Pronouns Used: She/Her/Hers
Hometown: Manila, Philippines
Principal Instrument: Drum Set
Majors: Music Production and Engineering and Film Scoring
Languages Spoken (other than English): Filipino (Tagalog)
Describe your favorite Berklee experience so far.
I really enjoyed the two months I spent studying abroad on the Valencia campus! This was cut short by COVID-19 unfortunately, but it was a really beautiful experience. Pre-pandemic, I really enjoyed playing drums in all sorts of settings—house shows, ensemble rooms, and other venues. During this summer semester, in the middle of the pandemic, I played on a few recordings with friends working on their projects—these have definitely had a completely different and unique atmosphere.
When you think about your favorite class so far, what is one example of why you enjoyed it?
One of my favorite classes was one of the earlier MP&E [Music Production and Engineering] classes, Production Analysis. In this class, we had a weekly topic—an aspect of a song—and each person had to choose a song that embodied that characteristic and then talk about it with the class. We took this class in one of the studios, and took turns coming up to the front and playing the full song through the monitors. We got deep into not just each person's tastes and interests, but also what made all of the music so great, which was a fun experience and really great introduction to the major.
What is your favorite part about studying and living in Boston?
I love that Boston is relatively small and very walkable, but at the same time is big enough to offer different areas to explore. During the summer I went biking a lot and saw some more of it, and in general I love how the city changes completely as the seasons turn.
What is one piece of advice you would give to someone applying to Berklee College of Music or Boston Conservatory at Berklee?
One thing that brings me comfort is knowing that we don't need to be completely sure about what we want to do. Know what you like and what makes you excited about music, but there's no need to be extremely sure of yourself—nobody really is. It's exciting to come into an environment that will provide a lot of exposure to different fields and opportunities; sometimes this is where we feel the most growth.
Where is your favorite place on campus?
I really like the studios in 160 [Massachusetts Avenue]. I only really started going into them when I started working at Studio Operations on campus—they're beautiful rooms!
Why did you choose Berklee?
I admired the well-rounded atmosphere and the quality that existed within and around it. As a drummer wanting to learn composition, production, and engineering, I felt this was the best place to go if I wanted to push myself to transform, and meet other people who were passionate about music in similar ways.
What are your plans for after graduation?
I would like to produce music!
What have you enjoyed most about the live shows you’ve been involved in at Berklee?
I love when I'm playing with musicians, especially with friends, and I love the sense of community that comes with experiences like this.
Where do you hope to perform this coming year?
It's hard to say because of everything that's been going on with the pandemic, but I do hope to do a range of different types of performances at various places, and a lot more recording as well.
Your social media channel/web URL?