The songs of Ben&Ben are calming, nostalgic, and hit home every time. What’s so funny about this easy listening folk act is that there’s nothing easy about what they’re doing. This band is putting in work to breathe new life into Manila’s acoustic sound. From getting their start on Soundcloud to winning awards at last year’s Philpop to releasing their EP five months after, they’ve been rising up so fast you have to wonder what drives them.
For the two brothers Miguel and Paolo Guico, music wasn’t a written in the stars situation. “Actually, we were engineering students. Medyo malayo siya sa music,” Miguel reveals. It was the drive to make music together that got them to form The Benjamins back in 2014. Miguel was on guitar while Paolo played the keys. They wrote their first single Dahilan, recorded it, and posted it on Soundcloud around that time. “We didn’t intend to make it into something na: ‘ah itutuloy-tuloy natin ito,’” Miguel elaborates, regarding their early beginnings. “We just wanted to release our work out there.”
Their sibling relationship is the face of the band. But how does their relationship as brothers affect the music they make? “We fight a lot,” Paolo answered frankly. “I think the fact that we’re siblings makes it comfortable for us to fight over ideas that get better and stronger upon defining them through these arguments.”