Filipino singer-songwriter Benj Pangilinan emerged as a promising talent in the music industry with his recent launch under Sony Music Entertainment.
Showcasing his charismatic flair and undeniable vocal chops, Pangilinan captivated audiences with his debut single, “Love, That’s rare.” The track not only marks his official release under the international record label but also highlights his collaboration with Grammy-nominated co-producer Xerxes Bakker, known for his work with renowned artists such as of Imagine Dragons and Snoop Dogg.
Despite the lineage of respected entertainers, Pangilinan is determined to carve his own path and establish his personal stamp on the music scene. Unafraid of the opinions of others, this multi-hyphenate artist is focused on creating music that reflects his unique vision.
In a recent interview, Pangilinan shared his intention behind his debut single, saying, “We wanted to bring a different take. Love songs have been made for years and years with many concepts. We thought of a way to show love in a different way, in a different perspective.” It is obvious that he aims to push the boundaries and offer a new perspective on a well-explored theme, which shows his artistic versatility.
Pangilinan’s music video for “Love, That’s Rare” gives viewers a glimpse into the dreams and aspirations of this talented singer-songwriter. Through compelling visuals and thought-provoking symbolism, he aims to connect with his audience on a deeper level. He emphasizes the open nature of his art, allowing each individual to interpret his music and visuals in a way that uniquely suits them.
As he begins his musical journey, Pangilinan expressed his desire to collaborate with famous Filipino artists Gary Valenciano and Moira dela Torre in the future.
Speaking of his admiration for Valenciano, he stated, “Number one for me has always been Tito Gary Valenciano. He is clearly the reason I am here. ” He also praised Moira dela Torre’s writing skills and ability to evoke strong emotions through her music. These wishes reveal his deep respect for his musical predecessors and his eagerness to learn from their expertise.
While Pangilinan is new to the industry, he admits that he has faced the challenges of being in the spotlight. “To be in front of people, in public, it’s not my strong suit. I started music just for me. It was my personal form of therapy,” he shared honestly. However, he embraced the opportunity to share his music in the world, knowing that when a song evokes strong emotions within him, it is meant to be released and shared with others.
Looking ahead, Pangilinan is determined to create more music that will appeal to listeners. “I think music is always a translation of emotions. So if a song makes you feel something, it’s meant to be shared. So when I listen to a song that I wrote, if it makes me feel which is something powerful— it means to be released,” he shared.
With his passion, talent, and dedication, Benj Pangilinan is poised to become a significant presence in the music industry, captivating audiences with his soulful voice and authentic storytelling.
While we eagerly await his upcoming releases, it’s clear that this rising star has the potential to make a lasting impact on the local and international music scenes. Benj Pangilinan is an artist to watch, as he continues to push the limits of creativity and share his heartfelt music with the world.