He's just 23 years old, but Mito Fabie, aka rapper Curtismith, is already leading the movement of modern Filipino hip-hop. Dead serious with his passion for music, this young hustler made waves last year for writing a song for Richard Branson, and performing it in front of the billionaire and global business leader himself during the Asian Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum: An ANC Leadership Series.
Roughly a year later, Curtismith has released his EP Soully, Yours, containing collaborations with the likes of Kiana Valenciano and Sam Concepcion. He's sung it in major music festivals like Wanderland and Malasimbo Music and Arts Festival, and is now building his own record label called Ideal Records with a few business partners on board.
“I have to give music my full commitment, it’s like my girlfriend"–preach!
How millennial are you and why?
“My life is very involved with social media. Just the context of everything, being a millennial, it’s more of a globalized world. So we are no longer restricted to just learning things from the Philippine context; it’s more of a global mindset we have right now.”
How do you counter the myth about millennials being too entitled?
“There’s truth to it, but the sense of entitlement is more of that we do not want to settle for jobs that we do not love. We need to find a certain fulfillment from what we do, and if we don’t have that, we do not want to compromise. In turn, I feel like our parents have been so used to working for money rather than working for satisfaction that they see it as entitlement. I don’t think it is necessarily entitlement; I think it is more of self-awareness of wanting to discover what do you really want to do in this world, how you are going to make an impact.”
How did you get started with using social IG in your projects/advocacies?
“That’s the only thing I do to promote it honestly: I just post it on social media, I just make one or two posts, and then that’s it. It depends on what platform I’m using: Twitter would be like self-expression, where I would be just thinking of lyrics or something on top of my head, and then I’ll just type it out. For Instagram, I like aesthetic; my dad was a photographer, and so I try to release that side of me through Instagram. Facebook is just promotions or whatever."
As a millennial, we’re feeling you still want to have more. What else do you dream of doing in the future despite juggling a lot of stuff now?
“There are a lot of stuff I don’t want to do but I have to do it, all the while that you keep in mind that you are a musician, that you still need to make music. This is why I am doing this. Day by day, I try to balance everything in my life, and it is a learning process. I still haven’t worked it out yet, but I’m trying.”
How meticulous are you with your posts? Describe your process.
“If the picture looks good, I’ll post it. It’s that basic; I do not put too much thought into it.”
What was your greatest social media/ online moment like?
“I think whenever I release a music video, it’s something I am proud of. Also, whenever I work with a corporation I put effort in, I’m proud of that as well. I would like to believe that I am proud with everything that I do. I take the time to consider it, and I don’t just do it for the sake of doing it.“
What do you think is your most ‘exciting’ post? Which one receives the most likes?
“Anything music-related is where the engagement really happens. I’m glad that it happens there because I always love feedback from my audience: what did I do that you didn’t like, what they liked, how can I improve. It’s like they are my consultants, and so it excites me. Releasing a project, and seeing how people respond to it? It’s always, always exciting."
What are your mid-summer plans?
“Travel. I just got a spot in La Union that I have to fix up, and there are a lot of places that I want to revisit and visit the first time. I want to visit Palawan, visit Siargao for the first time.”
Any dream destination and why?
“The top three I could think of would probably be Greece, Hawaii, and Brazil. They have everything. I love to go on adventures. Greece is more of the aesthetic, and I also want to see the Mediterranean; I would like to experience sailing over there. With Hawaii it is the adventure; I like to go cliff jumping or surfing perhaps. With Brazil, it is more of the culture; South American culture would be really cool to experience just because there’s a lot of gems from the past that is still there.”
Ideal summer escapade and why?
“Doing all these things with my family, my own family. To be able to not compromise what they want to do and at the same time make a social impact while doing our travel. It’s not just for us; it’s giving my family and myself serotonin and oxytocin. I would like to believe that I’m a family man. My parents have been divorced since I was three so it’s my hugot na I want to make up for my parent’s mistakes, so I want to be the parent I never had.”
Ideal summer date and why?
"Staying by the beach with some pretty dope place and a book. It’s the most relaxing for me; it allows me to forget all my problems and find out that state of chi—that state of peace within us."
How do you maintain your bod during the summer?
"Just workout. It’s more of a lifestyle than just trying to get that slimmer body."
"I’d like to longboard, surf, and hike a bit. They’re taxing physically so they’re perfect."
Most recommended diet?
"I don’t diet! I’m not a super foodie but if I like what I see, and I like what I tasted, I’m not going to calorie count; I’m gonna eat it."
Your most effective gwapo trick?
"By not trying to be! I don’t care if they see me as that or not, and I think it is appealing. Just be yourself!"
Your most effective trick to get the girl?
"Good intentions, man. Right intentions."
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Produced by The @ABSCBNLifestyle Team (Katrina Angco, Julia Arenas, Duey Guison, Angela Sy, Mels Timan, & Barry Viloria) | Cinematography Jana Jimenez with Gio Vibar | Photographs by Vyn Radovan | Grooming by Raf Bardon, Johnson Estrella, and Ryan Wong of MAC Cosmetics | Styling by JM Gumatay, Shaira Mariel Habon, and Carl Pabilona of @TheStylistCrewPH | Hairstyling: @VivereSalon
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