After announcing the news about her upcoming new album and virtual concert this coming December, singer Gigi De Lana and her bad Gigi Vibes finally released their first original single “Sakalam” last October 8.
“Of course, I’m very happy. Hindi kami bumitaw sa goal namin at gusto namin marating even though before we had different visions and we had different goals. Pero nung nag-sama sama ulit kami, nabuo namin itong ‘Sakalam’ at napakagandang song nito. I’m very happy. Yung puso ko umaapaw ngayon kasi ang dami naming pinagdaanan. We’re not perfect but you still love us for who we are and we are very, very thankful for that. Thank you so much sa lahat ng nagmamahal sa amin,” she shared during their recent virtual press conference.
Written by Gigi Vibes band members Romeo and Erwin, “Sakalam” is a power rock ballad that lyrically tackles a person’s struggle to let go of a broken relationship despite the detachment of her partner.
“Sakalam is kabaliktaran ng malakas. So strong. Kasi recently nung sinulat ni Romeo and ni Erwin itong kanta, sikat yung word na sakalam. I mean sikat yung mga words na binabaliktad. Example idol is lodi, yung mga ganun. So parang naisip namin na imbis na malakas daw, sakalam na lang. Naghahanap sila ng right word na mag-ma-match dun sa chorus. Kasi ang first title dapat nito is Dahilan,” Gigi explained.
As Gigi and her band’s popularity continues to grow, the 26-year-old performer admitted they dream of going on a US tour to meet their fans abroad once it is safe to travel again.
“Gusto talaga namin na as a group makapunta sa US kasi yung mag-pe-perform kayo together na nasa ibang bansa kayo, alam niyo yung iba yung feeling kasi ako first time kong pupunta ng US if ever mangyari yun. So nakaka-excite. Ang sarap na kasama ko sila,” she said.
After going viral for her rendition of “Bakit Nga Ba Mahal Kita” earlier this year, Gigi said she and the Gigi Vibes band will continue to do cover songs even when they start working on their own albums.
“Kasi ang dami naming nagugutsuhang bagong songs ngayon so mag-ko-cover pa rin kami. That won’t stop us. We do our album, we write songs, but we never stop listening to other songwriters na alam din namin na magugustuhan namin and of course talagang gustong gusto din namin yung kanta and di pa kami nakakapag-upload sa YouTube. Kailangan namin ng content (laughs),” she added.
Aside from being the first original song of the newest pop rock diva, “Sakalam” also serves as the first single off her debut full-length album set to drop in 2022. The song is currently listed at the top spot of Spotify Philippines' Fresh Finds playlist. Watch Gigi’s debut single “Sakalam,” out now on various digital music platforms, and watch its music video on ABS-CBN Star Music’s YouTube channel.