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 follow 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Whereas not the chief of the group — that title goes to JUNGWON, all of eighteen years outdated — Aussie bandmate JAKE assists with the vast majority of the dialog and translating duties.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 now have follow and music present promotions after this,” he says. “A fairly busy day.”

The seven-member group lately dropped an EP, MANIFESTO: DAY 1, and are getting 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 to carry out for his or her followers, often known as ENGENEs, worldwide. They’ve already charted on the Billboard 200 three separate occasions. They’re the quickest Ok-pop group to succeed in 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 give the impression of being extra like a gaggle of buddies than they do seven younger stars inside the rigorous world of Ok-pop. They work exhausting, to make certain, however in addition they get pleasure from loads of issues applicable for individuals rising up as they’re. SUNOO and JUNGWON love watching motion pictures and happening walks collectively. JAKE and JAY are sometimes on the gymnasium — the latter is sporting a coveted HYBE gymnasium shirt throughout 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 fingers because the members snicker.

Their newest period, that of MANIFESTO: DAY 1, started with the lead single “Future Good (Go the MIC),” which options choreography that rapidly caught fireplace throughout Ok-pop TikTok. “I gained’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 toes, 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 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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