After a string of viral singles, Maki has just dropped his first EP! "Tanong" is a five-track project that features new songs consisting of “Sigurado?”, “Kailan?”, “Siguro…?” and his viral hits “Saan?” and “Bakit?”. On the body of work, the Filipino singer signed to Tarsier Records follows themes of uncertainty and dealing with confusion from love lost.
“Last year, I went through so much pain mentally and emotionally. I had no one to talk to about my questions back then except for my best friends, but I didn't wanna bother them so I just started writing my questions on a paper. Sinulat ko lahat ng tanong ko sa mga taong wala na sa buhay ko, missed opportunities, as well as yung mga tanong ko sa sarili ko,” Maki said.
"Tanong" introduces Maki at his most vulnerable, as the R&B artist also revealed that the songs started off as journal entries reflecting on his personal journey.
“No’ng una akala ko magiging journaling journey ko lang siya at araw-araw akong iiyak, but it turned out to be the best project I did so far sa career ko. I never thought that my greatest pain could turn into something I can look at now as a possession that I'll treasure forever,” he shared.
You can stream Maki's "Tanong" EP here.
Maki has dropped two songs so far this year and recently both of the releases have started to gain major traction on Spotify. “Saan?” debuted on Spotify Viral 50 and “Bakit?” appeared in the top 100 viral songs in the Philippines. Both songs showcase the Tarsier Records artist’s ability to combine heartbreaking lyrics over heartwarming and happy melodies.
The Music Videos for both "Saan?" and " Bakit?" feature the story of two lovers on their journey of love and loss through moving pictures, symbolisms, and reminiscing. It’s a love story that perfectly captures the bittersweet essence of a lost love. Both videos star Maki and Karina Bautista, with overlapping storylines and themes. You can watch them both below!
Photo Courtesy of Maki's Instagram
Following the success of his hit single "Saan?", Maki is back with another heartbreak anthem as he asks the question "Bakit?". With poignant lyrics and melody full of emotion, "Bakit?" delves into the complexities of heartbreak and the lingering questions left unanswered that come with it. Maki's emotive vocals capture the turmoil of a broken heart, asking why love changed and if it was ever real. Maki's "Bakit?" resonates with anyone who has experienced the pain of heartbreak.
“This song actually came first, I wrote this song a couple days before writing "Saan?"
Bakit is a song that expresses our "marupok" selves after ending a confusing relationship. Para sa'kin, "Bakit" is actually the hardest question to answer. We usually ask ourselves "Bakit kaya nagawa niya sakin yun? Bakit kaya niya ko iniwanan ng ilang beses? after the break up. BUT ang pinaka mabigat at confusing na "Bakit" ay, kahit ginawa niya yung lahat ng mga bagay na hindi mo inaasahan sa kanya, bakit mahal mo parin siya? Bakit nandito ka parin? Most of the time, when relationships end, people are bound to ask questions within themselves. "Bakit niya kaya ako iniwan?" leading them to blame themselves for everything before even realizing that it's not their fault.
This song is actually one of the most heartbreaking songs I've ever written, cause I know that a lot of people are also dealing with questions (why) that they themselves are unable to figure out.
With this song, I want people to know that asking questions (why) within yourselves is okay. but, blaming yourself for everything is not. You have to realize na kaya ka marupok is because genuine yung love mo sa kanya and you did your best for them.
Maki is the freshest face of OPM. The R&B singer is here and ready to share his music with the world through his child-like view on life. The R&B singer wants to write songs that will make people feel understood with melodies that bring good memories, peace, and calmness.
His debut single, Halaga under Tarsier Records has since gained over 70,000 streams across different platforms. His rendition of the viral hit Gusto Ko Nang Bumitaw - R&B Version is making waves on its own, quickly gaining over 100,000 streams within 3 weeks, debuting at #53 of Spotify’s Viral Songs Philippines, and landing Maki the cover of Spotify’s Pinoy Covers playlist. As of writing, the track has over 900,000 streams.
Maki's latest single, Saan? has gained over 50,000 streams in under 5 days and currently has over 2 MILLION streams on Spotify alone. On the week of its release, "Saan?" was featured on 5 editorial playlists — #1 on pov: u, #1 on issa vibe, #1 on OPM Says Chillax, #37 on Tatak Pinoy and, #36 on New Music Friday Philippines. Maki has landed the cover of Pinoy Indie Mix, and was featured in .ORG, a regional Spotify playlist showcasing up and coming talents in Asia. The track also debuted at #46 on Spotify's Viral 50 Philippines playlist. It was also featured on curated playlists like, Pinoy Super Soundtrip, Bagong Pinoy Sounds and Tambay Tuesday.
Maki has been performing in various shows and events around the metro such as, BGYO Album Showcase, PLUUS Showcase, Pawchella, mall shows, and more!
Maki’s quirky personality and unique outlook on life makes him stand out amongst the clutter - and this is only the beginning.
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Maki starts off the year with an upbeat yet nostalgic track that’s bound to make you want to reconnect or reminisce about a lost love. “Saan?” by R&B singer/songwriter, Maki, is the perfect anthem for any young heartbroken soul out there. The track takes you on a journey of heartbreak and longing about a love that slipped away. The lyrics express the desire to reconnect with a lost love and hoping to cross paths again in familiar places. The upbeat production, combined with Maki's heartfelt vocals, creates a sound that is fresh and current, yet nostalgic and melancholic at the same time.
Maki is the freshest face of OPM. The R&B singer has proved he’s here and ready with his unique child-like view on life. His debut single, “Halaga” under Tarsier Records and has since gained over 45,000 streams across different platforms. The R&B singer wants to write songs that will make people feel understood with melodies that bring good memories, peace and calmness. His quirky personality and unique outlook on life will help Maki standout in the clutter - and this is only the beginning.
Cover Photo Credit: Tarsier Records
Inigo released the Lockdown Sessions album which included international hits "Options" and "Catching Feelings" which surpassed 20 million streams in 2022. Following its success, the “Monarch” star's reimagined album includes stripped down, acoustic versions of the songs “Neverland” and key track “Not Him” plus more.
Newcomer Maki made an R&B twist to the viral hit “Gusto Ko Nang Bumitaw” late last year, which crossed the half-a-million mark on Spotify by year end. TikTok star Zion Aguirre meanwhile achieved over 300,000 streams for his debut EP “Bigkas.”
The music video of Pinoy soul icon Kyla and “Marry Your Daughter” hitmaker Brian McKnight Jr.’s song collaboration “Cuz Of You (COY)” garnered over 130,000 YouTube views and its official hashtag was trending for 24 hours on Twitter. It features Kapamilya stars Anji Salvacion and Brent Manalo.
Marina Summers is the first drag queen to be part of Tarsier Records' roster of artists. Her debut single “Divine” produced by Moophs gained 10,000 Spotify streams in less than 24 hours. The label continues to champion drag pop music and has just introduced another drag queen, Viñas Deluxe.
From milestones to new offerings, young artist SAB dropped the “Happy You Stayed” music video that also stars Kaori Oinuma and Shanaia Gomez last Friday (Jan. 20) with over 73,000 YouTube views as of writing.
Dotty and Malli are also starting off the year with a fresh vibe through their collaboration “icy,” a rap track that talks about protecting one’s energy from negative people. The two also dropped the song’s music video on YouTube last Friday (Jan. 20).
Listen to the music of Inigo, Zion, Maki, Kyla, Marina, Sab, Dotty, and Malli on various music platforms. For more details, follow Tarsier Records on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tiktok, and YouTube.
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