SB19 looks back at their breakthrough year

Photos by Elaine Lim

When I first talked to SB19 back in 2018, they shared with me their dreams and goals once they debut. Like every other artist, the group wanted to be known all over the country, maybe around the world, too.

“We want to break into the music scene, set new standards,” Justin, the youngest member, had mentioned.

In 2019, the group did what they wanted, and more—they rose to popularity after their dance practice of their second single, “Go Up,” went viral. Since then, their schedules are booked with performances and guest appearances. Everything they do makes it to the top of the trending topics, and they probably didn’t expect to be the first Filipino artist it to the Billboard charts twice, ranking along with the world’s biggest artists, including the K-Pop artists they idolize.

The Manila stop for their nationwide tour, Get in the Zone, is the perfect end to their breakthrough year.

The first of its kind

Get in the Zone is the first concert of its kind, at least in recent memory.

All concerts are free, and fans simply have to register to get a ticket. ShowBT Philippines, SB19’s company, didn’t ask for help from major media outlets; the small but growing company simply mobilized volunteers, most of who are fans of SB19.

It’s pretty much on-brand for a group and a company that aim to redefine how P-Pop, and the Philippine entertainment industry, works.

For the members, though, they don’t feel like they’re the only ones redefining P-Pop. “It’s not just us, but the people around us as well,” said Josh in a meeting with the press before their Manila concert.

SB19’s leader, Sejun, added, “It takes a lot of people to redefine something. Another artist has to come before us to redefine [P-Pop].”

An ongoing challenge

Get in the Zone is a huge concert to undertake for a group that’s more than a year into debut. Last December 22, SB19 kicked off the nationwide tour in Bacolod and ended the year with their Manila concert.

After the New Year holidays, the group will continue in Cagayan de Oro and end their tour in Davao.

SB19 still can’t believe that their fame extends to people outside Metro Manila, and the nationwide tour is the perfect way to thank their A’TIN all over the country. Stell even mentioned that he learned that he has relatives in the cities they toured in.

With the excitement, though, comes challenges. They shared that not only do they have to meet the expectations of the fans; they also have to keep showing something new to make each stop special.

Justin said, “Since each of our stops has different cultures, we want to make each performance special for each city.”

If given the chance, SB19 would like to perform abroad, citing Japan, USA, and UAE as their dream stops. Ken mentioned he was surprised that “Go Up” charted high in the UAE, citing it as one of the reasons he wanted to perform there.

Never-ending thanks for A’TIN

In the end, SB19 always thinks of their A’TIN—from planning the concert to their future plans. Tatang Robin mentioned that they moved the concert time to the afternoon since majority of SB19 fans are minors.

Asked about their dreams for 2020, they mentioned wanting more projects, from producing an album made entirely by the members to exploring other parts of entertainment. Their reasons? So they can meet more fans from other parts of the country. And maybe the world.

For sure, A’TIN all over the world are looking forward to what SB19 has in store for the future.

Stay tuned for our second part of the event recap!

Bea Mandachttp://youonlylutzonce.wordpress.com/
Bea was introduced to the world of Korean culture through Full House, Jewel in the Palace, BoA, and TVXQ. She is also a fan of J-Pop, figure skating, and tennis. When not in her day job, she likes to be alone in her room or in a café with her pen and paper, or a laptop. She co-runs a figure skating blog with fellow KStreet contributor Clara. You can reach her on Twitter.

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