Following dominating the Melon search chart in 2020, Filipino folk-pop band Ben&Ben have collaborated with DAY6 bassist, Young K for a rendition of their 2017 hit song “Leaves.”
“The new version of Leaves is based heavily on how the full band adapted the song for live performance through the years,” lead singer and guitarist Miguel Benjamin said in a statement.
He addded, “As compared to the original piano and guitar only arrangement, the new one features the rest of the band’s full instrumentation and additional choir-esque harmony arrangement by Toni, Andrew, and Poch on the intro and first verse.”
Young K contributed vocals to the second verse and chorus of the song, giving it an edgier, more pop-oriented sound.
According to lead singer and guitarist Paolo Benjamin, “No revisions were needed, as everything worked as a result of natural chemistry, and Young K’s affinity to the band sound as well.”
Moreover, the collaboration between Ben&Ben and Young K began when various K-Pop artists listened to and reacted to “Leaves” on their V Live as requested by their individual fanbases. The videos drove Ben&Ben’s “Leaves” to the top of the Melon real-time search list, where it now sits at No. 1, No. 2, No. 3, No. 6, and No. 7.
“The band’s and Day 6’s management were able to reach out to each other, and the artists’ mutual respect for each other’s music eventually led to Young K agreeing to a collaboration,” percussionist and background vocalist Andrew de Pano shared.
Young K said, “It would’ve been better if we could meet in person, but still the fact that I could have my voice with them is enough for me. Maybe in the future we could work on a new song together,”
“Leaves (feat. Young K)” is currently available on all digital platforms worldwide through Sony Music. On May 28, Friday (7pm – Manila time), the official music video including Young K will be released, and there will be an IG Live on Ben&Ben’s Instagram with Young K at 6pm.