[CELEB] Sing, dance, produce — What can’t boy band AB6IX do?
AB6IX, pronounced “A-B-six,” is heavily invested in making its own music.
The four-member boy band — consisting of Jeon Woong, Kim Dong hyun, Park Woo jin and Lee Dae hwi — frequently offers its fans new music. This year alone it has released two Korean EPs, one Japanese EP and a digital single in collaboration with a famous TikTok star. AB6IX also held fan meet and greets across Japan, North America and Thailand.
And on Tuesday, the band showed that it wasn’t ready to end the year just yet, returning with its EP “Take a Chance” and the lead track “Sugarcoat.”
“’Take a Chance’ is an album that’s about how there is always an opportunity for anything,” Lee said, during an online press showcase event. “We put many of the thoughts we had while traveling abroad into its songs.”
The EP has seven songs: “Paranoia,” “Sugarcoat,” “Weightless,” “Complicated,” “Resonance,” “Crow” and the Korean version of “Chance,” which was originally an English-language song.
Lee composed and wrote the lyrics to “Sugarcoat.” Park is also a lyricist, and for “Take a Chance” he took part in writing “Sugarcoat,” “Complicated,” “Resonance” and “Chance (Korean Ver.).”
AB6IX performed “Sugarcoat” — an upbeat track with a mix of soul, hip-hop and R&B — as well as “Complicated,” a pop-R&B number that was produced by boy band Monsta X’s Hyungwon.
“There was a lot of pressure while working on this album,” Jeon said. “We want to bring something fresh to the table every time we come back with new music, but at the same time we’re worried if fans will really like it. We did our best in every aspect of the album.”
As for working with another K-pop star, Kim said that he was honored as he was always a fan of Monsta X and that Hyungwon was “really attentive” while they were recording “Complicated,” which “helped me feel less tense.”
Lee explained that “Sugarcoat” makes him extremely happy, because he had initially been feeling compulsive about producing songs that should be overwhelmingly good and novel.
“Those feelings actually prevented me from coming up with anything,” Lee said. “I realized that I should instead write about something that may be common but still relate to everyone, which is why I thought of the keyword ‘love.’ It helped me to move past those feelings and to be more relaxed — that’s how ‘Sugarcoat’ came to be.”
The members talked about how their recent international fan events motivated them to work harder for “Take a Chance.”
“They are memories that really helped us get the energy for this album,” Kim said.
“There were probably a lot of Abnew [the name of AB6IX’s fans] that have seen us for the very first time in person, and I was really surprised to see how there are so many fans all over the world,” Jeon said. “It made me realize that Abnew is our driving force.”
AB6IX debuted in 2019 with the EP “B: Complete” and the lead track “Breathe.” Over the years, it has released songs like “Blind for Love” (2019), “The Answer” (2020), “Stay Young” (2021) and “1, 2, 3” (2022).
Kim, Park and Lee participated in season two of Mnet’s popular survival show “Produce 101” in 2017. Park and Lee landed in sixth and third place, respectively, earning them spots in the project boy band Wanna One, which had 11 members. Kim’s final ranking was 28. After Wanna One’s contract ended in early 2019, AB6IX was formed and debuted.
Lee Dae hwi
Date of Birth: Jan. 29, 2001
Zodiac sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Songpa District, southern Seoul
Debut: August 2017 as a member of Wanna One
Agency: BrandNew Music
Lee Dae hwi first gained spotlight while competing on season two of Mnet’s hit survival series “Produce 101” (2017). He ranked third overall and debuted in the project boy band Wanna One, which was active until early 2019. Wanna One has released hit songs including “Energetic” (2017), “Beautiful” (2017), “Boomerang” (2018) and “Light” (2018). After Wanna One’s contract ended, Lee joined AB6IX, along with fellow Wanna One member Park Woo-jin, in May 2019. The band debuted with the EP “B: Complete” and the lead track “Breathe.” Lee has produced many of the band’s songs, like “Breathe,” “Blind for Love” (2019), “Salute” (2020), “Cherry” (2021) and “1, 2, 3” (2022).
This information was confirmed by BrandNew Music on Oct. 4, 2022.
BY SHIN MIN-HEE [firstname.lastname@example.org]