It’s 4.30pm on a Friday afternoon backstage at the Shilla Beauty Concert, awaiting Red Velvet’s arrival for our exclusive interview, packed into their hectic schedule. Prior to this, they were at Terminal 4 for the media conference, and that very night, they’d stand on stage at the Suntec Convention Centre to perform in front of thousands of screaming fans.
As time ticked by, we were greeted by the sound of their label mates SHINee rehearsing for the same concert, and needless to say, were duly impressed by their vocal skills despite lead vocalist and leader Onew being absent from the event.
After SHINee wrapped up their rehearsals, the sound of music from the next room started wafting over - a number of currently trending songs, including BTS’s ‘DNA’ and ‘Go Go’, along with Sunmi’s ‘Gashina’ were among those we recall hearing.
Towards the end of TWICE’s ‘Likey’ (which we admit we were humming to, too), in strode Red Velvet, who were cheerily singing along to TWICE, and we would later find out that the room next to ours was their waiting room - so go figure.
During the course of our short 10-minute interview, the girls made the most of the time and told us all about their latest album, which was released a week before their trip to Singapore, what they’ve learned from their SHINee sunbaenims (industry seniors), and the happiest moments in their lives.