One of Southeast Asia’s most revered artists Rico Blanco returns to Dubai for a rare music performance via “One Music X”

Rico Blanco humbly shrugs off the Rock Icon of His Generation label and says that he himself has several musical influences to look up to.

“I don’t think that you even realize the joy you make me feel when I’m inside your universe.  You hold me like I’m the one who’s precious.  I hate to break it to you
but it’s just the other way around – you can thank your stars all you want but I’ll always be the lucky one” – Rico Blanco in “Your Universe”


Poignant without sounding too tacky.  Eclectic yet focused.  These are some of the words best describe how one of the most loved and revered artists in the Philippines and Southeast Asia, Rico Blanco, speaks to his listeners in a way that no artists can and one of his best-known hits “Your Universe” is proof of this.

In a March 2017 article crafted by a pool of writers of the Philippine franchise of the music authority Billboard PH, the contributors summarize Blanco’s feat in one statement:  “He has (more) written, recorded, and produced hits locally and regionally than any other Filipino musician since 1994”.

Today, November 3, as TFC, Star Music, Myx, MOR 101.9 For Life and One Music PH gather the Philippine music industry’s creative music geniuses and top-rating performers for the next biggest music fest in the Middle East at the Dubai Media City Amphitheater, enthusiasts in Dubai will become witness to the return of the rock icon after years of hiatus.

Rico Blanco’s last album release in the Philippines and last appearance in Dubai were both in 2015.

From a self-proclaimed retirement after his 2015 album “Dating Gawi”, Blanco returns not only to the music scene but also to Dubai where he last performed in 2015.

Bringing with him his unique brand of sweet melancholy mixed with his complex views, Blanco stretches his musical muscles to affect his audience yet again the way he has been known for as a legend.

Rico Blanco’s music history as earned him the respect even of fellow artists such as Soul Supreme KZ Tanding who couldn’t hide her admiration during the press con in Manila

However, despite the many labels, Blanco is one of those superstars hesitant to claim these tags. In fact, he dispels the label Rock Icon of His Generation and defines himself rather as a super composer, concert master and as simple as bestfriend ‘Korics’.

Blanco explains: “It’s hard to really choose or label just one as the influence.  I myself have absorbed a lot of music and non-music influences.  To just site two or more people I worked with (is not enough)  — former bandmates, current bandmates, and musicians I’ve worked with — there are a lot to be considered my biggest influences.  These include my colleagues in the industry – all of them and they influence me a lot”.

Fans claim this as true. In fact, Blanco invites his followers who also have a knack for music, to jam with him and learn from his over two decades of musical experience.   According to highly popular site 8List.ph’s  Tim Henares in an article dated June 2014, “Rico Blanco (is) one of the most gifted musicians of our generation, (and) is definitely respected and in high regard. Despite that, the man doesn’t revel in being a rock star, or at least, doesn’t make you feel it, even if it oozes out of him every step of the way”.

As a proud Filipino musician and social advocate, Rico Blanco is proud to be part of the next biggest music festival to watch in the Middle East and the biggest Filipino experience outside the Philippines to date.

Music enthusiasts are in it for a music experience as Blanco returns for the only performance he has accepted this year — “One Music X”.  In fact, Blanco’s discography reveals a four to three-year gap: Your Universe in 2008; Galactik Fiestamatik in 2012; and Dating Gawi in 2015.

However, when he does return to the music scene, Blanco may be a world of his own but he sure knows how to compromise. In an article written by Nathalie Tomada of Philippine Star in February 2016, she said: “The key to Rico’s return to basics, something other successful artists can’t, especially if ego creeps in the head to perpetuate the I-can-do-what-I-want-attitude, is his decision to follow the rock ‘n roll book — don’t be too weird. That it is an inspired work, with him writing most of the songs in just days, helped with the turnaround”.

From music to movies to business ventures and especially social enterprise, Blanco exercises the same controlled grit and flexibility.  He has been part of the local version of “Jesus Christ Superstar” in the 1970s; the Sesame Street “Kid Ako” campaign in 2011; “Imortal” of the Moonstone series where television phenomena“La Luna Sangre” is also part of; dabbled in recording business and bar management. Most importantly, he also advocates for social causes when the need arises.

As a true-blue Filipino who advocates for talent, he is only more than proud to be part of “One Music X”.

Joining Blanco are Rock Superstar Yeng Constantino alongside Soul Supreme KZ; Teen Singing Sensation Inigo Pascual; Pop-rock Band Silent Sanctuary; plus The Next Big Thing in Homeland EDM Moophs and EDM artist Xela together with Pop R & B performer Josh McCartney and reggae performer Emmanuel Marie.

Hosting the “One Music X” are Myx’s premier VJ and award-winning host Robi Domingo and homegrown favorite VJ Ai of Myx; and Ang Nagiisang Diyosa sa Balat ng Radyo MOR For Life’s DJ Chacha.

Tickets are at AED 135 for General Admission and AED 245 for VIP tickets and are available at the venue. You can still buy four tickets and get one free under the Barkada Bundle.

Level up your One Music X Experience by downloading the event app — TFC Live — available on PlayStore and AppStore for free.

For more information visit emea.kapamilya.com or facebook.com/TFCEurope.  Outside of the UAE and the Philippines, music enthusiasts can still watch “One Music X” for FREE on http://tfc.tv/category/live . Just go to the site and register. (with additional reports from https://onemusic.ph/)

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Matapos mamahinga sa music scene, muling nagbabalik ang well-loved at revered music icon sa next biggest music fest sa Middle East na mangyayari ngayon, November 3
 Rico Blanco muling magbabahagi ng kaniyang iconic music sa “One Music X”


Matapos ang ilang taong pamamahinga sa music industry, muling nagbabalik ang isa sa most loved at revered artists sa Philippines at Southeast Asia, Rico Blanco, para sa tinaguriang the biggest Filipino experience outside the Philippines, “One Music X” na mangyayari ngayon, November 3, Dubai time sa Dubai Media City Amphiteater.

Kilala bilang award-winning composer, passionate performer; eclectic musician; risk-taking business at social entrepreneur, maituturing si Blanco bilang isang icon kaya naman ngayong araw inaabangan na ang kaniyang pagperform.

Bilang isang true-blue Pinoy at talent advocate, tinanggap ni Blanco ang pagkakataong makasama ang pinakamahuhusay na performers ng bansa sa isang musical fusion of genres at nationalities – ang natatanging music gig na tinanggap niya ngayong taon.

 

Makakasama ni Blanco sina Rock Superstar Yeng Constantino; Soul Supreme KZ; Teen Singing Sensation Inigo Pascual; Pop-rock Band Silent Sanctuary; plus The Next Big Thing in Homegrown EDM Moophs at EDM artist Xela kasama ang Dubai’s indie scene’s best na sina Pop R & B performer Josh McCartney at reggae performer Emmanuel Marie.

Sa press con ng One Music X, naglabasan ang tinatagong paghanga ng mga artists para kay Blanco, tulad na lang sa Soul Supreme na si KZ.  Una niyang nakasama si Blanco sa isang concert din sa Dubai at lubos ang kaniyang pagtingala sa rock icon.  Ngunit para kay Blanco, ang rock icon label ay mapagkumbaba niyang itinatanggi.
Ayon kay Blanco, mas nanaisin pa niyang matawag na “Super composer, concert master at bestfriend ‘Korics’”.

 

 Paliwanag ni Blanco: “It would be difficult if I really choose or label just one as the influence.  I myself have absorbed a lot of music and non-music influences.  To just site two or more people I worked — former bandmates, current bandmates, and musicians I’ve worked with — they’re my biggest influences.  These include my colleagues in the industry – all of them and they influence me a lot”.
Nagsimula si Blanco noong 1988 bilang bahagi ng isa sa pinakatanyag na rock bands sa Pilipinas.  Humiwalay siya sa banda noong 2008 at simula noon ay nakagawa na ng ilang albums: ang multi-Platinum na Your Universe in 2008; Galactik Fiestamatik noong 2012; at Dating Gawi noong 2015.

Hindi lamang sa musika kilala si Blanco. Napabilang na siya sa 1970’s local version ng play na “Jesus Christ Superstar”; noong 2011 sa “Imortal” na kabilang sa Moonstone series kung saan bahagi ang phenomenal series na “La Luna Sangre”; bahagi ng kid campaign ng Sesame Street 2011 campaign “Kid Ako”; nag-manage ng audio recording business at bar at naging endorser pa ng sikat na clothing line.  Mula business pati na social entrepreneurship ay pinasok na rin ni Blanco.  Ngayong araw, balik sa concert scene ang passionate multi-talented artist at adventurist.

Makakasama ni Blanco sina Myx’s premier VJ at award-winning host Robi Domingo at homegrown favorite VJ Ai of Myx; at Ang Nagiisang Diyosa sa Balat ng Radyo MOR For Life’s DJ Chacha.

Ang mga tickets na nagkakahalagang AED 135 para sa General Admission at AED 245 para sa VIP tickets ay mabibili sa venue. Maaari pa ring maka-avail ng barkada bundle sa venue.

I-level up ang One Music X Experience sa pamamagitang ng pag-download ng event app — TFC Live — available sa PlayStore at AppStore for free. Para sa karagdagang impormasyon bisitahin ang emea.kapamilya.com or facebook.com/TFCEurope.  Para sa “One Music X”, bisitahin ang emea.kapamilya.com (with additional reports from https://onemusic.ph/)

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