Striking Balance In Imperfection with PARADISE RISING’s Leila Alcasid, Massiah, Fern., Jason Dhakal and Kiana V
Working with 88rising has always been a fantasy for Leila. And with the birth of PARADISE RISING, she hopes that Filipino music, as vulnerable and poignant as it is, can be celebrated on a wider scale. She comments, “I feel like a lot of Filipino music really comes from the soul. We love songs about love, we love songs about our feelings, even if it’s heartbreaking, and I think that’s a really beautiful thing. We bare ourselves in a very unique way, especially in the diversity of genres that we see, even in the [PARADISE RISING] EP itself. Each song is very different from each other so it’s reflective of the Filipino music scene as a whole.”
Now what of perfection? Is it something necessary to reach satisfaction or success or happiness? Massiah reasons out, it’s subjective. And as long as he’s able to convey the message through his songs, then there’s nothing wrong with sporting a few scars and scratches, maybe even a little blemish or two.
With everything happening in our midst, he believes this season, albeit a very difficult one, is a “wake-up call” for systems here and beyond to be reformed. He’s using his platform wisely to “help the world be a better place” even if it’s just through his music.
Curious about what Leila Alcasid, Massiah, Fern., Jason Dhakal and Kiana V have been listening to during lockdown? Listen to their handpicked playlists below: