Permanently checking in the thriving Manila music scene, KIANA VALENCIANO creates an authentic space of her own filled with undisguised trap beats and truthful conversational reveries meant to get heads repeatedly nodding and hearts rapidly beating.
As a member of a family that has musical notes rampantly running through their veins, Kiana Valenciano has the right set of genes passionately engineering her on all aspects regarding performing and music. “Every family reunion was kind of like a show day, all cousins would form groups and perform,” she reminisces. It was then, with the help of these numerous get together experiences, she found her proverbial calling and propelled herself to the budding musical artist that she is in the flourishing local music industry today. This Manila-based soulful r&b singer, along with a new wave of eclectic individuals, are endlessly dousing the listener’s ears with catchy tunes and genuine lyrics meant to rekindle lost memories and buried emotions. “Musicians are pushing the boundaries more now and that’s good, you can’t always have the same thing and expect people to not get bored.”
“Musicians are pushing the boundaries more now and that’s good, you can’t always have the same thing and expect people to not get bored.”
Viewing each song written as an opportunity to evoke undisclosed emotions and relate to her fans, her lyrical creative mind spins well thought of verses into a multi colored holographic musical canvas that aptly cocoons the soul of any audience. This female mix of a talent is no lone wolf as she has found a musical pack of her own as an artist signed under Tarsier records–leading her to the right direction. “You know, they’re the type of people who’ll tell you not just what you want to hear but things you need to hear,” Kiana says, she adds, “Especially with music that’s what you need. You might be so sold to this certain sound and it’s not working–yeah, they’re frank and I appreciate that.” With the industry filled to the brim with talented hopeful individuals, Kiana basks in the moment and has no personal ambition to race to the blinding top. “I think a lot of people will have a hard time believing but I’m not after the superstardom, i just really want to sing. I wanna produce good music.”
Vigorously hammering herself to utmost perfection with numerous influences from all genres, her most recent release ‘Does She Know’ is a definite showstopper that highlights her growth as an individual and as an artist. “It came out of nowhere,” she shares, “I was on my way out and I was hit with a tune and I started writing.” Despite not having met up with Manila’s very own Curtismith, the featured rapper in ‘Does She Know’, during the recording process, her latest single came out power packed with dance beats and lyrical revelations about a long gone romance clearly meant not to be revived. “What happened was I was recording ‘Does She Know’ and I didn’t have a bridge and so I thought ‘why don’t I ask one of my friends to be part of it?’ and since I’ve known him for a really long time, I decided to give him a call and ask him if he was down–work together, so I sent him the track.
“I’m just really focusing on pushing myself to be more honest in my lyrics whether it be based on personal experiences or whatever I can pick up from my friends’ experiences.”
That night, he sent me back lyrics with a record on his phone.” Utterly authentic and organic with her music, Kiana’s irrevocable sense of honesty is tightly woven in between basslines and synths that spark the right amount of intrigue and understanding, all the while creating a buzz worthy of a promising artist as herself. “There are times where you get into that writing mode–I get in my head worrying about what people are going to think about my lyrics,” she continues, “But I find that, the ones that really hit or make it, like ‘Does She Know’ was so out there. I wasn’t really worrying about what people were going to think, I just wanted to write what I wanted to write and I think, to me, that’s being honest to myself and my way of writing.”
By: Pauline Miculob
Photographer: Erwin Canlas
Stylist: Aldrin Ramos
Make-up: Maui Manalo
Hair: Townet Pelea