Stell revealed that Josh and him met BTS before and said to themselves, “Gusto namin maging katulad nila. Gusto namin maging artist, maging performer.”
So there is this Filipino Boy Group called SB19. They are under a Philippine branch of a Korean Company called ShowBT.— lyra (@BAE_Sodu) September 2, 2019
The producers are korean but the lyrics are in tagalog (written by the members) but i didn’t feel any cringe at all! Their dance is also great ? pic.twitter.com/6bDtGxBnQ3
The thing about manifesting is that life has more surprises in store for you further than you can imagine. Just take P-Pop group SB19’s recent milestone where they dethroned K-icons BTS on the Billboard Hot Trending Songs charts recently. They did THAT and they’re still in disbelief when SB19 had their press conference for Our Zone. Because how else can you grasp the fact that you just took over the top spot of internationally-awarded Korean superstars? Let that sink in.
I’M FIRE I LINGERRRR YEAH ?— SB19 Official ?? (@SB19Official) December 7, 2021
Wow! Thank you A’TIN for bringing us to the Top Spot on the @billboard #HotTrendingSongs !
? Stream Bazinga here: https://t.co/xJetLm9yJL #SB19 #SB19BillboardHTSTop1#Bazinga_SB19 Dominates BBHTS pic.twitter.com/93BocAXh2Q
It’s been a fun journey seeing SB19 grow into the artists that they are today, especially knowing the fact that almost gave all of it up. When asked what was their reaction to finding out that their song Bazinga replaced BTS’ Butter on the charts, the boys all knew that it was because of their beloved A’TIN. But did you know that main vocalist and lead dancer Stell already had a hunch of what was to come even years ago? Read on below to find out what the boys of SB19’s reactions were.
STELL: “SIYEMPRE PO GOOSEBUMPS”
“Pag sinabi po kasi nating BTS, like alam natin na BTS ‘yan, malakas ‘yang mga ‘yan,” shares Stell. He’s a big fan and has also did dance covers of their songs before, considering them one of his biggest inspirations. The plot twist? He and Josh already met them before. “Kami ni Josh na-meet namin sila before and talagang nung na-meet namin sila, sabi namin gusto namin maging katulad nila. Gusto naming maging artist, maging performer tapos ngayon po may dumadating na news na nag number one po ‘yung song namin, siyempre po goosebumps.” Stell called it!
JOSH: “(SANA) MAS MARAMING MAKAALAM SA KULTURA NATIN“
SB19’s lead rapper Josh on the other hand knows they owe it all to their support systems, and that they couldn’t do it without them. He just hopes that one day, they’ll be able to interact with their fans again. “Sana maka-recover at siyempre po ma-represent na talaga namin ang Pilipinas sa US or sa ibang countries para mas lumago naman po at mas maraming makaalam sa kultura natin,” Josh says.
PABLO: “I FEEL LIKE WE’RE NOT THERE YET”
The standout quality that SB19 has? Self-awareness. For Pablo, taking over BTS was definitely something, but he knows they’re not there yet. To the leader and mastermind behind their music, it was a wake up call for them to even do better now that they’re slowly penetrating the global scene. “Ayun lang po, parang medyo may nervousness, since of pressure, responsibility. Kaya ayun po, kailangan namin i-prepare ‘yung sarili namin para sa world domination,” says Pablo.
JUSTIN: “KAILANGAN PA NAMING GALINGAN, KAILANGAN NAMING I-IMPROVE LAHAT“
For the creative director and sub-vocalist of SB19, Justin believes they shouldn’t settle for less and be complacent despite this milestone in their career as a group. “Since siyempre may bago kaming achievement, parang mas pressured or mas mafi-feel mo ‘yung responsibility mo na tapatan,” he says. He’s not wrong though, no room to be complacent. Justin is also prepared to face the struggles and obstacles of being on top. “Kailangan pa naming mas galingan, kailangan naming i-improve lahat.”
KEN: “UNBELIEVABLE PO SA AMIN KASI HINDI NAMAN KAMI GANUN KA-BIG EH.”
Even the main dancer and lead vocalist of SB19 knows it’s really their supporters who made all of this happen. It seemed like a dream that was too far-fetched given how famous BTS is but now Ken believes that anything is possible. “Unbelievable po sa ‘min kasi hindi naman kami ganun ka-big eh.” He’s amazed by how much love they’ve been getting from A’TIN to even take them this far.