So my cousin started a Korean boy band. No joke. With gimmicky dance moves and everything. The only difference is that their debut song is actually… quite good.
It was a little odd seeing him on stage and at the same time remembering this was the same guy that I carpooled with when I was taking a class over the summer at a college in Valencia, CA. He took Guitar class for fun, and I think I was taking some class to meet my undergrad GE requirements. His stage name is Chance, but I just know him by Michael – or the Koreanized version – “mah ee kul”. He studied at Berklee, so I’m sure he’s well connected in the music industry – but I can’t tell whether or not the comments on the articles that featured them are out of support or genuine interest in the band. Someone has already posted their music video with English sub-titles, Romanization and Korean. Did they just go viral? Insane.
They seem to be amassing a fan base out of Australia (two of the members grew up there) and gaining traction with fans in the States as they speak both English and Korean fluently. Call it a perfect storm, but their R&B style makes them appealing to US fans, their bilingual tongues make it perfect for communicating to adoring fans in Southeast Asia who can’t seem to get enough of Korean boy bands and the general Korean fan base are crazy for their boy bands. Let me tell you, this world is ridiculous. Suihanki wrote a post earlier about crazy dramatic Korean music videos – and yea, it’s all true.
Chance sent me over their CD from South Korea with my father as the mule:
…and Chance had them autograph it:
Listen to them sing in English:
Find their Facebook fan page here: http://www.facebook.com/pages/One-Way/
For the sake of getting a plug for these guys, here are group members again in order: Chance, Peter Hyun and Young Sky
While I wish them all the luck in the world, I hope that their PR person markets them right and positions them in a way to cater to both the Korean and American audience. They all signed up with Twitter accounts too. Give @onewaychance a holler and tell him Izzy sent you. 😉
So, you have to tell me now, what are your honest opinions?
*All photos were taken from One Way’s publicly published photos on the Internet! Don’t eat me alive!