Young Men’s Society formed only two years ago but they move and sound like it’s been forever.
Andi, 23, and Josh, 22, first met at church when they were 15, and they joined forces with Nathan, 26, after meeting him at their hip hop dance class.
Their name was suggested to them by a friend. Initially they thought it sounded “corny” but now they love it. “We grew into it and now it’s stuck,” Nathan says.
Like their idols Michael Jackson and Chris Brown, they combine their two passions for music and dance and see it as their biggest strength. “It’s a definite advantage we have the ability to both sing and dance,” Nathan says.
They all discovered they could move and sing when they were young. “I remember my mum playing Shania Twain and singing along to that,” Josh laughs.
Nathan adds: “We all had a natural groove.” As an all-male group, they feel blessed to have former Boyzone singer Ronan Keating as their mentor. “He’s from one of the biggest boy bands in the world,” Nathan says. “His experience and knowledge is exactly what we need.”
While Josh was born and bred in Sydney, Andi is originally from Indonesia and Nathan from England. “My family left Jakarta when I was about 10 in search of a better life,” Andi said.
Nathan meanwhile was flunking at college and jumped at his brother Damon’s suggestion to join him in Australia six years ago. “I was partying way too much and girls came into play. I wasn’t paying enough attention to my studies. I had no idea what I was going to do with my life. My brother was living here and said, ‘Come out and take some time out and clear your head.’ So I did.”
While they all work in retail and as dance teachers to supplement their music, their dream is to one day make it a full-time career. Andi says, “Our dream is to retire doing what we love to do which is music.”