Both the brokenhearted and the blessed and beloved have at least one companion song in the Silent Sanctuary set.
In an exclusive interview with Bulletin Entertainment, vocalist Sarkie Sarangay said the “honesty” in their songs prove to be their selling point.
“May mga ibang sad songs na pwedeng binobola ka lang. Na hindi siya tumutusok sa thoughts mo at ’yung lungkot nasa surface lang,” he explained. “Kami sa banda, gusto namin maging platform, na kapag ’yung mga tao narinig ’yung kanta namin sasabihin nila na ‘Ayan talaga ’yung gusto kong sabihin.’”
Silent Sanctuary has been around for over a decade now yet they’ve remained relevant thanks to the fans.
“Gusto namin magpasalamat sa lahat ng patuloy na sumusuporta at naniniwala sa amin. Kung wala sila (fans), wala kami eh,” Sarki said. “Ang mga fans ang bumubuhay sa OPM music industry, kaya salamat at nagtitiwala pa rin sila sa mga ginagawa naming materials.”
Two months ago, the band released their nth single “Malaya Na Tayo.” It has notched millions of streams on Spotify, as well as thousand of views on YouTube.
Cello player Anjo Inacay shared it is about a long-distance relationship not only for lovers but also for friends.
“Hindi kasi limited ’yung sakop nu’ng kanta namin. Actually nu’ng ni-release namin siya, the first impression was ‘boy meet girls’ lang. But a few days later, nagkaroon ng gulat factor na, hindi lang pala siya about sa lovers,” he explained. “About din siya sa LDR ng pagka-kaibigan, not necessarily about distance but layo ng oras sa isa’t-isa.”
Most of the band’s songs were penned by Sarkie. He’s careful with his choice of words, stating he doesn’t want their records to be “generic.”
The vocalist cites “Kundiman” as one song he is proud of.
“Ang dami nating salitang Tagalog at ’yun ’yung gusto kong ma-explore sa mga kanta namin. With ‘Kundiman,’ hindi pa man uso ang pick up lines nu’ng ni-release namin ’yun, pero nagawa na namin agad sa kanta,” he said, quoting the lyrics: “Para kang asukal/Sintamis mong magmahal/Para kang pintura/Buhay ko ikaw ang nagpinta.”
(Trivia: The music video of “Kundiman” was directed by Antoinette Jadaone, the “Blockbuster Hugot Director of The Philippines,” when she was still a college student.)
To those who deem their songs “cliché,” Sarkie has this to say.
“Anong bang problema sa love? May connotation kasi na kapag love song, baduy na eh,” he divulged. “Ang love, human nature yan eh ’di ba? Paano ka nagka-asawa kung walang love? Kahit saan, mapa-pelikula o anu pa man, laging may love angle diyan.”
“Eto ’yung strength namin. Kung ano ’yung kaya naming gawin, ’yun ang gagawin namin,” added Jason Rondero, the band’s bass guitarist and back-up vocalist.
Silent Sanctuary still experiences firsts in their music career, including their first out of the country gig early this year.
They admitted it was unexpected, reiterating Silent Sanctuary never aimed for that goal. They just go with the flow, Jason noted.
Violinist Chino David elaborated, “Nu’ng nag-start kami ang sabi lang namin, ‘Sige let’see how far we can take this.’ Eh binigay lahat ni Lord, kaya sobrang thankful.”
“One song at a time nga lang ang gusto namin. Walang grandiose dream na ‘Let’s dominate the world with our songs.’ Masaya na kami na may isang pusong nahipo gamit ang mga kanta namin,” Jason added, smiling.
Breaking up the band is not in their thoughts, drummer Allen Calixto insisted.
“Everything’s new pa din sa’min. ’Yung pagiging full-time musician namin, fresh na fresh pa. Kaya wala pa kaming sawa factor,” he said.
Sure and steady
Sarkie laughs at notion that OPM bands are irrelevant now, what with the advent of the Internet.
“Technology kasi… it’s becoming more available and affordable sa mga musicians now. You don’t need to get in a studio para ma-record ’yung kanta mo. Kahit phone lang eh, pwede na,” he shared. “But I believe ang mga tao mas prefer pa rin nila na pumupunta sa gigs, kasi iba pa rin ’yung na-e-experience nila ng live ang isang performance.”
New musicians emerge in the industry but Silent Sanctuary doesn’t feel threatened.
“Actually masaya kami na maraming bagong artists. Mas nagiging healthy ang music scene, at the same time, tanggal umay din dahil may variety,” Sarkie said. “Never namin naisip ma-pressure though may competition nga, pero mas okay din naman na may challenge. Ang Silent Sanctuary, hindi rin naman yan magho-hold back kaya kahit papano, ginagalingan din talaga namin.”
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