Musician-turned-TV host Tutti Caringal says it has always been his dream to talk in front of many people.
Musician Tutti Caringal shared that he was very excited when ABS-CBN offered him the chance to co-host Music Uplate Live with Yeng Constantino because finally, he will get the chance to fulfill his long-time passion of hosting. “Napansin kong madaldal talaga ako. Hilig ko talaga magsalita. Before pa ako magbanda pangarap ko nang mag-DJ o VJ. Nasa dugo ko na yata ang hosting, even hosting events, party, debut, kasal. Natural na sa akin ang magsalita.”
As the drummer for band 6CycleMind and vocalist of his own group Protein Shake, Tutti’s only adjustment in doing Uplate was the midnight time slot of the program. “Parang call center na graveyard shift. Umaga na perong gising na gising ka pa. By the time you get home ang hirap na matulog,” he said. But so far Uplate has not yet affected his commitments to his two bands. “Kapag weekdays bihira kami magka-gigs. Kung meron man nakakaabot pa rin ako sa Uplate kasi hindi naman talaga inaabot ng midnight ‘yung gigs namin. Good thing na magfi-fill in na sa amin sina Nicolehiyala at Christsuper every Fridays kasi tuwing Friday usually madami kaming gigs at out of town.”
Tutti also dispelled rumors that his mates from the two bands are beginning to feel insecure with his growing popularity brought by Uplate. He said that his band mates acknowledge what his newfound TV career can contribute to their music. “It was our manager’s decision and they didn’t mind kasi it works for the band’s advantage na nakikita ako ng mga tao sa TV. Tumatatak talaga sa isip ng mga tao ‘yung 6CycleMind at Protein Shake.”
Other local bands have members who have ventured into mainstream showbiz like Mark Abaya of Kjwan, Kean Cipriano of Callalily, Champ Lui Pio of Hale, and former Rivermaya front man Rico Blanco, who will be part of the cast of the upcoming John Lloyd Cruz-Angel Locsin fantaserye Imortal, to name only a few. Does Tutti have plans of also trying out acting like his fellow musicians? “I’m really not thinking about ‘yung mga ganyan for now. I’m still enjoying my stint as host for Music Uplate Live. But at the same time I’m not closing my doors on whatever will come my way. If the opportunity comes, why not? Maraming naga-aspire to be in showbiz, sayang naman kung ako ite-turn down ko lang. Let’s see what will happen.”
For now, Tutti is enjoying his job as co-host of Uplate wherein they usually invite unsigned and up-and-coming artists to perform. “The good thing about our show is we don’t limit ourselves sa mga kilalang banda. We also invite unsigned bands and musicians. Important kasi na we always look for new talents para may mga bagong napapanood ang mga tao na magagaling din naman.”