Zild from IV of Spades, releases a new song, Kyusi, that will take you back to simpler days. With his unstoppable quest to find his own thing, he brings his music to its roots; a memory from his first love.
Without a doubt, the times are oft-confusing and challenging, and the past year has seen more than a fair share of trials and tribulations anywhere and everywhere. And understandably, there are those who quit, fold to the pressure and there are those—like singer/songwriter Zild—who thrive and reveal an unmatched focus and productivity like no other.
Last February 10, Zild released his latest single, Kyusi. As he describes, “it’s a song that takes me back to my 18-year-old self, experiencing teenage love for the very first time.”
The track is a steady, pulsating combination of dreamy harmonies with layers of lush vocals and organic layers – compared to his previous electronic/synthesizer-flavored sound. When asked if the song’s goal was to feel nostalgic, Zild says, “Wala naman siyang goal nung una. Yun pala, subconsciously, gusto kong balikan yung times na bago pa lahat yung mga emotions.”
This new perspective of Zild was something he was afraid of telling at first. With the sudden hiatus of his band, IV of Spades, he decided to take a more personal route where he can fully express himself. “For the past five years, puro tungkol lang sa banda yung ginagawa ko. Ngayon, nare-revisit ko na kung sino talaga ako na walang kasamang ibang tao,” he details. “Dine-define ko kasi dati yung sarili ko sa isang theme o isang concept, sa isang unit… ngayon parang, kung sino lang talaga ako.“
Zild shares that the message of the song was about acceptance. “Diba nga binabalikan ko yung mga firsts? Bukod sa nostalgia, tungkol din siya sa acceptance sa isang tao na hindi niya kailangan baguhin kung sino siya,” he said.
First dates are tough and leaving an impression matters, Zild addresses. “Human nature naman siya na parang mas maging presentable. Mas maging cool or pretty. Okay naman yun, pero naranasan ko kasi na mismo siya, hindi kumakain ng french fries sa harap ko,” he said, smiling at the memory. “Kaya naisip ko, hindi mo kailangan baguhin kung sino ka.”
The release of Kyusi is the first in a series of new singles released every two weeks culminating in a full-length album under Rico Blanco’s Balcony Entertainment label and management group.
“Parang kaibigan na rin talaga yung tingin ko sakanya,” Zild says as he talks about his newfound mentor and ally, Rico Blanco, whom he says is a chill person who doesn’t force him to a sound that isn’t like him. He said that the most important lesson Rico taught him was to just enjoy music. “Minsan kasi parang big deal siya [song writing]. Nakakalimutan mo minsan na kid ka lang. Siguro yun yung pinakamagandang advice na dadalhin ko.”
As for the return of IV of Spades, he says that the band doesn’t have any plans to get back together just yet. “Wala kaming plan. Focus muna kami sa sarili namin,” he nods.