Gary Makes An Effort To Connect With Young Audiences
Source: Manila Bulletin
Gary Valenciano is piling in the numbers: He’s 47 and celebrating 29 years in the industry. But he still manages to arrest his audiences, which include the current generation of texters and tweeters.
Gary now co-directs his concert series “On Higher Ground” with son Paolo Valenciano in Music Museum.
Having directed a few concerts before, this will be the first time that Paolo will call the shots for and with his father.
“Many times, when I have an idea, I run to him (Paolo) or to Gabriel. ‘Pag musical ideas I go to Gab. ‘Pag visual together with music, I go to Paolo and I just ask advice,” said Gary.
Paolo expressed that their cre¬ative ideas click. “We are on the same page when it comes to the quality, music selection, the visuals, everything. We agree more than we disagree.”
Another detail the father and son duo made sure they have covered is coming up with a show that also ca¬ters to the younger generation.
“We wanted to explore songs na, personally, I felt na kung maririnig ito ng younger people, ng kabataan, it would be ‘wow I never knew Gary V had songs like that.’”
Gary credits his children for the youth connection. “[My children] are very well in the circulation of what the young people are listening to today.”
But even Mr. Pure Energy had to turn away from certain dance rou¬tines he would love to do but would take him extra effort to accomplish at 47.
He told himself: “‘Gary I know you love to move, okay lang go ahead and move,’ but when you see the likes of Gabriel or Vhong or John Prats or Billy Crawford, ‘Gary, you don’t have to try to keep up with those guys, you just move your own way and you’ll be fine.’”
Hearing his father’s sentiments, Paolo said, “You shouldn’t try to make sabay with the younger kids, ‘cause all the kids are trying to sound like they’re coming from your generation kasi yun na yung uso ngayon eh.
“Why don’t we get your original sound, do it how you used to do it and show the kids na this is how it’s done.”
Meanwhile, Gary hopes people will still go to concerts despite the trend of “non-singers” staging sold out concerts recently.
Aside from rehearsing for his up¬coming series of performances here and abroad, Gary is busy being the newest endorser of Coca-Cola. He also confirmed that he will be part of the ABS-CBN talent show “X Factor” with Charice Pempengco and Martin Nievera; and a feature film with Zsa Zsa Padilla, Eugene Domingo, and Ogie Alcasid, entitled “I Do Bidoo Bidoo.” (Jellie Cabas and Regine Ann Manabat)
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