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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 !
January 12th, 2021
Alternative hip hop band Epik High is one of the oldest bands in the Korean Industry as they have been together for almost two decades. Tablo, Mithra Jin, and DJ Tukutz, the members, formed the band in 2001 and are known worldwide for merging different kids of music. They even marked history by becoming the very first Korean act to perform at Coachella in 2016. In 2018, after six years the group left YG Labels and made a comeback under William Morris Endeavor in 2019 and now, they are back again!
On October last year, Epik High released a video message announcing their comeback and on January 12, Epik High finally announced all information regarding the artists that they are collaborating with and the songs that will be included in part 1 of their new double album, ‘Epik High is Here’. The album is set to release on January 18, 2021 and has an amazing collaborations.
Line up 1 – CL and Zico
Line up 2 – Heize, Nucksal, ChangMo, and Kim Sa Wol
Line up 3 – Gsoul, Woo, Miso, and B.I
Epik High has been active on Instagram and Twitter, updating the public about their new album and even revealed the names of all their 10 songs. After the long wait, all the artists to be featured has finally been announced. The first song that is more likely to have its MV teaser released soon is ‘ROSARIO’, a title track that features CL and Zico. A combination that has set the fans on high expectation. Fans are also really excited to see Zico on the list as he is currently performing his military duties and will be inactive until 2022.
Further, fans have also extended their warm greetings to former leader of YG boygroup, iKON, B.I, as he prepares to make a comeback in the entertainment industry after an 18-month hiatus. Winner of ‘Song Writer of the Year,’ Kim Han Bin (B.I.) in September 2020 was appointed as on of the executive directors of IOK Company. “I would be lying if I deny that he is currently preparing for his return. However, whether he is coming back as solo, group, or producer, and other particular details are still undecided” representative from IOK disclosed.
The song list evidently shows that this album is going to be a culmination of a variety of genres revolving around the ongoing pandemic. Tracks like ‘Social Distance 16’ and ‘End of the World’ clearly back this up. Covid-19 has affected people in different ways and each song title sounds like a story to tell. The song ‘Based on a True Story’ from its very name is expected that the artists would sing about a unique story or stories that probably they personally experienced or about someone else’s experience.
All in all, although no further details have been released, this album is definitely going to be something that people can relate with and an EPIC album for sure.
Before the album is released, a documentary named ‘Epik High is Here’ will be released on January 15, 2021. “Based on A True Story” ft. HEIZE and “ROSARIO” ft. CL and Zico will drop on the 18th of January 2021, Korean Standard Time. Which song are you most excited for? Tell us everything in the comment section and stay connected with us to know more.
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Look out K-Pop stans, because 2021 is going to be the comeback year for our favorite 2nd generation boy groups. Military service is a phase which all of us are well aware of and we are always dreading for it to arrive. However, at the end of the dark tunnel, the day finally arrives when we get to see our idols active again doing what they and we love. In 2020, several members from groups like Infinite, 2PM, SHINee and BTOB are being discharged from their military service and it has been truly a good year for us.
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