SB19 Opens Up About Their New EP, BBMAs Nomination, And Sharing Filipino Culture With The World

Let's talk about your music. Pagsibol, your mini-album, was just released. The title track, What? was dark and powerful. Which was your favorite part about recording this project?Pablo: I was first to hear the songs with all the beats and vocals. While I was writing the songs, I was singing along with my guitar and picturing the outcome when the group sang them. It's amazing. I get so excited to hear all the variations and the dynamics of our voices in one song.Ken: Some of the tracks were recorded while we were covered in blankets!Pablo: Yes, we did. We used blankets to reduce the reverberation. It was great fun to record the chants. My neighbor even shouted out the lyrics once, just when we were getting really loud. It's funny, because they have already heard the melody and lyrics of our song and are repeating them over and over.Many of your songs are strong and dark. Is there a cute concept for SB19?Justin: We have more fun concepts and we hope our next song will be cutesier and more playful.Stell: We are open to that...Note from the writer: It was something I thought might work with Twice. All of them cheered. It would be a wonderful dream come true, Josh, says Pablo. They are my favorite, especially Sana and Nayeon. He gives the camera a thumbs-up. All of them laugh.In K-pop, as well as in society in general, there is a lot of prejudice against idols from Southeast Asia. Are you affected by these instances?Pablo: Asian racism is not only present in Asian countries, but also in other countries. It's very sad. We were initially affected by hate speech and comments. However, we tried to encourage each other to do the right thing and keep going no matter what. Actually, we were able to create a song from [the hatred]. We want to teach people through our music. We want people to understand that discrimination and racism are bad things and help them recognize these things.