If her career as a musical artist has always been clear, Marion Aunor does not hesitate to make a few detours along the way if it meant further enriching her creativity.
“I am focused on my goals, but I am always open to the different opportunities that may present themselves to me,” said the singer-songwriter, when asked if playing the part was something she’s done. would like to continue. “What I’ve realized is that there are times when life takes you down other paths that may actually be right for you. Or they may end up helping you achieve your initial goals.
Marion has been given roles in the 2021 films “Revirginized” and “Kaka” and is expected to do more to better understand the craft. “I was also selected in upcoming projects by directors Darryl Yap and Ruel Naval. It’s something I’ve always wanted to do and now it’s happening, ”she said at a recent virtual conference.
Writing movie soundtracks, on the other hand, is more in its wheelhouse. But it can also be difficult, she said, especially if the initial material is scarce.
“I usually have to watch the movies first, but sometimes you just get the script. Or the director says, “That’s what the story is. In this case, you have no choice. You can’t waste your time waiting for inspiration to strike. You should be able to find songs from other people’s stories, ”she said.
His own music
This is where her Masters course in Songwriting from Berklee College of Music comes in handy.
“What I noticed afterwards is that my writing has become more structured, and it comes more easily to me. When you’re young, you’re excited and you have lots of ideas. But even if they are good, in terms of sound, writing commercial songs is always different, ”said Marion, who is the originator of the theme songs for the films“ The Day After Valentine’s ”and“ Just a Stranger ”.
Because composing songs for films and other musical artists has kept her busy in recent years, she hasn’t been able to release a sequel to her self-titled 2015 album. This year, she is focusing on her own. music.
Marion’s new single, “Kama”, which will be part of her next album, exudes its usual “hugot”, but this time with a more electronic sound. “I have already started working on the new album and I plan to release a few more singles that will lead to it. There are a lot of pop and electronic elements, which I love,” she said.
Written during the pandemic, the song is about losing someone and wondering if you miss that person in return. “I decided to go for this sweet song because I thought maybe people felt lonely, nostalgic, thoughtful,” she said. “There is also a bit of sensuality in there. “
In the wings
But what makes “Kama” even more special is that this is the first song released on Marion’s own sub-label, Wild Dream Records, which she directs with Viva Records.
Marion, who has been in the business for eight years now, enjoys working behind the scenes as much as she enjoys playing. And so having her own label, she thought, was a natural next step.
“I have been writing and producing music for myself and others for quite some time now. I always wanted to have a label. I thought it would happen later in life, but I am grateful that the opportunity presented itself, ”said Marion, adding that she will be working closely with Viva, who will guide her in the business side of management. of a label. “I’m just starting out and they already know the ins and outs. “
His goal for Wild Dream is to find and encourage young artists to “pursue their passions in an authentic way”. “Now I’m looking for new artists who share my vision. I am also developing others. I just want to put out some great music and find some fresh, unique sounds, ”she said. “I am a dreamer who dreams wildly. Do what makes you happy because life is short.
The hottest entertainment news straight to your inbox
Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to access The Philippine Daily Inquirer and over 70 titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download from 4 a.m. and share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.