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Epik High’s interview for Herald Pop [Part 1]

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Source: Herald Pop

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Epik High relays their feelings about the chart success of title track “Love Story” from their 9th full album.

Epik High came back last month on the 23rd at 6PM after 3 years with their 9th album “We’ve done something wonderful”. The album carries the meaning that as you go through life and love, you are doing something wonderful even when you suffer failures. At the same time it arouses the listener’s emotions with Epik High’s characteristic popular melodies and vivid lyrics. As a result, they fulfilled the dream of having their songs lining up on the album charts.

“We could honestly never have anticipated this explosive reaction to the album. We tried to rid ourselves of expectations. We’re not exactly a group that receives a lot of attention. I mean, we even went on a crazy 3 year long hiatus. When the album came out, I turned off my phone. I even turned it over to our manager. But Tukutz and Mithra Jin told me about the charts,” Tablo confessed his true feelings about the success.

But Tukutz evoked chatter and laughter as he added, “honestly, I expected it”. He continued, “I did have¬†expectations, but people gave us so much more love than I expected. I’m just thankful. I could never have imagined the response to be this huge. I’m so sincerely thankful to the people who have supported us constantly and gotten us to our 14th anniversary”. The title track that signaled Epik High’s glamorous return, “Love Story”, is a song for people who are in pain due to memories they want to but can’t erase after a breakup. It is darkened by the pungent emotions of separation and topped with IU’s clear but sorrowful timbre, which maximizes the atmosphere of the song. Epik High say they had a specific reason for choosing her as their partner. Tablo explained, “Warmth and cold co-exists in IU’s voice. Her charm is that she can show two images at the same time. ‘Love Story’ tells a cold story about a warm love, so we knew IU’s voice would be able to convey it properly.”

 

Epik High recorded the second title track “Home is Far Away” with Oh Hyuk from the band Hyukoh. “Home is Far Away” is a song for people whose hearts are hurting from dreams they can’t fulfill. Through the song, which is good for the exhausted modern man to listen to on the way to or home from work, Oh Hyuk’s appealing, dark voice blends in perfectly with the atmosphere of an autumn night. Epik High poured their hearts and souls into casting Oh Hyuk for this featuring.

This is because Oh Hyuk is known on the music scene for being difficult to get in touch with. Tablo said, “If you text Oh Hyuk, he’ll usually respond a week later” and continued “Oh Hyuk and Zion.T are both extremely hard to contact”. He joked, “Sometimes I want to learn their contact techniques. Because I think if I made a similar image for myself as Oh Hyuk and Zion.T, I probably wouldn’t even have to respond when Yang Hyunsuk contacts me”.

Tukutz revealed that he thought it would take a whole month to get in contact with Oh Hyuk. “Because he usually doesn’t reply very fast, I expected it to take a month. But miraculously, he responded just 5 minutes later. We went into the studio that very day” he said. Epik High revealed their wish to keep collaborating with many different artists from hereon out. “We tend to like unexpected combinations. We don’t like separating idols from artists,” Tablo said.

The “unexpected combinations” Tablo is searching for was continued by Lee Sora and BTS’ Suga. “I ended up giving a song to Lee Sora sunbaenim. I’m not in the song, but Suga from BTS is. I think something new can come out of combinations like this,” he said while hinting to future collaborations.

Epik High are set to widen the scope of their promotional activities through concerts. They plan to play concerts carrying the same name as their album, “We’ve Done Something Wonderful”, over two days at the 3rd and 4th of November. They added to the fans’ curiosity and expectations by revealing that aside from Tablo’s close friends Kim Jongwan of Nell and Ha Dongkyun, other special guests that have not yet been revealed will appear on stage with them.

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