Welcome to Aespa’s World

When Aespa stroll out of their trailer, it feels as if three goddesses have descended onto New York Metropolis. There’s nearly a collective gasp within the artists’ village at Governors Ball; everyone seems to be ready to get a glimpse of the primary Okay-pop group to carry out on the pageant. Surrounded by their crew, the three members current, Karina, Winter, and Ningning, are within the midst of a fast jaunt across the metropolis: Winter threw the primary pitch for a Yankees sport on Thursday night time with the opposite two behind her, they’ve their Gov Ball efficiency on Saturday, they usually go away on Sunday.

One in every of their members, Giselle, has been down for the rely for well being causes this week and didn’t carry out with them. “We’re unhappy she couldn’t come on this journey, however well being at all times comes first so we would like her to relaxation and really feel higher,” Ningning says. She alludes to the truth that their set was in honor of her.

Aespa, the four-member SM Leisure Okay-pop group, debuted in late 2020 with their hit single, “Black Mamba.” Dubbed “Representatives of the Metaverse Period,” their music has hyperpop influences and their movies function AI and different tech-based components. The group has launched three EPs and a music for the film Tetris, carried out at Coachella, and spoke on the United Nations Excessive-level Political Discussion board on Sustainable Improvement. Their second mini-album, Ladies, debuted at quantity three on the Billboard 200, and their third EP, MY World, was simply launched in Might.


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To place it merely, they’re able to take the world by storm. After taking footage, answering questions, and filming movies, Aespa take the stage, and waves of followers run over to look at them. The group bust down the home with “Salty & Candy” and gradual issues down with “Life’s Too Quick,” all earlier than ending the set with “Black Mamba” and “Spicy.” It’s clear their fanbase, known as MYs, is stable, and yet one more Okay-pop group has taken over.

Right here, Aespa communicate with ELLE.com about their groundbreaking Governors Ball set, what their followers imply to them, and the way their music is evolving.

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Roger Ho

How did you put together in your Governors Ball efficiency?

Karina: We ready all of the songs with band preparations. I’ve been desirous to carry out with the band on the pageant, and I’m glad that we had been capable of do it at Gov Ball. And we labored on the set record fascinated about what our world followers will sit up for on the pageant!

How did it really feel to carry out on the pageant?

Karina: I used to be so excited and glad to carry out at a pageant since Coachella final 12 months. It was my first time performing with a band, which can stay as an unforgettable reminiscence. Nevertheless, it might have been good if the 4 of us had carried out as a complete. We practiced loads in order that nobody would really feel Giselle’s emptiness. If there’s a good alternative subsequent time, I need to revisit as a complete group of 4.

What did it imply to you to be the primary Okay-pop group to carry out at Governors Ball?

Winter: We’re so honored. I can positively really feel the worldwide progress of Okay-pop and we’ll work exhausting to repeatedly contribute to its progress and to be a part of this momentum.

What are your favourite songs to carry out and why?

Ningning: I like all of the songs as a result of they’re all made to be carried out on stage. Nevertheless it was my first time performing with a band which felt completely different and such a brand new expertise for me.

Which quantity has the toughest choreography?

Karina: I personally suppose “Savage” was essentially the most tough factor to be taught. It was tough to be taught at first as a result of there may be a variety of small and quick however detailed dance actions. The extra I practiced, the extra I acquired to be taught in regards to the beats and be taught which dance type suits greatest on my physique.

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Left to Proper: Ningning wears an Aniye Data prime and Shushu/Tong backside, Karina wears an Aniye Data prime and a Venté skirt, Winter wears an Space prime.

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You’ve skilled a variety of firsts as a bunch: the primary Okay-pop artist chosen as an envoy to Givenchy, the primary Okay-pop group to carry out at Exterior Lands. What does it imply to be liable for so many firsts?

Winter: We’re so grateful to have these alternatives to be acknowledged because the “first” Okay-pop artist in most of the achievements that now we have achieved. I’m grateful that many individuals are trying ahead to our accomplishments and placing religion in us, and we’ll work exhausting to fulfill everybody’s expectations. Additionally, I hope we’re making our followers, MYs, proud.

Loads of critics have stated this new EP, MY World, exhibits a special aspect of Aespa, a softer aspect. Why did you embrace this alteration in your music?

Karina: We’re at all times open to modifications and we’re assured that we’re capable of pull off any idea. As an artist, I need to present varied sides of myself and I’ll proceed to take action.

What has fan reception been like within the U.S.? How does it really feel to be reaching success right here?

Winter: I really feel like our MYs within the U.S. at all times welcome and cheer for us so passionately. Their vitality fuels us and motivates us continually.

Your followers are so necessary to you. What would you say to them as we speak?

Ningning: I had a lot enjoyable. It was so good to fulfill our followers within the U.S. because it’s been a very long time. The climate was very nice and everybody and every little thing appeared so fairly. I hope there will likely be extra alternatives like this sooner or later! Let’s meet once more throughout our tour within the U.S. quickly.

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Roger Ho

This interview has been edited, translated, and condensed for readability.

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