K-Pop’s Snu­per head to the UAE

Af­ter per­form­ing in Aj­man and Shar­jah, the ‘Star of the Stars’ hit­mak­ers head to Al Ain on April 12

Gulf News - - Tabloid! - By Samar Khouri, Spe­cial to tabloid!

K-pop boy band Snu­per — which means ‘more than su­per’ — de­buted in Novem­ber 2015 and have since re­leased sev­eral sin­gle and mini al­bums, with hit songs The Star of Stars and Pla­tonic Love.

Snu­per landed in Abu Dhabi at the Korean Cul­tural Cen­ter (KCC) on Sun­day, and per­formed free mini con­certs in Aj­man (Mon­day) and Shar­jah (yes­ter­day). Their fi­nal gig will be in Al Ain to­mor­row at the Higher Col­leges of Tech­nol­ogy (HCT) — Al Ain Women’s Cam­pus.

Their trip is part of the Trav­el­ling Korean Cul­ture 2018, an event hosted by Em­bassy of the Repub­lic of Korea in the UAE.

The six mem­bers — Sang Ho, Sang Il, Su Hyun, Tae Woong, Se Bin and Woo Sung — spoke to tabloid! about per­form­ing across the Emi­rates, their thoughts on the K-Pop con­cert in North Korea, plans for an up­com­ing al­bum and much more.

Wel­come to the Emi­rates, how does it feel to be per­form­ing here for the first time?

Tae Woong: We are so happy to come to the UAE where we al­ways wished to visit. We are so ex­cited to meet our fans in the UAE and can­not wait to spend a great time with them.

Is there any par­tic­u­lar place you want to see or visit?

Su Hyun: Want to watch the foun­tain show un­der the Burj Khal­ifa in Dubai.

Se Bin: I would like to have a foodie tour around the Emi­rates.

Sang Ho: I wish we could have some time to walk around the streets in the UAE.

Woo Sung: Heard there was a ten­nis court on top of a tall tower — Burj Al Arab, want to see that too.

You’ve re­leased sev­eral mini and sin­gle al­bums, is there a par­tic­u­lar Snu­per song that holds a special mean­ing to any of you?

Sang Il: We think Shall We Dance and The Star of Stars are the most mean­ing­ful songs to all of us. We de­buted with Shall We Dance, so it’s enor­mously pre­cious to us, and we be­lieve The Star of Stars pre­sented Snu­per the best, and suited the best.

What’s some­thing you would say makes Snu­per dif­fer­ent from other Kpop groups?

Woo Sung: There are many artists in the in­dus­try, but I don’t think we are try­ing to be dif­fer­ent from them. All of artists in­clud­ing us are just on dif­fer­ent boats sail­ing the same ocean. Within that ocean, we are only putting ef­forts to show as much tal­ent as we could.

Se Bin: We al­ways try hard with cheer­ful at­ti­tudes, and I be­lieve our songs have dis­tinc­tive colours.

Tae Woong: We will ded­i­cate our­selves and keep work­ing on to be a great group with our own unique colours.

Who from the mem­bers has changed the most since your de­but? How so? Woo Sung: All the mem­bers be­came more ma­ture and manly, es­pe­cially our leader Tae Woong.

How did you feel as K-Pop artists watch­ing South Korean mu­si­cians per­form­ing in Py­ongyang for the first in a decade?

Sang Ho: We were touched to see our se­nior artists per­form­ing on such a mean­ing­ful stage where the Korean penin­sula har­monised. We wish we could be on such stage in the future, and we will work for it con­sis­tently.

Do you look up to any artists as your role mod­els and is there any­one in spe­cific you’d like to col­lab­o­rate with?

Se Bin & Sang Ho: Shi­nee

Se Bin & Su Hyun: Exo Sang Il: High­light

Tae Woong & Woo Sung: Big Bang. We would like to have a chance to col­lab­o­rate with Su­ran or Acous­tic Col­labo.

What kind of group would you hope to be five years from now?

Su Hyun: We wish to be a long-run­ning group, per­form­ing on big­ger stages and in the big­ger world with all our mem­bers as best friends.

What’s next for Snu­per?

Se Bin: Our new mini al­bum will be re­leased this month in Korea. We are pre­par­ing a lot for it and hope we could visit the UAE again with the new songs. Please look forward to it.

Is there any­thing else you’d like to add or tell your Arab Swing [their of­fi­cial fan club] mem­bers?

Tae Woong: We can’t thank enough all of you fans en­cour­ag­ing us even from far. We are look­ing forward to see­ing you soon. We’ll al­ways show you the bet­ter Snu­per, love you all.

Pho­tos sup­plied

Clockwise from far left: Se Bin, Woo Sung, Su Hyun, Tae Woong, Sang Ho and Sang Il.

Snu­per per­form in Aj­man on Mon­day.

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