Meet Derrick Sepnio, a Filipino-born producer, songwriter, and guitarist who has worked with some of the best artists in Mainland China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong. So if you’ve heard of Khalil Fong, Jane Zhang, Bibi Zhou, Fiona Sit, Tia Ray, A-Lin, and ABAO, let us tell you this: Derrick has produced some of their chart-topping hits.
But who is Derrick? Well, for one, if you like listening to songs that seamlessly hopscotch across different genres, then you must definitely look for his music now and give them listen.
“My own music is very eclectic since I have been producing/writing in many different genres,” he told PUSH in an exclusive interview.
Although it’s every artist’s goal to achieve commercial success, Derrick wants to look beyond that and convey himself through his music.
“When It comes time to releasing my own music I felt like I can finally convey something that’s 100% me and not have to overthink since this is not a commercial project,” he said.
Having achieved success in the MandaPop scene, Derrick admitted he couldn’t be more grateful to be able to work with international artists.
“I feel super blessed even though I’m still so far away from my goal. I definitely want to produce more international artists and also keep working on my own thing,” he said.
On the kind of welcome he received from the MandaPop scene, he reiterated how blessed he is considering he was given the chance to work with the artists he looked up to growing up.
“Honestly, [I] gotta use the same word ‘blessed’ again! I have worked with most of the artists I grew up listening to and became friends with them,” he said.
He went on: “Music is a universal language. It’s so cliche to say but it really brings people together. Honestly I have seen that many times. Language is never a barrier, exploring the beauty of an unknown is always so rewarding, like you are traveling without traveling physically.”
While a lot of artists draw inspiration from the music of their fellow artists, Derrick said he’s more drawn to Netflix shows like Dark which made an impact on his music over the past two years.
“I‘m more influenced by visual stuff these days like a movie or a Netflix series. The Netflix series Dark has inspired my sound a lot these two years,” he stated.
While he hasn’t been up to date with the artists from the Original Pinoy Music (OPM) scene, he said he is definitely looking forward to working with Filipino artists in the future.
“I would loveeee to do collaborate with some Filipino artists. Filipino can singggggggg,” he said.
Talking about his first-ever instrumental single “XXIII,” he said: “To be honest I had a hard time putting this song into a specific genre. For the whole time, I was trying to paint the picture in my head with whatever sonic tools I had to document my feelings toward the documentary ddThe Last Dance.”
Meanwhile, Derrick said he is looking forward to visiting the Philippines soon. “Right away when the pandemic is over,” he remarked.
Leaving a message for his Pinoy fans, he said: “Can’t wait to visit, and hopefully we can chat over a beer in El Nido.”