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Juan Karlos Labajo on staying away from the limelight: ‘Marami akong awards na hindi tinanggap’

‘Pagod Na Ako’ music producer Juan Karlos Labajo talks about his latest collaboration and why he doesn’t believe in being in competition with other artists.

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Rhea Manila Santos

Twitter: @allaboutmanila

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11/16/2021 10:11 AM
Juan Karlos Labajo on staying away from the limelight: ‘Marami akong awards na hindi tinanggap’
Photo credit to @jklabajo_official Instagram

Even after the announcement that he was the producer behind Janine Berdin’s newly released single “Pagod Na Ako”, Juan Karlos Labajo denied that the collaboration is his comeback of sorts in the industry.

“No actually. I’m just really enjoying my time. I don’t know. I guess marami lang iba’t ibang bagay, there’s so many things going on internally that has to be taken cared of especially when it comes to paper and everything like that, like contracts and what not. I’m just enjoying my time really. I don’t have any specific comeback, ganito ganyan or JK is back. Wala naman akong planong ganun. So hindi,” he said during the Pagod Na Ako mediacon last November 15. 

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At just 20 years old, the “Buwan” singer said he is not one to appreciate accolades and awards which is why he preferred to step out of the limelight and concentrate on music. Juan Karlos also admitted he does not feel being aligned with other power players in the music industry.

“It feels nice but at the same time I don’t like it. Parang if you try to compare me to all of the actual legends in the OPM industry, I’ve made nothing but a dot in this vast circle. So it’s nice but I guess I’m not really into accolades and names. Marami akong awards na hindi tinanggap actually. Because back then dadrama drama ako so feeling ko napaka-cool pag hindi mo tanggapin yung awards. Which nagalit si lola. ‘Bakit di mo tinanggap yung mga awards mo? Para sa akin yun,’ sabi ni lola.

“And the reasoning behind that was because I wasn’t doing it for any of those things eh. I wasn’t making music for the sole purpose of being called Asia’s next singing guy or the next total performer or whatever. I’m not after those things eh. It’s really all about again being able to execute the ideas that I have and being able to put out the thing that I want to put out and share with the people.”

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After writing his hit song “Buwan” which was released in 2018, Juan Karlos shared what his process is as an artist.

“Once I release something in public, that’s not my song anymore. That’s the people’s song. So for example ‘Buwan’ is the Filipino people’s song. It’s everyone’s song. And that’s what makes me happy kasi I look back and I see how people are consuming and listening to ‘Buwan’ and the songs that I made and that’s it. That really makes me happy. Not the awards and not the special names. Gawin na lang nilang pera yun mas matutuwa pa ako (laughs),” he admitted. 

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After working with Tawag ng Tanghalan champion Janine Berdin this year, Juan Karlos said he also has projects other local artists currently in the works. “I have lots of other collaborations na hindi ko puwede sabihin kailangan may pa-surprise effect, ganun (laughs),” he added.