Okay-Pop Boy Band Astro Talks 'Always You' Single, Artistry & Hiatus

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Over on the Social 50 chart, Astro has been one of the vital continuously showing Okay-pop acts. A boy band beneath Fantagio Corp., the six-member group was shaped in 2016, and has quickly gained a large following, touchdown them on that chart -- which tracks essentially the most buzzed-about musical acts -- 20 instances. But a lot of 2018 has seen the boy band lacking in motion after an influence battle at Fantagio early this 12 months led to the corporate’s artists and their plans being placed on maintain.

But July noticed the group make their return with their Rise Up EP, and late final month the six members --JinJin, MJ, Eunwoo, Moon Bin, Rocky, and Sanha -- visited New York City for a efficiency at Okay-Expo. Ahead of taking the stage, Astro sat down with Billboard to test in on their profession and the way they’re transferring ahead. 

You launched the only “Always You” this summer season, which was a bit extra of a darker, dramatic music than your prior releases. What impressed the modifications?

JinJin: We haven’t been lively for eight months [for the reason that launch of November’s Dream Part. 02 and July's Rise Up], so throughout that point we tried to suppose extra deeply and significantly about our music. We put all of our ideas in the direction of the album, and that’s why Rise Up is a bit heavier than different albums. We had a state of affairs the place we couldn’t come out despite the fact that we needed to, in order that’s why how we had a lot need to launch the album and meet our followers.

Moonbin: We haven’t been very lively so we’re grateful for the followers who waited for us, and needed to reward them this album.

You put out 4 seasonal releases after which pursued your Dream collection; why is it vital to Astro to attract connections between your singles?

JinJin: Our live performance collection is known as Astroad, so it’s as if our albums have been the steps as much as that street. It was our first time having a seasonal idea, and our followers actually appreciated that so we selected to create the following collection thematic as nicely, the Dream collection. We really feel very glad making a reference to followers, and followers additionally make a connection by our music so to make these connections we create albums which have themes.

Astro’s sound usually veers in the direction of melodic electro and synthpop. What about these sounds go well with Astro?

JinJin: We didn’t deliberately plan to make our sound revolve round synthpop, however we wish to present the progress of our enchancment and progress which is why we’ve caught to at least one soundscape for now. But no matter our sound is sooner or later, we wish to deal with ideas that go well with us.

You had a giant hole between releases not too long ago, how did it make you are feeling to take break day from releasing music?

JinJin: We targeted on self-development as people. Especially Eunwoo, he labored on tv dramas and actuality exhibits.

Do you've gotten any music movies you might be significantly keen on?

Moonbin: My favourite is “Confession.”

JinJin: “Always You.” Beforehand, we closely targeted on the crew in our movies. But this was the primary time we emphasised ourselves as people throughout the group. I believed that it introduced a distinct ambiance in comparison with different albums.

What are you listening to these days

JinJin: Hip-hop, I take heed to a whole lot of hip-hop.

Moonjin: Shawn Mendes.  

How has Astro modified through the years?

JinJin: We’ve been overlaying our rising course of. We used to precise our happiness and vivid expressions, however now we wish to present a extra mature idea and ambiance by our music. I believe we’re going to indicate an idea or look that we haven’t tried but sooner or later.