Spotify’s Most Streamed OPM Artist of 2023 Ben&Ben have finally arrived on the Billboard Philippines Studios stage.
The episode comes after the nine-piece band’s special Christmas performance of “Bibingka” and their guesting on Billboard Philippines Volumes, where they talked about the stories behind their latest singles “Courage” and “Autumn”.
Miguel Benjamin revealed to Billboard Philippines that “Autumn” was written at a time where the band was missing home after during their 2023 North American tour.
“There was a lot of anxiety and wanting things to happen right now, for clarity to come. [We often find ourselves in situations where] there’s nothing that you can control actually, parang lahat nagiging out of control (It’s like everything’s getting out of control). So, the only thing I can control is that I can write a song.”
As for “Courage,” they opened up about how the song was written while the band was mulling over failures and setbacks. “A lot of the things we were hoping for to happen didn’t and there were a lot of failures as well — internally and in things we were hoping to achieve. And when you experience a lot of failures and setbacks, it makes you question why you’re doing things. ‘Courage’ came from that heavy feeling of despair,” shared Benjamin.
These two songs, along with one of their first ever hits, “Leaves,” make up the setlist for their exclusive performance of Studios.
Studios is a live performance show where invited artists perform reimagined versions of their hit songs. The other flagship programs of Billboard Philippines’ media channels include Volumes, which is a podcast show that turns up the volume on the stories behind the artists, and Soundwave, the media platform’s show that showcases the trending songs in today’s music industry.
Episodes of Soundwave are uploaded on TikTok every Monday. Episodes of Volumes are uploaded on Spotify every Wednesday, while episodes of Studios premiere on YouTube every second and last Friday of the month. Follow Billboard Philippines on Facebook, X, Instagram, and Threads for the latest updates on who will perform next on the Billboard Philippines stage.
Watch Ben&Ben perform on Studios below.