Photos by Mohd Sarajan
You may have come across singer-songwriter Shanne Dandan’s viral audition video for The Voice Kids. In it, a fresh-faced, 12-year-old Shanne belts out her own rendition of UDD’s Tadhana.
Watching that video and going back to her work as a musician now, it’s easy to dismiss her as someone who subscribes to the very Pinoy birit culture — you know the kind: powerhouse vocals and popstar charisma.
Now a sophomore Interior Design major, Shanne wants to set herself apart from that stereotype. While she’s still signed under Viva Entertainment, she’s made it clear that she wants to carve out her own identity as an artist whose creative influences go deep.
We got to sit down with Shanne to talk about her experience on The Voice Kids, having the guts to stick it up to Viva Entertainment’s Boss Vic, and the workings of her creative dynamic with her boyfriend, IV of Spades’s Zild Benitez.
Young STAR: Hi Shanne! You started in the industry at 13, diba? How did you end up joining The Voice Kids?
Actually, hindi ko talaga gusto sumali ng The Voice kasi growing up I was a really shy child. Sobrang loser yung feeling ko dati kasi I was always bullied in school because of my hair. Lalo na nang may OPM song na sumikat, yung “kulot salot” (sings the tune). Dumating sa point na tinatago ko talaga yung hair ko. Nagb-braid ako, or nagbu-bun ako lagi kasi ayoko na ma-bully. Nung nalaman ng mom ko na may auditions yung The Voice, I was 12. Pinilit niya ako na mag-audition. And out of 1000 na nag-audition, pang 600, 680 ganun. Sabi ko, hindi ako makukuha dito. Hanggang sa nagulat ako na ‘yun, na [kaabot] ako hanggang sa last round ng auditions. I just went with the flow, I just sang what I wanted to sing. Hindi ko kinanta yung mga typical birit na mga songs kasi nung bata ako, lagi kong sumasali sa mga singing contests and laging ganun yung mga kanta.
Naka-discover ako ng iba’t-ibang genres, ng jazz and soul. Doon ko na-discover na, “Ah, hindi lang pala birit dapat yung kanta. Hindi lang pala birit yung magaling na singer.”
Nung time na yun, before I joined The Voice Kids, dun ko na-discover yung depth ko in my listening to music. Naka-discover ako ng iba’t-ibang genres, ng jazz and soul. Doon ko na-discover na, “Ah, hindi lang pala birit dapat yung kanta. Hindi lang pala birit yung magaling na singer.” So ayun, nag-explore ako and nahanap ko yung Tadhana ng UDD.