Coach Bamboo says talent gets his vote, not the life story of a contestant

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Bamboo believes that one may not win in a singing competition, but by learning and improving one's craft, making it big someday becomes a possibility.


The first season of The Voice Kids may be over but the hype over the program has not yet faded entirely.

Fresh from the grand finals of The Voice Kids last July 27, the champion Lyca Gairanod, second placer Darren Espanto, third and fourth runner-ups Juan Karlos Labajo and Darlene Vibares continue to make waves in the Kapamilya network.

Comparison among these four young aspiring singers remains a topic of interest to viewers.

During the grand finals night, not everyone agreed with the results. The battle had been tough between Lyca and Darren.

Bamboo, who coached Juan Karlos, gave a piece of his mind on the turnout of the contest.

“All the kids, on some level, deserved to be there. When you reach that point, they’re all very deserving.

“If you ask me, I said that on Twitter myself, who was the most consistent singer in the whole thing and who got my top vote.

"If I had the choice, it would have been Darren, he wasn’t from my team.

"I would have gone for him, that would have been my choice I just thought he deserved it, on that level, on performance level.

“Pero as we know, what to show on TV, it’s not only about [talent], I guess I’m learning also, it’s not only about boses ang labanan.

"Well, so far, it hasn’t rung out that way.”

Being a reality-based TV show, The Voice Kids also followed the life stories of the contestants.

As the nine-year-old Lyca used to scavenge to earn money for her family, she easily won the sympathy of many viewers.

The winner of the competition was determined by the contestant who got the most number of votes through online and text messaging.

Bamboo had this realization: “So narrative is important. People like the stories.

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“I chose my guys moving forward to top six based on their vocals. That’s what I want to do. I will always do that.

"I will never go for story, that’s my personal principle lang talaga."

Bamboo also indicated that the success of a winning contestant lies beyond the competition.

“I believe in what The Voice can do, not with winning but what you can sort of [make from it].

"Like for example sa season one, one of the artists I’m working with now didn’t make in the semis.

“She’s working really hard to make a great album right now. I’m trying to help her out as much as I can.

"I don’t wanna give her name out but the good news, she’ll be going to Nashville to do the album.

She went to the U.S. and got the support from somebody else, from a producer, who liked her there.

“So it’s that sort of thing, it was a growth over prize for me.

"If you do this and you learn and you become a better artist because of the whole fact of that, then I’m happy with that. That’s victory for me.”

NEXT ALBUM. It isn’t really a time off for Bamboo even if The Voice Kids has ended a couple of weeks ago.

As a matter of fact, the respected singer is now focusing on completing his next music album.

Bamboo related that the album he is now trying to put together is “long overdue.” His last album was released in 2012, titled No Water No Moon.

“I’m excited to create my album, in my creative cave… that’s what I call it. I’m doing that right now.

"I’m ready to go to San Francisco and record the album,” he told PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) at the Tatt Awards 2014, held last Friday, August 9, at the SMX Convention Centre, Pasay City.

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Despite his intention to focus on his album, Bamboo has to make time for the next season of The Voice, which is starting this September. On top of these, he continues to do ASAP twice a month and out-of-the-country engagements.

He related, “I’ll be leaving for Florida [USA] next week. Then I’ll be leaving for Canada the following month, and I’m going to Dubai, to Australia… so it’s trying to find balance in all that.

“So right now I’m really trying my best to find balance and find time to write and that’s what I love to do.

"That’s what I’m here for. Aside from anything else na ginagawa ko, that’s my first priority, I’m a recording artist.”

SONG ALBUM. The singer-composer offered a glimpse of what to expect from his next album. “I’m gonna go to uncharted territory.

"I’m gonna try something different, [like] bring in someone creatively and see what happens.”

However, he can’t exactly determine as to when he can finish the album.

“Once I’m in the studio, that’s a different thing. I can sort of gauge [kung] matatapos ko in one month, two months.

Right now, while I’m writing I can’t gauge it,” he explained.

While he is working non-stop, Bamboo related that his schedule nowadays is more manageable compared to last year.

“I think I was burned out last year, to be honest. After the first season of The Voice, I went to the U.S. and did a lot of things there. I felt pushed… something I never experienced.

“I’ve never done TV on that level. That was different.”

He continued: “This year, I sort of prepared myself. [With] social media, I’ll ease off that first and give sometime to do this [album].

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"Aside from writing, I have to practice certain songs weekly for ASAP, give input for arrangements.

'I love the pace, I just have to better myself finding that balance.”


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