“As they raise their vocal capabilities and promote their double title tracks, they are setting themselves apart from other groups”
“Charisma on top of the stage, bouncing up and down outside of it…opposite charms”
“Every night before going to bed, strengthen teamwork by sharing inner stories”
Releasing double title tracks on their debut album and actively promoting ‘Insane‘ with their ‘emotional performances,’ group BTOB is holding out as a challenger in the war between the boy groups of the first half of 2012. Starting from the team planning stages, they set off with the novel idea to develop a completely opposite image of a boy band within this dance group made up of members mastering their instruments one by one.
Lee Minhyuk: With the intent of captivating the public with our beautiful voices, it became an ‘emotional performance.’ Our vocal abilities also strengthened, our team became stabilized, and we were able to show our own strengths on live performances.
Unlike the existing boy groups out there, BTOB put up both of their debut songs ‘Insane’ and ‘Imagine‘ as their title tracks. Of course, in the interests of time on the music programs, although they aren’t able to show it all, they are definitely strong contenders.
Lee Changsub, Seo Eunkwang: Although we only got to sing the first verse of ‘Imagine,’ we were glad that we were able to show both songs. ‘Imagine’ is characterized on the vocal side, being of the ballad R&B genre, and with ‘Insane,’ we can show off our ace of a performance, so as a result, the double title tracks became our plus factor for our debut.
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During their many years of training, although they dreamed of a debut stage that would be well-received by the critics and the general public, the members felt much frustration. In order to make their next stage even better, the pleasure of debut had to be delayed for the time being, and they meticulously monitored themselves and step-by-step supplemented things they were lacking in.
Lim Hyunsik: When we stood on our fourth stage, quite a lot of fans had come to cheer us on. At that instant, I was very happy, and I began to realize for the first time that we had debuted. Rather than happy tears, all I could do was smile and laugh.
Seo Eunkwang: The day before our debut, while I was washing up with Changsub, we had a talk. We talked to each other a lot as we remembered our tough moments and enjoyed the pleasant feeling of debuting. (Lim Hyunsik: Washing together?) It’s not like that, why do you keep being like that~
Recently, on Mnet‘s ‘Idol Master ZONE,’ 4minute introduced BTOB as the ‘ggabul-dols (boisterous-dols),’ causing the members to burst out in laughter while agreeing with the name.
Jung Ilhoon: Sungjae and I, when it’s the two of us, we are especially boisterous. We have the responsibility of keeping charisma for the team, but as you get to know us, we are a distraction. As the maknae line, even behaving like babies, we have that cute side to us.
The members clearly have their own individuality, so what is home life with BTOB like? First of all, all the members of BTOB sleep together in one dorm, with Lee Minhyuk and the dongsaeng line (Peniel, Jung Ilhoon, Yook Sungjae) using the second level and the hyung line (Seo Eunkwang, Lee Changsub, Lim Hyungsik) using the first level.
First to get out of bed in the morning is Peniel, second is Jung Ilhoon who wakes to the sound of Peniel’s alarm, and third is Yook Sungjae who wakes to the sound of Jung Ilhoon getting down from his bed. Jung Ilhoon then wakes up the leader, Seo Eunkwang, who then wakes the remaining three members. This BTOB waking up schedule is repeated each morning.
Lim Hyungsik: It’s because of our lively dongsaengs getting up in the morning that we hyungs get a good wake-up call. Ah! The nicest and purest amongst us, Peniel, is really like a baby. Observing the rules of our dorm, for example, rules like closing things up well, he often forgets.
In their dorm, they have rules like put used towels into the washtub, throw your trash into the garbage bin, and each member can only put two pairs of their shoes on the shoe rack. Although members who break the rules are required to buy late-night snacks, they haven’t had the time to eat late-night snacks and all this while haven’t followed that rule.
Lee Minhyuk: When you don’t follow the rules, you must pay a penalty, but it hasn’t been like that, it’s been just words, we always don’t follow it. I’ve mainly been the one talking about cleaning a few times, but no luck.
Despite the members extensively pointing out Lee Minhyuk’s nagging complaints, “Why do you have to cry?”, the leader doesn’t want to revise their violation policies anytime soon. “Because the members sleep together in the same room, as unfair things naturally come up, from time to time, we solve them” and strengthen their teamwork, but they say they are group with brotherly love that have not argued even once.
Completely consumed by their debut, BTOB’s goal is to achieve recognition as a group. “We want the Rookie of the Year award and first place on the music programs, but in the long run, we want to overwhelm listeners all over the world of all generations and become a group that makes an impact with our music. Ambitions? What about giving music fans a culture shock?”
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Source: The Star
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