Well, you started to be referred to as the Polaroid Love Guy and the Polaroid Love Intro Boy, like they’re goyu-myeongsa [proper nouns]. (laughs)
JAKE: What does “goyu-myeongsa” mean? (hears explanation) Ah, I think JUNGWON told me about that before! “Polaroid Love” is actually the only song we don’t have choreography for and it’s my favorite one because it lets us communicate with ENGENE. I was glad they liked it.
How do you like the choreography for “Future Perfect (Pass the MIC)”? It must have been hard to practice for, especially seeing how important it is to be in control of your strength and speed during the “Bring it, bring it” part.
JAKE: I’ve probably said this a million times, but the choreography was really, really hard this time. (laughs) Like, there were parts in the other songs where we had a chance to catch our breath, but here, there’s nowhere to recover from the intensity. We had to learn each detail and then do the whole thing from start to finish over and over, but in a lot of cases I couldn’t do everything we learned because it was too exhausting. Everyone’s working really hard so we can get used to it and build up our stamina so we can get it down 100% before the comeback. All seven of us are worried, but we’re always worried like this, to be honest. So I think we’ll do fine this time around, too.
What are you doing to improve your stamina?
JAKE: NI-KI, JAY, HEESEUNG and me are all big into working out these days so we’re working really hard. Usually two of the four of us will go work out together whenever we have time. I usually lift weights and now I also do CrossFit here and there to build up my stamina. I want to get in shape and also improve my stamina before we go on tour. But choreography practice is way more intense than working out. (laughs)
You helped write lyrics for the first time, contributing to “SHOUT OUT.”
JAKE: When we got the demo, they asked me if I could give writing some lyrics a shot. This isn’t actually an official fan song, but they told us it’s got the feel of a song that ENGENE will sing along to at concerts, which made me want to write the lyrics even more.
Which part is the one you wrote with ENGENE in mind?
JAKE: “My life without you is a misery.” Because, when I think about our relationship with ENGENE, it’s clear we can’t live without each other. When ENGENE holds up their light sticks, it looks like stars in the night sky, so I kept picturing the audience at a concert and how it would feel performing while looking out at that. It isn’t something I’ve been able to experience yet, but I thought about the anticipation and the thrill and wrote the lyrics that way.
Did you use any other artists or songs as reference while you were writing?
JAKE: BTS has a lot of fan songs, like “Magic Shop” and “Mikrokosmos.” I listened to the way the lyrics describe their fans as stars in the night sky and a city night scene. I looked for a lot of expressions like that. To be frank, I have no problem speaking in Korean, but I can feel the language barrier when I’m writing lyrics because I’m limited in the way I can express myself for now.