Okay-pop powerhouse performers ONEUS launch their first world tour in the present day, January 12, in New York Metropolis. The 14-city North American leg will finish in Sao Paulo, Brazil on February fifteenth. After a triumphant US tour final 12 months, which packed theaters everywhere in the nation, the group is again to show they’re nonetheless essentially the most electrifying act on the world stage in the present day.
Forward of the tour’s first cease, I had the pleasure to sit down down with the group’s 5 members – Seoho, Leedo, Keonhee, Hwanwoong, and Xion, to debate every little thing from the tour, their spectacular four-year profession, and what they nonetheless want to accomplish!
First off, welcome again to the US! How does it really feel to be again?
Keonhee: It has been a 12 months since we got here to the states, and on one facet, we’re very excited and energetic to be again for this tour, however on the identical time, we ready a lot so there’s some strain that we do have. However general, it’s totally optimistic and joyful strain!
The final time you have been right here was for the Blood Moon Tour final 12 months, what makes this tour totally different from that one?
Hwanwoong: Final tour was superb, however we have been extra targeted on performing the right pitch, excellent choreography, and excellent levels. This time, we’re extra targeted on sharing the house with the followers, speaking with the followers, connecting with the followers. We need to actually make the live performance with the followers collectively. When our followers depart our live performance, we would like them to really feel ‘wow, we had a terrific live performance collectively!’
What are you most trying ahead to on this tour?
Seoho: Final time, in the course of the live performance, COVID was unhealthy, so all people needed to have masks on. The one factor that we might see was the followers’ eyes. By their eyes, we had to determine how they felt, as a result of we could not see their complete face. We need to see our followers faces, and we imagine that followers additionally need to take their masks off as effectively to have the ability to benefit from the present correctly. This time, the masks is not necessary for the live performance, so will probably be good for us to see followers’ faces out within the open. It seems like we will take pleasure in extra collectively and alternate emotions and ideas by facial expressions.
Do you may have any favourite locations to go to while you’re in New York?
learn: On the bus, we thought quite a bit about New York and Xion truly mentioned “that is our third time being right here, however we have by no means seen the Statue of Liberty up shut.” It could be nice if we might have the prospect to go to that.
What are every of your favourite songs to carry out dwell?
Seoho: ‘LUNA’ is my choose as a result of, particularly for this tour, we modified the intro a bit bit, and due to that change, it seems like we will ship the message even stronger to the followers concerning the music.
Xion: ‘Come Again Dwelling’ as a result of it is a very wild music, with plenty of massive efficiency moments on stage. I really feel like this music has essentially the most excessive decibel assist from the followers on the live performance. It energizes us.
Hwanwoong: ‘No Diggity’ could be very enjoyable to carry out on stage, however on the identical time, it challenges us bodily limitations, as a result of it’s totally intense. We’ve got to place every little thing into the music, so it is robust however on the identical time, when the music is completed, we will hear the followers speaking to themselves saying “wow, that was an incredible efficiency” so it feels prefer it’s a must- carry out music for me.
Keonhee: ‘To Be Or Not To Be’ is the music that I at all times need to carry out. It “tastes effectively” after we carry out it as a result of the melody performs a giant position, in addition to the efficiency itself. Each time I sing this music, I am very glad on my own.
learn: ‘Silly Love’ actually helps us to take pleasure in performing along with the followers, particularly. We actually take pleasure in ourselves after we carry out this music.
You guys additionally simply celebrated your fourth anniversary, congratulations! What have been a number of the most memorable moments out of your profession up to now?
Keonhee: In the course of the previous 4 years, there have been many good issues that we skilled collectively. However it seems like time has made the crew come collectively as one. Yearly, the crew bought tighter and tighter. We really feel very joyful about that. Yearly, it seems like we need to sit up for the subsequent 12 months. In my private opinion, that signifies that proper now’s joyful, however we’re additionally anticipating extra happiness subsequent 12 months. On the identical time, we expect there may be extra for us to enhance, and extra for us to be higher subsequent 12 months. However general, it is a joyful course of that we’re having proper now.
If you happen to might return in time and discuss to your youthful self from earlier than you debuted, what would you say?
learn: Simply maintain going! combating!
Seoho: If I bought an opportunity to speak to myself once I was a trainee, I might train my youthful self to seek out the suitable path. I had some events the place I went across the path, however I might inform myself the direct, quickest, manner I might go ahead. I might train myself the data I’ve now to make us be capable of debut quicker.
I do know you all play an element within the writing course of in your music, are you able to discuss a bit about what that course of is like?
Seoho: There are numerous various ways in which we produce songs. Primary, is simply myself ranging from zero and going to at least one hundred, doing all the producing. But in addition there are occasions the place we discuss to our producers in-house. Generally we ask for them to work with us to start with. However I particularly take pleasure in doing every little thing myself from zero to at least one hundred.
The place do you sometimes get your inspiration in your ideas, your lyrics, or simply your music normally?
learn: It actually relies on the temper of the music. However, particularly for ‘Similar Scent’, I wished to make use of one thing that actually occurs in actuality, in order that the listeners can absolutely perceive the music.
Are there any new ideas you need to attempt for future eras?
Keonhee: We’ve got achieved many various ideas each time we launch a brand new album. With that have, at any time when a brand new alternative comes, we’re not afraid to problem ourselves. We take into consideration how we will present a unique facet of ourselves with an idea we might have already achieved. We’re simply exploring ourselves. The entire ideas we have achieved up till now have actually constructed our fame and the group as a complete.
Trying to the long run for ONEUS, what are some belongings you nonetheless need to accomplish that you simply possibly have not achieved but?
Seoho: When you may have a giant purpose that you simply set up, typically you could not fulfill that purpose 100%, however you continue to get there little by little, 30%, 50%. For me, it is at all times necessary to have a giant purpose to start out with. This 12 months, I am hoping for not solely the US followers, however for your entire world to know who ONEUS is. Not essentially your entire inhabitants, however possibly half!
Keonhee: In Korea, it is a custom yearly to have a Okay-pop pageant in December on TV the place each artist performs collectively. This time, ONEUS bought to carry out and we had Korean conventional clothes on. Performing that stage was tremendous electrical. There was plenty of assist from the followers for that stage. It is a very massive stage in Korea, so we have been very joyful for the chance. Not solely in Korea, however all over the place, we need to carry out on larger levels. That is one among our largest targets. Additionally, since that is our third tour within the states, and we plan to have extra excursions sooner or later, we might like to carry out on a few of our favourite TV exhibits over right here. Like, The Kelly Clarkson Present, Jimmy Kimmel Stay!, all the late evening exhibits. That is a giant purpose we’ve.
Earlier than we wrap up, do you may have a message you need to inform your followers?
learn: We love you.
Keonhee: That is our third time coming right here for a tour, and each time we come right here, we’ve totally different mindsets. We at all times have a purpose we need to accomplish. This time, like at all times, we need to present our followers higher performances. We additionally need to join with our followers, and provides them a terrific message after they depart the present. So, to our followers, thanks a lot for ready for us for a 12 months. We need to pay again the love that you simply at all times give us.
Xion: We simply celebrated our fourth anniversary and, trying again, every little thing was potential due to Tomoons. This 12 months we’ll proceed to provide you good music, good performances, and plenty of live shows. Please watch for us and we’ll attempt our greatest!