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FELIP's Daring New Cross-Genre Single Lays It All Out

If you’ve ever seen FELIP perform live, you know there’s an element of reality to ‘Rocksta’s’ Official Music Video. He sets the stage on fire, and by the time he’s done, nothing is left but a smoldering, hot mess. There’s nothing less than a hundred percent of his passion for music and dance. FELIP gives it his all.

Crossing Genres & Embracing His Art

Interestingly, FELIP has traced the start of his success to something that he used to hate: his deep voice.

‘Rocksta’, in true FELIP form, was another unexpected facet of his myriad faces. He explores the genres he loves, hip-hop and rap, while drawing on Western heavy metal influences. Originally started while on SB19’s recent WYAT World Tour, the song was slowly crafted in his spare time. With collaborative help from his producer friends Jake Masca and Lamsi, the hip-hop meets trap meets heavy metal genre-bending sound was born. Heavy on the bass and tempered by trap, it’s a headbanging dance track just waiting to explode.

‘Rocksta’ speaks to self-motivation and not waiting to be the best you can aim to be with your own persona and in your own world. He says it himself - he will “pick up that mic and roar.” Interestingly, FELIP has traced the start of his success to something that he used to hate: his deep voice. When he accepted it entirely, trained it, and honed it, it became his signature and the foundation of his becoming a rock star.

Revealing His Craft

Clean, dark, minimalist images mark the finished product of his imagination. It’s a stark but opulent aesthetic, and the imagery is so satisfying, almost with the feel of an art film. Here, FELIP is pared down to only the barest necessaries, relying on visual metaphors to underline his truth. We’re sure he has specific reminders to himself with the different scenes in the MV, but we’ve got a few theories of our own. The flaming mic we learned was part of his original vision, and it speaks for itself, while the brief scene with flames centered on his throat leaves nothing for the imagination. We see FELIP’s blood, sweat, and tears pouring into his music and craft. The dance crew is focused only on him, but unlike the protective circle in his sophomore single, 'Bulan', this circle wants to pull him down and eat him alive. The antagonists are far above him and their aggression drives him to his knees. Despite their motives, it’s a powerful message that shows you can inspire the world when you own your truth. Our favorite, FELIP’s signature mask, is shown in many forms. We may not be able to see him, but he sees the fans and is brave enough to make his own music with us as his inspiration. The stark simplicity of the music video leaves it fully open to many interpretations.

We may not be able to see him, but he sees the fans and is brave enough to make his own music with us as his inspiration.

With more songs in different genres to be released in the far future? We will be looking to FELIP, and we’re confident we will see his ‘Rocksta’ burn up even more stages.

 

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