After his triumph in the reality singing competition Masked Singer Pilipinas last December 2020, Daryl Ong started a career-changing journey this 2021 by signing with Viva Records.
This was solidified with a press conference for the singer in the afternoon of January 6, wherein he unveiled his plans with the mainstream music label.
When asked by a member of the press about his plans, Daryl, who is known for covering his own versions of well-known songs, plans to make original songs now that he is under Viva.
“I’m really hoping na with Viva na magkaroon ako talaga ng mga original songs kasi magsimula namang nagstart ako [noong] 2014 hanggang ngayon, medyo na-associate talaga ako sa covers, sa bagong versions like ‘Ikaw Na Nga’, ‘Basta’t Kasama Kita’, marami,” he said.
“Puro mga teleserye theme songs, mga remake. So, this time challenge sa sarili ko na magkaroon ako ng mga original songs and happy ako na kakampi ko ang Viva sa challenge na ‘yan na makapag-produce ng original songs,” he added.
With that said, Daryl expressed his excitement to finally work with one of Viva’s popular composer duo Thyro Alfaro & Yumi Lacsamana, saying they have already talked about doing a possible collaboration.
“Meron akong chance talaga maglabas ng maraming original songs and, of course, collaborate with different Viva artists po,” Daryl said.
When asked if he feels pressured to reinvent himself with the rise of young singers being discovered in talent shows and by talent agencies, Daryl said there is a certain amount of pressure that he feels he needs to go along with them, yet more than that, he feels more excited to do a collaboration with them.
With talks of young artists in the fray, Daryl said he could not wait to work with them as he also has a dream of being a record producer.
“Every time makakakita ako ng batang artist who’s doing well, whether sa mainstream man or online platform, laging ang unang pumapasok sa isip ko [ay] ‘Paano ko siya ma-co-contact? Paano ko siya makaka-work?’ [...] Mas ganoon ’yong na-fe-feel ko rather than ’yong pressure na kailangan masabayan ko o malagapasan,” he explained.
Daryl recalled his first meeting with Viva Chairman of the Board Vicente “Boss Vic” Del Rosario, Jr., mentioning his dream of being a record producer in the future, to which the media mogul said he had no problem with it.
“Sige, gawin natin ’yan step-by-step. Kumbaga, alam ko marami din akong ma-she-share sa’yo na wisdom at knowledge sa industriya,” the singer recounted Boss Vic saying to him.
Daryl remains blessed that Viva is supporting him with his new musical journey, remembering the time Viva’s Executive Vice President for Music Group Verb Del Rosario giving him a list of composers from the mainstream music label and ask him who he wanted to work with and giving him an opportunity to co-write and co-produce his original songs.
“Malaking factor nun sa’kin, eh, na sabi ko ‘Okay. It’s a sign, sige. Magsa-sign ako with Viva’ kasi na-feel ko ’yong ganoon na very artist-friendly ’yong approach nila, ’yong ginawa nila for me,” he said.
Daryl came to the limelight first when he joined local singing competitions such as Pinoy Pop Superstar and Pinoy Idol.
In 2014, he joined season 2 of The Voice of the Philippines, doing his own rendition of “Paano” by Gary Valenciano and turning the chairs of Sarah Geronimo, Lea Salonga, and apl.de.ap during his blind auditions, choosing the latter. He advanced until the semi-finals.
He, then, started doing covers of popular songs and doing performances for different shows in ABS-CBN.