By being shortlisted within the Top Social Artist class of the upcoming Billboard Music Awards, the P-pop boy group SB19 made historical past as the primary Filipino and Southeast Asian music act to attain such a feat.
The band—composed of Josh, Pablo, Stell, Ken and Justin—are in formidable firm, too, with such worldwide stars as Ariana Grande, BTS, Blackpink and Seventeen additionally vying for the award on May 23. But whereas they’re up in opposition to a stacked discipline, the boys stated that being nominated alone is already an honor.
“It’s overwhelming because we’re just starting with our career, but we were able to receive this chance. We’re doing our best. Though the winners have yet to be announced, just being a finalist is already a great opportunity for us,” group sub-vocalist Justin stated in a current digital convention organized by Sony Music Philippines. “Even if we don’t win, we still feel like winners because this is the first time a Filipino or Southeast Asian act got nominated,” he added.
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- What was the inventive course of like?
- How do you’re feeling about individuals discovering the music video empowering?
- What are you able to inform us about your upcoming single, titled “Mapa”?
- It additionally talks about wanting again at your roots.
- To the place do you credit score your success, regardless of the pandemic?
- What’s the most important present you may have acquired from followers?
- What are your ideas on different upcoming Filipino pop bands?
- How do you stay stable? We have observed that you’ve got this ritual of forming a circle earlier than you carry out?
The class, which was first launched in 2011, is awarded “based on major fan interactions with music, including streaming and social engagement, together with global online voting results.” Previous winners embody Justin Bieber (2011 to 2016) and BTS (2017 to 2020).
SB19, additionally the primary Southeast Asian act to enter the highest 10 of the Billboard Social 50 weekly and year-end charts, absolutely has a lot to achieve from this publicity. But it does include some stress, they admitted—the nice type.
“Even before being nominated, there’s already pressure whenever we release new content. We want to make sure that they’re of the highest quality. Now that we’re nominated, there’s pressure because, it’s not just the Philippines looking at us—it’s the rest of the world,” foremost rapper and vocalist Pablo identified. So, now we have to work tougher, suppose of issues that may make our performances extra explosive. We’re not simply carrying the title of our group.”
Despite the continuing pandemic, the band—which educated for three years beneath ShowBT Philippines earlier than debuting in 2016—continues to provide its fan base, or the A’TIN, new materials to look ahead to. Their present single, “What?,” is palpably hard-edged and laden with thumping beats—fairly a departure from SB19’s previous hits like “Alab.”“This one has a more aggressive take to it compared to our previous songs, so I had to force out the ‘oomph’ in the voices of the members,” Pablo stated of the track, which is accompanied by a music video that showcases Filipino imagery and ideas.
“A lot of people still doubt us, denouncing everything that we’re trying to achieve. We love what we do, that’s why we do it respectfully. ‘What?’ is about self-love and empowerment. As SB19 and as individuals, we know that we’re not the best at everything, but that shouldn’t stop us from what we want to achieve,” he defined. “What?” sounds grittier than your earlier releases. Pablo: It was written amid the pandemic. It’s like we’re on a battlefield now. We’re all combating for one thing—our lives, our jobs, our companies, the individuals we love. So why not make one thing that may encourage and enhance the morale of individuals in these occasions. We put some grit into the track to make an uplifting anthem.
What was the inventive course of like?
Justin: We had been intently concerned within the inventive course of. First, we created a storyboard for the video, then I requested for others’ opinions. We all collaborated till we got here up with a idea. From there, we labored with the employees to enhance on it.
How do you’re feeling about individuals discovering the music video empowering?
Pablo: We really feel happy. Because of our state of affairs, we needed to provide you with workarounds. So once we heard suggestions saying that it was uplifting and motivating, that made us completely happy. Because we labored onerous and poured our sources into it.
What are you able to inform us about your upcoming single, titled “Mapa”?
Pablo: The title combines the phrases “mama” and “papa.” It additionally means “map.” It was written to specific gratitude to our dad and mom, who raised us, nurtured us and guided us all the way in which. With this track, we wish to inform them, “Pahinga muna kayo. Kami naman.”
It additionally talks about wanting again at your roots.
Pablo: No matter how far you go, you’ll finally return to the place you began … your property. We wish to thank all of the individuals who have been with us for the reason that starting of our journey. We wish to say that we love them.
Josh: We wouldn’t be right here on our personal … if not for all of the individuals who imagine in us. No matter what occurs, even when we discover success, we are going to proceed to reciprocate the nice issues the individuals round us did for us.
To the place do you credit score your success, regardless of the pandemic?
Pablo: It’s tough to pinpoint one particular person or entity. It’s our household, our administration and the employees that create our content material, and the A’Tins, who untiringly help us. They’re the explanation we will nonetheless transfer ahead, regardless of the issues occurring around the globe. Even if now we have no new releases, they proceed to unfold the phrase about us, in order that extra individuals will learn about our group.
What’s the most important present you may have acquired from followers?
Josh: Hearing them say that our music helped save them or motivated them … that’s the present that conjures up us to proceed doing what we do. That’s what fuels our fireplace and soul.
What are your ideas on different upcoming Filipino pop bands?
Josh: Our aim is to encourage others. We need extra individuals to do that style. They don’t should be afraid. Loads of hopefuls are cautious of making an attempt as a result of they suppose being in a group is tough, that they’ll get bashed. But there are not any limitations.
How do you stay stable? We have observed that you’ve got this ritual of forming a circle earlier than you carry out?
Justin: Every time there’s a downside, we discuss it. We allot time to deal with it face-to-face. We maintain palms and kind a circle to be extra snug. We’re like brothers. We do that even earlier than our performances and turned it into a behavior … to provide one another power. INQ
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