SAB is a 18 year old, singer-songwriter from Manila who’s feeding all your indie-pop feels. She was drawn to music at a young age as she started playing the piano at 7 and picked up the guitar at 15. She’s come a long way from being a shy kid to growing into a confident artist. SAB joins us for a myxCLUSIVE to talk about her latest song Dancing in the Dark, her writing process, and musical influences.
1. SAB’s music makes gives you the coffee shop vibes
Her music is generally described as indie-pop. However, she gave us three words to give us a better understanding of her music: genuine, calming, and melodic. “It’s a feeling inside me and that’s how it is. With these songs, I make sure it’s my story in my own way…”
2. She can’t imagine life without music
SAB tells DJ Marlino that she started taking music seriously around 13 when she started voice lessons. She then auditioned for the label, Star Music and received positive feedback. “I didn’t expect to be in the entertainment industry, but a part of me couldn’t imagine being without it.”
3. Her writing journey began with poem and spoken words
When asked what her stronger skill is between writing or playing, she chose writing. Before she wrote poems before turning them into melodies. However, now it’s the other way around. “I’ll go to the piano or guitar, record whatever melody then rearrange lines.” What she plays all starts from a gut feeling.
4. The first single, She took 2 years to complete
A song about self-love and inspired by a spoken word poem, showed her a long, but rewarding process. SAB tells us that the song teaches you that “there’s going to be a lot of people trying to influence you to become a better person. You have the option to let it or not let it happen.” Everyone’s on the journey to finding themselves and when it gets hard, you have to turn to the people who love you the most. Fun fact about the song is that you can hear it in the background of a scene in the Korean drama, Flower of Evil.
5. One Direction’s song, Perfect inspired SAB’s second single, Dancing in the Dark
Written one month after her Star Music audition, the song went through a lot of lyric changes. She was changing lyrics even one month before recording it. It’s also the first song she wrote on the guitar. The part of Perfect that inspired her song was the word “rendezvous.” SAB says the song is about “a love that couldn’t really be. It’s only yours with another person for that one specific moment.” BRB while we go back and listen to both songs!
SAB also hangs out to play a round of Song Roulette and perform a few songs and covers! Make sure to add her to your must-watch list and keep up with her as she plans to release more music in 2021.