Midnasty is back with a new single! The Dumaguete City-based collective is back on their mission of bringing Visayan culture to the world. The group recently released their second single of the year entitled “Nissan.” Sonically, the track is a fast-paced and colorful song that speaks on love, car chases, and bringing the islands together.
Midnasty combines their trademarked melodic flows with cinematic storytelling as they ready fans for their upcoming album. Their highly anticipated sophomore album entitled “Pacific Islander” is set to drop later this year. Watch the music video for “Nissan” below.
Midnasty has been a mainstay in the Philippine music scene, making waves and putting on for Dumaguete since 2004. Recently, the famed group released their latest single "Solo Na Lobo," a drill-inspired single about their triumphs through their trials and tribulations, is their first drop under Warner Music's partnership Filipino record label ParaIsla through 7640, a full-scale music and video production subsidiary under AGC Power Holdings Corp. We had sat down with the group and discussed their new partnership, their new single, what it means to them to represent Dumaguete on a global scale, and much more.
Q: First and foremost, let’s have those who are meeting you for the first time get to know you all more through your music. Send us three clips, can be anything from released songs, music videos, live show performances, interviewers, etc. for our readers to get a glimpse of who Midnasty are as artists.
Q: Describe your sound in 3 words?
Destined for greatness
Q: How much does being from Dumaguete City influence you? For example how much does it influence your sound and your passion for breaking barriers from your backyard?
Growing up in the city of gentle people, taught me to be calm and peaceful. Though we grew up in the ghetto, we remain positive. And the same goes for our music, it always tells the story of love, harmony, and triumph.
Q: Solo Na Labo sounds very drill influenced. Drill is a sound that regionally dominates in the UK, Chicago, and New York. What inspired you all when making this hard-hitting single? Is there a distinct regional sound from Dumaguete City that you plan on introducing to the world, similar to how drill has inspired artists worldwide?
We decided to use drill and put our style to it. This project also serves as our contribution to the local hip hop scene, showing our flexibility in any genre. We wanted to express to the fans that it's okay to play and experiment with music styles.
Q: Being from the Philippines, how much does it mean to you to partner with Warner Music and to plan to take your music international?
It's an honor to partner with Warner Music. Remembering those days where you send demos to radio stations and send mixtapes to labels hoping to get the chance to work with them, and now we are here. It is also a good feeling to be given freedom in creating different styles of music with everyone having confidence in our output. Wherever the music will take us, we will represent our roots and of course, the Warner family, who first trusted our group with taking the next step to global heights.
Q: Reading your background story, this wasn’t an overnight success. This is years, decades, 10,000 hours plus of grinding: blood, sweat, and tears. What advice would you share with any up-and-coming artists struggling with the process right now?
Our simple advice to all upcoming artists is - Trust. Take your time, and wait for the right moments. Stay hungry for progress and remember that there is always room for improvement.
Q: What should fans, both old and new, be on the lookout for from Midnasty in 2022 and beyond?
Let's all together celebrate and witness as we elevate our game in the platform, with all the endless possibilities on what we have in store for everyone.
Q: Where can we find you on social media and follow/like/subscribe to you?
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/midnastyofficial
Tiktok - https://vt.tiktok.com/ZSewV8WVf
Twitter - https://twitter.com/midnasty_?lang=en
YouTube - https://youtube.com/c/Midnasty
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