It feels good to play the bad boy every once in a while — especially for the members of K-pop stars Monsta X.
The six-member group recently sat down with Billboard to talk about their new Fatal Love album and how they tried to expand their musical palette this time around.
In the menacing video for single “Love Killa,” they inhabit the bodies of everyone from the Joker to Hannibal Lecter and a number of other unsavory characters who go psycho in the night.
“I think bad guy is sexy!” enthuses Minhyuk about the opportunity to make the blood flow like water in the slick visual. I.M. says they thought it would be fun to tap into the maniacal vibe of films such as Fight Club, Silence of the Lambs and American Psycho to get into the head of a killer who “kills your emotion, your heart, your love.”
To be clear, though, Joohoney promises that in real life the members of Monsta X are not bad boys. “We’re gentlemen,” he assures fans.
But when it came to the album, Hyungwon says that their goal was to present “songs of various colors that only Monsta X can represent,” while also showing how much they’ve matured and developed on their third full-length Korean-language effort. And while they’re excited to give their fans new music, I.M. says not seeing their admirers during the COVID-19 pandemic has been very hard.
“When we are on the stage especially there’s no reaction,” he laments. “There’s no crowd,” Kihyun adds. “There’s no fans, there’s no people, so it feels empty and honestly it sucks,” I.M. says.
Monsta X were slated to tour the U.S. in June and July, but the dates were postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown. Instead, the performed a virtual concert, their only live music event of the year, Live From Seoul With Luv, in early August.
And, just in case you’re wondering about the status of Minhyuk’s crush on Camila Cabello — who he previously called “cute and kind” — well, he’s over her and has moved on to a new object of fascination: Post Malone.
Watch the full video interview with Monsta X above.