You could look at your albums as a record of your growth and all the changes you’ve gone through in that time.
SUNOO: I actually used to pick apart the music video concepts for each album and figure out everything about them, making specific plans, like, I should do this here and I have to show that there. But the albums all came out at different times so the way I look between each naturally changes and I inevitably end up changing in some way whether I want to or not. Instead of purposely figuring out something to show off, I can be myself and I’ll be able to see my development over time more drastically when I see it again later, so I’m trying not to think too much about what it is I want to show or any specifics when I work. So I hope ENGENE will look at me and think, Oh, so that’s what he looked like at 16, 17 and 18.
Speaking of which, the focus in the pre-chorus of the new lead single, “Future Perfect (Pass the MIC),” is your voice and the way you express yourself through your body, so I thought your own interpretation of it and your personal expression would be very important.
SUNOO: Honestly, that part’s the highlight. (laughs) But the recording was so hard. There’s a long rap part before it, and then, suddenly, boom—the tempo slows down and the exact range of notes is a little hard to define, and that part emphasizes the flow of the emotions, so it was a bit difficult to get the hang of it. That was also the first time I ever did a song in that style so I wasn’t familiar with it, but I kept practicing and got a feel for it in my body and now I think my emotions and my style are naturally and progressively coming out in it. There’s a lot of parts in the performance that I have to fill with facial expressions and gestures, too, but that’s my specialty. (laughs) I studied myself in the mirror a lot again, working on my signature eye contact and facial expressions while asking myself whether they were the right expressions and if I was facing the right direction. So I really hope ENGENE likes it.
I feel like I can hear your voice conveying more emotion when I listen to the other tracks off the album. I heard you practiced your vocals a lot.
SUNOO: I practiced especially hard during this album preparation period. I wanted to be really good at singing one of the songs I like, so I set myself a goal to tackle the whole song by myself and got to work. Now, thanks to that, I can do what I couldn’t do at all at the beginning, and I can express myself in a wider range now while recording.
What are you most excited for, for this promotion?
SUNOO: We debuted during the pandemic, so we couldn’t directly experience the support and energy that comes with the love of so many people. Now that I got a taste of the excitement of that crowd of 40,000 in Germany, I’m really looking forward to experiencing it again from ENGENE and other audience members. It’ll help me show off a whole new side of me. (laughs)