On Tonight with Boy Abunda, Alessandra de Rossi said when her passion for music began in 2006 when she approached producers regarding her music and they told her, “kung gusto mong gumawa ng album, kailangan may pop song, kailangan may dance track.” And this was a problem for Alex because the music she likes is “chill out, ambient, electronic.” Besides, she said, “hindi rin naman ako sumasayaw at hindi rin ako mahilig sa dance music.” The producers then told her, “alam mo kasi walang bibili ng music mo kung ganyan, lalo na dito sa Pilipinas hindi talaga yan yung market.” Alex then decided, “kung wala, ako na lang gagawa tapos hindi ko na lang ibebenta, free download siya.”
So in 2012, Alex came out with her first album and true to her word, the album was free.
Her music video, which is directed by actress Meryl Soriano, is called “Swept Away” and was written in 2012. Alex said that time “gustong-gusto ko magretire, as in gusto ko patayin niyo na si Alessandra De Rossi, hindi ko siya type. Hindi ko siya gusto, kung ano yung ginawa niyo sa akin sa TV.”
She explains that she was always given kontrabida roles. “Kasi lagi lang ako nang-aagaw, nananapak, pumapatay ng tao. Hindi ako ganyan sa ganyan e. Sa totoong buhay hindi ako nagagalit, sobrang chill ako. Sa bahay, walang nagsisigawan wala talaga ….”
So Alex said she asked for a breather and after she did “Swept Away” everything changed. “nung na-record na ang ‘Swept Away,’ ang daming naiba, na-inspire na ako ulit.” She told herself that she would accept all those kontrabida roles and use the money she earns to create songs and music videos.” Suddenly, her being kontrabida served a purpose but then again, “for a very selfish reason kaya bumabawi na lang ako sa indie film.”
Alex said that she’s very proud of her filmography. “Iniingatan ko yun.”
Asked if she is in a relationship with Marc Abaya, her leading man in her music video, Alex said, “hindi talaga. Mag-kaibigan talaga kami. Kami nga yung hindi na kami umabot sa part na magkaibigan, dumiretso na kami sa magkapatid. Ganun.”
Alex’s music remains free and she has no intention of making money from it. “Parang mas tumagal, narealize ko sobrang personal niya pala sa akin, hindi ko siya kayang pagkakitaan.”
Alex has been nominated for a Gawad Urian as Musical Director for her musical score for the movie Water Lemon.
Watch “Swept Away” here