1. Since most people find loud pop music more appealing in live concerts, what features did you add into your performance to engage the audience with your acoustic pieces?
We think that regardless of genre or style – be it upbeat or slow, energetic or sombre, serious or lighthearted – great music always starts with great songs. As such, we strive to entertain our audience by carefully choosing songs that are not only popular or recognizable, but also engaging, memorable, and interesting. Another engaging feature of our performances is our ability to alter our lineup of instruments – as well as who is playing them – for each song. Variety helps us captivate and create freshness for our audience, as well as for ourselves. Lastly, and perhaps the most notable, is that we create a certain fullness of sound with our collective vocals. For us, there is something magical when we find the right vocal harmony for a particular chorus or phrase. We hope our listeners will discover this too.
2. 2. How do you work together to achieve musical harmony? What is the process that you go through to be able to bring such unique acoustics together to be able to perform?
First and foremost, we are music lovers with a passion for sharing our unique acoustic sound. When we decide on a potential new song, we will bring different ideas to the table. Taking advantage of each of our strengths, we then experiment with different ideas until we achieve the right balance, mood, and sound. And because we are all classically trained musicians with strong musical backgrounds, working together is not too difficult because we all speak the same musical language, and understand each other’s parts. It typically doesn't take us too long to figure out what does and doesn't work. But when it does, it is a really fun and rewarding experience because we see our vision for a song come to fruition.
3. How long did it take for all of you to be able to play so many instruments at once and even being able to sing?
We’ve been playing music together formally as M2O for about two years now but we’ve known each other for a long time, so bringing our musical talents together was a very natural and organic progression. Since then we've been having lots of fun practicing regularly, testing new songs and expanding our repertoire, as well as gaining valuable experience performing at various events and settings.
4. Do you have any additional comments you’d like to add?
Thank you to the organizers for inviting us to be part of Markham Night It Up!. We are very excited, and sincerely hope that the audience will enjoy our songs as much as we will enjoy performing them!
BasementBoyz is a group of six young musicians established in 2016 starting from 3 members that eventually increased to six.Our band consists of members Joshua Malsi (Drummer), James Le (Bassist), Jacob Lerma (Lead Vocalist), Julian Malsi (Pianist), Vincent Hau (Vocals & Guitar), and Joshua Calaguas (Vocals & Guitar). Now we bring our music from the Basement to the stage. (Photo from left to right)
1. What inspired you to come together to form a band? How did you guys meet?
We met each other in high school. All of us had our own individual passions for music. Some of us were part of the school band and some of us were part of the school choir. Some of us had already played music and jammed together for a while. Eventually, in 12th grade we all came together and formed a 6 member band.
2. What was one major obstacle you have encountered in your journey of bringing “basement music” to the stage? How did you resolve this problem at last?
Our major obstacle was finding time to all practice together. Eventually, through the compounded results of all the times we’ve practiced, we slowly became better as musicians and as a band.
3. What would you say is one of your most prominent traits that distinguish you from other bands consisting of members similarly aged as yours?
What distinguishes us from other bands is the fact that we all share a bond beyond music. We met each other in school and were friends even before forming the band. In our music, you can hear a synergistic sound that only a band with a good bond can produce.
1. How did you come up with the name OMO?
"Omo" (어머) is a Korean expression of shock or surprise, similar to "oh my god". We want people to think "omo!" when they see us perform.
2. Who are your musical influences? How did they play a part in your journey? What made you dance to the styles you do now?
We have followed K-pop since its early days, and have always been impressed by how K-pop choreography blends skill, synchronization and theatrical expression. Apart from Korean idols themselves, we draw inspiration from the vibrant Toronto K-pop dance community, and often collaborate with other teams to perform and record.
3. How long does it usually take you guys to learn and perfect a dance cover?
It usually takes 4-6 weeks to complete a dance cover, depending on the length and difficulty. As most of our members work full-time, it's often difficult to schedule group practises and thus we rely a lot on practising at home.
4. Anything else you would like to say?
We'd just like to thank Night It Up! for inviting us to perform! Some of our members have gone to Night It Up! since they were kids, and it's amazing that we now get to go onstage and spread the love ourselves :)