Currently promoting his newest album Be With Me under MCA Music, Darren Espanto admitted he enjoyed recording two songs with one of Malaysia’s most successful teen artists Nik Quistina. “It’s nice that two people from different backgrounds were able to make something amazing. I’m so excited about this collaboration. I hope it will lead to more opportunities for me outside the Philippines,” he shared during their joint presscon last June 13 in Ortigas.
Darren said it really helped that he and Nik got in touch with each other before meeting in person for the first time this month when she stayed in the country for three days to shoot their music videos. “We’re from the same record label and they got us together and we heard each other’s songs and we recorded them. We just really liked the way we sounded together. She’s very pretty and yun nga parang the first time we met each other we clicked right away because before meeting each other we were already talking to each other on Instagram and Twitter about the songs. I feel that we were doing that just so when we met we wouldn’t be too awkward as well,” he admitted.
The 16-year-old singer said that what he likes most about Nik is her outgoing personality. “She’s very chill but at the same time she’s also I’d say playful and funny at times. And her passion for music as well. It’s inspiring to others as well,” he said. Although Nik already said that she does not have a crush on Darren, he did not feel hurt by her honesty. “It’s fine because we’re good friends at saka may iba pang panahon para magka-crush sa iba’t ibang tao, ganun lang. Atsaka may kasunduan kami ni mommy na ano daw, huwag muna mag-girlfriend (laughs),” he added.
Darren Espanto’s Be With Me album deluxe edition featuring his collaborations with Nik Quistina is now available at all leading record stores and on digital music platfrms like Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes, and Spinnr.