National MC Yoo Jaesuk vented about Hyukoh, saying that “Amongst the people I have interviewed in the past 10 years, Hyukoh have been the most difficult." Their songs, based in melancholy, have been quite earnest, and their past interviews have shown profound sensibility in the members. Thus I was afraid, right up until the moment that I met the real Hyukoh. I came close to the 23 year old boys of Hyukoh, that I faced at a photo studio for one night. Inwoo, who was excited at being complimented on his high jump skills, continuously touched the ceiling without fail, and Oh Hyuk, equipped with a pink pen used for body painting, displayed an overflowing mischeviousness while writing the absurd message “mother” on the arms of all of the staff. Interviewing them was very much the same. At ease after a drink, the conversations kept coming and going during what had become a noisy drinking session. The conversation was pulled in all directions. And so went my delightful 2am chat with Oh Hyuk (vocals, guitar), Im Donggun (bass), Im Hyunje (guitar) and Lee Inwoo (drums). Journalist Bang Jungsun
[Hyukoh Interview w/High Cut]An article about you visiting the HIGHGRND office was given large space on a portal site’s frontpage. Since being signed to HIGHRGND, is there anything that’s changed?
Oh Hyuk: It’s good. First of all, (Ta)blo is really good to us. He listens to us well. He councels us a lot. Although it’s only been up until recently that we’ve been in the same field, if you nitpick at the details, they were different domains, you know? I think it’s good that he speaks to us from the same perspective of making music.
Right now people go wild just at the breathing of Hyukoh. Is there anything that’s changed between last year’s Hyukoh and this year’s Hyukoh? Hyunje: I feel a large difference. There are a lot of people who recognise us, and last year we couldn’t even think of stuff like people singing along.
The singalong at Ansan M Valley Rock Festival a while back was amazing as well. Oh Hyuk: So many people came. It was packed all the way to the sound engineering seats. It was fun. It was fun, but stuff like the animal smell was a bit much. (Laughs) Inwoo: The mosquitoes were no joke either. Mosquito festival. (Sticks out leg) Look at this. Hyunje: Oh? I wasn’t bitten even once. Oh Hyuk: Because your blood is dirty. My blood is clean, so I got bitten a lot.
You’ve been defending the top of the digital charts for over 20 days, even beating out the girl groups. Donggun: Will we be given something if we pass a month? Oh Hyuk: It feels good. It’s not something that happens to just anyone. It’d be nice if we stayed on the charts for half a year.
The longer time passes, the more the expectations of your next album grow. Please give us a hint. Oh Hyuk: We’re thinking of releasing it in September. Orientalism with an odd ambience.
Several of your songs are ranked on the digital charts, but what are the members’ favourite songs that aren’t necessarily on the charts? Oh Hyuk: ‘Hooka’. It was the most fun song to work on. ‘Wi ing Wi ing’ and 'Comes and Goes’, that are liked by IU, make sense to me, but Hooka being on the charts was amazing. Hyunje: That’s all thanks to IU, isn’t it. Oh Hyuk: Thank you, IU.
In just a year you’ve become superstars. What’s your secret? Oh Hyuk: Our attitudes being different? Thinking of it now that we’re here, I think we’ve been lucky. Before we gathered as a band it was just me. By the way, I had absolutely no understanding of bands. I knew no one in this scene, and (pointing at Im Hyunje) that guy was just at home. He’s an applied music major, but didn’t go to school. And as for me, I took a leave of abscence from school and sold shoes. (I heard you’re good at tying shoelaces because of that?) Donggun: According to him, he can tie them in just 3 seconds. Oh Hyuk: Today you didn’t hear it from me. (Proudly) It seems people think that simply because I’m good at it. I can really tie shoelaces in only 3 seconds. There’s a video too. Anyway. I was close with these guys who did hiphop. Come to think of it, I think I used to approach musicians in other scenes differently.
Hyunje, you entered Seoul Institute of the Arts as a top student. Why didn’t you go to school? Hyunje: It wasn’t interesting. Having tried it out, it felt like I was learning the same things all over again. Oh Hyuk: I’ll go back to school next year. Taking classes with the freshmen. (Laughs) The seniors used to be afraid of me, since I look scary. I couldn’t get used to that, so I didn’t even smile properly.
Hyunje, do you still like SISTAR’s Bora? Hyunje: I used to think she was charming, didn’t I. Oh Hyuk: It’s IU for me. She’s our savior. Hyunje: By the way, we’ve met IU in real life. She’s really pretty in person, I think. Oh Hyuk: Rumours are going to start circulating, saying Im Hyunje and IU are in a relationship. Hyunje: Hate comments are attention too.
Donggun, while you have played guitar since middle school, you play bass in Hyukoh. Donggun: Because there was no one to fill the bass part. I played the guitar for about a month. Hyunje’s style fit the team better. I have no discontent with it. Inwoo: Since he’s a really cool guy. He’s dignified. Im Dignified.
Isn’t it it because Donggun is so manly that he takes lead of the atmosphere in the team? Hyunje: Donggun is a hippie. Whatever happens happens. He thinks that all the events in the world happen for a good reason. He gives the impression of not putting too much meaning into matters, and chooses to have an attitude of moderation. Oh Hyuk: In any case, it’s something that no one will remember in 100 years.
Oh Hyuk, you’ve heard the talk about you looking like Manse, right? Inwoo: He’s pretending to be cute a lot these days. Hyunje: Isn’t it that Manse looks like Oh Hyuk? Donggun: Since Manse got famous first. Oh Hyuk: Manse is more famous. So first of all, Manse is hyung. I think I look like Manse hyung. Hyunje: You don’t care that articles like this will come out? Oh Hyuk: I can’t. I’m a rocker. I’m 23 years old. I’m 21 years older (than Manse). If he was born the year before last, then now we have a kid worthy of cheering.*
It seems people are even more crazy about Hyukoh due to your lyrics speaking the minds of the youth. I wonder if such an interpretation is a bit exaggerated. Oh Hyuk: It’s exaggerated. I just write my own stories. Inwoo: Cyworld aesthetic.** Oh Hyuk: I’ve been criticised by someone for my lyrics. They said it felt like peeking at someone’s diary. I don’t actually write a diary.
Are all of you in relationships? Hyunje: I have a girlfriend, as does Donggun. Inwoo: (Stealthily raises hand) You’ve worked hard. Oh Hyuk: Inwoo has one? Since when? Donggun: You were dating her?
Oh Hyuk: I’m disappointed. How could you not tell me? In the end I’m the only one without one.
Oh Hyuk must put in more effort. Hyunje: He’s receiving love from a lot of people. He can’t be satisfied with only one person. Oh Hyuk: What are you saying. (Laughs) I want to be in a relationship. I’m aiming for monogamy. Everyone: You’re saying weird things. Oh Hyuk: Instead of being in a relationship, I’m living diligently. Everyone: Are we not living diligently? Oh Hyuk: Relationships waste your 20′s. Your 20′s is a time for preparation. Hyunje: From now on, don’t say you want to be in a relationship. Oh Hyuk: But I want to. The truth is, I don’t want to be preparing in my 20s.
* He’s speaking nonsense here and didn’t use proper particles, so it’s difficult to decipher exactly what he’s saying. Hyung = older brother. Manse also means 10 000 years, and is a term used in the context of cheering, ie. the phrase “Daehanminguk manse” would be something like “Hail the Republic of Korea”. (Manse and his brothers are named after this phrase.) ** Cyworld was an extremely popular Korean internet community, where you had your own mini homepages where you could publish content like diary entries, videos and photos, and that you could decorate with themes, background music, stickers, etc.
151111 Oh Hyuk: Thank you for the selling out [of the tickets]. See you on the day(s) of the concert!!
‘22′ tickets sold in 2 minutes Korean media is reporting that the tickets for the two days of Hyukoh’s year-end concert, being held on December 30th and 31st, sold out in just 2 minutes! It’s also being said that Hyukoh will be revealing part of their upcoming full album first to the audience at these concerts
Here are six of the most popular articles about iKON on Naver during the latter half of September! Although their debut was very well-received, most of these articles never made it to the international community, so we’ve decided to finally translate them.
YG Rookies iKON, Sweeping 8 Charts Right From Debut…’My Type’
September 15, 2015
[+2550, -431] This is amazing. Out of all the rookies, they have the best results.
[+2150, -501] Firstly, their song is seriously so good ㅠㅠ My Type~ Now I can really trust B.I. As well, My Type is a warm up track!! I’m really anticipating for their album in October as wellㅠㅠ iKON is my type, Hanbin-ah
[+1618, -327] iKON let’s hit daebak ♡♡
[+1533, -308] You’re my type~~
[+1380, -307] iKON is my type~
[+403, -91] Even though it’s a warm-up track if it’s this level it’s amazing;
[+388, -78] The song has a gentle feel ㅋㅋㅋㅋ The boy-ish feeling is amazing, you’re my~ type~
[+367, -72] iKON congratulations on sweeping the charts!!!!!
[+362, -69] Let’s succeed as much as you’ve worked hard for so long
[+371, -83] The song is seriously so good.. for those who haven’t watched the music video, please also watch the music video!!! There’s seriously no room for boredom~ my~ type♡
Source: Newsis via Naver
iKON “Concert at Debut.. Seriously Touching” Impression
September 16, 2015
[+3576, -726] The song is seriously so good !!!!! You’re my~ type
[+2483, -542] Work hard! I’ll support you that you do well♥
[+2218, -560] The song is so good!!♡October~
[+1514, -389] They have a concert right from debut and it’s at the Olympic Stadium.. not only are they rookies, but most idols in general couldn’t hold a concert at a stadium as far as I know. They’re really amazing.
[+374, -103] Why in the world would you blame kids that trained so hard in order to debut of mediaplay or their company’s problems. If you go into a company like this– especially YG– it’s seriously such a hard thing to debut.
[+365, -95] Long time no see, I longed for you a lot too [Long Time No See lyrics]
[+335, -88] If they’re doing a concert, we should be able to hear all the songs they have done so far, yes? I really want to hear Climax…
[+330, -89] They’re finally standing on the stage!!! Get Ready? [t/n: Showtime!]
[+346, -109] Truthfully, because of B.I and Bobby I watched SMTM and started liking hip hop even more .. although, I did like hip hop even before then ^^
[+297, -75] Truly the roof-kick rookies ㅇㅇThe concert showcase is only 90 minutes but there’s so many songsㅎㅎI’m really anticipating
Source: Naver TV
Bobby Fulfills His Dream, Brings His Parents to Korea ‘Filial Sniper*’
September 18, 2015
*Sniper = the best/very good at something
[+7455, -342] Ah I’m seriously so proud of Bobby, you’re amazing!!
[+5704, -271] Bobby-yah you’re incredible! You worked so hard thinking of your family, and finally ..! In so many ways, congratulations! You’re really cool Bobby! Let’s keep doing well!!!!!
[+4960, -505] This is seriously so touchingㅜㅜHe brought his mother over ㅜㅜㅜㅜㅡㅜㅜ Bobby-yah, noona will work really hard to stream and whether it’s your album or your concert I’ll buy/go to them all, seriously let’s hit daebak
[+4056, -217] Finally ㅠㅠ It’s so great that he was able to bring them over quickly. I hope that you continue to be happy and you become even even even more daebak
[+3388, -357] HeolㅠㅠㅠㅠㅠㅠI’m cryingㅠㅠㅠㅠㅠㅠㅠYou finally brought them overㅠㅠㅠㅠㅠㅠYou’re awesome Jiwon-ah!!ㅠㅠㅠㅠㅠㅠFrom now on, you’ll eat your mother’s cooking and be able to [directly] receive your mother and father’s loveㅠㅠㅠOgoo my kid you really did wellㅠㅠㅠㅠㅠㅠ
[+554, -33] He’s really amazing for such a young age, this is only the start. As you become more and more famous, I hope you have lots of happy times with your parents!!!
[+542, -28] “I miss you like crazy but I couldn’t see you. My love. I can go anywhere and boldly say. You are my pride.” [Climax lyrics] Bobby’s rap lyrics are coming to mind. The one who has such a beautiful heart, Bobby! I’ll always support you!!!
[+538, -31] Bobby-yah you’re really amazing, noona is also on her way to learnㅎㅎ Bobby from now on I hope you have only more and more happy times!!
[+515, -26] Bobby your wish was like this!!! “Kim Bobby you’re amazing” let’s continue to go farther and farther!!!!!
[+500, -29] Oh, I started crying while reading the article.. Jiwonnie you really suffered a lot, from now let’s succeed a lot and do well!!
Source: Osen via Naver
iKON Is No. 1 on 6 Charts with ‘My Type’.. Success as a ‘Chart Sniper’
September 20, 2015
[+1335, -204] iKON is really my type~ B.I is my type~
[+1212, -169] If they also came out quickly on music shows… it’s regretful that we won’t be able to see “My Type” performed on music shows. Congratulations on getting No 1 on 6 charts, now it seems B.I doesn’t have to cry*. Although I do want to see them cry out of happiness when receiving an award on a music show… *reference to V-app, where the other boys teased B.I saying that if they didn’t get No 1 B.I would probably cry (which he vehemently denied)
[+934, -179] I love you iKON, milky-skin* iKON~ For not making me wait all these years in vain, thank you sincerely. Hanbinnie, Jinhwannie, Yunhyeongie, Bobby, Donghyukie, Junhoe, Chanwoo you all worked so hard and suffered so much, particularly our leader B.I. Even thought you went through so many hardships, for steadily coming this far I’m so so thankful. Although there will continue to be many hardships in the future, let’s work hard. You have to become a superstar!! iKON fighting!!!!!!!!!! *popular Korean compliment
[+864, -128] I’m also anticipating your next songs, even more than your music video I like the making of ㅋㅋWhy are they only raising beagles
[+1028, -356] They got No 1 on 6 charts ㅁㅊㄷㅁㅊㅇ Is this possible for a rookie?????? Are you sure this isn’t a comeback? ㅠㅠㅠㅠㅠㅠㅠㅠㅠㅠㅠㅠㅠㅠㅠㅠㅠㅠㅠ Today, also, let’s keep dashing alongㅠㅠㅠㅠㅠㅠㅠㅠㅠㅠ I really want to see iKON September No 1 pass on to an October No 1 ㅠㅠㅠㅠㅠㅠㅠ [praise for Hanbin as a composer]ㅠㅠㅠㅠㅠ Let’s continue to dash along [do well]
[+196, -38] Today I’ll wear denim skinny jeans under a slightly big cardigan [t/n: from My Type lyrics] and go to play in Hongdae ㅎㅎ
[+189, -34] I think because the song is brighter it has more popularity. I’m listening to it well.
[+180, -28] iKON congratulations! Seriously all of you suffered so much, I love you!
[+181, -30] For some reason, the song makes me feel more and more proud
[+182, -38] iKON seriously every every member is the best >.,< The song is really my type
Source: Naver TV
iKON Wins No 1 on ‘Music Core’… Even Without a Real Debut, ‘A Real Award’
September 26, 2015
[+4704, -1355] iKON Congratulations ㅠㅠㅠㅠㅠㅠㅠㅠㅠㅠㅠ The song is my typeㅠㅠㅠㅠ
[+4141, -1279] Seriously congratulations, you’ve suffered so much all this timeㅠㅠㅠㅠㅠㅠㅠㅠㅠㅠㅟㅠ Congrats kidsㅠㅠ
[+3883, -1196] No 1 right from debutㅜㅜㅜCongrats ♡
[+3621, -1090] Although I’m a Red Velvet fan, I want to congratulate you!! I’m listening to iKON’s song well!! Congratulations on your no 1!!
[+670, -199] iKON congratulations!! The song “My Type is so good, I’m anticipating your next song too
[+689, -219] Is this a dream or realityㅠㅠ Seriously, even if you just debuted I’d be happy ㅠㅠ I’m really so touchedㅠㅠ
[+663, -197] iKON congrats on your No 1, and fighting to iKON fans as well
[+660, -199] From now on, continue to grow. I’ll support you that you become a big group!
[+641, -191] iKON congratulations on your first public broadcast No 1!
[+602, -176] Ah really you kids, you’ve suffered so much all this timeㅜㅜㅜㅜㅜ iKON fighting!!!
Source: Naver TV
iKON Wins No 1 on ‘Inkigayo’, Starts ‘Public Broadcast Sweeping’
September 27, 2015
[+4205, -1164] That they won no 1 even though they aren’t doing music show promotions is really amazing. Let’s do well iKON!
[+3314, -924] iKON congratulations on your No 1!
[+2956, -857] iKON fighting on your public broadcasts too!
[+2872, -987] Of course only because their song was good were they able to win no 1!!!!! iKON amazing~ Get excited!!
[+2587, -771] iKON congratulations on your second no 1!!
[+514, -178] They were No 1 on the charts for several days, of course it wouldn’t be right for them not to win no 1 on broadcast just because they didn’t perform
[+464, -141] iKON Congratulations!!! GET READY? SHOW TIME!
[+443, -129] iKON congratulations~ I’m so proud of you. I’m also anticipating for your half album and concert next week.
[+416, -112] They won no 1 on Music Core and now they also won no 1 on Inkigayo!!! iKON congratulations. I’m anticipating your album on October 1st and it seems I’ll finally be able to see you on music show broadcasts!!!!!
If you're one of the many people who has switched (or wants to switch) to an all natural beauty routine, you don't have to miss out on Korean beauty and skincare products. But finding natural Korean beauty products can take a bit of extra effort because labeling can be inconsistent and claims of "natural" ingredients or "cruelty-free" products don't have to be certified by an independent regulatory agency. (This, it should be noted, isn't a problem unique to Korean cosmetics, and labels like "cruelty-free" don't have legal definitions in the United States either, while "natural" can mean a whole bunch of things, depending on the brand. Generally, though, the "all-natural" term refers to products that don't use synthetic chemicals.)
Security forces in the South Korean capital Seoul have clashed with protesters during one of the country's biggest street rallies in recent years. Police used tear gas and water cannons against demonstrators demanding the resignation of conservative President Park Geun-hye. Tens of thousands of people of took part in the march, according to police. It brought together various groups, including trade unions opposed to the president's business-friendly policies. Others were protesting against the imposition of state-approved history schoolbooks, which they say whitewash South Korea's past dictatorships. Many marchers chanted "Park Geun-hye, step down''. Security forces fired tear gas when some of them tried to break through police barricades as they moved towards the presidency. Park Geun-hye, South Korea's first female president, was elected two years ago. She is pushing through controversial plans to make labour markets more flexible by giving employers more leeway in dismissing workers.