[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

[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] 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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original source: enews24

[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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original source: Xportsnews

[TRANS] Dreamcatcher, three reasons for focusing on foreign countries

‘Progress and completion of the nightmare’… Dreamcatcher, three reasons for focusing on foreign countries


In Dreamcatchers’ ‘strong nightmare’, they are focusing on the attention of overseas fans.


The release of Dreamcatchers’ fourth mini album ‘The End of Nightmare’ is being flooded with analysis by reporters from leading overseas news outlets, including Billboard. At the same time, music fans from all over the world even added reviews, which became the foundation for Dreamcatchers’ new mini album to reach the fifth place on the iTunes worldwide chart.


What they are focusing on the most is Dreamcatchers’ stylish concept, which incorporates unique storytelling. Since their debut, they have been telling a story that includes the world of the ‘seven nightmares’ in their main theme ‘nightmare’.


From that appearance on, Dreamcatchers’ attempt was fresh. Inside this simple concept, individual stories are unraveling, freeing one’s ears from other idols, which is because their story is continuously expanding with every album. Together with that, they explained the reason for the entrance of the ‘nightmares’ in their first mini album ‘Prequel’, adding special strength to the narrative.


Following the title of Dreamcatchers’ fourth mini album ‘The End of Nightmare’, it is the release that will conclude their ‘nightmare’ story, receiving unusual interest because of this fact. Beyond the weakness of not being able to escape from the ‘nightmare’, it fuses resistance spirit and the willingness to lean and rely on each other to overcome it. This is the message that Dreamcatcher want to express with ‘PIRI’.


Dreamcatchers’ attractiveness does not end with their story. The material in their story is expressed in the right way through their flashy performances. Dreamcatcher challenged themselves – successfully every time – with powerful group dances reminiscent of boy groups and various time difference point dances, as well as the braveness of breaking the prejudice ‘you can’t see line formations in girl groups’, etc., and are achieving high results.


Dreamcatcher comes to perfection through ear-catching metal rock sound in harmony with their very own unique color. They seized the opportunity to make the meeting of an idol girl group and metal rock consistent, this freshness, which plays a role in captivating foreign fans beyond Korea. Dreamcatchers’ new song ‘PIRI’ is also putting a strong metal rock sound on the base of various sounds, receiving positive feedback like ‘[PIRI] embodies Dreamcatchers’ musical evolution’.


During the last two years, Dreamcatcher already successfully finished two world tours, touring Europe, the Americas etc. For ‘The End of Nightmare’, their first step is Asia. After their comeback activities, starting from March 20th, they plan to meet InSomnia up close, touring Jakarta (Indonesia), Singapore, Manila (Philippines), Japan and also Korea.


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original source: My Daily

[TRANS] Happyface Entertainment name change to Dreamcatcher Company

Dreamcatcher Jiu “Agency’s name changed, Happyface → Dreamcatcher Company”


Jiu from girl group Dreamcatcher revealed that their agency changed name from Happyface Entertainment to Dreamcatcher Company.


Jiu talked about that at Dreamcatchers’ release showcase for their fourth mini album ‘The End of Nightmare’, which was held in Gangnam-gu, Seoul in the afternoon of the 13th.


On that day, Jiu said “Our agency changed name from Happyface Entertainment to Dreamcatcher Company. We know that that is a change that means they’re supporting us a bit more”


She added: “So even though there is a burden to it, too, we work hard on our promotions to be suitable for the company’s name. I hope that you will watch us.”


Dreamcatchers’ nightmare that started January 13th, 2017 captured the world while going through several changes from Prequel to modern times. Dreamcatcher are wrapping up their nightmare series with this album.


Dreamcatchers’ new song ‘PIRI’ displays modern peoples’ feelings of wanting to break free from the lonelyness and anxiety of being left by oneself. In the lyrics, they are articulating their SOS signal through the matter of the ‘PIRI’, and the melody line, that is repeated with ear-catching flute and whistle sounds, stands out.


Meanwhile, Dreamcatcher revealed their fourth mini album ‘The End of Nightmare’ on the 13th¹ at 6pm KST on various online music steaming sites.



¹ = original wrongly says “14th”


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original source: starnews

[TRANS] ‘The End of Nightmare’ description

Never ending ‘nightmare’ drawn by Dreamcatcher, fantasy ‘da capo’¹
Fourth mini album [The End of Nightmare]

The seven nightmares’ story that bewitched the world is coming to an end through Dreamcatchers’ new work [The End of Nightmare].

Dreamcatchers’ ‘Nightmare’ began on the 13th of January, 2017. Their unfolding nightmare has gradually evolved. And going from Prequel to a change to modern times, they captivated the world. It’s not an exaggeration to say that Dreamcatcher successfully wrapped up two world tours outside of Korea due to their very own ‘nightmare’ concept.

In their first piece [Nightmare], Dreamcatcher met us with their individual nightmares. ‘Being chased by someone: Jiu’, ‘Feeling like being watched by someone: Handong’, ‘Being locked up in a narrow space: Siyeon’, ‘Falling from a high place: Gahyeon’, ‘Not being able to move the entire body: Sua’, ‘Being lost in an unfamiliar place: Yoohyeon’, ‘Getting injured: Dami’, they are all nightmares we commonly get in our daily life. This was Dreamcatchers’ mischievous trick.

They followed up that story with [Nightmare·Fall asleep in the mirror]. Dreamcatchers’ mischievous tricks awaken the brutality of a nightmare hunter, and a hunt for the seven nightmares unfolds. Escape with an invitation by the nightmare hunter, captured nightmares, the desparate chase to save them from there, they add the twist to the twist and tie your heart up from start to finish.

In this next nightmares’ story existed a mystery that had not been resolved yet. ‘How did the girls become nightmares?’ They answered that question in their first mini album [Prequel], and in that process exactly met the taste of InSomnia all around the world.

Also, a new ‘nightmare’ unfolded. Dreamcatchers’ nightmare didn’t remain in only one epoch. In [Nightmare·Escape the ERA], they continued the unique nightmare fantasy story while at the same time wrapping up the Antique epoch they had portrayed in the meantime.

Fascinating stories, in which the obscure boundary between reality and dream, inside and outside are one, but seem like two, built Dreamcatchers’ own true identity.

And in the following [album] [Alone In The City], Dreamcatcher expanded the story by establishing modern peoples’ stress as a reason for nightmares. It showed the anxious youth of the real world, the illusion of everything that torments one being recreated in a nightmare, and the conflict between the ‘seven nightmares’, making Dreamcatchers’ own story even more fascinating.

Dreamcatchers’ narrative, that continued without rest like that, will finally reach a conclusion with [The End of Nightmare]. Like the title [The End of Nightmare] suggests, it is a work that concludes the ‘nightmare’ story that Dreamcatcher have laid out so far.

As expected, the conclusion that Dreamcatcher present is quite different from what you would imagine. You will be caught up in the endless repetition of the nightmares, like the ‘unexpected twist’ of nightmares presented previously, contrasting with the original symbol of “Dreamcatcher” – driving away the nightmare.

In other words, [The End of Nightmare] contains the end of the ‘nightmare’ Dreamcatcher presented, but at the same time also a new beginning, ‘fantasy da capo¹’.

But where does Dreamcatcher guide ‘nightmare’s Fine¹’? With Dreamcatchers ‘PIRI’, you are invited in an endless nightmare.

¹ T/N: ‘Da Capo’ is a musical term that means ‘From the beginning’ and is normally followed by term ‘Fine’ which means ‘end’.


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source: Synnara Album Description