From a boy group chief to producer of audition packages and again to being a trainee, PENTAGON’s Hui had an eventful streak the final decade!
In a current interview, the artist shared how he has been processing his newest chapter, the one the place he competed as one of many 98 trainees in “Boys Planet.”
First, he mirrored on the second he got here to tears whereas watching different trainees carry out PENTAGON’s “Shine” throughout an preliminary stage take a look at. Letting out amusing, Hui stated, “I needed to go dwelling. I missed my members a lot. I used to be holding it in, however after I noticed them carry out ‘Shine,’ I cried. As a result of they had been so nervous, the trainees got here out holding palms. We even have instances we went out on stage holding palms. The reminiscences overlapped and jogged my memory of the outdated instances, making me miss my members extra.”
As talked about, Hui additionally has expertise producing songs like “By no means” for “Produce 101 Season 2” and “Energetic” for the group Wanna One. Throughout “Boys Planet,” Hui crossed paths with earlier Wanna One members Hwang Minhyun and Kim Jae Hwan. Whereas beforehand they met as artists and producer, this time they met as star masters and trainee.
On this, Hui commented, “Once I noticed Hwang Minhyun, it actually hit me that, ‘I’m actually right here.’ The start phases of filming had been a lot more durable than the later phases. I needed to alter to my surroundings, and there was a efficiency I needed to put collectively performances with many different trainees. There was a lot to consider, and it wasn’t simple.” He added that Hwang Minhyun inspired him by asking if issues weren’t too laborious, to which he replied, “It isn’t simple,” and Hwang Minhyun stated, “I don’t suppose it was simple for me, both.” Hui continued, “For ‘Produce 101,’ I gave them the music and did the recordings. So I didn’t know the extent of how strenuous the present was. I believe this motivated me to suppose that I must endure this era nicely.”
On a special word, Hui talked about that there have been some moments he regretted becoming a member of the present. He stated, “A lot of my seniors who had been energetic whereas I used to be or I had private relationships with got here. Later, I didn’t suppose a lot of it, however to start with, I believe I used to be unhappy about it. Later, I used to be very pleased to see individuals I do know come on the present.”
Hui’s expertise as an idol did turn out to be useful, nonetheless. Hui stated, “There have been moments the place I believed, ‘I suppose I’ve carried out so much.’ I believe it seems to be cool whenever you take your in-ear screens out even when you’ll be able to hear nicely. Except for facial expressions and gestures, I believe there have been lots of different methods I might make good stage presence.” This made him suppose again on his preliminary time as a trainee, even earlier than debuting with PENTAGON. He reminisced, “Once I was a trainee, I practiced twirling and throwing my mic up within the air. Yang Yoseob would additionally twirl his mic. I believed it seemed cool, so I all the time copied him, however I don’t suppose he does it that usually anymore.”
Hui returned to trainee standing for the primary time in seven years. He shared his observations, saying, “Trainees today are so good. Whereas working towards previously was largely about observing and copying, trainees today are good at freely expressing themselves. So I realized so much too. Actually, it’s to the purpose the place I watch them within the observe room considering, ‘How can I undertake their strengths?’ They usually’re so good at dancing. Every thing simply appears extra free.” Going from being actual and in sync to specializing in particular person type and expression wasn’t simple. He continued, “So to start with, it was robust. I felt like I used to be missing and mirrored, ‘Have I ever really contemplated my very own expression of self?’”
He additionally defined, “Regardless of me being older and a senior [artist], I instructed the opposite trainees that I’d choose it in the event that they gave me sincere suggestions. So one time, Lee Ye Dam instructed me, ‘Hyung, it doesn’t look so good proper now. Getting all-stars goes to be laborious if it goes like this.’”
The debut lineup of “Boys Planet” was chosen by way of fan votes. Hui defined that he additionally partook in voting, saying, “Given my persona, I couldn’t ask individuals to vote for me. So I don’t suppose I requested anybody round me to take action. I voted for myself on my own. I didn’t vote for trainees who had been ranked above me. There have been many trainees who had every part on the road for only one extra likelihood to go on stage. I believe I attempted to vote for them.” He identified one trainee specifically, Yoon Jong Woo. Hui defined why he voted for him, saying, “It all the time appeared like Jong Woo was anxious. I believed it’d be good if he might actually showcase himself extra.”
Hui additionally picked out the trainees from “Boys Planet” that he realized from, together with Sung Han Bin. Hui defined, “With Han Bin, his expertise are a given. However he’s additionally a extremely stable man. There’s an age distinction, and he’s youthful than me, however I believed that if he achieves one thing or does nicely, I’d be so pleased for him.”
One other memorable trainee was Park Han Bin. Hui stated, “I realized from lots of the trainees, and a trainee I realized from in the direction of the tip was Han Bin. He was actually good. It was to the purpose the place I believed, ‘I’ve already debuted and have been energetic, however I must study from him.’ His self-expression is already clear and free like an artist.”
With the conclusion of “Boys Planet,” followers are actually ready for ZEROBASEONE, the ensuing boy group, to debut. When requested if he would probably be working with the group as a producer, Hui replied, “Something is okay with me.”
He added, “I went by way of missions with ZEROBASEONE members throughout the present. Regardless that we simply labored on arranging songs, altering the melody, or writing lyrics, which aren’t intense work, they did say issues like, ‘We’ll go over to your studio someday.’ Gifting them songs can be good, however I want to work with them on music other than that. I believe it’ll be a lot enjoyable. I’ve watched them develop, however I believe seeing them in that gentle can be nice motivation too.”
Hui was the oldest trainee out of the Korean trainees on the present. He naturally turned individuals’s go-to mentor for psychological help. There was Kim Gyu Vin, who stated in his profitable speech, “I wouldn’t have been capable of end this race with out [Hui]. He was that a lot of a pillar for me.”
Hui commented, “It wasn’t intentional, however as time handed, I had change into an older brother that the trainees trusted. My first precedence was to by no means say detrimental issues to them. It’s not a lot that I needed to solely say constructive issues however extra that I needed to be somebody that listens. I attempted to pay attention and say much less.” He added, “Whenever you’re going by way of it, you undergo emotional ups and downs. Increasingly trainees got here to me once they had been going by way of the downs.”
On how he managed his personal psychological well being, Hui stated, “I used to be grateful that they might come to me. I trusted them simply as a lot by saying, ‘I’m like that too.’ Whereas we lived collectively, all of us trusted each other. I talked with Gyu Vin so much too. I believe I trusted him.”
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