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Whereas not the chief of the group — that title goes to JUNGWON, all of eighteen years outdated — Aussie bandmate JAKE assists with the vast majority of the dialog and translating duties.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 not too long ago dropped an EP, MANIFESTO: DAY 1, and are making ready for a world tour — their first, in truth. 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, often 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 is likely to 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 appear extra like a gaggle of associates than they do seven younger stars inside the rigorous world of Ok-pop. They work exhausting, to make certain, however in addition they take pleasure in loads of issues applicable for folks rising up as they’re. SUNOO and JUNGWON love watching motion pictures and happening walks collectively. JAKE and JAY are sometimes on the health club — the latter is carrying a coveted HYBE health club shirt throughout 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 fingers because the members chuckle.

Their newest period, that of MANIFESTO: DAY 1, started with the lead single “Future Excellent (Go the MIC),” which options choreography that rapidly caught hearth throughout Ok-pop TikTok. “I received’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 need 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 era 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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