A Musical Question Mark: Day6 Interviewed
Having wrapped up their 31-date world tour in January 2020 and with their most successful year behind them, Korean rock band Day6 define their sound as an “ever-evolving question mark”.
With both their sound and their lives influenced completely by their relationship with each other, the quintet – consisting Sungjin,Jae, Young K, Wonpil and Dowoon- are content to go whereever their careers take them, taking the stage all over the world for as long as they possibly can; and this easy-going yet ambitious attitude might be the key to their success.
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Speaking in-depth about their organic sound, they explain: “We never really plan for our music. We just what we want to do at any given moment. Our sound so far has been a cluster of five members living different lives and listening to different types of music; so who we are and what we listen to has come to define our sound. The best part of this is that we don’t know what our sound will be like in the future.”
“As a band, we begin and end our days together -live and work together- so whether it’s our personal preferences or our professional tastes it’s all influenced by each other. We are ever-changing, so our music is the same.”
While the future of their sound remains tantalising and unknown, in 2019 the band’s music – as indicated by ‘The Book Of Us’ album series - was anchored by the theme of relationships. Delving into the complex theme, they say: “The mini-album is the detailing of human relationships. It’s the most complicated, difficult thing we come across in our everyday lives. It was meant to be two sides of the same coin; opposite emotions colliding to become one.”
First exploring mutual attraction on ‘Gravity’ and then the chaos of humanity in ‘Entropy’. “Both terms are used to describe stages in a relationship. With ‘Gravity’ we were trying to signify things being close together, we meant it as energy drawing two people together in the beginning of a relationship. With ‘Entropy’, the significance was placed on chaos and unpredictability. A stage of change. Everything that happens after the beginning of a relationship - both good and bad- is rooted in chaos.“
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Relationships are important to Day6, not only in music but outside of it as well, particularly where their loving fandom ‘My Day’ is concerned. This is made clear when they mention the inspiration behind their favourite track of the album; ‘The Time Of Our Life’ they explain, “The song was based on the beginning of a concert. When we go on stage and meet the crowd that’s when a new relationship begins with so many different kinds of people. So the fact that a relationship is so much wider than between two people, is what inspired this song.”
Having toured across North America, Europe, London alongside performances in their homeland, the quintet appears pleasantly surprised and all the more motivated to exceed future expectations. They exclaim: “Everywhere we went the energy is off the charts. Our expectations from any date regardless of the country is to have fun and have the time of our lives. In return we hope can help our fans to unwind or have a good life ; just have a positive impact on those around us, then that’d be our goals achieved.”
On the topic of goals, it’d be unsurprising if a band who have gained incredible popularity to list out wishes for awards and recognition, but Day6 has a refreshingly endearing checklist that makes anyone acquainted with them wholeheartedly fall in love with them. Aside from the stray ambition to perform at a festival abroad - any will do, but Glastonbury is preferred - Day6 want “to be happy and healthy, have the time of their lives on stage alongside each other, connect with listeners and go anywhere in the world their ‘My Days’ want to see them.”
Whether it’s about future plans or memorable moments this easy bond with fans and, most importantly with each other, seems to be the driving force behind everything the quintet does. This is proven when the band reminisces on their 2017 project ‘EveryDay6’ where they put out two songs and held a concert every month for the entire year, referring to it as the “most important year for us”.
There’s nothing else the band wants more from their journey as Day6, they simply want to be together as five no matter old they get, getting up on stage wherever in the world their fans await them. It’s nothing historic, it’s nothing grand; but it’s an honest, heart-warming vision from a band who enjoy the love of their fans, and their time together as one much more than anything fame can give them.
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Words: Malvika Padin
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