They say good things take time and with Manila Killathe very first album of, it was certainly the case.

A product of over two years of hard work and self-reflection, Dusk is the Filipino-American producer’s first album since bursting onto the electronic music scene nearly a decade ago. The album takes listeners through a sonic journey of his creative growth, ending at the pinnacle of the sound he has been creating since the very beginning.

Dusk is an album about self-reflection and growing into a more confident version of yourself. It’s about understanding that change is inevitable and learning what serves you best through those changes,” he said. Moving train.

Ahead of his upcoming North American tour, moving train caught up with the talented producer and DJ to talk about his musical journey, learning to be patient and the story behind his debut album, Dusk.


Hi Manila Killa! How has life treated you lately?

Hey! Life has been pretty hectic and busy because of the album release and preparations for my next North American tour have begun, but I really can’t complain. It’s been great so far.

What artists are you listening to right now?

I really loved these artists who recently released albums or new songs – Odesza, Fred Again.., Swedish House Mafia, Rufus Du Sol, and Dom Dolla to name a few. As you can probably tell, I’ve been on a house music kick lately.

Congratulations on the release of your first album, Dusk. Explain to us the vision you have for the recording. What story is he telling?

Dusk is an album about self-reflection and growing into a more confident version of yourself. We’ve all had a pretty rough last two years, and I’ve spent a lot of time trying to figure out what I want in life and what musical direction I wanted to explore further. And that’s reflected in the album – it’s about understanding that change is inevitable and learning what serves you best through those changes.

In my case, I wanted to introduce a new style of sound that reflects my early influences in dance music, which is built around the sound of house and merges that with a sense of heavy emotional topics like grief, catharsis and love. self-love that can be found in my older work.

It was a project that had been in the works for over two years, what was the creative process like working on the album?

The creative process was not linear. It took many months of trial and error, and hundreds of unused demos to shape the sound that can now be heard throughout the album. I knew I wanted to do more dance-focused work, but it took me a long time to gain a sense of confidence knowing that everything would sound cohesive. I’ve drawn a lot of inspiration from the music that I’ve always loved, from artists like daft-punk and Andre Beyer at Justice and Rufus DuSol.

I also made it clear that I wanted to collaborate with a lot of artists that I personally resonated with – I was lucky enough to work with Lightsan artist I’ve been listening to for over a decade now, Panama – a voice I’ve always loved and heard on some of my favorite records over the years, and EVA GIA – an up-and-coming superstar who has an incredible voice. What was most important to me was that each song served a purpose throughout the album.



What are some of the things you realized or learned while working on your debut album, either musically or personally?

Patience is the key. I didn’t know how long it would take to create a full album, and I realized that sometimes being patient and not getting frustrated with a song that doesn’t work is more important than forcing it.

It was also the first time I worked with so many artists at once and I realized that finding peace inside myself outside of music is as important as being invested in it, so I also found a new love working on pottery throwing – it’s a creative pursuit that has given me satisfaction outside of music. Taking breaks is also such an important part of the process because it gives me a chance to digest and reflect on the work I just finished.


Since your SoundCloud days, you have grown tremendously and now have an audience that spans the globe. What was the whole experience like?

The best thing about growing an international fanbase is seeing how many different people resonate with my music. My goal in music is to touch people’s lives the same way I’ve been touched by the music of my favorite artists, so seeing that happen gives me the idea that I’m succeeding on my own terms.

It’s not about being a famous artist for me, it’s about sharing something dear to me in the hope that someone else can understand the feeling I was looking for. One of the main reasons I make dance music in the first place is to be able to present it live and connect with people face to face – something I’ve had the privilege of doing and enjoying. hope to continue in the future.



How do you think you have evolved and grown as an artist since the beginning of your musical career? In what ways do we hear this growth in your music?

I feel like at the beginning of my musical journey it was just for fun and a lot of it was just spent messing around and learning how to make music. But now that I’m almost ten years into my career, I’ve realized that I want to be more considerate and thoughtful in the style of music that I present.

The growth you can hear is due to the change of genres that I have experienced in the past. For this album, I feel the sound I created so much that I think it’s really the most honest representation of who I am as an artist. I went back to my roots as an influence on the album and provided a fresh palette of sounds that resonated with my modern tastes.

What have been some of your most memorable moments so far?

There are so many it’s hard to choose, but a big memorable moment for me was having the opportunity to visit places outside of the United States – especially in Asia. I remember stopping by a show in Bangkok and seeing that someone had found a baby picture of me and printed it on a shirt. I was absolutely in disbelief to have fans supporting me so strongly in the United States and it made me feel like I had achieved my goal of getting people to enjoy my music outside of my inner circle. immediate friends.

Another great memory for me was during this tour, I played a concert in Manila, where my father still lives. It was his first time attending one of my shows, and I feel like that’s when he really understood why I was pursuing a career in music.



What do you think is your greatest strength as a producer?

My greatest strength as a producer is my ability to put myself in the ears of the listener. I’m first and foremost a music fan, so I think having that awareness and understanding of what people like about music is really important when it comes to creating it. I think it’s important to have a balance between the tastes of an artist while understanding how someone would react to their music.

What can we expect from you for the rest of 2022?

The grind doesn’t stop, even though I just released the album. I’m getting ready for a North American tour, working on more music, and starting to think about what’s next in my exploration of this new style focused on house music.


Listen to Manila Killa Dusk here.