Versatile, creative and motivated, AB6IX are one of the rising stars of K-pop. Armed with a unique sense of musicality and a diverse rolodex of tracks, the four-piece group is on its way to greatness.
Including Woong, Donghyun, Woojin, and Daehwi, AB6IX are a group formed under BrandNew Music in 2019. Individually, they boast a dynamic mix of talent and an admirable talent for performance; but together they form a versatile group that tackles a range of soundscapes and styles determined to show the world what AB6IX is.
While the band has only been around for two years, they managed to release two albums and four EPs, as well as collaborate with international artists like Lizzo and Why not us.
More recently, the ‘BREATHE’ hitmakers fell MO ‘COMPLETE: HAVE A DREAM, a sequel to their very first album. The new EP tells the stories of Woong, Donghyun, Woojin and Daehwi after two years as AB6IX. Produced and written by the members themselves, the record has a mix of genres – from bass-filled rap to upbeat pop.
“B: FULL is our first EP so now we want to show what it’s like to be fuller, and that’s what it means – B: FULL in MO ‘COMPLETE. It describes our passion and ambition, âDaewhi and Woong say.
Following the release of their latest EP, Bandwagon met the multi-faceted K-pop group to talk about their music process, their dreams for AB6IX and how they came together MO: FULL.
Hi AB6IX! How did each of you get into music and how did your K-pop adventure begin?
Daehwi: I started with the church choir. This is how I got into music and it led me to audition and [eventually] Brought me here.
Woojin: I joined the dance competition before that where I heard the crowd screaming for me. This led me to get into music and then want to pursue this career.
Woong: My parents actually recommended me for dancing. And then thanks to them, it brought me to where I am today.
Donghyun: I was in a band when I was in high school. And that’s when I realized that playing in front of people made me happy. That’s how I got into music.
What are your greatest musical inspirations?
Daehwi: JY Park inspires me a lot. I love his music and I love the way he trains frequently and does singing lessons and stuff.
Woong: Justin Bieber. Watching his performances on stage he really inspired me and then made me want to do similar things. He’s been releasing some really great music lately which inspires me to do something similar to him.
You are a group that produces its own music. Can you explain the process of creating a song to us? What is the dynamic between the four of you?
Woong: It’s nothing extravagant or anything, but whenever we have inspiration, we write it down on the spot. It’s different for each member, it’s a bit like putting the pieces of the puzzle together with the different ideas that we have, and then trying to put together a wide variety of sounds and ideas.
What have you discovered about yourself (musically and personally) by making music together?
Woong: Oh for me, it opened my eyes to writing. Before I debuted I never thought about how to write the song or anything like that. As I learned to look at the writing of my various members and walked into the writing process myself, I became truly inspired. I thought it was a really cool process so it definitely opened my eyes.
Woojin: I feel like I find the music I want to do throughout my career. By writing lyrics and producing songs, it helps me find the kind of music that I want to pursue and do.
How is MO ‘COMPLETE: HAVE A DREAM different from your previous versions?
Woojin: This EP is not too far from our first EP. We were trying to show something similar while adding different elements to it, which sets it apart from our previous work.
You’ve also done remixes of Lizzo’s “Truth Hurts” and Why Don’t We’s “Fallin” (Adrenaline) “. What was it like working with these artists? Are there other artists you would like to work with?
Donghyun: It was an absolute honor to have worked with such global superstars. It was truly an honor to do the features for them. In the future, if there is an opportunity with which we would like to do something Ed Sheeran.
What is the highlight of your trip together so far? What’s the best part about being in AB6IX?
Donghyun: There are so many memories we can think of but to pick a highlight this would be our first solo concert. He was putting our name in there like AB6IX … an AB6IX gig. Looking back on the concert we had, it’s just full of great memories.
Where do you see AB6IX in the next few years?
Woong: Nothing too extravagant, but it’s just to have our songs played more in more places and for more people to know us. And then for the reception of the public, each time we go out of the new or come back, [we want them to] being like, ‘oh, wow, this is AB6IX’s comeback’. We want the fans to keep getting excited, that’s how we want to be in the next few years.
Listen to the AB6IX MO ‘COMPLETE: HAVE A DREAM here.