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After I log onto Zoom for an interview with P1Harmony (Keeho, Theo, Jiung, Intak, Soul, and Jongseob), I’m greeted like a well-known face even though I’ve solely chatted with the group as soon as earlier than, throughout the first leg of their ongoing world tour. Keeho recounts the suggestions of mine they took whereas in Nashville (purchasing at Star Struck Classic, consuming at 5 Factors Pizza), and all of us debrief on the second the music reduce out throughout the group’s performance at the legendary Grand Ole Opry.
Within the months since then, even with a break within the tour schedule, they’ve been extremely busy: Their new EP, HARMONY : ALL IN, arrived on June eighth, main with the music video for ‘JUMP,’ which accrued 12 million views in its first 24 hours.
“It’s our sixth mini-album, and we’ve been training so much,” says Jiung. In line with Keeho, the highway to this launch, significantly its focus observe, ‘JUMP,’ was a bit longer than others: “We’ve had this music for the longest time — it has been recorded since [2022’s] ‘Doom Du Doom,’ and we have been debating between that and ‘JUMP’ for the title observe then,” he explains. “‘Doom Du Doom’ received, however we actually favored this music.”
The members of P1Harmony are all excellent dancers, however ‘JUMP’ affords a very good showcase for Soul, whose background in b-boying is on full show right here. “Within the choreography, there’s additionally an element the place we use leap ropes,” says Jongseob. “It was very, very tough, however now that we bought the hold of it, it’s much more enjoyable.”
This new mini-album provides six new tracks to the P1Harmony canon, settled comfortably of their refreshing, barely Y2K-leaning sound. “I’m excited for folks to listen to ‘Love Me for Me,’ however after we’re onstage, I can’t wait to share the efficiency for ‘Heartbeat Drum,’ says Jiung. Theo is worked up concerning the particularly catchy “Love Me for Me” as nicely, saying he was stunned by how a lot he discovered himself having fun with the “enjoyable and cute choreography” that accompanies the observe. “I really like the ad-libs on that music,” provides Keeho.
P1Harmony are making ready to move out on the second leg of their world tour (discover tickets here), with this stretch giving the group the prospect to carry out for followers in Canada and Latin America. Will probably be their first time hitting international locations like Colombia, Ecuador, and Brazil. Whereas we chat, Jiung affords a glimpse of the Spanish he’s been training whereas Intak hypes him up.
Keeho, who was born in Toronto, is especially excited to return to Canada together with his bandmates in July. “I’ve an enormous itinerary of issues to do,” he confirms.
Summer season, general, is a little bit of a nostalgic time for the members. Intak recollects the low tide season in his hometown close to the ocean in South Korea, catching crabs and octopus in a practice known as mudflat. “It’s very enjoyable,” he guarantees, describing the tidal phenomenon that would go away him actually coated in mud by the top of the day. Jongseob, in the meantime, fortunately recounts a time the total group visited the mountains collectively close to Jiung’s hometown of Anyang, escaping the summer season warmth within the water that flows all through the area. “You might want to come to Korea in the summertime,” Keeho assures me.
Between making ready for tour, new music, and performances across the new album, the members are additionally engaged on discovering time to chill out: Jiung mentions that he’s been making bead bracelets of their downtime, however when requested if he’s made any for the members, he laughs prefer it’s the funniest joke he’s heard all day. (The reply is not any.) Total, although, the group is worked up to hit Latin America and proceed to see how audiences react to their most just lately launched music.
This new EP notably features a self-produced and self-written observe from the group titled “Extra Than Phrases.” “I had a lot enjoyable writing it,” Keeho says. “So if it sucks, my unhealthy.”