Written by: Danica Haresco
One! This is how we rock, Way! This is how we roll! One! Trust me now, you’ll
be screaming for encore!” With a song like that how can you not scream for K-Pop /hiphop group “One Way”?
This brand new group brings a fresh, funky dimension to the saccharine-dominated world of K-pop, catching the attention of not only K-pop fans but R and B aficionados as well, simultaneously opening the usually narrow road of Asian artists seeking to break into the global R and B scene.
The three member group with menthol smooth voices and suave moves is composed of Peter, Chance, and Young Sky. The band started when Peter and Young Sky first met in middle school in Sydney Australia. Chance, who was the lead singer of an American band “Xtacy Xport,” came into the picture when Young Sky migrated to California for highschool. All the boys are no strangers to the ins and outs of the music scene, with Peter having prior experience in the Korean music landscape having debuted
in 2008 as a solo artist under a different label. (“Showman” was the title of Peter’s song and self-titled album released back in 2008).Having prior experience with two different musical backgrounds became an interesting aspect to the artistic sensibilities of One Way, providing them a deeper and wider audience breadth, which also resonated with the groups ultra- slick, groovy tunes.
Last July 28, 2010 One Way threw a presscon at Anabel’s restaurant in Tomas Morato and Manila Concert Scene was right in the midst of all the excitement. The presscon was part of One Way’s Philippine visit to promote their self-titled debut album. The tour was made possible with the generous help of their music label, Universal Records and the three boys were equally excited to visit the country and meet their multitudes of fans. (Droves were even camped out at the presscon site!)Peter, who could easily become an honorary Pinoy exclaimed, “The Philippines is a country that welcomes warmth into their arms, it’s just been amazing in all aspects, people with their hospitality and the vibe in their shows, and of course our One Loves (a term of endearment he uses to call their fans).” The jovial singer was even downloading Tagaolog applications in his mobile phone, amusing the audience with Filipino expressions like, “Ikinalulugod kitang makilala” and “pwede ba kitang yakapin” (an obvious fan favorite). When asked about their musical influences Chance shared that they love classic jazz, r and b and rap.
Young Sky added that some dream collaborations would be with Timabaland Pharell and Kanye West.The group is also set to collaborate locally with none other than Asian’s romantic balladeer Christian Bautista. Ballad meets hiphop meets K-pop? A very interesting musical combination, indeed!!
Catch this ground breaking group live at SM Supermalls on July 30 in SM North Edsa Sky Dome, July 31 in SM Megamall and August 1 in SM Mall of Asia.
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