After recently launching his new album The Erik Santos Collection, Erik Santos admitted that he wants to be able to leave a lasting mark on the music industry as well as start his own family. “As I grow and enter my second decade in the industry, siyempre I want to eventually I want to have my own family na kasi siyempre medyo nasa marrying age na rin ako. Dun yun sa personal side naman, sa career I want to be iconic. I want to reach the stature of Martin (Nievera) and Gary V. (Valenciano) na until now nandiyan pa rin sila. I want to be called an icon siguro ten years from now, sarap nun eh. Yung parang na-maintain mo yung career mo for 10, 20, 30 years. That’s something na ise-celebratei People come and go in show business pero how you sustain your career is still the name of the game,” he said during his presscon held last July 11 at Max’s restaurant in Quezon City.
The 30-year-old singer said his new album is full of his top hits. “It’s a collection of all my theme songs sa teleseryes at movies, all the things that I have recorded sa loob ng sampung taon. Sinakto lang namin yung 30 na songs. It’s a 2 CD album. So from ‘It Might Be You’ to ‘Muling Buksan Ang Puso’ nandito,” he said.
Apart from that, he is also working on another album that will mark a lot of changes in his musical career. “It’s going to be a new sound kasi it’s going to be my reinvention as a singer. So mahirap naman pong sasabihin ko na yung konsepto pero new sound siya, hindi siya yung the usual na ginagawa ko for ten years na birit, them songs, ganyan ganyan. Different form what I’ve been doing for ten years. Ibig sabihin, kapag kinompare mo lahat ng albums ko, lahat ng kanta ko dun sa ire-record ko this time, iba siya,” he said.
Despite the new sound, Erik said he will never veer away from doing ballads. “Of course hindi. That’s my core. I believe that if you’re a balladeer, balladeer ka talaga,” he added.
When it comes to ballads, Erik said he is inspired to listen to different kinds of music right now. Currently, he admits to admiring an American Idol winner the most. “Si Philip Philips. Ang ganda ng album niya. Actually iba ibang genre yung pinapakinggan ko. I like the new album of Michael Buble, then si Philip Philips,” he revealed.
The talented singer also shared his upcoming plans for his ten-year celebration in showbiz. “Siyempre nag-launch na kami nung album ko, this is my gift to my fans. Kung makikita niyo, it’s a two CD album tapos yung lahat ng kanta kilala lahat and it’s only P250 kasi gusto namin maging affordable siya sa fans. Pangalawa, I’ll be having a tour on August and September in the U.S then yung culmination would be my tenth year concert, November 9 meron akong big concert that will happen in PICC Plenary Hall,” he said.
Erik admitted he is proud of his body of work which is reflected in his newest offering to his fans. “It’s a representation of my ten years in the business. So since medyo nakilala nga ako sa paggawa ng theme songs, ito yung kumabaga ginawa naming album for my ten year celebration. Pinakamahal kong song dito yung ‘Pagbigyan Muli’ kasi it was my first single from my very first album so nag-number one siya for 20 weeks sa radio. For me parang ang daming achievements nung kanta,” he said.