Karl Lucente is one of the members of Mandaue Nights, but long before the birth of the group, Karl had his fingers dipped in the local music scene for years. His video work under Southernlads Productions helped many local bands. Then eventually he found his own way into music through Honeydrop and Hey! It’s Your Birthday before eventually falling into Mandaue Nights.
That’s why this conversation with Kurt Fick surprised me. Here was someone who from a very early age reached out to others who knew more than him, others who had experienced what he hoped to experience. In fact, I think that his reliance on finding and learning from his mentors sped up his process of getting to where he wants to be. Doing anything whether it be photography, filmmaking, or even singing is really really difficult. The ins and outs of each discipline could take years and years to master. The hack to speeding up that process, although it might not feel like a shortcut, is finding mentors.
Imagine my surprise when I reconnected with Dave Visaya. Turns out that he was making a living and growing a business through podcasting. His company, Podcast Engineers, is a service that allows creators to do what they do best by handling all the nitty gritty stuff like editing, posting, writing shownotes, transcriptions, etc. Not only does he make a living through podcasts, but he has one of his own called The Big Picture Podcast co hosted with Jo Librero. They interview entrepreneurs in Cebu to show the possibilities of business in the Philippines.
Fortunately before they bid goodbye, I was able to book an interview with Christian Linaban. We had a long conversation about the state of the movie industry in Cebu, how he likes to make movies, his experience producing Superpsychocebu, and even a little bit about nutrition and weed.
Connecting with current artists is a by-product of producing Zerothreetwo Conversations. It’s refreshing to hear the perspective of artists who are currently playing. I don’t want to fall into the trap of featuring people who are my contemporaries. The ability to learn from the new crop of musicians and artists is valuable.
With that in mind, that’s how I approached this interview with Luigi Miguel Balazo. Luigi is half of the music group called Sepia Times, and is currently promoting his new music project called The Sellout Club. Amongst musical circles, they’ve been making waves and I jumped at the opportunity to talk music with him.