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The rise of Ralf

Raye Sanchez



Photo courtesy of Jiez Timonera Orbe.

It is always a delight to witness the development of budding artists — from how they find and incorporate themselves into their music to trying out different styles. These developments can leave listeners on the edge of their seats.

Iligan-based rookie Ralf Adrian Tacogue guested on Wazzup!, a TribuneNOW show hosted by associate editor for Entertainment Pocholo Concepcion.

He shared how his music career flourished and how he continues learning and honing his skills not just in singing but also in different aspects of music-making.

Ralf Adrian Tacogue’s heaviest influences in music are Michael Bublé and Frank Sinatra.

Daily Tribune (DT): How did your love for music start?Ralf Adrian Tacogue

(RAT): I started with singing because, as a kid, I was very shy and timid. My mom wanted me to develop my personality. That’s when I met my vocal coach and it was very fun for me. Every summer, I went there and did voice lessons.

After our first recital, nagustuhan ko. I didn’t think of it like I wanted to do this for life. I enjoyed it. After a few summers, I joined competitions outside school. Fast forward, I’m here but along the way, I taught myself to play instruments.

DT: Are you particularly inclined to one style of music?

RAT: My heaviest influences are Michael Bublé and Frank Sinatra. I usually sing jazz, swing. But lately, I’ve been venturing with other genres like country, pop, rock, musical stuff.

DT: Not everyone of your age really listens to old music but why are you inclined to genres involving Frank Sinatra?

RAT: Maybe because of my parents. I first started with Michael Bublé and his main influence is Frank Sinatra. I looked into that and I appreciated that kind of music.

DT: Why did you get into producing?

RAT: After years of singing, I was thinking of how I can evolve as an artist. I wanted to be more than a performer.

I wanted to create my own stuff. After graduation, I started learning instruments. I haven’t released my own stuff but I’m really looking forward to the production side of music. For me, music is very wide and I wanted to explore that more.

DT: Do you also write lyrics?

RAT: As of now, I actually find it easier to make beats than write lyrics because I’m not a very poetic person per se.

I’ve been trying to learn writing. I’ve written some songs but I’m not confident yet to share them to the world. I’ve posted covers on Facebook — not only me singing but I also produced the instrumentals that come with it.

DT: What does music do to you?

RAT: It’s like a necessity for me. I can’t go one day without listening to or engaging in music.

DT: Why do you love old music?

RAT: The thing about old music in my generation is not a lot of people can appreciate it. It really makes me happy pag merong tao na nakaka-appreciate sa music ko.

It’s very rare but, at the same time, I didn’t pick this kind of music; it was there and I loved it from the start. When people appreciate me for that, it’s very heartwarming for me.

DT: How were you able to join Bet ng Bayan and Tawag ng Tanghalan?

RAT: Bet ng Bayan was holding competitions dito sa Iligan and I got the opportunity to audition.

I was one of the finalists. Unfortunately, they only had to pick one. For Tawag ng Tanghalan, they were also scouting for talents here in Iligan. My vocal coach called me and said they were looking for students who wanted to audition. Fortunately, nakapasok ako and I became the daily winner.

DT: As an artist, what are your hopes for the country?

RAT: Maybe to recognize Philippine music as an art. For example, the emerging countries in Asia like South Korea and K-Pop, it’s very famous right now and I hope to see that as well dito sa Pinas.


Watch Ralf’s full interview here: