August 12, 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 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Whereas not the chief of the group — that title goes to JUNGWON, all of eighteen years outdated — Aussie bandmate JAKE assists with nearly all of the dialog and translating duties. “We’ve got follow 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 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, often called 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 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 bunch of buddies than they do seven younger stars throughout the rigorous world of Okay-pop. They work laborious, 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 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 fingers because the members snigger.

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 Okay-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 ft, accepting their place inside not solely the musical panorama for the time being however the world at giant, whereas additionally setting the stage for no matter subsequent technology 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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