Acoustic balladeer and YouTube star TJ Monterde has officially released his sophomore self-titled album under PolyEast Records. The singer recorded an all-Filipino album this time around.
"I'm more of an advocate for OPM and tsaka personally mas masarap sa puso 'yung tagalog kaya napili kong magsulat ng tagalog songs and especially na may isa akong bisaya song. Di ko lang alam,di ko ma-explain ang sarap magtagalog," he said in an interview at the blogger's conference for his new album.
TJ recorded a track with his girlfriend KZ in the album titled "Ikaw at Ako pa rin." TJ admitted that he was a bit nervous recording the track with KZ initially. "Kasi siyempre dati kanta- anta lang kami kung saan kami pero ngayon professional na 'yung gagawin namin although may experience na man kasi sa recording, medyo kinakabahan pa rin pero it was fun, kulitan lang. It was very natural and I'm so thankful to both labels PolyEast and Star Music dahil pinayagan nila kaming mag-collaborate sa isang song together," he said.
He shared that "Ikaw at Ako pa rin" is his favorite song in the album. "Siyempre 'yung duet namin [kasi] it was personally written."
He shared that the other songs from his new record were inspired by his friends' experiences on love. "It's more of gusto ko kasing magsulat ng masasakit na kanta. Ngayon masaya 'yung puso ko, nahihirapan ako [magsulat ng sad songs] pero more of stories from friends. I talked to my friends a lot lalo na 'yung heartbroken, lagi kong kinakausap 'yun para makuha ko 'yung inputs niya at gawan ko siya ng kanta."
With the achivements of his girlfriend in the music industry, TJ was asked if he is pressured by KZ's success. He responded, "Sort of naman pero I think it depends of the person, with your partner, kasi she never gives me that feeling whenever we're together. She's always supportive and wala akong nafe-feel na ganon. Siguro from other people but from her it's okay. Pero medyo kaunti, may pressure din siyempre."
After the release of his album, what does he plan to do next? "Of course pangarap kong magka concert kahit na acoustic concert lang. I'm fine with it, sana."
TJ is set to have an album launch on May 22, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. at the Eton Centris Walk.