Like a lot of people his age, Donny Pangilinan has a wide taste in music. His day is ruled by playlists, and there are many artists that gets added to the soundtrack of his life.
At the launch of the new Spotify Free, the MYX VJ admits that he listens to music when he’s on an airplane, on the road, and when he’s exercising. “I can’t imagine my life without music,” the 20-year-old says. “When you’re exercising, it makes the experience 10 times more fun. You feel like you’re in your zone, and no one can stop you. You’re in your own world, and you’re motivated.”
Other times, he enjoys quieter moments. “A playlist is a mood. I’m more of an introvert sometimes. I grew up as one. I like having my own time, chilling by myself,” he says. “There are time when I pretend to be in a music video, and sing along to the songs. I can find inspiration through any song.”
At parties, he is the designated DJ/Spotify guy. “I’d rather have an aux cable connected to my phone, and control the music. I feed off the energy of the crowd,” the Walwal star shares. “Do you guys know that you can crossfade two songs? Like if you’re about to play the next song, there’s an option in the settings to crossfade it for 12 seconds. So there’s no dead air. It’s so cool. When I found out, I was like ‘this is legit. This is it. I’m a DJ’,” he says, laughing.
And there is one other place he likes to be music-filled: the bathroom. Donny has a secret shower songs playlist, which covers a lot of genres: Beyonce’s “Love on top,” Michael Jackson’s “Love Never Felt So Good,” Foster the People’s “Pumped Up Kicks,” R. Kelly’s “Ignition,” The Killers’ “Mr. Brightside,” Bruno Mars’ “Versace on the Floor,”and more. “There, I won’t share everything with you,” he says with a sly smile. “It’s just a lot of songs that when you hear it, you go “oh my gosh it’s that song.” Locally, the son of Anthony Pangilinan and Maricel Laxa says he like Kiana Valenciano, Moira, and Ben and Ben, among others.
“I don’t like sharing my music. I feel like I went through so much trying to find these specific songs,” he admits, saying he takes pride in introducing new music to the people he’s close to. “The more personal ones, you gotta keep to yourself. And when I share those songs to my friends, I can go “Hey, I gave you that song.’”