If the career trajectory of Ben&Ben has proven anything, it’s that only more success will come with their new music—and we expect nothing less with their newest album. In turn, Miguel, Paolo, Agnes, Pat, Poch, Andrew, Toni, Jam and Keifer are well aware of the responsibilities that their success comes hand in hand with. It’s a challenge that Andrew describes as a “blessing.”
“If there are going to be public figures that younger people would look up to, and if those people happen to be us, [then] we might as well be good people,” continues Andrew. “Or parang, be ourselves and just show who we really are without much filter. Kasi what most people see of us, we’d like to think that medyo, yun na rin kami (that’s really us). I don’t think any of us go to sleep at night thinking, ‘I wish I could be more of myself to other people.’”
All this said, everyone in the room then admits it’s still sometimes difficult to be themselves, that there is still a disconnect between their public personas and their private selves. It becomes clear that, despite already pouring themselves into their music, there is still so much to comb through. So we ask what kind of conversations they have with themselves to get a clearer picture, and their answers couldn’t be more varied.
Pat says she doesn’t have a lot of conversations with herself, that she prefers to have an actual person (often Agnes) to bounce off her thoughts with. Jam admits her own tend to be noisy, with each side of herself taking part in the conversation. Agnes shares that hers mostly appear abstract. On the opposite side, Poch declares his is boring, mostly circling around what he has to do that day. Toni describes her conversations like a parent getting frustrated at their child, “Palagi siyang to confront or to let myself know what I observed of myself.”
“Pakinggan niyo yung album (Listen to the album)!” invites Keifer. “Mafee-feel niyo yung mga intricacies namin (You’ll feel our intricacies).”
As if we needed another reason to stream Pebble House, Volume. 1: Kuwaderno.