Ryan Cayabyab’s advice to aspiring musicians: ‘Be top of mind’

By: Jessica Ann Evangelista3 minutes ago

National Artist Ryan Cayabyab's Advice to Aspiring Musicians: 'Be Top of Mind'

Ryan Cayabyab will headline “Gen C,” a two-night concert May 11 and 12 at the Samsung Performing Arts Theater. | Image: Jessica Ann Evangelista, INQUIRER.net

Following his star-studded two-night concert celebrating his 70th birthday and remarkable career in the music industry, national artist Ryan Cayabyab was eager to give advice to aspiring musicians whose hands hold the future of Philippine music.

In a brief interview backstage after day 2 of his concert on Sunday, May 12, the Maestro was still in a “surreal” or “couldn’t believe moment” when he was able to finish a concert that united the great OPM artists and emerging artists . stars in the current generation of music.

“It was amazing. Hindi ko iniiexpect. I didn’t know that na pwede pala gawin ‘yung ganiyan would invite all these big names and young stars; for me it was an eye-opener. Pwede pala ‘yon,” said the maestro, who was respectfully called Mr. C in entertainment circles INQUIRER.net.

READ: What SB19’s Stell learned from working with Ryan Cayabyab

When asked what advice he could give to musicians who aspire to follow in his footsteps, Cayabyab emphasized that in addition to learning everything they can as musicians, they should try to always be at the top of people’s minds.

“I always tell aspiring musicians that if you want to stay, it’s easy to get in. To stay and have a sustainable career, you must always improve yourself and strive to be the best or be the origin of your group,” he said.

“Laging tries to be top of mind. Marami naman kayong pwede maging is top of mind, but you have to strive so hard for yourself and learn everything you can,” the legendary composer added.

Cayabyab called his love for music a secret to staying youthful. During the Day 2 concert, in part of his conversation with fellow musician Celeste Legaspi, he also shared that the future of Philippine music is assured, and the two-night concert proves that.

The concert, titled ‘Gen C’, featured a lineup of stellar artists. Day 1 performers include Regine Velasquez, Belle Mariano, Stell from SB19, Aicelle Santos, Arman Ferrer, Basil Valdez, Bituin Escalante, Dilaw, Jed Madela, John Arcilla, Kakai Bautista, Karylle Tatlonghari, Menchu ​​Lauchengco-Yulo, Mikkie Bradshaw -Volante, Nonie Buencamino, Nyoy Volante, Phi Palmos, Sheila Valderrama-Martinez, Ateneo Chamber Singers, The Company and The Ryan Cayabyab Singers.

Except for Velasquez, Mariano and Stell, all the artists returned for the second night of the concert, including Ben & Ben, BINI, Janella Salvador, Juan Karlos Labajo, Julie Anne San Jose and Vice Ganda.

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