I wrote about Stellar and their overtly sexy music video called Vibrato, but I found something really interesting recently.
The girls opened up in an interview to explain why they went sexy and what their future means:
All credit to: FYSTELLAR
Q: It seems like there may have been many difficulties due to consecutive unsuccessful releases.
•Junyool: We didn’t have money for rides, and it was a difficult situation to the point that we’d have to share one order of food among all of us. There were many sad instances. Once, we used the practice room that a famous choreography team would use. But if we went early and waited, they would give us looks. But at the time we didn’t have money to go to a cafe, or anywhere else to go and wait.
•Minhee: It was the cold winter, and to kill time [before we could use the practice room] we played a game of rock paper scissors to determine who would take one step. So this way, we took one hour for a trip that only takes 5 minutes to get there. If we saw a famous girl group pass by us in their vans, we would hide out of embarrassment.
Q: Is that why you decided to take on the shocking skin exposure?
•Minhee: We had to put everything on the line. We weren’t in a position to think about what will come after. The success of ‘Marionette’ was going to determine the existence or disbandment of the team.
•Junyool: I prepared with the thought that this was going to be our retirement album. I watched other sunbae teams who took on the sexy concept and sharpened my knife.
Q: At the time, you received a lot of backlash for the sexual nature of your concept. What did you think?
•Gayoung: 3 of our members took ballet before, so when we first saw our outfits, we just thought “Oh they just look like leotards”.
•Minhee: Our music video was especially erotic. We didn’t even know it was going to be erotic to that extent. The script just said, ‘Lie in bed then sit up’ ‘Drip milk while you drink as you long for someone’. We were shocked after we learned what all these references had meant, only after reading the comments we received. I guess you could say we were innocent.
Q: Thanks to the success you were able to release another song.
•Minhee: Instead of sexiness, we wanted to pour our sincerity into the release [“Mask”].
•Hyoeun: But, nobody seemed interested in our sincerity. It was to the point they didn’t even know we made a comeback. Those who listened to the track said it was good, but people wouldn’t even give it a listen.
Q: I was shocked after seeing your teaser image [photo above]. Not just me, but everyone was shocked.
•Hyoeun: Honestly, we were shocked too. We didn’t do it because we wanted to. Having experienced two failures after “Marionette”, we accepted the reality and decided that we needed something that would become an issue.
Q: If “Vibrato” achieves success, will you put away the sexy concept?
•Junyool: I want to try a sexy concept that’s [more toned down] and just on the level of hearing “It’s pretty”.
•Hyoeun: I want us to promote with a song that we can all enjoy together. Perhaps there won’t be excessive skin exposure.
•Minhee: It’s not that we don’t do innocent concepts because we don’t know how to do it. We are normally like other women in their early twenties. However, I do hope that Stellar can retain a bit of our color still.