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9 Things Only Found at The East Light’s “HOLLA” Showcase

The new generation of K-Pop bands are here, and they go by the name of The East Light.

Kpopmap was invited to the debut showcase for K-Pop new boy band, The East Light. The band held their first ever showcase at the IlChi Art Hall in Seoul on November 3, 2016. The band consists of 6 members, all of whom are muscically talented beyond all expectations. The group consists of drummer and leader Lee SeokChul, guitarist Kim JunWook, bassist Lee SeungHyun, and vocalists Lee EunSung, Jung SaKang and Lee WooJin. 

With the help of the latest producing team sensation, Midas-T, the boys released a 2 track digital single. Midas-T is well known as the team behind the track “Pick Me” for Produce 101. The boys may have an average age of 15, but they’ve got the full support from some of the top artists in the industry. Big names, such as VIXX, EXO, and TWICE, have all sent their love for the band through personal messages.

Must Read : The East Light Profile: Young K-Pop Boy Band With Average Age of 15

From such an early start to a whole spectrum of possibilities, we bring you the 9 things that can only be found at a showcase by the newly debuted The East Light!

 

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The East Light’s “HOLLA” Showcase

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1. The East Host

Hong KyungMin took time out of his busy schedule to personally host the showcase for the young boys of The East Light. The veteran artist began by praising the boys, referring himself as the band’s 1st ever ajussi-fan. Hong KyungMin told the audience how the boys were featured on his “Immortal Song” performances, and how they continue to amaze him with their endless growth. Apparently the pop rock legend had spotted the boys’ talent a while ago, and now holds a soft spot just for the boys.

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2. The East Producer

Producer Kim ChangHwan‘s name is widely known in the Korean music industry. After working alongside Korean legends, such as Kim GunMo, ChaeYeon and more, the producer crossed paths with a genius drummer still in his elementary days – Lee SeokChul. With an inspiration from the EDM genre, Kim ChangWan began forming out his dream about creating a unique band that has the sole focus of music. After 4 years of vigorous training, The East Light was finally ready to unveil themselves to the world!

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3. The East Kids

The boys first entered the stage in their very unique janitorial costume complemented by luscious, curly wigs. The boys may have the skills of full grown professional artists, but the boys are still just boys. With an average age of 15, The East Light boys were stiff with nervousness written all over their faces. The five boys were an adorable sight to see throughout the photo time, as they each struck a pose that best expressed their personality. Each of the members felt like baby brothers that we couldn’t help but applaud for!

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4. The East Jung SaKang

Vocalist Jung SaKang felt like a cute kid during the photo time, but as soon as he took the stage and the music started, his mood shifted 180 degrees. The East Light performed a cover of ‘Uptown Funk’ as their opening song, and SaKang showed his true talented colors. He literally owned the stage with his own style of expressive motions and facial expressions that were hard to believe belonged to a teenager. Add in his incredible vocal capabilities and the band’s undeniable love for music, and we can see this little star going very far, very soon.

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5. The East I Am Who I Am

The group’s second performance was the 2nd track off their debut single album, “I Am Who I Am”. Lee EunSung introduced the song as a track that they co-wrote from their experience of being young musicians. In a society where they are expected to be holed up behind a book all day, The East Light boys had faced negative judgement from the public. With their dreams and passion in mind, the boys performed the song and their true feelings shined brightly. Near the end of the track, Kim JunWook nailed a guitar solo that literally summarized the feel behind the song in a mere minute.

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6. The East Musicians

They may be young teenagers with much to learn and experience, but they truly are musicians. During the short interview, JunWook, SeokChul and SeungHyun showcased a highlight of their instrumental talent. JunWook took to the electric guitar and created an exciting melody just by gracing his fingers on the guitar’s neck. SeokChul took up his drum sticks to perform a short, but sweet, drum line that got our hearts pumping. Lastly, Lee SeungHyun got his bass to nail a groovy rhythm. Each member proved just why the band was called a band of music geniuses!

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7. The East Holla

The term, “Holla” comes from the German word meaning ‘stop’. The East Light’s title track is named after the word to reflect on the simple struggles that they face at their age. The boys want to have fun and enjoy their youth, but adults constantly tell them to stop and do this and that. The song reflects the band’s desire to ignore the rules and regulations and truly live in the moment. The lyrics and rhythm tell the exact story as the boys boldly sing, play on their instruments, and truly enjoy the stage. They’re just doing what they love – music.

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8. The East Hidden Card

The band is known as a 6 member group, which got the audience wondering: why are there only five? At the end of the boys’ debut music video, a young boy is seen bursting through the door and finding the band gone – much to his disappointment. Vocalist, Lee WooJin is a 14 years old middle school student who was unveiled as the band’s hidden card. WooJin is the 3rd vocalist who appeared on “Voice Kids”, as well as in movies before. Just as it was seen in the music video, Lee WooJin was just a step too late in participating with the band. Although WooJin wasn’t able to participate in the band’s debut album, he will be completing the group for their next promotions!

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9. The East Light

Although The East Light made their official debut, the boys are still students. The boys continue to go to school everyday, and only finding time to practice together during their free time. The East Light asks for their audiences to forgo their age and visuals, and solely focus on their music. The 5 music geniuses may be young, but their bright future will be something to look forward to.

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12 Things Only Found at VIXX’s “Kratos” Showcase

Kpopmap met up with VIXX at their “Kratos” Showcase to successfully close out their VIXX 2016 CONCEPTION project!

VIXX just made a comeback with their 3rd mini-album, “Kratos”, on October 31, 2016 at the Yes24 Live Hall in Seoul. Their newest album marks the closure to the group’s year-long project. From their 5th single, “Zelos” in April and “Hades” in August, the boys are here to present the finale. As the signature concept-dols of K-Pop, VIXX returns with the concept of the greek god Kratos.

Must Read : MV )) VIXX – The Closer

To bring the STARLIGHTs closer to their VIXX, we cover the boys’ “Kratos” showcase in 12 parts. Find out everything you need to know about the new comeback of VIXX!

 

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VIXX’s “Kratos” Showcase

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 1. THE CLOSER

VIXX opened up their showcase with the stunning performance to match their new title track, “The Closer”. The six members, N, Ravi, HongBin, Leo, Hyuk and Ken, appeared on an upper level stage. As the doors opened, the members strut down the stairs donning sexy crochet eye blinders. With the grand entrance, the stage officially opened up the VIXX showcase.

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2. CLOSER PERFECTION

As much as its importance as the closing track of the VIXX 2016 CONCEPTION, ‘The Closer’ met every expectation and anticipation of the audience. The boys showcased a track that was not just perfect in vocals and rhythm, but also perfect in choreography. As the concept idols of K-Pop, VIXX showcased a stunning choreography that was full of artistic moves that told the story of a man in love. Add in the group’s perfect KalGunMoo and you got one perfect closer.

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3. CLOSER VIXX

It makes sense that the boys are called VIXX. For none STARLIGHTs, VIXX stands for Voice Visual Value in Excelsis – and they truly live up to their name. Seeing the boys up close, we couldn’t help but be mesmerized by the beautiful visuals of each member. With their tall heights, handsome faces, and stunning build, VIXX bring the best in visuals, vocals and value.

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4. CLOSER RAVI

It’s surprising to see Ravi in a none-hip-hop group. From his “Show Me the Money” appearance to his solo collaboration ‘DamnRa’, Ravi proves time and time again just how talented he is as a rapper. But we guess it’s just because VIXX are perfect in every way – even in the hip hop aspect. Ravi’s short but sweet segment for “The Closer” was as memorable as it was amazing. With his deep vocals, sick swag and killer stage presence, the rapper absolutely nailed it on stage.

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5. CLOSER CONCEPT

The group’s comeback concept is the story that started the whole VIXX 2016 CONCEPTION. Before their “Hades” and “Zelos” concepts, the VIXX members were men falling in love. To match the strength of the greek god, Kratos, the boys donned sexy military outfits. With gold embroideries and shining badges, the members were seriously sexy and dripping with charisma.

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6. CLOSER KEN

Ken the maknae was the main character of the group’s new concept. The cutie proudly wore an extra badge of honor ahead of his older brothers. To celebrate their new album, Ken took the stage to show just how much he was excited for the return. He showcased his signature wit as he sent the audience cutesy kisses and a contrasting charismatic turn. All throughout the showcase, the VIXX baby was just a ball of public affection. The funnier part about Ken’s sweet displays of affection were his older brothers who continued to snicker and hide their faces in embarrassment.

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7. CLOSER N

There are various types of leaders aggressive leader, strategic leaders, center leaders, and more. N, the leader of VIXX, is a special kind of leader. His soft voice and tender smile has a way of making others focus solely on him and be captivated to follow his every command. N’s great speaking skills also helps him take care of his members as much as he sincerely answers the questions from the audience. Because he always takes good care of his members, the idol wanted some love for himself too. HongBin humorously admitted that N told his members to praise him more on stage. Much to N’s approval, HongBin praised N  for creating the choreography for their sub-track, “Desperate”.

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8. CLOSER DANCE POINT

N took the stage to show us the main dance point of their title track. With his graceful movements, N showed us their new point dance that featured fancy turns, cool kicks and slow motion hand tricks. However, the boys have yet to find a name for it. The boys ask STARLIGHTs to gather their creative minds to think of a name for the choreography.

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9. CLOSER COMPOSERS

Leo and Ravi both have significant tracks included in the new album. Ravi composed and wrote the lyrics to the track, “Good Night & Good Morning”. He created the track about a year ago with his members in mind. He thanked the group for following so well and making the R&B track even better. Leo also composed and wrote the song, “Romance is Over”. As much as it meant a lot for the idol, he thanked his brothers for always doing their best.

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10. CLOSER DESPERATE

Much like the original music style of VIXX, “Desperate” is an EDM track laced with the dramatic melody of the violin. The track featured the perfect combination of slow and fast beats to showcase the signature style of the group that we all know and love. The powerful performance was even more special as it held the choreography designed by leader, N.

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11. CLOSER BODY

When asked what changed the most for their new comeback, the boys indicated that Ravi’s body changed the most. Especially since the concept features military outfits, VIXX agreed that Ravi’s newly fined body best fit their concept. MC Ding Dong couldn’t sit still. To fulfill our wishes, the MC went up to Ravi and lightly checked out his toned chest with his hands. The ever charismatic and stoic rapper broke down in the cutest smile as he hid his head in embarrassment.

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12. CLOSER CHANGE

The main inspiration in VIXX’s mind is to always showcase their best performances and a constant change of improvement. With the closure of their greek god concept, VIXX revealed that they have so much more concept challenges in mind, such as Tarzan and JjangShi. The boys ask for continued interest as they continue to challenge themselves with different concepts and varying performances.

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13 Things Only Found at I.O.I’s “Miss Me?” Showcase

The I.O.I girls say their goodbye as a full 11 member group for the last time, and they ask one question: “(Will you) miss me?”

It’s what all you’ve been waiting for! After months of separate promotions, the I.O.I girls are back as a complete 11 member group. With their 2nd mini-album, “Miss Me?”, they ask their fans if they’ve missed them since their debut album, “Chrysalis”. The album also ends on a sad note as they ask, “Will you miss me (once the group will no longer be promoting as a 11 member group)?”

Must Read : MV )) I.O.I – Very Very Very

To launch off the official celebration for their 2nd mini-album, the girls held a showcase at the Yes24 Live Hall located in Seoul. Kpopmap was invited to attend and we bring the fans closer to their girls through 13 things that can only be found in an I.O.I showcase!

 

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I.O.I’s “Miss Me?” Showcase

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1. VERY VERY I.O.I

The girls came back with their hearts set on relaying their thanks and love for their fans. Looking back, the girls have only been promoting for a short period of time. Within the year, the girls had received a tremendous amount of love that most idols never experience in their whole careers. Through their memories that will last a lifetime, the girls only have their fans for making all of their promotions possible. The I.O.I girls revealed that the whole theme of the new album was ‘Thanks’.

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2. VERY VERY KANGNAM

As expected of the latest daesae girl group, the MC in charge of the showcase was definitely special as well. Usually, announcers or comedians would host the showcases, but the one and only KangNam came to host the girls’ “Miss Me?” showcase. With his unique humor and entertaining speaking skills, KangNam brightened up the stage with his own stage presence. You could tell the idol senior has a close relationship with the girls as he continually played around with the girls to help them feel more comfortable in front of the reporters.

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3. VERY VERY SOMI

The girls held a specific time for photos and each member came out with their very own cute aegyo poses. But one member particularly stood out from the rest. None other than the happy virus SoMi stepped up the posing game with her very own SoMi-style. She not only did the standard heart, wave and smile, SoMi turned up the stage with her charismatic, sexy model poses. After each confident pose, SoMi would return back to the giggly young girl that we all know and love. She truly revealed her signature contrasting personality appeal.

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4. VERY VERY CHEERLEADERS

Following their “Chrysalis” promotions as Dream Girls, the I.O.I returned with an even brighter image of cheerleaders. The girls coordinated in cute tennis outfit-inspired stage outfits. As expected of one of the trendiest girl groups in K-Pop, the girls perfectly slayed the crop top and high waisted bottom cheerleader looks in the cutest fashion possible. Each member made the concept their own through various accessories and colorful accent points. YooJeong explained that their color concept was “Peach”, which is the fruit that’s in season right now.

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5. VERY VERY VERY

How can a girl group be even cuter than I.O.I’s new “Very Very Very”? With the most adorable aegyo choreography and the heart melting expressions, the girls are the definition of Nation’s Younger Sisters. Written by the Asian Soul himself, “Very Very Very” is a fun and playful song that has adorable dance moves that you can’t help but follow along to. As soon as the track hit the market, it conquered the 1st place spot throughout multiple music charts. The “Very Very Very” promotions are a solid that we can definitely look forward to.

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6. VERY VERY CHUNGHA

Talk about boss dancer. At the beginning of “Very Very Very”, ChungHa has a small solo stage where she dances in her signature sexy manner. We fell in love, and it was inevitable. The way she moves her body with that fierce charisma is 100% girl crush worthy. Although each member had their own appeals throughout the stage performance, you couldn’t help but follow ChungHa along with your eyes. She was just born with that special dancers’ blood that captivates the audience with each move.

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7. VERY VERY JINYOUNG

“Miss Me?” is an album that is very full of talented JinYoungs! As many of the fans probably know, Park JinYoung of JYP had taken the reigns in composing the girls’ title track. As the CEO of I.O.I’s center SoMi, the Asian Soul pulled out a special song for the girls that is sure to be a hit. Alongside the producing genius, another up and coming star composer of the same name took part in the group’s album. B1A4’s JinYoung composed the girls’ sub-track, “Hold Up”. Even through both of the JinYoung’s hectic and busy schedules, the producers took the time to pull out some fantastic tracks for the girls’ newest album. The girls especially took the time to thank all of their producers for a wonderful mini-album.

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8. VERY VERY HOLD UP

I.O.I performed a second song during their showcase and it was the song written by the latter JinYoung. B1A4’s star composer did a wonderful job. “Hold Up” was a beautifully written song that perfectly showcased each members’ vocal qualities, all the while sending the perfect message. As it is the group’s last album, the lyrics ask you to wait, remember and not leave the girls behind. As the lyrics say, the girls hope that their fans will always remember their times together with I.O.I and hold the groups’ promotions as I.O.I a sacred memory.

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9. VERY VERY SOHYE

It’s only been a matter of months since the girls’ previous promotions, but each member has gotten prettier than ever. Compared to their “Pick Me” days, the girls have become more mature and overall glowing in beauty. Although each member’s image had changed, SoHye the Penguin definitely caught the eyes of the crowd. With her baby fat slowly shedding away and her confidence growing each day, SoHye is becoming more girl crush with each day. The Penguin may only be penguin for a little while longer, because her pale complexion, red lips and dark wavy hair makes us think more of Snow White.

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10. VERY VERY SEJEONG

The I.O.I girls were nervous standing in front of so many reporters, while answering questions as best as they could. However, one member was definitely in her zone much more so than the others. SeJeong not only clearly explained her answers, but also stated it in an organized matter, while even making it entertaining! Every time she spoke, her natural aegyo just drizzled out as her facial expressions were pure gold. KangNam, who was having a difficult time MCing a showcase for the first time, even complimented the idol on her talking talent.

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11. VERY VERY PINKY

During the interview session, Jung ChaeYeon discussed about how this was the last mini-album to come out for the I.O.I project group. As her member was reviewing their past, present and future, Zhou JieQiong couldn’t help but shed a tear next to her I.O.I sister. As the only foreign member of the group, it touched the hearts of the audience how much Zhou JieQiong had grown fond of the group. It showed just how close the bond between the girls had grown. It’s ok, Pinky… We’re bawling on the inside too!

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P.S. How did this girl get so good at Korean? Her Korean skills had improved so much that she could’ve fooled anyone as an original Korean member!

 

12. VERY VERY PRACTICE

The topic of half of the girls not being a part of another girl group came up during the interview session. When asked what their plans outside of I.O.I were, the girls each took turn to explain their future plans. Although some of the girls are already a part of other girl groups, some other girls have yet to find an official debut group. After their I.O.I promotions, some of the girls will be going back to practicing as trainees. Although it may feel like a step back, the girls were bright and positive as they expressed how they looked forward to practicing harder to hone up their skills in order to officially debut again as their own girl group. Until then, the girls all plan on putting their all into finishing their “Miss Me?” promotions strongly and happily.

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13. VERY VERY PROMISE

I.O.I is definitely a historical girl group in all of K-Pop. Before, the thought of creating a girl group with members from different companies was nearly impossible – but I.O.I did it. Although the idols may be saying their goodbyes after their “Miss Me?” promotions, the girls promise to return as an 11 member group again. Whether it be in 5 years or 10, the girls promise their fans to make a surprise comeback for their beloved fans. In the meantime, the girls will be holding their last concert together during their “Miss Me?” era.

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