[Excerpts from the Interview 2: Is there such a thing as Swedish K-pop?]
MING: The idea of this project was to have an interpretation of what K-pop (which is mostly crafted by Swedish songwriters and producers) could be when it's re-interpreted by us who are in Sweden. So it's not K-pop per se, but I think it's a hybrid or something like “Swedish K-pop”. We were trying to aim for something which really didn't exist before.
Victor, do you want to say something about the music? Because we decided it's not going to be K-Pop so what does it mean when it's “Swedish K-pop”?
VICTOR: Like you said it's not exactly like an ordinary K-Pop song, but it's also not really like an ordinary Swedish pop song so I think we found a place somewhere in-between I think.
In general, the sound is probably a bit more Swedish than Korean but the performance and the dynamics are a lot more Korean.
ARON: There are two things I'm very interested to hear from your perspective, Jiwon - the artificiality of a group that is being put together in K-pop - how that is done, and then throughout their careers, what is the roles of the actual performers, because that's something we've just been discussing like how, being put together by Ming here and then finding some sort of genuine emotion in this sort of artificially put together group, and I think that's a very interesting thing that we have discovered and explored together.
Then also about something we have been wanting to address in our current music video is the gender roles or specifically the masculinity and friendship between men or boys, and how that translates to South Korean culture. Does this fit in or blend in perfectly or how does that experience come across?
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Interview 1: Can a Swedish boy band make K-pop
Interview 2: Is there such a thing as Swedish K-pop