In this 3-part interview with The Filharmonic, we ask them a few questions first, then we do a 10-second song challenge, and finally we get to hear them perform an a-capella cover.
The Philharmonic is a band unique in their musical talent and cultural diversity.
The group of Filipino-American youngsters who were featured in NBC’s hit musical competition, “The Sing-Off”, has much to sing about. Making the semi-finals, finishing the first “Sing-Off” National tour, sharing the stage with Linkin Park, Black Eyed Peas and Pentatonix, then being part of the movie Pitch Perfect 2 is only the kick-off to their amazing journey!
They consist of six members: Vocalists VJ Rosales, Joe Caigoy, Trace Gaynor, and Barry Fortgang, Vocal Bass Jules Cruz, and Beat boxer Niko Del Rey. Their melodic vocal style exemplifies an urbanesque hip hop sound with 90’s nostalgia.
What started as friendly chance encounters at singing competitions in college eventually solidified into a harmonious group as the boys discovered their shared genuine chemistry, unparalleled love of music, and undeniable musical talents. Through social network and a strong kinship to their Filipino culture they have found their niche in the musical community. Though their passion for great music is on par, their combined talents come from a wide variety of backgrounds in the performing arts industry, including pop, a cappella, jazz, opera, theater, classical, etc.
Together they honor their Filipino heritage through incredibly nuanced musical performances that are both moving and fun to experience.
Currently, the boys can be found working hard on their music and videos, and doing what they love most: simply performing. Ultimately the group aspires to work with the greatest in the music industry for the greatest audience in the world: you. To this end, they invite you to join them on this amazing journey they’ve embarked on as they work joyfully and tirelessly at their art.
Author: Fadi Malkosh
Fadi Malkosh is the founder of Network Radio.