As the only Filipino on US record label 88rising's roster for online concert Asia Rising Forever, Iñigo Pascual easily encountered the pressure of stepping up to the bat. Yet, at the concert shown on the first week of May and whose "stage" he shared with more experienced names from Asia like Joji, Rich Brian, and Phum Viphurit, the 22 year-oldmusician didn't let nerves show whatsoever.
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Iñigo started off his set by opening up about his musical roots, "I've been singing for about three years now," he said. "I started my career in the Philippines, I made my first album out there. After two years of doing that, I was finally able to do a crossover and make music out here in America." Iñigo, of course, referred to his international venture that had kicked off last year as he strived to leave his dad Piolo's shadows and ultimately become his own.
Talking about his own goals next, Iñigo declared his dream "to be able to bring OPM to the world stage." He stressed on how he and his fellow young musicians can take advantage of technology to convey their art. "I feel like now is the time with a lot of Asian artists and groups crossing over, we have the perfect platform to be able to do that."
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Inigo also mused on how this new reality has helped bring forth a healthy hybrid of music and cultures. "It's so cool when I find new Asian artists out of nowhere. I was into K-pop at first, and then I started listening to different Southeast Asian artists... It's a way to connect to different cultures, different people, different nationalities."
"To me, I just want to be able to share my music," Iñigo enthused a little more before doing a sexy back-to-back of Post Malone's "Better Now" and Fugees' "Killing Me Softly."
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