J-14 is scouting out the hottest bands around... and this week's pick is One Call.
Here are five things you need to know about One Call.
One Call is made up of JosÃ© Bordonada of Puerto Rico, AG Gamlieli of Seattle, Justin Thorne of Los Angeles, and Chris Moy of New York. The band literally got their band name from a phone call. "Our manager pretty much gave us each one phone call and said, 'Do you wanna be in this?'" Justin explains. "And we said, 'Yup!' From that one call, we all got together. It has multiple meanings -- everyone usually has one calling in life, and ours is entertainment."
One Call's first single is "Blacklight," which the group calls a fun party record. "Under a blacklight, different things come out, so being [that it's] our first single, it's like the first kind of light that's going to be shined on us. A blacklight shows something that hasn't been seen before, which is us," Justin tells J-14.
The "Blacklight" music video features cameos by Glee's Kevin McHale, Pretty Little Liars' Ashley Benson, and Kendall Jenner. Justin has been friends with Ashley for years and was in NLT with Kevin, so he introduced them to One Call. "We all became really good friends, so whenever we're out in L.A., we just hang out and have a good time," Chris tells us. "Kendall's mom, Kris Jenner, is working with one of our management partners, Kenneth Crear, so he brought up the idea to her to be in the video and she was like, 'Sure. I love the song. Let's do it.'"
Growing up, all of the boys were big *NYSNC fans -- well, except for Chris, who dreamed of joining the Backstreet Boys one day! "I was a Backstreet Boys fan, and then later as a I got older, I focused more on the performance and [liked] *NSYNC," he says. "I was converted."
The boys used to be obsessed with playing Mario Kart Wii on their downtime. "People were getting angry," AG admits. "We'd be sitting on the couch and if someone's leg was touching someone's knee, they'd be like, 'You totally just screwed up! You threw me off!'"
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