Young Men Society are an Australian boy band consisting of members Andi Tahta, Josh Fonmosa and Nathan Tamati. They rose to fame as grand finalists on the third series of The X Factor (Australia) in 2011. The group later signed a recording contract with Sony Music Australia. Young Men Society released their debut single "We Own the Night" in March 2012, which reached the top thirty in New Zealand.
Early life and formation:
Young Men Society were formed in 2009 at a hip hop dance class. One of their friends came up with the name Young Men Society, and initially they thought it sounded "corny", however the name eventually grew on them and they have since loved it. Josh Fonmosa was born and raised in Sydney, while Andi Tahta originally came from Jakarta, Indonesia, and Nathan Tamati from England. At the age of 10, Tahta and his family relocated to Australia "in search of a better life". Tamati decided to take a break from college and moved to Australia in 2005 to live with his brother Damon. All members worked together in retail and as dance teachers.
2011: The X Factor (Australia):
Young Men Society successfully auditioned for the third series of The X Factor (Australia) in 2011, singing Mike Posner's "Cooler Than Me". They eventually progressed through to the live shows and were mentored by Ronan Keating. Young Men Society were eliminated from the competition on 18 October 2011.
Young Men Society performed the following songs on The X Factor:
"Cooler Than Me"
Through to bootcamp
Through to home visits
Through to live shows
Live show 1
"The Lazy Song"/"Price Tag"
Live show 2
"You Shook Me All Night Long"
Live show 3
"Walk This Way"
Live show 3 (bottom two)
"Change the World"
Live show 4
"Black or White"
Live show 5
"Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)"/"Get Busy"
Live show 5 (bottom two)
"Let's Get Married"
2012-present: Record deal and debut single:
Following their departure from The X Factor, Young Men Society did not receive any offers of recording contracts from record labels. They decided to record their first single titled "We Own the Night" as independent artists and filmed their own music video for the song. In an interview with The Music Network, Tahta stated "After the show we actually didn't have any kind of label options, there was a point in time where we were really down, but we just told ourselves, 'Let's just keep going, let's make this track, let's just keep recording, let's do a video for it".Sony Music Australia were impressed with the single and its accompanying video, and decided to sign Young Men Society to their record label.
During January and February 2012, Young Men Society were supporting acts for Justice Crew's Sexy and I Know It Tour. The single "We Own the Night" was released via iTunes Stores on 16 March 2012. It debuted and peaked on the New Zealand Singles Chart at number 28, but failed to impact the Australian ARIA Singles Chart. In April 2012, Young Men Society were supporting acts for Reece Mastin's New Zealand tour.