Mahalola is a fully independent music album released in November 2019. While I wrote the songs and produced some of the instrumentals, I also worked with other creatives and musicians to complete the album. I took the lead in creative direction and audio engineering, while facilitating collaboration with other musicians, graphic designers, and photographers.
Concept of the album comes from mahal which means “love” in Filipino and lola which means “grandma.” The album is dedicated to my lola who passed in September 2019. Throughout the project, I used vocals samples of my lola giving me love advice throughout the years. These came from recorded voice memos that I took while having conversations with her. The album follows a timeline of infatuation, relationship, breakup, and reflection—all framed by love advice from my lola.
Collaboration with other creatives helped fully develop this project. Three other music producers worked on the instrumentals, Jenina Yutuc was the main photographer, and Joseph Magsaysay developed the Mahalola logo and album art.
Google Sheets was used to track progress along a 2-month production timeline.