Stray Kids [INTRO: I am WHO] EP.01

Stray Kids [INTRO: I am WHO] EP.01

September 19, 2019 100 By Kailee Schamberger


We are back! Our new album ‘I am WHO’ can be seen as an extension of
‘I am NOT’ If ‘I Am NOT’ is about figuring out
you aren’t who you think you are ‘I am WHO’ questions who you are and how you can find who you are Our debut album ‘I am NOT’ expressed our unique color and departure I think the album was able to
show our young spirit ‘I am WHO’ might seem a bit softer But it’s not actually soft People our age can feel
a lot of emotions So we tried to express those emotions It’s an album that shows
our particular kind of energy Our 2nd EP has a more melodic element
compared to our debut album. During the ‘I am NOT’ promotions,
I got a lot of feedback from the members Based on the feedback
I focused on our own color while I was making this album Since I got vocal lessons I came to think about the members
doing vocals It helped me make a song
that is easier for them to sing You know Vocal-racha If you listen to the ‘I am WHO’ album you will be able to see
Vocal-racha’s charms You’re going to love it The song I would pick
as a title track I love “Insomnia” No need to find a reason for it If you listen to “Insomnia”
I believe you’ll get why I tried melodic rap for this album I always liked melodic rap
so I practiced it a lot I was really surprised by Hyunjin it turned out better than the guide version
He really killed it Hyunjin knew what he was doing I think he realized how to use his voice
for better vibes While I offered him my opinions
during the recording of the previous album this time I leave it up to Hyunjin Then Hyunjin asks me about
the options he comes up with I thought about what kind voice tone
would be cool I bought some recording devices
for monitoring I tried to figure out the proper vocal tone I think I found the vocal tone
for melodic rap Thank you Yes, it’s over That was really quick He expanded his horizon
so I’d like to compliment him I think Seungmin and I have
great chemistry I actually mentioned this before Take “Insomnia”
When we sing the same melody we get different kind of melodies I’m really thankful for that “Insomnia” brings back
so many memories My hobby is to take a walk
in the night listening to music The song is perfect to listen to
in the night Of course in the morning It’s a perfect song
for a nice little stroll. I sometimes have a hard time
falling asleep Then I play “Insomnia” to fall asleep The whole album has themes and lyrics you can relate to I went through those experiences I put what I’d like to tell myself
in the lyrics When Bang Chan’s part starts
in “M.I.A.” it wowed me All the melody and the chorus part
fall into an easy register So the song is easy to listen to My favorite track is “Insomnia” My favorite part is in the song “M.I.A.” This part Without any accompaniment When I first heard the melody
I really loved it “This melody is amazing” I was so glad to sing this part The lyrics are very difficult I don’t know
I loved the melody It’s the killing melodic part I think this song stirs up
a lot of emotions My hair Curly Chan~ Curly Chan is here Let’s start You can come out Good job I loved it These are words Woojin likes So I think it definitely comes out better This is good It was so perfect that
Woojin sang that part I was most attached to it So I wanted to do a good job And I pushed myself when we were recording He has a great base so he’s
great at adding harmonies Sometimes I think, “It would be great
if there’s a harmony here” The pitch comes from my experience The sound comes out naturally I participated in the choir a lot Different voices come together The harmony that comes from that
is so beautiful That’s why I like harmonies
and can’t let it go When Woojin has a goal
he tries to achieve it no matter what He makes it happen Thank you Good work! I think Woojin really saved this song Did I save it? You did I’m dead I’m so glad to be in the
same team as Woojin And since we’re the same age
I can rely on him Woojin and I trained together all the time We practiced whenever we had the time I’m in charge of dancing
and Woojin’s in charge of singing When you dance it’s hard to keep up
with the breath And Woojin would tell me how to
control my breath in times like that And I practiced how to sing
while dancing using his method When I first saw Lee Know I could tell that he came
in here because of dancing I wanted to be in his team just with that His base is so good These days during recording His singing voice sounds so beautiful I want to heighten it The feeling right now is really good Let’s try one more time Look at him sweating It’s insanely hot here It doesn’t make sense It really doesn’t make sense Lee Know always has the game when dancing So I feel safe I’m blessed as a leader Awkward Silence Awkward Silence I’ll sing just that bit “Awkward Silence”
The title is so cute And I think it expresses the message We shouldn’t care what others think and not
mull over every single upsetting comment Let’s just forget about it. That’s what
I wanted to say There are a lot of fun elements I thought it should cheer people up
and be fun Felix always looks and sounds handsome But if he changes his voice a bit to sound
funny I thought it’d be a lot of fun So I wrote it thinking Felix would sing it But Felix really lived it up better
than I expected It was so fun while recording it I think it’s my killer point I wanted it to be really exciting While expressing the lyrics I thought of Changbin
(who sang the guide) And thought I should express shopping
this way That’s how I recorded it And the members outside the recording booth
seemed to have fun so I had a great time Be funny Be funny You really want to eat steak “Steak” – Do whatever you want
– Do what you want “Marbling” Do it that way “Marbling” That’s good! “Marbling” So cute He’s coming out “Steak” So cute Without realizing we used the term Awkward Silence a lot in the video You’ll know when you listen to it But it’s a song that helps people
cheer up and get excited Check out the album to see if the song
is what you think it is You’ll be surprised This album is generally bright and fun But we have some dark songs It’s called “Voices” This song is great too “Voices” is about escaping
what others say to belittle me And the cold voices surrounding me When you listen to it, it feels like the
voices are entering inside your head These voices are not real From “My Pace” to “Awkward Silence” the
songs are connected by one theme “Voices” almost didn’t make this album But everyone around us and we pushed
to include it We thought we should really include it It was too good to just save it in the
computer and move it to trash We wanted to express our thoughts We thought the song “Voices” was
necessary to the album’s theme It really explodes in the hook It explodes in my rap too There are a lot of great singing parts And they sang it well so I
thought it was necessary Those who liked “Hellevator”
will like “Voices” We have a back and forth rap part It keeps changing from left to
right and at the end we all scream It’s also uniquely charming how
the bridge heightens the song So I think you’ll love “Voices” too Mixtape #2 is out as CD only Personally I wished it weren’t CD only It’s a remake of one of 3RACHA’s songs That was such a pretty phrase about
how the two coexist It was great Since it’s a song I like
I could write the melodies easily All 9 of us wrote our own stories I thought of when I was in despair
surrounded by darkness And I kept squinting to frown But if I close my eyes I can’t
ever see the light So I wanted to say that if you stay
brave and don’t close your eyes You will see the light
existing somewhere I wanted to write about
our friendship and bond I thought of us all gathered together And I kept thinking about us
eating fried chicken together So it may be childish But I wrote fun lyrics about how fried
chicken connects us together One of the lines go like “Follow the world
split into black and white, like crosswalk” It’s about how sometimes there’s
darkness and sometimes there’s light We live a life that’s like a crosswalk When the light’s red
you pause for a moment And when the light turns green
you start off again You will face a lot of troubles, but if
you get over them like a crosswalk One day you will arrive at your
destination. That’s what I meant There was one time in my life where
I really wanted to give up I lived my life thinking that I can do
everything as long as I work hard I stumbled down when I
left another company It was really hard to get back up again I wrote the lyrics thinking
about that situation Is that okay? I hope you all can get through it
if something similar happens I don’t know what I’m saying I can’t remember Look at this guy here What are we supposed to do if you
get that part wrong? Let me go again Five six seven eight I’m sorry. I’ll do that again – What are you looking at?
– Move over What are you looking at? What are you looking at? When Bang Chan is directing He wants the pitch, the rhythm, and
everything to be perfect But if you get the
pitch and rhythm right He’ll be considerate and let me do
whatever I want I think he helps us to
make the best sound Sometimes when the
recording wasn’t going well Bang Chan came in
the booth and advised me On one hand I feel upset
but I really appreciate him for that When I first met I.N He was like a white canvas I found a small dot in
the middle of the canvas Starting from the dot, I wanted
to draw a really pretty painting That’s why I give I.N more
advice and help him more I encourage him by saying
“You can do better! Come on! A little bit more!” As you see the
track list of this album It should be fun if you interpret
the lyrics in your own style We wrote the lyrics
and thoughts in our style Yours can be different And if we sing the songs
that contains only our thoughts They’re just talking to ourselves We want to make music That the listeners
can be consoled Be pleased and eventually happy That will give a good
influence on each other As you know when you
listen to other songs We have so many good tracks So it was hard to
decide the title track We’ve written songs since we
finished the 1st album promotion As many as 15 songs for the title We had “Voices” and “Question” When we made “Voices” first “Bro, let’s make other songs now We made such a great song We are awesome”
That’s what we thought But we continued to
make better songs There are a lot of great songs
that wasn’t put in the album For a short time, the producing team
3RACHA gained skills like Stray Kids now We can beat anyone in the world With the fact that
we improved for a short time I’m proud of it 3RACHA often didn’t go well But now we can write songs so fast And the quality of the
songs really improved Right, that was good This can be done by HAN Good, let’s just use this I think we complement
each other so well We help each other That’s why we can
continue to improve Three of us in 3RACHA are all different We have different backgrounds,
stories before here and everything Since we’re teamed up with the same
goal for ‘making my own music into songs’ We can make better quality songs But since three of us
are different We can make more diverse
and interesting songs First of all, it’s so good The beat is so strong But the lyrics and
melodies are so exciting I think this song has something
trendy with our own color I thought it would be a fun stage,
so I recommended “My Pace” As you can feel some serious
things from the title ‘I am WHO’ You may find my effort in the song “My Pace” is a song that
clearly delivers our energy also expresses our message of
“We’re going to keep our pace” That’s why this song became the title song Spoiler? At the end, I said, ‘Let’s
keep Stray Kids’s pace’ First, the word ‘pace’ is very
familiar to us, Stray Kids I didn’t mean to imply the title song Actually, there was a spoiler in
‘The 9th’ Season 1, 1st episode But I don’t think anyone has found it yet This time, there are other spoilers.
Try to find them! OK? While ‘I am NOT’ album shows a
specific color of Stray Kids This album ‘I am WHO’ shows the
gradations in the color which presents 9 members, Felix, I.N, Hyunjin, Seungmin, Woojin, Changbin,
HAN, Lee Know, Bang Chan It’s a gradation of the
colors from 9 members I would like to define ‘I am NOT’ with
the expression ‘One step forward’ But for this album, I’d
like to choose ‘Running’ It was short time but we can show how
much we’ve grown through this album I think this album presents
the teamwork of 9 members This album, Stray Kids made it together Every last detail is so good I am confident that it’s the
best album of this world No, I’m sure You can’t meet those
awesome songs elsewhere Every song is worthy of title song You will be very surprised I think you will listen to them for 10 years If you’re bored of listening to them
after 10 years, then listen to ‘I am NOT’ ‘I am NOT’ has some kind of dark mood Anyway, I consider this
album as a masterpiece But you can check the songs through
‘UNVEIL Op. 02 : I am WHO’ exclusively So look forward to it
Don’t miss it! Awesome!
Stray Kids, Awesome! Way to go! ‘I am WHO’ ‘I am WHO’ ‘I am WHO’ ‘I am WHO’ ‘I am WHO’ ‘I am WHO’ ‘I am WHO’ ‘I am WHO’ ‘I am WHO’