Glaiza de Castro sounds like an old soul.
While most singers her age usually take on, say, “Despacito,” Glaiza does classic OPM hits as “Bato Sa Buhangin” and “Itanong Mo Sa Mga Bata” with so much integrity like she was there in the ’70s.
Not that she finds contemporary music fare baduy. It’s just that her musical taste is greatly influenced by her parents.
“Ang parents ko kasi, talagang musically inclined sila. Sa tingin ko, isa ’yun sa factor kung bakit mahilig ako sa lumang tugtugin. ’Yun kasi ’yung kinalakihan ko eh, ’yun ’yung madalas patugtugin ng tatay ko,” she told Bulletin Entertainment.
Glaiza believes her penchant for old songs serves as advantage, especially now with the popularity of electronic dance music (EDM).
According to the singer-actress, she is not the type who simply goes with the flow. Instead, Glaiza wants to offer fans something far from the usual.
“Sabi ko nga, kung EDM ang in ngayon, dapat ’wag ako mag-EDM. Hindi naman ako against sa ganu’ng genre, it’s just that gusto kong magbigay ng variety sa audience,” she shared. “Something na iba naman and sino bang gagawa nu’n, kung hindi ’yung mga taong gustong mag-deviate from current music.”
Glaiza is open to singing trendy songs, believing music is constantly evolving. As artist, she needs to keep pace.
“As long as ’yung foundation ng music ko hindi mawawala at patuloy kong ma-represent ‘yung sarili ko at kung sino ako bilang singer, walang problema sa akin,” she shared.
Glaiza may be more popular as actress but her love for singing remains firm.
She is a self-confessed music geek who also plays guitar.
The singer-actress recalled the days when she was not so confident about her musical abilities.
“Wala talaga akong lakas ng loob dati,” she said. “Wala akong tiwala sa singing abilities ko kasi akala ko walang makaka-relate sa akin.”
Thankfully, her family and friends encouraged her to pursue her dreams.
“May mga tao na nagsabi sa akin na ‘Sige i-push mo na ’yan.’ Minsan kasi ’yung mga taong nakapaligid sayo, na kahit ikaw sa sarili mo hindi mo alam kung tama ba ’yung gagawin mo, tutulungan at susuportahan ka pa rin nila eh,” she maintained.
Her confidence was bolstered further when she became part of the indie film “Rakenrol” back in 2011. The film became a tool for her to meet Pupil’s vocalist Ely Buendia, her long-time idol.
From there, Glaiza got inspired to create her own band.
“Nu’ng time na ’yun, na-inspire ako na i-associate ’yung sarili ko sa mga banda kasi everytime na nakikita ako ng musicians, ng mga taong may hawak na instruments, sabi ko sa sarili ko, ‘Ay gusto ko maging ganyan.’”
The rest is history for Glaiza. With four albums under her belt, Glaiza vows to continue producing music, saying it’s a personal commitment.
“Hangga’t meron akong naisusulat at meron akong nagagawang kanta, hangga’t meron akong melody na maki-create, patuloy ko siyang (music) gagawin,” she noted.
And she doesn’t mind juggling music with her acting career at all.
“Actually nakakatulong pa nga sila sa isa’t-isa eh,” she related.
“Kasi mas kilala naman talaga akong actress, so ’yung mga kanta ko kapag nalaman nilang sila Glaiza, somehow nagiging interesado silang pakinggan.”
Sisters in synergy
It’s no secret Glaiza is close friends with Angelica Panganiban. Their friendship was sealed in 2015 with their collaboration on Glaiza’s self-produced “Synthesis” album.
Angelica wrote the lyrics for two songs in the album, namely “Waiting Shed” and “Barcelona.”
Glaiza recalled, “Nagsimula lahat ng ’yun sa isang text message na hindi ko naman maintindihan. Kasi normally ’di ba ’pag ang mag-kaibigan na hindi nagkakamustahan ’yan eh, pero siya hindi… nagbigay agad siya ng lyrics.
“Ako naman, na-gets ko na. ‘Ah okay, may gustong i-share ito gamit ang mga tula.’ Wala naman akong masyadong ginagawa that time, kaya ayun nakagawa ako ng melody for those lyrics,” the actress added.
Glaiza revealed she and Angelica plan to create more music together. She believes music is their way of communicating.
“As long as may sentiments siya, as long as meron akong pinagdadaanan, makakabuo kami ng music together,” she said, smiling.
Glaiza released the album “Magandang Simulain” early this year.
“Sobrang different ang ‘Synthesis’ (the predecessor) sa ‘Magandang Simulain.’ Kasi mas sure ako dito sa album na ito, kung anong path ang gusto kong i-take. Eh nu’ng sa una, parang chop suey ang idea ko sa dami,” was how she described it.
“Magandang Simulain” has mostly OPM songs and according to Glaiza, she aims to tap new audiences through this album.
As part of promotions for the album, Glaiza will hold a solo concert at the Music Museum on Oct. 27.
“Nu’ng pinatawag ako ng mga bosses, ang sabi lang may pagmi-mitingan daw kami. Hindi ko in-expect na tungkol na pala sa concert kasi nu’ng time na ’yun, hindi ako masyadong prepared,” she recalled.
Titled “Kun(g)DiMan,” the concert sees Glaiza reviving OPM classics as “Dukha,” “Himig Natin,” among others.
“Actually hindi ko alam kung paano nag-come up sa title (ng concert) pero siguro kinuha siya du’n sa album na tribute sa past generations ng musicians like Asin and Juan de la Cruz,” she shared.
Glaiza expressed excitement to share the stage with guest performer, rock icon Mike Hanopol.
“Kinakabahan ako at the same time gusto kong tumalon sa excitement. First time ko siyang na-meet sa rehearsal at sobrang excited na ako to perform with him. Siyempre legendary na siya sa industry kaya sobrang nakakatuwa.” (With report from Jojo P. Panaligan)