Golf & Mike

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Golf & Mike
Golf-Mike interview MTVFF.jpg
Golf & Mike in 2009
Background information
Also known as GM, Golf–Mike
Origin Bangkok, Thailand
Genres Thai pop, J-pop, dance-pop, hip hop, R&B
Years active 2005–present
Labels GMM Grammy in Thailand
Johnny's Entertainment in Japan
SM Entertainment in South Korea
Associated acts Kitty GYM, Yamashita Tomohisa, G-JR, Sand & Bank
Website golfmike.gmember.com
Members Golf Pichaya
Mike Pirat

Golf & Mike, more often credited in Thailand as Golf-Mike (Thai: กอล์ฟ-ไมค์), is a Thai pop duo artist consisting of brothers Pichaya "Golf" Nitipaisalkul and Pirat "Mike" Nitipaisalkul, formed under Thailand's biggest entertainment company, GMM Grammy.

Members[edit]

  • Pichaya Nitipaisalkul (Thai: พิชญะ นิธิไพศาลกุล; RTGS: Phitchaya Nithiphaisalakun) or Golf, born February 20, 1987
  • Pirat Nitipaisalkul (Thai: พิรัชต์ นิธิไพศาลกุล; RTGS: Phirat Nithiphaisalakun) or Mike, born December 19, 1989

Golf was born on February 20, 1987, into a family of Thai Chinese descent and the younger brother of Sand and Bank, a retired musical sibling duo that was under record label RS Entertainment. Mike was born on December 19, 1989, the youngest son in the family. Influenced by their older brothers, Golf and Mike aspired to be singers.

Golf & Mike have their very own clothing range, which appears in popular shopping areas such as Siam Square in Thailand.

Golf is currently studying at SAE University. Mike is currently studying at Chulalongkorn University.

History[edit]

2002–2005: Pre-debut activities[edit]

In 2002, the two Nitipaisalkul brothers were auditioned into the 1st generation of G-Junior, a training project by GMM Grammy, Thailand's largest entertainment company. As trainees, Golf & Mike were practiced in singing, dancing, acting, and language and they were made appearing in many GMM Grammy concerts. Golf & Mike along with other G-Juniors joined J-Asean Pops Concert 2003 (October 10) in which the concert featured Johnny's Entertainment artists, Hideaki Takizawa, Jimmy, KAT-TUN, Ya-Ya-Yah, A.B.C, & Five.[1] The G-Juniors also performed consecutively at Pattaya Music Festival in 2003 & 2004 (all featured Johnny's artists). From these concerts, Golf, Mike and other G-Juniors were spotted by Johnny's crews and later were invited to join the Thai-J Pop Concert in 2004 (Tackey & Tsubasa, KAT-TUN & A.B.C).

In 2004, Golf & Mike issued their first Thai concert performance as an opening act to Bird Thongchai McIntyre's For Fan Fun Fair Concert. The two boys with B-boy dancing at the middle of the stage started to gain their own fanclub. At the end of 2004, Golf & Mike were invited to join NEWS concert at Tokyo International Forum as special guests and early 2005 they were invited again in Ya-Ya-Yah concert in 2005. Golf & Mike performed "Epilogue" at these concerts and were called Thai Junior by Japanese press at the time.

2005: Debut[edit]

It took 4 years before the Nitipaisalkul brothers finally debuted as Golf-Mike[2] in October 2005 with their self-titled album, Golf-Mike. Dance-pop track "Bounce" was chosen to be the album's first promotional single, and it became a big hit in Thailand. The other tracks, "Ruang Lek Kaung Tur", "Ta Lok Dee", "Yah Len Bab Nee," and "Epilogue" were also widely accepted in the industry. Noted that "Epilogue", a cover of Tackey & Tsubasa hits, was given as a present from Johnny Kitagawa for their debut album.

Golf & Mike's first album became a blast in the Thai music industry as theirs first nomination was the Most Popular Artist for the Year award for the Seed Awards 2006, which they also won in February 2006. In March, they were able to hold their first solo concert, Golf-Mike Let's Bounce Concert at Thunder Dome with an audience of 5,000 people.

2006: Special units in Japan & Thailand[edit]

In June 2006, Golf & Mike was awarded Best Breakthrough Artist from the Channel [V] Thailand Music Video Awards 2006. Later that month, they showed up in Japan forming Johnny's Entertainment's first ever international unit, Kitty GYM[3] along with popular J-pop figure, Tomohisa Yamashita. "GYM", stands for Golf, Yamashita and Mike, respectively with "Kitty" standing for the 4 Johnny's Jrs, Hiromitsu Kitayama (Kis-my-ft2), Kei Inoo (J.J. Express, later Hey! Say! JUMP), Shota Totsuka (A.B.C.), and Hikaru Yaotome (Ya-Ya-Yah, later Hey! Say! JUMP). GYM released one single, "Fever to Future" (フィーバーとフューチャー)[4] as an official supporter of the Women's Volleyball World Grandprix. The single ranked #1 on the Oricon chart.[5] Golf & Mike also performed in 25 rounds of Johnny's Jr no Daibouken Concert.

At the end of August, Golf & Mike teamed up with other G-Juniors including Chin, Guy, Happy, Madiow, J, Nut, Ken, and Ice as a group called "G-JR"[6] (read as G-J-R) releasing an album, 10 Club.

On October 7, G-JR held a concert again called The Show Must Go On Concert By Golf-Mike & Friends at Impact Arena. The concert was first meant to be the Thai-J Pop Concert with Arashi & Golf-Mike but Arashi had to cancel its participation due to politic occurrences in Thailand at the time.[7] At the end of the month, G-JR managed to win a Virgin Hitz Awards 2006 for Popular Vote New Band.

Golf & Mike performing on MTV Fast Forward in 2009

After finishing the promotion for their album 10 Club, Golf & Mike got back to the studios and started working on their second full-length album. By the end of 2006, Golf & Mike decided to release a special album 365 Days With Golf-Mike instead of their second album. This special album included a hit song, Kaub Koon Young Noi Pai.

2007: One By One and Japanese album[edit]

They promoted the special album and worked in the studio for the second album until March 8, 2007 when their second album, One By One, officially launched to the stores. The first music video for the album, "Fight For You," took them three whole days to practice for Free-Running. Golf took his first step in song writing for the lyrics of "Sexy Girl".

On March 13, Golf-Mike was voted by Thailand's Entertainment Reporter Association in the Star Entertainment Awards 2007 as the "Best Group".

In June 2007, they released their first Japanese debut single, "Nippon Ai Ni Ikuyo". Two months later they released their debut Japanese album RIN under Johnny's Entertainment production.

In September 2007, Golf & Mike were invited to perform the Asia Song Festival 2007 in Korea. Along with this introduction, they released the Korea edition of their One By One album under SM Entertainment. It contains two bonus tracks sung in Korean, Fight For You and Thanks to.

2008: Get Ready & TV drama debut[edit]

Both Golf and Mike have taken the leading roles in a Thai series called Ubat Ruk Kaam Kaub Fah (Love Beyond Frontier) (directed and screen-written by Ping Lampraplerng) that was broadcast on Modern 9 TV in Thailand during the year 2008, and was later followed by a sequel "Ubat Ruk Kaam Kaub Fah 2."

In late 2008, the brother duo made their moves into Chinese music market by doing their first promo in Malaysia and launched their greatest hit album, Inspiration Greatest Hits.

In December 2008, Golf & Mike released the awaited third album, GET R3ADY featuring the collaboration song Let's Get Down with Khan Thaitanium. Their interests in song writing were fulfilled in this album as Golf wrote and produced a song called "My Superstar" and Mike wrote a song called "You" which became a big hit.

2009: The 1st National Tour and International Appearances[edit]

In May 2009, Brother duo Golf & Mike released their first-ever Chinese album in Malaysia entitled "Get Ready 2", including 2 Chinese tracks, 同班同學 (meaning Classmate) and Inspiration.

Golf Mike and Ice Saranyu from GMM Grammy held their first concert in Tokyo, Japan on July 11, 2009 entitled Golf, Mike, Ice Thai Shiki Concert.

From October to November 2009, Golf Mike held their first-ever national concert tour around Thailand in 9 provinces, entitled The Closer Golf Mike National Tour Concert By Puriku. Their last concert of the tour was in Bangkok.[8] To support the tour, Golf & Mike wrote & produced their very own song, "Let's Stay Together" and sang it as the close song of this tour.

Currently they are working in collaboration with the Korean duo Mighty Mouth to release an album that will be sold in Thailand and Korea and has performed the song "No Matter" for the Star Stage TV program on the 29th of November 2009.[9]

2010: New project[edit]

Golf & Mike began the year with superb Michael Jackson dances at This Is It The Concert on February 20–21, the official tribute concert to Michael Jackson held collaboratively by Sony Music (Thailand) and GMM Grammy. Golf & Mike had been known for being an avid fan of Michael Jackson delivered acclaimed "Smooth Criminal" performances and also were joined by Chin, also former G-Junior, Peck Palitchoke and Dan Worrawet in the song, "Billy Jean" and "Beat It".

Golf & Mike still remain commercial favourite stars as they opened the year with 2 new commercials including Fino with Super Junior members and Singto and then also endorsed Puriku Sicily Lemon.

By March 2010, Golf & Mike mentioned their next project of this year as a diclosed big surprise, rumorly that they were going to take dance class in the USA before coming back with their 4th album.

2011: Solo Album[edit]

On February 1, 2011, Golf officially released his new solo single titled "Take Me to Ur Bed".

On March 1, 2011, Mike (D. Angelo) officially released his new solo single, "Ayo".

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Thai

  • 2005: Golf-Mike
  • 2007: One By One
  • 2008: GET R3ADY

Solo Golf

  • 2012:1NVASION

Japanese

  • 2007: RIN (凛)

Special albums/units[edit]

  • 2006: 10 Club (as G-JR, a collaboration with other G-Junior artists)
  • 2006: 365 Days With Golf-Mike
  • 2009: One By One (Korea edition)
  • 2009: GET R3ADY 2 (Chinese - Malaysia edition)
  • 2009: Mai Pid Chai Mai Tee Rak Tur (Love Beyond Frontier OST)

Compilations[edit]

  • 2007: Golf Mike Music Box Collection
  • 2008: Inspiration Greatest Hits (Malaysia edition)
  • 2008: Golf-Mike: Diary Hits

Singles/Non-album tracks[edit]

  • 2005: Tong Ther Tao Nun (I'll Never Live Without You)
  • 2005: Kon Kon Deaw Kun
  • 2006: Fever to Future (フィーバーとフューチャー) - GYM
  • 2007: Nippon Ainiikuyo (ニッポンアイニイクヨ)
  • 2009: Let's Stay Together
  • 2010: Brighter Day (Klear featuring Golf Pichaya)
  • 2011: AYO (1st Solo Album of Mike)
  • 2012: ละเลย (1st Solo Album of Mike)
  • 2013: สดุดีมหาราชา - Golf (Various Artist)
  • 2013: เพียงชายคนนี้ ไม่ใช่ผู้วิเศษ - Mike (ไมค์ พิรัชต์) (Ost.รากบุญ)
  • 2013: Break You Off Tonight - Mike D.Angelo (ไมค์ พิรัชต์) (Ost. Full House วุ่นนัก รักเต็มบ้าน)
  • 2013: ลูกไม้ของพ่อ - Golf Pichaya (เพลงประกอบละคร ลูกหนี้ที่รัก)
  • 2013: Oh Baby I - Mike D.Angelo (ไมค์ พิรัชต์) feat.ออม สุชาร์ (Ost. Full House วุ่นนัก รักเต็มบ้าน)
  • 2014: FUNK ME (ฟังฉัน) - Golf Pichaya
  • 2014: ให้ฉันได้เป็นผู้ชายที่จะรักเธอ - Mike D.Angelo (ไมค์ พิรัชต์) (Ost.Full House วุ่นนัก รักเต็มบ้าน)
  • 2014: Wrong พื้นผิดเบอร์ - Golf Pichaya

DVDs/VCDs/Live Concert[edit]

  • 2006: Let's Bounce Concert
  • 2006: The Show Must Go On Concert by Golf-Mike & Friends
  • 2007: One By One Concert
  • 2008: Golf Mike Get Ready Concert
  • 2009: "Variety Live Concert by ICE SARUNYU รวมมิตรใส่น้ำแข็ง" (Guest)
  • 2009: The Closer Golf-Mike National Tour Concert
  • 2010: "THIS IS IT THE CONCERT"
  • 2011: "20 Years Christina Aguilar Concert" (Golf Solo) (Guest)
  • 2012: "1NVASION EXCLUSIVE PARTY (Golf's Mini Concert)
  • 2013: "3 ทหารเสือสาว Limited Edition Live Show" (Mike Solo) (Guest)
  • 2013: "Bee Peerapat Natural Born Singer Concert" (Golf Solo) (Guest)

Photobooks[edit]

Golf & Mike have released 3 official photobooks. All published by GMM Grammy's subsidiary, 'In Publishing'.

  • 2006: Unseen Golf-Mike
  • 2006: Golf-Mike The Backstage Show
  • 2009: Golf & Mike Live Photograph
  • 2014: Mike D. Angelo THE FIRST BREAKOUT

Filmography[edit]

Film
Year Film Role Golf Role Mike Label
2007 Mid-Road Gang
มะหมา 4 ขาครับ
Makham (voice)
มะขาม
Main protagonist
2010 Chua Fah Din Sa Rai
ชั่วฟ้าดินสลาย
ambassador
ทูตจากต่างแดน
SahamongkonFilm
2013 Hashima Project
ฮาชิมะ โปรเจคต์ ไม่เชื่อต้องลบหลู่
Nick
นิก
M39Studios
2014 Tai Hong Tai Hian
ตายโหง ตายเฮี้ยน
Non
นนท์
PanakornFilm
Television series (Lakorn)
Year Title Role Golf Role Mike Channel
2008 Love Beyond Frontier
อุบัติรักข้ามขอบฟ้า
Golf
กอล์ฟ
Mike
ไมค์
Modern 9 TV
2009 Love Beyond Frontier 2
อุบัติรักข้ามขอบฟ้า2
Golf
กอล์ฟ
Mike
ไมค์
Modern 9 TV
2012 Likit Fah Chata Din
ลิขิตฟ้า ชะตาดิน
- Din
ดิน
5
2012 ระเบิดเที่ยงแถวตรง Din Puen
ดินปืน
- 5
2012 Rak Boon
รากบุญ
- Lapin
ลาภิณ
3
2013 วุ่นนัก รักหรือหลอก Nucha
นุชา
- 5
2013 ระเบิดเที่ยงแถวตรง Din Puen
ดินปืน
- 5
2013 ลูกหนี้ที่รัก Kong Phop
ก้องภพ
- 3
2014 Full House
วุ่นนัก รักเต็มบ้าน
- Mike D.Angelo True Asian Series
2014 Maya Nangfah
มายานางฟ้า
- Ramael
รามิล
True10
2014 Rak Boon 2
รากบุญ 2
- Lapin
ลาภิณ
3
2014 รอยฝันตะวันเดือด Yuji Kobayashi
ยูจิ โคบายาชิ
- 3
The Musical
Year Title Role Golf Role Mike Place
2011 Love You Forever The Musical
รักเธอเสมอ เดอะมิวสิคเคิล
Karn
กานต์
- Thailand Cultural Center
2013 For Friend For Dream in Honor Day
เพื่อเพื่อน เพื่อฝัน วันเกียรติยศ
Tae
เต้
- Impact Arena Muang Thong Thani

Commercials[edit]

  • 2006: 12PLUS CUTIE, facial powder
  • 2006: YAMAHA FINO, motorcycle
  • 2007: iKeyclub.com
  • 2007: True Corporation
  • 2007: Save The World
  • 2007: MY STYLE MY FINO, motorcycle
  • 2008: PURIKU, fruit white tea
  • 2008: i-mobile 625
  • 2008: i-mobile TV 626
  • 2008: YAMAHA NEW FINO 2008, motorcycle with Korean boy-band Super Junior
  • 2009: PURIKU COOL
  • 2009: Citra, Body Lotion
  • 2009: My FINO ... My Experience, motorcycle with Korean boy-band Super Junior
  • 2010: Amazing FINO
  • 2010: PURIKU Sicily Lemon
  • 2010: PURIKU goji berry {with Aum patchaapa}
  • 2011: Mike-Sumsung Refrigerator
  • 2012: Mike-Est Cola
  • 2013: Mike-Swensen's Ice Cream

Awards and nominations[edit]

  • 2005: Seed "Most Popular Artist of the Year" award
  • 2006: Seed "Most Popular Group Artist of the Year" (nominated)
  • 2006: Channel V "Favorite Breakthrough Artist" award
  • 2006: Channel V "Best Song" – Ruang Lek Kaung Tur (nominated)
  • 2006: Virgin Hitz "Popular Vote New Band" – G-JR
  • 2007: Star Entertainment Award "Best Group Artist"
  • 2007: Asia Song Festival 2007 "Best Asian Artist Award" / Appreciation plaque from the Minister of Culture & Tourism in Korea
  • 2007: Seventeen Magazine "Popular Group Artist"
  • 2007: Virgin Hitz "Most Popular Group Artist of the Year" award
  • 2007: Virgin Hitz "Most Popular Song of the Year" award for the song "Tee Prueksa"
  • 2008: Korean Ambassador award
  • 2008: Audition Music Award "Best Band"
  • 2008: Sudsapda Young & Smart Vote 2008 "Young & Smart Band"
  • 2008: Seed "Most Popular Artist of the Year" award
  • 2009: Top Awards 2008 "Best Group Artist"
  • 2009: TV Inside Hot Awards
  • 2009: Seventeen Magazine Choice Award "Seventeen Music Group Artist"
  • 2009: Virgin Greetz Awards: Greetz Hair
  • 2010: Top Awards 2009 "Best Group Artist"
  • 2011: MusicLibary Song of The Year 2012 - "I Can't Breathe" by Golf Pichaya
  • 2012: MusicLibary Pioneer Artist of The Year - Golf Pichaya
  • 2013: The Great Awards "Best Rising Male Star 2012" - Pirat "Mike" Nitipaisalkul from Lakorn Rak Boon
  • 2013: 100 Most Spicy Idols 2013
  • 2013: Mekkala Awards "Best Leading Male Star 2012"- Pirat "Mike" Nitipaisalkul from Likit Fah Chata Din
  • 2013: Rakangthong Award "People of the Year Award" - Pirat "Mike" Nitipaisalkul

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