Joselindo Pimpinio Jr also known as JJ Pimpinio is one of the bonafide member of Pinopella, Pinopella is one of the prime a cappella group here in the Philippines.
In this Psst.Ph Part of the Story Series, Joselindo Pimpinio Jr talks to us about his career as a musican and his experience in the industry.
Full Name and Alias: Joselindo Valiente Pimpinio Jr. friends call me JJ
Education: BSBA Marketing
Tell me about yourself that people don’t know: I spend almost 95% of my free time at home eating lutong bahay and grooming my dogs.
What is your current state of mind before we continue with the interview? Uhm. Chill lang, I guess. I just got back from Marinduque (for work) so I’m just at home, chilling. Haha!
When did you first know you wanted to become a singer? I first learned how to play the violin, I learned and memorized all my violin pieces through singing, so that’s when I realized I had good tonal/vocal memory.
Tell me something about the Pinopela? Well, we’re a group of college friends from Baguio who really just wanted to sing together, eventually because of the demand, we professionalized it.
What’s your different to the other opm group? Well, we’re an a cappella group. Right now there are only a few visible and active a cappella groups in the industry, and pinopela is one of them.
What was the first show you ever did? And hows the experience? We had a valentine concert in Acacia Hotel, Alabang. It was very interesting and fun, and truly unforgettable. Maybe that was one of the moments when we realized that we had to professionalize it, to learn more, and to strive more to be a legitimate industry group.
What kind of music do you listen to today? The only albums that I have are the ones from Amy Winehouse, Alicia Keys, John Legend, and Jamie Cullum.
Who are your musical inspirations? Mr.C, the Company, and Bing Pablico.
Do you play any instruments? Yes. Violin and very basic piano.
If you could dabble in another genre of music, what would it be? Well, we touch almost all genres and I enjoy all of them naman.
What genre of music can’t you stand to listen to? I’ve been exposed to almost all genres, and I can honestly think that I can listen to all of them.
What do you think about when your performing?: in a cappella? Well, staying in perfect pitch! Haha
What is your favorite song to belt out at the bar/in the car/for karaoke? : Di na natuto.
What is something embarrassing or unexpected that happened to you on stage? Fortunately, wala pa.
What makes a good singer in your opinion? Someone who has a unique style and who hits the right notes and sings with his heart and soul.
What is the most rewarding part of singer? You get to be a storyteller and people listen to you.
What goal are you working towards within your career and when will you know you have reached it? I still have 4 years til my deadline (i’m 26 now). I want my group to win more competitions abroad and of course, bring the Philippine flag at the top of the international a cappella scene.
What else can we expect from you in the future? More shows, better sounding pinopela, and an album!
Considering how tough the music industry, what does it take to excel in the business? You have to sound original and be good at it.
What do you do for inspiration when you sit down to write a song and it seems that nothing wants to come out? I listen to a lot of well-written songs or poems
Any final message? Its time to shine!! You will never run out of things to love in this world, and at the same time, you will never run out of love in your heart. Live and love generously. ❤