I was there and it was glorious.
BIGBANG was the first KPOP band that I properly listened to, my first KPOP concert, my first KPOP anything.
Their talent, their drive, their dynamics - they had (and still have) the total package.
This may sound contrite but KPOP was a breath of fresh air for me. It was pretty yet messy. It was shallow yet complicated. It was all machinery and yet so emotional that it was visceral to watch at times. The players were made out to be like puppets and yet they come out more human.
For some, it’s just all about the song and dance. (And the pretteh. Good God the pretteh.) But throw in the culture, the language, the hierarchy, the dynamics, the expectations, and it’s something that still fascinates me till today.
I got into this whole Korean thing in 2012 and some of my friends are surprised that I’m still into it. Honestly, so am I. I was convinced that it was just going to be a phase and that eventually I would go back to my English tv shows and music. But another drama will become along, another gif will appear on tumblr that will pique my interest, another song will come on, another individual will make me sit up and go ooh he’s interesting (current source of fascination: do kyungsoo. I can write a whole essay about how adorbs and sassy he is) and I’m hooked again.
God willing, I’ll be in Seoul again at the end of year - my 2nd trip in 2 years. So for now, the fascination continues.