Welcome to Fan Chant, a weekly column for Okay-pop followers, stans, and newbies alike. Every week, I’ll be rolling out interviews, lists, and all types of content material to maintain you within the loop on the newest and best from our buddies in Seoul and past. Additionally, ensure to subscribe to my companion e-newsletter!
December at all times appears to be a time to replicate on the 12 months, and as our Annual Report continues to roll out, I’ve discovered myself desirous about the fun and surprises that got here with being a Okay-pop fan within the 12 months 2022. Fan Chant launched in August, and it’s been so enjoyable to have a delegated place to spherical up the week’s information and bulletins, and I’m so excited to proceed increasing the interviews and behind the scenes content material right here in 2023. (On the be aware of our Annual Report, you’ll want to try my checklist of 10 Okay-Pop Acts That Dominated 2022, with reflections from all of the teams!)
In trying again at this 12 months in music, and in Okay-pop particularly, I wished to spherical up a few of my most favourite interviews and opinions. In January, the celebs aligned — I used to be out in Los Angeles and was invited to a present at The Discussion board for a gaggle known as ATEEZ, who I had heard about, however hadn’t began listening to but. I left The Discussion board with my world utterly rocked. I spoke to the group a couple of days later and knew it was throughout for me.
In March, I related with Stray Youngsters for the primary time (however not the final). Whereas I’d been launched to their music again in 2020, this was my first time attending to expertise their dynamic in dialog. I haven’t gotten the possibility to see them carry out but — Atlanta ticket holders, let me hear you — however it’s at all times good to have targets. 2023 is trying vibrant.
As summer season approached, BTS introduced their anthology album, PROOF, which additionally included new observe “But to Come,” which as a rule made me cry the primary few weeks after launch? Anyhow, shortly after that, I used to be in Madrid overlaying Mad Cool Competition once I obtained phrase that j-hope had a couple of minutes to speak about his new solo album, Jack within the Field, if I used to be . It was the final evening of a five-day pageant and I used to be exhausted, however you’d higher consider I peeled myself away from bed in a lodge in Spain at 3:00 a.m. and logged onto Zoom to talk with him. I’ve spent the remainder of the 12 months gaslighting myself into considering that this didn’t truly occur, since my mind can’t actually put these issues collectively.
Later that very same month, I headed again to Los Angeles to catch TOMORROW X TOGETHER’s “ACT: LOVESICK” Tour. These candy boys are the second Okay-pop group I actually acquired into, following BTS, and I’ve had the enjoyment of talking with them many instances earlier than. Following their present on the Microsoft Theatre, although, we have been lastly capable of meet up in individual for a fast however characteristically beautiful interview. They have been additionally sport for this cute TikTok:
Full interview with @TOMORROW X TOGETHER coming tomorrow on Consequence ❤️🔥 (together with Beomgyu!) #txt #txtmoa #txt_bighit_official
♬ good time boy – jemaine
Then, in August, Fan Chant debuted right here on Consequence! Like I stated, I can’t wait to see the place the column goes within the new 12 months, however proper now I’m simply feeling very grateful for anybody who has learn this column or any of the items included beneath.
2022 as a Okay-pop fan has been a rollercoaster of feelings — thanks for taking the trip with me.