SaraG: Who’s ready for a little ATEEZ?
Stephanie: I am ready to be ateezed!
SaraG: OK, ATEEZ!
Stephanie: Hit me, baby! With some cute boyz.
SaraG: They are an 8 member boy group under KQ entertainment.
Stephanie: Never heard of them.
Stephanie: Hahahahahahaah. Who else they got?
SaraG: KQ aren’t huge but they have a few folks you likely know.
Stephanie: As lusty as Ateez?
SaraG: Babylon, Eden, a new rapper I like called Maddox.
Stephanie: I do not know or lust after any of them.
SaraG: You’ve heard Babylon before. I promise…but you just don’t know it. Anyway, as trainees, the boys were called KQ Fellaz.
Stephanie: Hahahahhaa. Fellaz. Glad they dropped that.
SaraG: It’s a trainee name, forgive them.
Stephanie: Wiped from my brain.
SaraG: They released quite a number of dance covers under the name that are super impressive. They were what first caught my attention.
Stephanie: I’m being thwarted by bad internet! Come on Tmobile stop cockblocking me!
Stephanie: I’m In! Oh! Did you show me this before? It seems familiar with the Cardi B.
Stephanie: I do pay attention! Oooh I love the second one!
SaraG: The members are: Hongjoong (leader, rapper, writer, producer). Seonghwa, Yunho, Yeosang, San, Mingi, Wooyoung, and Jongho.
Stephanie: Seonghwa, Yunho, Yeosang, San, Mingi, Wooyoung, and Jongho. Got it.
SaraG: So talented… and don’t forget, Hongjoong, the leader…
Stephanie: Is he Mullet? Or is that a surprise?
SaraG: He is mullet.
Stephanie: I’m so fudging in on this.
Stephanie: I LIVE THAT LOOK. How long have they been around for?
SaraG: They have been around and promoted as a pre-debut group for a couple of years. Prior to debut, when they were KQ Fellaz, their company sent them to LA to train and do a ‘reality show’. It sounds very familiar to another huge group we know. But this one was actually really good. WAY less cringy. Here’s the first episode.
Stephanie: Oooh! Say my name say my name say my name! (I may have let autoplay continue.)
SaraG: The eight of them went to LA to train at Millennium Dance Complex to self compose and choreograph a song.
Stephanie: Are they mainly dancers?
SaraG: They were joined by a guy named Junyoung that was supposed to debut with them as the maknae, but he didn’t make it.
Stephanie: Bummer. I like the 8 guy size though
Smaller is sometimes better
SaraG: They are all brilliant dancers, but I wouldn’t say that they are just a dance group. Yunho was actually chosen to dance in one of the Millennium dance videos. That’s a huge honor.
Stephanie: That name will mean something to me later I’m am sure.
SaraG: while they were there, Hongjoong danced all day at training and then sat in the car at night and composed the music and recorded the guide for their song.
SaraG: He seriously worked all day and night and was so positive and optimistic and lovely.
Stephanie: Such a hard worker.
SaraG: He is a fabulous leader.
Stephanie: And has a nice mullet. Let’s not forget that.
SaraG: The song they put together and released under their trainee name was From
Stephanie: I AM SO EXCITED!
Stephanie: Ooh I think I found deep voice!
SaraG: That’s Mingi. Deep voice is Mingi.
SaraG: After the YouTube show they had a series of teasers where they also released their name as ATEEZ. This was leading up to an announcement of their reality show “Code Name is ATEEZ”
Stephanie: Know where the name came from?
SaraG: I do know what it means. I’m not sure I want to share. It’s …..Kpop.
Stephanie: Such ateez.
SaraG: “A TEENAGER Z.”
SaraG: HAHAHAHA. Yep. We’ll continue to ignore it.
Stephanie: Well I shall endeavor to like them despite that.
SaraG: They made their official debut on October 24, 2018. You will remember that because I screamed about it all day and forced you to watch. It was a big day for me and consequently, for you.
Stephanie: The flag, right?
Stephanie: The video with the flag! I DO PAY ATTENTION!!!!
SaraG: The album is called Treasure Ep. 1: All To Zero. The whole thing is fabulous.
Stephanie: I feel like I’m getting in on the ground floor!
SaraG: Pirate King was the big song, but we’d heard it before…they performed it prior to debut….here for instance.
SaraG: I LOOOOVVVVVEEEE a good pirate concept.
Stephanie: I mean, who doesn’t???
SaraG: Their first music show appearance was on MCountdown on October 25…so they were on right away and made a huge splash.
Stephanie: Ooh, they are solid.
SaraG: On January 2 of this year they released a message through their SNS in Morse Code… It was the announcement for their comeback album Treasure Ep. 2: Zero to One.
Stephanie: Which is out now?
SaraG: It is!
SaraG: The title track is ‘Say My Name‘, the one you and Alix and everyone has on repeat.
Stephanie: Oh yeah! Loooove that song. So Hard.
Stephanie: That’s the stage I love. I keep watching it.
SaraG: But another solid piece of art from the EP is Hala Hala.
SaraG: They, of course, have gotten on the relay train with one for Pirate King and one for Say My Name.
SaraG: So that’s a quick overview of the group in general. We’ll start next class with a focus on Hongjoong as the leader. He’s fantastic. Like, Can’t look away fantastic.