Five months after the eight-member idol group ALAMAT was launched, their journey is off to a good start as they continue to rake support because of their unique music.
According to Valfer, a member of ALAMAT, their experience so far was a blast. The boy band did not expect to gain much attention both locally and internationally as their music was “risky” since they fuse traditional and modern music into one.
“Five months palang kami and the experience was a blast. Sobrang unexpected at nakaka-overwhelm na hindi namin in-expect na magugustuhan ng tao ang music namin.
“Kasi sobrang risky ng ginagawa namin na different languages; yung sound namin may traditional Filipino elements. Sobrang risky s’ya. Pero nagustuhan pa rin ng ibang tao at umabot pa sa ibang bansa.
“May mga feedback sa foreigners, may reviews pa sa YouTube. So sobrang nakakataba ng puso. At [dahil] do’n mas gusto pa naming higitan pa ang ginagawa namin,” he said during the virtual press conference for their latest single, Kasmala, July 16.
But the attention and their continued rise to popularity will also gain criticism from their listeners.
When asked how they deal with the feedback they receive, members of the group shared their respective insights.
Valfer answered that ALAMAT considers every comment, good or bad, taking it as motivation in improving themselves.
“We analyze muna every word na sinasabi nila, every detail. Kung ano yung makukuha namin na maganda, kung ano yung constructive criticism na makakatulong sa’min as a group and as individuals. We then tend to improve ourselves.”
Tomas likewise agreed with what Valfer said. The group’s main vocalist and lead dancer stressed the importance of these comments in their journey to become a better boy group.
“Add ko lang, kasi kahit maganda or hindi maganda ang comment sa’min, lagi pa rin naming tinitignan parehas. Tine-take namin siya para mas pag-igihan sa mga susunod namin na gagawin. So magandang energy ang naibibigay sa’min ng both.”
To add, Jao pointed that ALAMAT’s members were aware of their progress. Dealing with the negative and the positive, he said that they just choose which ones they should take.
“Also rational human beings, we are always aware sa progress namin and everything. What is wrong—everyone has their opinions. And it’s best to be attentive sa lahat, kung anong ite-take mo.”
ALAMAT was first introduced on February 14, 2021, through their debut single, kbye. The eight-member boy group comprises Taneo, Mo, Tomas, R-Ji, Valfer, Alas, Gami, and Jao.
In five months, the group was under Viva Artists Agency and has released two more original songs aside from their debut song kbye, and the most recent single, Kasmala. The two other songs of the group were Sandigan and Tibay ‘Yan featuring Iñigo Pascual.
Currently, their latest single has already reached 131,759 views on YouTube. Their other song kbye tallied 1.1 million views, Sandigan with 63,809, and Tibay ‘Yan with 10, 256.