‘JUST THE BEGINNING’ | R&B artist Jason Dhakal promises more music in the future

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As a Filipino growing up in Oman, Middle East, music was a far cry from what Jason Dhakal imagined his career would be. He said his family suggested he pursue something more practical like a doctor or a computer scientist, but never an artist, as there is a collective belief that to pursue the arts is to pursue oneself.

“When I was growing up, I never thought being an artist was achievable, you know,” the 22-year-old artist admitted in a recent interview with SoundStrip.

Although he wasn’t involved in any music clubs in high school, he started putting his creative ideas on paper, writing music that resonated in his mind, and making sure other people listened to him. would hear in the future.

“I started writing songs when I was 15, then I realized maybe it was doable, so I kept doing it,” he said.

He and his family moved back to the Philippines when he was 16, and from there he started looking for the right listeners who could help him make his musical pursuits a reality.

Jason added that he was also driven by their financial issues, so he had to find a way to make money from what he had – music.

He shared, “There was a time when we had financial problems at home…and I thought I had to make some money somehow, you know? So I really tried. I remember when I started messaging every label here in the Philippines or anybody.

In 2019, he signed with Warner Music Philippines. Record label 88rising also included it in their rising paradiseThe first mixtape of , along with fellow local artists Kiana V, Fern. and Leila Alcasid.

For now, Jason still has a long way to go. But so far, the music he’s released resonates deeply with his creativity, which is clearly evident in his recent neo-soul single, “Can’t Get Enough.”

“can’t get enough” begins softly with sensual lyricism about the “softness of her skin”, establishing the sense of tactility. But he smoothly transitions to an “all-out” neo-soul tempo, proving that his genre as an artist is mostly R&B.

Although Jason has shared that his inspiration comes primarily from Mariah Carey, Erykah Badu and Amy Winehouse, his songs also resonate with the same poetics as Frank Ocean with his deep lyricism about queer love and neo-soul music.

Jason admitted that “can’t get enough” is the perfect song that echoes his own personal life.

“I’m really happy with that,” he said, reflecting on his new single. “The quality seems more than different from my other previous work, and I’m very happy [because] he feels like the most “me” right now.

Yes, Jason has been around for a while and has been releasing music for three years, including albums, night in and love soundrespectively in 2018 and 2020. In these albums, the R&B artist was able to collaborate with other local artists dot.jaime, LUSTBASS, crwn and Cavill.

When asked who he would like to collaborate with in the future, Jason named Jake Zyrus.

“I want to collaborate with Jake Zyrus,” he said. “I really like Jake Zyrus. He’s someone I would really like to work with.”

Jason added that he also wanted to work with Sitti Navarro because he loved her song “Para Sa Akin”.

Jason Dhakal went far from writing songs at 15 to signing with a major record label in 2019. Still, the 22-year-old artist insists he’s only at the start of what he hopes will be a very fruitful musical career.

“This is just the beginning,” Jason said. “I’m just getting started now. There’s so much more in store and I’m excited to show you. I’m really grateful to show all these things. (With interview by Edwin P. Sallan)

Released and distributed by Warner Music Philippines, “can’t get enough” is now available on all major streaming platforms.

Image credits: Warner Music

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