Award-winning actor Piolo Pascual stars in the music video for Cheats’ melancholic new single “Hakbang,” the first single off their upcoming third studio album. The geeky dance fest that ensued at the finale of the music video elicited requests from their fans for a "Hakbang" Tiktok challenge, to which the band was more than happy to oblige.
Here's Candy's guide to the #HakbangChallenge on TikTok! Tag us at @cheatsmusic and make sure to use the hashtag #HakbangChallenge so we can see! BE AS CREATIVE AS POSSIBLE. Go!! pic.twitter.com/OUZqf3IVFw— Cheats (@cheatsmusic) November 8, 2021
Saab’s official entry to the #HakbangChallenge! We challenge you to post your own versions of this challenge and nominate your friends to join as well! 🎵— Cheats (@cheatsmusic) November 9, 2021
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Directed by acclaimed filmmaker Quark Henares, the black and white visuals find Pascual dealing with a nervous breakdown in his own apartment, while the band members of Cheats are in the background, trying to cope with the challenging times by acting relaxed and normal. The music video ends with the Filipino actor joining Cheats in the aforementioned dance sequence choreographed by PJ Rebullida.
“I think everything about this thing happened at the perfect time,” says lead vocalist and guitarist Jim Bacarro in a statement. “I’ve always wanted to work with Quark and Piolo. We’ve been long-time fans of their work, and I’m glad that they’re game to collaborate with us on this special project.”
Written in English during the onset of the pandemic last year, “Hakbang” was originally conceived as part of Bacarro’s solo album. But plans changed along the way, and Bacarro asked his friend, Ali Sangalang of Linya-Linya to translate the song into Filipino.
“It fits because thematically, the song was meant to sound like Filipino pop bands in the ‘70s ala Cinderella,” says the Cheats frontman. “I think it finally feels right because of how we’re writing it. Ali and I have been writing a bunch of songs together in Tagalog.”
The track was recorded at Kodama Studio, with Mikey Amistoso (Ciudad/Hannah+Gabi) as producer.
And Cheats also went the extra mile last Friday, November 26, not only by delivering the infectious "Soltera Remix" of "Hakbang" as they have been promising all week, but making a surprise release of another new Tagalog song entitled "Tawid".
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