Colours of Red Vel­vet

New Straits Times - - Groove - FRESH Loong Wai Ting loong­wait­ing@nst.com.my

off their Kpop Night Out per­for­mances at the SXSW Con­fer­ence And Fes­ti­vals in Texas and Kcon Mex­ico in Mex­ico City last month, pop­u­lar South Korean girl group Red Vel­vet is look­ing for­ward to head­lin­ing its own con­cert in the fu­ture.

Although noth­ing has been con­firmed, the group — com­pris­ing Wendy, Irene, Seulgi, Joy and Yeri — is not deny­ing that it could take place “soon”. “We’re con­stantly plan­ning and meet­ing with peo­ple to dis­cuss the de­tails of our con­cert. We hope to per­form in Malaysia one day,” said Wendy. The group was in Kuala Lumpur re­cently but only for a two-day fan­meet at the LG Con­course of Ber­jaya Times Square. The girls later per­formed in a mini show­case at Bent­ley Mu­sic in Mu­tiara Da­mansara.

The girls walked into the small con­fer­ence room at the Pull­man Bangsar Ho­tel be­fore the show­case to meet the Press, arms linked like a group of high school­girls.

Fifth mem­ber, Joy, was not pre­sent as she is busy film­ing the TV show, The Liar And His Lover, for tvN.

Pro­pelled by in­fec­tious tunes like Rus­sian Roulette and Sunny Af­ter­noon, the group is a reg­u­lar on the mu­sic charts in South Korea, Ja­pan (Ori­con) and the US (Bill­board).

Its most re­cent re­lease, the EP Rookie, show­cases the group’s ver­sa­til­ity through songs like Talk To Me and Body Talk.

The track Hap­pily Ever Af­ter peaked at No.1 on Bill­board’s World Al­bums chart upon its re­lease in Fe­bru­ary.

“We con­sider our­selves re­ally lucky to have made it this far. The al­bum re­ally shows our fun side and the colours of Red Vel­vet. We hope that the en­ergy from Rookie car­ries over to our fans,” said Yeri.

The girls were in Seoul when Rookie was re­leased and Yeri de­scribes it as one of the hap­pi­est mo­ments in her life. “We were quiet for a mo­ment as we lis­tened to the song on the ra­dio. It was very mov­ing,” said Yeri, who is known as the joker of the group.

Seulgi en­joys singing along with her fans at fan­meets.

“I think that’s the most sat­is­fy­ing thing ever. It al­ways give me that sense of achieve­ment when fans know ev­ery word of our songs,” she said. ?

Since mak­ing its of­fi­cial de­but in 2014, the group has slowly gained at­ten­tion at home and abroad.

For Wendy, it took some time to get used to it all. (From left) Seulgi, Yeri, Irene and Wendy of pop­u­lar South Korean girl group Red Vel­vet

“When­ever I hear fans scream­ing our names, I get goose­bumps. I’m still get­ting used to it but the fans are re­ally good at cap­tur­ing our emo­tions on their cam­eras,” said Wendy through a trans­la­tor. The mem­bers of Red Vel­vet at their re­cent fan­meet at Bent­ley Mu­sic in Mu­tiara Da­mansara

To give back to their sup­port­ive fans, the group vowed to work hard to come up with good mu­sic. “We’re con­stantly im­prov­ing our­selves. We don’t want to dis­ap­point our fans. They’re the rea­son why we’re here to­day. We do it all for them,” added Wendy.

When Red Vel­vet ar­rived at Kuala Lumpur In­ter­na­tional Air­port, its first trip here, thou­sands of fans turned up to wel­come the girls. “Malaysian fans are the most friendly and en­thu­si­as­tic. They even wel­comed us with gifts and flow­ers,” soft­spo­ken Irene re­lated.

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