Phase Five is based in Los Angeles, but the band includes
members from all over the world. The group was originally brought
together through their mutual love of creating and sharing music.
Alex Odon, Nelson
Gabriel, Jay C. and Lee Brown. Phase Five has just released a video for
their latest single “Upside Down” and are preparing to release an EP
soon, thanks to the support and dedication of many fans who even funded
the bands efforts through an IndieGoGo campaign.
Recently, the members of Phase Five sat down and talked to
us about their fans, their music and what’s next for them.
How would you
describe your music and your sound?
I would say it’s urban pop. It’s sort of a newer Justin Bieber album,
Chris Brown sound inspired by urban pop artists – Michael Jackson, Chris
Brown, Justin Bieber, Usher.
So you guys just
released a single and you have a video coming out. What can you tell me
We shot the video about a month ago, actually. We came up with this
concept. It’s basically two parts. One part is a performance scene in a
warehouse, where we’re showing off our performance skills. Then there is
the storyline. That’s us and our love interests. If you’ve heard the
song “Upside Down,” then it correlates to that. We had to get our acting
on a bit, which was fun. We shot at some beautiful locations in Malibu,
so it was really exciting.
you guys have any experiences that stand out to you so far?
The best reaction we ever had from a crowd was when we opened for Kalin
and Myles. It was a great moment. There was a mutual attraction between
the crowd and us on stage. We looked out and it was just amazing.
It makes us feel like we’re doing our job well, you know? We couldn’t
even hear ourselves through the monitors, because people were screaming
Well that’s good, if
you messed up then nobody would know! How do you think social media has
affected your ability to get out there and get a fan base?
Social media is a great thing for new artists like us, because it gives
us a platform to reach a lot of people.
It’s helped us connect with people all around the world. I don't think
that we would have the support that we have if this were ten or fifteen
years ago, the time when there were the Backstreet Boys, N'SYNC, etc. We
would have had to start from scratch. Right now we’ve got all these
crazy countries and loyal fans behind us because of social media. It’s
the best feeling to know that our music is reaching out all over the
It’s pretty awesome when we don’t know who is going to show up to our
performances. Then they’re like “Hey, I’m so and so from Twitter, and
we’re like ‘Oh my gosh!’” We put the face to the name. We get excited
because we’ve connected with them so much online that it’s very exciting
to meet them in person.
If you guys could
collaborate with anyone, who would it be?
Oh there are so many! I’ll say Fifth Harmony definitely, because there
are five people and then I feel like I’m choosing five.
Yeah that would be fun. I don't think a boy band has ever collaborated
with a girl band before, so it’d be new!
would you say inspires you then?
Well are you ready for a long list of people then?
As a band, I would say definitely N'SYNC, Backstreet Boys, and more
recently One Direction. Also solo artists like, obviously Beyoncé,
Michael Jackson and Chris Brown.
I think a lot of our inspiration comes from other groups, just because
we look up to them and study them. We see what they did to make it and
we compare and see what we need to do for our next steps. Individually,
I grew up in Puerto Rico which is a Latin community so most of my
inspirations are Latin artists; Ricky Martin especially.
Where do you guys see
your band going next?
After the EP, our goal is to market the hell out of this music, so this
summer our goal is to travel, travel, travel and do as many shows as
possible, meeting as many fans as possible. We really want to get our
message out there, especially after we took three months to buckle down
on our music. Now it’s time to put it out there.
Tell me about your
docu-series “On The Rise”.
It’s pretty much a bunch of clips edited together to show a behind the
scenes look at creating the EP. It’s the stuff people don’t normally get
to see. We even showed the hard times, as well as the great ones, too.
It’s the least we can do. We owe everything to our fans. We started this
journey thanks to them. We had an IndieGoGo account for it. They went
above and beyond, and fully funded our EP. The least we can do is give
them what they want and hype them up.
I also feel like it’s cool because growing up on MTV there were shows
like Diary and Behind the Music where the artist got to be
more personable and relatable. When you hear the final product the songs
are amazing, but in the studio it takes a lot of work, dedication and
persistence to get the sound you want. I feel like it makes us seem more
normal. We all struggled and persisted and we get to showcase the
amazing producers we worked with, which is really awesome. We hope they
get some exposure from that too. We’ve got a few more left that we hope
you guys have anything to say to the fans who have supported you and
funded your EP?
A big thank you first of all. None of it would be possible without them.
I think the cool thing about us is that we don’t call our fans “fans.”
We call them family and supporters, because we have such a strong bond.
If they only knew how much we talk about them by name every day, it’s
crazy. It’s because we spend so much time interacting with them on
social media. There are fans who donated thousands of dollars so we
could get out there now, instead of having to wait until our persistence
paid off. We really appreciate their support. Thank you!
How do you guys think
that having such a diverse group of people in your band has affected
If you listen to our music it’s pretty easy to identify the
individuality in each of our voices. We sing very differently and have
different tones, etc. Yet it works together.
We’re even surprised. Sometimes we’re like “Oh wow, that sounds
amazing!” It’s kind of surreal. It’s a bit of a learning curve as well.
The thing is we all five have different styles and ways that we sing. So
at first it was kind of hard, but once we got it, we really got it. The
sound has really come together.
It makes us different as a group, because in the past there are groups
that have one or two lead singers. They pick the people out who have the
most commercial sounding voices. In Phase Five on the EP all five of us
have been featured and it really works. Everyone gets a chance to shine.
That’s what makes us stand out.
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