EXO who promoted as EXO-M (Luhan, Tao, Chen, Lay, Xiumin, Kris) and EXO-K (Suho, Baekhyun, Chanyeol, D.O., Kai, Sehun) has finally reuinted its 12 members to start promoting in Korea. They released their first full album entitled ‘XOXO (Kiss & Hug) on the 6th and are promoting their title track ‘Wolf’. The response is good as well.
‘Wolf’ is a track that mixes dubstep and hip hop and its speciality is to have a both wild and powerful beat. The witty content of the song, which is about the love feelings of a wolf boy who used to live in his cave in solitude until he met a beautiful lady, is currently garnering popularity.
“We’re more familiar since it’s EXO-K’s second round of promotion in Korea but it’s the first time for the EXO-M members. We learn things from looking at each other when we perform in music programs and we also feel lots of things while observing our seniors’ stages. We missed each other while they were promoting in China. I think our performances are stronger and more powerful when the 12 of us are on stage. We are currently having fun and enjoying ourselves every day.” (Suho)
The 12 EXO members are currently living in a dorm together with their four managers. It’s noisy everyday because there are 12 guys of the same age gathered together. Even though the EXO members look like tough real men, they also have a careful side to them so, on an average of once a month, they always make sure to celebrate each member’s birthday.
“If it’s one of the member’s birthday, we wait until midnight after our schedule and throw surprise parties. But since we’ve done this a lot, even if we just sing now, it’s still a surprise party. (Laughs) Not too long ago it was Seheon’s birthday (T/N : It’s obviously Sehun, it’s a typo from the journalist) so I told him ‘Come here for a bit’. He indifferently replied ‘Are you throwing me a [birthday] party?’. I should find a new way [to surprise him].” (Kai)
EXO who was doing ‘machine-like interviews’ just one year ago has now mastered how to talk better than anyone. The synchronization amongst the members is so good that if one side goes ‘koong’ the other one goes ‘jjak.’
(T/N : ‘koong’ and ‘jjak’ are just beat sounds)
Luhan, Tao, Chen, Lay, Xiumin and Kris proved their Korean skills were so good they could sleep talk in Korean.
“All the members’ personalities are really strong. Even though there are taciturn members, we all like to talk so if we’re together we never get a rest. Kris, D.O, Xiumin are usually taciturn but when they’re with the members, they’re different. Tao is so good at speaking Korean he sleep talks in Korean. So the EXO-K members can’t improve their Chinese skills. Am I right? Haha” (Chanyeol)
“I get really embarrassed when I listen to our old appearances on radio programs. People can tell us we were okay, I still ask myself ‘Why was I like that’. The very first time we appeared on SBS’ ‘Inkigayo’ I did the interview but this one was just a broadcast accident. (Laughs)’. I said ‘superior orchestra’ instead of ‘magnificient orchestra’. I was so embarrassed I couldn’t even think of anything.” (D.O.)
After one year, the rookies EXO who used to be busy searching for the camera’s red light joked around and softened the atmosphere, showing their hardworking figures. They showed talking skills that could bear comparisons with variety MCs.
“This time, when starting our promotion, we told ourselves not to feel pressured and just have fun. Just how long we prepared, we have lots of things to show. Since we’re a bit more familiar now, we are interested in other fields as well. Even though we want to show our greed a little…. (Laughs) working hard on EXO’s promotions comes first. And if we’re given the opportunity, we’ll work hard in order not to disappoint.” (Baekhyun)
One week after its release, EXO’s first album sold over 120,000 copies. Just how their number increased, their fans are always in the seats, no matter what music program they attend. They also receive support from their company’s sunbaes as a whole. EXO receives a generous amount of love.
“I was really surprised to see we sold 120,000 copies. It really became possible thanks to our fans. They don’t know how thankful I am. Also to our SM staffs, sunbaes, thanks to all of you for never failing to give us advices. I’ll work hard without losing this feeling and make efforts to show a good result.” (Xiumin)
“We absolutely want to rank first while promoting for this album. We feel like we might cry if we get first. Anyways, we’re back with an album we’ve prepared diligently. Since we prepared a splendid and awesome performance, please show us interest and keep an eye on us. Thank you.” (All)
translation cr; saphira @ exok-trans
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