WATCH: Gab Valenciano in Lil Jon 'Rock the Vote' video
MANILA, Philippines – Gabriel Valenciano, social media star, musician, and son of superstar Gary Valenciano, is featured in artist Lil Jon’s Rock The Vote video.
The video, released October 7, is in preparation for the midterm elections in the USA scheduled on November 4.
The video, featuring the hashtag #turnoutforwhat, has roots in the popular Lil John and DJ Snake hit “Turn Down for What.” But in the Rock the Vote version, voters are asked to turn out to vote to support a particular cause.
Glee actor Darren Criss, who is of Filipino descent, is also featured in the video – and he says he’s turning out for education.
Gab introduces himself in the video and says he’s turning out for racial equality.
Stars featured include Whoopi Goldberg, Lena Dunham, Fred Armisen, Natasha Lyonne, and EJ Johnson, among others.
“For the PSA and message, I represent the Asian-American community when it comes to speaking out and turning out for what you believe in and feel the world needs more of…It's pretty awesome how much freedom they give you to express yourself,” Gab told Pep.
One more awesome detail: Gab said that he was “lined up as the choreographer for the entire PSA.
He told Pep that he also got to work with Rock the Vote via an earlier “Hand of Power” video that he made, which asked Asian-Americans to vote in the upcoming elections.
“Hand of Power” features elements of Gab’s popular “Super Selfie” series, which is characterized by Gab’s numerous frantic dance moves set to upbeat music. Gab himself does all the work, which is why it’s called a “Super Selfie,” and often collaborates with friends and family in the vieos.
He told ABS-CBN in July this year that he was putting up a media company with friends, based in the USA. Last year, he left for the US to pursue further studies, and previoulsy told Pep that he would work on his immigrant status there.
Rock the Vote is a US organization focused on using media and pop culture to engage today’s youth, a critical voter demographic. – Rappler.com