9:24 am - 03/13/2018
DAY6 on growing pains and being influenced by Britpop
You might know of South Korea’s musical landscape via its polished pop groups or rappers and R&B vocalists, but the country’s pop and rock bands are adding a dynamic, anthemic dimension to the mix.
DAY6 are one such group, a quintet who debuted in 2015 and whose songs come from emotional, bittersweet places (You Were Beautiful) but also the celebratory (DANCE DANCE) and the tender (I Need Somebody). Their light, kaleidoscopic songwriting filters British influences, as well as American stadium rock, through their unique set up of four vocalists.
Let’s start with the Every DAY6 encore shows in early March at the Olympic Hall in Seoul – 6000 tickets, sold out in minutes. As a band, are you feeling change around you in terms of momentum?
Jae: It’s hard to put into words how much we feel like we’ve grown. We’re really appreciative to the fans throughout this past year, but we’ve been so consumed in the process of meeting deadlines that it’s been hard to monitor our growth. But yeah, it feels amazing to have sold out the Olympic Hall. That’s nuts.
Young K: The memories of starting from small stages got me thinking that we’re on the right path. Olympic Hall has been a stage that we’ve only dreamt of performing on. I don’t know how to put it in words, but all I know is it feels great.
In a previous interview, you mentioned that in the beginning you didn’t get along perfectly. How have you learned to adapt to each other?
Jae: I think it takes time for people to really understand one another keep so I’m glad we had a training process to figure things out before we got down to business.
Wonpil: Now we know what one likes or dislikes even without saying it. When we are together, everyone’s goofy, it’s so fun.
Dowoon: I think we respect one another, learn the boundaries, and behave carefully. I always learn a lot from my older members (laughs).
Originally, DAY6 focused on live shows as a means of promoting. You’ve now shifted towards appearing on music and variety shows; are all of you comfortable in these situations?
Jae: I still don’t get that whole variety program thing. I don’t think it’s something I’m going to be comfortable for a while. It also has to do with the fact that I’m not 100% comfortable with Korean. So, maybe if I can contribute my English skills in a way, I could do better. But for now, I still have a long way to go and lots to learn.
Wonpil: Being able to perform live is such bliss. But I’m thankful that [we] have a space to play and even be broadcast. So I’ve never felt discomfort or uncertainty in any situations!
Young K: Since my parents live abroad, they can’t watch the live concerts. However, if I’m on television, they can see me. But all those live stages have given us strength, knowledge and experience to help us become who we are now.
Sungjin has said he didn’t mind being called an ‘idol band, but who in the group has struggled to accept that term?
Jae: I don’t personally use the term ‘idol band’ but I don’t necessarily think it’s a bad thing. The term idol means to be looked up to, and I’m good with that. Maybe I need a little more practice till I feel like I deserve it but yeah!
Wonpil: I don’t mind being called an ‘idol band’ either. If the music is good and you’re confident, it won’t matter which title tags along. Also, being called ‘idol’ by anyone [makes me] grateful because there are people who get motivation from our music. It gives us a reason to behave well, but I think this actually makes me a better person.
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:') they've come so far this past year, and they'll go a lot further too. Full interview is linked at the source!