K-pop group ATEEZ on songs, influences and tours

The 8-member K-pop group talks about their music ahead of performing at Wembley Arena in London as part of their world tour

LONDON, UK — K-pop band ATEEZ will perform at Wembley Arena in London on Saturday, April 30 as part of their world tour, which has been delayed from 2020 by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Known for songs like ‘Say My Name’ and ‘Turbulence’, the eight-member group has garnered a legion of fans around the world since their debut in 2018.

Members HONG JOONG, SEONG HWA, YUN HO, YEO SANG, SAN, MIN GI, WOO YOUNG, JONG HO spoke to Reuters about the tour, their songs and their influences ahead of the two weekend concerts in London.

Below are excerpts from the interview, via a translator, edited for length and clarity.

Q: Why do you think your songs are so popular?

HONG JOONG: “Our songs have their own energy.”

YUN HO: “I think ATINYS (ATEEZ fans) love our performances, outlook, and storyline.”

Q: Which ATEEZ song would you suggest a new fan listen to first?

MIN GI: “If I had to recommend a song that screams ATEEZ, it would be ‘Say My Name’ because it’s a very comfortable song to listen to and it has very meaningful lyrics and it’s a punchy song.”

YUN HO: “For me, it would be our first album that has two main songs which are ‘Pirate King’ and ‘Treasure’.”

Q: How does it feel to finally go on tour?

SEONG HWA: “We are truly grateful to all the fans who waited…for us to come back…We trained and worked very hard to give them a better and stronger performance on stage.”

HONG JOONG: “Finally, we’re enjoying this moment now because we’ve waited a very long time (for this to happen).”

Q: What are your main influences for your music videos?

SAN: “We draw inspiration from other artists, from people who have gone before us, but also from films and everything that surrounds us. And also stories from our fans. – Rappler.com

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