First the “recording studio” and now the “dance studio”
A book on present-day K-POP idols
What would be a better way to get a glimpse into the most active groups in the K-Pop industry today? Having provided insight into the “recording studio” rather than the “performance” through her work in IDOL’S STUDIO, Park Hee A turns her journalistic focus onto the “dance studio” as though it was all part of the plan.
J-HOPE, LEO, HOSHI, CHUNG HA, LEE CHAE YEON
What does the life they picture as performers really look like?
The interviewee list, ranging from the most popular K-Pop boy group to a recently formed girl group, also constitutes an overarching report of the lives of K-Pop performers today. It includes J-Hope, main dancer in the group BTS, which received the Top Social Artist and Top Duo/ Group prize at the 2019 Billboard Music Awards; LEO, a member of the so-called “concept idol” group VIXX and current musical actor and soloist; HOSHI, leader of the performance unit out of the three units in SEVENTEEN; CHUNG HA, a successful solo singer who debuted as the 11th member of I.O.I in the Mnet program Produce 101 Season 1; and LEE CHAE YEON, a member of girl group IZ*ONE which was formed on Produce 48 and maintains a huge fan base in Korea and Japan. But there is more to their lives than can be explained by their achievements.
More than just a youth success story
K-Pop performers’ effort, and fate
“How lucky to succeed at a young age.” This might be the immediate response, seeing them in the spotlight just entering their twenties. But they matter-of-factly lay out their passion on stage, their affection for their teams, their self-care routine, and ultimately what method they chose in earning their success. “Storytelling,” which has now become one of the most important keywords in the Korean idol industry, shows its true power in this book of interviews in a most sincere way. The storytelling of the five stars and their respective groups comes together with the music created from the “idol’s studio” and the performance from INTERVIEWS WITH K-POP STARS, taking on new meaning. One of them calls the journey a challenge, another explains it a lapse of time, and another says it is a “fate” that needs to be overcome. Such are the differing views of the people on the K-Pop stage.