[Interview] Wanna One say they've learned a lot from EXO and BTS
Q. You finally made an official debut. How do you feel?
Park Woojin: I feel like I'm in a dream. I'll do my best to make a good start.
Q. You're enjoying huge popularity. Do you realize your popularity?
Kang Daniel: Well, my life has changed drastically. My mother always tells her friends a lot about me. She'd never done anything like that before.
Ong Sungwoo: Even though I couldn't go out often because I've been preparing for our debut album, I could know how much people are interested in us when I went out with my mother.
Q. Tell me about your debut album "1X1=1".
Yoon Jisung: The album has a total of 7 songs including the title track "Energetic". And the title "1X1=1" means "You and I, we become one". And it also means "We 11 boys are aiming for the no.1 spot".
Q. "Energetic" has been chosen as the title track by a vote of your fans. Are you satisfied with the result?
Kim Jaehwan: I love both "Energetic" and "Burn it up". However, I was happy when "Energetic" was chose as our title track because "Energetic" has a high-pitched part and I think I can show off my singing ability through the song as the main vocal of our team.
Q. Your team is comprised of 11 members from different agencies. What do you do to have a better team work?
Yoon Jisung: We try to talk to each other much. There’s a big age gap among the members, but we're like friends.
Q. Your debut concert is held at the Gocheok Sky Dome, the biggest indoor concert place in Korea, while there have been only two idol groups (EXO & BTS) who held their concerts at the dome.
Kang Daniel: Watching videos of EXO and BTS' concerts, I dreamed of performing at the Gocheok Sky Dome. I feel like I'm in a dream.
Ha Sungwoon: I watched EXO's concert held at the Gocheok Sky Dome, and it's like a dream to be able to perform at the dome. I'm so excited and nervous.
Ong Sungwoo: EXO and BTS are like a textbook to us, and we've learned a lot from them. It's an honor.
Hwang Minhyun: For those who came to our concert to support us and celebrate our debut, we'll do our best to show great performance.
Q. Jaehwan, unlike the other members, you don't belong to a k-pop agency. Do you have anything you want to talk to would be singers who don't belong to a k-pop agency?
Kim Jaehwan: I have always dreamed of being a singer since I was a kid. I was desperate, and I could learn from my mistakes and grow from my failures. So, even though sometimes you may want to give up, keep challenging yourself.
Q. It seems like you've already become super stars. Do your agencies treat you better than before?
Lee Daehui: My agency treated me great even when I was just a trainee. I think my agency respects me as an artist now.
Q. How do you divide up your parts?
Hwang Minhyun: Kim Jaehwan usually sings high-pitched parts, but about the rest parts, all of us practice all the parts and we decide each member's part later.
Q. What's your goal?
Yoon Jisung: Our team is comprised of 11 members from different agencies, but we want to create a great synergy.
Ha Sungwoon: We want to show a legendary performance so that people can remember us for ever.
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