The origin story of TWICE is one born out of tenacity. The group’s 9 members – comprised of Nayeon, Jeongyeon, Momo, Sana, Jihyo, Mina, Dahyun, Chaeyoung and Tzuyu – had initially competed in opposition to each other, in addition to seven different JYP Entertainment trainees, in 2015 throughout their look on the Mnet actuality TV competitors Sixteen. However that was solely only the start.
The group made their debut in late-2015 with their reasonably profitable first mini-album ‘The Story Begins’, which featured the title observe ‘Like Ooh-Ahh’. TWICE had to proceed working earlier than having their breakthrough in 2016 with the chart-topping singles ‘Cheer Up’ and ‘TT’. The woman group later solidified their legacy with a string of quantity ones in 2017 and 2018, and have change into probably the most recognised names in South Korea’s mammoth leisure trade.
At a time the place the world is in determined want of small pleasures, TWICE are right here to present a obligatory dose of pleasure to their followers. Having sat throughout a digital room from the woman group, it’s straightforward to perceive why followers completely adore them. They exude the identical charming, cute, infectious vitality that’s ever current in their songs and music movies. Concurrently, they carry an air of humility that might simply make one overlook that they’re the highest-selling woman group in South Korean historical past, who additionally graced Forbes’ 30 Under 30 Asia list in 2020.
Over the course of six years, the group have launched 10 mini-albums, two studio albums and plenty of reissues, in addition to a handful of Japanese-language releases. Now, TWICE are again with their latest mini-album ‘Taste Of Love’, which dropped on June 11, with the title observe ‘Alcohol-Free’. With a cool beat and energetic choreography, TWICE reach their want to deliver their followers “good vibes” in unprecedented instances.
NME spoke with TWICE over Zoom about their new album, what makes them completely happy and which woman teams they’d get recommendation from.
Editor’s be aware: Due to well being causes, Jeongyeon couldn’t be current for the interview.
‘Alcohol-Free’ has a robust Latin Pop vibe, what made you need to experiment with this sound?
Jihyo: “With our music ‘Dance The Night time Away’, we already offered a music that may be very younger, so to communicate. We needed to deliver a unique form of summer season music this time and we additionally needed to problem ourselves with a new style of music.”
In addition to the title observe, what music from the album are you most trying ahead to followers listening to or performing?
Tzuyu: “The music known as ‘First Time’, as a result of all of our voices are recorded fantastically and the components, the way in which it’s divided, it’s very harmonious. So I’m trying ahead to placing that music on stage. And I’d additionally like to add that the half was divided by considered one of our members, Jihyo.”
What was the simplest music to file for the album and what was the toughest?
Nayeon: “I believe [it] is dependent upon which member you ask. However in my view, the results of ‘First Time’ got here out the perfect. It’s not the simplest music, however the recorded outcome was the perfect. And probably the most troublesome music for me was ‘Alcohol-Free’ as a result of it was directed by the producer himself, J.Y. Park, and the components typically modified through the recording process. In order that was the toughest half.”
Chaeyong: “‘Alcohol-Free’ was probably the most troublesome, and there was no straightforward music for me.”
What does the group usually give attention to through the album recording process? Do you strive to take note of the opinions of followers or do you simply keep true to yourselves?
Chaeyong: “It’s totally different with every album. However after we check out a new idea, we often give attention to difficult ourselves and give attention to expressing ourselves extra after we’re introducing [a] new idea. And after we’re selecting a music, our enter is necessary in fact, however on the similar time we strive to incorporate the opinions of our firm as a result of they’ve higher ears and they will gage higher what the general public needs.”
What would you like followers to take away from this album?
Nayeon: “The climate is getting good and lots of people, together with ourselves, need to journey however we can’t within the age of COVID-19, so we needed to deliver to the followers a really brilliant music that may give good vibes to our followers.”
What do you would like that followers knew about what it takes to put together for a comeback?
Momo: “Even at the moment earlier than the interview, we went to the follow room to follow our choreography. I would like our followers to know that even after they don’t see us, even after we’re not on digicam, we’re at all times placing our greatest effort to give the perfect performances and to our followers and to the general public.”
Talking of the general public, TWICE have earned the title of “The Nation’s Woman Group.” When did you girls realise that you’re actually well-known?
Jihyo: (Laughing) “Once we’re doing interviews like this.”
Tzuyu: “Once I return to my dwelling of Taiwan.”
Nayeon: “Once we visited the USA. Although we didn’t actually do lots in America, we had been there for another concert events, [but] individuals recognised us on the road. I believed that was like a extremely bizarre expertise and wonderful on the similar time.”
When it comes to performances, you could have now experimented with a wide range of sounds. I’m particularly considering of the rock model of ‘Fancy’ that you simply did on the 2019 SBS Gayo Daejun. Are there another genres that you really want to experiment with sooner or later performances?
Sana: “Throughout concert events we’ve at all times needed to do a stay band model of our songs. However due to COVID-19 we weren’t ready to try this. However going ahead it’d be nice if we will perform our songs with a band on stage.”
Mina: “Once we had been doing ‘Cry For Me’, I believed that if we may make this into an orchestral model, like a classical model. I would really like to strive that.”
What has been your favourite music to write lyrics for?
Chaeyong: “My favourite music to write lyrics for was ‘Strawberry’. I actually just like the lyrics. It actually got here from my coronary heart as a result of I really like strawberries, so the lyrics got here fairly naturally for me. Fortunately followers love that music as effectively and the music labored very well with our voices.”
Jihyo: “For me it’s ‘Sundown’. Normally once I write lyrics, I strive to image the phrases and the scenes of the lyrics. I may simply image ‘Sundown’. It got here very naturally for me.”
Dahyun: “I really love all of the songs that I wrote lyrics for, but when I’ve to choose a favourite, it’d be ‘Queen’ as a result of it’s about expressing your self as you might be and loving your self for who you might be. Followers love that music as effectively, in order that’s my favourite music.”
What’s your favourite choreography?
Momo: “For me, the primary favourite is ‘Cry For Me’ as a result of ultimately intro half there’s a group dance that I actually thought got here out fantastically. And the choreography actually displays the lyrics, so I actually like that lots. One other favourite is ‘Really feel Particular’ as a result of we get to dance lots as a bunch and there have been numerous group strikes. And it additionally got here out fantastically, so I like that lots.”
Nayeon: “Truly, Momo mentioned two of my favourites. So if I had been to choose, I had to give my third alternative which is ‘Dance The Night time Away’. The choreography is absolutely onerous however through the dance, we get to make numerous eye contact with one another so it form of places us in a extremely good temper whereas performing the music.”
Mina: “We not often perform this music on stage, however my favourite is ‘Firework’ as a result of it’s very attractive and highly effective on the similar time.”
Tzuyu: “‘Cry For Me’ as a result of the lyrics actually replicate the choreography effectively, and we really dance fairly effectively in unison for that music. We make actually harmonious strikes in that music, so I believe that’s a extremely good music to perform.”
Sana: “I agree with all of the favourites that the opposite members talked about. But when I had been to choose it’d be ‘Fancy’, as a result of the temper was fairly totally different from all the opposite earlier songs. So, it was actually thrilling to watch whereas we had been studying and [it] was very thrilling.”
This previous 12 months has been very troublesome for everybody globally. With on a regular basis that we’ve had to decelerate and replicate on ourselves, I’ve to ask, what makes you cheerful?
Tzuyu: “Due to COVID-19, we weren’t ready to see our followers for fairly a while now in order that’s actually unhappy. However we had been ready to meet them by way of on-line performances. I’m really very grateful and completely happy that we bought that chance to give the performances to our followers. And I may really feel our followers’ love for us despite the fact that it was on-line, so I’m very grateful.”
Sana: “As a result of we couldn’t see our followers straight, we made numerous content material [like] YouTube movies for the followers. And at any time when we launched a new episode on the web, the followers responded very effectively. It made us completely happy to see that.”
For those who get recommendation from any three woman teams on the planet, whether or not they’re nonetheless collectively or not, which woman teams would you select?
TWICE as a collective: “Marvel Women as a result of they we’re in the identical firm and Marvel Women additionally had fairly a presence in the US as effectively, so they might in all probability give us numerous good recommendation.”
Jihyo: “Future’s Little one.”
Chaeyong: “TLC. And the entire teams that had been talked about are very well-known and we really would really like to talk to them about how issues had been then for them, and how they coped with challenges whereas they had been nonetheless collectively. That’s the form of dialog I would really like to have with them.”
TWICE’s ‘Style Of Love’ is out now by way of JYP Leisure.