Stellar was in the SuperKpop studio with DJ Stephanie for this week’s Special Guest Monday. Stellar (스텔라) is a four member group that debuted in 2011 under Top Class Entertainment.
Gayoung (가영) – Leader, vocal, dance
Junyool (전율) – Maknae, rapper, vocal
Minhee (민희) – Dance, vocal
Hyoeun (효은) – Vocal
About the music::
They recently made a comeback with 마리오네트 (Marionette) which has a very sexy concept. Marionette is about a woman who foolishly hangs onto a man who no longer loves her, like a puppet on a string. The choreography was originally not sexy but the choreographer changed the dance after getting a better feel for the song. Their costume for this new song is a leotard and leggings. 가져 너 다 (Take it all) is a dramatic song about a girl whose best friend is stealing her boyfriend.
– They all live in a dorm together.
– Hyoeun is currently experiencing some body aches and cold symptoms
– Gayoung & Minhee are professional dancers. They both majored in dance, and studied traditional Korean dance as children.
– They use the cardio bar method to stay fit.
– Minhee has the weirdest sleeping habits. Minhee will start sleeping with her own teddy bear, and then stops sleeping with it in order to sleep with someone else’s teddy bear. She does all this while still sleeping.
– Junyool was voted to by the members as the sexiest member.
– Gayoung’s dream was to become a ballerina, and trained in the youth division of a top Korean dance company.
Q & A::
Q: If you were shipwrecked on a deserted island which member would you want to be shipwrecked with?
A: Gayoung – Junyool because she always has a snack with her.
Minhee – Gayoung because she cooks very well. If Minhee hunts for food Gayoung can cook it.
Q: Ideal types?
A: Junyool – muscular teddy bear kind of guy
Minhee – a guy who is like a baby fox
Gayoung – a family-oriented gentleman
Q: What is your dream as Stellar?
A: They want to be the brightest and shiniest star in the Korean music industry.
Q: Your future plans for 2014?
A: They will continue to work hard. They want to become more popular and put out a new album.
Joa Band stopped by the Super Kpop studio for Kpop Rising with DJ Sam Carter. Joa Band (좋아서 하는 밴드) debuted in 2008 and they are Independantly releasing music. They are not signed to any labels.
Junho (준호) – Drums, vocals, ukulele
Bokjin (복진) – Keyboard, vocals, accordian
Sonhyun (손현) – Guitar, bass, vocals
Gayoung (가영) – Bass, vocals
About the music::
They are a co-ed indie band. 북극곰아 (Polar Bear) was writen and composed by Junho. Sonhyun went somewhere and that place reminded him of his first love. 너 때문이야 (Because of you) is his reaction to that moment.
– They all write lyrics. Writting lyrics in Korean is hard for them, so they want to improve that skill
– They sold over 20,000 albums just buy selling them at their street performances
– They do a lot of street performances. “We are a band that can perform on the streets” they want that to be their trademark
– Junho is in charge of the groups Cyworld (club) page
– Bokjin is a music director for a kids show
– They filmed a documentary in 2009. They didn’t know it would be released as a film. They thought it would just be a home video type of momento of their musical journey.
– They claim that Bokjin is the best voice over actress in the group
Q & A::
Q: Where did the band name come from?
A: they were doing a street performance and someone asked for they name and off the top of his head Junho said 좋아서 하는 밴드 (we’re a band because we like doing it). The name just stuck. They are called 좋아 밴드 (Joa Band) for short.
Q:What does it feel like being a co-ed group? Are there and difficulties?
A: Junho says he actually likes being a co-ed group, because when they go to hotels they can get their own rooms. Mainly because their are girls in the group they cant all share one room.
Q:How long have you played your intruments?
A: Sonhyun began playing guitar when he joined the band. he orginally played the Bass. Junho has been playing the yukalele for 3 years. Gayoung has been playing the Bass since highschool. Bokjin has been playing piana since she was a small child, and started playing the according around the time she joined the band.
Q: One of the listeners asked Sonhyun: What should I do to learn guitar?
A: step 1 buy a guitar
step 2 make sure the guitar is pretty and makes you want to keep picking it up and playing with it
step 3 learn to play songs you like
북극곰아 (Polar Bear) & 너 때문이야 (Because of you)