Six years into their profession, B.A.P is in a state of flux. The Korean boy band received its begin in 2012 and has spent its entirety swept up in highs and lows with immense recognition of their early days adopted by a collection of points, together with a lawsuit towards their firm TS Entertainment, earlier than discovering their approach once more with their impactful method to Ok-pop.
The previous few months have vacillated in tone for B.A.P, with 2018 seeing the band additional evolve artistically via a wide range of self-written solo tracks and their Forever tour. But it additionally noticed a number of the band’s bleakest moments, as chief Bang Yongguk opted to not renew his contract with TS, whereas member Kim Himchan confronted various sexual assault fees, considered one of which the group would deal with after they sat down with Billboard to debate the state of the act in 2018 whereas in Philadelphia for his or her U.S. tour.
Billboard: How has B.A.P modified because you toured within the U.S. final yr?
Zelo: We had our personal solo songs and our expertise have elevated. We’ve been capable of talk with followers rather well.
Youngjae: We’ve been touring yearly, and at all times take pleasure in seeing the followers. Each yr, the emotions are completely different. We, B.A.P and [our fandom] BABY, have recognized one another for a very very long time. We’ve been loving one another, and we take into consideration our relationship rather a lot.
How is that this yr completely different from completely different excursions?
Youngjae: Firstly, as a result of [former member Bang] Yongguk couldn’t include us it’s completely different. Secondly, as a result of many followers are pondering that this could possibly be our final live performance the feelings are completely different. Fans have been asking us, “Is this the final live performance tour?” We’re undecided, however we’d prefer to maintain doing it yearly. The followers have made this a very emotional tour for us.
Himchan: We all need to enlist and serve in South Korea’s army quickly due to the nationwide draft, in order that’s why individuals are involved.
Youngjae: We’re going to overlook our followers however will serve nicely.
How does it really feel that you could be not see your followers for some time?
Daehyun: Enlistment isn’t an instantaneous prevalence for many of us. [22-year-old youngest member] Zelo particularly, as a result of he’s so younger, has a few years to see the followers [before he must enlist.] We promised in the course of the present that we’ll be again subsequent yr so…
You lately had a lineup change. How has it been performing with out Bang Yongguk?
Youngjae: We have a variety of stress on us however we try to fill in Yongguk’s area on stage, and we have now talked rather a lot and rethought the set listing. We’ve been making an attempt our greatest to cowl up Yongguk’s lack.
Daehyun: It made for higher alternatives since we have now to fill in Yongguk’s area by fleshing out our personal roles and locations.
Himchan and Zelo carried out lots of Yongguk’s strains in the course of the live performance. What was that have like for the pair?
Himchan: I’m having a tough time, however particularly with the songs from the earliest days of our profession the raps are actually onerous. I’m making an attempt to vary the raps in order that I can swimsuit them higher. I can’t match Yongguk’s type 100% since I’m a distinct performer. But I’m making an attempt my finest to fill that spot.
You guys have spent a lot of 2018 doing solo tracks. How has it been specializing in that?
Zelo: We at all times attempt to make new music our personal approach. We at all times goal to launch music that followers love, and reply to their emotions for us. We’re making an attempt to indicate what we are able to do to the perfect of our skill, and the solo songs have been capable of assist us do this. It’s been actually refreshing.
What are you making an attempt to indicate your followers via these solo songs?
Daehyun: We try to indicate our private skills, our vocal expertise, the genres that we like. We wish to present how in a different way we are able to specific various kinds of music.
Nowadays, members are enjoying a significant function in songwriting. How do you method the inventive course of?
Zelo: I’ve written a variety of songs since I began within the trade after I was very younger. I believe that music will change into my legacy. I’ll attempt to discover a strategy to at all times talk with followers to the perfect of my skill. I’ve a variety of issues to say. I’ll attempt my finest.
If you needed to write a track proper now on this second, what would it not be about?
Zelo: That I’m blissful.