In Control: VXON’s New Album, 20:20, Shows-Off Their Clear Vision and Vocals

C13, Franz, Sam, Vince, and Patrick show off their musical colors, as a group, and individually with their debut album, 20:20. More than just a reference to perfect vision, it signifies VXON as imperfect and honest young adults who use music to document life’s realities. This album also defines VXON’s openness to collaborate with other artists such as MC Einstein, G22’s AJ Yape, and Zephanie.

“Binuhos namin ang buong puso at pagkatao namin sa album na ito. Hindi niyo lang makikita ‘yung VXON na kilala niyo. Makikita niyo rin ang different side ng VXON at madami pa kayong makikitang bago sa amin,” shares C13, the group’s leader and main rapper. Here, the entire musical narrative also underscores their identity in the Filipino music landscape, adding more to the conversation of that distinct urban pop sound.20:20 is a sonic journey that showcases the musical and personal maturity of the group, but more so, flexes each member’s vocal strengths through diverse tracks spanning from heartfelt ballads to hip-hop beats and OST-worthy, kilig anthems, inviting the listener to imagine the situations and conversations behind each song. Franz, the team’s main vocalist, elaborates, “Each track, may pinagdadaanan.” He adds, “One of our main themes in this album is vulnerability. Each song is inspired by life experiences. Each track ay nagpapa-kilala ng each individual members ng VXON. Mas makikilala niyo pa po kami sa mga tracks po [with] this album.”

True to VXON’s artistic spirit, every member actively participated in the album’s creation either by writing the pieces or producing them. “Nagkaroon kami ng songwriting session. We all know na si Franz ang main composer and producer of the group. And alam din natin na nagsusulat din si Sam. We discovered na kaya din ni Vince gumawa ng kanta,” details C13.This collaborative process not only fostered individual creativity but also strengthened the group’s bond with each other, and with other artists. Vince, the quintet’s vocalist and visual, highlights that while this venture encouraged them to work separately, each VXON member fully supported each other, “Natuwa din po ako kasi lumabas ‘yung creativity ng isa’t-isa. Kahit na may solo na tracks, hindi kami nag-solo ng learnings. Nagtutulungan pa rin po kami. ‘Ito ang gawin mo, mas okay ‘yun.’ May teamwork pa rin [kami].”

The youngest of the five and the main dancer, Patrick, had doubts at first if he could sing Coco, a sultry dance track written by Vince. “Naniwala siya sa akin kahit nung una, ‘di ako naniniwala sa sarili ko,” reveals Patrick.

Sub-vocalist and lead rapper, Sam, hopes that this album will open more eyes and ears for VXON. He expresses, “Our goal is to keep falling in love with the outcome ng mga ginagawa namin. ‘Yung song-making pa lang, nung narinig namin ‘yung final mix, naramdaman talaga namin na kaya pala natin ‘to. We hope na kung ano ‘yung naramdaman namin, maramdaman din ng listeners namin at [sana] mas dumami pa sila.

When asked which songs they dedicate to Vixies, the team selected K.N.T. and O Kay Sarap as their top picks.

With this new album, 20:20, VXON proves that even “The Monsters of P-pop” are not afraid to process human emotions, even the good, the bad, and the ugly.

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