LIGHTSUM, CUBE Entertainment’s new eight-piece girl group, would be the first band to debut on the label since (G)I-DLE in 2018. Their first single ‘Vanilla’ is, in line with chief Juhyeon, filled with the “optimistic power and energy” that they wish to share with the world, with the hopes that listeners will “look ahead to the optimistic message and the charms that every of the members will present by their performances on stage”.
Because the rookie group take their first steps into the world, NME caught up with them to search out out who first impressed them to grow to be idols, following within the footsteps of their self-producing and composing label mates, and their final objective for LIGHTSUM. Get to know Ok-pop’s latest girl group beneath.
Why did you first wish to grow to be an idol? Had been there any artists or folks in your life that impressed you to take this path?
Hina: “I used to be in junior excessive and, at the moment, TWICE have been highly regarded so after seeing them carry out on the stage, so I got here to Korea as a result of I wished to be like them.”
Juhyeon: “I began my trainee life at 11 and at the moment I noticed a video of BoA and seeing her fill the stage alone, I used to be impressed by how she crammed the stage by herself and that’s how I began my life as a trainee.”
Huiyeong: “Earlier than my trainee life, I had expertise of determine skating and I went to [an] academy. There, my instructor really helpful I audition for a Ok-pop [agency]. Fortunately, I handed the audition and I had an eagerness to grow to be a Ok-pop idol so I began working laborious as a trainee. I additionally went to a live performance and listened to stay music and then I felt like I actually had to do that job.”
Nayoung: “I began my trainee life once I was in junior excessive and that’s when BTS turned actually well-known. After seeing BTS being actually synchronised on stage and after feeling that they actually labored laborious, I additionally wished to be an idol like BTS.”
What’s the most important factor you’ve learnt in your time as trainees that you simply’ll be bringing ahead with you as a member of LIGHTSUM?
Juhyeon: “I began my trainee life once I was younger, so I used to be used to the analysis course of and practising in line with the schedule, however I all the time had this thoughts that I needed to look again and suppose why I’m working so laborious? What’s my objective? Why am I operating so laborious? After debut, I don’t wish to overlook the goals I had as a trainee.”
Nayoung: “The one who endures is the one who wins. After going by a variety of struggles, I learnt that the one who endures all these challenges turns into a winner. Brave Girls are the very best mannequin for this to me.”
What have been the most important challenges you’ve confronted main as much as your debut and how have you ever overcome them?
Chowon: “I had lengthy years of coaching and there have been instances the place my debut was in entrance of me, so I had possibilities of debuting. It was like a carrot in entrance of me and I might run in the direction of the carrot, however as soon as the carrot is gone – which is the debut – I don’t have any objective to look ahead to. There have been instances like that and I felt anxious about it, however I had mates and different trainees round me so I used to be in a position to overcome these struggles.”
Sangah: “In comparison with different trainees, I began my trainee life at a later age, however fortunately I used to be in a position to [get picked for] debut right away. Because it was my first time as a trainee, I felt there have been so many issues that I hadn’t ready and that, skill-wise, I wasn’t sufficient. That was my greatest wrestle however, identical to Juhyeon mentioned, there have been different trainees and mates who supported me round me so I used to be in a position to get by that wrestle.”
You’ve all spoken about what sort of artist you wish to be, saying you wish to give optimistic power to and act as mates in your listeners. Are there any artists who’ve performed related roles in your personal lives, and what impression have they’d on you?
Chowon: “Identical to Nayoung mentioned, after seeing BTS, I wished to grow to be like them. It’s not like I wished to be an idol due to BTS however by them I received a variety of consolation and power from their songs. As a result of BTS have varied tales in their music, regardless of which scenario you’re in, there was all the time a track that comforted me in some ways. I additionally wish to grow to be an artist the place lots of people take heed to my tales and get consolation from it.”
Juhyeon: “Identical to Chowon received consolation from BTS, I used to take heed to IU’s songs. I might actually relate to her lyrics. Identical to her, I wish to be an artist that’s actually influential to different folks.”
What’s the very first thing you’re going to do after you’ve made your debut?
Hina: “I wish to thank my dad and mom first as a result of once I wished to grow to be a Ok-pop idol my father actually preferred it however my mom was actually anxious as a result of I had to surrender so many issues and [also because] I’m the one youngster in my household. However ultimately I made it, in order that’s the very first thing I wish to do after I debut.”
Juhyeon, Chowon, Nayoung and Yujeong, you’ve all been part of survival reveals like Produce 48 and The Unit previously. How do you suppose that have has helped you in making ready for idol life?
Yujeon: “After I was only a trainee, I simply did what I needed to do. However after being part of a survival programme, my dream was to grow to be a winner and I turned extra bold about my dream. Since there have been folks supporting me, I labored tougher.”
Chowon: “After I went to the survival programmes, there have been individuals who actually preferred me and my identify was identified to lots of people. I gained confidence by that and, though I used to be spending a variety of time inside the corporate as a trainee, the skin world appeared actually totally different. However then by doing the programme and speaking with a variety of adults, I used to be in a position to expertise a much bigger society and that’s why nowadays at any time when I meet new folks I get much less nervous. Just lately, it’s been a very large assist to me.”
Juhyeon, you could have expertise with composing and CUBE has an extended historical past of self-composing/producing idols. What are your ambitions on this subject?
Juhyeon: “I respect artists who self-produce and compose their personal music and that’s why I’m all the time attempting to be taught [about that]. Sooner or later, I wish to make my very own self-producing album.”
Hina, you possibly can in all probability relate to a variety of worldwide Ok-pop followers who start to be taught Korean and about Korean tradition after falling in love with Ok-pop. For you, what was it about Ok-pop that made you wish to be taught extra about Korea earlier than you turned a trainee?
Hina: “After I noticed Ok-pop idols’ dance strikes and songs for the primary time, I assumed it was actually cool and that’s why I wished to be taught extra about it.”
Nayoung and Yujeong, you each used dancing and cheerleading if you have been youthful to assist overcome your shyness. How did these actions assist you to acquire confidence?
Nayoung: “It’s not that I gained confidence by dancing, nevertheless it helped me be part of the Ok-pop business. After I joined the survival programmes and dancing on stage, that’s once I gained confidence, after seeing all of the followers supporting me.”
Yujeon: “Cheerleading helped me to beat my shyness as a result of if I hadn’t finished that I really feel I wouldn’t have been in a position to carry out in entrance of individuals, nevertheless it’s not the principle motive I received confidence.”
Chowon, you’ve additionally skilled as an actor. Do you are feeling like music and performing provide other ways to specific your self or are there similarities between the 2? Are you tapping into a unique a part of your self if you’re discovering feelings and a narrative if you’re recording songs and performing in comparison with if you’re constructing a personality for an performing undertaking, or does it really feel the identical?
Chowon: “I really feel that music and performing really feel the identical once I specific them. There are individuals who act by calculating these emotions and there are individuals who act by inviting you into the scene. I’m the one who turns into actually immersed within the surroundings once I act so at any time when I’m recording or performing I can simply do it instantly as a result of I’m actually immersed in it. As for evaluating music and performing, since I’ve to consider my vocals and facial expressions I used to suppose much more with music than performing.”
Sangah and Jian, you’re the rappers of the group. When did you first strive rapping and how simple was it so that you can decide up? How do you are feeling your confidence and fashion has developed since then?
Jian: “I began rapping 5 months in the past as a result of I solely had been practising my vocals earlier than. However I used to be curious about rapping so I began studying actually quick. I heard that my tone for rapping is basically distinctive so I’m attempting to make it my very own energy.”
Sangah: “I began studying rap 5 months after I joined the corporate and at first I didn’t anticipate that I might be taught rap. That’s why I additionally had somewhat wrestle studying it and I used to be a gradual learner because it was my first time studying rap. However then after assembly my coach, I began to search out my very own fashion, which is highly effective and mid-low tone – which is totally different from what I look on the skin. As of now, I don’t have full confidence in my rapping expertise because it’s solely a 12 months since I began studying rap so I nonetheless wish to be taught extra about it and acquire extra confidence.”
Huiyeong, in your PR interview you mentioned that “We are able to do something”. Considering with that limitless perspective, what’s your final objective for LIGHTSUM?
Huiyeong: “Speaking concerning the final objective for LIGHTSUM, it’s not that there’s a selected objective for us for now, however every and yearly there will likely be a new objective for us since we’ll develop day-by-day. Additionally I need LIGHTSUM to be the artists who can share their emotions to all of the folks across the world and that every of the members shine shiny.”
Trying into the long run, how would you want folks to consider LIGHTSUM? What sort of legacy would you prefer to create?
Juhyeon: “I need LIGHTSUM to be a group who’s actually pleasant, who’s all the time by your facet and all the time makes you smile. Each time there are pleasant moments, I need our music to be with you and our phases too. As a objective, I need us to be a pleasant group who can strategy folks in some ways.”
LIGHTSUM’s debut single ‘Vanilla’ is out now.