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Epik High came back with their 9th full album “We’ve done something wonderful” on the 23rd, and their songs lined up at the top of several music charts. Double title tracks “Home is Far Away” and “Love Story” took the first and second spots side by side, while album tracks like “No Thanxxx” also showed good results. Just like the album title says, they did something truly wonderful. Their characteristic popular melodies and descriptive lyrics are arousing listeners’ emotions. They are also supported in this by powerful featuring artists, from IU to Hyukoh, Simon Dominic, Crush, Akdong Musician’s Suhyun, Nell’s Kim Jongwan, Song Mino, The Quiett and Lee Hi.
Q: How do you feel about your album’s chart success?
Tablo: We honestly didn’t expect this at all, but we’re sincerely thankful for this amazing response. It’s a huge blessing to us.
Tukutz: I had some expectations. Of course I have expectations when we release new albums. But people are showing us a lot more love than I thought they would, so I’m thankful.
Tablo: I didn’t want to care so much about how we charted, so I gave my phone to our manager for a while and didn’t look at the charts. But since the members were next to me, constantly telling me how the album was doing, there was no use.
Q: How about Yang Hyunsuk’s reaction?
Tablo: He’s been sending congratulatory text messages constantly since last night. I need to focus on our upcoming concert so I’m trying not to look so much at what people are saying about the album, but he keeps sending messages. And I can’t even block him. (laughter)
Q: It’s been 3 years since your last album. What have you been up to since then?
Tablo: It’s not that we’ve been resting for these 3 years. We’ve worked a lot, but I’m not sure it was the kind of work that warranted a lot of attention. Honestly, we’re an aging group that isn’t hugely popular, so we’ve worked on various projects without people knowing much about it. We’re performed at festivals abroad and toured a lot internationally as well. But people never noticed. (laughter) We also worked on our new album for a long time. We’ve been at it steadily, but we have 3 kids now just between myself and Tukutz, and Mithra is just coming out of the newlyweds phase. So I think one of the reasons why this album took longer to make is that we’ve spent a lot of time with our families.
Q: What does the album title mean?
Tablo: We never thought we’d be able to stay in the music business for 14 years. We often ask ourselves how long we’ll be able to keep going for. So now as we look back at our time together, suddenly we felt we’ve done something amazing. We chose the title “We’ve Done Something Wonderful” as a way of saying ‘let’s make more memories that allow us to keep saying this again in the future’.
Q: What is the secret to keeping your team together?
Tukutz: The things we do and don’t want are similar. And we’re so used to being together like companions now, I think we’ll still be together even if we do end up dropping music someday. I think there’s no specific secret.
Tablo: We’re a team that only does well when all three of us are together. (laughter) We can’t do unit activities, and neither of us can do solo activities away from the group. We have to be together. Disbandment is not an option for us.