It’s been 4 years since boy band Seventeen arrived on the scene with its 13 members and refreshing debut single “Adore U.” In the current, they’re one of the outstanding Ok-pop acts round, with standard hits and worldwide excursions to accompany them. Last yr’s “Oh My!” was acknowledged as the most effective Ok-pop songs of 2018, and now they’re again with their first single of 2019 within the type of the sentimental future bass of “Home.”
Billboard spoke to Seventeen on the finish of 2018 and forward of the discharge of You Made My Dawn to speak about their music, how final yr went, and what they hope 2019 will deliver.
Billboard: How do you guys really feel 2018 went?
Joshua: I feel it was a really eventful yr. We’ve been doing a whole lot of issues, equivalent to our tour. We had a live performance in Korea, area exhibits in Japan.
What did you need the message of Seventeen to be in 2018?
Woozi: We needed to point out our progress with none bells and whistles, in order that it was a really clear story concerning the progress of ourselves till now. We needed audiences to take heed to our music, and make listeners really feel touched by listening to our story. It wasn’t that each single tune instructed a definite story, however that the lyrics mirrored us, match us, and the narrative that we’ve been telling.
Was this totally different than what you probably did in previous years?
Woozi: Rather than saying that 2018 particularly was totally different, that’s the methodology that we are inclined to go about with our music. Since the very starting, each time earlier than we launch our music we come collectively for a gathering and focus on what story we need to inform, what narrative matches us proper now, and what the general public desires to listen to. We then personalize these concepts. It’s all the time been like that. It’s not one thing new for 2018.
Joshua: We all the time need folks to have the ability to relate to the lyrics of our songs, so we simply need to present them that we’re going by means of the identical issues that you simply guys are going by means of.
Vernon: One of a very powerful parts of our group is to maintain it pure. Every time we come out with a brand new album, folks ask, “How did you get extra refined? Was idea that you simply meant?” But as we get older in actual life, that simply naturally comes. I feel that [maturation] is of course contained in our music.
You launched a wide range of singles and songs all through 2018. Why did you determine to discover so many alternative kinds this yr?
Woozi: All are actually totally different, however with “Oh My!” it’s fully Seventeen-like. It’s the kind of tune that we first began with. It’s a mode that our [fan army] Carats actually like, it has a vivid vitality to it that match us very well. With “Thanks,” it was a sound that we have been actually assured in and really snug in pursuing. The lyrics of it pertains to the issues we’ve needed to say, and it’s virtually like a continuation of “Don’t Wanna Cry,” whereas “A-Teen” was a follow-up to “Change Up.” With “Call Call Call,” it was a continuation of “Clap.” Each time, as all the time, we needed to point out our progress with every launch, and so we produced the songs to suit our sound as finest as potential.
It feels like these every have been meant as callbacks to previous songs. Is that one thing you need to maintain doing, constructing one Seventeen tune on high of one other?
Woozi: Rather than a continuation, we need to present new issues constantly. That’s what we’re actually specializing in with out dropping our unique sound.
Are there any explicit recollections tied to the singles from over the yr?
Wonwoo: “A-Teen” was tied into an internet drama [of the same name], so it had a whole lot of love right here in Korea for being a part of the soundtrack, in order that was fairly memorable.
Seungkwan: “Thanks” was our first tune to go to No. 1 on [South Korea’s] Melon chart. It was really a message to our followers about how grateful and grateful we’re, so the truth that a tune like that was capable of attain first place… We all gathered at 5am to rejoice that.
Let’s discuss concerning the new album. What’s the that means behind You Made My Dawn?
Joshua: The theme behind the album is the message of, “You made my darkness into daybreak.” So principally, you understand how daybreak is between night time and day? The solar is available in to make the night time a bit of brighter and it progresses into day, proper? That’s why we tried to match the movement of feelings to the solar, and join this album to the earlier album You Make My Day.
How is that this album associated to You Make My Day?
Vernon: If you consider a narrative, [Dawn] needs to be just like the prequel of You Make My Day. We need to give listeners a cushty really feel. You Make My Day was launched in the summertime, and this album’s going to be launched in winter so clearly we need to match the seasons. Especially for this album, we tried to point out extra of our maturity. Just by listening to the sound and lyrics you’ll be able to inform the distinction from our earlier albums with this album.
Do you need to do one thing concerning the nighttime or nightfall too?
Joshua: It’s an open query.
The single “Home” returns you guys to an evocative kind of EDM, leaning into future bass, and also you've featured related sounds on different current singles. Why does this fashion swimsuit Seventeen a lot?
Joshua: EDM may be very fitted to performances and dancing, in order that’s why I feel it fits us nicely. I feel for each style we attempt to make it into our personal fashion.
Vernon: There are so many forms of EDM, like songs that make you need to soar and get you all excited. But “Home” isn’t that sort of EDM, it’s like extra snug to take heed to.
Joshua: It’s mellow.
Vernon: We got here up and practiced a efficiency that matches the tune’s mellow temper. Yeah, we’re very glad with it.
Joshua: There’s a lyric that’s like, “We’ll be your private home, and also you’re our residence. We’ll be your consolation, we’ll be the place you’ll be able to cry alone, or the place you’ll be able to love alone.” The place the place you don’t should care about what different folks will assume or say.
Vernon: Yea, it has a therapeutic message, the tune.
How do you outline residence? Did you deliver your private concepts of “residence” into the recording studio?
Joshua: Home is the place your family members are, the folks you’re keen on and care about are. And additionally a spot the place you’ll be able to loosen up, the place you’ll be able to relaxation after a tough day’s work.
Vernon: I used to be born in New York however I got here to Korea once I was so little so I’ve little or no reminiscence of the place, so I principally really feel that my hometown is right here in Seoul. But what residence appears like? I don’t know. Whatever feels snug for me, it could possibly be my residence. So, like, my studio. Wherever I’m with my members.
Vernon: We recorded with the members so the recording studio felt like residence to us.
How lengthy does it take for 13 folks to document one tune?
Joshua: Actually, it doesn’t take us that lengthy. It takes us like a day for one tune. That’s actually quick. A very long time in the past, after we have been trainees, after we practiced recording it could take us not less than three days for one tune. But we regularly received higher.
Vernon: Now, we will document three songs in someday. We have our efficient methodology. We work higher.
Aside from the singles, what are your private favourite songs on the album?
Vernon: There’s a tune referred to as “Chilli” from the hip-hop unit, which I’m a part of. It was our first time working with a unique producer than Bumzu, his identify is Poptime. We simply love this monitor. We love what we did with this monitor. It’s my favourite tune from the hip-hop unit.
Joshua: Me too, I like Vernon’s tune. Because there’s a triple that means. As in chili sauce, as in chilly, and as in simply chilling. I just like the vocal unit’s tune too, however I actually just like the vibe of “Chilli.”
You launched the tune “Getting Closer” earlier than the album’s launch, and it’s fairly totally different from “Home” stylistically. Why did the album’s launch spotlight these two songs particularly?
Joshua: Before this album got here out we launched “Getting Closer,” and the message we have been attempting to ship was the situation one feels within the absence of affection. “Home,” our title monitor, expresses the feelings felt if you’re within the presence of somebody you’re keen on.
What was it like for you switching to such an aggressive efficiency fashion for “Getting Closer?”
Joshua: We simply needed to point out one thing we didn’t strive earlier than. We tried “Getting Closer” as a result of it has a extra aggressive temper, I assume, from our different songs. But we tried that after we have been trainees, so it felt actually pure to us.
Vernon: We practiced a whole lot of aggressive songs and performances, however we by no means had our personal tune with a efficiency to point out that was as aggressive as those we had practiced earlier than, so it was sort of our first one. We thought it could be a contemporary turning level since we had by no means finished something prefer it earlier than. I feel that’s why a whole lot of followers actually like that tune and efficiency.
Joshua: We needed to point out that we will do many several types of music and plenty of several types of performances. We’re not simply mounted on one kind of style or one distinct efficiency fashion. We simply needed to point out that we’re able to doing varied sorts.
Since you talked about the way you practiced totally different kinds of music if you have been trainees, what’s the most important change from Seventeen of 4 years in the past and Seventeen now?
Joshua: We’re quite a bit older now.
Vernon: I assume we now have extra data and rather more expertise about this business. Our mindsets are positively totally different since then.
Joshua: We really feel a better sense of accountability. A very long time in the past it was like, “Let’s strive laborious, let’s present everybody that we’re doing very well, we’ve labored laborious for this.” Now, we need to present everybody good music and good performances.
Vernon: Also, we used to solely produce songs as items however these days we combine items, like Vernon and I did a monitor collectively. We simply needed to point out that every member is able to producing several types of music.
As you’ve finished prior to now, You Made My Dawn options songs from every of Seventeen’s sub-units, and final yr noticed members of Seventeen function in several groupings on each “A-Teen” and BooSeokSoon’s “Just Do It.” Why do you assume Seventeen thrives on these kind of smaller groups?
S.Coups: When we’re performing in items, it exhibits a unique shade from after we carry out as a bunch. Each member has their very own appeal and skill, and thru these items we’re capable of present totally different sides to ourselves. It permits the followers and the general public to actually take pleasure in and sit up for every of our particular person charms.
Joshua: Through our items we’re capable of exhibit totally different kinds of music that we weren’t capable of present as a bunch as an entire, in order that’s why I feel items are actually, actually essential to our group.
Vernon: We really sit up for the unit system as a result of that’s how we’re capable of present what we will inside a 13-member group dimension. Basically, we now have extra time to rap or sing inside these songs.
Seungkwan: One of the constructive sides of being in Seventeen is that we’re capable of present these totally different sides of ourselves by means of items, however I feel we obtain essentially the most love and highlight after we are performing collectively as Seventeen. So we’re going to point out varied combine and match items, however we’ll proceed to point out Seventeen as an entire as nicely.
Are there some other sub-units that you simply guys haven’t tried but that you simply need to work on?
Vernon: Recently, I’ve talked with DK about this fashion that we need to check out. I feel it’d be fairly enjoyable to do. DK wouldn’t have finished something prefer it earlier than. It would present a really new a part of him musically. It can be contemporary.
Many members have a hand in producing your personal songs. Where do you draw inspiration from?
Woozi: Receiving inspiration, it doesn’t come from one particular place or factor. It really simply comes from, actually, actually, on a regular basis life and every part round us. Since there’s a whole lot of members, we’ll exit to eat, we’ll hang around, generally we’ll get concepts simply chilling and spending time collectively. It isn’t actually deliberate, it simply comes from on a regular basis life.
So is Seventeen’s music decided by your each day lives?
Joshua: Our experiences, what we predict, and the concepts that simply come up from us conversing. That’s straight put into our albums.
Do extra members need to become involved within the songwriting course of?
Woozi: Every member has been concerned ultimately or one other. Even although I’m the principle member concerned, even earlier than we make a monitor we come collectively and discuss what we’d like. After the monitor is made I ask everybody’s opinions as nicely. The final result is one thing that includes all of the members.
Joshua: Definitely if we now have the possibility to, I’d prefer to. There’s a chance. As for now, I need to concentrate on what I like as a person. If I have been to make a tune, I’d need to make an acoustic tune.
Vernon: I can’t all the time be concerned in each single tune for Seventeen, however I all the time attempt to be. It’s simply enjoyable to work with members and Bumzu within the studio. Bumzu and Woozi, as the principle producers, they’ve our complete belief and perception. We simply comply with their steps and what they’re doing. For me, individually, I assume I might work extra on hip-hop unit songs or the sub-unit songs, or my very own stuff.
Seventeen has a whole lot of movies you place on the market, like your Going Seventeen internet sequence. What’s your goal for placing out this kind of content material?
Joshua: Through our performances, we present our stage presence however followers don’t know what occurs behind the scenes, what we do for enjoyable, what we do after we hang around with one another. I feel that’s proven by means of these internet sequence’. Fans who don’t know us that nicely will get to know us extra by means of them.
Vernon: I feel it’s a extra pleasant interplay with the followers and us. Like Joshua stated, it accommodates a whole lot of our each day life in order that’s what they like about it. And that’s what we like about it, as a result of they prefer it.
Is it essential to construct a bond between you and your followers?
Vernon & Joshua, on the identical time: Definitely.
Seungkwan: Before we have been singers, all of us preferred singers as nicely. So since we debuted, all of us take into consideration what sort of contents we will put on the market to share ourselves extra, and make folks actually take pleasure in us and study extra about us. These days we’re actually desirous about that, and that’s one of many causes a number of members have created social media accounts.
Joshua: Also, if you happen to watch our internet sequence and what we do behind the scenes you’ll perceive our music extra.
What have been a few of these singers you preferred earlier than you have been singers?
Woozi: When we have been younger, we grew up on music like TVXQ! and BIGBANG.
Woozi: But even after we debuted and have been selling similtaneously them, we have been capable of look upon these artists and study quite a bit from them.
Are there any artists you guys wish to collaborate with now?
Woozi: Bruno Mars.
Joshua: Ariana Grande.
Vernon: I not too long ago received to know this man Tobi Lou, and possibly, possibly.
Seventeen received recognized on your funky, youthful vibe, however how do you cope with balancing that together with your maturing?
Woozi: When we debuted, we confirmed a whole lot of our contemporary, boyish charms since we have been at a younger age. But as time passes, you actually can’t ignore getting older yr by yr. It naturally simply confirmed a extremely mature facet to the group and our music grew with us. It doesn’t imply that we gained’t do any vivid songs and that we’ll solely do unhappy songs. We’ll simply present what naturally involves us.
Do you equate maturity with disappointment?
Vernon: I don’t assume it’s essentially that, however since we haven’t proven a lot disappointment musically, that’s how we strategy our adultness.
Joshua: I feel if you happen to expertise disappointment, you’ll discover ways to recover from that disappointment and mature a bit of bit.
You have a number of members from around the globe at a time when Ok-pop’s turning into a significant participant on the worldwide scene. How do you are feeling about Ok-pop’s world attain & rise?
Seungkwan: We’re actually comfortable that Ok-pop is receiving a lot love from around the globe, and I feel that folks from around the globe find it irresistible a lot is as a result of there’s a distinct method that Ok-pop exhibits performances another way than different pop industries. There’s a lot vitality in it, and possibly that’s why folks all around the globe like Ok-pop.
Vernon: And I don’t understand how actually, however by some means the technology proper now has realized to understand this style.
S.Coups: It’s most likely not simply in regard to Ok-pop, however social media is all about connecting followers and artists in order that’s most likely one of many causes social media has performed such a giant function in Ok-pop’s progress however on the finish of the day it’s the music that’s attracting folks’s consideration.
Joshua: Since Ok-pop is rising globally proper now, we simply need to unfold it out even additional. It’d be cool to go to the BBMAs.
Seungkwan: Yes, sit up for us!
What do you hope for 2019?
S.Coups: In 2019, we’re going to attempt to be even busier than in 2018 and present new sides to ourselves, we wish to have the ability to meet our followers in varied locations, and to return all of the love that we’ve been receiving. We’re going to point out a whole lot of enjoyable and cooler sides to ourselves and our music. We’re assured that it’s going to be nice. We need to have the ability to carry out in varied locations and present new sides to ourselves.
Vernon: Like the Americas, possibly.
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