Rico Blanco acknowledged the public’s interest over his relationship with girlfriend Maris Racal, especially now that they’re constant collaborators.
In an interview with MYX, the former Rivermaya frontman suggested, “Sa social, non-music world, the bigger thing for them is the relationship. That always fascinates people, when two people they know are in a relationship.”
Rico has been in the industry far longer than the “Pinoy Big Brother” alum and it would be easy for people to assume that he influences the music Maris makes, but he made sure that everyone knows that she has always written her own stuff.
“Maris has been writing songs even before she met me, and she has great songs. I’m careful about that,” he said.
In 2019, the two collaborated on a song she wrote called “Abot Langit”. Rico shared that all he did was add some final touches as it was almost complete when Maris presented it to him.
“I did help out. Naka-porma na ‘yung kanta. Tumulong ako sa second verse and the arrangement. We worked together to sharpen. It was a collaboration, but nauna siya, ginawa niya na ‘yun. ‘Pag ganoon, I want people to know, siya ‘yan. Idea niya ‘yan,” he revealed.
Maris is signed with Rico’s record label Balcony Entertainment and as a producer, he always lets his artists have some creative input.
“I give my artists this opportunity where I’m listening to their ideas, and I try to make them happen to the best of my abilities. If I think that’s not optimal, [I would say], ‘Maybe this would be a better way to spend our energy and our resources.’ I’ll suggest, and I’ll discuss why I think mas okay ito. I’m hands-on sa lahat ng projects sa Balcony Entertainment,” he explained.
And while he and Maris are very much in love, he treats her the same when it comes down to work.
“Kay Maris, we’re in a relationship, but when it’s music, when it’s art, we talk sa level na ganoon. We’re always excited. It’s a great thing to have, when you work with the people you love. That’s a blessing,” said Rico.
Maris confirmed her romance with Rico last May after months of speculation following her birthday post for the singer.
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