Believe it or not, multi-awarded singer, songwriter and rapper Gloc 9—the genius behind such powerful hits as “Hindi Pa Tapos” from Bonifacio ang Unang Pangulo, “Hari ng Tondo,” and “Sirena”—has never held a solo concert in his 18-year career.
Yes, he has performed in countless shows as a guest artist but never felt the need to headline one.
“Wala po siya sa wish list ko,” confessed the Awit Award winning rapper, who is undoubtedly, the late Francis M.’s successor in the genre. “Sa mga nakalipas na taon, kuntento na po ako sa lahat ng dumating sa akin, at ako po ang klase ng tao na iiwasan ang isang solo concert. Pero pag dumating ‘yung panahon na pakiramdam ko nararapat na, tatalon ako sa bangin.”
His latest single “Payag,” which he released on the day of his 18th anniversary in the music industry on September 1 seems to be the reason for his change of heart—the song’s message in midst of the run up to the crucial 2016 national elections. For as always, Gloc 9’s music speaks volumes of truths about the state of current affairs, and “Payag” asks its listeners why they allow themselves to be swayed by sugar-coated words and manufactured appearances of traditional politicians.
Asked how he has been able to write socially relevant music for close to two decades now, Aristotle Pollisco—Gloc 9’s name in real life—simply replied that songs come to him just by looking around him.
“Tulad po nung ‘Upuan’—nagsimula yon nung nakita ko ang isang pamilya na walang pambayad sa ospital at pambili ng gamot para sa mahal nila sa buhay. Uupuan nalang ba natin yon? Dahil para sa akin, hindi tayo isang bansang maunlad kung may mga taong ganon. Sa simpleng letra, sinasabi ng kanta na kayo naman ang tumayo at gumalaw.”
The artist further said, “Naniniwala po ako na you can never force music. Siguro suwerte lang po ako na nakakgawa ako ng kantang gusto ko at pinaniniwalaan ko.”
He will go onstage at the Music Museum for four consecutive Saturdays of his birthday month in October. Produced by PPL Entertainment Inc, each night of the concert series see the rap superstar and his band GLOCNINE performing with different guest artists. On October 10, he will feature Aiza Seguerra, Bamboo, Jay Durias, Jennylyn Mercado, Kylie Padilla and Marc Abaya; on October 17, Chito Miranda, Ebe Dancel, Janno Gibbs, Jonalyn Viray and Rico Blanco; on October 24, Ebe Dancel, Jolina Magdangal, Ogie Alcasid, Regine Velasquez-Alcasid and Yeng Constantino; and on October 31, Ebe Dancel, Jay Durias, Julie Ann San Jose and Kz Tandingan. Artists Maya, Migz Haleco, Reese and Rochelle Pangilinan will be regular guests in all four concert dates.
Mga Kuwento Ng Makata: Gloc 9 Live! is produced by PPL Entertainment Inc. For ticket inquiries, call Ticket World at 891-9999 and Music Museum at 721-0635.