Taiwanese boy band G-Force may be a rookie pop group but it still managed to secure a collaboration with Thai internet sensation Happy Polla for its debut EP R-he-la.
Comprising George, White, Rock, and Li-heng – who all hail from the south of Taiwan – the boy band recently visited Malaysia to plug the EP as well as shoot footage for its upcoming projects.
During a recent interview with the band at Puchong, Selangor, the boys were especially excited when talking about their collaboration with Happy Polla.
Best known for her quirky appearance and fashion style, the unlikely Thai social media star has over 1.3 million likes on Facebook, close to 100,000 followers on Instagram and 5.5 million subscribers on YouTube. Happy Polla, 23, is featured on two songs on G-Force’s EP.
1. What can you tell us about your music?
Our music is EDM (electronic dance music). We released our debut EP in March, which comprises four songs: Confession Rose 2.0 (Chinese version), Mama Shuo (Mama Says), One More Time and Ai Ai Ai (Love Love Love).
The album took us about a year to produce. It was a fun project that took us to a lot of places and gave us many new experiences.
But most of all, we are absolutely stoked about our collaboration with Happy Polla.
2. How was it like working with Happy Polla?
Polla is our idol, so we call her our goddess. We have always wanted to meet her, so we were really excited for the opportunity to work with her. Polla sings the rap parts in Mama Says and Confession Rose 2.0.
When she came to Taiwan, we taught her some Chinese and showed her the night markets and treated her to a hotpot meal. We spent a day recording the songs and another day shooting the music videos.
3. What is the story behind the unusual title of your album?
Since it is our very first release, we wanted the title to be unique, so we ended up naming our album R-he-la. When you say it out loud, R-he-la sounds just like the casual Taiwanese term we use to express that everything is good or fine.
4. Can you tell us about your music videos?
It is always raining in the north of Taiwan, which makes it difficult to do anything, so we had to shoot our music videos in the south of Taiwan.
We shot at several locations: Kenting, Pingtung, Kaohsiung and Tainan. But our favourite is the music video for our last song Ai Ai Ai, which was shot in Malaysia.
5. What can you tell us about the different looks you attempted in this release?
There were so many different looks because we shot at many locations and needed outfits that suited each setting.
We had up to 10 outfit changes, including some retro and vintage styles that we found to be very interesting.
You can see all these in our music videos as well as the photobook and posters that come with the album.