Cebu has housed a multitude of talented artists from different genres who deliver original, high-quality music for the country to hear. One of the obstacles these musicians face is the scarcity of an outlet to nurture, embrace, promote and distribute the talent that they want to share — a place for them to call home. This is where Spookmuzik Records come in.
Spookmuzik Records is a locally conceived music company aimed to develop local artists by giving them a platform to showcase their talents, not only for the country, but for the world to see and hear. Handled by a family who is just as passionate about music as they are about helping people, the recording label came to be when their son, who is the label’s namesake, expressed his desire to produce electronic tracks.
Spook is an up and coming electronic dance artist. He started his musical interest at the age of three when he touched piano keys for the first time. Spook naturally excelled at it, but with a mind that is constantly working, he sought for another challenge. Thus picking up a ukulele and teaching himself how to play. Deadmau5, Alesso and Calvin Harris are some of the artists he takes inspiration from. He has already released two tracks and is about to launch another; all done under the age of thirteen.
When and why did you start playing/producing?
I’ve loved music since I was younger, but I really got into the EDM scene around 2-3 years ago. It was around that time I got to use different applications and DAWs (Digital Audio Workstation) for producing and making music.
What instruments do you play?
I can play the piano, the ukulele, and a bit of violin and bass guitar.
What were the first tunes you learned?
I remember listening to “I Remember” by Deadmau5 when I was a little boy. No pun intended by the way.
Is your family musical?
Yeah, they are… a lot.
Which famous musicians do you admire? Why?
I admire Deadmau5 a lot. I think it’s because he makes quality music, and he really sticks to his style even if he isn’t as popular as he was before.
Which famous musicians have you learned from?
Part of it was really observing the songs of multiple artists such as Deadmau5, NoMana, and hell, even Skrillex. But I really learned a lot from family, friends and just my surroundings. It gives me the inspiration to try something new, or stick to a genre.
Who was your first teacher?
I never really had a teacher until I met Jan Areno. I just stuck to using basic piano chords and other stuff.
Describe your first instrument.
Piano was my first. It was pretty good when I learned classical music, but I gradually switched to a more modern sound. And I’m also switching to some jazzy, funky chords and melodies.
What are your fondest musical memories? In your house? In your neighborhood or town?
Some of my favorite musical memories come when I’m in the car, just either listening to the radio, or connecting a phone in. I love it when a great song comes up. It makes me feel good.
Were you influenced by old records & tapes? Which ones?
Not really, unless you count 2008 old, then probably Kaskade and Deadmau5 tracks were some of my best influences.
What advice would you give to beginners?
Learn what sound you like, master it, and stick to it.
Don’t be afraid to experiment.
(lol i tried)
How do you balance your music with other obligations – school and other hobbies?
Usually, I just skip the school stuff and get straight to music. But sometimes I just skip the school stuff and do my hobbies, and sometimes I skip the school stuff and do both. If there is anything I suck at, it’s balance.
Where do you get your inspiration?
Usually I get it from boredom. I hate being bored, and I try my best to do something to get rid of it, even if it means making a song. Otherwise, I’d base it on either different songs, or even just use Ableton and try stuff out.
Visit www.spookmuzik.com for more music.