Ben&Ben’s new single “Di Ka Sayang” was released on November 6, 2020. On November 9, 2020 at 6:00 p.m., the band released its music video, which was helmed by Jorel Lising, the band’s frequent collaborator and the director behind their hits “Pagtingin” and “Nakikinig Ka Ba Sa Akin.”
The visual accompaniment of the song follows the band performing in random intimate spaces with Kintsugi artform as the backdrop. According to vocalist and guitarist Paolo Benjamin, the inspiration behind the pottery repair method as the binding theme came from their production designer Dianne Khu.
“During the planning of the video, things came together in a very organic kind of way and we thought it fit the concept perfectly,” Benjamin stated. “Kintsugi is the Japanese art of piecing together broken parts of pottery with gold glue. By doing this, brokenness is made whole in a way that is much better than it previously was.”
“Our percussionist Andrew even has a tattoo of wabi-sabi, which is the Japanese philosophy of accepting and finding meaning in the imperfections in life and nature,” Benjamin continued. “We really saw Kintsugi as a powerful way to represent self-acceptance.”
“This year has been the toughest year for many people from our generation and a lot of us are in this state wherein a lot of plans, dreams, hopes and goals were compromised, cancelled or rather sayang (a waste),” vocalist and guitarist Miguel Benjamin pointed out. “Even for us personally as a band, we had a hard time dealing with these same struggles. What we wanted to share, however, is that we are never alone in our hardships and that there is still hope in a better tomorrow.”
On November 11, 2020, Ben&Ben will release a special BBTV episode on its YouTube channel, which to date has more than 1.2 million subscribers. The award-winning nine-piece collective will also perform at Lazada SuperShow 11.11 on November 10, 2020 and at Wishbus Exclusive on November 12, 2020.