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Hi Gioia, welcome to LA Music Review! Tell us a little bit about you and your music.
An independent singer-songwriter from Cavite, Gioia de Asis…
debuted with the single Paskong Malamig in 2018 and followed it with her first full-length album Homecoming Kisses at the beginning of 2019. Bannered by the upbeat Unsaid Feelings, the record introduces 10 songs she wrote during her high school years, along with the original version of Float serving as a bonus track.
In the beginning of 2020, she released a new version of her title track Homecoming Kisses (2020 Remix). She would follow it up four months later with her most successful song so far, the 2-minute long Something You’ll Never Know about a crush she had in her final year of senior high school. On her 22nd birthday, she surprise released a rerecording of Homecoming Kisses track Like You (2023 Version) in a quest to provide listeners with a better listening quality than the original 2019 release.
Start streaming “all these songs were written just for you” here:
Congrats on the release! What was your inspiration when you were writing this project?
I never really thought I would be able to write new music at all.
Released April 20, 2023. It’s been four years since my first album Homecoming Kisses and about two years since Something You’ll Never Know was first released, so I kind of gave up and thought “I’d just go back to studying.”
I came back to begin my junior year September of last year, then I had this wonderful professor who seemed so meek and kind. I was reckless and submitted this assignment one time detailing something very personal to me. Some time after that, we had our midterms on his subject and I was in visible distress the entire time. I remember every single detail that happened during that exam. When our first round of exams were finished (I still have one more exam the following week that happened to be a back subject he was teaching), I began writing the lead single “omnipotent”. And then another song, and another song until there were six.
I also had two more songs that I wrote years prior and fit the vibe I was going for, so I decided to include them, making eight tracks. All these were written in just the span of a single month, which is just incredible. It happened so fast.
I never thought I’d be able to make a song, let alone an entire album in just a month.
What is your vision for this song? What lessons would you like to impart with your audience?
The album’s original title was “A Little Miracle”. I initially envisioned it to be this darker record than my debut album Homecoming Kisses thanks to its lead single “omnipotent”.
The more I wrote songs, the more it shaped to become this long list of things I wanted to tell somebody who just felt out of reach to me. It’s a product of hesitations, admiration and regret and unsaid feelings. It just wrote itself, I guess.
I don’t really have a lesson for my listeners other than…don’t be like me. Don’t be reckless. Just…don’t.
What is your favorite part of this body of work?
A lot. I had a lot of fun writing this entire album, which is a first. Every song I finish felt like an achievement. It’s even better because I did everything by myself—from the songwriting to composing to making the teasers and the album cover to promoting. It was honestly the most rewarding thing I’ve done last year.
Anything else we should know about it? Future releases?
This is just the first half!
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