#PARCINQFresh Featuring Migo Valid
In our latest Parcinq Fresh issue, meet Migo Valid, a rising artist who's about to swoon our hearts with his fresh music and charming personality. Paving his musical direction, this 21-year-old artist offers us refreshing Alternative Pop and R&B songs that we will add to our chill road trip playlist.
From his debut single entitled "ah sarado" in 2021, Migo has amassed listeners who expressed how this song made them feel the kilig. It continued him in serenading our hearts with more of his self-written works. The singer-songwriter just released his latest single, "Suong," last June 10 on all digital streaming platforms. The song showcases Migo's sweet voice, chilled rhythms, and heartfelt lyrics. The said track will be the Official Soundtrack of the Vivamax' How to Love Mr. Heartless', and this didn't hold back Migo's excitement in sharing with us this milestone.
But beyond his soulful music, we can't deny that Migo is a sweet, free-spirited, and pretty laid-back guy. He is passionate about telling stories about people and experiences, and it's evident in how he pours his heart out in every song he writes.
Read on to know what drives him to the music industry, how he writes music, his new single, his music influences (SPOILER ALERT! He's a 5SOS fam!), and many more. Get ready to fall in love with this new heartthrob!
What drew you to the music industry? How do you describe your creative process?
When I was 16 mahilig talaga ako manood sa Youtube ng mga artist na magagaling especially OPM. Nainspire ako sa kanila and syempre yung kuya and ate ko kasi nag peperform sila sa mga events, sila mas nag influence sa kin na mag try na kumanta and mag perform. So nag start ako magsulat ng kanta. Tapos nag practice ako ng mabuti and ang usual na ginagawa ko para makasulat ay kumakausap ako ng mga tao, tinitingnan ko mga experience nila, kung anong mga nangyayare sa paligid. [At the age of 16, I enjoy watching videos on Youtube that feature amazing OPM artists and which inspired me to become a musician. I was also inspired by my siblings since they also perform in events. They influenced me to sing and perform as well.]
Who’s your biggest musical influence?
Nung highschool ako mayroon akong napanood sa live na mga banda kasi may event sa school namin. Ang kauna-unahang nag perform na live na napanuod ko ay si Jireh Lim and pangalawa, Silent Sanctuary. Parang na inspire ako, gusto rin tumugtog gusto ko gumawa ng kanta. Pero kasi sa ibang bansa ang talagang nakapag influence sakin 5SOS (5 Seconds of Summer) sila talaga yung mas naging dahilan para magsulat ako para mas ipursue itong music career ko. [Back in high school, I got the chance to watch live performances from Jireh Lim and Silent Sanctuary, which led me to be interested in playing on stage. 5 Seconds of Summer also became my biggest influence in writing songs and pursuing a music career.]
For those who just discovered your music, what song do you recommend them to listen to?
Ngayon may kakarelease lang ako yung ‘Suong’ and feeling ko kahit hindi sila relate sa kanta, mararamdaman nila yung kanta. And itong suong is a Batangueno word na ibig sabihin is karga, and kung isi-search mo siya sa tagalog ang ibig sabihin, handang harapin ang mga suliranin na matapang na hindi natatakot. [I just released my recent single, "Suong," I am sure even if the listeners can’t relate to the song, they will feel its message. "Suong" is a Batangueno word that means Karga, which in Tagalog, means, “Ready to face all the challenges strongly and fearlessly.” ]
Are there any music genres you’d like to explore in your future music?
Rock talaga yung gusto kong i-pursue at siguro R&B, since kaya ko naman tingin ko kaya ko naman. Ayun talaga yung gusto kong itry talaga in the future. [I want to pursue Rock and explore more on the R&B side. Those are the genres I really want to try in my future music.]
Have you ever serenaded or wrote a song to someone?
Marami na ‘kong na-serenade before, siguro high school and siguro dahil nag-peperform nga ‘ko din sa mga event namin sa school. And yung sulat ng kanta, halos talaga tungkol sa mga tao din yung mga sinusulat kong kanta. Itong Suong actually, specifically tungkol talaga sa isang tao and para sakanya talaga tong kanta na ‘to, saming dalawa. Sinulat ko siya and sobrang ramdam ko talaga as in, itong kanta na’to kaya gusto ko ring iparinig sa iba, sa marami pang tao, kasi itong kanta na ‘to yung kauna-unahang as in ramdam ko talaga, binigay ko yung puso ko sa kanta. [During high school, I serenade a lot since I always perform at our school events. When writing a song for someone, all of it is inspired by people. My single “Suong” is dedicated to someone. I want them to hear this song because I've put a lot of emotions into composing it.]
If you could go back in time to tell your 16-year-old self something, what would you say?
“Tol, natupad na talaga ang mga pinapangarap mo.” Ayun ang mismong edad na pinangarap ko ang lahat, itong mismong kinakatayuan ko na unti-unting nangyayari. Ayun sobrang natutuwa lang ako hindi ko din naimagine and hindi ko rin alam paano ako napunta rito. Kasi nuon sinasabi ko lang sa sarili ko, soon magiging ganyan din ako. Mas magiging mahusay pa ako sa kung ano ako noon. Sobrang proud ako sa sarili ko kasi naka-abot ako dito pero kahit malayo pa, malayo na ako, malayo na ‘yung napuntahan ko and unti-unti makakaabot din ako sa tuktok.
[“Migo, all of your dreams finally came true.” At 16, that was the age where I dreamed of the things that I have right now. I never imagined that I’ll be here and I didn't even know how I got here. I just always dreamed of becoming better than before. I’m so proud of myself and I know slowly, I’ll be reaching the top.]
There's nothing like a refreshing getaway to clear your head and recharge. But where is the perfect destination for you?
Nung nagpunta ako sa Palawan, feeling ko yun talaga yung lugar na parang payapa, yung talagang makahinga ako, yung makakisip ako ng maayos. Kasi dun may lugar na malayo talaga sa city and sobrang ibang iba ang vibe talaga dito sa Manila. Palawan talaga kasi parang paradise talaga yung feels pag nandoon ka. [Palawan is a peaceful place where I could clear my head and unwind. There is this certain spot in Palawan that is far from the city, and compared to here in Manila, the vibe is different. You will feel like you’re in a paradise in Palawan.]
The world is a big place with so much to see. When you explore, do you ever find yourself getting inspired by your surroundings? How does that affect your creativity as an artist?
As an artist gusto ko talaga yung tahimik yung wala akong masyadong naririnig na ingay although kaya ko naman magsulat sa maingay na lugar pero yung sa sarili mo lang yung parang talagang nakapag isip ka na walang gumugulo sa isip mo. And syempre sa mga kaibigan, sa mga tao sa paligid mo rin syempre maganda din yung healthy, and hindi toxic yung mga kasama mo para hindi ka din nadadrain. [As an artist, I prefer to be in solitude. However, I can still write in busy places, but you really need a place where you can think in peace. Also living in a healthy environment, surrounding yourself with non-toxic people so you won’t feel drained.]
Migo’s latest single “Suong” is now out on all digital platforms!
Photography by Rxandy Capinpin
Styling by Bryan Laroza
Grooming by Lars Cabanacan
Words and Interview by Maryanne Roldan
Art by Joe Andy