If someone wished to place bets to the continuing future of music, they could have had a need to search no further compared to the KCON 2018 NY festival at the Prudential Center. The two-day convention-concert extravaganza brought 53,000 fans to the Newark, NJ arena who have been treated to from workshops, panels, artist meet-and-greets in addition to a live show of the first-ever hit K-pop/Latin-pop collaboration in Super Junior and Leslie Grace’s “Lo Siento.” The trilingual Korean-Spanish-English track led Super Junior to end up being the first K-pop act to enter Billboard‘s Latin charts and brought both seemingly opposite artists on tour throughout Mexico, Chile, Peru and argentina, up to now.
Backstage at KCON, where in fact the artists were gearing around supply the first-ever stateside live show of the track, there is only appreciation and playfulness (continue reading) between everyone. Leslie cracked jokes with SuJu’s Siwon, but smiled and interacted with each one of the band’s six members in attendance. The artists exposed to Fuse in what they’ve learned in one another and indicate just one more collab could be in the works soon to help expand spread what they see as a mutually beneficial, musical relationship.
As Leslie shouted during her cameo in Super Junior’s set later that night “That is only the start!” in both Spanish and English, indicating that their future is looking exciting and incredibly multilingual. Continue reading for more and keep tuned in for more from Fuse’s time on the floor at KCON.
FUSE: You created the initial successful K-pop and Latin music collaboration. Just how do these worlds together come?
Leeteuk: In Korea, there weren’t any K-pop groups that tried a Latin feature such as this by yet, but Super Junior had an objective to test an attribute with a Latin sound. Since it was the 1st experiment, our synchronization with Leslie was so excellent and the ultimate final result was very successful, we will continue steadily to experiment to be able to try new things.
Leslie, how did you be influenced by this collaboration as well as your musical perspective?
Leslie Grace: It has been this awesome possibility to be, just from my vantage point and my side of music on the Latin end to be among the first to accomplish this type of huge collaboration with K-pop sufficient reason for this type of different culture aswell and contains opened the eyes lots of my colleagues on my side to most probably to collaboration and cross-cultural collaborations later on. Personally i think awesome. To open my fanbase in the manner that I don’t believe could have ever happened without collaborating with an organization as awesome as SuJu
Siwon: You called us SuJu?! That [nickname] is well known by you?
Leslie: Yeah, I really do! I’m a fan, I understand my stuff! [Laughs] We’re on first-name basis.
Siwon: We have to call you LG then. [Laughs]
Leslie: Yes, you understand there’s a comfort and ease between us. We together continued tour. Call me anything you want, guys.
I desire to enquire about the tour as the Super Show 7 hit several Latin American countries and Leslie appeared in the shows. What were those shows like?
Siwon: It had been really amazing and something of my best memories and experiences, in dealing with her especially. She actually is very passionate and incredibly professional. And she’s an excellent heart.
Leslie: Many thanks, same with you guys. You guys are a lot more professional.
Donghae: In all honesty, we have no idea everything about Leslie with regards to her performances because we only have one song with her in “Lo Siento,” but through the tour, we saw her perform on her behalf own and we think she’s a wide variety of sides to her when performing. For instance, when she sang a bright song, she was so positive, expressive and bubbly. So when she sang a sad song then, she would belong to tears suddenly. We realized that it had been these different facets of her performances that, we think, make her so popular.
Leslie: I didn’t even understand these were watching so attentively! Personally i think so flattered. I believe that was probably the most exciting part for me personally too. I’m so glad he said it because, for me personally, I was looking towards going on tour really, seeing them perform and me learning more about K-pop music, K-pop fandom and their repertoire when you are at the show there. While we only surely got to do one song as well as “Lo Siento”-which changes later on…
Is a confirmation of another collaboration?!
Leslie: I am hoping it is! In the future sometime. But since we only did one song on the tour together, I got eventually to see a large amount of their show if you ask me going on stage and doing my set prior. I’d say that has been the coolest part. They’re very expressive aswell, the dancing is super entertaining, the singing is incredible, that has been one thing. However the other thing was that it had been a phenomenon if you ask me how folks of my language are singing along with their language and you also really reach observe how music does not have any barriers. And in addition, to see them singing along to my songs as well-there wasn’t any gap between your E.L.F. fandom and the social individuals who could appreciate my music aswell and knew it word after word.
That’s beautiful. With successful collaborations and tours such as this, year for K-pop it further feels as though 2018 is really a special. Year can you feel it is a special?
Leeteuk: 4 or 5 years ago, we’d a solo show in France and we did a show in LA also. We received a whole large amount of questions about how exactly long K-pop would really last, but it is grown since that time. So, 2018, we don’t believe it’s nearly Super Junior growing, but K-pop generally receiving a large amount of love all over the world still, and it’s really just likely to keep growing altogether and receive a lot more love.
Siwon: That is clearly a great answer.
Eunhyuk: Up to now, so excellent. [Laughs]
So what’s Super Junior’s next goal to help keep K-pop growing?
Siwon: Maybe we’ll bring our tour to america.