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 environment is informal — they’re of their apply garments, a mixture of tank tops and dishevelled 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Whereas not the chief of the group — that title goes to JUNGWON, all of eighteen years outdated — Aussie bandmate JAKE assists with the vast majority of the dialog and translating duties.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 fairly busy day.”

The seven-member group just lately dropped an EP, MANIFESTO: DAY 1, and are getting ready for a world tour — their first, in actual fact. The worldwide demand for the act is excessive. Having debuted in late 2020, the “MANIFESTO” tour would be the first time they’ll have the ability to carry out for his or her followers, generally known as ENGENEs, worldwide. They’ve already charted on the Billboard 200 three separate instances. They’re the quickest Ok-pop group to achieve 1 billion streams on their music. Whereas ENHYPEN may be 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 bunch of buddies than they do seven younger stars inside the rigorous world of Ok-pop. They work onerous, to make sure, however additionally they take pleasure in loads of issues applicable for individuals rising up as they’re. SUNOO and JUNGWON love watching films and happening walks collectively. JAKE and JAY are sometimes on the health club — the latter is carrying a coveted HYBE health club shirt through the name — together with SUNGHOON, who provides that he loves enjoying video video games, too. “League of Legends,” JAKE interprets for him earlier than bashfully hiding his face in his palms because the members chortle.

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

The sentiment of the track communicates a want for the members to face on their very own two toes, accepting their place inside not solely the musical panorama in the meanwhile however the world at massive, whereas additionally setting the stage for no matter subsequent technology might observe.

“I imagine 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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