Erik Santos on becoming icon
By JOJO P. PANALIGAN
July 29, 2011, 2:43pm
MANILA, Philippines — Singer Erik Santos acknowledges that he and his contemporaries will have a harder time becoming icons compared with their predecessors.
“In the ‘80s especially, a single is played on radio for as long as two years kaya its singer stays in people’s mind. These days, three months pa lang ay pinapalitan na ang single,” he noted during the press conference for his concert at the Music Museum on <sAug. 13 and 18 (correction note: Aug 12 and 13) titled “PowER IKons.”
The so-called Prince of Pop believes that the best way for singers, especially the newbies, to make their mark is to offer a unique sound or singing style. He said that mimicking other singers is only okay for those who are starting out and that anyone who is serious with his craft must eventually leave this phase behind.
“Ako, I admit that in the beginning nagagaya ko pa si Martin Nievera, one of my musical influences. But, in my eight years in the business ay may sarili na din naman akong tunog,” said the singer behind the hits “Pagbigyang Muli,” “Kung Akin Ang Mundo” and his latest, “Kulang Ako Kung Wala Ka.”
This is the reason Erik is confident in staging “PowER IKons,” where he is set to pay tribute to some of the most iconic singers here and abroad—from Madonna to Basil Valdez. He believes that with new musical arrangements, he’ll be able to give “old” songs an updated sound.
“And mind you, this concert won’t see me just belt out. Kung ano yung kailangan ng kanta, yun ang gagawin ko,” he emphasized.
Asked if other singers should take their cue from him when it comes to singing intelligently versus always “forcibly,” Erik said that people’s perception about good singing or what bona fide talent is should change before other things would follow.
“Kaya nga hindi ako masyadong pabor sa mga text votes kapag talent search. The focus should be on talent, hindi yung back story ng isang contestant or yung popularity niya sa tao. Dapat yung talagang magaling ang lulutang,” he said.
There’s no arguing that the icons he’ll pay tribute in “PowER IKons” truly deserve their status. Aside from Madonna and Basil Valdez, the singer will musically tip his hat to Martin Nievera, Gary Valenciano, Michael Jackson, Elvis Presley, Celine Dion, Whitney Houston, among others.
Joining Erik onstage as special guests are Angeline Quinto (“Star Power” Grand Champion), Stephanie Reese (Kim in “Miss Saigon”-Germany) and Pops Fernandez.
“PowER IKons” is presented by Record Breaker Events, Core Events and La Carmela de Boracay. Directed by GB Sampedro, the concert is written by Senedy Que with Homer Flores as musical director. The concert is for the benefit of Bosom Buddies Cancer Foundation.