August 11, 2022

Between dance practices, the members of ENHYPEN (JUNGWON, HEESEUNG, JAY, JAKE, SUNGHOON, SUNOO, and NI-KI) huddle round a Zoom name with Consequence. The ambiance is informal — they’re of their apply garments, a mixture of tank tops and saggy tees, bright-eyed as they take turns introducing themselves.

Whereas not the chief of the group — that title goes to JUNGWON, all of eighteen years previous — Aussie bandmate JAKE assists with the vast majority of the dialog and translating duties. “We’ve apply and music present promotions after this,” he says. “A reasonably busy day.”

The seven-member group lately dropped an EP, MANIFESTO: DAY 1, and are making ready for a world tour — their first, the truth is. The worldwide demand for the act is excessive. Having debuted in late 2020, the “MANIFESTO” tour would be the first time they’ll be capable of carry out for his or her followers, referred to as ENGENEs, worldwide. They’ve already charted on the Billboard 200 three separate occasions. They’re the quickest Okay-pop group to achieve 1 billion streams on their music. Whereas ENHYPEN is perhaps younger, having not but even celebrated two full years collectively, the time period “rookie” doesn’t really feel prefer it applies to something about them.

Proper now, although, dressed-down and informal, they give the impression of being extra like a gaggle of associates than they do seven younger stars inside the rigorous world of Okay-pop. They work laborious, to make sure, however in addition they get pleasure from loads of issues acceptable for individuals rising up as they’re. SUNOO and JUNGWON love watching films and occurring walks collectively. JAKE and JAY are sometimes on the gymnasium — the latter is sporting a coveted HYBE gymnasium shirt through the name — together with SUNGHOON, who provides that he loves taking part in video video games, too. “League of Legends,” JAKE interprets for him earlier than bashfully hiding his face in his arms because the members snigger.

Their newest period, that of MANIFESTO: DAY 1, started with the lead single “Future Excellent (Go the MIC),” which options choreography that shortly caught hearth throughout Okay-pop TikTok. “I received’t be a idiot no extra/ I notice it now/ Give me that mic, that is day one,” HEESEUNG sings powerfully on the chorus.

The sentiment of the tune communicates a want for the members to face on their very own two ft, accepting their place inside not solely the musical panorama in the mean time however the world at massive, whereas additionally setting the stage for no matter subsequent era could observe.

“I consider our chemistry and our teamwork have been one of many strongest factors from the start,” JAKE displays. “However as time goes by, it’s getting even stronger.”

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