“Hello, we’re Hori7on! We hope you have a good day, thank you!”
When the seven members of boy band Hori7on arrived at the JoongAng Ilbo headquarters in western Seoul, in a bus entirely covered with the members’ faces and the group’s logo, for an interview with the Korea JoongAng Daily, all members greeted everyone they met in the corridor with clear voices, telling people who they are.
Boy band Hori7on, pronounced horizon, is an all-Filipino boy band that debuted on July 27 after winning an audition program titled “Dream Maker,” jointly launched by Korean K-pop agency MLD Entertainment and Filipino media company ABS-CBN.
The seven members — Jeromy, Kim, Kyler, Marcus, Reyster, Vinci and Winston — have been garnering large amounts of attention from fans in southeast Asian countries, especially in their home country of the Philippines, for the passion and talent they displayed throughout the three-month competition.
The band has over 556,000 followers on TikTok and 50,000 followers on X, formerly known as Twitter, with the number growing steadily with each new release.
The septet has been actively promoting itself in Korea by appearing on TV shows and YouTube channels and busking in Busan and Seoul, with the goal of spreading the Filipino culture and talent in Korea, where the global K-pop sensation all began.
“We’re a global group that debuted both here in Korea and the Philippines, and the first all-Filipino group to promote ourselves in Korea,” Vinci said.
“It’s really the first time for everything, and we hope to continue to keep that sense of pride among ourselves, that we’re representing our country while we’re promoting ourselves here in Korea.”
While the discussion on K-pop’s globalization had always been focused on how far Korean music has spread around the world, the idea of an all-non-Korean member band singing songs in Korean stands testament to the international influence of K-pop being on another level.
Taking that global initiative, members of Hori7on have one goal in mind — to spread the Filipino culture and P-pop, the popular music of the Philippines, through the power of K-pop.
The seven members sat down to talk more about their unique career and their goal to conquer the global music scene with the power of both K-pop and P-pop combined.