☡ WARNING: This is a long post. ☡
I've been meaning to make this so here it is:
☆☆ My K-pop Journey~ ☆☆
Essentially, I had 2 K-pop phases, which I'll tell you a little about below.
When I first heard of K-pop, all I could think of was "Gangnam Style".
At the time, I was more interested in K-dramas adapted from Japanese manga like Hana Kimi. One day, my classmates kept talking about how funny Big Bang Theory was so I looked up "funny big bang moments" (something like that) on YouTube and BAM.
Big Bang popped up.
I clicked around and found their "Monster" MV, which I loved because I was also looking for inspiration to make a new OC (original character). Although I don't stan Big Bang, I still respect them and am ever grateful for luring me into the crazy world of K-pop. Before I started my summer job, I downloaded Pandora because I wanted to find new music. Turns out there was a K-pop station!! I spent the entire summer listening to K-pop~
Of all the artists I listened to, there were 2 who really stood out to me.
♡ He's definitely responsible for getting me into the music aspect ♡
♡ They lured me into the dancing aspect of K-pop ♡
I overdid it...
Like, had my earbuds in 24/7 with K-pop. Listened to it until it made me tired. I drifted from it gradually at first, but then it stopped abruptly. For the next 2 years, I listened to whatever was on the radio, EDM, Marina & the Diamonds, Lana del Ray, etc. I was in a musical slump :( I had "XO" by The Eden Project on repeat because I didn't really have anything else to listen to. So bored >.>
I was feeling sentimental back in November 2015.
LINE Play kept bombarding me with K-pop gachas, e.g. 2PM, 2ne1. By then, I still knew how to play "That XX" on the guitar and dance to "Beautiful Night" even though it had been nearly 2 years. I decided, hey. Let's look up "kpop dance practice" and clicked on the first video I saw.
(I just took this screenshot after looking it up today and it's still the first video I see xD nice)
♡ They brought me back into the music, the dances, and BEYOND ♡
Watched the practice. LOVED IT. Found their MV. LOVED THAT, TOO (especially the head bobbing thing x3). Fast forward a couple of days of exploring and I find myself writing in my journal, "I guess I'm an ARMY now!" Why didn't I find them back in 2013!?? ;^; Essentially, I was back into K-pop. I did more exploring and learned what "bias" meant in the K-pop world as well as about ships, variety shows, gags, edits, etc. If I knew what a bias was back then, I probably would've said GD or Dongwoon. My first actual bias was V of BTS. Someone made a comment on YouTube about him having the voice of a 30-year-old smoker and a cute face so I looked for proof and ended up becoming infatuated. I remember feeling drawn towards Jungkook though, and getting Jin mixed up with J-hope or Jimin (I don't remember).
It's almost my life. ALMOST.
I listen to it everyday, make & plan cards for Vingle, brainstorm posts and memes, etc. I'm currently trying to get into more fandoms but at the moment, I'm a low-level Carat, IGOT7, and EXO-L, & interested in becoming a Starlight, INNERCIRCLE, & BABY. I don't know if Royal Pirates has a fandom name, but I love all of their songs~ The only downside I guess is that K-pop is almost always on my mind. I don't want to overdue any part of it nor get in so deep that I truly regret it :/ So I take breaks and listen to the local radio station.
I hope I can attend a K-pop concert someday. A fansign or high touch would be great, too~ I love reading about other's experiences with their groups - they sound AWESOME (like this video by heyitsfeiii). & I just ordered my first K-pop album last week (BTS's "Young Forever") so I can rock out in my aux cordless car! xD
My K-pop journey, you guys! (:
You should share your story, too~ ^^
Big Bang and BEAST started it → I got tired of it → BTS brought me back
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