Enhypen is rising — its fan base and concert-venue measurement — annually.
The Okay-pop group’s seven members — Jungwon, Heeseung, Jay, Jake, Sunghoon, Sunoo, and Ni-ki — initially got here collectively three years in the past as a part of the survival competitors present “I-Land.” Having gone by that course of collectively, it’s no shock that they’re tight knit.
The group established a powerful fandom throughout the run of “I-Land” and have continued to make their mark within the trade. This summer season, Enhypen turned the quickest Okay-pop boy group to surpass 1 billion streams. The style world has tapped in, too, with Prada naming all seven members model ambassadors earlier this 12 months.
The group kicked off the U.S. leg of their second world tour, “Destiny,” earlier this month in Los Angeles. On stage, Enhypen instructions consideration with their sturdy presence and upbeat songs. At their latest stadium present in Los Angeles, many followers (collectively referred to as “Engene”) had been wearing black with purple motifs, a theme from the group’s “Darkish Blood” album that nods to vampires. The group revealed on Sunday that their subsequent album, “Orange Blood,” might be launched on Nov. 17.
Up shut, the members of Enhypen are a delight. All through a latest interview in L.A., they checked in to ensure everybody had an equal alternative to talk, and had been prepared to assist one another present well-rounded solutions. Throughout their photograph shoot, they joked round between takes whereas jamming to Put up Malone — who, they share, is certainly one of their favourite musicians.
WWD: You had been simply in Milan for vogue week in September, attending the Prada present. How was that have?
Jay: It was our second Prada present, however the first ladies’s present we’ve been to. We had been interested in it and after the present, too, there have been a variety of issues to expertise, like exhibitions.
Sunghoon: We had been in a position to have some free time whereas we had been there, so we received to get pleasure from ourselves. And on the present, we noticed many actors and fellow artists, so it was actually enjoyable.
WWD: Have been there any seems specifically that stood out to you?
Ni-ki: There was a bag with a human head element on it. Possibly a doll?
Jake: It appeared like a personality.
Ni-ki: Proper after the present, we had been speaking amongst ourselves about how attention-grabbing it was.
WWD: What do you’re keen on most concerning the vogue occasions that you just attend?
Jake: We’ve now been to 2 in Europe, and we don’t usually have a lot alternative to see our followers in Europe. Having the ability to see them after so lengthy is actually memorable. They welcomed us so warmly in Milan.
Heeseung: I feel the perfect factor is simply the truth that we get to attend these vogue exhibits. It’s so completely different if you’re there in individual in comparison with watching a video. You possibly can actually really feel what the designer is attempting to convey.
WWD: How would you describe your private model?
Sunoo: As of late I feel I’ve been sporting hoodies, for an easy look.
Sunghoon: I like dressing up, and including a little bit one thing additional to the look. Reverse of easy: accessorizing and accessorizing.
Ni-ki: I wish to look hip, and I like classic items.
Jungwon: I like outsized garments. Even once we first debuted, I appreciated outsized garments. And earlier than, I used to put on the whole lot outsized, however as of late, I’ll put on a regular-sized prime however with outsized, saggy bottoms.
Jay: There are a variety of issues I like, however not too long ago I’ve been into retro and newtro… Like ’70s and ’80s kinds. Rockstuds, issues like that.
WWD: Why do you assume vogue is so essential in Okay-pop?
Jake: Being on stage and exhibiting your self is a significant aspect of Okay-pop, so we put a variety of thought into vogue and what we put on. And I feel the general public additionally retains an in depth eye on the style and visible points.
Heeseung: That and it’s additionally an enormous a part of how we painting ourselves. A sure outfit could make you look a sure method, in keeping with the model. As a result of we’re in a position to change that based mostly on how we need to be perceived, I feel it’s a extremely essential a part of being an idol.
WWD: How would you describe the style you wore when selling “Darkish Blood”?
Sunoo: For “Darkish Blood,” we had outfits which are much like what vampires put on, like fits. Within the music video, we had pearl vests, and we tried a variety of new issues. Issues that had a vampire vibe to it.
Jungwon: We had an artisan create the garments customized for us. I feel the followers could have been intrigued by the outfits at first, however we had been so happy with them. It was heavy however we liked it.
WWD: You simply kicked off your U.S. tour. How was the primary present in L.A.?
Sunghoon: Doing a present in a stadium in L.A., it felt actually completely different. I feel the Engenes actually loved themselves too, so we had been additionally additional excited. It gave us energy. It was so enjoyable on stage.
WWD: What’s your favourite tune on the set checklist and why?
Sunoo: For me, as of late, it’s “Karma.” It’s not that I didn’t prefer it earlier than. I had different favorites, however we’ve set it because the final tune of the present, and I feel it matches properly with the American vibe, too. It makes me really feel like we’re closing out the present on a excessive word.
Jay: My private favourite is “Blockbuster.” When engaged on the set checklist along with our label, we wished to obviously differentiate this live performance from the final one, and we put it close to the start to make a big impression. With that I feel the followers additionally loved it, and the tune itself is actually good, too. I feel it’s my favourite.
WWD: Do you’ve got a favourite outfit from the tour?
Ni-ki: The encore outfits. I feel in comparison with the opposite outfits — the opposite outfits had been created by our label to match the songs, however for the encore, I requested the model that I wished, saggy denims and a shirt. I used to be glad I used to be in a position to put on that. It was my favourite.
Sunghoon: I feel solely Ni-ki requested. I didn’t know we may try this. We truly modified the encore outfits for the North American tour.
Jungwon: We alter it for every leg of the tour.
Ni-ki: The merch as properly.
WWD: What’s the largest distinction between this tour and the final?
Heeseung: I feel the set checklist. Final time, with the encore, I feel it was 18 or 19 songs. However this time, we now have 24 songs or so. I feel that’s a distinction stamina-wise. And in comparison with final time, I feel the instances on stage are longer, with shorter relaxation breaks in between.
What are you trying ahead to most with the remainder of the tour forward of you?
Heeseung: Every metropolis has a unique tradition. In L.A., they had been barking and going “woo woo woo.”
WWD: I feel that’s been trending within the U.S. as of late.
Sunghoon: Heeseung truly got here to us throughout the present and saying “I feel the followers are instantly booing us.”
Heeseung: I had no concept. I at all times say Engenes’ voices are angelic, however instantly I hear wooing, so I used to be a bit confused. However I later discovered that it was optimistic.
Jungwon: They did a variety of this, too. (Stomps the bottom)
WWD: Proper! That was so loud.
Jungwon: I assumed it was an earthquake.
Heeseung: I’m trying ahead to experiencing issues like that with every metropolis.
Jake: The kick-off in L.A. was so nice. I need to take this vitality and luxuriate in carrying it out safely all through the remaining cities.