Did you think One Direction or even NSYNC was your favorite boy band? Guess again. SYCO Music and Columbia Records group PRETTYMUCH have been making their way to stages across the country and taking the music industry by storm! Formed by Simon Cowell in 2016, the American-Canadian boy band is made up of Austin Porter, Brandon Arreaga, Edwin Honoret, Nick Mara and Zion Kuwonu. Their latest hits "Would You Mind" and "Teacher" has landed them on Billboard's 21 Under 21 2017 and with an ever-growing fan base. Check out how this modern boy band is stealing our hearts one by one.
Before forming this group under SYCO Records and Columbia Music, did any of you guys know each other?
EDWIN: We didn't know each other before all of this but we made it a thing to spend as much time together as possible to learn each other and get to know one another. Now we are like brothers since we’ve lived together for a year and a half.
Your group is a lot more diverse than most boy bands we’ve seen in recent years, do you feel that it has an influence on your music?
EDWIN: Yeah, we pull from lots of different cultures and family backgrounds for our music, I think that’s what makes it sound so different on each song. We also do the same when it comes to dancing, but its just us at the end of the day.
BRANDON: I also think we each have our different musical inspirations that we pull from, but then we also have a lot of common ground. Like I know we all agree that our favorite artists as a group are Boyz II Men and Michael Jackson.
You guys have recently performed your hits “Would You Mind” and “Teacher” on MTV’s TRL Day 2. How did that make you feel?
AUSTIN: On the morning that we were going to TRL I just remembered all the times I used to sneak into my brother's room to watch the show and it's just so crazy to be on the same show.
EDWIN: It feels surreal to be on the same stage as some of the greats. But we will have a lot more growth to come and we are learning something new every day. We are really just taking things one step at a time.
Your hits have landed you on Billboard’s 21 under 21 2017, do you feel that your music represents and resonates with the younger generation?
BRANDON: Yeah I think it does resonate with the younger generation because that’s our generation too! We hope people of all ages like our music though, it has the throwback feel but also a mixture of what’s popular today, so there’s something for everyone.
ZION: We just want to make music that makes people happy and get up to dance, younger, older, whatever.
Your most recent hits really highlight each individual talent and bring it together. Have you found that working together makes for a lot of creativity and new ideas?
EDWIN: It's like 5 different brains in the studio so you have a melting pot of ideas and we can all bounce ideas off each other, either in the studio, at dance, or shooting videos.
What is a typical rehearsal or jam session for you guys like?
BRANDON: Each song is different, but we usually lay down melodies on a beat and then structure the song and then we pick and choose lyrics based off of concepts we bring up. Sometimes we just get inspiration and start jamming at our studio at home, and other times we work with amazing producers like Savan, so it’s a mix.
You’re going on tour with Jack & Jack in November! How do you feel about this and the whirlwind of the music industry?
NICK: Going on tour is another surreal moment for us because now we finally get to meet some of our fans and really get to know them outside of social media. They have been so supportive and we owe everything to them, so that’s what we are most looking forward to for sure.
What’s next for you guys?
EDWIN: More music to come, so keep an eye out for that! But also we all just can't wait to be on the road, meeting our fans and getting to spend time with them, because at the end of the day its all for them.
Nowadays, it's all about embracing where you're from and these guys are doing just that! Blending their diverse backgrounds and talents together, they're creating music that we just can't stop playing. In fact, the boys have recently dropped yet another single and don't worry, you'll be singing along to it soon enough.