last updated by Renzie on 01 August 2010.
Music is a big part of my life. Heck, my entire career revolved around music. I started getting into music in the summer of 1983- I was about nine at the time- ostensibly to blend in with the cooler kids, but it was really more to be with the ladies. True story.
In fact, fast forward four more years to high school, I picked up a guitar (and several old copies of Jingle Magazine) and learned to play. Some of the very first songs I learned were R.E.M.’s “The One I Love” (fairly simple with its Em-D / G-D-Am-C chords), “Don’t You (Forget About Me)” by Simple Minds (which was more of a Em-D-A-D pattern) and pretty much anything else which had a G-Em-C-D chord pattern.
Still a few years later, I joined the ranks of radio announcers over at 99.5RT in Metro Manila. Now that was a major turning point in my life- I was a fan of RT as a listener, but all of a sudden, I was immersing myself in all the cool songs, and learning from all the DJs I was working with. That marked the beginning of a 15-year radio career, including a 10-year stint at Mellow Touch/Mellow 94.7 and a program director gig over at 105.1 Crossover.
Now, I’m in the business of music. I produce and promote concerts for a living, together with a few close friends. How cool is that? I’m just fortunate that my line of work is something I absolutely love doing. But I still do all the things I used to do: listen and re-listen to my favorite songs, turn up the radio, read up on my favorite bands, keep tabs on the latest music news, watch music videos, visit all sorts of music sites, all that stuff.
Sure, it keeps me current and aware of what’s going on in the music industry, and what people are listening to, but on a more personal level, it’s really just doing the things I don’t mind doing all day, everyday.