By Nikaela Cortez
Dane Hipolito, 23
Year and Course 4th Year, Music Business Management
Birthday January 20, 1993
Zodiac Sign Aquarius
Hobbies Writing songs, producing music, going to the gym, playing basketball, reading, and dancing
Favorite Hangouts The recording studio (especially if there’s a piano), basketball court, gym, and coffee shops
Ultimate Dream To be able to teleport!
You might’ve already seen him doing covers of hit songs online, performing in different malls, bars, coffee shops ,or even at last year’s #chalkcampustour series, and serenading his way to people’s hearts as a featured artist on MYX. With his single “Hiwaga” out and an album in the works, the tall, dark, and handsome Dane is well on his way to making his mark in Filipino music—all the while maintaining good standing as a student. With his music, he especially takes pride in his dedication to help OPM thrive further. “I’m hoping [my music] would be something that’d push local music further in the Philippines.
Something that would change the scene right now. I want to introduce Pinoys to other musicians who also make fresh music,” says Dane. This hunk started to learn how to play the guitar when he was in fith grade with the help of his older brother. A year later, he became obsessed with an assignment that tasked them to change the lyrics of an existing song. It was then he discovered his love for composing music, which led to jamming sessions with fellow music lovers at school. When his work garnered good feedback from friends, his interest grew even more. Since then, a lot of opportunities have opened up for him to showcase his talent in and out of school. Dane fist took up Communications in UP—it’s where he applied his talent in sports and finess as he was a member of the UP Fencing Team—before he left for the States where he lived for a year. Once back in Manila, he started music school. Thankfully, he has supportive parents to back him up on his way to becoming a musician. You can now listen to him croon on Spotify, iTunes, YouTube, and SoundCloud!
What does Dane love about being in the industry? It’s the writing, he says. “At the end of the day, you’re doing it for yourself. Don’t think about being famous or hearing good feedback from people. Music is about self-expression—and if you’re able to do that, if you’re happy doing that, if you love it, you’ll be fine.”
On looking good
“I make sure I’m tremendously clean.”
On living young
“I invest a lot in myself. I learn as much as I possibly can about many things, but I never ever forget to enjoy my life every day!”
On loving hard
“Quality time and affirming words work best for me—also, hugs and kisses."
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Photographs by Vyn Radovan. Grooming Muriel Vega Perez using Clinique. Assisted by Eve Priolo. Styling Danica Familara.