A free pass in DRIPPIN’s dreams for a better future
The show must go on, that’s what they say. And this is very much true for the South Korean music industry, which has not completely brought its wheels to a standstill even during the Covid-19 crisis. New music and artists continued to be released, even with live performances facing restrictions. And one of those names that draws attention to the K-pop landscape, amid the pandemic, is the all-male septet, DRIPPIN. With six members being former participants of Produce X 101, a popular South Korean musical reality show, the act debuted in 2020.
Grateful for the support of fans around the world, frontman Yunseong, 20, said, “We hope we can meet our fans up close in a live performance soon.” It cannot be denied that the pandemic presents a unique set of challenges in gaining a foothold in the already competitive music scene. But when the going gets tough, that’s what these talented kids believe. Their passion for music and performance drives them to keep working hard, while strictly following all protocols related to Covid-19.
With their recent summer album Free admission, DRIPPIN wants to add “fresh energy” and liveliness to people’s lives during these difficult times. Optimistic about a future without pandemic, the group also declares: “We hope to come soon to see fans in India”.
Maintaining the individuality and cohesion of the members’ unique charms are among their focal points for the near future. The group intends to create a distinctive sound and image that listeners can instantly recognize as “Oh it’s DRIPPIN! ”
In the K-pop industry, the personality of artists plays an important role in their success, helping them to forge an invaluable bond with their fans. So, about individuality, we ask them what they consider to be their personal strengths or charms.
Hyeop, the 21-year-old lead singer whose alternative career choice would have been a crime scene investigator, considers himself tasked to add that “DRIPPIN flavor” to their music. Dongyun, 19, says he is appreciated for his easy-going nature and often acts as a “therapist” to those around him.
Changuk, 19, says he is a fast learner while Junho, also 19, emphasizes his dedication to mastering everything he watches. Alex, the youngest member at 16, is fluent in English, French and German, thanks to his Korean-German descent.
Meanwhile, Yunseong says he is focusing on “two to three times the effort” in order to provide a stable “base” for the rest of the group. Spoken like a leader! And while 19-year-old Minseo jokes about the strength of her hair as her strong suit, that’s not wrong, given the amount of dye, styling, and warmth with which an idol’s scalp is. treaty !
Ask them about their personal idols in the industry, and they mention Shinee, nicknamed Princes of K-pop and known for his cult hits such as Lucifer and Replay. “We found them and their performances really cool. We even did dance covers on their songs. Someday we hope people can see us as we admire Shinee, ”they tell us.
In the past, they have also expressed their appreciation for BTS and EXO, two of Korea’s biggest groups.
The septet is not immune to the lure of Bollywood either. Their recommendation for a nice watch is the 2009 Aamir Khan movie, 3 idiots – quite popular choice with South Koreans!
The dreams of these young people are immense and their dedication to their profession strong. Being under the same label as K-pop groups Infinite and Golden Child, there are a lot of expectations from them. But, they are no strangers to the pressure. As they “show their artistic colors in the years to come”, they offer their listeners a free pass to accompany them on their journey!
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