Given the sheer number of K-pop concerts and events being announced every month, iKon's US debut has been long overdue, but the hard-hitting group (which has been producing bops and deep dives since 2015) made a big, well-deserved splash at South by Southwest before landing in NYC at Samsung 837 to give East Coast iKonics a major treat.
Ahead of their hyped appearance, we sat down with the group and asked them questions about performing stateside, and their favorite songs, fans, and journeys since their debut.
How did you feel performing at SXSW, especially as your US debut? Was it what you expected?
According to Billboard, iKon was mentioned 79,000 times in connection with SXSW and there were multiple hashtags circulating, making iKon one of the most talked-about acts of the entire festival, including non-music guests (the boys were surprised to hear this, BTW). Do you ever check fans' tweets and comments on social media?
Which iKon song represents you the best, and why?
Which song do you like performing the most?
After all these years in the music/K-pop industry, how do you stay inspired?
What about in terms of songwriting?
If any of the other members wrote their own song, what would it be like?
Chan, since fans give you props to use on your YouTube channel, what’s been the most memorable prop so far, and what kind of videos do you want to make in the future?
What makes you excited for iKON’s future?
And to end on a sentimental note, one of the biggest takeaways from their career is — despite not having a lot of a free time — they have learned how extremely important family is. (Bobby's a new uncle and here he is with his adorable nephew, Raon!)
For Song, it's being able to connect with fans all across the world, despite language barriers.
FYI, you can get the iKonik outfit and Scenario emote (inspired by Chan) now within Fortnite, exclusively for players using the Samsung Galaxy S10, S10+, and S10e!
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This interview has been edited for length and clarity.