Looks like Pentatonix isn't the only group out there keeping things pitch perfect and serving it up a cappella anymore! There's a new face of the rising a cappella scene, and they are The Filharmonic...
Comprised of six Filipino-American crooners, the group has combined their diverse backgrounds and talents to create one harmonious sound. After meeting up on the competition scene as college students, VJ Rosales, Joe Caigoy, Trace Gaynor, Barry Fortgang, Jules Crus, and Niko Del Rey realized that they shared a passion for music and a certain spark onstage.
Once their serendipitous partnership was solidified, the guys hit the scene in a big way. The group made their television debut in 2013 during a run on the fourth season of The Sing Off, earning the respect of the masses and wowing fans with their tight productions.
Covering top artists such as Bruno Mars, Maroon 5, Aerosmith, The Filharmonic proved themselves capable of bringing their own unique spin to any performance. After f
inishing the competition in a respectable fourth place, the group rode the success of their appearance out and vowed to stay in the game.
The Filharmonic went on to appear alongside fellow a cappella heavy hitters with a cameo appearance in the acclaimed Pitch Perfect sequel in 2015. The friends and hitmakers have created a presence online and on the road, as they post content to their YouTube page frequently and have toured with the likes of Lincoln Park and the Black Eyed Peas.
With their vivacious personalities, diverse backgrounds, and joyful stage presence The Filharmonic are a group to keep your eyes on. The guys are currently on the road performing a slew of shows for fans across North America, and they have plans for a massive continuation to the year.
We at PopWrapped had the opportunity to chat with the Joe Ciagoy, Jules Cruz, and Nike Del Rey of The Filharmonic, and we got the drop on life on the road and in studio as well as how they see a cappella evolving as a mainstream genre!
PopWrapped: What is your favorite thing about being onstage?
Joe Ciagoy: The best thing about being on stage is the audience. We do videos, we have rehearsal, we record our music, but the energy that a live audience gives off is so amazing and makes our job that much more fun.
PW: How do you pick a song to cover?
JC: We typically like to do top 40 hits. So if there is a song we really like, then we'll cover it. But sometimes we like to do research and find songs before they get big, so that way our audience isn't already tired of it by the time we have it ready.
PW: Do you have any dream collaborations that we may see in the future?
JC: We're inspired by so many artists from the 90's and early 2000's, especially groups like Boyz II Men and NSYNC. We've been fortunate enough to work with Shawn Stockman on the Sing-Off, so we just have to collab with Justin Timberlake or anyone else from NSYNC.
PW: How have things been going during your Get Up And Go Tour?
Jules Cruz: The Get Up and Go Tour has been incredible so far! Every new city and all of our fans have been so welcoming on every stop. We're even currently adding more cities as we go into the Fall so keep an eye on our website to check if we're coming to a city near you.
PW: Do you all have any pre-show rituals before hitting the stage?
JC: Before every show we have a ritual of saying a short prayer to calm our nerves.
PW: Shows like The Sing-Off and Pitch Perfect have really brought new life into a cappella as genre. Where do you see the genre growing in the future?
JC: The Sing-Off and Pitch Perfect were great vessels for a cappella. It's given momentum to our genre and I can see it continue to progress as groups like Pentatonix and us keep aiming to be in the mainstream spotlight.
PW: Do you guys have a favorite song to perform live?
Niko Del Rey: I think right now our most favorite song to perform would be "Work" by Rihanna and Drake. It's new to our set, and we also just put out a new music video on our YouTube channel. So we're really excited to perform it and show our audiences new music.
PW: What artists were really influential to the development of your sound?
NDR: We all grew up in the 90's, so we have heavy influences from groups like Boyz II Men and N'Sync. We also can't forget our girl powerhouses like Beyonce and Whitney Houston who were always on our radios growing up. Just 90's music in general really influenced us growing up; you can even hear those influences in our music if you pay close attention.
PW: What would you say is the most important lesson you learned during your time on The Sing-Off?
NDR: I think just learning from other groups on how we should function as a group. We were thrown into the fire competing against other groups who have been together for 10+ years. So learning what works best for them and applying it to ourselves really helped get a good momentum for the group that we still utilize today.