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Jul 22, 2022
As Zack Tabudlo Releases "Yakap", the Future Is Exciting For Him

Zack Tabudlo is no stranger to making music about love that appeals to many people. Many of his hits have become streaming staples for audiences not only in the Philippines but across the region. He has set records on Spotify that mark his status as one of the hottest hit-makers in the local music industry.  And with his new single “Yakap,” his first release as a member of the Republic Records Philippines family, the singer-songwriter once again demonstrates the power of his musical skills. 

Zack recorded and produced “Yakap,” which is about the very familiar experience of admitting one’s affection for someone else. In writing this song, he says that he was reminiscing about such experiences  in the past. A deeply personal song like this, we might add, is sure to resonate with those who listen to  it. To paraphrase the 80s band The Police, has anyone tried to tell someone the feelings they have for another in their heart? With a song like this, perhaps people will remember how they would answer that question.



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The sound of “Yakap,” Zack says, was based on a previous live arrangement of one of his songs, where he offered his drummer Paul, samples of drum beats he could use. Something new came from this effort, and he says that “Yakap” itself has this similar old-school vibe.


Zack is excited about being part of the Republic Records Philippines family, and he is mum about what is in store for him as this new chapter in his music career begins. We do know, however, that it will be as exciting for all of us who have been following this amazing musician’s career over the past few years.


“Yakap” is now out on major music streaming platforms under Republic Records Philippines.




Conquering the World Through Music is Zack Tabudlo’s Childhood Dream





Young Zack Tabudlo wanted to conquer the world—a feat that is aspired by many. An abstract concept that encompasses the realization of one’s ideals as one stands on top of all one has ever dreamed of.  An end goal for many. A meter of success. Zack thinks differently. Since he was a child, he’s had a clear view of the path he wants to take. He knows that conquering the world is not an overnight achievement nor a single-day celebration of  whatever success means. For Zack, to conquer the world means to continuously wield the gift that is given to him—music.


At the age of 10, Zack became a finalist in the reality talent show Talentadong Pinoy. At 12, he made  Coach Bamboo Mañalac turn his chair upon hearing the first note of his audition piece for The Voice Kids  Philippines. 


Being a part of the competition pushed him to form the youth singing group, Gravity, with his fellow contenders. With Zack as its frontman, Gravity’s ensemble released Imposible, a song about an  unrequited love sung in a catchy pop beat. Aside from Gravity, Zack was also one half of the teen pop duo Zack and Fritz with fellow The Voice Kids alumna Eufritz Santos. 


He began his solo music career in 2018, venturing not only into performing but also into songwriting and music production. He believes that to conquer the world of music means to understand and experience it holistically. 


“[I have] Worked with different producers—international and local—for months. And having to  incorporate all the styles these producers and artists have shown me—it’s definitely something  different.” 


He plunged even deeper into his passion under the mentorship of Jonathan Ong and Chris Anthony  Vinzons of Sonic State Studio. He was also mainly mentored by Cleng Saturno and even got the opportunity to learn from celebrated composer Vehnee Saturno. 


In 2020, Zack joined Island Records Philippines where he continued honing his identity as a musician. His singles Nangangamba, Cruel, Sigurado, Iyong Iyo, and Elizabeth are testaments of his evolving creative songwriting and production style. The versatility in infusing the elements of pop and RnB with his arresting vocals is unique in his genius.


This dynamic artistry has launched Binibini, another masterpiece that would bring him to an even bigger canvas in Times Square, New York City. Being featured in one of the most bustling cities in the world is more than just exposure—it’s the realization of his dreams. The record-breaking track reigned at the top of Spotify charts for six consecutive weeks and has been the longest-running #1 local track by a Filipino  RADAR artist on The Philippines Top 50 Chart in 2021. The same song topped the charts for four consecutive weeks in the Global Viral chart of the same platform. 


This gained him a global footing and made it to the Viral 50 charts of Canada, Singapore, Hong Kong,  Saudi Arabia, and UAE. His world-class appeal also gained him an international collaboration with British singer-songwriter James TW. Through this team-up, Binibini was reimagined in English with the title  Binibini (Last Day On Earth).


In 2022, he signed under Republic Records Philippines, heading the sublabel of Universal Music  Philippines. “Yakap” will be his first single release under the said record label. 


“Everything that I achieve, small or big, is a milestone to me.”



For Zack, everything that happens in his career is an important experience that will make him grow more as an artist. His Alt-Pop and RnB genres that have captured the hearts of his listeners are, in his own words, “windows” to other genres he wishes to explore in the future. As an artist who continuously challenges convention, Zack is excited to create bigger things for his fans. 


“There's a lot of power you can gain with your craft and a lot of consequences and responsibilities you have to commit along the way. Values and roots are also a big reminder to stay grounded through the process... To think of all the things you went through before, and people who believe in you and guide  you, are in a way my motivation to become better and bigger at my craft.” 


The young artist believes that keeping his feet on the ground means maintaining his footing as he continuously runs towards his dream--to conquer the world through music. Because for Zack Tabudlo,  “music itself was the dream.” 




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Stream “Yakap” out now on all music streaming platforms!