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Inigo Pascual on inspiration and working with Grammy-nominated artists

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The "Catching Feelings" remix is done by reggae producer Bimwala featuring Samoan artist J Boog, whose collaborations have been nominated for Best Reggae Album at the Grammy Awards twice. Screenshot from INIGO PASCUAL/YOUTUBE

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines Life) — Actor and singer Inigo Pascual has been enjoying a successful career as a crossover artist. One of his biggest hits, “Dahil Sa’yo” has garnered 50 million plays on Spotify. His collaboration with Moophs, “Catching Feelings,” (released under Tarsier Records) is now close to 10 million streams of Spotify with over 100,000 dance covers on social media.

Pascual recently released a remix of the song, which goes for a more island vibe — a perfect closer to a year where we’re all in dire need of a beach vacation. The remix is done by reggae producer Bimwala featuring Samoan artist J Boog, whose collaborations have been nominated for Best Reggae Album at the Grammy Awards twice.

Bimwala and Pascual met in Honolulu when Pascual was doing his world promo tour in 2019.

“Just as an artist, even to realize that people that you used to listen to also hear your music, it kinda made me feel like I should keep doing this, I should work even harder because these people who inspired me to become a musician are now listening to songs that I worked on,” says Pascual on their collaboration.

The world premiere of “Catching Feelings” (Bimwala Remix) is presented by Myx, which has been working to showcase Filipino talent such as Kiana V & KZ Tandingan, worldwide.

In terms of making music, Pascual hopes to create an emotional impact similar to those that he felt when he was listening to the music of J Boog and Bimwala when he was growing up. He says, “There are certain songs that, [when] I hear it, it brings me back to when I was a kid, it brings me back to when I was dating this. I wanna make songs that have that same emotion, that have that same impact on people.”

In the interview below, Pascual talks about crystallizing his emotions in a sentence, making music inspired by past relationships, and the challenge of being Piolo Pascual’s son.

Interview and video by Samantha Lee