If you’ve been chilling to “Taboo Love” the past few days, you have reason to rejoice!
American reggae pop band Emblem3 is in the Philippines for a series of concerts and they look forward to meeting their Filipino fans.
The group that shot to fame via starmaker Simon Cowell’s X-Factor, composed of brothers Wesley and Keaton Stromberg, and Drew Chadwick are on their Waking Up World Tour.
They came to our islands straight from Japan and say they look forward to playing in front of the Philippine audience. “We heard you guys go crazy, and we’re really excited for that,” Wesley says.
Keaton says that since going independent, they are now in full control of what they do with their music and their live shows. “We like to stay connected with our fans through social media. We try to post and reply to as many people as possible.”
Keaton appreciates the fans. He says: “If someone comes up to me, I would take time to talk to her.”
Wesley adds: “We would give them whatever they ask for. If they wanna make our too…” he says naughtily.
From their latest EP, Keaton says “Waking Up” is his favorite because “it brings a conscious movement to the world. It’s awakening the conscience mind and bringing the world together.”
Wesley likes “End of the Summer”: “[Among all the songs], it sounds the most like Emblem3: raw, with a big hook. It’s just a great pop rock anthem. And it’s the song of the summer for us.”
Drew really likes “Taboo Love” because “it’s funky, sexy, and cool.”
It’s no secret that the band members went on a break and their separate ways for a period. But now they’re back and, yes, better than before. Of their reunion, Keaton says: “It was awesome. We had our much-needed break. But it is amazing to be back with these guys.”
Drew says he would dedicate the song “Taboo Love” to Pinoy fans because “Filipino women are really sexy. So that would make sense.”
Swedish girl band Riot Child opens for Emblem3. Amanda, Alice, and Hanna Riot, have been burning up the YouTube channel with covers and originals. When they play for fans, they will be performing songs fresh and for the first time to a live audience.
Collectively, their influences include Red Hot Chili Peppers, Maroon 5, Coldplay, Charli XCX, Foo Fighters, and Michael Jackson. They said they also listen to a lot of progressive rock.
The girls love the weather in Manila—yes, hot Manila—because, Alice says, it’s such a difference from their hometown of Stockholm, where it’s snowing right now.
Their latest single, “Never Enough” has become a hit. They will also play some new songs from their EP.
They will play tonight (April 28) at the Mall of Asia Music Hall (by the Bay) and April 29 at Solar One Boracay. But keep your eyes peeled because the guys have are raring to explore the Philippines and you just might bump into them in your city in the coming days!
Here’s an invitation from Wesley himself: “We love our fans. They’re the best. Without them, we couldn’t be doing this. So if you see us on the street, come say ‘hi!’”