Michael was born to a Korean diplomatic family, and spent his youth in Pakistan, Sierra Leone, Panama and finally England. His music career kick started when he formed Tone Productions with the legendary Jerry Dammers (The Specials/The Specials AKA). Jerry taught him all aspects of writing, producing and performance. Their first show was at Glastonbury in 1997 and culminated in a headline festival performance in London, for 120,000 people in 2006. Performing with Michael on stage at time was Damon Albarn (Blur, The Gorillaz) and Paul Simonon (The Clash).
During this time, Michael made a name for himself as a bass player, music producer, music director and programmer, working with the likes of Annie Lennox, Gareth Gates, Atomic Kitten, Mr Hudson & Kanye West to name but a few. He became best known for his role as the music director and bassist for MIKA for his 1st album “Life In Cartoon Motion”, playing to sellout stadium crowds for over 3 years many times around the world. Every major TV show around the world, from The Tonight Show in the US to Graham Norton Show in the UK to Rove Live in Australia was covered, and every major festival from Coachella to Glastonbury to Fuji Rocks had MIKA on as either headline or major guest.
In 2011, Michael moved to Los Angeles due to scheduling of his clients. He was already working with Travis Mills, and added The Ceremonies to his client roster. Over the next 6 years Michael worked with the likes of Shamir, Zara Larsson, Haim, Beth Ditto and the incredible SOHN.
In 2017, Thanh Bui invited Michael to come to Vietnam and “help make a difference”. Having never lived in Asia, it was an undeniable opportunity. After establishing InQ International, Michael has already made an impact and is producing Vu Cat Tuong’s new album “Inner Me” as well the album “3” from Ngot. Both albums were nominated for Best Album at the national awards 2020.
Born in Australia to Vietnamese parents, Thanh Bui developed his talents in Melbourne. His initial start was as a songwriter and a member of The North Band, releasing 2 albums and having hits all around Asia.
In 2006, he left the band and continued to be a successful songwriter, having songs accepted all around the world from Europe to Korea. Eventually returned to his calling to be a singer and Thanh entered Australian Idol in 2008. He reached the top 8 and inspired a new generation of Asians in Australia.
In 2009, Thanh appeared on Paris By Night, which brought him to the attention of the Vietnamese public. His first single “Lặng thầm một tình yêu” with Ho Ngoc Ha was released soon after and kicked off a successful career as a singer and songwriter in Vietnam. He continued to have hit after hit, writing and featuring with acts such BTS (“Danger”) and Tata Young (“Where Do We Go”). He has also collaborated with luminaries such as Wayne Hector (Britney Spears, One Direction, Nicki Minaj etc) and RedOne (Lady Gaga). In 2013, Thanh launched Soul Music & Performance Arts Academy (SMPAA), a premier performance arts school in the heart of Ho Chi Minh City. The school has helped develop acts such as Vu Cat Tuong, Tien Tien, Thuy Binh and Trong Nhan. Thanh is currently one of the leading figures in educ-tion in Vietnam, promoting the benefits of the arts to children and adults alike. His passion for the arts and education is unparalleled and continues to inspire the country.
Benjamin James is a musician and producer from the UK. He began his career as an artist in the band “Bitter Ruin”. The band have performed in many parts of the world including the US, Europe and Asia, they also performed alongside artists such as Sam Smith, Ed Sheeran and Ben Folds.
Since coming to Vietnam, he has had the opportunities to work with many Vietnamese artists such as Vu Cat Tuong, Hoang Thuy Linh, Tia Hai Chau, Truc Nhan. Currently, Ben is InQ’s key songwriter and vocal producer.