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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. If I was that close to Yunho and Changmin I would totally glomp them XD

    5 years ago
  2. Happy burpday martina!

    8 years ago
  3. haha it’s funny how the entire sentence was for TOP. and the sentence was: “Did not speak to TOP”. it’s almost as if she knew everyone would ask xD

    8 years ago
  4. Happy Bday Martinaaaaaaa~

    8 years ago
  5. Happy bday Martina

    8 years ago
  6. Happy Birthday Martina!!!

    8 years ago
  7. Happy Birthday , Martina ! ^^~~~ may god bless u ! ~~^^
    that was awesome btw =3= (jealous .but i think everyone are jealous xD) PEACE !!! =3=

    8 years ago
  8. DID NOT SPEAK WITH TOP .
    WHAT A BUMMER RIGHT MARTINA ? D:
    BUT , you got NO FEET close to him ! :P

    8 years ago
  9. saengil chukahae martina unnie!!!!!!keep being funky^^

    8 years ago
  10. HAPPY BIRTHDAY MARTINA!!! ;D
    May all your wishes come true~~

    8 years ago
  11. This video made me feel like I was there too… so weird to see those stars up close, they’re even more beautiful than on regular TV :D Lizzy was super sweet too! She looked much more tired on that Running Man episode even though I understood why…

    8 years ago
  12. happy natal day matina take care always….

    8 years ago
  13. When Kevin said Hi I was like. OMG! KEVIN!!
    Then when GD said I’m Dragon I was like AHHHHHHHH I’m so gonna faint. :)))
    TOP is freakin CUTE. :| Damn I want to live in SK. :|

    8 years ago
  14. You’re so amazingly lucky! I’m happy for you two! I love that they were recognizing you xD

    8 years ago
  15. I was wondering how much a ticket cost ?

    8 years ago
  16. I h

    8 years ago
  17. im a big GD fan.
    love ur vedio so much.
    THANK YOU!!!

    8 years ago
  18. Awsome!!! <3 Awsome!
    Happy Birthday Martina!!! Wish you all the best! [Never is late] :D

    8 years ago
  19. K.

    Martina – you were so PRO talking with GD with no emotions, while I could clearly see how blushed you were :D

    Amazing, amazing. I felt like I’d been there with you. A-we-some! =3
    (Kevin is really sweet ^^)

    Happy B-day, Martina! <3

    8 years ago
  20. Happy birthday Martina! I wish you could talk to TOP for your birthday. You guys are so lucky to meet them, I want to meet U-Kiss very much!

    8 years ago
  21. Happy Birthday Martina! Enjoy! ( And remember, if you’re getting bored, imagine TOP…yes…. ^^)

    8 years ago
  22. i wish i was in backstage rather than concert hall, i’m too big bang fan and too sorry about their busy time anyway i think they should go out and greet with other groups cuz being all time in a car looks little bit arrogant :(
    also in video seems that T-Ara makes greetings with big bang or not?
    u guys so lucky, jealous 4 u 2 hehe ^^
    thanks for this great video!!!

    8 years ago
    • the girls who greeted Big Bang are not from T-ara. It’s APINK, a new girl group from Cube Ent. :D

      8 years ago
  23. I just saw your U-Kiss interview. All kinds of awesome!!!!

    Happy Birthday Martina!!

    8 years ago
  24. So you guys requests for such opportunities or do they just offer them to you??? O.o

    8 years ago
  25. I can’t believe U-Kiss know you guys!!

    8 years ago
  26. I am sooo ENVIOUS of the both of you!! >.<
    i wish i would have the same job(?) the both of you have!! ^^
    "mordney is not present" ahahha :))

    8 years ago
  27. U-KISS boys are really very fun to talk to and they’re all so sociable. :))

    8 years ago
  28. darn it! I was so looking forward to seeing Mordney! hahah jk, this is an awesome experience u guys had. so lucky!

    8 years ago
  29. I’m super jealous with all you guys!!
    OMG! My heart is like bumpimg out when I see BIGBANG~~OMG OMG~~CAN’T BREATH~
    thank for sharing this greatest Vid ever^^
    Have a good day

    8 years ago
  30. omg im so jelous you met GD, was his english good, did you speak in korean? Ahhh so many questions i wanna ask xD

    8 years ago
  31. Xin

    all I can say is KYAAAAA when watching the video XD, you guys are awesome, I’m glad you had the chance to meet our idols keke
    Eat your kimchi fighting!!

    8 years ago
  32. In the future maybe you will able to talk to Mordney. :D

    8 years ago
  33. ”TVXQ looked super focused but they did go out and talk with some of the girl bands”

    dont like this sentence AT ALL T______________________________T *jealous* -i know ill never get to meet them but im still mad-

    8 years ago
  34. OMG!! U-kiss were so nice! Now I’m a fan, just because of that. Martina you should have tackled TOP to get his autograph! And thats why I like Teyang ^^U so sad about TVXQ though…how lucky of you!!

    8 years ago
  35. CALLED IT!! I saw the mic in Martina’s hand in the G-dragon pic!! I knew it was filmed. But thank you for taking the time to edit this all. {=…D this makes my heart smile! (ˆ⌣ˆ) HAPPY BIRTHDAY MARTINA (/ˆ⌣ˆ)/ yeah….

    8 years ago
  36. AHH INFINITE!! love them :)

    8 years ago
  37. Korean version of Justin Bieber’s hair style!

    8 years ago
  38. Invite me to work with you all!!

    8 years ago
  39. OH MY GOSH! LOL YOU GUYS ARE SO LUCKY!! XD
    LOL… that picture was me when i found out you guys met kevin XD
    dunno if you can see it… its a gif ^^

    8 years ago
  40. You guys are so amazing and lucky to get some backstage passes! Nice to know how my idols interact offcam. A little disappointed on how you didn’t get the chance to film your talk with Amber though. Anyway, thank you for sharing this experience!

    8 years ago