Ogie slams 'vulgar' music: 'It's not art'

Posted at 08/18/2012 5:49 PM | Updated as of 08/19/2012 12:05 PM

MANILA, Philippines – Singer-songwriter Ogie Alcasid expressed his disapproval of popular music that contain vulgarity and "sexual innuendos," saying they are not be considered as a form of art.

Ogie Alcasid. File photo

"Vulgarity is not art to me. Maybe for some people it can be," Alcasid told men's lifestyle magazine Esquire in its August 2012 issue.

"I don't really like the idea of kids listening to music that has a lot of sexual innuendo, or says something bad about religion or God. I don't really think that it's right," he added.

Alcasid, whose career as a singer and as a composer spans decades, acknowledged the "rise" of new musicians, who will "dictate" the future of Original Pilipino Music (OPM).

Future of OPM

He only advised them to use music as a form of self-expression, and to write from the heart.

"I'm trying to work with the young people right now and telling them, 'Okay, you guys just keep creating music because this is your time now, and you'll have to dictate to your audience and your fans what kind of music will rise," he said.

"[I advise them] to write from your heart. Of course, there are the basic structures. But write from your heart, write something that you feel like writing. Don't copy. It's really just self-expressions. There's no write or wrong," he added.

Aside from having penned some of the most popular songs in OPM, Alcasid's authority in music comes from his being president of an organization bearing the same acronym, the Organisasyon ng Pilipinong Mang-Aawit.

Among other efforts, Alcasid has played a vital role in launching an online music store for OPM that is fashioned after Apple's iTunes, and also recently staged a nationwide competition, with his organization, to pool new talents who shares the advocacy to support original Filipino music.