On May 18, seasoned actor-turned musician Ian Veneracion talked about his love for music and his debut single, Ninuno.
In a press conference, Veneracion said he paid homage to classic Pinoy Rock with his single Ninuno while hinting at the influence of the Juan Dela Cruz band.
“I don’t want to put myself in a box kasi Ninuno para siyang homage to Pinoy Rock. Pero, it doesn’t necessarily mean that I’m not going to do anything Jazzy, or Ballad, or anything like that. So I’d like to keep all those doors and different genre’s open.
“Pero, Ninuno, my intention here, nami-miss ko ‘yung sound ng dating Juan Dela Cruz, pero noong time na ‘yun iba ‘yung technology, they recorded that iba pa ‘yung mics noon, iba pa ‘yung studio noon, so gusto kong gumawa ng ganon pero raw. So simula pa lang ng song nandoon na ‘yung feedback, ‘yung actual amp, pati ‘yung mixing, inalagaan namin ‘yun ng raw pero malinis.”
He also recalled his other musical influences, such as Wolfgang and Razorback.
“Ay nako, Pepe Smith, Mike Hanupol, bata pa ako Juan Dela Cruz na ‘yan eh.
“Bata pa ako naririnig ko na ‘yan, ‘yun ang Pinoy Rock talaga and even growing up I would watch Wolfgang, si Basty, Razorback, The Breed, ang sarap lagi akong nanonood noon. Coco Jam so ‘yun ang mga influences ko.”
As for his single, he explained that Ninuno was his way of calling out to our Pinoy ancestors.
“It’s basically my lead–to go back to our roots, so ‘yun it was like reminding and questions to myself, like nasa lyrics nun, ‘Mula sa mga Ninuno natin,’ we come from a bloodline of warriors, kumbaga paano tayo nag progress, kung progress ba talaga ‘yung nangyayari. So you know, it throws a lot of questions there.”
He then teased his plans of going into recording.
“Yes, I released this song. The music video that you saw–‘yung Ninuno, I released that recently, with the help of ATeam. It’s now also available sa Apple Music, Spotify, and other platforms.”
As for his career, Veneracion recently released his Pinoy Rock-inspired single, ‘Ninuno, with the help of Ogie Alcasid’s talent management arm, ATeam. He also stars in an upcoming Netflix series, A Love To Kill.