Okay, disclaimer time.
This is another one of my cards that doesn't really have a point. More like its something I was thinking about while I was getting dressed and I wanted to talk about with you guys to get more input. I am NOT trying to put down any groups or praise others. This is just a general thing I wonder about with the music industry as a WHOLE (you can pick any genre you like, but I know most about kpop^^)
With that out of the way, here's my discussion topic lol:
I was planning to write a card about MVP and their debut song which I think had elements of Teen Top, BTS, and even Seventeen in it. When I thought about the response to this card I figured someone might say "ugh stop comparing them to other groups" (though on Vingle people would probably be much nicer haha)
But that got me thinking...for a debut, especially a debut from a label with no other big names:
Is it so BAD to have a not-super-original debut track?
Check out their MV here:
Personally I think its a JAM AND A HALF and I love it (the choreo is awesome!) but, is it mindblowing original and a style unlike anything we've ever seen? No! But is that a problem? I dont think so :)
There are a few debuts that were definitely unlike others and really blew everyone out of the water, and that's why they stood out so much.
But even groups that we think of as really experimental and trend setting now, they played it pretty safe in their debuts.
Look at VIXX for example. Here's their debut:
Superhero is super normal Kpop with their outfits, set, and song being pretty trendy for the time. It's still a great track but they definitely weren't trying to break any molds at the time.
Now look at Fantasy:
This is really unique and they're totally pushing the boundaries of Kpop (honestly it sounds like it popped out of some supernatural creepy Broadway musical) But again, this was after they grew as a group, got their name out, and grew a strong fanbase. They started pushing it with their crazy contacts in On and On which blasted them to fame (such a good concept omg) but they stayed pretty calm with their music until their first win :)
Personally, I think that groups debuting with a track that fits the trends of the time is no problem, since they need to play it safe to make sure their first track does well.
If their first track doesn't succeed because its too ~out there~ then they risk losing money and not getting the chance to have another high-quality comeback.
So here's where I want your opinion: Do you think groups should play it safe and just make trendy music for their debut or would you prefer the risk of a brand new kind of sound?
Or: is it so bad that groups sort of sound similar?
Even when groups sound similar I think the members give each group a different flavor and if you look at any other genre there are plenty of examples of this. I don't have a problem with it as long as concepts aren't copied completely.