NU’EST is a K-pop 5-member boy group who debuted in 2012. Consisting of JR, ARON, BAEKHO, MINHYUN and REN. They made their comeback with their third mini album, ‘Sleep Talking’ on August, 2013. NU’EST is now back with ‘Beautiful Ghost’, attracting many fans with powerful and sexy look. On behalf of the European fans, Kpopeurope had a wonderful chance to conduct an interview with NU’EST. Let’s see what they got to say to our fans and readers!
Kpopeurope: Hi NU’EST! We are lucky to have you guys after your album has been recently released. Our fans gave us a lot of interesting questions. Here’s the first one. The 3rd Mini Album ‘Sleep Talking’ has a different colour compared to the previous albums. How do you feel about this comeback? What do you think of the “mystic fantasy” genre?
[JR]: For ‘FACE’ and ‘ACTION’, we showed passionate and powerful sides of us. And we tried our best to include sense of longing and rich emotions in “Hello”. This time, we wanted to let our fans experience the world of fantasy through the “sleeptalking” concept. Personally, I like the mystic fantasy concept. Next year, we are going to be in our 20’s and we thought this year would be the last for us to express charming and delightful moments.
Kpopeurope: Hey, whether you are in 20’s or 30’s, we’ll always love what you do with your music. Talking about music, what is each member’s favorite song on this album and why?
[JR]: It’s hard for me to pick one… I like them all. My favorite song of the day depends on I’m feeling that day. Right now, I would say that my pick is “Beautiful Ghost”.
[BAEK HO]: Me too. It’s a song that really emphasizes the presence of the band. I like that each beat makes a strong impact. I generally enjoy music that follows this pattern.
[REN]: My favorite is “Don’t Wear Revealing Clothing”. I don’t want to see our fans walk around in such clothes! Haha.
[MINHYUN]: The one that really sticks with me is “Sleeptalking”. I worked really hard on it and I naturally want to see others like it too.
[ARON]: My pick is “I Will Love You More” from our most recent album. I really like the intro where [JR] is narrating in a whispering voice.
Kpopeurope Cool. And we have to tell the fans that it’s way better to enjoy the music with performances so check out YouTube for some of the latest on-stage shows. How much did you practice for the comeback?
[BAEK HO]: We practised whenever we had a chance. If you watch the choreography for our title song “Sleeptalking”, there is a move called “Alarm Dance”, which took a good chunk of our time to get it down properly.
Kpopeurope: Do you guys sometimes make your own choreography and write songs?
[JR]: For this album, I participated in its creation by writing the lyrics for raps. There are three songs that include my rap lyrics, “Beautiful Ghost”, “Pretty” and “Don’t Wear Revealing Clothing”. I wasn’t sure that I would be able to do a good job but I wanted to put my learning to use and gave it a shot. I feel more attached to this album because I helped it come to be!
Kpopeurope: That must probably keep you guys very busy. We will give you some break and stop asking questions about your work. Let’s get to more fun questions. What is each member’s hobby during their free time?
[ARON]: I like shopping or taking a stroll. Sometimes I go to Namdaemum with the guys or to Namsan.
[JR]: On days where nothing is scheduled, I sleep in. That way, I can make up for days where I couldn’t get much sleep. And then, I usually go out to watch a movie.
Kpopeurope: It would be so awesome if we can follow you to know what sort of cool things you guys are up to. When will you guys have your own individual Twitter account?
[MINHYUN]: Only [REN] has a Twitter account. [ARON] uses Instagram and [BAEKHO] uses Me2day. Each of us has found a platform that suits our styles and we are active on them. I don’t have any SNS (social network) account yet… but I’ll see what happens in the future ^^
Kpopeurope: Good point guys, let’s talk about your future. Which artists do you want to work with?
[REN]: My role model is Lady Gaga. I simply love her fashion concepts and performances. She’s an artist who can always create a unique stage. If I ever get a chance, I want to do collaboration with her.
Kpopeurope: We also think she has a great style and stage bravado. We hope to see you guys plan a world-class show with her in the future. What do you do when you feel helpless and want to give up, what is it that keeps you moving?
[MINHYUN]: It’s only been a year since we debuted. Luckily, we can’t say that we came across anything too difficult. But because we still don’t have that much stage experience, we get really nervous before we go up. And our schedules can sometimes get really hectic. Although these things are all physically demanding, we feel that we have to always put out great performances for our fans.
[JR]: We would love to go to Europe if we get a chance, especially to perform. We long for to see our fans in Europe but we can’t pick a first place to go to because every country in Europe seems wonderful and unique.
Kpopeurope: And we hope to see you guys soon. Until then, any message to our readers and the European fans?
[MINHYUN]: Although we have yet to see you guys in person, we appreciate your continuous support and love. We’ll definitely make the time and reason to be in Europe to give you guys awesome performances. We are always counting on your support and we love you Kpopeurope!
Kpopeurope had the very great opportunity to interview NU’EST just recently. The band totally enjoyed the fresh questions asked by the fans. Hopefully you can see them when they are coming to Europe. Watch out for more news about NU’EST on Kpopeurope!
In the meanwhile, listen to their music: The 3rd Mini Album Title ‘잠꼬대(Sleep Talking)’
Responsible for Interview: Kwonsoo
Editor: Kwonsoo & Min
Editor in Chief: Kelisi