BLITZERS debuted in 2021 with an EP called Check-in. Consisting of seven members, JUHAN, CHRIS, SYA, WOOJU, GO_U, LUTAN, and JINHWA, they have enchanted many K-pop fans with their charming personalities and vocal talent. While they are still seen as a rookie group, they already toured in the US in 2022 with a total of six stops, including Los Angeles and Chicago. On top of the aforementioned concerts, BLITZERS travelled around Europe, performing in Germany, Italy, Switzerland, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, the Czech Republic, and Austria. Although they missed the UK on their Looking for BLEE tour, the group hopes to be able to come to London and perform live for BLEE (the official name of BLITZERS’ fandom) soon. 

BLITZERS come across as a musically diverse group and are the undeniable dark horse in K-pop music industry. They debuted with a Rock-inspired sound, but recently, they showed that they can easily perform catchy pop songs. BLITZERS are also familiar with singing ballads, as seen by their 2022 release, Gradation. The track itself deserves credit for its emotional maturity as the song invokes nostalgia, which is paired with the group’s effortlessly harmonised vocals.

We were delighted when BLITZERS found time in their busy schedule to speak exclusively to View of the Arts. The group answered many questions, not only about their music, but also about their favourite artists and their group dynamic. 

When we went to Europe, I was so surprised and amazed by the fact that there were fans who recognised us not only at the concert venue but also at the airport. – GO_U

South Korean Idol Group - BLITZERS, Image © WUZO Entertainment
South Korean Idol Group – BLITZERS, Image © WUZO Entertainment

You debuted not so long ago, and you have already gained a huge number of followers, including fans in Europe and beyond. When you look at your life right now, have all of you thought of a musical career when you were younger?

JUHAN: When I was younger, I first dreamed of becoming a singer when I saw BEAST! From then, I studied music and considered BTS my role models. That’s when I started developing more specific plans to work in music as an occupation!

CHRIS: I thought about it during middle school, but I wasn’t sure because I was playing ice hockey at that time, and I also didn’t know how to sing or dance. However, after watching Korean survival shows, I dreamed of becoming an idol.

I have to admit that you come across as a musically diverse group. When you debuted, you made a name for yourself with a Rock-inspired sound. Then, four months ago, you released an incredible slow track called Gradation, which truly showed your powerful vocals. The musical arrangements and line distribution are simply perfect. When you received the song and were about to record it, how did you get into the right frame of mind to deliver such an emotionally beautiful track? 

SYA: When we were recording, I kept in mind that ‘If you long for (or miss) someone, you can meet them again’, which is the underlying sentiment of Gradation, and I concentrated on trying to effectively convey that to whoever is listening.

WOOJU: We were focusing on how we could identify with other people by listening to a song even before we got the song, so I think that particular feeling naturally worked its way into the song. I hope that the people who listened to the song felt the sincerity that I poured into it!

Being an idol means you experience a lot of things that your peers don’t. I think that may be why I tend to write lyrics that reflect my life. – SYA

South Korean Idol Group - BLITZERS,
South Korean Idol Group – BLITZERS, Image © WUZO Entertainment

A few months ago, you went on your first European Tour, visiting many different cities, including Paris, Milan, Prague, and a few stops in Germany. How was that experience for you? We wish you came to London, but we are absolutely delighted that you received so much love from European fans. 

GO_U: When we went to Europe, I was so surprised and amazed by the fact that there were fans who recognised us at not only the concert venue but also at the airport. 

LUTAN: I was in London to shoot ‘Looking for BLEE’, so I was especially disappointed that I didn’t get to go this time. It’s such an honour and a pleasure to be able to perform in Europe while visiting fabulous and beautiful cities. It was a rare opportunity, and having been on stage with our European BLEE is a memory I’ll never forget. Next time, I would love to meet with BLEE in even more cities, including London.

Your choreography is really intense at times, being an idol has never been an easy task, and has always required hard work and stamina. Do you have any advice for maintaining fitness and strength?

JINHWA: Choreography is important, of course, but I have lots of other parts I also need to practice, so I like to do focused workouts during periods where I need to take in a lot of choreography! And at most other times, I try to sleep well, eat well, and work out whenever I have time so that I can stay fit. 

How does it feel when you release music in general? How do you feel when you put your music out there for people to judge?

JINHWA: It’s exciting, but at the same time I also have a lot of anxiety. I think I kept thinking ‘What if I sound less prepared?’ because I feel I’m lacking in several aspects. 

SYA: At first, I thought combining K-Pop with Rock was a difficult task for a new idol group to take on, so I was concerned a lot about whether people would like our songs. But it feels good to see that so many people like our music. 

To be honest, I’d say that social media, my group members, and myself alone shaped me in a creative way by challenging me to be more independent. – CHRIS

South Korean Idol Group - BLITZERS,
South Korean Idol Group – BLITZERS, Image © WUZO Entertainment

Looking at your current life, to what extent do you think your surroundings shaped you, creatively speaking, and in what way?

JINHWA: Actually, I think the circumstances I grew up in weren’t ideal for nurturing my creativity. I felt that my biggest problem was finding a way for myself to be creative within that environment.

GO_U: I guess, for me, my fellow group members had the biggest impact on me.

JUHAN: I think the best way is to create an environment where it’s possible to keep doing something. I also try to walk when I’m travelling short distances so that I can be exposed to more inspiration.

SYA: Being an idol means you experience a lot of things that your peers don’t. I think that may be why I tend to write lyrics that reflect my life.

CHRIS: To be honest, I’d say that social media, my group members, and myself alone shaped me in a creative way by challenging me to be more independent. After we debuted, my life drastically changed in a creative way, but it’s all still in progress because I always try to do something different in my own head.

LUTAN: Personally, I got a lot of help from the Internet and various social network platforms. I would often see other artists on the Internet which I found really inspiring, and I learned a lot of things in various diverse fields because of it. The members of our group also influence me a lot and I constantly learn something new by observing them. On top of that, their feedback is always great and helps me grow as a person. 

WOOJU: I don’t consider myself that creative, but having various kinds of experiences eventually piled up and led to ideas. So, I don’t purposely try to be creative. I think I just try lots of different things and contemplate on them. 

I would say I motivate myself through my circumstances most of the time rather than having someone who tells me to do something. – WOOJU

South Korean Idol Group - BLITZERS, Image © WUZO Entertainment
South Korean Idol Group – BLITZERS, Image © WUZO Entertainment

As there are seven of you in the group, you must have different musical tastes, too. Is there music you like, which never fails to make you feel good?

JINHWA: I love K-pop the most. My reason is that I believe it’s the most liberating genre where you can feel the merits of various different genres!

GO_U: Listening to pop songs always makes me feel good. I think listening to soft/calm pop songs makes me feel even better. 

JUHAN: I really like R&B and music with dark undertones. I especially like Bad by Christopher. It’s a song I never get tired of listening to, and it makes me feel good every time I hear it. 

SYA: I love Hip-hop, so I listen to songs by Hip-hop artists like Kendrick Lamar and Joey Bada$$.

CHRIS: There are two ways I listen to music. The first way is this: I try to listen to music while reading the lyrics and if those lyrics touch me in a good way, I go for that song. The second way is this: I listen to a song that has a catchy beat and a good melody.

LUTAN: There’s music that comforts me or gives me strength when I’m not in a good mood, but I don’t think there’s any music that can make me feel good every time. I don’t have a song like that yet, but I think it would be fantastic if our songs could do that for a lot of people in the future! 

WOOJU: In my case, I think I always seem to feel better when I listen to Alternate R&B type of songs!

Our fans motivated me when we were actively promoting, but I think I mainly motivate myself when we’re not in the most active phase of our work. – JINHWA

South Korean Idol Group - BLITZERS, Image © WUZO Entertainment
South Korean Idol Group – BLITZERS, Image © WUZO Entertainment

When you are not working, what do you do to get away from it all and relax? 

JINHWA: I rest at home to recharge or hang out with the other members. I don’t think I do anything special. 

GO_U: I like being alone, so I usually play games or sleep. 

JUHAN: I enjoy laying in the sun, listening to music, but since it’s too cold for that now, I watch Netflix these days!

SYA: I sleep or play games. I feel the most comfortable when I have nothing on my mind, so I like sleeping or playing games which helps to keep my mind clear. 

CHRIS: I work out to release my stress. I also like to clean my room, do laundry, and watch Netflix.

LUTAN: I usually watch things on YouTube. I also like playing games, taking walks, or exercising. 

WOOJU: My hobby is drawing simple sketches and pen illustrations, so I mainly do that! 

What’s the hardest thing about being in a group? As there are seven of you, there must also be seven different personalities. How do you work as a team?

JINHWA: Rules are necessary when you function as a group, but I think finding appropriate rules and carrying them out is the hardest thing to do. That’s why I think a good way to go about it is to keep modifying the rules to suit the circumstances. 

GO_U: There’s some friction because we each have our individual styles, but I think all of us being different is what makes our lives more interesting. 

JUHAN: Since we move as a group, it’s a little difficult to deal with sometimes when it goes against my personality or when we have a conflict of opinion. But we do our best to accommodate as many opinions as possible because we ARE a team! 

SYA: I would say it’s more complex than simply being hard. The seven of us are of a similar age, but we all grew up in different environments, so we can’t be in sync and happy all the time. We may not always be happy with everything, but we always do try to work things out by talking about it whenever we have a dispute. 

CHRIS: We do have different personalities, so what we do is we gather some opinions and go for something that everyone can agree on. Most of the time, we try to work out our disagreements together.

LUTAN: When everyone has different personalities and thoughts, things can get complicated. Every time we talk, we get seven different opinions and ideas, even though we usually have the same perspective, but I think we’ve managed to make it work by communicating with each other.

WOOJU: I think we talk a lot with each other, especially because we have different views. We adjust our opinions by gathering together! That’s why I believe dialogue with each other is the top priority when you’re working as a team. 

I went to the UK for a shoot before, and it was such a memorable experience. We’ll be working hard to make performing in the UK possible! We have to meet, for real! – LUTAN

South Korean Idol Group - BLITZERS,
South Korean Idol Group – BLITZERS, Image © WUZO Entertainment

Who motivates you to work hard and stay on track?

JINHWA: Our fans motivated me when we were actively promoting, but I think I mainly motivate myself when we’re not in the most active phase of our work. 

GO_U: It’s hard to pick just one person who motivates me, whether it’s BLEE, family, or someone who inspires us, but I try to trust myself most of the time. 

JUHAN: I think our BLEE and all the artists I like, motivate me to become successful. 

SYA: I think I motivate myself. It’s not like there’s someone telling me to keep going or anything like that, but I always think that I’m lacking something, which motivates me to work even harder. 

CHRIS: I’d say BLEE because they give me good energy, hope, and potential to stay on track.

LUTAN: Our fans, BLEE, and our family who always cheer us on and love us!

WOOJU: I would say I motivate myself through my circumstances most of the time rather than having someone who tells me to do something.  

Is there a message you would like to send to the UK audience?

JINHWA: Thank you so much for supporting us and caring for us. We’re really working hard to show you how much better we have become, so I hope you can look forward to what we have in store for you. 

GO_U: The UK is one country I’ve always wanted to visit, so you can be sure I’ll go the first chance I get! 

JUHAN: I can’t wait to get on stage to meet you guys and play our music for you. 

SYA: For our next tour, I absolutely want to visit the UK and also go to a football match. I really hope I get the chance to go there!

CHRIS: If there’s a chance, I’d love to go to the UK and perform because I’m sure there are people who want to see us.

LUTAN: I went to the UK for a shoot before, and it was such a memorable experience. We’ll be working hard to make performing in the UK possible! We have to meet, for real! 

WOOJU: I will work hard to be a good artist for you!

I think our BLEE and all the artists I like, motivate me to become successful. – JUHAN

What are your upcoming plans? Are there any other projects that you have planned for 2023?

JINHWA: I don’t think anything is fixed for sure at the moment. The plan is to keep improving while continuing to go forward. 

GO_U: We don’t have a specific project yet, but we’ll be working hard for our fans at whatever we do!

JUHAN: I’m planning to do the things I want to do little by little, like working on new songs and having personal practice time. 

SYA: I don’t have any upcoming plans except to keep going forward. Personally, I’d like to make my own Sound Cloud in 2023. 

CHRIS: I’m not sure about the exact date yet, but we’re set to release a new album in 2023.

LUTAN: We’ll continue to be active this year to promote our album, and I’d like to meet with BLEEs around the world like last year, if given the chance. 

WOOJU: I want to polish my vocal tone and adapt to all kinds of songs, upgrade my dance skills, keep my mental state in order, and last but not least, achieve success for BLITZERS!

Written and interviewed by Maggie Gogler

Translator / Interpreter: Roc Lee

View of the Arts is a British online publication that chiefly deals with films, music, and art, with an emphasis on the Asian entertainment industry. We are hoping our audience will grow with us as we begin to explore new platforms such as K-pop / K-music, and Asian music in general, and continue to dive into the talented and ever-growing scene of film, music, and arts, worldwide.

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