I’ll be frank. I had been procrastinating to write on this site for the past 2 weeks. I wanted to blog about cafe fest ( oh yes the big huha) originally but I shall leave that till next time.
I realised I got braver. Maybe not towards a live changing decision but I shall view this as a start.
For the first time ever, I was so so glad that I took up Korean language classes, because those 10 foundation classes certainly did not go to waste.
I audaciously spoke Korean to a K-Pop group.
And it became best decision I had made throughout the week.
I didn’t plan on doing so, especially when there are 15 media representatives present and I was shaking like a leaf the moment I saw B.A.P.
It was definitely my first time seeing idols so close up offstage not to even mention about interviewing them. I remembered saying I was withdrawing from K-Pop scene but this group pulled me back straight in within a week.
The 1st appeal: they rap and the underground rapper( the leader) totally took me by surprise. 2nd appeal: they have a slight bigbang aura but the latter was a more R&B style while B.A.P leaned towards a more hip hop style. 3rd appeal: the leader wrote all the songs in their Korean full album.( wow for a rookie group). 4th appeal: they sing live for all performances, because they have remarkable vocals and they suck at lip syncing (music videos prove it all)
But amongst all my heart thumping moments throughout the 45 min interview, I got the chance to ask my bias of the group (the leader) about his most heartfelt song produced thus far.
And he replied while staring at me for 10 seconds straight.
Best experience with an idol I can ever ask for.
The biggest takeaway I had after that day was that I felt empathetic towards them, though maybe just a tad. I went to the interview as a fan but attended their MTV live recording session with the mindset of a media. The boys seemed like unreachable stars on stage because of their profession, flashy outfits and large scaled backdrops. And because fans possibly grew too comfortable with this familiar side of idols/celebrities, they had forgotten the fact that people on stage are people. I had almost forgotten about this too, until I had the chance to talk to them up close. Hearing for myself that they are deprived of small enjoyments in life, I genuinely understood that this profession is not one which anyone can take upon.
B.A.P sure is one group to look out for. More than anything, I earnestly hope that this young group stay root to their individuality in music in years to come.
2012 B.A.P debut showcase ( perf by Yong Guk & Dae Hyun)
Photos all taken by the photographer I went with. She was literally judging me the whole evening HAHAHA.