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Christian Bautista reinvents his musical style with his first international album, 'Outbound'

Christian Bautista says it's about time he try a different brand of music with 'Outbound.'



11/3/2011 9:27 AM
Christian Bautista reinvents his musical style with his first international album, 'Outbound'

110311-christian_main.jpgInspired by his successful acting stint via The Kitchen Musical, Christian Bautista has decided to mix his usual ballads with more upbeat songs in his first international album, Outbound. At his recent album launch, the dashing balladeer surprised the local press when he performed several dance numbers to complement his catchy tunes. “Yung sinayaw ko na beat? Dalawang linggo ko inaral, ‘di ko talaga makuha. Pero nung nakuha ko na yung steps, sobrang na-enjoy ko. Na-realize ko na, pwede pala. Kasi dati whenever I am asked if I would venture into dancing, automatic reaction ko, ‘No way, magtawanan na lang tayo.’ Pero ngayon, after Kitchen Musical, pwede pala.

Thanks to his Singapore-based producer Tat Tong, Christian was able to come up with contemporary songs. After nine years of performing ballads, the 28-year-old said that it’s about time he explore different avenues in his craft. “Through email sinabi ko sa kanya that I’m coming up with a new album. He gave me one song. After that, we liked it, so we asked for three more. Because of that, parang na-inspire ako na baka our direction is going somewhere new. Hindi naman tumiwalag [sa pagiging balladeer ko], pero medyo nag-sideline lang. For some people, you see this with Gary Valenciano and Sam Concepcion, doing the same thing. But here I am, trying a different path.”

Asked if he’s planning to leave his career in the Philippines to focus on making a name in the international music scene, Christian simply replied, “Ang sagot ko diyan ganito, I will always be Filipino, I’m proudly Filipino. Medyo napapa-Ingles lang ako because I go around, I travel to other countries a lot. Leaving the Philippines? No. I’m bringing the Philippines to them. That’s what I’m going to do. Para pandagdag for Filipino pride in other nation.” He added that he’s just following the likes of Charice, Arnel Pineda, and Apl de Ap. “Dito sa Asia, I’m just glad na unti-unti [akong] nakilala. Yun din naman ang goal e, na sana makilala ang OPM artists sa ibang bansa.”

Is he worried that he might be unfairly accused of trying to be a K-pop wannabe with his new music? “We’re not trying to be K-Pop or J-Pop. We’re trying something new by collaborating with different international producers. Na baka makabuo tayo ng sarili nating brand sa Philippines. We'll see.”

Check out a video of Christian performing “All That’s Left” via @Push_mina’s Twitter update: http://www.twitvid.com/QFJOV