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[Zenith News=Byeon Jinhee] The second story of ONEUS has unfolded. It is 'Raise Us' which tells the story of those who leap toward a higher light.
ONEUS, who took their first step in the K-pop scene with their first mini album 'LIGHT US' in January last year, has returned after about four months with their second mini-album 'RAISE US.' If the last album meant 'the music created by ONEUS, which was made by people's light,’ this time it meant ‘ONEUS, who will go higher with the light people shed on.’
The second part of the 'US' series, 'Raise Us' is about the time before sunrise, when the darkness has not yet completely gone, and around sunset before it gets dark in earnest. They brought a motif from the French saying, ‘time of dog and wolf’ referring to the time when it's hard to distinguish whether the dimly moving silhouette is the dog one raises or a wolf coming to hurt oneself.
The title track 'Twilight' was completed with the participation of RBW producer Kim Do-hoon as the composer. The lyrics, which compare the falling sun to lovers breaking up, are impressive, harmonize with the dreamy guitar riffs and the synth sound that bursts from the hook, and express the energy of ONEUS more dynamically and strongly with a rhythm that is constantly changing.
Zenith News and ONEUS met at a cafe located in Yeouido-dong, Yeouido-gu, Seoul, on the 19th for an interview to mark the release of 'Raise Us.'
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Q. Compared to your debut, what's the difference?
Keonhee: If I was worried and nervous about my debut performance last time, this time I was nervous because it was my first comeback. I worked hard to prepare for this. The producers, seniors, and coworkers praised me for my good work, so I thought it was worth the hard work. I'm still in the middle of my career, so I'm going to work hard.
Hwanwoong: I think I'm better at finding the camera than the first album. Now I know what kind of facial expression I have to make when I look at the camera, and I think about how each of us should express our feelings during one’s part. What's disappointing is that we aren't good enough to perform live and perform together, so we need to make up for it. I was so happy when the producer told me 'aren't you too good at finding the camera?' during Inkigayo.
Q. There are a lot of positive comments about this concept. Are you satisfied?
Xion: As the Search King of ONEUS, I tend to search for responses. There are a lot of reactions to the music video, and I feel that other people as well as our fans are interested in it. When we're on a music show, other fans from other fandom shout together.
Keonhee: I saw a lot of comments, and I had a lot of praises, a lot of feedbacks, and a lot of company praises. The most memorable comment was, 'Kim Do-hoon, you’re a genius.' We're continuing our concept from our last album. It's important to keep up with it, but it's important to make music that fits the concept. I think it's because the CEO gave us a good song.
Hwanwoong: We tried to translate and express our song well. The outfit is similar to the one in 'Valkyrie', but it's more powerful than then. We wanted to show more of our emotions with 'Twilight.'
Q. Do you think the color of 'Valkyrie' and 'Twilight' is the team color?
Keonhee: We haven't decided on 'This is the concept of ONEUS.' We’re planning on going to do what we want to do, what we are given with. I think we're not creating images of ONEUS, but they're created naturally. We are thinking about what to do every time, and we want to try different concepts. We want to be ONEUS that can digest many things.
Q. What is the musical direction that ONEUS seeks?
Keonhee: We showed dark concepts in the first and second album. We are focusing on good performance and music, but we try to put a good message in them. In this album, we wanted to include a message about time, so the members participated evenly. We don't want to finish it just asa good song and good performance. We want to be the one who can move more and who can give comfort and strength.
Q. The song 'English Girl' is a light-hearted song, but is it meant to be contrary to the title song?
Ravn: That's right. We show you our unexpected charm.
Keonhee: We prepared this to show you that ONEUS can sing fresh and bright songs. We released 'English Girl' to our fans through our debut project. We performed this song at a concert or busking. We wanted to gift it as a music broadcast performance to the people who like.
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Q. You recently got a name for the fan club. How did it come out?
Keonhee: I think it's time for us to build a fandom name, so we received the names from our fans first. We picked the ones we liked, and the final decision was decided by our fans. I wanted to make it with my fans, and the name 'Two Moon' was born. I really like it.
Q. The fandom has improved a lot since your debut four months ago. What do you think is the reason why fans are into ONEUS?
Seoho: We were curious about that, so we asked a lot at fan signing events. When we ask why you like us, they say, "You guys are cool."
Keonhee: Rather than realizing the increase in the number of fans, I feel like I've become close to my fans. Fans cheer for us more passionately.
Q. There are reactions from abroad. Do you have any plans for overseas activities?
Seoho: Of course I want to do it if I have a chance. We filmed the music video for ‘Twilight’ in Italy, and I felt there were a lot of great places I hadn't been to before. I want to see and listen to a lot of good things abroad.
Hwanwoong: On the last day of filming for the music video, we had a party near our dorm. I went to rest freely, and over there a song by Black Pink and BTS was playing. It was amazing that K-pop artists' songs are heard in such a faraway country. I also said that I would be very happy if our songs come out like that.
Ravn: Actually, Keonhee asked so they played our song as well.
Q. Your goal is to win the Rookie of the Year award. Are you confident?
Hwanwoong: That's the goal, but I think I'll be satisfied even if I don't get a rookie award. But we're working hard towards our goal of winning the Rookie of the Year award. The title of this song is Twilight. I hope people can think of us whenever they see the sun just like the title of the song. I hope many of you will know us and the song.
Q. What else is your goal for this year?
Keonhee: I hope people remind of us when they see the sun and when the moon rises, I hope that people think of the fandom name, 'Two Moon.' So I want people to think of us day and night. I hope all of the members don't get sick. We're also preparing for our promotion in Japan, so please look forward to it. I told you that the ‘US’ series will be a trilogy, but I can't guarantee that the last trilogy will be this year, but I hope you'll look forward to it. To give you a hint, we don't intend to take a break this year!
Q. Please say something to your fans.
Xion: I heard that our comeback period coincided with our fans' exam period. Thank you for supporting us and coming to see us in spite of the busy times. I always want to show you a good side, but I'm really sorry that I got hurt unintentionally.
Keonhee: Our pre-recordings were often early in the morning, and our schedules were busy, but our fans always came to see us. I was worried about our fans' stamina. Our manager takes care of us. We move by car. Fans come to see us while using public transportation. I was so grateful. Of course, thank you for supporting us from afar. We’re receiving so much love so I want to repay you with better looks and performances. Please take good care of us.
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