Interview with artist and songwriter Onarsé

Frank Ocean influenced the rhythm and the flow of how I should write, structure, compose and perform my music.

What got you into music?
Music has always been a big part of my life. I come from a Filipino family and we Filipinos love karaoke so much. Like, literally, even if we had funerals we had karaoke. But my love for music didn’t develop until I began writing my own poems and lyrics when I was about 10 years old. Don’t get me wrong, I love to perform and sing my own songs rather than do covers of other artist’s, but I consider myself more of a songwriter. I say that simply because I love being able to tell a story through music; as well as be able to be artistic and dramatic with how I want to tell my story.

Who has inspired you in your life and why?
One of my biggest inspiration in life (in order) definitely has to be Mariah Carey, Jhene Aiko and Frank Ocean. Now, the reason I say that is because Mariah Carey is the reason I love music and learned the technical aspects of it all. However, the moment I found out she wrote her own music, I was so inspired to be just like her and began writing my own music using the same structure as she used. Then I stumbled upon Jhene Aiko’s music and loved how poetic she was; she also started my love for the way I sing and perform my music. Finally, Frank Ocean influenced the rhythm and the flow of how I should write, structure, compose and perform my music. Honestly speaking, Frank ocean was the cherry on top for what’s made my music the way it is today; him, along with Mariah and Jhene, are the reason my music has that distinctive Onarsé sound to it.

Which musician would you like to collab with in the future?

Oh Lord, I answer this question with the same artist… every time. Frank Ocean. Inevitably. I’m honestly just glad he exists, like, I’d literally be his maid if he allowed me to be.

What do you feel is the best song you’ve got?

I feel like the best song I’ve got are the songs I’m yet to create. You know what I mean? Maybe not? But let me explain. I’m still developing my signature sound and constantly learning, so as of this moment, although I’m proud of the music I have released now, I have a feeling from the universe or somewhere that I need to be patient until the time comes where perfection is achieved. I don’t know how long, but it’ll come. Sooner or later. It always does.

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