"One thing’s for sure, I do like making something out of nothing (and I guess that makes me an artist??)"

By Vanessa B

RURU is the wonderfully eclectic and creative solo project of Filipino multi-disciplinary artist, Denice Quimbo. Originally based in Manila, the Philippines, she currently resides in Ontario, Canada, where she writes her music whilst pursuing an education in Music Business Administration.

She recently released her aptly titled debut album “Glorious Miscellanea”, a whimsical collection of stories with a dialogue written in imagined perspectives, covering themes such as experiences of alienation betwixt the struggles of a delayed coming of age.

As Quimbo shared:

“It tells a story about how confusing loneliness can get when surrounded constantly by people, never lacking in company. Musically, it makes light of things and romanticizes the humdrum loop-sequences as certain as the ticking of a clock.”

The album comes out of a year-long creative block, in which Quimbo found solace in reading a lot of fiction and self-help books, as well as listening to Frank Zappa and Shuggie Otis.

Quimbo has kindly answered some QuickFire Questions for us as she promotes the album, both of which you can check out below.

You’re a multi-disciplinary artist and singer-songwriter. Can you share some insight into what that looks like exactly?

I have a general interest for all mediums of art — with writing music to be one of them. Being “multi-disciplinary” stems from my desire to never-not be a student, continuously learning from experiences.

When did you realise you had the potential to be an artist?

I guess I knew I liked making things for myself and people seemed to enjoy it so I thought, why not keep sharing it? In terms of potential, I almost always felt like I never had what it takes to become an artist. One thing’s for sure, I do like making something out of nothing (and I guess that makes me an artist??)

What are some of your favourite books, both fiction and non fiction?

Fiction. The Martian Chronicles. Ray Bradbury.
Non-fiction. A self-help book about healing from emotional abuse.

Who are some of your biggest influences?

I love storytellers, Picasso, Zappa, Neil Gaiman, Ray Bradbury (as mentioned), my friends and family who give me never-ending stories to tell about, and many many more.

How would you describe your perfect day?

An empty schedule, lots of sun, and lots of ocean next to me.

What’s next for you?

More music for sure. I’m ready to record the next record ASAP

Photo credits: Photos by Johara Polintan, Album Art by Liv Garber