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LE SSERAFIM Are Something However Fragile: Fan Chant Interview

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As readers of Fan Chant might recall, 2022 is for the ladies: The narrative of ladies dominating this yr in Okay-pop is within the chart knowledge, it’s within the discourse on TikTok, and it’s within the music. As readers of Fan Chant may additionally recall, I completely adore a boy group, however the ladies in Okay-pop got here to slay this yr and are doing precisely what wanted to be accomplished.

This brings us to rapidly rising lady group LE SSERAFIM (Kim Chaewon, Sakura, Huh Yunjin, Kazuha, and Hong Eunchae), a five-piece venture out of HYBE and Supply Music. Final time I checked out a few of South Korea’s chart knowledge, LE SSERAFIM appeared proper alongside legacy lady group acts like Purple Velvet and Women’ Technology. The group’s debut EP, FEARLESS, and the one of the identical title function an excellent introduction to the group — their title is an anagram of the phrase “I’m Fearless.”

Within the quick months which have handed between their debut EP and their present launch, ANTIFRAGILE, these 5 have made a reputation for themselves particularly as a few of the sharpest dancers and general performers of their class of Okay-pop acts. A four-part documentary, titled The World Is My Oyster, has since taken viewers deeper into the coaching, getting ready, bonding, and rising the members have been experiencing — to the tune of over 8 million views.

In the meantime, their newest EP, ANTIFRAGILE, reached No. 14 on the Billboard 200, making LE SSERAFIM the quickest Okay-pop feminine group to make a debut on the chart. Talking with Consequence over e-mail about getting ready for this launch, group chief Kim Chaewon shares, “We practiced actually onerous to higher ourselves, and now all there’s left to do is to take pleasure in our time up on the stage.”

Beneath, learn my interview with all of the members of LE SSERAFIM, together with insights into their ever-strengthening workforce dynamic, studio course of, and the various targets they nonetheless have for the longer term.


Congratulations in your new EP — folks have been so enthusiastic about it! What have been a few of the stuff you have been most centered on in getting ready for this mini-album?

Kim Chaewon: We wished to ensure we outdo our performances from our debut EP FEARLESS. We practiced actually onerous to higher ourselves and now all there’s left to do is to take pleasure in our time up on the stage.

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Sakura: It was tough at first to actually take in and absorb every style and our choreographies of ANTIFRAGILE, particularly as a result of at first I used to be unfamiliar with the genres and the strikes to suit every style. Doing one thing utterly new that I haven’t accomplished earlier than can carry concern, however it could actually additionally information me to a different facet of me that I didn’t know existed inside myself. So I put numerous effort and time into bringing out my numerous, but fearless sounds and facial expressions.

Huh Yunjin: We obtained numerous love throughout “FEARLESS” on our efficiency, so we labored further onerous to carry out our greatest on stage. Along with teamwork, we wished to indicate simply how a lot enjoyable we’re having. We’re at all times making an attempt our greatest to placed on our greatest present.

Kazuha: This time I wished to carry out totally different sides of myself that I haven’t proven but. Musically, “ANTIFRAGILE” wanted our expressions to be one thing we haven’t accomplished earlier than so it took numerous training along with the members. It was enjoyable difficult ourselves and making performances collectively as a workforce.

Hong Eunchae: I centered totally on the efficiency facet whereas getting ready for the brand new EP. Throughout our debut, I seen that I wasn’t a lot used to the cameras but and I felt it generally confirmed via on stage. So I labored actually onerous on my facial expressions, vocals, choreographies, and put my time and efforts into bettering my presence on stage.

The choreography is so stellar for “ANTIFRAGILE.” Discuss to me about getting ready within the studio for this comeback.

Kim Chaewon: Working along with our members was loads smoother this time, particularly as a result of we turned a lot nearer to one another than after we have been getting ready for our debut EP. However ANTIFRAGILE consists of tracks with such numerous genres, so it took numerous effort to showcase each monitor effectively.

Sakura: Engaged on choreography for “ANTIFRAGILE” was loads tougher than “FEARLESS.” At first, following every transfer itself was strenuous, so I might personally take further time by myself after our practices to actually get the strikes down. Regardless of how onerous it was to be taught and carry out at my greatest, I’m more than pleased with the end result we achieved in how we carry out ANTIFRAGILE on stage. I’m pleased with us.

Huh Yunjin: At first we have been all like, “Is that this humanly potential..? Will we be capable to do that?” However after numerous effort and teamwork I believe we have been capable of pull it off effectively.

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Kazuha: I took a rap half once more for “ANTIFRAGILE.” It was a completely totally different expertise than “FEARLESS,” as this EP’s tracks have distinctive, distinctive kinds to them. I used to be capable of finding my type that matches the monitor whereas recording, so I assumed it turned out effectively.

Hong Eunchae: The recording itself for EP ANTIFRAGILE was a lot smoother and quicker than the debut album. I used to be extra snug across the producers, and I felt the practices additionally went rather well as a result of the members turned nearer to one another and the chemistry between us crossed over to the choreography. However that mentioned, the title monitor’s choreography was tougher than “FEARLESS,” so we put much more effort and time into actually delivering our greatest on performances to let the viewers and FEARNOT know we’ve improved and grown as artists.

You additionally just lately launched a documentary collection giving followers a better look into your life as a workforce. Discuss to me a bit about teamwork and your dynamic collectively, and the way that’s grown or modified round getting ready for this EP.

Kim Chaewon: The chemistry actually shines via after we work on choreographies now. I’m really comfortable that the connection we’ve outdoors of the stage brings optimistic power and results on our work collectively as a workforce.

Sakura: We’re 5 very totally different folks, from ages to backgrounds and paths we’ve taken. So these variations naturally fashioned a workforce tradition the place we settle for one another’s distinctive individualities for who we’re. We’re conscious that our ideas and emotions might differ, and what’s necessary is to actually perceive one another with the place their heads are at, what they’re considering, and to actually take care of one another. I believe that is what makes our workforce nice.

Huh Yunjin: I believe we’ve simply grown nearer from workforce to household. I believe it’s onerous to not, as we’re all real folks with a real love for one another.

Kazuha: I really feel we’re nearer to one another than ever, and actually really feel like we’re all one massive household. It’s simply enjoyable being round one another, from small talks that we recurrently must deep conversations. Members are the explanation why I might be sturdy and stand nonetheless even after we are confronted with hardships.

Hong Eunchae: I believe we’ve one of the best teamwork ever. Because the youngest within the group, all of the members are extraordinarily good to me, they usually carry me a lot optimistic power. So as a result of they at all times hearken to what I’ve to say, I can comfortably specific my emotions and opinions, and reciprocate the great power to the members in return. Our teamwork retains getting higher, which made getting ready for this EP loads smoother than earlier than.

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What’s been inspiring every of you latterly?

Kim Chaewon: I’m impressed by our members, and these valuable moments and experiences I’ve on daily basis.

Sakura: I get numerous ideas and inspirations after I write in my diary.

Huh Yunjin: Recently, the climate and the music. My creative position fashions are releasing new music.

Kazuha: I’ve been watching numerous year-end performances beforehand accomplished by different (Okay-Pop) artists. Now that we’re capable of carry out up on the identical stage, I’m impressed, excited, and am trying ahead to the day.

Hong Eunchae: I monitor artists’ performances. It’s really a studying expertise to observe them, and it motivates me to work tougher. There are a number of digicam angles and content material that I can actually research on, resembling a full-focused angle or an angle shot by followers.

What are some targets you could have via the tip of 2022? What about sooner or later as a bunch?

Kim Chaewon: I wish to wrap up this yr with nice performances on the year-end awards exhibits. Additionally one of many greatest futures targets I’ve is to go on a tour as LE SSERAFIM and meet FEARNOT all over the place!

Sakura: I want to win a rookie/new act award as LE SSERAFIM, and placed on one of the best efficiency ever on the awards exhibits!

Huh Yunjin: I simply hope we’re all wholesome for the remainder of the yr. Sooner or later, I hope for a world tour!

Kazuha: My objective is to do my greatest on each stage we’ve in the remainder of the months with no regrets, and to have the ability to give braveness and power to our followers, FEARNOT.

Hong Eunchae: It’s our first time being on stage for the year-end exhibits, so we’re doing all we will to present our greatest performances. All our members are passionate relating to the stage so our eager focus currently has been preparing for an excellent finish of the yr stage. Sooner or later, I wish to go on a world tour with our members and present worldwide FEARNOT who LE SSERAFIM are!

Tune Rec of the Week:

Within the spirit of this week’s column, take a hearken to “ANTIFRAGILE,” and take a look at the ladies understanding the choreography if you happen to haven’t already.

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