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Read on to find what IN2IT & Alexa has to say about favourite Marvel superhero, Bollywood, plans for future and more…
Almost 4 months after marking their presence with their first tour in India, K-Pop boy band IN2IT and former Produce48 contestant and Soompi Rising Star winner Alexa returned to grace the stage of Kpop Contest Finale 2019 which was held at Talkatora Stadium on July 27. Before they went onstage and swayed the crowd with their performance and alluring stage presence, we caught up with them backstage for a short and fun interview!
We wanted to do something fun so we created a board filled with keywords related to the questions sent by fans. Each IN2IT member and Alexa got their chance to randomly pick the keyword and the related question was asked. Upon knowing how the interview was going to happen, the boys and Alexa seemed beyond excited and interested about the whole ordeal. It was made even more obvious when IN2IT member Hyunuk took responsibility over the board and was practically not ready to give it up even at the end of the interview.
<Hyunuk: Should I start since I am holding the board? Okay. Umm. I choose the keyword “Movie”>
Hyunuk: (Laughing) Oh! Yes of course. I have thought about it a lot and been practicing too. I have also been researching a lot on Bollywood movies and learning a lot from it. In the future, along with being an idol if I get an opportunity to act, then I really do want to attempt it.
<Inpyo: My turn. What should I pick now? Hehe. Oh! There is a keyword of IN2U too>
<Inho: Don’t you think we should pick that up at the last>
<Inpyo: (Playfully ignoring Inho) I will pick the keyword “IN2U”>
Inpyo: Wow. You have asked me a question about something which I have actually never thought about. So I am quite amazed. (Thinking) But I think I will really like it. I will really like it if I can watch a movie with my fans together. If we are given a good opportunity, we would like to see our own movie in the theatre with the fans.
All members: Woahhhhhhh(clapping loudly)
Inpyo: With a movie where we have starred in, we would really like to watch it with our Indian IN2U. Oh also, while watching movies, anyone sitting beside Inho should be a bit careful because their ears might hurt at the end of it. He is always screaming loudly when we watch scary movies, so everyone has to be careful.
<Issac: Alexa, your turn>
<Alexa: Oh me! Hmm. Okay because I am technically still one, let’s roll with the keyword “Trainee”>
“Oh boy! (Laughs) When I first came to Korea, I did not know the language at all so struggling to learn the language and understanding the culture and how things go about was definitely the hardest part,” Alexa answers.
<Alexa: (singing) Who do I give this too~>
<Isaac: My turn? Okay, I choose the keyword “India”>
Isaac: Alright. Umm (Thinking seriously while members imitate him in the background). Honestly for me, everyday has been memorable because it is really different. IN2U’s from India and the other country are a bit different because here, they dance and sing together so, I find it very impressive. I also really enjoy the food. I think the most unforgettable moment for me was when we arrived at the airport(New Delhi), our fans were waiting for us and fan-chanting which they learned from our videos in Youtube and I thought they checked those videos to learn it. I was very impressed. Thank You!
<Jiahn receives the board “What should I choose? (Thinking) Should I choose Music or Bollywood?”>
<Yeontae: Bollywood. Choose Bollywood>
<Jiahn: Bollywood? Okay then I will choose Bollywood.>
Jiahn: (Excitedly) Oh yes. But there is a possibility I might not pronounce it correctly. There is a song called “Aankh Maare” . You know this song? (Shows the song in Youtube through his phone).
Jiahn: Oh! (Laughing) I just know the whistling part. But whenever I see Bollywood songs, the chemistry between the male and female lead is always great and many people as a group dance in the songs. So whenever I see that, it always reminds me of international dance competitions and also gives similar vibes to musicals. It is so much fun to see the videos that I also want to participate and try Bollywood if I am given a chance. In Korea, as a student I had participated in a dance for the ending song of a movie called “Marriage Blue”. I had a lot of fun filming at that time. Therefore, IN2IT along with Alexa would really like to participate in any Bollywood song.
Inpyo: And then we can watch it together with IN2U.
Jiahn: Yes of course. We can that watch it together with our IN2U.
<Jiahn: Yeontae, your turn now>
<Yeontae: Oh! As for me, I want to choose the keyword “Random 1”>
Yeontae: (Thinking) Umm. I think…it will be me. (Ensue protests from all of the members).
Inho: You will die first.
Inpyo: Yes. He will be the first one to die.
Inho: I think it is Hyunuk.
Yeontae: Wait. Let me give a reason. I think I will survive anywhere easily because I can roll a staff very well.
IN2IT: No, no, no.
Inpyo: I will stay behind you then.
Yeontae: However I will not survive alone but take all my members and survive together.
(Claps and hoots from all the members)
Hyunuk: Then except you, who else do you think will survive a zombie apocalypse?
Yeontae: Oh, except me? (Looking at every member carefully)
Hyunuk: Otherwise just tell us who would be the one to die early?
Yeontae: This is kind of a hard question. (Casually glancing at Jiahn)
Jiahn: Why are you looking at me?
Yeontae: I think it will be Jiahn.
Jiahn: I am good at running so I won’t be the one to die early.
<Inho: What should I choose? I am confused between Tour or Youtube.>
<Yeontae: India or Random 2 might be fun>
<Inho: Since we have already answered a lot related to India. I will select the keyword “Youtube”>
Inho: I think after our official IN2IT channel gains a little bit more popularity, it will be good idea for each member to open their individual channel. Right now, we are still trying to reach our name to more people, I would like to take the help of all the members and Alexa more than doing it individually. Since we have come all the way to India and worked hard, we would be really happy if the Indian fans check and like our online content and SNS.
<Alexa: Oh! Can I choose again? Umm. Okay let’s go with the keyword “Random 2”>
(IN2IT members start laughing at the unexpected question)
Alexa: Okay! That is easy for me. My favourite is actually Spiderman because from a young age my dad really got me into Spiderman. Also, my English last name kind of sounds like Spiderman’s. It is kind of a running joke in the family.
Inho: (Laughing) Is that why you dyed the tips of your hair red?
Inpyo: I like Iron Man more.
<Since we had time, we let the boys pick one more question from the remaining keywords>
<Inho: I want to pick a keyword. Let’s go with “Tour”>
Inho: I would really really love to do it. We have been only to Mumbai and New Delhi, so to go on a tour to the other cities of India would be amazing. Even if they cannot come to see us, we can go to them so we would love to meet them as soon as possible in the nearest places.
Expressing their love for India and the rich culture, IN2IT and Alexa resolved that they will be back to perform here again in the near future. Not wanting to end the interview and feeling curious about the remaining keywords, the board was handed back to us albeit quite unwillingly.
While we wait for Alexa to debut and IN2IT next digital single ‘Runaway’, here is a glimpse of IN2IT performing during the LG KPOP CONTEST INDIA 2019 !
April 12th, 2021
Namaste Hallyu is super excited to share our interview with our Artist of The Month – Singer and Songwriter Dvwn!
If you’re a fan of versatile Korean music, you might have definitely heard his song, ‘Being Left’ with Zico or ‘Fairy’ or even ‘Last’ and if you’re a KDrama fan, you must have heard him when listening to the OST ‘No Problem’ from the drama, ‘The Uncanny Counter’ or you might have seen Park Shin Hye featured in his latest music video, ‘Free Flight’.
Soundcloud has been a big platform for various artists around the world, both popular and rising and this platform holds the stories of many world famous artists who initially started there including Dvwn’s musical journey. He gathered a lot of attention on Soundcloud and is known for his soothing melodies that are self-written and composed and this caught the attention of one of the biggest South Korean rapper, Zico. Dvwn is now signed with Zico’s KOZ Entertainment, a subsidiary of HYBE Corporation (formerly known as Big Hit Entertainment).
Dvwn has not only made music for his fans but he has also worked with various artists. Dvwn has worked with EXO’s Lay Zhang and Chanyeol, separately for ‘Mapo Tofu’ and ‘SSFW’. He further participated in SHINee’s ‘Heart Attack’ from their recent album, ‘Love Yourself’ by Eric Nam, Babylon’s ‘Karma’, and had also featured in Kang Daniel’s track ‘Movie’. Dvwn has also received IU’s appreciation for his cover songs.
What we love the most about Dvwn is how he effortlessly shifts genre and makes it his own. Dvwn cannot be classified as one genre of artist and that is why, it is best to understand his style of music by listening to his music because he creates a genre of his own. But if we have to categorise him, then it would be ‘Versatile’. Ahead of his EP ‘It’s Not Your Fault’ releasing on the 14th of April, we got to speak with Dvwn. Read on to know about his musical journey, his inspirations, the upcoming EP and more, including a special message for his Indian fans.
Namaste Hallyu (NH): First of all, congratulations! You came back with a new single ‘Free Flight’ and it has been well received. What does the song ‘ Free Flight’ mean to you ? You have also mentioned that it was written and recorded two-three years ago, is ‘Free Flight’ in any way different from your album series ‘Dawn Defibrillation’- lyrically and musically?
Dvwn: Thank you very much! I tried to express a journey of flying into one’s dream to tell things that I wouldn’t be able to tell in reality, and then flying back to reality with clearer conscience with ‘Free Flight’. A friend of mine who is a producer wrote the song as an instrumental track, which we rearranged to complete it as it is now. This song was supposed to be one of the tracks in ‘Dawn Defibrillation’ and you will find many similarities but on the other hand, the topic of the lyrics and the genre form are quite different. ‘Free Flight’ is a song where I tell a story in a more calm manner.
NH: You have been giving us so many amazing songs. What is your process when you’re writing a song? Any musical artist/art in general that has a major influence on your style?
Dvwn: The music writing process differs for each song. I sometimes stumble across a word in my daily life and start from that word and sometimes I get inspired by a book. Most of the time, I start by just sitting down in a chair. The artists that influences me the most, changes all the time and recently, I’ve been most inspired by films directed by Yorgos Lanthimos.
NH: It has been two years since you released your first self-produced album, ‘Panorama’ and ‘Fairy’ still remains as your most streamed song from that album and since then, it has been a journey of so many amazing songs. Which is your favorite work so far?
Dvwn: My favorite work changes all the time. I always find myself liking the most recently written song the most and I believe that many artists would relate to that. Of all the released songs, I like ‘Free flight’ the most. It must be because I prefer calmer music nowadays.
NH: You mentioned in a previous interview about how The Black Skirts is one of your favorite musician, have you ever thought of a possible collaboration and how do you think it will turn out?
Dvwn: I do like The Black Skirts very much but a collaboration is a very difficult process. I feel that it would be better to keep my favorite artist as the favorite artist and nothing more but if I were to collaborate with him, I think the song will turn out to be a very rocking one.
NH: You have never been bounded by a single genre and in the past, you had mentioned that you would like to try ‘Gospel’ music, is that still the same or is there any particular genre that you want to try?
Dvwn: Yes, I still want to try Gospel music someday, as the majestic feel of the genre can’t be replaced by any other. Other than Gospel music, I would love to try to write psychedelic or alternative rock music.
NH: ‘Dawn Defibrillation’ has continued as a series and you have also expressed that it will be finalized as an EP or LP. So can we expect it in the near future?
Dvwn: I have currently pushed the project to a later time, and am focusing on the upcoming album. As it is a series, I feel that I would need more time to think about it. It will happen when the time is right.
NH: You had shared a snippet in your Instagram Story which seemed like a demo of ‘Free Flight’ but in English. If it is the English version, we were wondering if your fans would get a chance to listen to it.
Dvwn: It’s actually not an English version, but a demo with rough melody guides. I normally sing in gibberish English when I’m writing the melodies, and it must have sounded like an English version. I would love to release an English version if the meaning of ‘Free Flight’ can be translated into English without losing its meaning.
NH: You have recently sung the OST, ‘No Problem’ for the K-Drama ‘The Uncanny Encounter’ and it has been wonderfully received. How was the experience? If we are not wrong, isn’t this your first OST? In addition, is there an OST of any Drama or Movie in particular that you like a lot?
Dvwn: Yes, it was my first time, and it was a very unique experience. I have never had anyone direct me in the recording process and so, it was awkward at first but I enjoyed the experience. I love the OST of Reply 1988, “A Little Girl” sung by Oh Hyuk.
NH: We heard that your new EP ‘It’s not your fault’ will be released soon. As it’s the first record after signing with KOZ Entertainment, we are wondering what kind of story it contains. Could you give us a spoiler before it’s released?
Dvwn: I think the listeners would find the album quite heavy overall. It contains many feelings and stories and its difficult to explain in a short sentence, but I would say the main keywords are sadness and loneliness. You will know what I mean when you listen to it. To spoil it a little, the album consists of songs with many different genres. Please don’t miss out on ‘It’s not your fault’.
NH: Lastly, any message for your Indian fans and what to expect from you?
Dvwn: Thank you so much for listening to my music. I have been working hard to present good music to you. My new EP ‘It’s not your fault’ will release soon, so please look forward to it! Thank you so much again for all the love!
Dvwn has an intense passion for music and sheds light on the importance of fans being able to resonate with his music. We are very happy to have interviewed such a versatile artist who produces fervent music and we are grateful to Dvwn and KOZ Entertainment for the opportunity. We look forward to all the new music and we hope to see him perform in India, someday.
Dvwn’s new EP, ‘It’s Not Your Fault’ is releasing on April 14 featuring various artists like lIlBOI, CHE, jane, and Kwon Jin Ah. KOZ Entertainment Announces Dvwn’s Comeback
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Big Naughty (Seo Dong Hyun) from H1gher Music is a 2003 born soloist with a soothing voice perfect for the sensible rap that he is known for. His vocals does not limit him to rapping as he sings well too and recently he released his latest contemporary R & B Genre, EP “Bucket List”. In his EP, he has shown a different side of his music taste from that he is usually known for. Read on to read our review.