"A lot of times in the process of improving we tend to forget the person that we are at the moment and I feel like that its so important to acknowledge and appreciate yourself in the present as well." - Jeremy
When did you realize music was your passion?
Jeremy: "My first memory of music was when I was four years old. I taught myself how to play piano I just always had this wanting and need and desire to learn whatever I hear, so the piano was my gateway into recreating those sounds. I didn't start singing probably until I was an early teenager and I didn't start playing guitar until I was 16. Piano has always been my first love."
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What are some chellenges you've faced pursuing music?
Jeremy: "One challenge I faced was having to leave my family. I have a younger brother at home who is disabled and cannot walk, talk, or hear very well so it was difficult to be far from him. Another challenge I faced was a fear of people not accepting my identity as a Filipino-American and overall not feeling good enough. I was also afraid to give control to people with my music because I didn't want my message as an artist to be lost."
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How did you overcome those challenges?
Jeremy: "I had to hone in and realize who I was. I decided that I wasn't going to be another version of another person. I had to realize that my pull is my songwriting, my message, and my stories. That's all me at the end of the day you know? My stories and my experiences are the unique aspects that I bring to my music. By staying as an independent artist, I feel that I can stay true to myself as a performer and story teller."
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What is sharing a message important in your music?
Jeremy: "Outside of the entertainment side of it all, everybody has their outlets. Personally for me, if the crowd was gone and there was no fame or anything like that, I'd still be loving music. So I feel that if you are blessed with platform and people are able to listen to what you create, it is so important that you are able to share your honest messages and what comes from the heart. I want to write songs that help people really cherish and honor their relationships that they're in. It's me being able to share my store and people feeling connected to that story and be able to take something deeper and apply it to something in their life."
How do you relate to KFKF's mission of self love on the journey to progress?
Jeremy: "I really resonate with the KFKF community in a musical sense as well as that of fitness. I always want to be a better version of myself but not forgetting who I am right now. That's what I really love about KFKF. A lot of times in the process of improving we tend to forget the person that we are at the moment and I feel like that its so important to acknowledge and appreciate yourself in the present as well. It's about being present. It's so easy for us to look at other artists lives and wish things looked like theirs. Yes it's good to have goals of course but it's important to not forget who you are at the moment. I love the KFKF motto; enjoying life and who you are today while still striving for more."
Okay last question, if you had to describe your music as a food, what would it be?
Jeremy: "Haha, I've never had this question asked before, dude that is tough haha. Maybe a uhm Boston cream donut haha? Just because the consistency of a Boston cream on the inside is kind of smooth, but I'm also like brown so haha!"
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