By Grace C. Diez
At the risk of sounding cliché, there is simply no other way to begin this article without noting how this latest music development is a tremendous source of #PinoyPride!
One of the most exciting artists of this generation, No Rome (Rome Gomez,) recently released a single which sets a new phase in his career—an international one. Clearly, the stage he’s destined to be in goes beyond Manila and even Asia.
The dreamy track “Do It Again” off No Rome’s new EP RIP Indo Hisashi is one of the four songs listed which includes “Seventeen,” “Saint Laurent,” and “Narcissist” featuring no less than Dirty Hit label mates The 1975—one of today’s most recognizable and chart-topping pop-alternative bands. The 1975’s Matty Healy and George Daniel co-produced “Do It Again.”
Here are some of the interesting things to know about the latest Pinoy musician set to make waves in the international music scene.
1. No Rome grew up in a musical family. Perhaps, his inclination to music shouldn’t come as a surprise. Born and raised in Manila, No Rome grew up surrounded by his instrumentalist and songwriter father Jun and his mother Sally, a former vocal coach. His siblings are equally talented–his brother is an electronic music singer/producer (known in music circles as Moon Mask) and his sister is also a singer who made it as a contender on the inaugural season of The Voice Kids Philippines.
2. He started writing music at a young age. No Rome began writing music at age twelve under the name “isayhiyousay.” He later decided to keep writing songs and making music as a passion project under his current name “No Rome.” Who would have thought that his passion project would eventually fly him out to London?
3. He has previously released two EPs. Before landing a contract with Jamie Oborne’s UK-based Dirty Hit Records as one of its new breed of artists, No Rome has previously released two impressive EPs—“Fantasy” (2013) and “Hurry Home & Rest” (2015.)
4. He once created a song dedicated to actress Nadine Lustre. Made with his side band Teenagers Die From Drama, No Rome wrote an ode to Nadine which the young actress heard and received warmly. Part of the lyrics sweetly went: “I heard you listen to The Ramones/ You could correct me if I’m wrong/ You gotta boy who looks so good and all my cardigans’ got holes/ I know it shouldn’t be this way/ But I think you’re pretty anyway/Why did your parents call you/Something as pretty as your name/ Nadine, oh Nadine.”
5. The 1975’s Matty Healy declared No Rome as his “muse.” In a recent interview with Beats 1, The 1975’s frontman Matty Healy referred to No Rome as his muse saying, “Rome kind of became a bit of a muse of mine once I was working on his stuff and then his ideas were on parallel with everything that me and George [The 1975 drummer] were doing. I just wanted that energy in the studio you know and he’s been with us before. We’ve been making the record for six months together so he’s just been there working away.”
6. No Rome is set to join The 1975’s upcoming tour. Brace yourselves! Apart from dropping a new EP with The 1975 as collaborators, one of the biggest and most exciting news is Matty's confirmation that No Rome is set to join the band’s next tour. Imagine No Rome as the opening act for the Manila leg of The 1975 show–Filipinos would surely be brimming with pride!
With a fresh pop sound that's uniquely recognizable, music fans will surely clamor for more from this newest hitmaker in no time. Here's to hoping that he makes it back to our shores and indulges us with his live music soon!
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