Last year, Rico Blanco produced the song “Not For Me” for Maris Racal. Earlier this year, the couple finally went public with their relationship which has a 25-year age gap. Contrary to his low-profile persona when it comes to his personal life in previous years, Rico admitted that he has now become more open when asked about his relationship with Maris.
“I feel kasi also we’re working in this space na she’s doing music, I’m doing music. She’s acting, she’s serious about her craft. So baka doon ako nakahanap ng area na siguro comfortable ako pag-usapan, because it’s not really a private thing, it’s about something that we’re both passionate about and so maybe yun yung window or yun yung doorway para mapag-usapan, yun yung something that might be considered private. I’d like to think that we still keep a lot of things private but we’re also excited to share when it’s about music or it’s about our art. So it’s not really difficult. I’m as surprised as you guys are (laughs),” he shared during the Pinoy Tayo mediacon last September 14.
The 48-year-old singer who is now also the latest to perform Pinoy Big Brother’s official theme song said that not much has changed in his creative process since he first joined the music industry as part of the band Rivermaya in 1994.
“Parang hindi masyado nagbago kasi I’ve always had this studio at home and I’ve always worked this way. Joke nga ng isang kaibigan ko, yung mundo gumaya na raw sa style ko ng pagka-ermitanyo na sa bahay whole production, hindi lumalabas sa mundo. So I didn’t really change but I guess it’s more accepted now so I’m getting a lot more work done kasi tanggap na ng tao na I don’t need to go to the meeting physically,” he explained.
Rico also shared the most challenging thing about working from home right now.
“May challenge pa rin especially pagdating sa session musicians. Ang hirap pa rin nung hindi mo kasama sa isang kuwarto when you’re figuring out if it’s a band kind of song. Ang hirap. Siguro kung pop na arrangement and electronic okay lang. Pero I realized that yung work with band feel or orchestra, ang hirap yung element na yun so I would say nadalian ako sa ibang aspect pero yung ibang aspect naman mas mahirap pa rin.
“Pero I’m thankful naman na kahit papaano there are ways pa rin. Art always finds ways to be expressed. Whether may pandemya yan or may gera or whatever the darkest days of mankind, art will always have a place and the same can be said in this day and age with what we’re going through.
“Yesterday I checked out a Facebook page ng isang session musician na nag-set up na ng drums and recording niya sa kuwarto ng in-laws niya and sabi ko wow this is so amazing. Hindi mo ma-imagine yun before so may konting silver lining. I think pagka ang artist ay binigyan mo ng challenge, nadadagdagan tuloy siya ng skills,” he explained.
Rico Blanco’s single “Pinoy Tayo” is now available for streaming on Spotify, iTunes, Apple Music, YouTube, and on all digital streaming platforms worldwide.