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 observe 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 nearly all of the dialog and translating duties. “We now have observe and music present promotions after this,” he says. “A reasonably busy day.”
The seven-member group not too long ago dropped an EP, MANIFESTO: DAY 1, and are getting ready for a world tour — their first, actually. 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, generally 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 could 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 onerous, to make certain, however additionally they take pleasure in loads of issues acceptable for folks 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 enjoying video video games, too. “League of Legends,” JAKE interprets for him earlier than bashfully hiding his face in his palms because the members snort.
Their newest period, that of MANIFESTO: DAY 1, started with the lead single “Future Good (Move the MIC),” which options choreography that rapidly caught fireplace 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 tune communicates a need for the members to face on their very own two ft, accepting their place inside not solely the musical panorama in the intervening time however the world at giant, whereas additionally setting the stage for no matter subsequent technology might 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.”