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Monsta X on Rookie Rivals & Why They're 'The Avengers' of K-Pop at KCON 2015 L.A.: Exclusive

Courtesy of CJ E&M America

Monsta X at KCON 2015

With less than three months under their belts at the time, Monsta X was by far the newest group at KCON 2015, but you wouldn't be able to tell. The huge audience roars recalled the reaction to BTS, the breakout act of last year's KCON, before they embarked on a sold-out U.S. tour.

The septet made the most of their first U.S. venture, by not only singing for and meeting fans, but making a surprise appearance during the convention and performing in a dance battle with fellow boy band GOT7.

It's your first time traveling and performing in America. What's this experience been like together?
We didn't expect fans over here to know us so it's been a really cheerful trip. We did the fan meeting session today and it's really been like a dream.

Were fans at the airport to see you? What was that like?
It was our first time [coming to America] and there were fans! We were so surprised. We were just walking by ourselves and then they showed up. 

There's several other new groups also taking off with an emphasis on hip-hop-inspire sound like BTS, Seventeen, iKON. How do you view the competition?
There are so many things to learn from all these other groups. There's so many different groups and we mostly focus on watching them for something to learn. Even if we're all new, there are things we can learn from one other.

Who inspires Monsta X as a whole? 
As group, it would have to be BIGBANG.