On a bright Thursday afternoon in June, 23 year old singer songwriter Zild presents himself in all authencity for his OPM Highlights visit- shades on, keeping his cool as he warmly greets hello with a cup of joe in hand like the rest of us, about to shed light on his latest singles and what he’s recently been up to.
“Lumaki kasi ako sa QC, so dito ko first-hand na-experience yung teenage love.” The February 2021 released song ‘Kyusi’ depicts the idea of young love in a local setting, and as per Zild, how simple experiences of riding a jeep and sharing an umbrella were part of the relatable anecdote of young Filipinos in love, whether or not they were from Quezon City theirselves.
“Ito, mas organic,” he compares the track from his previous work, as heard on his 2020 debut album that had a more electric-synthesized sound. Kyusi is more acoustic and nylon guitar- driven, “mas nag-lean ako towards sa organic instruments, something that reminds me of the outdoors.”
Months after ‘Kyusi’, this artist has just released yet another single of his new album of the same name, keeping his listeners feeling #relatable towards his shared piece of artistry and composition- written in 2019, the song Huminga came about from Zild’s then personal experience of finding importance in having rest amidst the busy productivity of everyday life.
“In a hyper productive, parang, nakakalimutan nating mag-pause or huminto saglit,” he adds, “gusto ko lang sabihin- yung importance ng pause, equal siya sa pagtratrabaho.”
As Zild balances out the value of taking a breath and the continuity of his work in music, especially during the ongoing pandemic period, he shares to have been enjoying the times he gets to play online games with his girlfriend and binge watch videos on Youtube, even noting how he’s been able to play and bond with his cat at home.
Yet still on the go, the 23 year old singer songwriter has been keeping in touch with his craft, exploring and finding inspiration for his recent and upcoming work from not just modern day artists, but specifically the 70’s Manila sound and its acts. “Marami akong pinakinggan from Up Dharma Down hanggang Cinderella,” he adds, “diniscover ko yung discography ng Philippines sa 70’s eh so ayun- Asin, Sampaguita, Juan Dela Cruz Band, VST and Co., of course.”