The British-Norwegian boy band is about to carry out on the HAY Glamping Music Pageant in Hanoi on August 6.
The band consisting of Paul Marazzi, Christian Ingebrigtsen, Mark Learn, and Ben Adams was fashioned in 1998 and has many hits beneath its belt like ‘Each time,’ ‘Take On Me’ and ‘Like A Rose.’
It has gained three BRIT Awards, the British equal of the U.S.’s Grammy Awards.
Chatting with VnExpress on-line, the members of the band stated they’ve all the time needed to go to Vietnam.
They hope to go to a few of its well-known locations and revel in its greatest meals. Adams’ marriage ceremony photographer was a Vietnamese lady presently working in Norway, and he stated he had requested her to advocate some must-try experiences in Vietnam.
Learn is eager to attempt Vietnamese meals, particularly spicy ones, and stated a good friend had steered he ought to attempt deep-fried bugs.
Ingebrigtsen is keen to attempt the native beers.
Requested about how they plan to organize for the occasion, they promised to decorate up and ensure they appear nice.”All of us in all probability have to chop our hair earlier than coming.”
Their favourite songs embrace ‘The Issues We By no means Did’ and ‘Like a Rose’ however they agreed ‘Caught within the Center’ topped the record.
Luckily, they aren’t uninterested in their previous songs.
A few of their songs will not be fashionable in Europe however well-known in Southeast Asia, they stated.
“We get pleasure from performing these songs. Many songs haven’t been even sung for a few years as a result of the viewers in Europe has by no means heard of them.”
They speak about an unforgettable expertise in Thailand a number of years in the past. An hour earlier than the present the organizers requested them to sing ‘If You Had been My Woman’ saying it was their hottest tune there.
Nevertheless, they’d solely sung it as soon as earlier than: within the studio for the flip facet of a pop single document.
Ingebrigtsen had composed it however couldn’t keep in mind the lyrics earlier than the Thai live performance and needed to sit and memorize them once more. However on the stage, he may solely keep in mind two traces and couldn’t proceed additional. He then gave his microphone to the viewers, they usually sang the remainder of the tune.
“We obtained goosebumps at that second.”
A1 break up in 2002 however reunited in 2018.
“Now we have much less stress than earlier than. Throughout our excursions, audiences simply need to hearken to previous hits as an alternative of recent songs. Nobody expects us to maintain releasing hits.”
In addition they benefit from the feeling of being on stage greater than earlier than. They now have their very own document firm and are subsequently now not beneath stress from a administration firm.
“We’re fortunate that we nonetheless have many followers all over the world, particularly in locations the place A1 didn’t have the chance to carry out 20 years in the past like Vietnam.”
Requested concerning the music trade now, they stated issues are occurring at a quicker tempo.
A1 debuted within the days of CDs and cassettes. On social networks, they describe themselves as “historical individuals.” Nevertheless, they’re making an attempt to be taught.
“We’re making an attempt to grasp how social networks work. We use TikTok however not typically. Certainly one of our plans within the subsequent yr is to learn the way younger individuals use these platforms to launch music.”
A1 thinks the times of boy bands haven’t handed but. There are nonetheless a number of well-known boy bands. Up to now, some obtained a nasty rap as a result of they have been based on appears and never musical expertise. Nevertheless, that’s now not the case.
“We will see many Korean boy bands immediately attaining success. Their members all have an opportunity to shine. Some are proficient rappers and vocalists. One other instance is One Path.”
Speaking about plans for the close to future, they stated they’d repeatedly launch new songs. Lately they launched a single, ‘Armor,’ which has been warmly welcomed by their followers.
Moreover, they’ve written lots of songs and they’re selecting their greatest ones to make an album, however have but give you a reputation or a selected launch plan.
“We’ll in all probability name it ‘The A Sport’.”