Korean pop, or K-pop as it is commonly known, took over the world in a flash. Fans all across the world went crazy for bands like BTS, Pentagon, Momoland, EXO, and many more. They rose to the top pretty quickly, from being unknown to winning awards and headlining events. One of the many K-pop girl bands is Blackpink. A 4-member band from South Korea, it consists of Jisoo, Jennie, Rosé, and Lisa.
They have won many awards, including 3 People’s Choice awards, 1 Teen Choice award, and even 1 Shorty award.
Vogue spoke to the band about rising to fame in the West, and the growing popularity of K-pop.
WHAT DID BLACKPINK SAY?
THE YEAR 2019
“2019 was definitely an unforgettable year that brought us great joy. We were able to perform at bigger stages, meet countless people, and we definitely grew and matured from it. We still say, “Did those things really happen to us?” Being able to meet our fans in person and see them enjoy and love our music gave us more responsibility as a group to show them a better and more advanced Blackpink.”
THE RISE OF KPOP
“First of all, we’re so grateful. With the development of so many different media platforms, music has become much more global. We think this is the biggest factor as to why K-pop is loved by so many people. With good music, language barriers and cultural differences are not a problem. That’s when we feel that music truly is universal.”
THE RECORDING PROCESS
“Our studio sessions are always so much fun. The recording process isn’t that different from before — we play, chat, eat good food, share our favourite music and ideas. There’s a natural flow so everyone is comfortable enough to fully understand the music and digest their own parts, which is how we have been able to be content with our final products.”
PERFORMING AT COACHELLA AND ON AMERICAN TV SHOWS
“We were so nervous because it was our first face-to-face experience with such a huge crowd in the States. We definitely felt the stress and pressure to showcase who we were as Blackpink for the first time. But as soon as we stepped onto the stage, the crowd enjoyed our songs beyond the language, and all our worries disappeared. We still have so much to learn but we learned how to vibe with the crowd and enjoy our performance a bit more.”
RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE GROUP MEMBERS
“We’ve known each other for about nine years now. We feel like a family and we know so much about each other that there are no more surprises. One thing all four of us agree on is that we all have the same level of affection for our work. That is why we can always support each other, encourage each other, and work together for a better future for Blackpink.”
THE CHALLENGES OF BEING A BAND
“The creative aspect of it is always joyful, but it’s still a tough job. We can’t just stop here, and we need to continually show our progression as a group, but through that process we find new ways to develop ourselves further. Because of our fans who show so much love and support, we can approach new challenges with peace of mind.”