The trail of Korean rock band DAY6 has undoubtedly been a rocky one, however the five-member group has caught with what they’re good at and hoped that sooner or later their time would come.
Now, three years after their debut, it has. DAY6 has not solely amassed a big group of devoted followers, however their music has reached that all-important milestone the place even in the event you’ve by no means heard of the band, you most likely acknowledge one or two of their songs. Their newest album, “Keep in mind Us: Youth Half 2,” continued their latest success, topping the iTunes album charts in over a dozen areas, together with Hong Kong, Indonesia, Kenya and Peru.
“Keep in mind Us: Youth Half 2,” launched on Dec. 10, comes as a sequel to “Shoot Me: Youth Half 1.” The primary album, launched in the summertime, showcased the band’s sturdy beat and highly effective vocals. In “Keep in mind Us,” DAY6 takes folks again to the 1980s with their synth pop lead monitor “Days passed by,” which focuses on the thought of youthful brilliance that’s each lovely and quick, including an upbeat but emotional contact to the top of the 12 months.
In a aggressive Okay-pop scene dominated by flashy choreography and addictive hooks, bands typically come and go along with little fanfare. The few profitable names lately – FT Island and CNBlue – do make it massive, however even they battle to get many accolades in such a saturated pop-centric market. By staying true to what they’re good at, DAY6 now stands as maybe the one profitable Korean rock band. All of the members participate in producing the songs on their albums.
“We have been apprehensive, as a result of we didn’t know whether or not we’d make it or not. However we had delight in our personal music. And we simply saved at it, hoping that we’d see the sunshine on the finish of the highway sooner or later – even when we didn’t know when that day would come,” stated Sungjin.
The 5 members of DAY6 – Sungjin, Wonpil, Younger Okay, Jae and Dowoon – sat down for an interview with the Korea JoongAng Each day.
The next are edited excerpts during which the group mentioned their new album and the way they caught with their fashion in a difficult music market.
Q. How did you provide you with the songs in “Keep in mind Us: Youth Half 2”?
A. Younger Okay: The “Youth” album tasks started earlier in 2018, as a result of we thought that we’re presently residing our youth. We wished to speak the feelings that folks really feel whereas throughout their youth. We additionally wished to make an album that we’ll look again on sooner or later and assume, “Wow, that is what we sang after we have been youthful and what we made.” That was additionally how we received the thought of synth pop for our lead monitor, “Days passed by.”
Jae: We often begin with sounds that we’re accustomed to and sounds that we like. However then, as time goes by, we analysis extra to find new [sounds]. We’re additionally influenced by the issues that we’re feeling after we’re writing the songs.
We listened lots to pop sounds from again within the 1970s and ‘80s throughout our analysis for this album. We discovered that there have been lots of iconic artists again then, so we thought that it might be enjoyable to implement these concepts into our songs.
What message did you need to talk by way of the lyrics of “Days passed by”?
Younger Okay: First, we wished to speak the intense and upbeat atmosphere from the 1970s and ‘80s synth pop. That’s essentially the most iconic picture of youth, I believe. However we don’t all the time simply do enjoyable and pleased songs. We attempt to talk a sure emotional steadiness and so there’s an element throughout “Days passed by” the place we use minor chords as an example a way of disappointment inside the happiness. The overarching message is that we had pleased days, we did our greatest and we liked. The times have passed by, however we’re okay with that.
Did you propose to go retro, because the “Bohemian Rhapsody” film is so in style?
Sungjin: Undoubtedly not, we completed recording all of the songs earlier than the film’s launch. However we are literally pleased that [the release of the album] got here at a really lucky timing.
Jae: We’ve all the time appreciated Queen. As an illustration a tune in our second album known as “Letting Go” (2016) was really influenced by Queen. You’d be capable to hear it.
You celebrated your third anniversary in September. How did you’re feeling then?
Wonpil: We met up with our followers, and so many individuals got here to the occasion, which we have been so grateful for. Three years is a very long time, however nonetheless quick. Wanting again, we did a lot throughout these years. From our debut tune “Congratulations” (2015) to this [album], each single factor we’ve accomplished has been valuable to us. It introduced me to tears, and I’m nonetheless very overwhelmed. It was distinctive for us to debut as a band within the first place, however we’ve been capable of make extra songs and placed on performances. We thank the followers a lot for sticking with us.
Do you assume you’ve gotten higher over the three years?
Dowoon: I’m undecided if I might say that I’ve gotten higher, however I do really feel extra relaxed on stage. As an illustration, I used to all the time want a metronome throughout follow. However sooner or later, I simply performed making eye contact with Younger Okay, and it felt snug. I spotted that I wasn’t doing this alone and that I had the opposite members to assist me.
Did you might have any worries about whether or not you have been going to make it, since rock isn’t a well-liked style in Korea?
Wonpil: We have been anxious. However what we realized is that we don’t have something to fret about as long as we just like the music that we make. In that sense, I nonetheless don’t have anything to fret about. The actual fact that we’re nonetheless collectively enjoying and singing our songs is so valuable.
There aren’t any bands on the market which can be as profitable as you’re. How does that really feel?
Younger Okay: It’s an honor that we get to have an affect on the music market. I believe it’s our job to do our greatest in order that different individuals who need to stroll down a path much like ours would have a look at us and never surrender.
BY YOON SO-YEON [firstname.lastname@example.org]