How Ben&Ben keeps creating in the quarantined music scene

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 15) — The months-long lockdown has not stopped folk-pop group Ben&Ben from making music for their fans, even when apart.

The nine-man band has recently released 'Lifetime,' written and recorded in the confines of their own homes.

"We are very happy with how it turned out...We're happy that a lot of people were able to connect to the song," vocalist Miguel Benjamin Guico told CNN Philippines' New Day.

How did the band pull through? For them, it was all about creativity.

"First we were sending clips back and forth on Messenger, it was really tedious. Eventually we found this platform, which was like Google Docs for music," percussionist Andrew de Pano bared.

"Now we could each record our own tracks then each other one of us can see all the updates in real-time. It was almost like playing together but not really," he added.

The group also had to improvise in creating a studio-quality music by using the full potential of their closets for doing vocals and instruments.

"We put our microphones in the closet so it would function as silencing tool or an isolation booth so there wouldn't be much background noise," Guico added.

'Lifetime,' which was released on June 3, was inspired by a netizen and an untold love story between her and her best friend. To date, the music video has garnered more than 2 million views on YouTube.

On Independence Day, June 12, the band also released 'Nakikinig Ka Ba sa Akin,' a song which celebrates right to freedom of opinion and expression. The song was written two months prior, while the group was on strict lockdown like the rest of the people in Luzon.

As the country further eases quarantine rules, fans can expect the band to continue making music, despite the circumstances.

"We're going to keep putting out stuff, especially now with the general community quarantine," said Guico's twin brother Paulo Benjamin. "We want to keep connected to our fans and the best way of doing that is to keep releasing music."

"And when its allowed, we will shoot music videos as well. We have so much in store for everyone."

Ben&Ben previously put up online concerts to raise funds for COVID-19 relief and benefit frontliners battling the spread of the virus. Its online concert "Puhon" held last March 27 generated more than ₱4.2 million alone.