WITH Filipinos’ love for music, it is really safe to say that music is one of the most powerful modes of communicating emotion to other people.
We had been listening to different types of music. For Marvin Blue Corpus, a local musician from Koronadal City, music is more than self-expression. It is also a way for him to inspire other young musicians like himself to create more music and for Mindanaoan music to be made known nationwide.
Marvin’s love for music started when he was still in high school. He used to play at a band and won band tournaments. He was still 15 years old then, very shy and saw music as a means to somehow get rid of his shyness and to connect with other people. Along the way, he started writing his own songs with the realization that if he continues to play and perform songs by other artists, his passion for music will remain stagnant.
A few years ago, he heard about the 5th Elements Singing Songwriting Camp, a nationwide camp where distinguished musicians and artists come to mentor young musicians. Out of the 13,000 participants from the whole country, he was among the 60 applicants who got in. He was also one of the first persons to be qualified from Mindanao. Among the mentors in the camp where he learned a lot from were Ryan Cayabyab, Gerard Salonga, Raimund Marasigan, Gab Alipe of Urbandub, NyoyVolante, Noel Cabangon, and Chito Miranda. Marvin felt really blessed to be able to meet and be mentored by musicians whose music he just used to listen to while growing up.
“I got the chance to bond with them for 7 days, learning their secrets, and stories on how to be successful with their music career. That was when I realized music is really for me,” Marvin shared.
There had been a lot of mentors who inspired Marvin in his journey but he was particularly thankful with the four musicians he met. Through Cayabyab, he learned how music can heal someone, how it can control emotions, and how it can help change an individual, community, or even the entire nation just by the songs they write. Marvin would also not forget how Garry Granada taught them to be humble wherever their music career would take them.
Marasigan taught him to never stop learning even when they had reached so much. Marvin said he learned songwriting tips from Jungee Marcelo such as writing the chorus or the hook of the song before anything.
The Elements Singing Songwriting Camp turned out to be a pivotal moment for Marvin’s career. Together with some musicians he met during his journey, Vinkay Agno and Denmark Bulan, they decided to create the Mindanao Music Camp in 2015.
“In this camp, we teach people of Mindanao how to write songs, how to compose, how to produce, and how to make your own music videos. Whatever we learned at the Elements Camp, we teach at the Mindanao Music Camp. We have the vision to turn Mindanao into a known music industry hub like Luzon,” Marvin said.
The first camp was held in Tacurong City February of last year, followed by Koronadal City on April 2016, and in Davao City on July 2016. Just last March 4-5 this year, a Mindanao Music Camp was held in General Santos City.
During these camps, they were very glad for the presence of their invited distinguished musicians as Cayabyab, Davey Langit (composer of "The Selfie" song with Jamich), Gab Alipe, Marlon Barnuevo (composer of Parang Tayo Pero Hindi), Thyro and Yumi (composer of James Reid and Nadine Lustre songs), and Ebe Dancel of Sugarfree among the many other popular musicians and composers.
“Through the Mindanao Music Camp, the music in Mindanao will someday be in the mainstream,” said Marvin.
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on March 18, 2017.
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