Meet INFINITE: Video Q&A With the Rising K-Pop Superstars

K-pop boy band INFINITE at Billboard Korea’s studios

Billboard Korea

What can you tell us about your sub-unit group INFINITE-H's latest project?
Hoya: INFINITE H derives from the words "INFINITE" and "hip-hop." Dongwoo and I became trainees at Woolim Entertainment on the same day, and we clicked right away because we both love hip-hop. Our sub-unit album was produced by Primary and features an extended bill of top hip-hop artists, including Bumkey, ZION T, Gaeko of Dynamic Duo and Baby Soul. Most of the songs are modern hip-hop and it is impossible to compare it with any other music. We are just doing what we like, which is making music. I like Chris Brown, Eminem and 2Pac. We want show some type of "healing" music that everyone can relate to -- a departure away from INFINITE's signature charisma and choreography-focused performances. We [INFINITE-H] debuted a lot earlier than we expected [Laughs]. We knew we would to do a group activity together, but didn't know when because we just assumed that our agency was uninterested!

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Sunggyu, you made your solo debut in 2012 and worked with [labelmate indie rock band] Nell for the first time. Could you tell us about the experience?
I enjoyed working with Nell as I was able to try out new musical styles under their guidance.

Are there any other artists that you would want to work with other than Nell?
I've wanted to work with Nell for a long time and was extremely happy when they blessed me with a song. If I have another chance to release a solo project, I would like to work with [Korean rock] band Pia.

Any other genres you want to try out?
Since my album was rock-influenced, for my next project, I want to try R&B.

What's on your most-played list?
Javier, "In Your Hands" and Chris Brown's "Look At Me Now."

INFINITE, What part of United States do you want to visit the most?
Dongwoo: Everywhere! Manhattan, LA, Chicago and Washington to name a few! We had 2-3 opportunities to visit, but it all got cancelled last minute. We were very disappointed about that.
Woohyun: I want to visit Las Vegas and enjoy a beverage!
Hoya: I want to go to Hollywood and shoot a movie, and hopefully I can watch my own movie back at home in my neighborhood. [Laughs]
Sungjong: I would really like to go to Disneyland and go on the rides. I think it would be unforgettable.

Are there more plans for individual activities?
Band: Nothing is set in stone. We are going to concentrate solely on INFINITE's new album.
L: In the first half of this year, there is a possibility of me releasing something related to photography -- either a photo book or an exhibition. Four years ago, I taught myself how to use a DSLR camera and have been shooting whenever I can during our promotions, which I have kept throughout the years. Pictures are the only thing that lasts. I enjoy traveling and taking pictures.

What were some your most memorable performances?
Dongwoo: The most memorable performance for me was our last year's encore concert "Second Invasion-Evolution" at the Seoul Gymnastic Park. It was a heart-trembling experience to perform at a packed venue with a capacity of 10,000. We shed a lot of tears that day.
Woohyun: Our Japan arena tour is the most memorable one for me. I remember just giving it my all for each live performance.
Hoya: Thailand was memorable for me, Thailand fans are always just smiling—which automatically makes me feel really good.

You were virtually unknown until the release of "Be Mine" and "Paradise." What do you think made INFINITE get to where you guys are right now?
Dongwoo: We have this mentality to enjoy whatever we do, wherever we are at. And we can't disregard our music. Although "Come Back Again" is an old song, when you listen to it again, it's a song that has a firm structure with plush arrangements. We matured and were able to make a mark through singing and performing great songs.

(Additional reporting by Kim Eun Joo)