19-year-old Sydney-based singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Ylona Garcia has released a brilliant slice of power pop breakup balladry entitled “Don’t Go Changing” via 88rising. Produced by industry veterans Jonas Jeberg (Panic! At The Disco, Demi Lovato, The Jonas Brothers, Selena Gomez) and Marcus Lomax (Justin Bieber, Maroon 5, Miley Cyrus), the Filipino-Australian trailblazer and 88rising newcomer effortlessly uses emotionally telling vocals to grieve through different stages of letting go.
Speaking on the single, Ylona says, “‘Don’t Go Changing’ is a song that embraces truth towards life’s many mysteries, tough love in particular.”
To create the song’s video, Ylona Garcia invited her fans onto the mainstage through a collaboration with Samsung to include personal footage of their cultural roots inside her music video. The final music video features photos and videos from across the globe, shot by real fans on their Samsung phones, each representing a slice of each creator’s life beautifully juxtaposed with that of Ylona’s.
Following the hit single “California (feat. Warren Hue),” “Don’t Go Changing” is also the newest single off the upcoming Head In The Clouds III, 88rising’s game-changing third installation of the world-building, collaborative effort bringing together rising artists from East to West. An album of 88’s closest friends, family, and collaborators that brings together listeners from around the world into the universe of the Asian-American experience, HITC3 is due out in early 2022. It will be preceded by the return of 88rising’s acclaimed Head In The Clouds Festival on November 6th and 7th in Pasadena, CA.
“Don’t Go Changing” is the first of three music videos powered by Samsung, and its creative partner R/GA, from 88rising’s upcoming visual album, Head In The Clouds 3, which will be released in tandem with the record. The music video, directed by Louis Browne (Jack Newsome, Ellie Goulding, Rich Brian), was shot entirely on the Samsung Galaxy S21 device. Fans are encouraged to get even closer to the music and artists they love by sharing their own cultural roots content shot on Samsung Galaxy devices, to be featured alongside Ylona in the final music video.