New Wave

New Wave


Meet Cocoy Claravall a 47-year-old from Manila, Philippines.
“I'm an Indie Christian Singer-Songwriter and an independent Spotify playlist curator. I serve in the music ministry of our local church and Couples for Christ community. I'm also a tech guy and a father of three teenage boys.”

What is the soundtrack to your life?

1. Please Please Me by The Beatles - the Fab Four's first number 1 hit, and while I wasn't born then, I heard this thru the cassette tapes that my dad had been playing. It set the tone for me getting to learn the guitar, rock n roll music, and the beautiful vocal harmonies and songwriting style of John and Paul.

2. Body Rock by Maria Vidal - my early 80s teenage days when I learned how to breakdance and joined a dance group called Body Pop. It was fun doing all those dolphin dives, backspins, turtle walks, and electric strut, and of course, battling other groups in a showdown.

3.  Take Me Out of the Dark by Gary Valenciano - my personal battle cry, when I saw how I've greatly sinned, and from there resolved to live a new life as a Christian.

4. The Promise by When in Rome - the national anthem during the New Wave era in Baguio City, Philippines where I grew up. High school life memories ...

5. All My Life by America  - I loved the folk and country music scene, and America was one of the bands we'd jam to during campfire nights, alongside other great artists like Jim Croce, Bread, James Taylor, Eagles ... This song meant a lot to me as I sang this on the day I married my wife.

6. More To This Life by Steven Curtis Chapman - the artist and the song continues to inspire me today. As I press on and continue to do His will, I truly believe that we have a bigger purpose in this world - and that is to spread goodness and love, and bring as many souls back to Heaven.


What is the most annoying song in the world?

Without pinpointing specific songs, but those that use racist and denigrating words ... these kinds of music really annoy me.


What’s more important to you? Music; or Lyrics? Why?

It's kinda hard to separate the two, but if I have to pick one, I'd take Lyrics first. For me, the message of the song is important, it has to have a purpose, whatever it may be.

Favorite artist?

The Beatles

If you had the chance to interview an artist, who would it be? (Dead or alive)

Jim Croce

Last concert?

Woah, back in 1996?