Even before he first visited Manila in 1998 to perform with his band The Moffats which composed of his siblings Scott, Clint and Bob, Dave Moffat said he has always been fond of the Philippines and his loyal fans here. The Canadian singer recently shared his cover version of Yeng Constantino’s OPM hit “Ikaw” which was first released in 2014.
“Covering ‘Ikaw’ was my idea! I heard the song when I visited the Philippines in 2017 and thought it was beautiful. I didn’t know what it meant at the time, but the melody and emotion of the song connected with me,” he told PUSH in an exclusive interview.
Dave said performing “Ikaw” is the first time to sing a Tagalog song and is his way of showing gratitude to his fans for more than two decades now.
“I have never sung in Tagalog before. But I wanted to show the Moffatt fans in the Philippines how much I appreciate their continuous support over the past 20 years. This is my first cover in Tagalog and my second cover in general. I only just started a YouTube channel where I cover songs that I love. Since I play piano, I made ‘Ikaw’ into a piano version, which is the basis for all my covers. I really just tried to sing it as though it was my song. Every artist has their own interpretation of things, and I hope that’s what came through,” he explained.
After sharing his cover on social media, Dave was happy for all the positive feedback he’s been getting, not just from fans but also from the song’s composer and original singer Yeng Constantino who called Dave’s version “beautiful.”
“I thought the song was beautiful hearing it for the first time. My friend translated the lyrics for me before I sang it so I understood the meaning of the song which helped me connect with the vocal. Love is universal connecting everyone on this planet,” he said.
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Even with the world still dealing with an ongoing pandemic, Dave said he tries to keep productive with recording and singing.
“I have been holding up as best as can be expected. I pray for everyone to stay safe and careful until this moment of difficulty is behind us all,” he said.
Because of the moral support he has continually received from Pinoys worldwide, Dave looks forward to learning to perform more Tagalog songs.
“With every visit to the Philippines I pick up as much Tagalog as I can so I knew some Tagalog before I covered ‘Ikaw’. It's a beautiful language and it lends itself to music very well. I have a lot of Tagalog songs on my Spotify playlists. I have a few songs in Tagalog that I have in my list for cover ideas. But I don't want to give too much away because I want it to be a surprise for the Filipinos!” he added.