MANILA – There is no doubt that Filipino artist No Rome is making a mark on the international music scene right now.
No Rome, or Rome Gomez in real life, was included earlier this year by British website New Musical Express in its list of 100 "essential" new artists for 2019.
The website described the Filipino's music as "an ultra-modern type of pop drawing from house, R&B and hip hop alongside some unexpected influences."
But while No Rome has caught the attention of fans and critics worldwide, he never stops nurturing his craft. He continues to hone his talent to create meaningful songs that he hopes will survive the challenge of time.
"I knew what I wanted to do and I just want to contribute something that would last a long time," he said in an interview before opening for The 1975 concert at the Mall of Asia Arena on Wednesday.
He further explained: "I want to put [my music] on the table and for the next 10 years, people who come back to that piece of music [will say], 'this was such a good album,' 'this was such a good piece of music.'"
His desire to become better at his craft is a testament to his strong commitment in producing quality songs, which have become his ticket to perform on the main stage of music festivals around the world.
"I'm still learning, because I came from scratch," he humbly said.
Before performing in front large crowds internationally, No Rome held gigs in small bars around Metro Manila. He released two EPs "Fantasy" (2013) and "Hurry Home & Rest" (2015).
In 2017, he left the country for London to sign with British independent record label Dirty Hit and since then, he has been given the opportunity to collaborate with labelmates The 1975.
No Rome and The 1975 teamed up in producing "Narcissist" that has raked more than 7 million views on YouTube and has been played more than 43 million times on Spotify.
He described working with The 1975 as a fun and good experience that yields a lot of learning in the process. "These guys are experienced producers," he said.
No Rome will return to the Philippines for a solo show on October 6 at the Market! Market! Activity Center.