MANILA -- Good song ideas can come from anywhere. Even in just a snap.
Sandwich frontman Raymund Marasigan and hiphop artist Juss Rye were having lunch at the former’s home in Marikina while working on a musical project for the University of the Philippines Integrated School’s basketball team when the latter remarked, “Sayang 'yung project (with a fellow musician) na-diskaril.”
A lightbulb lit inside Marasigan’s head and he promptly volunteered to write a song with rapper KJah, who is a frequent collaborator of Juss Rye.
The duo recently worked on a pair of basketball-themed songs “Puso ng Kampyon” and “Pasa Pasa” (along with Kemikal Ali and Mike Kosa).
“Puso ng Kampyon” featured young basketball players like Kieffer Alas, Christiana Dimaunahan, CJ Cansino, Diego Dario, Immam and Miles Armamento, Chris and Melissa Newsome, Maco Dabao, and the Gomez de Liaño brothers to name a few.
“Inaya ako ni Rayms gumawa ng kanta although may beat na siya,” added KJah to the song’s origins. “Meron na rin hook 'yung paulit-ulit na ‘diskaril’ na maririnig mo sa kanta. Doon sa salita na 'yun iikot ang istorya ng kanta.”
The song, about someone whose life is constantly derailed by love, was recorded in Marasigan’s Marikina home right before the enhanced community quarantine was handed down last March 11.
“Plano namin ilabas ‘ito nung lockdown pero nung pinakinggan namin, ay naisip namin na kailangan nito ng boses ng babaeng mangangawit.”
Enter Yeng Constantino, who Marasigan worked with on three albums to date -- "Lapit," "Metamorphosis," and a yet-untitled new album that hasn’t been released.
“This was just one of those serendipitous moments,” described Marasigan of the trio working on the song. “Yeng was free to do it and everything clicked. We got the right singer to collaborate on this.”
Constantino penned the five-line verse that added a subtle counterpoint to the rapid-fire rap of KJah who gives life to lovelorn.
“Diskaril” is available on Spotify, iTunes, YouTube, Deezer, and Amazon.