[TRANS] June 2018 HIM JiU interview

What dream did you dream today

JiU, goddess of sweet dreams

A pale beauty was apparent every time the innocent flaps of her skirt rustled. And yet, an alluring see-through look suited her particularly well. Her two eyes, seemingly filled with stars, shone through her hair, as dark as the night. JiU, the leader of Dreamcatcher, a girl group armed with an unusual metal rock style. As she cleared away your nightmares with her sweet voice, she smiled mystically.


Written by Jo Sang-mok Photography by Park Geun-wan Stylist Lee Yoon-jeong Hair & Makeup Lee Jeong Wardrobe courtesy of Combat Military Shop


#Recent News TALK

It’s been a while since we’ve met in the last September issue.

Being on world tour, preparing for the concert in Korea, preparing for the comeback, I spent more time with the members than I spent alone. We’ve been pretty busy between shows and practice.


What has happened to Dreamcatcher since then?

Hm, the domestic (Korean) concert sticks out the most in my memory. It’s been just over a year since we’ve debutted, so it was unbelievable that we were already doing concerts and that goods made just for us were being released.


How have you been spending your time alone?

I honestly don’t have much alone time. We’re preparing for shows, so group life comes first for now. Like me, the other members are also focused on team activities.


Today was the photoshoot for your solo cover appearance. Was there anything difficult?

It’s the first time I’ve been in a photoshoot alone, so it was a bit flustering. When the members are doing the shoot with me, I get some rest or get changed while the others are getting fixed up. Being alone, getting changed, getting fixed up, it was busy.


What did you think of the military concept outfit?

It was the first time I’ve worn military style since our debut. It was cool and gave off a sense of strength, so it was good.


What kind of clothes do you usually like to wear?

I usually like shirts and jackets. I like to wear formal wear style clothes.


#JiU’s Dreamcatcher

Please introduce us to your new track.

The title of our comeback track is ‘You and I’. It utilizes orchestration sounds, making it a more imposing, rich metal number. The lyrics are charming, as they contain the message that no matter what the circumstances are, we’ll always be on your side.


Last week, your music show performance attracted enough interest to make it high in the search rankings of portal sites. What’s the concept behind this promotion?

Our albums have continued to tell a story about nightmares, but this is the last story about  nightmares. It’s heavier than before and… how should I put this. The concept is more serious. We’ve prepared two kinds of stage costumes, and they both are heavy and feel fiercer.


What are you focusing on for this promotion?

We’ve focused on our on-stage performance and our lives. Personally, I’ve been thinking a lot about my facial expressions, like what to do to make my facial expressions in the beginning and end feel fresh and not stale.


Your name, JiU, also has a special meaning.

My real name, Kim Minji means ‘the more you share, the more good fortune you’ll bring’, and the name, ‘JiU’, is one that my mom received from a naming place herself as my stage name. It means ‘the more you respect your elders, the more good fortune you’ll bring’.


Generally, idols seem to receive names from their agencies. It’s surprising that your mother gave it to you.

Yeah. Maybe it’s because of this, but I don’t even get called Minji at home these days. Even my mom and dad call me JiU.


You are the group’s leader. Do the members do as you say? You also probably feel responsible as the leader as well.

Yes, they’ve been amazingly compliant. They each have clear goals, so they practice hard to avoid making mistakes on stage, and they only need to be told everything once. As the leader, I haven’t really run into hardships or problems.


Is there a JiU way to reconcile the members?

For better teamwork, I avoid being high-handed and speak gently and nicely. I try to speak in a friendly way. We can all understand and know what’s being said.


Do you have arguments with the members?

Yes, of course we’ve had arguments. Living in the same dormitory, arguments happen over small matters when we’re sensitive. But the members are so easy-going that we forget our anger make up soon after arguing.


How do you want to be remembered by fans?

I want to be remembered as a reliable person. I want to hear people to say ‘I always have faith in JiU! JiU is always reliable’. Someone who you want to see more of, and to see more often. I think that kind of person is the real deal. I want to be someone who fans can trust and have faith in.


What was the most touching moment that you had with fans?

The fans singing along to our songs was very memorable. Ah, the rice wreath as well. I was told that the rice gets donated. Not only were they congratulating us, they were also making a donation at the same time. I thought they were all so sweet.


Is there something that you’d like to say to the members through our magazine that you haven’t had the chance to?

After doing a photo shoot alone for the first time, I miss the members a lot. Thanks for being so compliant. It’s going really well right now, so let’s keep being like family, being comfortable with each other and getting along well. I love you all! (Laugh)


#What interests JiU

If you had to pick between singing and dancing?

Wow, this is hard. At first, I wanted to become a singer because I liked singing. But after working hard on my basics, I can’t do without dancing, either. It’d be best if I could dance while singing, right? I think it lets me express myself better.


Last year, you did well on ‘Mix Nine’. It was sad to see you leave mid-program.

I heard that I was to leave the program in Brazil.  At first, I was told that I wasn’t leaving, that I’d be back in the program, so it was sad to leave. There were good songs for the competition outside of Dreamcatcher songs. I wanted to express more and to show more to the viewers, so it was a shame. It felt like suddenly having to say goodbye to friends.


We got to see you acting, as well as in variety shows.

I was in a web drama called ‘Hororong Story’ a while back. It was a lot of fun.


Does acting suit you well?

I’m not sure yet, since I haven’t tried acting in a orthodox drama piece. It was a sitcom web drama. Acting is a new challenge for me. I think it’d be a bit frightening if I seriously tried acting. Still, I want to try doing it!


Is there a variety show that you’d like to be in?

Um, I’d like to be in Beauty shows or programs like <Tasty Road>. I really enjoy my food. People say that I make whatever I’m eating seem delicious. (Laugh) I’m confident that I can enjoy my food and express how good it is better than anyone else.


Is there some other field that you’d like to try or are interested in?

I’m actually interested in cooking and dream of opening a brunch cafe. When I’m in restaurants, I always want to eat small portions of delicious foods so that I’m not too full and feel like I’ve had a neat meal. I enjoy looking at photos of brunch cafes while thinking of what to put in the menu.


Do you cook often?

No, I don’t cook often. (Laugh) But in high school, I made my own lunch boxes. So I think I have the talent!


Have you cooked for the members?

Sadly, no. (Laugh)


We’re already halfway through the year. Have you been meeting your goals so far?

Dreamcatcher is the most important thing right now, so my goal was to gain recognition domestically. We haven’t gotten definite results yet, but more and more people are interested in seeing us and we’ve been received well, so I think we’re halfway there.


#On a Starry Night

The topic for the special section of our June issue is ‘On a Starry Night’. Is there a starry night that you find memorable?

When I was attending high school in Daejeon, I rented bicycles with friends, packed waffles and went to the Expo bridge to look at the night view. The night views are really pretty there. That night, making small talk with friends, being so carefree, was a beautiful time for me.


What do you do on nights when you are filled with sentimentality?

I really enjoy lower-body bathing. I like playing a song on repeat, putting a bunch of bath bombs in, and then taking a bath. So when I get washed, it takes somewhere between an hour and an hour and a half. Haha.


Is there something that you do better at night?

I do a lot of monitoring during the night. I often think ‘I didn’t realize at the time, but that’s how it looked back then’. Even though I have trouble watching movies and TV shows to the end, I’ll frequently monitor videos of us for over an hour with careful attention. Other than that, I also write down my thoughts of the day on my phone.


Can you recommend good songs to listen to at night?

Songs that you can quietly listen to alone. I like that Piano song, ‘Mondo Grosso 1974 way home’. At first, only the piano plays until the drumbeat starts. It starts quietly and becomes grand, so it makes your mind jolt and rings your heart.


Is there something else that you want to try that can only be enjoyed at night?

I like walking, so I want to take walks at night while listening to music. When I go on holidays, I often take night walks.


If there was a restaurant that operates at night like in the drama, ‘Midnight Diner’, what would you order?

Hm. Galbitang (Korean short ribs soup)! It has meat and it’s delicious! I like Korean dishes a lot, too.


Is there a recent dream that you found memorable?

Before the release of the album, I had a dream where I was bleeding. I wasn’t hurt, just bleeding. Apparently, that’s a lucky dream. Maybe that’s why the album was received so well.


Do you have a dream, not the type that you have at night, but a dream or goal for your life?

My dream is for Dreamcatcher to do well. Our agency president being able to buy a new company building, things like that. (Laugh) I want to buy a house and present it to my parents as well. After Dreamcatcher, I want to open that cafe that I talked about earlier. A brunch cafe or a dessert cafe! I’d like to develop new foods myself.


#How JiU views servicepersons

We’ve heard that your younger brother is serving in the military.

My younger brother is 23 years old. He’s gotten through boot camp recently and is serving as a public service agent right now. He sent a letter to dad, and it was so cute. He asked dad ‘how did mother wait for father (to get through military service).’ He must have gone through a lot emotionally during that month. I realized that he’d become a lot more mature during those few days. My brother wasn’t really into sweet foods, so it was interesting to see him say he wanted to eat something sweet like Choco-pie.


We’ve heard that people with pretty girl group members as sisters will brag about it or that it’ll help them have an easier time in the military.

My brother actually doesn’t tell people that he has an entertainer as a sister. He’s worried that he might make mistakes and cause trouble for his sister. I’ve been to the unit that he’d be training in for a show. My brother was accepted into the boot camp of that unit later, and I heard that the soldiers there were happy when they heard that his sister had been there.


How does it feel to do shows for the military?

It’s great because service people are so enthusiastic. They love even the smaller gestures, and it’s very cute. (laugh) I’m worried that the two years or so they serve in the military may be hard. I think that they’re amazing.


Seeing you now, you’re filled with aegyo and laugh a lot. Don’t you want to try a more lovely concept?

I like our concept. It doesn’t appeal to everyone and is a bit minor, but it’s a unique charm. I’ve also come to like rock and metal more since becoming a Dreamcatcher member.


Lastly, is there a message that you’d like to send to fans in the military and other male fans?

We can’t smile a lot or show you lots of aegyo on stage because of our dark concept, but it’d be great it you could get powerfully energized through our dances, performances, and music.

[TRANS] Music Natalie Interview

Caption: The unique K-Pop girl group burdened with the ‘Nightmare’ debuts in Japan




The unique K-Pop girl group burdened with the ‘Nightmare’ debuts in Japan

Dreamcatcher, a Korean 7-member girl group, is set to release ‘What-Japanese ver.-‘ on November 21st through Pony Canyon. Dreamcatcher debuted on January of last year, and has been promoting while presenting ‘nightmare’ as their concept and adopting a heavy rock style as their characteristic. Music Natalie interviewed the 7 members, and asked them about the lead track of their single, which is the Japanese version of ‘What’, the lead track of their 3rd mini album, ‘Alone in The City’. We also asked them about the characteristics of the group as well as the personality of each member. There is a relationship chart of the members inside the article.


Interview, text: Onoda Masaru Photography: Tsukahara Takaaki Interpretation: Hwang Ja-seon


A group that emphasizes the coolness and strength of women

—First, could you explain Dreamcatcher’s concept, and what the group’s characteristics are?

Siyeon: I think a distinct trait that no other K-Pop group shares is how we set forth Heavy Metal sounds prominently.

JiU: The music videos are also uniquely made, and include storytelling elements.



Siyeon: The music videos for every song we’ve released so far are connected.

Sua: The theme of the overall story is “nightmare”, and the story continues to unfold little by little.


—What kind of story has been unfolded up till now?

JiU: Girls who were living in a peaceful world exterminate a spider, making the spider god angry. In the story, the girls are cursed and are burdened with Nightmares.

Gahyeon: Have you heard of the talisman called dreamcatcher?


—It’s the one with the feathers hanging from a ring.

Gahyeon: That’s right! Dreamcatchers are talismans made by Native Americans to chase out nightmares.  It’s said that the spider god gave it to a boy who saved a spider. But us members who killed the spider, on the other hand, were cursed with the nightmares.


—It’s filled with fantasy elements.

Dami: It is. It’s a very sad fantasy.

Yoohyeon: Among the numerous girl groups with shiny concepts in K-Pop, I think we are unique in that we emphasize the strong and cool side of women.


—The ‘Nightmare’ concept is definitely an unusual one in the K-Pop scene. What did you think when you were first told of this concept?

Sua:  It was a genre without a precedent, so I was worried, thinking ‘Can we do this well?’ But once we actually started promoting, we were able to absorb it more smoothly than I thought.


—By the way, were there times where you went ‘This is a nightmare!’ during everyday life?

Siyeon: When I couldn’t find my passport at the airport was a real nightmare…

JiU: That was flustering. We  said ‘first, let’s search for it together’, but Sua had Siyeon’s passport for some reason.

Sua: I couldn’t understand it myself. It was like, ‘Why do I have this?’ It’s the biggest mystery in Dreamcatcher history. (Laugh)

Gahyeon: Though it’s cliched, it was when I lost my cell phone. It’d be bad if my phone got lost or broken, so I always keep it in a sturdy case.


The Leader loves dad jokes

—From here on out, I want to hear more about the personality of each member. Can each member be introduced by the other 6 members? Let’s start with the leader, JiU.

Yoohyeon: JiU is a model leader for the group. You could say that she presses the places that need to be pressed. She cares takes care of each member mentally as well. She is always carefully watching what state the other 6 members are in.

Handong: I also think that she’s a very positive person. When such a person stands in the front, it encourages the whole group.

Sua: Though she likes dad jokes a lot. (Laugh)

Siyeon: Every joke she tells is old. She only tells jokes that were popular a long time ago. They’re not upgraded to newer versions at all. (Laugh)

Caption: What she’s interested in these days

I’m interested in studying how to look sexy.  (Laugh) -JiU


—(Laugh) Let’s keep going like this. Next, Sua.

JiU: Sua is fun to be around! Unlike me, her jokes aren’t outdated either. (Laugh)

Dami: She’s also mischievous. For example, there are times where she’ll point at nothing and shout ‘ah!’ I wish she’d stop doing that. (Laugh)

Gahyeon: Dance, vocals, rap… Sua has great performance skills all round. She’s good at everything, and is charismatic, too.

Siyeon: To give you some information that even the fans don’t know, her hands and feet are tiny! They’re like a baby’s. (Laugh) What was your shoe size again?

Sua: 22cm! They’re not baby sized. They’re about the size of an elementary schooler’s at most. (Laugh)


The first member that fans think of, Siyeon

—Moving on, please introduce Siyeon.

Gahyeon: I often ask Siyeon for advice about vocals. She always tries to give me all the knowledge she has. She’s very kind and I rely on her.

Yoohyeon: When you talk to someone who knows Dreamcatcher, Siyeon would probably be the first member they think of. It feels like she fits our concept that well. She’s also the main vocal.

Handong: She takes impeccable care of herself. In both regulating her diet and maintaining her figure, she’s really perfect!

Sua: Siyeon has a definite style of her own. She selects clothes that suit her well as her everyday wear as well.


Caption: What she’s interested in these days

I search for songs that fit autumn well, and relax while listening to them.


Dami: Yeah. She usually likes to wear Hip-hop style clothes.

JiU: You know how when you describe someone’s face, you use expressions like ‘dog-like’ face, ‘cat-like’ face? Like that, I think Siyeon’s face could be called ‘wolf-like’, or ‘coyote-like’. She gives off a chic, cool impression but actually likes to joke around and laughs a lot too.


Off stage, Handong is a complete angel

—Handong is the only Chinese member.

Handong: Yes.

Siyeon: Handong truly is an angelic being. Even though Dreamcatcher is a group with the ‘nightmare’ concept, Handong is a complete angel off stage. (Laugh)

Sua: What I find amazing about her is how considerate she is. It’s to the point where I think ‘Could anyone be more considerate?’ She is a person that keeps everyone in mind. On top of that, she’s friendly and fun to be with!

Siyeon: To sum up Handong’s presence on stage in one sentence, she’s elegant! She moves like how water flows.

Gahyeon: She is graceful. Such elegance.


—Next up is Yoohyeon.

Dami: Yoohyeon is a practice-aholic. She takes lessons very diligently, so I always think that I need to learn that from her. Another thing that I’m envious about Yoohyeon is that she doesn’t gain weight despite eating! It’s unfair. (Laugh)

Siyeon: First off, Yoohyeon is nice! Since she compliments my straight long hair and tells me that it’s pretty. (Laugh)

JiU: I think it’s charming how though she seems innocent, she displays sexy expressions from time to time.

Sua: She also watches Youtube often, so she’s very aware of recent trends. Performance-wise, she gets what she’s learnt done accurately.  She’s fundamentally diligent.

Caption: What she’s interested in these days

I like window shopping. I also often shop online. -Yoohyeon


Of self-proclaimed lovely personality, Gahyeon

—Next up, what kind of member is Dami?

Yoohyeon: Dami is almost like a chameleon. Dreamcatcher has songs in many different musical styles. But regardless of which track it is, she seems to blend into the music and makes it her own.

Sua: We often learn from how Dami performs on stage.

Siyeon: About her personality, first and foremost, Dami is kind. She’s someone who takes care of people!

Handong: She’s not the type that talks a lot, but is the member that does what she needs to do quietly. She’s trusted by everyone.


—Lastly, the Maknae, Gahyeon.

Siyeon: First off, Gahyeon is filled with aegyo! She seems to give off aegyo without effort in everyday life. (laugh)

Dami: Being the maknae, she often acts all child-like to others. She is the one with the self-proclaimed lovely personality after all. (Laugh)

Gahyeon: Saying it’s self-proclaimed…That’s harsh. (Laugh)

Caption: What she’s interested in these days

As the maknae of the group, I’ve been interested in looking for places where I can spend a relaxing time with the other members.  –Gahyeon


Yoohyeon: But she listens carefully to what other members have to say.

Sua: Not only is Gahyeon friendly, she’s also smart. I’ve heard that she even got first place in the entire school on a test once.

Gahyeon: Uhuhu… I’m most confident in Math.


Dreamcatcher member relationship chart


The emotions contained in each word of the lyrics are real

—On November 21st, your Japanese debut single ‘What-Japanese ver.-‘ is to be released. The lead track of the single is going to be the Japanese version of ‘What’, the lead track from your 3rd Korean mini album, ‘Alone in The City’. What are the points of note within the track?

Yoohyeon: First, vocal-wise, I think you can enjoy the distinct voices of all seven of us.

Sua: This was the first time we recorded in Japanese. We tried our best, but there may be places where the pronunciation and such don’t sound quite right. Still, the emotions contained in each word of the lyrics are real, so I’d like everyone to feel those emotions.


—Was the recording challenging?

JiU: Yes. It was challenging as expected. It took longer to record than the Korean version.

Siyeon: Unlike in dialogue, there are accents and tempos in a song. I found that pretty difficult. ‘Sing this part in a weak accent’, and other nuances like that were challenging to express. Still, it makes me very happy to think that the Japanese version of our song may be put in karaokes.


—Have you ever felt any differences between Japanese and Korean fans?

Dami: Korean fans seem to feel uneasy if they don’t get everything recorded. So, when we are on stage, they all turn their smartphones towards us. Japanese fans, on the other hand, don’t begin filming until they are told that ‘photography is allowed.’

Caption: What she’s interested in these days

I recently got a new phone, so it’s been fun searching for cute cases and decorating it. –Dami


—Korea definitely has a well-developed fancam culture.

Gahyeon: What surprised me when I saw our Japanese fans was how all of our guests sincerely listened to our song. I felt that they didn’t just want to shout out, ‘wah-!’, and that sincerely listening to music was firmly established as a culture.

Sua: They definitely have different styles for cheering for us, but I think Korean and Japanese fans are identical in that they passionately love Dreamcatcher.


Sua loves sunagimo

—Does everyone have Japanese artists they like?

Sua: For me, it’s Arashi.

Sua: ONE OK ROCK for me! They also utilize hard rock sounds like Dreamcatcher.

Yoohyeon: Though she’s not an artist, I’ve come to like the actress Komatsu Nana while watching movies.


—I see. There are a lot of K-Pop artists who say they look forward to the food the most when they come to Japan. Is Dreamcatcher similar?

JiU: I’m the same. The best is definitely Sushi!

Yoohyeon: Wagyu(Black cow beef) is also the best!

Sua: For me, it’s sunagimo (Chicken gizzard)!


—Sunagimo?! Where did you eat it?

Sua: I wanted to try it even before coming to Japan, but there really wasn’t a chance to try it. But yesterday, I came across it in a convenience store! Even the sunagimo from a convenience store felt amazingly delicious. I thought, ‘it really is different in Japan’. (Laugh)


—There are a lot of Japanese-style Izakayas in Seoul as well these days.

Sua: That’s true, but the Japanese-style Izakayas in Seoul don’t serve Sunagimo for some reason.

Handong: Then how did you come to know sunagimo’s existence?

Sua: My dad cooked it for me once. He bought raw chicken gizzard and cooked it at home. I also helped him with the preparations. There are sunagimo dishes in Korea as well, but they seem to be cooked differently.

Caption: What she’s interested in these days

These days, I’ve been really into searching for places that I want to travel to. –SuA


Handong: Since coming to Japan, I was moved by how delicious Gomadare (Sesame sauce) was!


—Do you mean the Gomadare salad dressing?

Handong: No, the sauce that you dip shabu-shabu in. I went to eat shabu-shabu with our staff and members, and it was so good that I ended up getting the Gomadare refilled 5 times. (Laugh)

Siyeon: I’ve always liked Tamagoyaki (Japanese egg rolls). Korean egg rolls have a lot of vegetables in them and are inflated softly. But the Japanese egg rolls are sweet and are delicious in a different way. They are the best! I love both of them.


There is nobody better than her in cooking ‘Ichiran’ instant ramen

—The seven of you are living in the same dormitory. Do you cook for yourselves?

Sua: We do cook various things, but the food that we get to cook overwhelmingly often is Ramen. Yoohyeon in especially great at it. There’s probably nobody better than her in cooking ‘Ichiran’ instant ramen!

Yoohyeon: We buy ‘Ichiran’ instant ramen in bulk in Japan, and eat them little by little in Korea. The important point is putting the powder soup base in before the water begins to boil. The taste definitely gets a lot better if you do.

Dami: Other than ramen, we’ve also made Vietnamese Spring rolls often.


—Has Hadong ever treated everyone to Chinese food?

Gahyeon: I don’t think she’s done that. She has cooked some herself and eaten it on her own, though. (Laugh)

Handong: I like hot pots. I put plenty of spices in my hot pots, but there are members that can’t eat spicy foods. So I use a small pot that take single helpings to cook hot pot and eat it alone.

Caption: What she’s interested in these days

I’ve been focusing on skin care. Off days are especially important. I need to let my skin properly rest…


Sua: I haven’t cooked sunagimo, as you’d expect. (Laugh) But I have cooked abalone at our dorm.

—Abalone is a luxury ingredient in Japan.

Sua: Actually, my aunt is an abalone trader. (Laugh) But the kitchen is difficult to use in our current dormitory, so I can’t do serious cooking. That’s bothersome.


We want to appeal to the Japanese audience with a strong heart

—You’ve visited Japan a few times now. Has your Japanese improved?

Siyeon: No, not yet. But I did memorize ‘ukeru (受ける: receive, accept)’ recently. Sadly, it’s still difficult to accept our leader’s dad jokes. (Laugh)

JiU: I’ve memorized ‘kidoku suru- (Already read)’. This Japanese word got memorized naturally while using KakaoTalk.

Sua: I first heard of the gag ‘Hyokkori han’ in Japan.


—Hyokkori han isn’t really a gag. It’s the name of a Japanese comedian. (Laugh)

Handong: The Japanese I memorized is ‘tokimeku (ときめく: for the heart to throb)’.


—Oh, finally, a word that befits an idol. What recently made your heart throb, Handong?

Handong: These days, every day makes my heart throb, since we’re meeting Japanese fans…

JiU: A perfect answer. (Laugh)


—Right now, You are visiting many different parts of Japan for promotions. Is there a place that you’d like a visit? (The interview was held in mid-October)

Yoohyeon: Disneyland!

Gahyeon: Hot springs! I want to visit hot springs in Hokkaido.

Handong: Universal Studio Japan! It’s in Osaka.

Siyeon: I want to go shopping in WEGO~

JiU: Okinawa is also great. The sea is pretty. Since we’re debuting in Japan, I want to visit many different places!


—Lastly, please tell us about your attitude towards your Japanese debut.

JiU: In order to promote properly in Japan, for now, we’re just going to do our absolute best. We’re going to come together and appeal to Japanese audiences with a strong heart!

Siyeon: It’d be great if we could hear our songs being played while walking around shopping in the streets of Japan. We’ll study hard and work hard to make that happen.

Dami: We’ve just come from Korea, so our pronunciation and word selection may seem off to Japanese audiences. But it’s a first new step for us Dreamcatcher, so please watch over us kindly!

Original article: https://natalie.mu/music/pp/dreamcatcher/page/1

[TRANS] [The End of Nightmare] – Idology Review

Dreamcatcher – The End of Nightmare (2019)


The End of Nightmare

Happyface Ent.

Feb 13th 2019.





그리고 아무도 없었다 (And There Was No One Left)

Daydream (백일몽)

PIRI (Inst.)


Mano: A new track that declares itself to be the end of the ‘Nightmare series’ which Dreamcatcher has tirelessly continued till now. While one can’t help but be reminded of how homework or project files end up with names like ‘Nightmare_series_real_final’, as they have declared the series to be over in the past, the album’s quality is nothing to laugh at. This time, in the lead track, PIRI, the group joins Trap beats with the team’s signature heavy metal sound. ‘Diamond’, on the other hand, is a successful crossbreed between Moombatone and heavy metal. Beginning with ‘Intro’, a track notable for the usage of the PIRI main theme to lead the track, as well as imposing orchestrations and drum-and-bass sounds, followed by the lead track and then throughout the rest of its running time, the album keeps up a tight sense of tension and interconnectedness, displaying a level of quality befitting the finale of the series and of Dreamcatcher’s world building. The performances from the members, who seem to have reached a certain level, are also superb. The music video, which implies a story of how the girls chose to become the Nightmare itself within the ever-repeating Nightmare, almost seems like a summary of the series up to this point. While it’s sad to see the ‘Nightmare series’ end, I hope they bravely continue on their new path without forgetting their dark past.


Mimyo: What stands out more than anything else in PIRI is the musical evolution that Dreamcatcher has gone through. Simply putting together the given elements could have been done immediately, but was risky. Dreamcatcher manages to avoid this trap, though the risk is felt as they teeter on its edge. PIRI successfully brings a drop-type hook, unheard of in previous Dreamcatcher tracks, into the spectrum of metal (while drawing from the vague similarity between Gugak-Korean traditional music-and Hip Hop), and then reinterprets it into a polished K-Pop style. Through the contrasting gap between the blunt rap and sweet vocals, the group’s voice and its characteristic performance fully shine through. Dreamcatcher’s music, which began without any precedents to follow, now presents a completion of sorts. I salute the experimentation and self-improvement that the team has  undertaken.


Eunjae Cho: If nothing else, their untiring efforts in advancing the story while maintaining their unique charisma deserves praise. Compared to the group’s past tracks, which seemed to sprint breathlessly, this time they reigned the tempo in somewhat and presented a calmer, yet heavier performance which highlights the team’s growth into a middle-tier group. Another point of note about the team is how they fill their albums with songs that are of consistent moods and themes. Despite traversing different genres, Dreamcatcher’s cold, proud yet powerful image is apparent in every track, even in ‘Daydream’, a ballad number. Now that they’ve so perfectly wrapped up their two-year-long project, one can’t help but have high hopes for their upcoming story.


1st Listen: Mid February 2019.

1st Listen: Mid February 2019 contains reviews for albums From SF9, Kim Bo-hyung, Nichkhun, Dreamcatcher, Ravi, MonstaX, Saturday, Seven Senses, WannaBe, Yoon Ji-sung,  LOONA, INFINITE, TOPSECRET, ITZY, Taemin, TREI, HI CUTIE, Hwasa, and Hyomin.


Album introduction

Dreamcatcher’s never-ending ‘Nightmare’, a ‘da capo’ within the fantasy, the 4th mini album [The End of Nightmare]


The story of a Nightmare that has captivated the whole world now draws to a close. This is through Dreamcatcher’s new album, [The End of Nightmare].


Dreamcatcher’s ‘Nightmare’ started on January 13th 2017. The Nightmare that they portrayed has continued to evolve. From Prequel to modern era, the Nightmare has continued to change, captivating the whole world. It could be safely said that Dreamcatcher’s extraordinary growth that went beyond Korea, highlighted by the group’s two world tours,  was thanks to the group’s ‘Nightmare’ concept.


In their first Album, [Nightmare], Dreamcatcher members each takes on the form of a nightmare and visits us. Common nightmare we have, such as ‘the dream where you are chased by someone: JiU’, ‘the dream where you are watched by someone: Handong’, ‘the dream where you are trapped in a tight space: Siyeon’, ‘the dream where you fall from high places: Gahyeon’, ‘the dream where you can’t move your body: SuA’, ‘the dream where you wander unfamiliar places: Yoohyeon’, and  ‘the dream where you get hurt: Dami’ were the mischievous doings of Dreamcatcher.


Their story was continued in [Nightmare – Fall asleep in the Mirror]. Dreamcatcher’s mischief awakens the brute nature within the Nightmare hunter, and a chase between the Nightmare hunter and the seven Nightmare ensues. The invitation from the Nightmare hunter, the escape that follows, the capture of the Nightmares, and the desperate chase that ensues in order to save them continues to present twists and turns, and doesn’t let the viewer relax until the very end.


Thus the Nightmare storyline was continued, but there remained an unresolved mystery. It was ‘how the girls became the Nightmares’. They presented the answer to this question in their first Mini album, [Prequel]. Dreamcatcher perfectly satisfied the taste of InSomnias worldwide.


Then a new ‘Nightmare’ unfolded. Dreamcatcher’s ‘Nightmare’ didn’t stay in one era. [Nightmare – Escape the ERA] continued the unique Nightmare fantasy story while signalling an end to the Antique era. The absorbing story, perched on the indefinite line between reality and dream, between inside and out, and between one and two, helped build a team identity that was unique to Dreamcatcher.


Then came [Alone In The City], where Dreamcatcher points to the stress of modern life as being the cause of the ‘Nightmare. The group depicts youths of the world who inhabit an uncertain reality, their fantasies of every tormentor they face being recreated in a nightmare, as well as the conflict between the ‘seven Nightmares’, enriching their story.


Dreamcatcher’s epic, which the team has so tirelessly expanded upon, finally comes to its end in [The End of Nightmare]. [The End of Nightmare], like the title suggests, is the installment that completes the ‘Nightmare’ story that Dreamcatcher had laid out so far.


The conclusion that Dreamcatcher presents is far from what one would ordinarily expect. Like how they started off with a twist by bringing ‘Nightmares’ into ‘Dreamcatcher’, an object that is supposed to drive out nightmares, this time, they trap you in a Nightmare that repeats infinitely. Thus, [The End of Nightmare] is not only the last ‘Nightmare’ presented by Dreamcatcher, but a new starting point, a ‘da capo’ within the fantasy.


Where will the ‘Fine’ of Dreamcatcher’s Nightmare be? With Dreamcatcher’s PIRI, we invite you into an never-ending Nightmare.


<Track List>

  1. Intro

Composition: LEEZ, Ollounder

Arrangement: Ollounder, LEEZ

Guitar: Ollounder

Synthesizer: LEEZ

The orchestration sounds in the opening of the track that are reminiscent of war films, and the Drum & Bass rhythms of the later half blend together in this Intro track. The allusion to the PIRI theme heightens one’s expectations.

  1. PIRI

Composition: Ollounder, LEEZ

Lyrics: Ollounder, LEEZ

Arrangement: Ollounder, LEEZ

Chorus: Siyeon, LEEZ

Guitar: Ollounder

Bass: Ollounder

Drum: Ollounder

Keyboard: Olloudner

Synthesizer: LEEZ

Dreamcatcher’s new track, ‘PIRI’ is a song that depicts the emotions of modern life, where one wants to escape the solitude and anxiety of being left behind. They used ‘PIRI’ within the lyrics as a medium to express their SOS signal. Unlike their previous lead tracks, which featured fast tempos, PIRI creates tension with a different styled beat. The repeated melodyline, featuring an ear-catching usage of flute and whistling sounds, is noteworthy.

  1. Diamond

Composition: Ollounder LEEZ

Lyrics: Ollounder LEEZ

Arrangement: Ollounder LEEZ

Chorus: Siyeon, LEEZ

Guitar: Ollounder

Bass: Ollounder

Drum: Ollounder

Keyboard: Ollounder

Synthesizer: LEEZ

The track expresses the group’s ambition to be as strong as a Diamond, the strongest gem, so as to not break and triumph over the threat of the Nightmare. The intense beat of the chorus symbolizes their firmness. It is the first Future Rock track from Dreamcatcher.

  1. And There Was No One Left

Composition: Ollounder, LEEZ

Lyrics: Ollounder, LEEZ, Kim Jun-hyeok

Arrangement: Ollounder, LEEZ, Kim Jun-hyeok

Chorus: Siyeon, LEEZ

Drum: Ollounder

Guitar: Ollounder

Bass: Ollounder, LEEZ

Synthesizer: Kim Jun-hyeok

A retro pop number, this track tells the prologue story to the lead track, ‘PIRI’. The lonely, empty emotions of the lyrics are set to a simple rhythm and guitar theme.

  1. Daydream(백일몽)

Composition: LEEZ , Ollounder, Kim Jun-hyeok

Lyrics: LEEZ , Ollounder, Kim Jun-hyeok

Arrangement: LEEZ , Ollounder, Kim Jun-hyeok

Chorus: Siyeon

Guitar: Byeon Do-young

Bass: Kim Jun-hyeok

Drum: Kim Jun-hyeok

Keyboard: LEEZ

Synthesizer: Ollounder

Though you wait for a promise with someone to be fulfilled, every memory is but an empty daydream of your imagination. A sad ballad number that expresses unchanging emotions and longing.

  1. PIRI (Inst.)

Composition: Ollounder, LEEZ

Arrangement: Ollounder, LEEZ

Guitar: Ollounder

Bass: Ollounder

Drum: Ollounder

Keyboard: Ollouder

Synthesizer: LEEZ


Original article: http://idology.kr/disc/12257

Dreamcatcher challenged themselves to acting scared in their second Japanese single’s MV! The scariest horror work was “I watched anime and…”

Dreamcatcher challenged themselves to acting scared in their second Japanese single’s MV!  The scariest horror work was “I watched anime and…”

The 7-member kpop girls group Dreamcatcher who combines a nightmare concept with their heavy rock sound light up the world with the release of their second Japanese single「PIRI~笛を吹け~ -Japanese ver.-」on March 13th.  Kstyle decided to sit down with them at a release event after their arrival in Japan. Here is the Japanese version of that sit-down at that time where they talked about such things their upcoming Asian tour stops in Japan in May and their state of mind going into that.

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Dreamcatcher shared roaring laughter when they showed talent in the flute playing corner!? The special talk event on Line Live was live broadcast.


What were your thoughts the first time you heard Piri?

JiU: When I first heard the line 피리를 불어라 (blow the flute) I thought “huh? Blowing a flute suddenly?” lol.  But the more I heard it, I realized “We are blowing the flute to signal that this is a sound that can only come from Dreamcatcher” and thought “this song has a special meaning for sure.”


How was it making the Japanese version?

Dami: Personally speaking, the rap was very hard.  It took a long time before my mouth got used to moving my mouth that way.  However, with monitoring the trouble parts I managed to finish it nicely and ended up satisfied with it.

Gahyeon: When I first heard it, I thought the pronunciation was different and worried if I could do it well.  However, the result ended up bringing out a different charm for the whole song.


With Piri we again get to see the Dreamcatcher-esque cool dance again.  What part of the choreography made you think “That’s cool!”?

Gahyeon: SuA’s part where she makes the v-shape in front of herself is very cool I think  [t/n: she is referring to the start of the chorus I think]

All: Yeah, yeah.  That is cool [general agreement].



Please tell us a secret story from the day you filmed the MV.

Dami: There was a scene where all the members needed to match Yoohyeon’s height.  We got inspiration from a variety of things to grow like standing on our tiptoes or finding a stool in order to match her height.

Siyeon: I had a scene where I had to sit under a ladder and, it wasn’t scary but, the angle where I sat just kind of hurt my butt (lol).  But I had to pretend it didn’t hurt.


Who do you think is the member who acted scared the best?

Siyeon: Everyone did a really good job but SuA had a part where she had to scream.  I think if you watch the music video, you can find that part (lol).


What was the scariest scene?

Yoohyeon: The doll scene maybe?

SuA: It was kind of scary because the director bent the necks of the dolls.

What if you went to Wonderland? “To Kyoto”


Piri’s release on the 4th Korean mini-album The End of Nightmare marks the end of the nightmare series Dreamcatcher has been drawing.  How do you feel about this conclusion?

JiU: I think if you watch the MV you will catch on to the fact that we thought we were escaping the nightmare but in the end, could not, so it is a repeating story.  So the nightmare story has ended but the nightmare itself will not end.


There is a scene where all the members stood in a line and held hands while dressed in all white.  What meaning do you think that scene has?

Siyeon: I think it is that we are all one.

Dami: I think it is that while we were all scared (lol) we are still united as one.



The coupling songs for 「PIRI~笛を吹け~ -Japanese ver.-」included the Japanese versions of your popular songs 「GOOD NIGHT」and「Wonderland」

Sua: Because the rap portion was lower than the Korean version of「GOOD NIGHT」at the time of recording, it made a really cool tone when combined with the Japanese lyrics.  It better conveyed the tough feeling I think.

Yoohyeon: I think the Japanese version of 「Wonderland」also grabbed hold of the atmosphere well to convey the feelings.


In the MVs for 「GOOD NIGHT」and「Chase Me」the actor Jo Dong Hyuk appeared.  Do you have any stories or episodes from filming with him?

Sua: He is very gentle and matched with us extremely well.  It was the first time for us to act but he tried to make it so we didn’t feel that pressure.

JiU: This is the first time we have been asked about him, do you (the reporter) happen to be a big fan of him (lol)?


If you were all to go to a wonder land, what kind of land would it be?

JiU: I would want to go to the Black Hall.  I wonder what it would be like inside.

Sua:  I would like to shrink myself like Ant Man can from the Avengers so I can visit the quantum world.

Yoohyeon: Because I really like Peter Pan, I would want to go to Neverland.

Handong: I really think Alice in Wonderland has some really romantic scenes so I would want to go to that world.

Gahyeon: I’ve never thought of this before.  I would just want to live in a world where I would be able to live in ease (lol).

JiU: Just an ordinary house (lol)!!

Yoohyeon: How realistic (lol).

Dami: I want to go to the Arctic and Antarctic.  Before the ice melts.

Yoohyeon: Ah, I wanna see a penguin!!

Siyeon: I want to go to Kyoto (lol). It isn’t a wonder land but I want to experience that scenery for myself just once.

New thoughts from the release event “What video game character would you be?”


What was it like seeing the special comment video you made for the release event for 「PIRI~笛を吹け~ -Japanese ver.-」?

Siyeon: It was embarrassing.  We were saying “Good night” in front of all the fans for that filming so it felt like I was becoming a character from a video game.

Gahyeon: At first it felt kind of awkward and embarrassing but because the fans were happy, I feel glad we did this.  And there were quite a few patterns for this phrase so it was fun.


It seems like there were four of those patterns.  What was popular?

Sua: I think the phrase “I like you”.

Dami: “Good night”

Siyeon: I get the phrase “I want to see you soon” requested a lot.

JiU: The last one was “Thank you always”.



The B-version of 「PIRI~笛を吹け~ -Japanese ver.-」includes footage from your debut event at LaQua last year on a special DVD.  What are some memories that left a heavy impression from that time?

JiU: I think what left the deepest impression was how, even though it was really cold outside, our InSomnia would wait for us even outside or at outdoors venues.

I saw Japanese InSomnia writing on SNS things like “Dreamcatcher give a lot to their fans” and “treasuring fans”.

Siyeon: Is that true?  That makes me happy~. I have a really bad memory but I am trying to memorize who each and every fan is.  I like to be able to call them by name so I say “thank you” for each and everything they do so it makes them happy.  We truly are grateful.

Dami: I heard about that during promotions and was really happy.  It is a way for us to see the faces we don’t get to see and makes me feel “Ah, we aren’t going to be forgotten about, huh” and it moves me.  It also makes me realize how I need to keep putting in effort to keep up with the new fans that are joining us.

Dami, you seem to have a lot of female fans.  What kinds of conversations do you have with them?

Dami: There are a few things you can say all the women say.  “(in Japanese) Dami-chan, you are so cool~” or while taking a two-shot picture saying “hug me please” and I’ll hug them.  That feeling happens a lot.

Handong:  Meeting the Japanese fans is really a time of healing.  Even in very stressful times, it just helps me blow off my emotions.  I am very grateful.

When I was a kid I watched this anime and it was scary for me.


Until now, you have worked on this nightmare concept while filming your MVs.  What is the scariest horror movie/film you have watched?

Yoohyeon: When I was a kid, I watched the Japanese film “One Missed Call 2” and, maybe because I was still a child, it was so scary I have never been able to forget it.

Sua: For me it would be the movie Ju-on.  Just thinking about it scares me. Things that are actually realistic are less scary than things that are faultily realistic because it leaves things to your imagination and becomes scary.

JiU: For me, the Korean movie The Wailing was really scary.  The Japanese actor Kunimura Shun is in it.

Siyeon: As a demon~.

All: (Roaring laughter)

Handong:  When I was a kid I watched the anime “Detective Conan” and it was scary for me.

Gahyeon: Detective Conan was scary?

JiU: There certainly were scary parts.

Handong:  The scariest scene was when Conan looked through a keyhole and there was an eye looking back!! (Episode titled The Mystery of Bludcraven Manor)

Siyeon: Do you know Pingu?  Pingu is also scary. The toad that would come out to play with Pingu during the dream sequences. (This is a Swedish-British claymation series from the 1990’s known for traumatizing children with accidentally really creepy content) you can keep this note or not.

JiU:  Certainly.  I was scared of Sailor Moon.  I was scared of the dark and she would fight at night, you see.

Dami: The Priests.  When someone is possessed by an evil spirit and suddenly moves is scary.

Gahyeon: I probably shouldn’t have watched it but I also think that The Priests is scary.


The Japanese fans kindness is “piping hot”


Soon you are starting your Asia Tour that includes Japan.  What are you looking forward to about this tour?

JiU: I am really looking forward to the reactions to our new songs and the new units we are going to show everyone.

Sua: It is our first time touring in Asia so I am really looking forward to communicating with our Asian fans.  I’m wondering what the actual language is like in these countries.


Last year, your tour focused in South America.

Yoohyeon: Yeah, we spent a lot of time in an airplane which is what I remember (lol).  20 hours!!


How do you spend your time when it is that long?

Gahyeon: A neck pillow and comfortable pants are indispensable.

Handong: It is rest time and snack time!!

JiU: It is the chance to download and catch up on the music and movies you haven’t had time to experience.

Gahyeon: And lastly, the most important part is not sleeping the night before.

Sua:  That’s right.  Preparing for the jetlag (lol).

Do you have free time?

JiU: When we do, it is only one day so we spend it at the hotel’s pool or going to a nearby supermarket.

――2017* 年は欧米ツアーをしましたが、いかがでしたか?

In 2017, you did your Europe and North America tour.  How was that?

JiU: The towns felt like walking in a fairy-tale.  The venues where we performed were also of the Renaissance vibe that matched the atmosphere of the whole town.  That left a strong impression on me.

(*it is dated 2017 on the article but the correct date should be 2018)

How were the fan reactions?

Handong: Both the European, North American, and South Americans were all piping hot.  They even prepared events for us.

Siyeon: piping hot (lol).


How are the Japanese fans?

JiU: Their kindness is hot.

Siyeon (in Japanese): Their kindness is piping hot.

Dami: I am shy to say this but it was actually very hot.

Handong: They moved me emotionally.



Changing the conversation completely, Handong is known for sneezing whenever she eats chocolate.  What weird reactions do you all have like that? (format of “when I have/do _____, ______ always happens”.) I feel like I worded this part weirdly so feel free to edit

Yoohyeon: When I listen to music, my fingertips naturally start moving like I am playing the piano.

Gahyeon: Do you have absolute pitch (lol)?

Yoohyeon: Not exactly (lol), I just kind of start moving.  It’s kinda strange.

Siyeon: I have one!  When I am in the car and see a person crossing the street in the pedestrian crossing area, I say something like “tuuni” to match that person.  I do this kind of thing when I am zoned out just staring out the window (lol). I’m honestly not super sure if this is right but it was hard for me to understand what she was saying here so -shrug-

All: What (lol)

Gahyeon:  I have a similar thing.  When I look out the window at the outside and see trees growing side by side, I wink as we get between the trees.

JiU: Until I finished elementary school, I had a thing with crosswalks where I would only step on the white parts.  After that, I decided to step on the red or wear something red on an important day.

Gahyeon:  In that case, since your hair is red, it must be an important day (lol).


Now a question for each member individually!

From here on we are going to ask questions to individual members.  JiU is beautiful on the outside but opposing that is her skill with dad jokes.  Can you give us one for the Japanese fans please?

JiU: “You bought a new t-shirt today?  What kind of t-shirt? A Cu-T(shirt) pret-T(shirt) one!  

All: …… (bitter smile)


Sua is good at caligraphy.  How did that come to be?

Sua: My grandmother is a very talented artist and is an art professor at a university.  So I learned it from her when I was in middle school. Things like drawing and doing calligraphy is very stress-canceling so when I have the time to do it, I am drawing.  I want to be able to gift my calligraphy to the fans one day.


Siyeon is a fan of the band ONE OK ROCK.  How did that come to be?

Siyeon: When I joined a music site, one of their songs was recommended and I checked it.  The singer’s voice was so good that I had to listen to other songs. They are also really great live.  My favorite song is Nobody’s Home.

Handong is good at singing songs from musical theater.  What is your favorite song from your favorite show? What is a musical you would like to be in one day?

Handong: I like the song Memory from the show Cats best.  A show I would like to see is Mama Mia. The songs are good and the story is good, I would like to play Sophie one day.


Yoohyeon, you like video games so please tell us; what is the charm of video games?

Yoohyeon: More than the greed to win or anything like that, I just like the feeling of living in that fantasy world while I play these games.  That’s why I play a lot of simulation games. I haven’t had a lot of time recently so I haven’t played a lot though.


Between you and Siyeon who also like video games, who is more skilled?

Yoohyeon:  We go to internet cafes together however we do not play games together.  The genres we like are too different (lol). Siyeon like RP games while I like peg solitaire or avatar simulation games.


Dami, what has the reaction been from the fans to seeing you cut your hair shorter and becoming even more beautiful and princely?

Dami: I was really worried about it at first but the fans all told me that it suits me and so I was able to erase my worries.  Currently, I am liking short hair more than having long hair.


Gahyeon, you challenged yourself to rap this time.  Please tell us your feelings regarding that

Gahyeon: I was really worried about it and nervous at first but after doing it, the fans reacted nicely and that helped me become more confident with it.  With the feeling that people were starting to like it, I worked my hardest. Dami also gave me a lot of advice.


Finally, please give the readers a message.

JiU:  Being able to make such happy memories with everyone when we came back to Japan makes me feel warm inside.  Thank you, as always! Ah! Also on 5/2 in Tokyo and 5/4 in Kobe we are having our concerts so definitely please come!!


original source: news.kstyle

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[TRANS] Regarding “INVITATION FROM NIGHTMARE CITY in JAPAN” part 2 events for premium ticket holders

[Event change notice] Regarding “INVITATION FROM NIGHTMARE CITY in JAPAN” part 2 events for premium ticket holders

We are truly grateful of your continued warm support.

Due to delays with the entertainment visas for the Dreamcatcher Asian tour, “INVITATION FROM NIGHTMARE CITY in JAPAN”, which will be held in Tokyo on May 2nd and in Kobe on May 5th, we have had to alter the contents of the part 2 events for premium ticket holders.

We are truly sorry for customers who bought the tickets and were excited for the events. We express our sincere apologies. We ask customers to be understanding.

Show part 2 premium ticket events
[Before] After show ‘good work’ cheers event(乾杯会)

[After] After show ‘good work!’ High touch event

Event content: After each part 2 show in Tokyo and Kobe, the members will share their thoughts on their live performance, and send ticket holders off with high touches (high fives).

To see more about each show, click here.

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[TRANS] K-POP GIRL’s Dreamcatcher Interview, Discography

K-POP GIRL’s Dreamcatcher Interview, Discography

Our concept is “Nightmare.” At first, it was so terrifying that I screamed. Kya!

Dreamcatcher (commonly called Deukae) is a 7-member Korean girl group that made its debut in January of 2017. Their arrival was an impactful one. Though there are countless girl groups in Korea, they generally fall into a few categories: the innocent type, the sexy type, or the so-called girl crush type. However, Dreamcatcher put forth ‘Nightmare’ as their concept, refusing to fall into any of these categories.

The music video for their debut title, Chase Me, is horror themed, and features the ghosts of 7 beautiful girls that appear in an old hotel. Everything about the dance track, laced with a strong rock beat, from its heavy metal style guitar sounds, sinister pianos, to its emotional vocals, was fresh and shocking. Even in their music show appearances, Dreamcatcher kept their performances cold and threatening.

Even so, I didn’t fall for Dreamcatcher on first sight. It was at K-CON (a convention that showcases Korean culture, with a focus on K-Pop), held in Bakuhari on May 2017, that I fell for their charm. It was Dreamcatcher’s first time in Japan, and before the main stage, they performed on the convention stage for about 30 minutes. In addition to Chase Me and Good Night, the girls also sang ballads. Their ability to express – their near-perfect group dances, as well their vocal mastery—had done me in.

Not only that, the girls, so cold and threatening on stage, were unbelievably cheerful and friendly off stage. This gap is also charming. It’s better if you just see them in real life. You have to see them in real life.

Dreamcatcher is made up of 7 members, starting with the Leader, JiU, there’s SuA, Siyeon, Yoohyeon, Dami, Gahyeon and the Chinese member Handong. They have diligently built their career in Korea, being nominated as a candidate for first place on music shows with YOU AND I (May, 2018) and again with What (September, 2018). Between 2017 and 2018, they toured in Europe and Latin America. Dreamcatcher is a rising star, with a growing popularity overseas.

In that period, after meticulous preparations, they finally made their debut in Japan on November 2018. We interviewed the girls during their stay in Japan at that time.

images that feel like being in nightmares 
Yoohyeon, seated closest, was whispering things into the microphone of the recorder. As such, the interview started with her que.

YH: Interview Start!

-First, can you introduce yourselves as a group?
ALL: (In Japanese) One, two, Hello! We are Dreamcatcher!

-Great! Could you also introduce yourselves individually?
YH: I am the Lead vocal and the puppy of Dreamcatcher, Yoohyeon.
DM: I’m the rapper of the group, Dami.
HD: I’m the cat of Dreamcatcher, Handong. I’m a vocal.
JU: I am the Leader of the group, JiU.
SA: I am the main dancer of Dreamcatcher, Kim SuA!
GH: I am the lovely Maknae of Dreamcatcher, Gahyeon.
SY: I am Dreamcatcher’s main vocal, Siyeon.

-I noticed you were all trying to pronounce Dreamcatcher in the Japanese way (Kyatcha-).
JU: Thank you! (laugh)
YH: That’s a relief.

-This is our first interview, so let’s start with the basics. First, what is Dreamcatcher’s concept?
ALL: Nightmare!

-So what does that mean? (laugh)
JU: On stage, our performances are somewhat dark and very charismatic. We show everyone images that feel like being in nightmares. That’s our concept.

-When you first heard of this concept, how did you feel about it?
SA: At first, I wasn’t sure how to embody the concept. I couldn’t get a feeling for it.
YH: I thought that we’d be doing a bright concept for sure, so I was surprised that it was so dark. I thought it would be somewhat difficult.

-However, it is a concept that is uniquely yours.
SY: Exactly. I think we present a team colour that no other group shares.
JU: At first, it was so terrifying that I screamed. Kya! (laugh)

-Your debut was amazing, with the lead single being Chase Me. How did the guests and listeners respond to the song?
JU: We were worried, but the response was more positive than we thought. We were told that the choreography felt fresh, that the song felt new. The part where we grab our hair during the dance was also well received.

-The music video also felt new and different. Chase Me and GOOD NIGHT seemed to be connected. Were they filmed at around the same time?
ALL: They were filmed separately.
SY: When the promotion for ‘Chase Me’ was almost over, we filmed the GOOD NIGHT music video.

-Were they filmed at the same location?
YH: No. They were filmed on different sets.

-Ah, I see.
JU: The director (Digipendi) was the same person.

-In the music video, Jo Donghyeok, the actor who starred in dramas such as “Bad Guys” makes an appearance. Within the video, what is his relationship with Dreamcatcher?
SA: He is the ‘Nightmare Hunter,’ who tries to catch us.
JU: So you could say that Mr. Donghyeok is our enemy.

-In the end, Dreamcatcher wins.
SY: Yes. We trap him in the mirror.

This is us, completed
– on May 17th, after the release of GOOD NIGHT, you attended KCON in Japan. How was your first visit to Japan?
SY: While on the bus, I was looking at the buildings and the towns of Japan. It was as though I’d wandered into a fairy tale.
-Was it your first time in Japan, personally?
GH: It was my first time.
JU: I’d been to Japan with my family before.

-It was during this time that I first saw Dreamcatcher in real life. You were unbelievably cute, your dances were great, and you sang well. I fell in love with you girls.
ALL: Oh! Thank you! (Clap)

-At the time, you sang ballads too. I thought ‘wow, they sing ballads well too.’
SA: Did we sing a ballad number at KCON?

-Not during the main performance. It was on the convention stage.
ALL: Ah! Thank you.

-Moving on, Let’s talk about Fly High. Looking at the music video, it seems to take place before Chase Me.
ALL: Yes it does.

-The music video was mysterious, but the CD booklet felt a bit refreshing.
SY: We have two concepts. The album has two versions, one for each concept.
SA: The album’s concept is us before we became nightmares.

-I’ve heard that you got cursed for killing the spider in the music video, or something like that.
JU: We didn’t mean to kill it. We were curious about what it was, and the spider got killed while we were looking at it through a magnifying glass. By its curse, we became Nightmares.

-In a sense, your origin story is like Spiderman’s, then.
ALL: Ah. (Laugh)

-Also, you have been on world tour since September. How has it been? Which place left the deepest impression?
GH: At Columbia, our fans came to meet us at the airport. They screamed loudly, and warmly welcomed us. That was memorable.
YH: Since Japan was the first concert of the tour, I found Japan memorable.

-Next up is YOU AND I. I felt that YOU AND I basically completed Dreamcatcher’s concept, in terms of the makeup, fashion, choreography and musical style. What do you think?
YH: I felt the same way.
JU: Definitely. During the production, I really thought that this was us, completed.

-In ‘YOU AND I’, Dami revealing the stick while rapping was very memorable. Weren’t there times when you dropped the stick?
DM: During the actual shows, nothing happened. But during rehearsals, the stick sometimes wouldn’t open, or get flung up high. It was pretty hard.

-In the same vein, every member waving a scarf during the dance was also very memorable. Didn’t you drop it at times?
ALL: Ahh. (Laugh)
JU: During the live shows, we are in such a hurry that one time, I forgot to take the scarf with me. I did the dance while pretending to have the scarf. (Laugh)

-With “Nightmare: Escape the ERA”, the album that contains YOU AND I, you reached 7th place on the Billboard world album charts. Aren’t you gaining popularity worldwide?
JU: We are just so grateful for it.
YH: With YOU AND I, we were also nominated as a candidate for first place on a music show for the first time.

-Ah, yes. You can also vote for that music program in Japan using a smartphone app. I voted too.

Being able to interact in Japanese would be beautiful
-You made your splendid formal debut in Japan with “What – Japanese ver.” Could you tell us more about the track for Japanese listeners?
JU: ‘What’ is an addictive song that combines Symphony with Rock, conveying a powerful message.

-The Japanese music video was very similar to the Korean version. Were they made at the same time?
SY: We filmed on the same day.

-Does that mean that by the time of your comeback in Korea, the Japanese version was also completed?
JU: We prepared for both versions at the same time.

-I see. The regular version of this album also contains “I Miss You”, your first original Japanese song. What are your feelings towards this track?
ALL: We love it!

-‘I Miss You’ feels like it would be very moving at concerts.
JU: Yes. It is a special number, being our first original Japanese song. If we could perform on a concert in Japan, that would make it a very special day.

-Now that you’ve debuted in Japan, what are Dreamcatcher’s ambitions?
JU: Ambitions? (Laugh) I want us to do be able to do a Dome tour.
SA: I’ve heard that Korean styles and fashion have become popular in Japan. If possible, I want to become something of an icon in fields like makeup or fashion. I also want to be involved in those fields.
YH: I think it’d be beautiful if I was able to communicate and interact with Japanese Somnies in Japanese. I want work hard to be able to do more in Japanese.

-Thank you.
YH: The end!

Dreamcatcher released their 4th mini album, “The End of Nightmare” on February 13th. They are currently energetically promoting with the lead track, “PIRI.” At the time of this being written, they were already nominated as a candidate for first place on a music show. Sadly, they did not win first place. It would be great if they won first place by the time this book gets published. In addition, around the time of this book’s release, on March 13th, the Japanese version of PIRI will be released. On May, the group’s Asian tour, “INVITATION FROM NIGHTMARE CITY”, which goes through 6 cities in 5 countries, is planned. As part of the tour, Dreamcatcher will hold concerts in Tokyo on May 2nd, and in Kobe on May 4th. Opportunities to meet Dreamcatcher in Japan will continue, it seems. You need to see Dreamcatcher in real life!

November 23rd, Bunkyou-ku, Kawaguchi.


Label: Happyface (Kor)
Lead Track: Chase Me

The first installment of the Nightmare series is a shocker that set Dreamcatcher’s image. In the Lead Track, Chase Me, the members lead the listeners into a dream, while playing mischiefs on them. They provoke us, telling us to “Catch me.” But try as we might to capture them, they slip through our fingers, and play more tricks on us. They sensually grab their hair, as if to goad us, saying “try to touch even one hair on my head.” The track exhilaratingly gallops towards the end, utilizing metal sounds. In a sea of undistinguishable girl groups, Dreamcatcher successfully manages to set itself apart.

Nightmare: Fall asleep in the mirror
Label: Happyface (Kor)
Lead Track: GOOD NIGHT

Dreamcatcher toys with us again in the second installment of the Nightmare series. If you just listen, you are sure to be encaptivated in a blissful state of sleep paralysis, unable to wake up from the terrifying dream. The Lead track, GOOD NIGHT, convinced fans who suspected Metal to be a gimmick, of the sincerity of the members towards Metal. Though the seven members openly admit to being fans of BABYMETAL, they are no simple followers. Fierce sounds, the horror concept, and the dynamic choreography blend together to open up a new playing field that is unique to Dreamcatcher. Lullaby, a track that seems to calm and gently comfort the listener, is on the B-side.

Label: Happyface (Kor)
Lead Track: Fly High

Released as Dreamcatcher marked their sixth month, their first EP serves as a prequel to their two previous singles. It goes back to a time when the members were all students living in the same dormitory, and shows us how the Nightmare series began. The lead track “Fly High” was written by SEION, the hit maker for female singers. Under his influence, the track features a sprinting feeling, instead of the darkness of the previous singles. It would fit perfectly as an opening theme for an anime. It widens the spectrum of the Nightmare series. On the B-side, Sleep-walking, a song that could be called “the golden standard for lives”, which features cool Drum-and-Bass tunes, and ‘It’s Okay!’ a rock ballad number that comforts fans, are listed.

Nightmare – Escape the ERA
Label: Happyface (Kor)
Lead Track: You and I

Yoohyeon burning the spider to death was the start of everything… This much was revealed in the previous track, Fly High. This time, Yoohyeon is cursed by the spider, which transformed into a woman. The spider woman takes over her body. To free Yoohyeon, the members form a circle and perform a ritual. On stage, this is translated into magic. It’s like watching Princess Tenko’s (a Japanese female magician) illusions! Dami’s stick tricks and the seemingly magical scarf dance of the members bring Metallic K-Pop into a whole new dimension.

Alone in The City
Label: Happyface (Kor)
Lead Track: What

In the previous album, Dreamcatcher ended an era of the Nightmare series which focused on the killing of the spider, which happened when the members were young. The Nightmare series enters a new ERA with the lead track of this album, ‘What.’ Even in the visual images which were released before the album, the members, with the night streets of Shinzuku and Shibuya as the background, hint at a new theme. That theme being the distress of young adults living in the cities. Dreamcatcher’s clothing, which had been unified up to this point, became more vivid, rock-inspired and individualized for each member. Dreamcatcher renews its image and conveys a strong will to free oneself from the nightmares of modern life through hard sounds.

What – Japanese Ver.-
Label: Ponycanyon (Jap)
Lead Track: What -Japanese ver.-

On July 2018, during their Tokyo performance, Dreamcatcher announced their upcoming official Japanese debut, to the excitement of fans. 4 months later, their Japanese debut single, ‘What -Japanese ver.- was released. The sound remained identical to the Korean version, and the lyrics also stayed true to the original Korean lyrics. However, the Japanese music video had subtle changes added, making comparison between the two versions interesting. You can enjoy two tastes with one bite! The B-Side contains the Japanese version of Chase Me. Thus, their first Japanese single contains the song that represents the first two installments of the Nightmare series. With this ‘Best of Dreamcatcher’-esque album, which contains both the starting point and the Latest installment (at the time of writing), Dreamcatcher makes a strong debut.

The End of Nightmare
Label: Dreamcatcher (Kor)
Lead Track: PIRI

This is the End of the Nightmare Series. The intro elevates your expectations to the max with Drum-and-Bass sounds, and then the album explodes into excitement with the lead track, PIRI. “PIRI” means flute in Korean. On top of a heavily electronic rock base, the flute sounds used in the chorus add a folky taste. Another point of note is Sub vocal Gahyeon creating freshness overload with a cool rap part. Suffering from solitude and uncertainty, Dreamcatcher sends out an SOS call through the sound of the flute. But nobody realizes, and the nightmare known as solitude comes to an end. But the Nightmare isn’t quite over. The End of Nightmare was merely a prologue for the nightmare that is the second Japanese single.

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[TRANS] Dreamcatcher’s Asia Tour, burning the stage with InSomnias from 3 countries

[TRANS] Dreamcatcher’s Asia Tour, burning the stage with InSomnias from 3 countries



Seven Nightmares of Dreamcatcher shared burning stages with their Asian fans.

Dreamcatcher had close interactions with their fans ‘InSomnia’ while hosting their Asia Tour ‘Invitation from Nightmare City’ which started in Jakarta, Indonesia on the 20th, continued through Singapore on the 22th and Manila on the 24th.

Though having 2 world tours previously, Dreamcatcher’s Asia Tour has relatively fewer performances compared to their previous Europe and America tours. As if to compensate for that, their stages were more passionate than ever.

Dreamcatcher made fans go wild with their previous sensational hit songs as well as new songs from their last mini-album ‘The End of Nightmare’ through the blending of girlgroup concept with Metal Rock. The concerts are filled with various cover performances by sub-units and a special stage for local fans.

In particular, it is said that they couldn’t hide their overwhelmed feelings after witnessing the support of local fans during this Asia tour.  Fans also had warm memories through the Asia Tour as they came to see Dreamcatcher at Concert Hall, Airport as well as Hotel Lobby, put up impromptu dance cover performances and exchanged greetings with Dreamcatcher members.

Dreamcatcher’s members shared that “We are very surprised to receive so much love from international fans during the Asia Tour,  and as such we feel that we have to become more responsible. We will do our best to repay InSomnia’s love with better music and performances. We are looking forward to seeing everyone again.”

Meanwhile, Dreamcatcher’s latest Asia Tour ‘Invitation from Nightmare City’ has not ended yet. They will be meeting local fans at Shinhan Card’s Pan Square Live Hall in Mecenapolis, Mapo-gu, Seoul, on the 6th and 7th of April, and will also hold solo concerts in Tokyo and Kobe on the 2nd and 4th of May respectively.

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original source: 한국경제TV

[TRANS] Dreamcatcher are slowly growing.. proud to be working towards their goals


[TRANS] Dreamcatcher are slowly growing.. proud to be working towards their goals


Whenever you look at girl group Dreamcatcher, it’s always delightful. Time spent together with these girls, whose teamwork, established while being together for a long time, is stronger than any girl group’s, is enjoyable and always meaningful.

They recently released their fourth mini album ‘The End of Nightmare’, which concludes their unique ‘nightmare’ series, and carried out active promotions with the title song ‘PIRI’.

Dreamcatcher showed their girl-crush attractiveness again through the song ‘PIRI’, which leaves an impression with its repeating melody of ear-catching flute and whistle sounds. They displayed their growth once more by rising to rank 6 on the Billboard world album chart.

Of course, since they have been doing a strong concept consistently, there probably are thoughts of wanting to do a different concept, too. But, in this the members agreed unanimously that doing a girl crush concept is an honour to them.

“I think of us getting to do a strong concept as a great honour. I wanted to try such a hard challenge once in my life. If we get the opportunity, of course, I want to try music with dreamlike, sentimental or sad feelings, too, in the future.”(Yoohyeon)

As much as Dreamcatcher wrapped up their ‘Nightmare’ series with this album, endless possibilities for various attempts (at new concepts) open up through the next music they will release.

Specially, Dreamcatcher are departing for Japan on the 11th to hold promotions to celebrate their comeback there after finishing up their activities for ‘PIRI’ in Korea. Soon after, on the 2nd and 4th of May, they plan to hold concerts in Tokyo and Kobe, and then move on to hold concerts for their Asia tour.

Like that, Dreamcatcher are getting closer to their fans step by step with every (promotion) activity.

“We had a comeback with ‘PIRI’ and it feels like since we’ve debuted, we are growing slowly and steadily. I am happy that we are able to fulfill our goal of growth. After our promotions end, we are going on our Asia tour and have a concert in Korea, too. I hope you all come when we have our concert in Korea.”(Jiu)

While stepping forward and (saying) ‘Fighting!’, Dreamcatcher are leaving behind a harmonious atmosphere. We are looking forward to their hot activities in 2019.


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[TRANS] Dreamcatcher’s appearance on Immortal Songs… Yet another intense performance.

Dreamcatcher’s appearance on Immortal Songs…
Yet another intense performance.

[Export News Reporter] Girl group Dreamcatcher will perform on the stage of KBS2 TV “Immortal Songs” once again.

According to the representative, on the 18th, Dreamcatcher will participate in the pre-recording for KBS2TV “Immortal Songs” Special Episode – In memory of the late composer Lee Hojun.

Dreamcatcher received positive responses for their appearance on KBS2TV “Immortal Songs – Top 10 Autumn Pop Songs” episode in November last year. That time, they pulled off an impressive re-arrangement of Yoon Sinae “To the DJ” and were recognised as a team for both vocal ability and performance. Within just 4 months, they are invited to perform on “Immortal Songs” again.

The late Lee Hojun debuted as a member of Cho Yong-pil’s group with the song “The Great Birth”. He composed Cho Yong-pil’s most popular hit songs “Friend” and “Wherever you stay”. He is also the hit maker of popular songs such as Firetruck’s “Last night story” and Nami’s “Like an Indian doll”. Hence, this time, it is said that Dreamcatcher had prepared a performance in memory of late composer Lee Hojun. The “Immortal Songs” Episode – In memory of late composer Lee Hojun, that Dreamcatcher participated, is scheduled to be on air on the 6th of April.

Meanwhile, Dreamcatcher is in the mid of promotion for their Japan comeback. Dreamcatcher’s new Japanese single “PIRI” is the Japanese version of the title song from their album “The End of Nightmare” that was released earlier in Korea. Dreamcatcher’s unique Nightmare series blended with the Japanese language has created a new appeal. Dreamcatcher is also scheduled to hold their own concert “Invitation from Nightmare City in Japan” on the 2nd and 4th of May in Tokyo and Kobe.


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[TRANS] Daydream (백일몽) Lyric Translation

Jiu | Sua | Siyeon | Handong | Yoohyeon | Dami | Gahyeon

[verse 1]

하고싶은 말이
There’s a lot

너무 많은데
that I wanted to say

내맘 내맘
That my heart my heart

전하지 못했죠
Couldn’t convey, right?


그댄 어떤 가요
What were you thinking then

혼자 있을 때
When you are alone

그땐 그땐
At that time, that time

내 생각 하나요
are you thinking about me?



영원 토록 간직 하고 싶어서
I wanted to cherish you forever and ever

하얀 도화지를 물들여요
I will dye a white paper

그댈 비추는 저 별빛 보다 수 없이
More than the star light there can shine on you

가득 안고 싶은 맘인 걸요
I want to fully embrace you



However long the night

However long the night tonight

새벽에 끝이 안보여 도
even if I can’t see the break of dawn


However long the night

내일의 약속에 깊이 잠들 수 없어
I can’t sleep soundly before tomorrow’s meetup

오늘 밤은 유난히도 길다
Tonight is unusually long


[verse 2]

고이 접은 종이 배
A finely folded paper boat

빼곡히 채워 넣는 내 마음
With all of my heart poured into it

바람 곁에 띄우고 싶어
I want to fly with the wind

그에게 전해줄래
I want to let it know


Don’t be afraid

때론 비 바람이 불어도
Though it is sometimes rainy and windy

Don’t be afraid

변하지 않는 너와 나니까
Because you and me won’t change



영원토록 간직 하고 싶어 서
I want to cherish you forever and ever

벽에 걸린 시겔 숨 겨 놨죠
I sigh at the clock hanging on the wall

저기 하늘 위의 별들보다 수 없이
There are countless stars in the sky over there

그댈 보고 싶은 맘인 걸요
I want to see you



However long the night

However long the night tonight

새벽에 끝이 안보여 도
Even if I can’t see the break of dawn


However long the night

내일의 약속에 깊이 잠들 수 없어
I can’t fall asleep soundly before tomorrow’s meetup

오늘 밤은 유난히도 길다
Tonight is unusually long



하늘 저 붉은 빛이 사라져 가도
Though the red light in the sky disappears

한 걸음 도 내게서 멀어지지마
Don’t go away from me, even just one step

그대와 두손 꼭 잡고 밤을 함께 걸으면
If we can spend the night walking together hand in hand

영원히 날 웃게 해줄래 oh
I will make you smile forever oh



However long the night

However long the night tonight

새벽에 끝이 안보여 도 (ah)
I can’t see the end of the day (ah)


However long the night (ah)

우리 약속했던 내일이 기다려져
The tomorrow that we promised will await us

오늘 밤은 유난히도 길다 (도 길다)
Tonight is unusually long (long)