As 2gether: The Series continues to widen fanbase across the Asian region, the official soundtrack featuring songs of Thai musical duo Scrubb, has also been getting love from the Philippines.
Scrubb’s hits like“ขอ (Wish),” “ทุกอย่าง (Everything),” “รอยยิ้ม (Smile),” and “ใกล้ (Close),” have dominated streaming platforms such as Spotify, even making entries on Philippines Viral Top 50.
Being part of the official soundtrack of 2gether: The Series has hugely helped boost their success in the Philippines and in the region. The smash series currently airs on Thailand’s GMM 25 and Line TV, as well as the YouTube account of GMMTV.
Recalling how their music became part of the BL series’ official soundtrack, Scrubb’s Torpong “Ball” Chantabubpha says:
“The author is one of our fans who started writing this story as an online fiction inspired by our songs. Then it got published as a book. Finally, the series came out, which encouraged more people to listen to our songs. We have to thank Jitti, the author, for putting our songs in the original story and making all of these things happen.”
Scrubb’s songs have somehow aided in championing a narrative that supports the unique romantic experiences of the LGBTQ+ community. Their involvement in the official soundtrack of a pop culture behemoth encourages visibility and representation in mainstream media, which has long shunned stories that go against societal norms.
“As an artist, we have no specific audience,” shares Muey Thawatpon Wongbunsiri, the other half of Scrubb. “Our songs are our diaries. It’s a way for us to keep the good memories from that period of time. I think the listeners can also relate to the song as they face a similar situation or atmosphere. We are happy when anyone can enjoy and get inspired by our song no matter who they are.”
The Smile duo has also been involved in other gigs outside of 2gether. Earlier this year, they released their new single “ธรรมดา (Everyday)” with a music video directed by prolific filmmaker Domu. Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, their plans to tour outside of Thailand have been stopped. But once this pandemic crisis is all over, Filipino fans may hope to see them perform here. Ball says they’ve been hoping for a chance to play for their Filipino fans soon.
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