International Superstars: Blush
Each member of the band hails from a different Asian country. Angeli Flores from the Philippines, Alisha Budhrani from India, Ji Hae Lee from South Korea, Natsuko Danjo from Japan, and Victoria Chan from China.
If you haven't heard of them, you will soon. Their songs are extremely catchy and their moves are hot. Since their inception, they've already worked with top industry players such as Snoop Dogg, Justin Bieber, and Far East Movement. They are the only Asian artists EVER to have their first two singles hit the Top 10 on a major U.S. chart, and are the first to have both singles hit Top 3.
Here at Amped Asia, we were able to get the exclusive interview with Blush.
For the people that don’t know, how did Blush come together?
We all auditioned for Project Lotus, the talent search in Asia to find the one girl from each of our 5 countries to be put together as the first pan Asian girl group. After 2 months of working together, watching our friends get eliminated and sent home, on the finale night, the 5 of us were announced as the 5 girls coming together as Blush.
How was it working with Snoop Dogg?
It was easy to work with Snoop – he is relaxed, chilled, nice, fun and so professional. He makes the work seem so easy. He just gets up and does his Snoop thing – always perfect everytime.
What hardships have you gone through to get to where you are now?
Alisha: I took a gap year between high school and college to pursue this dream. It was scary and risky to try for this, but of course I am thrilled at how it is all working out right now!
Nacho: I am still learning about being independent but this is what I wanted to be and wanted to do so it's not really a hardship.
Angeli, Jihae and Victoria: for sure being away from family and home is the hardest part.
What has been the craziest thing you have been through as an artist?
Alisha: Jet lag!
Nacho: Flying to 6 countries in one month, 3 hours sleep, then perform!
Angeli, Jihae and Victoria: Ditto to the two above!
What quirks have you noticed in your fellow bandmates?
Alisha: When we get bored, we get really loud…
Angeli: Everytime Vic takes a picture, she does the eyebrow thing.
Jihae: Angeli is always hyper…
Vic: Jihae is super funny even though she seems super quiet. Her party trick is being able to make animal noises.
If you could switch bodies with one member of your band, who would it be?
Alisha: Victoria because she can eat whatever she wants and she doesn’t gain weight and because she is tall.
Angeli: Alisha… I want her boobs
Jihae: Nacho… when I see Nacho dancing, I wish I could move my body like that.
Nacho: I’m not interested in anyone else’s body thank you…
Victoria: I’m quite happy with mine…but I wouldn’t mind Angeli’s legs!
What are the pros and cons of being an artist?
We get to travel the world and meet many talented and amazing people….and eat lots of amazing food! And of course the fact that we get to share our singing and dancing with the world…
But on the other hand it means that we are away from family and loved ones for unknown amounts of time so we miss them a lot and often we don’t know when we will get to see them next. And sometimes we miss important dates like birthdays, anniversaries, weddings, births… so for sure that is the biggest con!
Who has been the favorite person you’ve collaborated with so far?
It was really special to collaborate with Snoop Dogg as he was the first artist we ever worked with. It was an honor to have the opportunity to work with such a legend. But we also have been so fortunate to work with great choreographers like Sheryl Murakami and Nakul dev Mahajan – these people inspire us to work hard at getting better every day.
All of you come from different cultures. How has the experience been to mesh all your personalities and cultures together?
It has been a crazy rollercoaster ride but we are addicted to it!
Actually not only do we enjoy our own cultures, but we really love exploring all the cultures around the world - whether European, South American or other parts of Asia – we enjoy all the experiences and variety.
What tips and advice would you give any aspiring Asian artists?
Embrace your culture and try to always educate and entertain at the same time. Don’t forget where you’ve come from because that is what makes you who you are, and most importantly, enjoy what you do!
Make sure to check out more of Blush at http://www.blushband.com/
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