After a year of absence, Top EDM artist Jace Roque is making a comeback in the music scene. He took a break in his musical career to address his mental health as he was suffering from clinical depression. He sought professional help and is happy to announce that he is back on his feet and ready to take start anew from where he left off.
He admits his mental health was affected by the pandemic. He had a hard time coping with lost singing opportunities during the pandemic. But he is now back with renewed vigor and enthusiasm.
For his showbiz comeback, Jace rebranded himself as a PPop soloist along with the announcement of his highly anticipated mini album, "Inferno." He released his Tagalog comeback single, "Di Para Sayo" on April 22 and his English comeback single "Be Someone" on May 20. Be Someone" debuted at no. 25 on iTunes Philippines and is featured on Spotify Philippines' Fresh Finds.
"'Di Para Sayo' is my first full Tagalog single. I recorded it specifically to contribute to the ever growing P-Pop scene. Lyrically, the song is about my journey to realizing my worth. Recently, I fell madly in love with someone. I literally poured everything I had into that relationship. Eventually, I realized that the person I gave my heart and soul to wasn't worth it. After that experience, I believe it's about time that I love myself more," said Jace.
"'Be Someone' is about my struggle to preserve my own identity while combating the unrealistic expectations from my family, friends and the entertainment industry. I tackle the negative impact of being controlled and breaking free from one's ideology of how I should be," Jace said.
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His rebranding from Top EDM artist to PPop soloist is no surprise. Ever since he started his music career, his goal has always been to contribute and help lift Filipino music to greater heights. With the rise of PPop, Jace aims to soar higher than ever before.
"Artists have to reinvent themselves in order to grow. Changing my look with every new release is normal for me. Because I went on a hiatus and I've been away from the limelight for more than a year, the changes I made for this new era may come off as drastic. But actually, they're not. This is where I've always been headed, towards a more edgy and mature persona."
Jace has big plans for 2022 as he is expected to drop his mini album before the year ends. He's happy that his supporters are excited for his comeback, and he's truly grateful for their support. "My goal now is to take my power back. I'm going full steam ahead with my career, and I'm not doing it for other people. I'm doing it for myself."
He is also happy that even if he was gone for a year, his fan support remained intact. His fans were waiting for his return and that was enough to spur his creativity and create new music in the future.
"I want to tell my fans that I have bigger plans in the future. I might do a live concert next year. But for now, I want to be visible. I hope to be seen on TV and do the rounds of promo for my new songs. I want to reconnect with my fans as well."
By December, Jace will release his mini abum composed of four songs.
After gaining three consecutive hit singles with his former international label, AWAL (a Sony Music Entertainment subsidiary), Jace signs with Philippine based International label, Ditto Music Philippines.
Ditto Music is one of the world's largest distribution companies and record labels for independent artists. Artists who have used its services in the past include Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith and Chance The Rapper. The Philippine office is headed by Jinno Mina, who is also the label's SEA Regional Manager. Mina offered Jace a music deal back in 2020 before the pandemic has struck the world; in April 2022, Jace finally signed with the label.