Being a profitable K-Pop act is uncommon. Only a handful of soloists or teams grow to be A-listers, promoting hundreds of thousands of albums, charting primary digitally, filling up hundreds of seats per live performance, and extra.
Unfortunately, most K-Pop idols are on the opposite facet of this spectrum. Many of them are so unknown that acting on a music present is taken into account a dream come true. DPR IAN (previously C-CLOWN‘s Barom) confirmed this in a recent interview with the Zach Sang Show.
The [music show] waiting rooms are also divided into a VIP waiting room and all that. And one of the lower waiting rooms, they have about fifty groups that don’t even get on to the stage. They simply arrive within the hopes of convincing the PD to allow them to on simply [for the day]. And a number of them would simply return.
— DPR IAN
There are additionally lots of of K-Pop teams who’re in the midst of these two extremes. Though they’re recognizable amongst K-Pop followers, most of the people has probably not heard of them and their fanbase isn’t as giant or loyal as others.
DKZ‘s Jaechan (formerly called DONGKIZ) used to be in this category. In a Korea Herald interview, he touched on what it felt like to be a singer before he blew up as an actor on the show Semantic Error (2022).
I thought that singing on stage and hearing fans’ roars would make me so comfortable. But it was completely totally different from what I imagined at first.
DKZ debuted in 2018 after three and a half years of follow. They launched quite a few albums, actively talked to their followers and filmed their very own on-line present however they nonetheless had a tough time promoting over 5,500 albums. Their YouTube music movies additionally averaged at round 200,000 views, the very best being “LUPIN” at a million.
Jaechan admitted that he was not anticipating the group’s lack of recognition. Despite everybody’s onerous work, the members would nearly by no means be handled like celebrities outdoors of their fan occasions.
I believed that when I debuted, individuals would acknowledge me and I might go up on stage on a regular basis. But not everybody listened to our album and even knew about it.
It was the kind of scenario that made him really feel hopeless and despondent after 4 years of not having the ability to break into the mainstream market.
Actually, it doesn’t hit me proper after a efficiency, however as soon as I’m again residence it does.
Being confronted with the reality of being unrecognized as a K-Pop idol was a troublesome tablet to swallow: “Learning those realities was the hard part.”
Luckily, Jaechan hit the jackpot in each Korea and all over the world after starring within the hit Viki BL drama Semantic Error. He performed the function of Chu Sang Woo, a straight-laced and clever pupil who bumped heads with Jang Jae Young (Park Seo Ham), an upperclassman with a very totally different persona.
Following this viral success, Jaechan helped DKZ acquire a bigger fanbase and their newest comeback was their most profitable but. Not solely did their YouTube views quadruple, however in addition they bought over 200,000 copies of their Chase Episode 2. Maum album.
Check out Jaechan’s full interview beneath to be taught extra about him.