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The Philippine-European Press brings some parts of the interview with Mark Agpas before the final Show of Austrian television “Die Grosse Chance” (the big Chance) in October 2012.
Mark Agpas successfully convinced the prominent coaches Michael Patrick Kelly, Mark Forster Coaches, Michi Beck and Smudo of the “Fantastic Four” as well as Yvonne Catterfeld of his voice with “Come Together” by the Beatles during last night’s episode (November 1, 2018) of „The Voice of Germany.“
The singer prevailed among 6,000 applicants and made it among the top 150 invited to the “Blind Auditions”.
“A few years ago my friends advised me to apply to The Voice of Germany. I was afraid. Only now do I feel ready to enter the competition at the highest musical level, “admits Mark. The 38-year-old Mark Agpas could already gain stage experience by participating in ORF’s “The Great Chance”. In the talent show, he made it to the finals!
Phil-European Press– Tell us about yourself.
Mark Agpas- I was born in a small town in Surigao del Sur. We migrated to Baguio City and spent almost 14 years in the summer capital of the Philippines. At one time, my family realized that we have to go back to Surigao.
Phil-European Press – When did you start singing?
Mark Agpas – Actually I am not so inclined to singing. Ever since I was a kid, I dreamed to be in a band as a drummer. My brother sings better than me, so as my mother, too. I got inspired from their talent that is why I tried my best to sing. In 2004, I gathered my college classmates who also wished to have a band. We named our ban “FIRE EXIT”. We joined a number of Battle of the Bands competitions. The first time we got the first place was the inter school battle of the bands. The peak moment of our band was the time we won the biggest band competition in Davao called WUDSTAK 2005. We won the grand prize in the contest. It was during this time that I really concentrated myself with singing.
Phil-European Press – What kind of music genre you like most?
Mark Agpas – I really love alternative rock, reggie, soul acoustic,and modern/pop rock.
Phil-European Press – Who is your favorite international or local singer?
Mark Agpas – hhhhmmmm. My favorite male singer is the one and only Arnel Pineda! In the internationlal scene is Xavier Naiodoo because of his wonderful lyrics and voice.
Phil-European Press – Do you have message to your kababayans in Austria?
Mark Agpas – To all the Pinoys here in Vienna, i know sometimes life is hard and unfair. Most of us Pinoys in Austria are working hard in order to support our families back home. But be positive in everything we do. Keep reaching to our goal! Never stop dreaming and never stop believing that someday a good life will be in our hands… and the most important thing to reach our goals and success in life is: “DONT FORGET THAT GOD IS ALWAYS WATCHING US AND HE ALWAYS HEAR OUR PRAYERS! Indeed, we should be always proud of the talent we possess. Maraming salamat po sa inyong walang sawang pagtangkilik!
Interview conducted by Hector Pascua
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