time!, riding a rollercoaster of fun and romance.
FROM CANADA TO MANILA. The singer-song writer was originally from San Juan, Manila, until he moved with his family to Canada 12 years ago.
He decided to move back to Manila to pursue his singing career and maybe try out his luck in acting as well.
According to Kito, “Gabby Concepcion’s sister Tita Rina is a good friend of my mom.
“We visited them in L.A. She lives in L.A. and we kept in touch.
“They were the ones who made an effort to keep in touch.
"Si Tita Rina saw my video for the A-Team [Ed Sheeran] and then she sent it to Gabby Concepcion.”
“Tita Rina’s second email to my mom was like, 'Hey, si Gabby he wants to see if Kito is interested to try things out here?'
“We flew off for two weeks and we checked other labels, managers, and we ended up with Gabby Concepcion who had his own recording company and he referred us to Viva,” Kito recounted.
So what is his next plan now that he seems to be off to a promising start?
“I’m hoping na I can really push music and try to get people in the 'Ready Ka Na Ba?' bandwagon.
"I’m interested in acting as well, I actually came here to act originally but Tito Gabby suggested music first.”
“Hopefully, I can do that as well,” the 20-year-old singer enthused.
CHEESY ROMANTIC. A self-confessed hopeless romantic, Kito prefers to write love songs and to really focus on that genre. In his songs he relates his past relationships and experiences, particularly the heartbreaks.
He unabashedly admitted, “I like to write love songs, I’m not ashamed of it.
“Cheesiest! I’m a cheese factory. I’m not even processed yet. That cheesy!
“I cry like a child whenever I watch The Notebook [movie based on Nicholas Sparks' novel].
“I would invite girls over and say, 'Hey, you wanna watch The Notebook?'
“And they’ll say, 'What? Why?'
“Because I feel like crying.”
A true romantic, Kito also wants his viewers to really feel in love and be in love.
“I try many times to write songs about other topics but they don’t stand strong,” he related.
BIEBER BELIEVER. Kito owned up to being an admirer of Canadian singer-songwriter Justin Bieber's music.
“I’m from Canada and I still don’t like Justin Bieber, but he grew up [as an artist]. Wow!
“He changed a lot. I actually like his songs, it’s even on my phone. If people find out, OMG!
“His new album is really good, it’s got this new RnB sound to it.”
“Music-wise, he blows me away,” he admitted.
Kito hopes to cover Justin’s new song “Change Me” from his new album.
In his self-titled album, Kito shares three compositions as well as his covers of “Suntok sa Buwan” by Session Road and “I Can't Make You Love Me,” originally sung by Bonnie Raitt and popularized by Adele.
Kito’s album is now available in leading record stores.