Erik Santos marks ten years as ‘King of Theme Songs’
by: Cristina Malonzo
He is a multi-platinum recording artist called the “Prince of Pop.” But what won the hearts of Filipinos is his being the “King of Theme Songs.” Erik Santos has sung the themes of several of the most beloved Pinoy teleseryes and movies.
To mark his ten years of being part of the Filipino teleserye-watching experience, Erik came out with The Erik Santos collection album, “Lahat po ng mga kanta dito naging parte po ng buhay ng mga Pilipino na mahilig manood ng teleserye at ng pelikula.”
For Erik, his most meaningful song in the collection is “Pagbigyang Muli.” He even belted a few but very powerful lines from the song. “Pagbigyang Muli”, according to him, “was my first original song from my very first album.”
An even bigger celebration for Erik is his upcoming concert at the PICC Plenary Hall on November 9 entitled InTENse: a Decade with the Prince of Pop. In his interview with Boy Abunda in the segment Ikaw Na on Bandila, which fell on his birthday, Erik said that all he wishes for is a sold out concert.
His ten years in the industry are also a milestone of how he has grown as a person and an artist. He said that after a decade in the industry his best lesson so far is, “how to learn from your mistakes.” And he will keep on learning because, “sa sobrang dami ng gustong maging singer, maging artista kumbaga d’on sa pagkakataon na binigay sa akin ng Diyos na ten years akong nagstay sobra po akong grateful.”
Erik also admitted he has tried to improve his style. “Mas ma-emosyon po akong kumanta ngayon, mas malalim, mas may pinaghuhugutan.”
Living up to expectations, however, is a lot of pressure for Erik. It’s a good thing though that he gets all the help he needs from, “Star Records, ASAP and ABS-CBN. Kasi ‘pag Prince of Pop ka kailangan palagi kang may hit song, kailangan lagi kang visible sa radio and sa TV at name-maintain naman kahit papaano.”