Young prime time leading man launches first solo single, ‘Nawawala’
Twenty-one-year-oldTV heartthrob Ruru Madrid always puts his best foot forward in the many teleseryes he has landed in his young career. As he comes of age, however, he has taken a big leap into the music scene, launching a debut solo single, titled “Nawawala,” under GMA Music.
Though christened as GMA Network’s “Kapuso Action Drama Prince,” it can be recalled that Madrid had previously recorded duets with leading lady Gabbi Garcia as theme songs of their primetime soap operas “Let the Love Begin” and “Sa Yakap Mo.”
Apparently, Madrid had long been inclined to music.
“Mahilig po talaga ako sa alternative rock. Syempre yung mga OPM na kinalakihan ko like Parokya ni Edgar and Hale na naging influence ko sa music. So ito pong Nawawala is parang modernized version nila since our listeners are mostly millennials and iba din ang trip nila ngayon. Ang gusto nila millennials is yung may mga hugot na kanta. Yung kahit na masakit, trip pa rin nila. So this single, saktong sakto doon kasi marami talagang hugot,” the clean-cut and clean-shaven Madrid said of his original song.
Composed by Kettle Mata, Roger Alcantara and Enzo Villegas, the newest recording artist on the block admitted he was swept with emotions himself when he first heard the arrangement, and more so when he learned the lyrics.
“Noong first meeting ko with GMA Music, tinanong nila ako kung anong gusto kong klaseng genre. And then sinabi ko sa kanila na gusto ko yung Alternative Rock. May pinarinig sila sa akin na kanta — yung nawawala pero yung version na medyo ballad. Then napagisip-isip namin na bakit hindi namin gawing more modern na may pagka alternative rock ng konti so it’ll be more me.
“Besides taking part in that decision, ang talagang contribution ko as expected is yung atake sa song para mas mararamdaman ng mga listeners yung kanta about the perils of falling out of love.”
Stages of love
Young as he is, Madrid explained, “Sa dalawang nagmamahalan, maraming stages na dadaanan di’ba? Dadaan kayo sa honeymoon stage and then after that dadaan kayo sa mga problema, and sometimes umaabot sa point na ang akala n’yo mahal na mahal n’yo pa rin yung isa’t-isa pero may nawawala na pala. And then you say to yourself, parang lahat naman binuhos ko, lahat naman ginawa ko para hindi mawala yung pagmamahal mo sa akin but still, you’ve fallen out of love. That’s the story of the song.”
Madrid also shared that besides his recording idols, his dad was his earliest musical influence. The senior Madrid was part of a band when he was young.
“Hindi po ako singer but I love music. Lumaki ako sa pamilya na mahilig sa musika. Erpats ko nagbabanda before. Lahat silang magkakapatid —11 sila — pero lahat sila kumakanta talaga. Sa family ko kasi kapag hindi ka marunong kumanta, aasarin ka,” he recalled laughing.
“Pero noong bata ako hindi naman po talaga ako kumakanta. Wala akong formal training. Pero noong nag ‘Protégé’ ako [GMA Network’s talent reality program] doon na po ako naturuan. Syempre kapag mag-aartista ka dito sa atin, lahat kailangan mo gawin including singing,” he acknowledged.
Today, whether or not the love of talent for music is genetic, Madrid’s family is only too happy that he has decided to make singing a priority in his thriving career.
“I believe the best way to learn is by experience. Syempre, the more na kumakanta ka, the more na nahahasa ang boses mo and kumbaga tinutulungan mo na din i-improve yung sarili mo. Since I grew up around music in the first place, I guess it’s natural to come to this. I just hope na sana magustuhan ng mga makikinig ang song ko. At sana abangan nila ang mga darating ko pang kanta,” he ended.