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Meet NewKidd on the K-pop block

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SEOUL, South Korea – Seven-member rookie K-pop boy band NewKidd made their debut last April and are raring to meet their fans in the Philippines.

“Dear fans in the Philippines: When we visit you in the Philippines, we hope we can show you our attraction to you all! See you there and we love you all,” NewKidd said.

The group, composed of Jinkwon, Hansol, Woochul, Hwi, Yunmin, Ji-ann and Seungchan, released their debut song in April titled “Tu Eres,” which translates to “You Are.”

Manila Bulletin and other Asian media under the Kwanhun-Korea Press Foundation (KPF) Press Fellowship interviewed NewKidd at their agency, J-Flo Entertainment, in Seoul where four members discussed their music and plans.

J-Flo Director Hyobin Oh said NewKidd used foreign language in their debut song title “because they wanted to communicate with fans abroad.”

“Tu Eres. You are pretty, you are cute, you are lovely. This is a confession from a boy,” explained Woochul.

Recently, NewKidd reached a milestone when the music video for “Tu Eres” reached 1 million views on YouTube.

NewKidd members (from left) Hwi, Jinkwon, Yunmin and Woochul at Lotte World Tower Seoul Sky (Photo by Jonathan Hicap)

NewKidd members (from left) Hwi, Jinkwon, Yunmin and Woochul at Lotte World Tower Seoul Sky (Photo by Jonathan Hicap)

“First of all, I would like to express my appreciation to fans around the world and I’m so glad because this is our first song that hit a million views. I hope that our second and third songs will also hit one million views,” said leader Jinkwon.
Oh said NewKidd members trained for four years and spent one and a half years for their pre-debut period so they are well-trained in vocal and dancing skills, and the boy group gained reputation as they entered the South American market in just two months.

As a way of reaching out to more foreign fans, NewKidd covered Indonesian singer Siti Badriah’s hit song “Lagi Syantik (Pretty Full),” which has garnered 546 million views on YouTube since March 2018. The NewKidd cover was released on Sept. 29 and as of Oct. 24, it has reached 203,000 views on YouTube.

“We had the chance to shoot a cover of ‘Lagi Syantik’ and it was a good opportunity to know foreign songs and good artists around the world,” said Jinkwon.

Oh explained that “we are implementing a project of singing the songs in the language of foreign fans.”

Jinkwon said “we are ready to communicate with fans around the world and we are looking forward to make songs and to create song covers.” In November, NewKidd will have fan meetings in Russia, Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan.

When asked what qualities they have that make them unique, Yunmin said, “First, we want to show the various types of music colors to fans. Second, we want to be a boy group that communicates and growing up with fans.”

NewKidd named BTS as their idols with Yunmin saying that “we think that BTS is a very good senior singer for us to look up to. We hope we can spread good effect like BTS.”

Besides singing, Yunmin starred in the web drama “Love After School 2,” saying “my goal is to show many types of my talent. I already have experience in web drama and I’m also looking forward to creating the opportunity as a model.”

Like other idol groups, NewKidd members spend time practicing their skills and watch their weight.

“If we have a schedule, we move based on the schedule. If we don’t, we come to the office at 10AM and dance until 10PM (seven days a week). Other than that, members are free to do more practice on their own,” according to Yunmin. Jinkwon said he likes bread and tteokbokki but he substitutes this with other food like rice crackers.

The members said they have always dreamed to become idols. Jinkwon said when he was in middle school, he saw EXO on TV and “I saw the glamorous stage and the chemistry between the members. So I thought that’s very amazing so I decided to become a singer.”

NewKidd members revealed that they are currently in the thick of preparing for their return with new music.

“Now we are preparing ourselves to come back and our goal is to show many types of colors in our music and to become the singer that communicates with fans. We promise to continue making our utmost effort. Please watch how we do,” said Jinkwon.

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