In the midst of an ever-expanding music scene, stars come in and out of the spotlight. One has continued to burn bright since his beginnings as a young thespian to his venture as a musician. Sam Concepcion updates us on his recent discoveries on finding his sound, what keeps him going, and how he wants to be remembered.
What’s been keeping you busy these days?
I’ve gradually been releasing new music like Afterglow which was produced by Moophs, who’s a good friend of mine. The Japanese Government contacted me to shoot the music video there, so we did. It was tons of fun!
With that, are we going to see a new album from you soon?
I’m just releasing singles right now since I’m currently in the process of finding my own brand of music. Since I was signed at a young age, I did a lot of teenybopper-type albums. It’s been a while since I graduated from that and now that I’m a bit older, my taste in music and my goals have changed with it.
How has that process been like for you?
It’s been tedious but I’m excited to be able to find what I like and creating something that’s totally new.
What or who inspires you in coming up a new sound?
Lately, what inspires me to make new music is hearing new music. I haven’t turned away from my roots like theater and the normal R&B and hip hop, but I’ve been listening to a lot of 70s music, Motown tunes, and stuff from new artists. There are so many [artists] out there who don’t get the spotlight or you don’t hear much about but the talent is out there whether local or international. Just seeing their hustle as musicians who live and breathe music everyday drives me to be that kind of artist that’s constantly creating.
You’ve been onstage for a long time. Comparing then and now, has there been a change in how you feel or what goes on in your head when you perform?
I’ve always felt that the energy in a certain space is reciprocal: the energy from the audience powers my performance and I give it back to them onstage. It’s always been like that but say, when I was younger, performing felt like I was just there to entertain. If I didn’t see them singing along or having fun, I would think I’m not really doing my job. It was all about engaging with them. Now it’s more of making them understand what I’m trying to express rather than pleasing everyone.
How do you prepare for a show? Any pre-show rituals?
A lot of it is getting in a certain zone. I get really pumped up but also nervous in a way, sort of like an adrenaline rush. Before a show, I usually put myself in a positive and ready mindset so you can usually catch me dancing, jumping around, and just plain goofing off!
What is it about music do you love? Did anything spark that interest?
I was really a bibo kid so when I was asked to sing, I would. I did well and I enjoyed it so I carried it on as a career. As an artist, what I love most about it is the ability to create songs that can last. It’s being able to soundtrack other people’s lives. I want to be able to make someone hear something and go “Hey! I was listening to that in high school with my first crush!” In a way, you’re immortalized in that manner and you’re a part of someone else’s life. I find that very powerful.
How do you think music relates to style?
Music and fashion go hand in hand and we’ve seen it many times. It’s like how hip hop or rock wouldn’t be what they are today without the fashion that came along with it. I see it as a kind of paradox too where you’re not sure which shapes the other but they’re similar in a sense that they’re both expressions in different outputs. One just engages the sense of hearing and the other, sight.
What can you say about this collection?
I liked how all the layouts were neutral and simple. The collection is the type that anyone can get into and put off. It’s very laid-back and comfortable which affected my mood during the shoot. I felt super chill even if the weather wasn’t!
What was your favorite piece?
The sunglasses and the white sneakers were great because they’re very distinct but can go with anything.
How does it differ from your personal style?
I wouldn’t say I’m one dimensional but it’s a bit different than what I usually go for. I’m not extremely loud with what I wear but I like things that are a little more eye-catching, you know? Something that will make people take a second glance.
How do you make an outfit your own?
I’m big on streetwear and I’m the most comfortable in it, so I always like to add a bit that element to any outfit of mine.
You seem to be set on where you’re going and what you like in terms of music and style. What tips can you share with others who would like to achieve that level of certainty?
For me, it’s not about the end-all but it’s more of an evolution of taste. My style has evolved the same way my music has. I’ve never forgotten my past but instead, I’ve added more elements onto it. It’s about trying new things and experimenting so you can find your individuality.
Words: Charley Ty | Art: Deiniel Cuvin | Photographer: Jerrick Sanchez | Creative Direction: Rain Dagala Assisted By: Mina Aglipay | Styling: RJ Roque and Patricia Melliza | Grooming: Byron Velasquez | Hair: Janice Vacarizas of Maquillage Professionnel | Location and Special Thanks to Hotel Celeste