Lolita Carbon was with her fellow Filipino rock music legends during press conference for “Full Blast Pinoy Super Bands” on Oct. 3 at Bahay Kalinaw in the University of the Philippines- Diliman in Quezon City. She was about to leave right after the conference when I rushed to her and requested for a one-minute interview.
I asked Carbon to give some pieces of advice to aspiring singer-songwriters. She pointed out that the personal experience is involved when writing a song.
Singer-songwriters become someone that other people emulate, so it is important that the songs they write leave a mark to their audience, Carbon pointed out. She said, “You become a role model or an example to others, so you are responsible for whatever you write.”
When asked what her favorite song was, Carbon said it is all the songs that she wrote and laughed. On a serious note, she said her favorite song has never been heard.
Carbon is one of the three original members of ASIN, a Filipino folk rock band formed in 1977. The two other members were Mike Pillora Jr. and the late Cesar Bañares Jr. The trio eventually became a quartet with the addition of Fred Aban Jr.
ASIN is known as one of the pioneers of alternative music in the Philippines. Among the band’s classic songs are “Mga Limot na Bayani,” “Masdan Mo Ang Kapaligiran,” “”Ang Bayan Kong Sinilangan,” “Itanong Mo Sa Mga Bata,” “Gising Kaibigan” and “Balita.”
In 2003, “Balita” was featured in The Black Eyed Peas’ song “The Apl Song,” particularly in its Tagalog lyrics. “The Apl Song” was one of the 13 songs in The Black Eyed Peas’ third studio album titled “Elephunk.”
On Oct. 20, Carbon and her fellow Filipino rock music legends performed at the Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay City during the “Full Blast Pinoy Super Bands” concert. Among the other performers were Mike Hanopol, Pepe Smith and Wally Gonzales of the Juan Dela Cruz band.
Watch my interview with Carbon here: