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Backstage with Kpop Idols

May 1, 2011

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Ok, now this is a bit of a long story. We’ll post a TL;DR at the bottom, if you’re impatient:

First off, big thanks go out to Todd Thacker and the Jeju Weekly. He contacted us a few weeks ago and flew us out to cover the Super Inkigayo concert that was being held in Jeju. It was going to be Simon’s first time in Jeju since Martina had already been to Jeju twice with her school. On Saturday we tried to absorb as much of Jeju as we could on a driving tour since Sunday was the big concert.

When we arrived at the concert the fans were lined up outside waiting to grab the best seats but the stadium was really tiny so everyone was amazingly close to the stage. Although we had tickets to the show we actually didn’t see anyone perform. Why? Because we spent all of our time backstage!

Backstage was really a parking lot filled with white tents. When we arrived, only the first few acts were there and all the remaning tents were empty. We thought we could easily get clear footage of everyone arriving, but within 20 minutes car loads and bus loads of kpop bands started pulling up out of nowhere! The entire lineup was absurdly large. There was Rania, 4Minute, U-Kiss, Infinite, Orange Caramel, Rainbow, CN Blue, SNSD, TVXQ, f(x), Big Bang, Wheesung, Tony Ahn, A Pink, ZE:A and I’m sure there are many more that we’ve forgotten. We couldn’t get a camera on everyone but we tried, oh we tried all right wildly swinging our camera with the squeal of the local fangirl alerting us. Martina’s Our goal, though, was clear from the start: we had to get some footage with Big Bang.

BUT OF COURSE, Big Bang was the very last band to arrive and because of that, things didn’t go as expected with Big Bang. We were lucky enough to pull GD aside for just a quick second to introduce himself but it was clear they were very busy signing shirts and preparing for stage. We couldn’t get a hold of TOP, who looked like a man on a mission at all times, but it was still super cool that I we got to be so close to the action.

U-Kiss, Kevin, AJ, and Hoon

Martina makes Kevin from U-Kiss laugh. Picture by Todd Thacker

What was completely and utterly unexpected is that not only did we know some of the kpop stars, but some of the kpop stars knew us. SERIOUSLY AMAZZZZING!!!!! We spoke with Amber from f(x) briefly, but she said that her management wouldn’t let her talk on camera. Bummer. But she said that she used our Washing Machine video when she first came to Korea. SHAZAM! Our most boring (but practical) video ever! Glad that’s what we’re known for: Eat Your Kimchi – training you how to not have stinky clothes. Lizzy from After School and currently Orange Caramel remembered us from Running Man a while ago. We got shoddy footage of her because she surprised us by approaching us and our lens couldn’t zoom out any further! Also Kevin, AJ, and the rest of U-Kiss were totally freaking nice. I mean, really really nice. They chatted with us for a long time and they are all really down to earth. AJ even laughed off our R Squared Pi joke and complimented Simon on his math poem. See, angry Kissme Fangirls? Kpop stars know how to take jokes, so don’t get all butthurt over our reviews! *Simon gets killed anyways* We’re posting the extended footage of our chat with them on our YouTube bonus channel, so check it out there :D

We gotta say, now that we had a chance to ask some questions to kpop some kpop bands, we feel a lot more respect for what kpop idols go through. We saw tons of exhausted looking kpop stars half asleep in their cars and being woken up to hop out, do interviews, smile for their fans, and perform with full energy. Wow. We asked some of them what they were doing after the show, if they were going to hang around Jeju for a bit. Nope. They gotta hop on a plane back immediately and go do other stuff. When do they have days off during the week? None. Month? Nada. The only real time they have off is during the major holidays, and that’s even debatable sometimes. Seriously! That’s crazy! Sure, being a celebrity has its perks, but at the cost of losing all your free time? Would you make that trade? Famous, but busy all the time (and we do mean ALL the time) or non-famous but able to relax? We’d choose relaxing, no matter how much money you paid us. So, yeah, even if you don’t like kpop music, you gotta respect those Kpop stars who never sleep but still give 110% on stage.

What most surprised us is how different people act backstage. A while ago, for our Heart to Heart interview, we angered some SNSD fans by saying that to those of use who are none-SNSD fans, the girls don’t seem to have much personality in their music videos. People argued that they’re loaded with personality in their interviews and TV shows, but we argued that it shouldn’t be necessary to do outside research in order to appreciate a music video. But, backstage at this super Inkigayo concert, we saw a fantastic side to them. Soooo much fun! They were outside, smiling and giggling, talking to other people, jumping and skipping, and just seemed so radiant with energy. Amber from f(x) was super fun and playful as well, and the girls from Orange Caramel were likewise very smiley and happy. It seemed that it was just the guys – with the exception of U-Kiss – that were very serious. CN Blue stayed in their tent most of the time but you could hear them practicing Bon Jovi’s Always. TVXQ looked super focused but they did go out and talk with some of the girl bands…all while looking super focused. Except for Taeyang, Big Bang spent most of their time in their cars.

So that’s it. We were super exhausted because it was really sunny and hot that day, but it was well worth it. Also, since we had such a great experience with U-Kiss, f(x), and Orange Caramel, we’re gonna tell you to support them and go buy their albums, because they were so nice and we like them a lot now :D


f(x)

U-KISS

TL;DR – We managed to squeak in backstage somehow, talked to GD, Amber, U-Kiss, and Lizzy. Did not speak to TOP. Super mega stars were really busy and management didn’t let them speak on camera. Mordney was not present.

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  1. dss

    너무 부럽네요 한국 사람인 나도 못 만나는데
    아 억울하다ㅠㅠ 나 같았으면 정말 울었을지도 몰라요
    부럽다 부럽다 부럽다 ì•„ ë¹…ë±……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

    5 years ago
  2. yesss! I was wondering if there was even a tiny bit of Seung Ri and there is@ 2:01. I wish this dude would knew his song ‘What can I do’ is popular on in the europe undergroung

    5 years ago
  3. You guys super lucky :)

    5 years ago
  4. OH MY GO! YOU GUYS ARE SOO DAMN LUCKY! and they REMEMBER you! OH GOD!! REALLY! and i think i’ll use caps lock everywhere here LOL.. You guys talked to amber!!! WAAAAAAAAAA! And also NO FEET WITH TOP! GOD! if i were you maybe i will take him to my home…really lucky!! Lizzy greets you happily!! and U kiss members know you! they greet you first!!! They watched youuu!!! GO GO SIMON AND MARTINA!!!!!

    5 years ago
  5. Mae

    WOW :) They recognized you! Proves just how awesome you guys are! SO LUCKY to have met them especially BIG BANG! ><

    5 years ago
  6. omg i’m so jealous of you guys…

    5 years ago
  7. I so totally did not scream and fangirl and stuff while watching this … how who am I kidding! I’m so glad my roommate wasn’t here to witness the embarrassing.

    5 years ago
  8. Did you guys get to speak to Infinite?

    5 years ago
  9. Asa! You guys are so lucky!! I hope Martina stayed conscious when TOP walked by. I know I wouldn’t be. XD I’m really happy that you got to meet your favorite kpop band Martina! Thank you guys so much for always posting cool stuff about Korea and kpop for those of us who are so far away from it. Hopefully I’ll get to go to Korea someday, but I look forward to your videos every week. Especially now that it’s finals week, I’ll be rewatching eatyourkimchi like it’s going out of style. XD Again, thank you soooo much! <3

    5 years ago
  10. Yes! Finally! ^^
    Haha ^^ Distance between TOP and Martina: No feet! Oh my! I was thinking that Martina would be jump on him in that moment ^^ And awww you talked with GD!!!!! >< I'm so jealous!
    WOW U-Kiss know you! ^^

    5 years ago
  11. Oh Darn I only got a glimpse the sexy maknae D:
    SEUNGRI FIGHTING
    -Still Super jealous you went-

    5 years ago
  12. do you still love Big Bang tho you did not get an interview with them like what you planned? Can you tell us more about how they look in person… PLEASE PLEASE!! I’VE BEEN DYING TO SEE THIS VIDEO THE MOMENT I KNEW YOU WERE IN JEJU THAT TIME… please please tell us more about each and every kpop artists you saw specially BIG BANG :D:D

    5 years ago
  13. WAAAA!! MARTINA YOU INTERVIEWED GDRAGON..LOVE YOU FOR THAT ^_^ NEXT TIME YOU SHOULD TRY TO TALK TO TOP..I KNOW HOW MUCH YOU LIKE HIM.WAHAHA!! THANK YOU SO MUCH MARTINA FOR THAT INTERVIEW <3

    5 years ago
  14. This was totally awesome! I can’t wait to watch the U-Kiss video! I love how AJ was totally calling you guys out for making fun of his r square pie lyrics.

    5 years ago
  15. martina you shouldve turned all fan girl mode and attacked TOP. seriously :P … but omg i saw the picture of you with GD and without even playing it i started hyperventalating you guys are super awesome thank you SOOOOO MUCH for this . it feels much more real then the variety shows they go on. aaah im sooo happy and thank ful right now i just want to scream XD aaaaaaaaaaaahh thank youuuuuuuuuuuuuu

    5 years ago
  16. That is soo cool!! I am very happy for you guys!! I know that if it were me I would have had a hard time keeping my composure for the camera and would have been fangirling along.

    5 years ago
  17. ahah thats so nice!!!! Martina… you should have tried to talk to TOP… but maybe next time right?!?!? :)

    5 years ago
  18. How much you bet Amber laughed ehr as off at the Pinnochio Video u guys did….i know she did!

    5 years ago
  19. Lucky you guys!
    I can’t believe how nice the UKiss guys were. I was pretty much giddy after watching this video….so envious.

    5 years ago
  20. lol. Mordney was not present (:

    5 years ago
  21. LOL THAT WAS FUNNY WITH UKISS XD <3 I was like PFT! AHAHA

    5 years ago
  22. OMG U BLOODEY KIDDIN ME!!! I screamed like a maiac throughout the whole vid especially when the artist were talking to u guys!!! and omg, Martina, I think i screamed your share as well when TOP was walking past the camera!!! And GD is OMG OMG OMG!!! so HOTTTTT!!!! And U-KISS are soooo cute!!! they’re really friendly as well!!! so bloody jealous!!! u guys r so lucky!!! makes me want to work harder so that i can get to see the artists as well

    5 years ago
  23. Hi S&M!!

    It was funny~
    the last girl~
    Pichol!!! wid pichol!!!! :)

    have a nice day~

    5 years ago
  24. Myyyyyyy Gooooosh! How TOOOTAAALLLY AWWEESOOOME IIIISS THAAAT!!!!! GD!!! Now, I’m lost for words….

    5 years ago
  25. “Mordney was not present.” A movie by M. Night Shyamalan.

    Well, that was awesome and I’m totally jealous :3

    5 years ago
  26. u guys are awesome!!!!!!
    this video is so cooooooooooooooolllllll!!!!
    i tot Martina will jump out when saw TOP!!!!!
    so envy u guys~~~
    great day~~

    5 years ago
  27. LMFAO @ THE “mordney was not present”

    5 years ago
  28. Omgosh! Simon and Martina, I am so proud of u guys!
    I literally scream and squeal when I saw TaeYang, GD, YunHo and OMG…TOP!!!
    Martina, I hope you didn’t faint! Like OMGG!!

    Thanks for the last bit of GD!
    Even though it was just, “Hi I am G-Dragon, nice to meet you”.
    That’s enough to kill!! ;D

    Thank you soooo much!! ;D All your hard work definitely paid off when the U-Kiss guys recognized the both of you! Heaps cool!!!! Thank you so much!!!

    5 years ago
  29. You guys are totally famous now :)) How awesome is that?! All your hard work and efforts into making these videos are getting you guys into sooo many places. BACKSTAGE and sooooo close to them. hahaha Lucky~

    Simon and Martina fighting!! :D

    5 years ago
  30. *fan girl mode* ahhhh!!! ahhhh!!! Sunny!!!! ahhhh!!! ahhhh!!!! UKNOW!!!! ahhhh!!!!! ahhhh!!!!!! Tae Yang!!!!!! ahhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!TOP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!…….okay okay….i’m good now V(^_^)V

    5 years ago
  31. I love how you counted down the feet as T.O.P got closer to Martina-kinda felt like he might need to get a restraining order….haha

    5 years ago
  32. OMG guys that so awesome u were there an meet some kpop bands, thanks for sharing with us.

    5 years ago
  33. Aw it was so nice to see them like this !! i wasn’t expecting less from the lovely kevin xD Even the new members know you that’s just sooo nice !! Just as much you wanted to see them I hope I’ll be able to see you next year when I’ll be in korea !!! AHH FIGHTING !

    5 years ago
  34. THIS IS SO COOL

    5 years ago
  35. Aah this made me cry somehow XD
    When Kevin recognized you… oh lord have mercy on my soul.
    Thank you for this, totally made my weekend!

    5 years ago
  36. seriously, you guys are so lucky. You’re living the lifestyle i want to live D:
    I really want to be like you guys when i graduate highschool. i hope you guys make more videos so im able to learn how to get to where you guys are ♥

    5 years ago
  37. @_@ So informative thank you! I did a fan girl squeal but I’m okay now.

    5 years ago
  38. oh remind me again how martina WASN’T freaking out

    5 years ago
  39. Sound like you guys had a great time. hopefully something like this will go on when I visit and I can go with you guys!

    5 years ago
  40. FIRST!!! :D

    5 years ago
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