On May 25th, ten days after the announcement of EXO-M leader Kris’s lawsuit, and just one day after their first successful solo concert the popular Korean boy band, EXO, held a press conference.
EXO, finishing up their first solo concert “EXO FROM. EXOPLANET #1 - THE LOST PLANET”, answered several questions and revealed lots of behind the scenes information at the press conference.
Read the full press conference below
The members explained that the choreographer for EXO’s concert was Tony Testa, who had previously done work for SM. The choreographer has also worked with Britney Spears and Janet Jackson in the past. The videographer for ‘Overdose’ was done by a group that worked with Jay-Z and Bruno Mars.
As previously reported, EXO has kicked off their tour in Seoul and are planning on visiting Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Osaka, Singapore, Bangkok, Manilla, Jakarta, and many other Asian cities for their “EXO FROM. EXOPLANET #1 - THE LOST PLANET” concert.
The members explained they were very nervous but were very eager to perform for their fans at the same time, as it was their first solo concert.
EXO-K leader Suho said, "First of all, the members have waited a long time for this. The fans have also waited so long for our first solo concert, and we have prepared our best to make the wait worth it. I’m very nervous and excited, and because it’s the last day, I’m also very happy. It’s such an honor to stand on the stage that our seniors have stood on."
Chanyeol added,”I feel like because it is the last day, I will be able to enjoy [the stage] more.”
Xiumin continued to say, “I am so happy that we are able to fulfill one of EXO’s dreams of doing a concert. We will do our best so please take care of us.”
When asked about Kris, the members responded in each of their own ways.
EXO-M member Chen explained that, “Just like how rain hardens the soil, our member’s teamwork has also become stronger.”
Lay said that, “We had an interview in China about the situation and we were very upset. There was a lot of disappointment and we were hurt. Due to rumors, EXO fans became divided and I’m upset there was this misunderstanding. I hope there aren’t situations like this in the future and I want EXO to become one.”
With the concert being so close and Kris’s lawsuit being so sudden, it shocked the members. Luhan remarked, “First of all, the most touching aspect was that even though there was only a week till the concert, the staff worked very hard to make a perfect performance [for the concert].”
Chanyeol shared his point of view, “At first, it was very chaotic and confusing. I was most worried about the performance for our fans. We discussed and talked amongst ourselves a lot and we practiced even more. Because we practiced so much and had more rehearsals, our bond grew stronger. I think that is how we created this perfect performance. I can confidently say that you will be able to feel the quality of our performance at today’s concert.”
Leader Suho expressed his concerns over Kris’s actions, “At that moment, the biggest feeling was confusion and because the concert was so close, it was psychologically and physically very difficult and painful.”
Baekhyun explained, “Truthfully, it was difficult to suddenly change the music and choreography, but I feel like our stage director, dancers, managers, and staff suffered [the most]. I really want to thank the staff for their hard work. Considering there was only a week before the concert when the incident happen, I’m sure [everyone] was tired and exhausted. And I’m very grateful towards the all the members very working so diligently.”
When asked about the members’ involvement in the concert, Kai responded, “All the members discussed with our choreographer, Tony Testa, about the best way to change and choreograph the performances. Each member has a solo performance. And there are many things that each person wants to do. Along with the EXO performances, please anticipate the solo stages as well.”
On the first day of their first concert, tears fell from Suho's eyes. When asked about the subject, he said, “Coincidentally, my birthday overlapped and the fans and members had a birthday party for me. For a moment, my eyes watered. The biggest reason was because I was hapy. Recently, I debated what happiness was, and I realized that maybe my biggest happiness the members and the fans. Also, the fact that our parents were there was also very touching.”
SM Entertainment decided to add another day to the two day concert, as tickets sold out in 1.47 seconds. When asked about how they felt about their tickets selling out so quickly, Chanyeol said, “I really didn’t expect it. Truthfully, I was a bit sad that we only had 2 days of the concert. I was very happy to see the fans another day.”
Kai stated “When we announced our concert, I worried if we could fill these stadiums with our fans for 3 days. However, I heard that there were many fans who couldn’t attend the concert.” On the subject of the tickets, Sehun said, “I am so surprised at how many tickets we sold and I am very grateful for the love and interest. We will try our best to repay your love.”
Regarding the future endeavours of the group, Kai commented, “Next time, I would like to have an even bigger stage at the Sangam World Cup Stadium.”
When asked about their popularity, Tao responded, “We are still lacking. We will try our best to become number one in Asia, to improve and become number one in the world.”
Lay added with a smile, “Without you, there is no EXO.”