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WATCH: How IAXE's Song 'Ako'y Sa'yo, Ika'y Akin' Was Written In Less Than 30 Minutes

How long do you think it would take you to write a four-minute song? Do you think you can do it in less than 30 minutes—music and all? For Pinoy band IAXE's lead vocalist, Jek Manuel, he said their former bass guitar player Jhon Bunda did just that when the latter wrote "Ako'y Sa'yo, Ika'y Akin." In an exclusive kwentuhan with Summit OG he shared, "Sobrang heartbroken siya noong mga panahon na 'yan. Nabuo daw 'yan over three cases of beer. Nagawa lang niya 'yan ng mga less than 30 minutes. Ganoon siya kagaling magsulat."

Jek also mentioned that Jhon can come up with song arrangements and melodies on his guitar. "Noong tinuro niya sakin 'yan, nagandahan ako. I fell in love with it. Kaya mabilis ko rin siyang natutunan," he admitted.

The band did not expect that the song would be a hit when they released it. "Noong narinig namin [for the] first time [sa radyo], nagtalunan talaga kami sa tuwa. It's everybody's dream," he recalled.

Jek added that producing the song took quite some time. He advised, "Hindi ganoon kadaling pumasok o maging recording artist. Panonoorin ka sa rehearsal niyo, gagawa ka ng demo, and then after that, pupuntahan ka sa bar kung saan kayo tumutugtog." He also said producers back then would look for flexibility. "Titignan nila kung very flexible [na] band kayo—kung you can do a variety of songs, hindi lang original," he explained.


"Ako'y Sa'yo, Ika'y Akin" started off with just an acoustic guitar. Jek felt something was missing, so the band decided to add the sound of a cabasa and the triangle using a keyboard. Surprisingly, it all came together really nicely and it has been played with those two sounds ever since. It's the sincere and raw emotion behind the song that makes it relatable and memorable. It has been revived a number of times already, with Daniel Padilla and First Circle's versions as some of the most popular ones. Jek shared, "Dahil sa kanta na 'yan, marami kaming nakasalamuhang personalidad. Sobrang thankful ako na naging IAXE man."

Watch the full Summit OG exclusive interview here.

Which IAXE song is your favorite? How do you deal with a broken heart? Do you write about it, too? Share your story in the comments!

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