despite of ENHYPEN She prepared heartfelt notes to share with fans at their concert at Radio City Music Hall, and an outpouring of tears and a group hug wasn’t part of their plan. But an unexpected wave of feelings, according to the boy band, gave rise to the collective.
While it is standard for each member of a K-pop A group to address the crowd individually during a concert, usually the final moments during an encore are the most emotional member, ENHYPEN Sonu He couldn’t hold back tears as he spoke to the group’s staff “like seven” and “how much love I’ve received from my members as well as love from thousands of engineers,” shouting out the name of the group’s fanbase.
After the group leader Jungwon He quickly ran to hug Sunoo, the rest of the ENHYPEN members JayAnd the HeeseungAnd the JakeAnd the we will sing And the ne k They all huddled together, linked their arms and patted each other on the back, as their bandmate finished his speech.
With the massive crowd chanting their names, Jake tells them, “Through our concert in Seoul to the US tour, I feel like the seven of us have grown stronger together because of all the amazing love and support you guys have given us.”
As ENHYPEN showered one another with hugs and compliments while lending an accidental sleeve to wipe tears away, K-pop The acting says they rarely open up to each other like they did in front of thousands on stage in New York City.
“It’s kind of embarrassing,” laughs the group’s eldest Heeseung, who celebrated his “happy” 21st birthday in his New York live debut that doubled as the last US date of the group’s Manifesto Tour. “I think it’s awkward when you compliment each other so much.”
adds Jake, the 20-year-old, a friendly Aussie in the group who takes the lead in conversations with fans on tour and in this painting an interview, partly from being the member most comfortable with English but also from their puppy-like energy of excitement. “We don’t really compliment; we just give each other feedback…but I feel like the times we show our love for each other is why it’s so real.”
After wrapping up seven concerts in six states on the US leg of their Manifesto world tour, the group notes their first multi-city shows on the road together, highlighting the importance of all seven individuals who make up ENHYPEN.
“This is really important to me because we started together with seven members and it has absolute value to me,” Heeseung says of the multinational work with members representing Korea, America, Australia and Japan. “We spent a lot of time together, and every member, I hold dearest in my heart. So, I think after this tour I realized that this is our golden time together. So, yeah, I really do love my members” before, and naturally, he laughs as he He adds “confusion” to complete his thoughts.
Simple and soft-spoken ENHYPEN leader Jungwon says private moments indicated their compatibility with him. “The little things I did with my organs really encouraged me,” he explains. “We were rehearsing a lot, saying things like, ‘Let’s go, together’ before going on stage; those little things really lifted me up.”
Jake adds that the nearby venues for concerts also created a natural camaraderie. “Between stages we have like a little cabin where we had to change really fast, but it’s really crowded and we can’t really move,” he says. “But I can really see our chemistry showing because we have to look out for each other — it’s always really messy.”
ENHYPEN was born out of a singing competition i land Where 23 K-pop hopefuls battled for a spot in a new boy band with HYBE founder Bang Si-Hyuk overseeing the competition as rainAnd the BTSAnd the ZicoAnd the Seventeen And the Tomorrow X together Guide guest. Despite the high stakes in making the group, ENHYPEN never saw each other as competitors.
“i land It was kind of a competition, but I don’t think any of us really felt like it was,” Jake explains. “I feel for the viewers who watched the show, it might feel like it, but we had this feeling that we all had to do well and put on good performances. ”
Jay adds that some of the members already have an established sibling since their early days in the K-pop ecosystem. “I’ve been training with Heeseung for four years, I already feel like he’s family.”
After, after i land The Fender, which concluded in September 2020, told a story that unfolded as stars grew stronger through the albums. From their debut EP Frontiers: Day One Discussing her debut in the industry (peaking at No. 14 on painting‘s world albums Chart in early 2021) to last July Statement: the first day It rises to No. 6 on plate 200 The group won first place ever Highest selling album With 69,000 copies of the album sold in its first three weeks, the number of global fans is growing with the band. Earlier this year, ENHYPEN recorded his first solo number one Japan Hot 100 Plus the “Tamed-Dashed” pop/rock hybrid, no doubt aided by Japanese-born member Ni-ki, who is loudest when making his bandmates laugh throughout the interview as much as they do.
“I feel like every album and every song that we release kind of depicts what we’re feeling in that moment and what we’re going through,” says Jake. Our first album was about moving on i land, he became an idol, and debuted as an idol. our second [Border: Carnival] It was kind of saying what we felt while performing as an artist. Now, it’s been two years since we became an idol and we’re now sharing our story with the whole world. Every album has its own meaning and I think that’s one of our strongest points.” Jay calls it the “history” of ENHYPEN.
When it comes to Sunoo, one of the younger members known by fans for his sweet and sunny disposition that radiated even during an early Monday morning interview, his concerns about completing the career stage of ENHYPEN’s first US tour were scary. The weeping chat at the concert, he says, was more than just a release.
“Personally, I had a lot of insecurities during the tour,” says the 19-year-old. “The overriding concern is, ‘Will I be able to finish this concert successfully? I think it would have been really impossible to finish this concert and tour successfully without the engineers, members and our staff who always support me. So, I was in tears because I was really touched by the fact that we ended this tour successfully but I also want to mention that I also got a great deal of energy from this tour. “.
Jake adds that their experience on tour played a big part in naturally rushing into Sunoo’s side: “We knew what he was going through. Before the last show, he was talking about kind of being tired and not feeling 100 percent. We can all agree and kind of empathize.” .
While Jay’s warm side comes through in concert and during this interview despite his catatonic birth (he’s the first to say “never” when asked if the group opens up to each other), the Seattle-born star had his own insecurities about coming to the States. we will.
“I was nervous because it was my first time back in the States as an artist,” he says. “I’ve actually been to almost every city where we’ve performed, but it’s been really different since I was a little kid. I think I was proud that we all perform in my home country; it really affected me a lot.” “We all did great, we all did great,” Jay told his members on stage at the end of the concert.
Looking ahead, the barrier thinks and talks excitedly about future directions after such an intense first run.
The quieter but undeniably good-natured Sunghoon, who has earned a reputation in K-pop for his hosting abilities, says the touring experience opened his eyes to a new way of creating music. “So far, we’ve focused more on our music itself and the album itself,” he explains. “But after the US tour, I thought it would be nice to actually visualize the concert and performance while making the album and that would improve our delivery.”
Heeseung is curious about adding city pop to the group’s sound. At the same time, Jungwon wonders how the group can improve if they choose mixtapes less Genres after mixing punk rock and electronic production on “Drunk-Dazed” or swirling influences from Chicago workouts with pop build-ups on “Future Perfect (Pass the MIC)”. Ni-ki hints at embracing more freestyle on stage, stating that the group’s performance of “Future Perfect” during the encore was the highlight of his personal tour. “We use hand microphones to perform the encore,” shares the skilled dancer, “The microphones allow them to relax over the group’s syncopated choreography.” “He made it for me and it was my favorite performance.”
No matter the performance, Team EGENE is sure to entertain wherever the group’s story takes next which relaxes the group and inspires them to excitedly look forward together.
“If we focus on our albums, concerts and tours, results will follow naturally,” Sengun believes. Jungwon says, “The charts and rankings are not something we can control, but what we can control is to focus on our performance and give a lot of happiness and entertainment.” Notably, no one has a funny comment or adds “confusion” to their leader’s final words, perhaps because it’s an undeniable sentiment they all feel comfortable and confident sharing with one another.