Huddled collectively in entrance of a cellphone, the members of the P-Pop boy band BGYO are the definition of informal. The relaxed seems and the calm, virtually nonchalant means they introduce themselves make it arduous to imagine that they’ve but to achieve the second yr of their profession. Lower than two years, nonetheless, have sufficed for the quintet to forge a hit that exemplifies the rise of Filipino music to the worldwide stage.
Since their official debut in 2021, the five-piece act — consisting of Gelo, Akira, JL, Mikki, and Nate — has solidified their place as the subsequent Filipino music export to look at. Their story began with an audition name for ABS-CBN’s Star Hunt Academy. The challenge ended up uniting 5 younger males from totally different paths of life below one identify that aptly stands for “Turning into the change, Going additional, You and I, Initially Filipino.”
It’s mid-November when BGYO first travels to New York for group actions and press promotions. Contemporary off the profitable launch of their sophomore album, Be Us, and regardless of their busy schedule, the quintet nonetheless finds mundane issues to marvel about. “Within the Philippines, individuals put on straightforward, snug garments due to the climate, however in New York, individuals align [their wardrobe] to the season,” the group’s rapper Mikki tells Teen Vogue when requested in the event that they’re taking fashion notes throughout their go to to The Metropolis That By no means Sleeps.
Chicago-born Nate, for instance, observes that New Yorkers have a penchant for gadgets similar to fight boots, cargo pants, and tech put on. He additionally reveals that after touchdown in the US, he’s turned a black bomber jacket into probably the most dependable addition to his outfits. “I additionally wore it in Los Angeles,” he says, proudly exhibiting the jacket in entrance of the digital camera. “My private fashion may be very straightforward to placed on and take off. I’ve been carrying comfortable put on and work put on. It’s influenced by Rick Owens and RM of BTS.”
John Lloyd Toreliza — who goes by the stage identify JL — admits that his wardrobe is extra sensible, “Personally, I really like carrying avenue kinds, and I don’t have actual inspiration however I’m at all times looking for outfit variations on-line,” says the singer. JL’s reply confirms one thing that’s unimaginable to miss in regards to the group’s dynamics. Regardless of being a tight-knit bunch, all 5 possess strikingly contrasting personalities and preferences. It’s in all probability a mirrored image of their background variety. Previous to his debut as a member of BGYO, for instance, JL used to take part in singing competitions.