Seoul-based pop-rockers The Rose have been going robust since their first single “Sorry” in 2017 (when it was named one in all Billboard’s finest Okay-pop songs of the yr) with regular, albeit gradual, development. However 2019 noticed a serious upswing for the quartet after they appeared on the South Korean band competitors present Tremendous Band, and the yr has confirmed an eventful one for the act.
With their presence rising by televised performances and solo music from lead vocalist Woo Sung (also called Sammy), The Rose didn’t get to place out a deliberate album this yr however did share their inspiring single “Purple” and its B-side “California” in August. Additionally they launched their second world tour the identical month.
Whereas in New York Metropolis earlier this yr to deliver their We Rose You live performance to The City Corridor, the members of The Rose — Woo Sung (guitar), Do Joon (guitar), Ha Joon (drums) and Jae Hyeong (bass)– sat down with Billboard to debate their latest launch, touring and upcoming music. Learn what they needed to say beneath.
How did your present go final evening? I wasn’t capable of make it, however heard from pals that there have been some technical difficulties.
Do Joon: Yeah, the present couldn’t transfer on for about 20 minutes.
Woo Sung: I used to be actually annoyed, to be trustworthy, nevertheless it went properly.
Do Joon: We simply went with the stream.
Woo Sung: It was so unhealthy that I couldn’t hear myself, I couldn’t hear something really, so I needed to hear the followers voices to see what key we have been on. That’s how unhealthy it was. But it surely made it so particular, and I believe it was actually cool ‘trigger I didn’t have something in my ears and normally I’ve in-ears [monitors]. It gave the impression of we have been simply singing with our followers, actually. We have been making music [together]. It was cool, yeah.
Do Joon: It was like, ‘I’ll play guitar and also you sing again.’
Kinda like busking and the group becoming a member of in?
Do Joon: Yeah! An enormous busking.
It sounds such as you loved the expertise regardless that it should have been actually tense.
Woo Sung: At first, the 2 songs we have been like —
Do Joon: Simply confused. Confused.
Woo Sung: We couldn’t hear something.
Do Joon: There have been like 20 ideas coming by in each second. ‘What’s occurring? What’s this?’ Then we heard that there have been technical difficulties.
Woo Sung: We have been imagined to do 4 songs after which discuss, however we did two after which stopped. It might have been a very unhealthy expertise as a result of the beginning of the present, starting like that, it might actually simply [have] ruined the entire present. However we all know the followers are there to look at us, and it might have been unhealthy if we ruined it for them too, and we didn’t wish to try this. They have been superb. They have been there to have enjoyable and luxuriate in, and we did the identical.
Do Joon: They rooted for us. They danced even to ballad songs.
Woo Sung: I like it, they’re loopy.
You guys have been busy these days, since together with touring you launched your “Purple” single. How does it really feel?
Do Joon: Loopy. We don’t even keep in mind what we did three days in the past. We simply stay at this time.
Woo Sung: That’s how it’s, we stay for at this time. My motto is ‘Reside for at this time.’ As a result of there won’t be a tomorrow, so I like it.
Jae Hyeong: It has been so busy however good as a result of we met our [fans] Black Roses. Once we play on stage, we see them smiling and listening to their screaming, singing our songs. So it’s a pleasant expertise for me.
“Purple“ was your first launch this yr, how does it really feel to make your return?
Do Joon: It was lengthy, yeah. Final October [with Dawn]. However we have now lots of songs ready.
Woo Sung: With Tremendous Band — we have been on a [television] program — that pushed all of the schedules again.
Do Joon: It took loads to get again on the street, like this tour, stuff like that.
What was the Tremendous Band expertise like for The Rose?
Woo Sung: It was positively a step ahead. We would have liked that. We would have liked to expertise that, carry out extra with different bands, different musicians. We would have liked to get out of our consolation zone, so it was good for us. And we cherished it.
Do Joon: Due to the present, our fandom’s age has turn out to be extra numerous.
Woo Sung: The age of our followers.
Do Joon: There are lots of [people in their] 30s and 40s who’re loving our songs.
Why did you resolve to return with “Purple” as a single? Do Joon mentioned there’s a lot you’ve been engaged on.
Woo Sung: ‘Trigger we simply felt like this second, proper now, was a very good one to do a cheerful tune for as soon as. ‘Trigger we at all times do actually emo unhappy songs, proper? [Laughs] But it surely felt proper to only launch a cheerful tune, a summer time tune, that had a message of being who’re you’re.
Do Joon: Glad and uplifting and [a] easy tune can be good. That was our thought.
Is that the way you’re feeling proper now?
Do Joon: Yeah, fairly easy.
Woo Sung: I imply, how are we feeling as of late? We’re simply going by our days.
Do Joon: We’re simply liking at this time.
Woo Sung: The essential message for “Purple” was simply love your self, be who you wish to be and don’t let different [people’s] judgments cover that. That was the largest message we needed to offer out, and we needed to offer it out by a very glad, uplifting tune.
You have got an even bigger viewers now than prior releases. Did this positivity have something to do approaching a wider viewers?
Woo Sung: Undoubtedly not [laughs]. “Purple” was already written earlier than Tremendous Band. Mainly, that was deliberate to return again like in June or Could. But it surely bought pushed. It was imagined to be a mini album, too. It’s why we’re so unhappy. We had plans to file a mini EP.
Do Joon: We had plans to file 5 – 6 songs, initially.
Woo Sung: Even when we do get greater audiences in life, I don’t suppose that may affect us in what we wish to put out. Hopefully they’ll prefer it, and in the event that they don’t I suppose we’ll have to change some issues after we put it out. However we’d like to check out completely different genres of music.
Do Joon: And hopefully they prefer it.
Woo Sung: It is determined by if we prefer it. If we just like the music, we’ll simply put it out.
Why did you select to pair “Purple” with “California” of all songs, in the event you had different songs prepped for the EP?
Woo Sung: Oooh. That was our little greed. ‘Trigger the corporate needed us simply to do a single. However “California” was imagined to be within the EP, however we had that tune for nearly two, three years now. And we actually needed to place it out. In order that was a should.
Why did you wish to launch a tune in English, like “California”?
Woo Sung: As a result of the tune was about California. We will’t say “grizzly bear” in Korean and make it sound correct.
Do Joon: Yea, we will’t actually say that, “Love is an effective factor to share” in Korean, as a result of whenever you put it in Korean and sing it, it’s type of actually tacky. And it might be actually awkward to sing it in Korean, however in the event you put it into English it’s okay. I don’t know why.
Woo Sung, you launched Face not too long ago. What was it prefer to launch your individual album and get to pursue your individual artistry?
Woo Sung: I suppose it was more durable as a result of I didn’t have anybody else writing with me. It was me, myself and I. In that means it was more durable. However I used to be displaying extra of myself and singing, not in a band means however my vocal attribute have been popping out versus how in The Rose we attempt to combine issues up with [Do Joon’s] voice and my voice. I actually needed to place out tracks like that, that had at all times been the purpose. Earlier than doing the band, I needed to be a solo R&B artist. In order that was enjoyable.
Do different members wish to do solo initiatives?
Do Joon: In a while, sure, if we have now any alternatives to do it. If we have now any time. All 4 of us have our personal factor that matches us properly, so possibly sooner or later.
Woo Sung was saying he’s into R&B. So what about the remainder of you? Is it simply rock?
Do Joon: Rock’s a very good one, however we’re doing it as a band so possibly we’d do one thing else.
Woo Sung: Ballads for [Do Joon].
Woo Sung, you mentioned that you’ve got a distinct voice singing for your self versus the band. What’s that like?
Woo Sung: The band songs are a lot larger, so more durable. Increased key.
Do Joon: Increased pitch. Our songs are so excessive. I don’t know why, nevertheless it sounds higher.
Woo Sung: We make it so excessive, it’s why my voice is at all times gone.
Do Joon: It could sound prefer it’s a simple tune to sing, nevertheless it’s really actually laborious.
Frontmen in bands are sometimes distinguished in media, and Woo Sung’s the primary one to launch a solo, so how do the opposite members of The Rose really feel about that?
Do Joon: We expect it’s humorous, the concept of a ‘frontman.’ Trigger then Ha Joon can be our backman. [All laugh.] It was actually pure [for Woo Sung] to launch a solo album, it was a very good stream.
Woo Sung: We talked about it after we made the band. I used to be like, ‘Even when I begin doing band music, I’m nonetheless going to do solo music as properly,’ they usually have been so cool about it.
Jae Hyeong: It was a very good stream with this system and his album launch, so it was good timing.
You have been speaking about earlier than how your fanbase has grown however you wish to nonetheless stay yourselves and do the music that you just wish to do, however do you actually really feel there isn’t any strain to make your music to enchantment to new listeners?
Woo Sung: That’s what the corporate would need however we’re kinda simply doing our personal factor. However since there are older followers now, one factor I used to be contemplating for my solo was that I stubborn. They have been coming as much as me saying, ‘I used to be displaying my child how nice of an artist you have been and then you definitely got here up together with your solo stuff saying all this stuff.’ So possibly that’s one thing I ought to look out for. Not that I’m not going to cuss sooner or later [laughs]. But it surely wasn’t the title tune, so you already know…
Do Joon: Once we take a look at the crowds, there are lots of women. However we like extra if there are guys.
Woo sung: What? We prefer it extra if there are guys? We want extra guys, I believe that’s what he’s saying.
Do Joon: Yeah, within the fandom. Guys, if they’re right here they actually like our music.
Woo Sung: So do the ladies. What?
Do Joon: Yeah, they do, however…
Woo Sung, in Korean: It sounds kinda bizarre explaining it in English.
[The pair take a few minutes to discuss the nuances of language and culture between themselves.]
Do Joon: It’s a distinct tradition right here. I simply really feel that… We would like extra man followers. It’s good.
Do you are feeling that feminine followers are solely there due to your seems to be?
Do Joon: No, no, no.
Woo Sung: See? It’s type of bizarre explaining it in English.
Do Joon: It’s not that however I believe it’s getting bizarre right here… Mainly, I used to be making an attempt to say…
You desire a numerous viewers?
Do Joon: Yeah! There we go.
“Purple” is a happier shift for you than your earlier releases, do you suppose you’re going to pursue that path shifting ahead?
Woo Sung: Once we put together an album, it’s like the emotions we really feel at the moment, so I wish to say we wish to return to our sadder, emo “Sorry,” a bit darker facet.
You wish to?
Woo Sung: Yeah, ‘trigger we confirmed the viewers a bit little bit of a cheerful facet, so now possibly we wish to present our viewers a bit darker vibe.
Does that imply you’re in a sadder, darker place?
Woo Sung: Once we write songs, it doesn’t essentially imply that we’re in that place. Truly, we’re in that place. However we get healed by writing it and displaying it to the world. And we’re not in a darkish place proper now. However everyone has that darkish place of their thoughts. No one is 100% glad. [Ha Joon nods along.] Everyone has melancholy. It’s an emotion everyone cares. And I believe we like to the touch up on each. “Purple” was glad and be your self.
Do Joon: Possibly the subsequent tune, we would speak about anger, possibly.
What are you engaged on now?
Do Joon: Possibly a good time interval of manufacturing songs can be good. Since we’re on the street, possibly it’d be a very good time for us to return into the studio, within the room of nothing the place we simply write music. It’s a very good factor to have as a musician, so possibly that’s going to be one of many issues we wish to do.
Woo Sung: We don’t know what we wish to do subsequent or put out subsequent. We don’t know till the day we write. We nonetheless haven’t made up our thoughts what to do with these songs [that were meant to be released on the canceled EP]. We actually needed to place them out, like, in Could. Like within the summertime. The entire album idea was excellent and a reset for us. So since we couldn’t try this, possibly we received’t put them out.
Do Joon: Or possibly subsequent yr!
This interview has been edited for readability.