One Music PH: Can you please tell us about your new single “Misteryo”?
Paolo Sandejas: “Misteryo” was originally entitled “Enigma”, which I wrote in English. I had these chords that I really liked and I was trying to think of nice lyrics for that specific song. And the idea of “Enigma” initially was, like, you know you think you’re falling out of love with this person or you feel that you can’t communicate well anymore, like you have to read between the lines talaga to understand what this person feels for you or if they feel anything at all anymore. So that was the main theme of the song. Pero I couldn’t finish it, so I was just stuck with this song that I really liked but didn’t know how to finish. And it wasn’t until I had the revelation to try and do this in Tagalog, it could help me push the creative juices and help push the song forward. So I was able to work with Eunice Jorge of Gracenote. Luckily, we were under the same label, so it was really easy to work with her. And ya, she came on the project, and she really brought it to life, I think. The song would be nowhere without her talaga.
One Music PH: So how was it like like being able to write a song in Tagalog? Will this be the first of many more to come?
Paolo Sandejas: Definitely!
One Music PH: I can see in your music that you have that John Mayer influence. Have you heard the new album (Sob Rock)?
Paolo Sandejas: Ya, of course! Of course! I’ve been listening to it non-stop, it’s my favorite thing right now and I’m so happy that he finally released it. Yes (with matching clenched fist)! It’s a great day for John Mayer fans.
One Music PH: And parang binalikan niya yung mga old school na influences niya…
Paolo Sandejas: Ya! I love that! I love taking retro sounds to give them a modern feel. Pero you can still recognize na it’s old-sounding. It’s different.
One Music PH: You’ve had quite a career dating back to around 2018. How are you feeling being at this stage of your career? Do you have lofty goals that you’re chasing or are you the que sera sera type?
Paolo Sandejas: Currently naman I feel that I have come a long way definitely. Before I had my career I was just performing at school fairs, every once in a while mga talent shows lang. I was never, like, “Okay, I want to be signed by a label. Then at this point, I want to be this or that…” I really just love writing music and playing songs and performing. And I think that love just gave birth to this career and I’m super thankful for all the opportunities I’ve had. I’ve come a long way. I also feel that my musical style has matured through the years. You know, my songs like “My Girl” feel teenybopper, very classic love ballad to a bit more darker topics…Well, not naman darker, darker feels a little bit too intense…
One Music PH: Mature?
Paolo Sandejas: Ya…Well, mature sounds weird eh, but you know, just exploring different themes and different sounds. Ya, I feel like I’m more coming to my own and figuring out who I am as an artist. It’s just amazing. But definitely, I have goals to keep growing my audience and continue writing songs that I really love.
One Music PH: So let’s talk about some of my personal favorites from you. First is “Sorry”…
Paolo Sandejas: Oooh…”Sorry” is a long story, I’ll say that. It’s a song I wrote back in 2018 about a really hard break-up. At that point, we were already broken for about a year, over a year. I’d say I was pretty much over it, but I had a lot of, you know, regrets and thoughts in my head, like “Shoot, maybe I should have done this, done that…’ And it was kind of eating away at me, so I feel that the last thing I needed for closure was to really figure out a way to put these thoughts into words talaga. So I decided to write the song. It’s my way of getting closure. Like “this is everything I needed to say to you…” And that’s it. Now I’ve moved on and I’ve finally put the nail on the coffin to say that it’s the end of a chapter.
Paolo Sandejas: “After Hours” was just super…Like I think it’s one of the fastest songs I’ve ever written. I had very simple chords, two chords lang yun, and I was just going back and forth, vibing to it, and I was just writing this simple song. Just something you can drive to and something that can make you relax in the car. That was the inspo for that. There’s this girl I really had a crush on during that time, so I used her as inspiration for that song, just the idea of being in the car with her, driving somewhere and talking after hours just getting to know each other.