(Photo : Lai Frances)(Photo : Lai Frances)(Photo : Lai Frances)In the center of Manila, streets are dotted with a plethora of billboards where, among Filipino celebrities, the faces of Lee Minho and 2NE1's Sandara Park are noticed endorsing local clothing brands.
The Hallyu Wave (the expansion of Korean pop culture to other countries) is a certain hit in the Philippines as Korean Television dramas are dubbed for local television, K-pop plays on sort shows, and dozens of Korean fish fry restaurants are scattered far and wide metro Manila.
Filipino stars have joined other lay-fans in droves to specific admiration for quite a bit of of K-pop's leading stars, and among them, actress and singer/songwriterGlaiza de Castro has discovered inspiration with Big Bang.
Despite years of taking over roles in Filipino adaptations of Korean presentations likeStairway to Heaven and Temptation of Wifeand being surrounded through K-pop in local song shows, De Castro admits she did not become hit with the wave tillthe 2d onepart of 2015.After a thankful year of good fortune amongst her album Synthesis, followed by a solo concert and winning PerfectFeminine Rocker, her difficultpaintings paid off when she in any casewere givento peer large Bang live.
In December, De Castro sat down with KpopStarz to communicate about her newest musical inspirations.
First off, how did you get into K-Pop or Big Bang?
It used to be notwithstanding Sunday All Stars (Sunday music diversity show) and they were gambling 'Bang Bang Bang' all through a dance segment and then when I heard it I thought, 'Okay 'to, ah! (This is lovely good).' So I began researching then when I saw the song on YouTube, I found out ITturned into Korean. It sounded more western and other and I enjoyed the progression of music.
Upon your discovery, what made you dig deeper into the world of K-Pop/VIP fandom?
I saw a video clip of GD in the studio and he was so focused. He was so alternative to how he's on stage. I evolveda betterappreciate for him as a manufacturer and a musician now not precisely a famous person or a boy band member. It is amazing how his music transitions from club to hip-hop with components of rock. I in reality admire him for at all times thinking out of doors of the box. For me, I would like to exist like that.
One of the things I admire about T.O.P is how he handles music and acting. He istruly the actor of the group. I may beready to run into the balance of what he needs to do and what he wishes to do in the future. Right, he had this hobby for chairs? He calls it fresh art and when he continues to observe it, he gets encouraged to create something. Each person has their own way of having inspiration. I occasionally begin it from K-pop, underground artists, Dadaism... That is why I used to beconversant in 'DOOM DADA!' They areno longer your standard cute-centric artists.
Have you beganpaying attention to other artists?
I loved 2NE1 even prior to Big Bang. When lovers and supporters found out that I started listening, they gave me ideas like f(x), Girls' Generation, SHINee, 2AM. Yet thus far, not anything tops Big Bang.
Can you compare your view of K-Pop before you were given into it to now?
I had this belief earlier that it was continuouslysymbol that they all glance and sound alike so I never bothered. During that time, K-pop was any such big hype that it made me query why don't appear to be nosotros Filipinos hearing OPM (Original Philippine Music). There has been also a time the recognition of K-pop stars reached its top to the point where Filipinos attempted to sing, act and appear to be them. And I assumed to myself, 'We have our own identity!' And I respect everyone's opinions, but we will have tostay the K-pop picture and sounds to the Koreans. And us, we attempt to make our own. In case you are inspired by K-pop, you do notreproduction them. You get anything and so youstry and brand and build your own.
I in factspotted that. Especially in the weekly music variety shows.
I do not know who stated this but any person once said, 'Great artists steal. They do not copy.' I mean, it befairly regretful because some of the artists are forced to do it simply because it sells and this is how they know displays are going to get audience but, at the similar time, it's like you are giving false hope to folks of what they suspect is entertainment when it really isn't ours. But that's just my opinion. I still respect the manufacturers who think otherwise.
Being a singer yourself, have you attempted or planning to do K-pop covers?
Of course! I sought after to sing "Zutter" but I believe it does nothave compatibility me. I wish to makea canopy merelyit'll actually take time because just memorizing the lyrics... it's hard. Even before their Tokyo Dome concert, I tried to memorize a song because I wished to sing-along just to enjoyyour complete concert, but it is so hard.
But I read the translated lyrics to the songs and I learned 'Wow, there are such so much of new terms and references that give the song a deeper meaning.
In your opinion, what makes K-Pop the different from other genres?
K-pop engages their target audience get-go by the image. It's like 'Wow.' Because while you visit them, you cannotlend a hand but stare, watch, and end the video. And from there, of pathyou are going to like the sound because it's upbeat and it is beneficial to jam along to. I feel that's one of the biggestresources of K-pop. They understand how to interact their audience. And from the music, of course you want to haveto investigate the artist and your admiration grows once yoube informedthe whole lot more or less them, the that meansin the back of their songs and their image and the artists themselves.
I had this insight that if you've got talent, that's it. But that isn'tadequate in K-pop, or in this global and in general. Sound and image ought to always be aligned and must always art and commerce. Because it's usually difficultto justrely on art or most effective depend on commerce. And I think K-pop perfectly shows that balance. They master that balance of art and commerce.
What do you watched OPM, or Filipino music, can read from K-Pop?
Roots. What the audience really admires is the presence in their roots. Even if they carry out it shows that they're very pleased with their country. Up to possible, they are attempting and percentage their culture are very open and inviting to the point where they give off the sensation of "This is us and I'm hoping you enjoy us!" And I think we have that too but we have not been given the danger to explore it more.
Collaboration may be important. I trulyprefer to see OPM artists unite and be more open to explore, not just the artists inside their community, but other genres. Because that is what they do in K-pop, right? GD and Taeyang, GD and Missy Elliot, GD and Sky Ferreira, GD, T.O.P and Robyn! Because you will never know the result of your music except you explore the faucet of an artist and a genre. There are such much ofjust right artists in this country. The music is so diverse and I amglad to see that a wide variety of artists are being exposed on account of social media
How was your expertise of attending a K-pop concert for the primary time? Especially taking into consideration it was Big Bang!
I was already traveling to Japan for holiday and then my friend told me they were going to Tokyo in this date. Since I could not read Jap from the 1st site, I went on this other site and acquire tickets instantly not even knowing if it was reputable or a scam. I know I just needed to get tickets. But I also had a palbuy two other tickets just incase. It finally ends up the tickets were not a scam but the seats were a waysin comparison to the ones my friend bought. So I took the closer seats.
When I arrived at Tokyo Dome the day of the concert, my center was beating fast. I saw individualsdressed in Big Bang shirts, keeping merchandise, each and every stride made me more excited. Like everything I saw was one step closer to seeing them.
Then when I saw the venue itself I thought, 'Who would've imagined, in the first place, see Big Bang?! And in any other countrylooking at their concert with thosethose who are intensely fangirling/boying?' I couldn't compete! The merch line was the duration of one street. There were of us of all ages, from the youngest of the young to the oldest of the old. Once you'll discover them all and realize how much of an effect Big Bang are.
It's such a pleased feeling when you notice fans so excited, it makes you're feeling inspired. Not just as an audience member but also as an artist. It is a great feeling to see the effect they have got on all people and how everyone unites beneath music.
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