SB19 leader John Paulo “PABLO” Nase, 27, has embarked on his journey as a solo artist. On January 28, 2022, Sony Music Philippines released his debut single “La Luna,” which is out now on all digital music platforms worldwide.
Composed and produced by PABLO, “La Luna” is an eclectic banger, which is all about freeing yourself from the need to meet society’s unrealistic expectations. As he sums it up, the song is about learning to embrace imperfections in pursuit of achieving acceptance and self-love.
“We all have flaws and we need to accept those imperfections because those are what make us who we are,” PABLO said. “To be mentally healthy, we need to come to terms with ourselves, that what we feel is valid. We shouldn’t suppress it just so we can please everyone and avoid confrontation.”
“There will always be black in white and white in black,” PABLO continued. “We should maintain balance within us. That’s how we remain sane and alive.”
“La Luna” cements PABLO’s foothold as one of the most imaginative figures in P-Pop and a creative force with a knack for ambition. Aiming for a grander, more cinematic-sounding track, he rips through the speakers with punchy cadences over a hard-hitting bed of bass, strings, wind instruments, hip-hop-inspired drums and choral harmonies.
“I always like the cinematic feeling the music scoring bring upon movie scenes,” the SB19 leader revealed. “It amplifies the emotion that is currently being portrayed. I decided to incorporate that in my music. I want it to be grand and full to bring out the intensity of the song’s emotion.”
“La Luna” marks PABLO’s first official release after teasing the public with an unreleased song titled “???” Outside his stint as the leader of SB19, he has done exemplary work as a producer and composer.
In 2021, PABLO won the top prize at the Djooky Music Awards for his collaboration with rapper Josue on “Determinado.” All the songs from SB19’s extended play “Pagsibol,” which was released in 2021, were written by PABLO.
For PABLO, making his own music is an outlet to express all his emotions in its messily beautiful but unfiltered state. He shared, “Its focus is mostly about myself, my feelings, my beliefs, how I view the world and how it affects me.”
PABLO’s decision to release “La Luna” is a way for him to confront his personal battles. Watch the music video here: