How did you guys all get together initially?
We met up at different times. Three of us were childhood friends since we met in kindergarten, the rest of the group we formed later, but the basis started when we really met in sixth form school.
The group didn’t properly come together until we were mostly at University of Brunei Darussalam (UBD).
And we were really from many different backgrounds – none of us actually studied music. We are diverse, studying majors in English, drama, mathematics and business. As far as music goes, I initially met Wafi in sixth form doing choir together.
In those high-school singing competitions, that’s where I met Malkan for the first time.
And then in 1st year at University, I met Fiz. He had been a guitarist in a band before, we just stared informally singing and it went from there.
What was your first performance as a group like?
We entered this one show for UBD, it was a talent showcase where we really got together and started jamming. I was playing the guitar then they started to sing. We had fun. It was very organic, it just kind of happened and the group really formed together.
It was destiny! We really enjoyed the feeling of hearing that mix of harmonies, our unified voices as one – it just feels so good. Once we discovered that, it’s basically what drives us.
We really didn’t know how we would do and were so surprised to get into the top five finalists initially, especially as it was a diverse talent competition with dancers, solo singers and bands. We were amazed that we then went on to win.
What are the main challenges for you as a band and in terms of growing your audience?
We still have to break through that barrier in terms of mainstream music when it comes to acapella, as many people still don’t appreciate it as ‘real’ music. Although times are changing, especially with hit US TV and Films based on acapella, like Glee and Pitch Perfect in recent years, which means there is a growing audience worldwide.
It’s really getting us all together – with six of us having many different commitments, sometimes it can be hard to find the right time when we are all free. Especially as most of us have to concentrate on our final year studies.
What are your next plans and aspirations?
Our dream is to finally arrange and release our first single in the near future.
And it will be an original composition, where we really want to focus on the quality of the song and the arrangement.
For the last two years since we came together, we have been doing acapella covers, mash-ups, even Hari Raya songs, so the next step for us is to definitely put out an original song.
You can’t be comfortable, so we need to always challenge ourselves to improve our sound.
We’d really love to try some more competitions, mostly regionally to begin with and hopefully more international ones.
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