More than a year after the disbanding of Cebuano rock band Urbandub, its former lead vocalist Gabby Alipe debuted his first single as a solo artist, "Visions", last September 23.
All about having positive mindset despite all the hardships, Visions is the first track in his upcoming EP A New Strain, which is set to be released in October.
Listen to his new song below!
Compared to the music of his former band, which Gabby said was 'grand, in-your-face and loud', his new music is simpler and more organic.
He admits that going solo is a big adjustment and a challenge as all the materials, from lyrics to song arrangements, has to come from him. But the biggest difference is having more creative freedom as a solo artist.
“I’m a storyteller. The new EP is basically a collection of stories and thoughts that I’ve accumulated through my experience in music and life. My goal is to share my stories with people who are willing to listen, and hopefully they’ll be able to relate to my songs,” he said.
For this EP, Gabby collaborated with different artists including Buddy Zabala, Raimund Marasigan for his songs Demons and Paalam; Gloc-9 and Cebuano rapper Pain-in-the-Neck for the remix of Ether.
A New Strain is the all around kind as it has a song about being lost and finding your way (Ether), setting aside negativity (Demons), love (Ocean) and letting go of the past (Paalam).
"I hope they take something positive away from this EP. I will always be grateful to all the Urbandub fans, but I hope they continue their journey with me. At the same time, I want to gain new listeners as well."
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