With numerous singers joining reality-singing competitions today to break into the industry, Erik Santos remarked that though he feels threatened, he’s confident of his stature as this country’s balladeer. “Siyempre [I’m threatened] naman lalo na pag may balladeers akong nakikita sa mga singing contests. Medyo, baka mamaya pag sumikat sila mawala ako. Pero kumbaga ‘yun lang ‘yun unang iniisip ko pero bilang being in the business for 10 years kahit papaano na nakakanta na rin ng maraming theme songs, I think, I believe na medyo na established ko rin naman ‘yung pangalan ko as a singer,” he said.
Erik relayed that his goal is to be an icon and that he will continually share his music to his audience as long as he can. “Mas maganda niyan kung meron mang darating na bagong balladeer nandiyan pa rin ako, ‘yun ‘yung goal ko naman talaga to be iconic, I want to be an icon, to stay in the business as long as gusto nila akong makita sa concert, nandito pa rin ako para sa kanila,” he said.
As he celebrates his tenth year in the business, Erik is gearing up for a concert this November 9, 2013 at the PICC. He said that he is thankful for a decade full of triumphs. “Siyempre sobra akong thankful, sobra akong grateful, napakasaya ko na dahil magse-celebrate na ako ng 10 years sa industriya.”
On the biggest lesson he has learned during his 10-year journey as a singer, he shared, “Dapat focus ka lang kung ano ‘yung career pathing mo, dapat makinig ka sa team na nagplaplano ng career mo kasi naniniwala ako kasi pag ang career-pathing mo kung singer ka dapat i-solidify mo ‘yun, dapat ma-establish mo ‘yun na singer ka bago ka mag-branch out.”
With his batch mates also gearing up for their respective concerts, Erik urged the public to support and join all them in celebrating such milestones on their career. “Nauna na si Christian (Bautista), ngayon naman magkakasayabay kami nila Jed (Madela) at ni Sarah (Geronimo), sobra akong kinabahan din dahil ang dami kong kasabay and I’m hoping na lahat kami ay suportahan ng tagahanga namin at ng mga walang sawang sumusuporta sa amin sa loob ng sampung taon.”