The EXO members tend to joke around when talking about music, but also know when it’s time to be serious. “We’ve really received a lot of love. And to return that love, we’re aware of how hard we have to work.” And seeing what EXO has accomplished in the past year, that is no exaggeration. Two years after their debut, the sheer power of the idols cannot be denied. Baekhyun says, “When we hear our songs playing in the streets, and when we see the news referring to EXO, we truly realize just how much we’ve grown” and says that he won’t forget any of the moments he experienced when he was a rookie.
When questioned about the most memorable stage of the previous year, all three members said the 2013 Mnet Asian Music Awards. “Though all of our stages mean a lot to us, all of the members exhibited a memorable performance at the 2013 Mnet Asian Music Awards. The fans enjoyed our performance as well, so we are all satisfied with that particular stage,” Sehun said. The EXO members urge their beloved fans to look forward to even more activitied in 2014.
Their schedule, up until the second half of the year, is alright busy with different activities. Korea, Japan, China, and other Asian countries should definitely anticipate more wonderful stages from EXO in the near future. This year, some EXO members are pursuing their own individual activies, as well. Baekhyun and Suho have become active MCs for SBS Inkigayo, and Chanyeol appeared Laws of the Jungle, receiving a lot of love from fans. “There are still many things I wish to improve, but it’d be nice if I could still come across as doing a good job.” This was Baekhyun’s sentiment after his first run as MC. “I want to appear regularly on programs like Infinity Challenge and Running Man” Tao said, almost burning with determination. “I can also work hard!” Sehun agreed. All of the EXO members wish to participate in various activities, and cheer for their future prospects. I asked the members what it is they want to do during brief rests in between their busy schedule. Baekhyun said he wants to go to the sea with all of the members. After hearing this, Tao said playfully, “I want to go alone!”
Their positive energy made every moment of the late-night interview very enjoyable. Stories of the twelve members as a whole were interspersed among the interviews held with the three members. Being able to share a warm friendship with twelve other people is something I envy. I would like to visit an EXO concert in 2014 to return to them as soon as possible. The concert stage of those twelve men is sure to hold a brilliant performance.