Jeff Benjamin, the music journalist specializing in K-pop who is most known as Billboard’s K-Pop Columnist shared his heartwarming Instagram interaction between Stray Kids .
Jeff Benjamin was invited to JYP Entertainment to share his thoughts on the unreleased new Stray Kids’ single “MIROH,” where his thoughts were published by JYP among just two other top music critics, and their upcoming album ‘Clé 1: MIROH.’
As Stray Kids hit new levels of success with this album and single (including their first Number One album in Korea, their biggest sales on the Billboard charts and their first-ever win on a Korean music program), Jeff took time to congratulate Stray Kids and they showed their appreciation back.
Below is the actual Instagram interaction between the two.
Jeff Benjamin (Post): “I was so lucky to be in Seoul in the final stages of Stray Kids’ new ‘Clé 1: Miroh’ album and got the privilege not only to hear some music early, but share my thoughts with the group’s producers Bang Chan, Changbin and Han. It was a really awesome day where we just got to sit down, listen to and discuss music—a perfect day, in my opinion.
I got a deeper understanding of Stray Kids’ upcoming era and their new messages. I told you guys you made a brilliant song, but I was very pleasantly surprised to see my one tiny suggestion was in the final song (Do you guys remember? ?) Thank you to Stray Kids and 3RACHA for trusting me and thank you to the JYP Entertainment staff who reached out.”
Stray Kids (comment): “Wow Jeff! A special flashback indeed! We were thrilled to have you accompany us that day! We were especially surprised at how focused you were when you were listening to our demo. Being able to listen to your thoughts and opinions on our song gave us an image of what we should focus on when writing music in the future. How you pointed out the very small details and the iconic moments of the song we were astounded that you received the energy and messages that we wanted to express through the song! (RAWR ??) Haha! Anyways, it was a very honorable moment for us to be able to spend time with you and we are also very thankful for making us have a great experience! Hope to see you again!”