By Lai Frances
Throughout 2017’s Twicetober, the annual month-long tribute when followers have fun Twice’s debut, the idols launched their first studio album, Twicetagram, and celebrated their second anniversary. A plethora of accomplishments later — together with seven Korean chart-topping EPs, handfuls of hits in Japan, a world tour with arenas and domes bought out throughout Asia and North America, all whereas breaking their very own information within the Korean and Japanese markets and dominating the Hallyu wave — Asia’s best-selling woman group welcomes their fifth Twicetober with new readability and a glowing second album, Eyes Wide Open, out as we speak (October 26).
All of it started in October 2015 when Nayeon, Jeongyeon, Momo, Sana, Jihyo, Mina, Dahyun, Chaeyoung, and Tzuyu have been formally launched as Twice on the truth competitors present Sixteen; the group beneath JYP Leisure was named to make an impression “as soon as via the ears, and as soon as via the eyes,” to seize followers — named “As soon as” — with their catchy hits and deadly magnificence. Their debut single, “Like Ooh-Ahh,” was a melodic pop music with hints of percussion, completely matching the nonet’s wild and edgy visible idea, which was marked by smoky eye make-up and camo-printed appears to be like. Six months later, the group flipped the change, sporting jerseys and varsity jackets for his or her contagious dance hit “Cheer Up,” which skyrocketed them to fame. Its lyrics (“Shy, shy, shy”) turned a viral meme, and the discharge earned the group the coveted award for Tune of the 12 months at Mnet’s Asian Music Awards (MAMA).
Hit after hit after hit, from “TT” to “Sign” (2017 MAMA Tune of the 12 months) to “What Is Love?” (2018 MAMA Tune of the 12 months), Twice have matured via their music. With bubbly songs about having crushes and grooving on a seashore (“Likey,” “Dance the Night time Away”), Twice started to discover a extra intimate, sensual aspect with “Extra & Extra,” launched earlier this yr in partnership with Republic Data. It showcased a refreshing vary in sound as they tackled Latin-inspired rhythms (“Firework”), new jack swing (“Candy Summer season Day”), bass-heavy beats (“Make Me Go”), and tropical pop multi function undertaking. In the meantime, they projected to followers constructive messages in regards to the significance of caring for one’s psychological well being after they supported Mina, and lately Jeongyeon, in taking hiatuses. This was encapsulated within the 2019 observe “Really feel Particular.”
Eyes Extensive Open comes via with a burst of vitality as the larger, bolder sister of Extra & Extra. Releasing with three distinct album covers, in a single case taking inspiration from ’90s fashion magazines, it embodies Twice all grown up. The 13 tracks take listeners on a sonic journey via area and time, spanning ’80s American retro, Japanese metropolis pop (“Say Something“), and up to date R&B whereas overtly plunging into the depths of affection and lust (“Hell in Heaven”), breakups (“Deal with It”), and discovering one’s confidence (“Go Arduous,” “Queen”). The gathering proves Twice to be a drive to be reckoned with, showcasing every members’ talents to vocally and visually adapt to problem genres and ideas. The group (minus Jeongyeon, who assures followers she is doing nicely whereas on a break), speaks to MTV Information about blossoming into Eyes Extensive Open.
MTV Information: First off, congratulations in your fifth anniversary and your second album. It’s been three years since Twicetagram adopted by a handful of EPs. What can we count on with this comeback and the second album?
Nayeon: That is the second full album which is popping out after three years since Twicetagram, and we participated on this album greater than earlier than, like greater than earlier albums. So I’m actually trying ahead to As soon as liking this album as we invested a number of time and likewise the content material concerned.
Sana: The workforce mirrored on our concepts, particularly after we put in our opinions on the visible temper. So we additionally had a say within the outfits added on this music video.
Jihyo: With this album, lots of the members have joined in writing the lyrics. We at all times joined as lyricists, however this time there are many tracks, which means extra members have joined to put in writing the lyrics for different tracks, too. Our title observe, “I Can’t Cease Me,” has a retro-synth sound with the message of looking for the stability between the nice and the dangerous of our uncontrollable wishes.
MTV Information: Is there a music As soon as ought to look out for within the new album?
Dahyun: There’s a music I wrote referred to as “Queen” that features the lyrics to simply present your self as you’re. The second is the observe referred to as “Deliver It Again,” and this captures the sensation of going after what you need. That features a very sturdy temper.
Chaeyoung: There’s a observe referred to as “Deal with It” that accommodates the message of making an attempt to not acknowledge being other than one another or breaking apart. It accommodates the fad about breaking apart. I don’t suppose we’ve ever executed a music that carried this type of vibe earlier than.
MTV Information: How was it like receiving a music written by R&B songstress Heize and a music composed by Dua Lipa?
Chaeyoung: It was nice to work on songs with them! We have now continued to be blown away by each the artists’ careers and music, and agree that their songs are superb. It’s nice to have their names on our new songs, and we’re trying ahead to followers listening to them. The songs are superior.
MTV Information: You’ve additionally usually included fan songs for As soon as, as nicely. Are there any of these like “One in a Million” and “21:29”?
Nayeon: Much like “21:29,” there’s a music referred to as “Depend upon You.” In order that could possibly be thought-about this new album’s fan music.
MTV Information: For private causes and science, any plans on releasing an English model of “Really feel Particular”?
Nayeon: Ah, sorry! We didn’t embody an English model of “Really feel Particular.” However, if we wait a bit longer, we nonetheless have an upcoming English model of our music popping out later.
MTV Information: You made your debut with a wild and edgy idea in “Like Ooh-Ahh” and have since reworked. What adjustments have you ever seen along with your music? And what would you wish to see extra of?
Jihyo: I’d say, for us, our aim can be to develop into a workforce that’s not restricted in a single idea and may embody a wide range of ideas. I need to be an artist who needs to overcome all of the ideas we strive. Kind of like renaissance ladies?
Momo: We’re open to all ideas that we each haven’t and have tried earlier than! We have now enjoyable asking followers what they need to see from us and luxuriate in discussing their solutions.
Nayeon: I bear in mind after we stunned As soon as at a Twicelights live performance with our pink idea of “Coronary heart Shaker.” The music may be very energetic, so we added some enjoyable and horny choreography to it. It was very cute to observe their reactions! And since we’ve got been energetic for 5 years, as a workforce, we do painting a sure picture and idea, however we get pleasure from discovering new issues and difficult ourselves. From these challenges we discover new issues that match us extra, and we discover ardour and pleasure in that. We hope everybody can get pleasure from that and not using a bias. So we want to discover issues that match us extra to make it extra thrilling. However we’re additionally asking whether or not there may be any idea that you just or As soon as want to see?
MTV Information: Jihyo talked about earlier that Twice needs to be a renaissance woman group. I consider you’ll be able to pull it off, however I feel a very hip-hop idea can be good as followers are asking for Nayeon’s rapper alter-ego, MC Rail.
All: (laughs) Oooooooooh!
Tzuyu: I’ll do my greatest making an attempt to problem extra numerous ideas then.
MTV Information: Was there a selected period you felt such as you’ve grown or have began to develop?
Jihyo: After we began to get acknowledged from our singles “Cheer Up” and “TT.” All of us needed to present followers our love and proceed to be nice function fashions for them, and we proceed to really feel this manner and admire As soon as for loving us.
Dahyun: Personally, I feel our lead single “I Cannot Cease Me” reveals our musical development essentially the most. Ranging from “Extra & Extra,” we’ve got centered on displaying the need of wanting somebody. I feel our general themes of the songs have matured over time, and that has been a terrific problem for us on the brand new ideas.
MTV Information: With the quantity of chart-topping releases you’ve executed, crossovers within the Japanese market and now within the U.S., do you suppose you’ve reached a peak in your profession?
Dahyun: I actually don’t suppose we’re within the high place of our careers as a result of we have been in a position to make it this far because of our workforce and workers members, alongside the members, and, most significantly, the followers collectively. I feel Twice was in a position to come at this level due the help of everybody. However I nonetheless suppose there’s nonetheless a option to go to the highest.
Nayeon: Greater than pondering, we’ve reached the highest, there’s a protracted option to go, we give our greatest to issues which are given to us proper now. From that, we’re confronted with nice alternatives and extra events to fulfill As soon as. So we work exhausting within the second, and I’m glad.
MTV Information: Are there any regrets or belongings you wished occurred otherwise up to now?
Momo: There aren’t any regrettable reminiscences, however I principally don’t remorse something. But when there have been, it should be my embarrassing moments [onstage] that I dwell upon for a really very long time.
Mina: Due to any embarrassing moments we undergo, we might now look again at it as a extremely good reminiscence. And since we will’t return to that point making an attempt to repair that second, we might attempt to settle for it as it’s.
Jihyo: (to Momo) Attempt to love your self throughout these instances.
MTV Information: Any moments the place you couldn’t consider issues have been too good to be true?
Chaeyoung: At all times. The entire good reminiscences, at all times.
Momo: I bear in mind when followers have been doing shock occasions throughout our live performance, we have been touched when As soon as sang a music for us. I used to be actually, actually touched on the time.
Sana: Whereas happening our world tour, we have been in a position to meet so many As soon as in America and different locations that we have been in a position to see the totally different vitality from every nation. I bear in mind assembly the followers after the concert events, and their faces lighting up seeing all members throughout hi-touch. I can’t neglect their faces, and that’s why I at all times need to put together one thing new since they’re the motivation when Twice does their greatest.
MTV Information: Nayeon, you’re recognized to be the spoiler queen of Twice to the purpose the place you even teased Momo’s new hair for the comeback. Out of all of the comebacks you’ve spoiled, what’s the most important spoiler you’ve given?
All: (to Nayeon spoiling Momo’s hair) Ah! Oh no!
Nayeon: (in English) My mistake! [But it’s definitely] Momo’s hair.
MTV Information: Most memorable and biggest prank Jeongyeon has ever pulled?
All: There’s an excessive amount of! There’s actually an excessive amount of!
MTV Information: Momo, you rap, you sing, you write, you dance, you vlog, and now you’re a canine mom to Boo. What’s one thing you can’t do that you just want you would?
Momo: I’d wish to go dwelling to Japan, however due to the coronavirus, I can’t go now.
MTV Information: Sana, on livestreams and video name occasions, you have a tendency to present a whole lot of recommendation and help to As soon as, however what’s the best recommendation you’ve given your self?
Nayeon: (to Sana) It’s best to suppose much less and fall asleep early.
Sana: Prior to now, if we had a day without work, I’d focus my day on sleep and possibly plan to do different issues on the second day. However since now I’ve extra time because of coronavirus, it got here to my thoughts that I ought to seek for hobbies in hopes that I can use these hobbies and put it to use to get pleasure from my private time.
MTV Information: Jihyo, what was your biggest second as Twice’s chief?
Jihyo: I’m at all times joyful. There aren’t many moments to choose, however I’m at all times joyful to be with members.
MTV Information: Mina, if you happen to might describe the final 5 years of Twice as a sport, what sport would it not be and why?
Mina: Minecraft. As a result of all of Twice’s creations and achievements are constructed like it’s in Minecraft.
MTV Information: Dahyun, you’re recognized to be the rapper, the vitality booster, the Eagle dance creator, the digital camera catcher, however you’re fairly the thriller. What’s one thing you need the world to find out about Dahyun?
Dahyun: Aside from the picture I’ve, I’m a really severe particular person and actually quiet and calm. I additionally suppose rather a lot about many issues. However I am vitality booster, ?
MTV Information: Chaeyoung, what different mediums would you want to specific your self in?
Chaeyoung: I’d like to specific myself extra via outfit styling, however I’d nonetheless like to specific myself via artwork and different musical methods.
MTV Information: Tzuyu, in certainly one of your past radio interviews, you mentioned that you just wish to share your humorous impressions of your group members. What are some belongings you’d wish to name out in your members?
Tzuyu: I’ve been with the workforce for 5 years and there are moments once I suppose I couldn’t do that alone. I’ve grown extra with the assistance of my members.
MTV Information: The best half about being Twice?
Sana: The entire members being collectively on my aspect and freely expressing myself. But additionally, having to assist one another and help each other.