Kiana V, Nix Damn P, & Curtismith just dropped a banger about mental health. On “I Want To Be Here,” the three iconic Filipino music acts teamed up with KonsultaMD as part of the telehealth service’s latest mental health campaign. The song is meant to serve as a reminder to listeners that they are not alone in their mental health journey and that it’s okay to ask for help.
Kiana shared some thoughts on her vision for the song: “I think with being like a singer and a songwriter, I can only write the song. I can’t really tell how it’s gonna be received or perceived. It’s a gift from us to everyone but my hope is that even if it’s just one person, it helps that one person. The goal is more, but one is better than none.”
Nix also shared his feelings on working with Kiana V and Curtismith: “Working with them is so easy! We’re all really close friends, so I know them. I’m also a fan of theirs before working with them. The only challenge really was not being physically together while working on the project. But overall, it was smooth and it was super fun.”
Watch the music video for ”I Want To Be Here” from Kiana V, Nix Damn P, & Curtismith below!
This week's MYX News Hot List, new episodes weekly at www.myx.global/myxnews.
1. MYX MUSIC: Saweetie, H.E.R Get "Closer" - Icy girl Saweetie and H.E.R are taking on new roles as flight attendants in their latest collaboration "Closer". The two took their fans to Paris, Tokyo, and the Philippines!
2. MYX MUSIC: New Originals - Zack Tabudlo and Moira Dela Torre are coming together for the first time for a new song, "Iba". The song focuses on what happens when someone falls out of love while the other has left to cope. Jeremy G takes listeners through the stages of love in his first-ever 5-track EP, "Maybe Forever".
4. MYX MUSIC: Olivia, Silk Sonic Take Brit Awards - Olivia Rodrigo took home the Best International Song award, and Silk Sonic won for Best International Group at the Brit Awards, the highest-profile music awards ceremony in the UK.
5. MYX ENTERTAINMENT: Fredric Aspiras Scores An Oscar Nom - Lady Gaga's long-time hairstylist Fredric Aspiras worked on "House of Gucci". The pair started working together 13 years ago and since then, he's been with the Pop icon from Photoshoots and covers, to music videos and events!
The soulful-pop artist Kiana V is back with a groovy song, "Heartbeat on Me." Before its debut, all the details were kept on the down low so we were buzzing to finally hear the much awaited song. She collaborates again with writing and producing partner, Jesse Barrera who is also featured on the track. Luckily, we don't have to wait much longer as "Heartbeat on Me" is out now on streaming platforms.
Watch the new music video directed by Gab Valenciano below that takes us back to everything we love about the Philippines. Kiana breaks into choreography that we love seeing her do like her in her hit single, "Does She Know?"
Listen to the audio below:
Kiana teased us with a possible lyric from the upcoming song: "Will you wake up with your heartbeat on me" that left us all guessing its meaning. Based on the aesthetic of the promos, it's going to be a fun party track. A music video will be released next week, which was directed by Kiana's brother, Gab Valenciano. There are not many details available for the video, but we know the dance crew, The A Team is also part of it. We can't wait to see the visualizer for the song!
She nails it with this comeback track that leaves us wanting for more! We'll for sure have "Heartbeat on Me" on repeat going into the weekend!
Make sure to follow her international journey on the MYX original series, "The Crossover" here:
Cover Photo Credit: Kiana V Twitter
The Filipino community comes together to celebrate Larry Itliong Day in Historic Filipinotown on October 23, 2021 at 2 pm PST at Unidad Park, Los Angeles. This year's theme is “Makiisa Sa Pagtulong at Sulong.” The celebration is put together by The Pilipino Workers Center and it aims to connect the community to programs, services, and resources that would help them during this COVID-19 pandemic.
Through the use of visual and performing arts, the Larry Itliong Day event also seeks to educate and entertain attendees about the Filipino culture, the history of the Filipino labor movement in the United States, and its impact on workers today. The event’s well-curated program, art installations, and activities bridge social justice with music, arts, and cultural appreciation. Attendees will enjoy a variety of activities such as musical performances by various artists, an educational art exhibit, a short stage adaptation of the book, “Journey for Justice”, jeepney, tricycle, kariton, and bahay kubo selfie stations, and many more.
WHAT: Larry Itliong Day Festival 2021 - a celebration of art, music, and culture in honor of Larry Itliong
WHEN: October 23, 2021, 2:00pm PST
WHERE: In person - Unidad Park, 1644 Beverly Blvd., Historic Filipinotown, Los Angeles, CA 90026,
Performers: Kiana V, Mica Javier, Jay R, Ancestral Vision Movement, Felson Palad, Gingee, Steady, the cast of
Journey for Justice: Maya Valenciano, Shalimar Malimban, Rommel Rojas, Jose Infante and more.
Speakers: Deputy Hoang Nguyen (Deputy Supervisor to Hilda Solis, LA County First District), Councilmember
Mitch O’Farrel (Los Angeles City District 13), Commissioner Jessica Caloza (Los Angeles City Department of
Public Works), Assemblywoman Wendy Carillo (California State Assembly, District 51) and Consul General
Edgar B. Badajos (Philippine Consulate, Los Angeles).
Organizations: FilAm Arts, Search to Involve Pilipino Americans (SIPA), Filipino American Service
Group Inc (FASGI), Filipino American Community of Los Angeles (FACLA), Philippine Nurses Association, Historic
Filipinotown businesses, Filipino American Community leaders and allies.
Kiana V's latest track, "Dazed" and movement visual first released over the summer followed by a 5-track EP of the same name. When we last chatted with her, Kiana talked about the meaning behind the dreamy track which was to achieve inner healing. She reflected back at a time where there was a lot of negative self talk that kept her from initially finishing the song. However, she pushed through as this was an opportunity to reintroduce herself to herself.
The BTS gives you a glimpse of the process behind the movement visual. Shot during the pandemic, we catch Kiana V with choreographer Shayna portray an internal dialogue through movement. The track not only helped her navigate through rediscovering self-love, but to tell everyone not to be so hard on ourselves. Kiana V's music goes deeper than providing the right aesthetics. She expresses a deeper vision as an artist by combining lyrics and movement that match her message.
Official Site: http://kianavee.com
Cover Photo Credit: Kiana V Twitter
Before the release of the Dazed EP, Kiana V announced her latest single Dazed which is the title and lead track of the EP. The single came with a movement visual that gives you a different angle of Kiana as an artist. The five-track soulful EP gives listeners a chance to reflect on self-love.
2016 ushered in the Kiana we see now - a fully-formed, independent woman of color not afraid to use her voice - beginning with her debut single “Circles." Her latest track "Safe Place," was released via Tarsier Records and 88Rising and gained recognition from Grammy.com who named her an artist pushing Filipino music to the forefront.
The EP's title track Dazed is a contemplative number about being overwhelmed by your inner thoughts. "This song is a moment of quiet introspection," Kiana shares. "A personal exchange between negative and positive self talk in an attempt to find inner healing." Kiana's feather light voice dances over a luxurious yet wispy synth soundscape that slowly builds over the track's four minute run-time until it reaches a climax of crushing emotionality with Kiana proclaiming, "Set me free."
How Do I opens with a cascade of Kiana's honeyed "oo's and aah's" and the sound of rushing water that effortlessly pulls you in. "If I can't love myself, how do I love you?" Kiana entreats on the wall of sound chorus. Kiana explains, "it focuses on the need to confront things within before being able to pour anything out."
The EP's focus track Better is a song about personal salvation and for Kiana, she morphs heartbreak into a newfound confidence with the self-assured lyrics "I could do better." "It gives me a feeling of sweet, reckless abandon," Kiana reflects on the track. "It’s an awakening to newfound courage."
On Simple Kiana distills love to its essence. Over blissed out synths and silky multi-tracked vocals, she croons "We don’t hear the outside pressure / Break it down to simple pleasures." Here, Kiana's understated vocal dexterity really shines.
The EP closer Only You is a love song for oneself or for a partner, and Kiana's intentionally left that open to interpretation. It follows Kiana's journey throughout the EP from self-doubt to clarity. "It can be about the moment everything falls into place," she shares.
According to Metro Magazine, the songs on Dazed EP—from the title track to How Do I, Better, Simple, and Only You—were written as early as 2019, in journals that Kiana returned to later on. It wasn’t a linear process, Kiana explains, “I didn’t write them in one go. I wrote them at different times. And these weren’t the first choices to get done.” But in the middle of a writer’s block last year, Kiana went through those journals thinking, "Sayang naman (that's too bad). These songs are already here. I already have melodies for them. Why don’t we just see where these sessions take us?’”
Now splitting her time between Los Angeles and Manila, Kiana still holds close to her roots. Her father continues to be a source of inspiration in her career, and her go-to photographer DJ Magbanua has been a friend since grade school. Jesse Barrera, the co-producer of Kiana's "Dazed" EP, is a Filipino-American who's worked with other Filipino musicians including Jeff Bernat, AJ Rafael, and Jeremy Passion. These are the people who know and understand Kiana best, and who have seamlessly been able to tell the Dazed story. "It's a soft exploration of how self-love affects the love we are able to give to others," Kiana says of the EP.
Upon putting the project together, Kiana dug deep and got vulnerable. She rediscovers herself and learns to love herself her own way.
Cover Photo Credit: Kiana V Facebook
Kiana V announces her new 5-track EP Dazed and shares the title single. The Filipina singer/songwriter has already made a name for herself in her native Philippines and is poised to bring her R&B/Soul sound to the rest of the world. Music has always been a permeating force in Kiana's life. Her father, Gary Valenciano, is one of the Philippines' most prolific musicians with a nearly four-decade spanning career.
2016 ushered in the Kiana we see now - a fully-formed, independent woman of color not afraid to use her voice - beginning with her debut single Circles. Her latest track, Safe Place was released via Tarsier Records and 88Rising. It gained recognition from Grammy.com who named her an artist pushing Filipino music to the forefront.
Now splitting her time between Los Angeles and Manila, Kiana still holds close to her roots. Her father continues to be a source of inspiration in her career, and her go-to photographer DJ Magbanua has been a friend since grade school. Jesse Barrera, co-producer of the Dazed EP, is a Filipino-American who's worked with other Filipino musicians including: Jeff Bernat, AJ Rafael, and Jeremy Passion. These are the people who know and understand Kiana best and who have seamlessly been able to tell the "Dazed" story.
The EP's title track is a contemplative number about being overwhelmed by your inner thoughts. "This song is a moment of quiet introspection...A personal exchange between negative and positive self-talk in an attempt to find inner healing" Kiana shares. Her feather light voice dances over a luxurious yet wispy synth soundscape that slowly builds over the track's four minute run-time until it reaches a climax of crushing emotionality with Kiana proclaiming, "Set me free." Kiana V’s Dazed single is out now and the accompanying movement visual premieres on Youtube on July 16th.
Cover Photo Credit: Kiana V Official Facebook
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Chill out and see which songs are up for MYX Awards Mellow Video of the Year. Don't forget to vote for your favorites! Vote every day until July 18, 2021 at 11:59pm PHT, and don't miss the big show on August 7, 2021 to see who wins!
Balang Araw - Inigo Pascual, Directed by Inigo Pascual
In his own words, Balang Araw is about hope and trust in waiting for the right person. Inigo Pascual describes the song as “simply trusting the process and trust your heart and know that one day that person will come. Balang araw (someday)."
Patawad - Moira Dela Torre, Directed by Niq Ablao
Patawad is part of a 3-part series of the album Malaya. According to Moira, she wanted to portray the different stages of love from the kind of love that fights for love and stays, and one where it's better if they grow apart. Then the video focuses on goodbye and forgiveness.
Sa Susunod Na - Ben&Ben, Directed by Jorel Lising
The Sa Susunod Na music video stars one of the most popular love team in the Philippines and real life couple, Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla. The couple is stuck in a time loop as the video explores the complicated dynamics of their lost and found relationship during a cycle of events.
Safe Place - Kiana V, Directed by Saint
An 88Rising and Paradise Rising project, Safe Place is Kiana V's message that she's becoming her own artist. The music video was created during the height of the pandemic in the US, “We went into production for Safe Place in November 2019 and...we kind of didn’t know when or how we will release it. So, this whole opportunity with Paradise Rising was a lifesaver for all of us.”
Sasagipin Kita - Darren Espanto, Directed by Jiggy Gregorio
Another song released during the pandemic, Sasagipin Kita dives into people's troubled feelings during that time. The ballad's melancholic tone and touching lyrics becomes a powerful song complete with a band to tie it all together. An extended version of the music video was released that portrayed three individuals' true life experiences in their journey of hardship to finding strength and hope.
The Hustle Mission was the outline for the two and a half hour kickoff event:
Each section mixed interviews and DJ sets with conversations between SOSUPERSAM and Jen Deleon and our very own Roslynn chatting with Guapdad 4000 and Illmind. Plus we were stoked to see Passion and Gabe Bondoc singing the Filipino national anthem, Lemonade together! It was a reunion of half of #CatchingOneLemonade.
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