Pretty Much is the new boy band poised to adorn posters on teenage girls’ walls now that One Direction is on hiatus.
Formed by music mogul Simon Cowell of Syco Records, who’s also behind One Direction, the five-member Pretty Much is comprised of Brandon Arreaga, 17, Austin Porter, 19, Zion Kuwonu, 18, Edwin Honoret, 18, and Nick Mara, 19.
The quintet, which performed at the Teen Choice Awards in August, this week released the video of their first the single “Would You Mind,” which was filmed in Los Angeles by director Emil Nanva.
Pretty Much was introduced via social media earlier this year, endearing itself to fans by covering hit songs such as Michael Jackson’s “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough.”
Two of the members, Arreaga and Honoret, are Latino. Arreaga, of Corinth, Tex., is Mexican-American. He got a head start in the business aspect of the music industry at 12, building a studio in his home in which local singers paid to record their music.
The members of Pretty Much
Honoret, a Bronx-reared Dominican, prides himself on being a self-taught singer and dancer.
“I like to listen to a lot of Hispanic music — Marc Anthony and Aventura especially, because my dad used to play them a lot,” Honoret says.
“And when it comes to dancing, the culture gives you that natural rhythm.”
Since last year, the members of Pretty Much have been based in Los Angeles, where they share a home and are developing their music.