TOMORROW X TOGETHER on Their New EP and What Their Teen Years Taught Them

'There are certain things you can only do as a teenager. Enjoy these things,' YEONJUN tells ELLE.

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TOMORROW X TOGETHER (txt_members) on Their EP Minisode1: Blue Hour's Meaning and What Their Teen Years Taught Them

'There are certain things you can only do as a teenager. Enjoy these things,' YEONJUN tells ELLE.

minisode1 : Blue Hour, with its wistful but bright tracks, explores the teen experience quarantining during the pandemic while touching on the deeper themes of dealing with unfamiliarity and the loss of routine, as the group explains toELLE. With their lead single"Blue Hour" specifically, the song has a resonating message to all, SOOBIN says:"Even though we may feel solitude in these times, we will continue to hope we still feel the same way as one another."

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All but one member of TXT are in their late teen years—YEONJUN is 21 while HUENINGKAI and TAEHYUN are 18, and SOOBIN and BEOMGYU are 19—and the group has progressively taken a more active role creating their music. The boys talk toELLEabout every track on

minisode 1 : Blue Hour's meaning, how their MOA fan base changed the way they see themselves over the past year, and the biggest lessons they've learned during their teen years.Big Hit EntertainmentTell ELLE a little bit about what inspired the theme of

minisode1 : Blue Hour. Is there anything you can tease about the symbolism of 5:53?TOMORROW X TOGETHER:5:53 PM is actually the time of sunset in October here in Seoul. You could also call it the hour between dog and wolf."Blue Hour," the lead single of

minisode1 : Blue Hour, is about that moment in sunset when the sky becomes too dark for one to distinguish their surroundings. The song reflects the conflicting yet coexisting senses of familiarity and unfamiliarity as we look at the world and at our friends around us right now in this blue hour.

Take ELLE through each track of the EP. What is each song’s meaning?TAEHYUN:“Ghosting” is the song that kicks off our new EP. It’s an Indie Rock slash 1980s’ vibe Nu Gaze track. You can probably guess what this song is about: ghosting, also known as cutting off communication and disappearing without a word. In this song, we express the confusion and disheartenment of a boy who has become cut off and isolated. The person he has been talking with stops responding, and he wishes they would come back. SOOBIN and I helped write the lyrics.

This content is imported from YouTube. You may be able to find the same content in another format, or you may be able to find more information, at their web site.SOOBIN:“Blue Hour” is TOMORROW X TOGETHER’s take on Disco. It’s mellow but bright and energetic with lots of great instrumentals like synth sounds and guitar as well as groovy bass. It’s about 5:53 PM, the hour of sunset in Seoul in October. More specifically, it’s about the beauty and darkness that comes with sunset. The scene is mesmerizing, but it’s also too dark to recognize and “know” the people around us, including our friends. There are concepts of unfamiliarity in familiar surroundings; the song expresses a message: even though we may feel solitude in these times, we will continue to hope we still feel the same way as one another.

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This content is imported from YouTube. You may be able to find the same content in another format, or you may be able to find more information, at their web site.BEOMGYU:TOMORROW X TOGETHER has always told our own story through our music. “We Lost The Summer” was created as we were brainstorming what stories we could tell amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. People lost routineness in their lives; people of our age couldn’t even physically attend school anymore. This song is a teen narrative about the changes in the world this year. In terms of the sound, it’s a refreshing Dance Hall track with amazing guitar sounds. Also, thanks to Charli XCX for her contributions to this track.

This content is imported from YouTube. You may be able to find the same content in another format, or you may be able to find more information, at their web site.HUENINGKAI:I helped write the lyrics of"Wishlist" together with YEONJUN and TAEHYUN. “Wishlist” is about wanting to give a special someone the perfect birthday gift, but they won’t tell you what it is they want. As everyone can probably imagine, this is really hard to figure out. I think that it’s a very relatable subject for many people. The song is Pop-rock, and it’s very bright and refreshing. I think our fans will like it.

This content is imported from YouTube. You may be able to find the same content in another format, or you may be able to find more information, at their web site.YEONJUN:“Way Home” is about the way back home from school. It’s the same path and scenery we walk through almost every day, but in this track, everything around us seems foreign and surreal like a mirage in a desert or a figment of our imagination, and we grow a little unsettled. The message of this song is that regardless of everything, as long as we continue to remember each other, we will stay together forever.

This content is imported from YouTube. You may be able to find the same content in another format, or you may be able to find more information, at their web site.Minisode1 : Blue Hourexplores a variety of music genres, from disco to R&B. What genre is your favorite to experiment in so far and why?

SOOBIN:My choice is “Blue Hour.” Disco is fantastic to both record and dance to.YEONJUN:“Way Home.” I love Future R&B, so recording this track was a really great and enjoyable experience for me.BEOMGYU:“Ghosting” was really memorable for me. It’s Indie Rock and Nu Gaze. I had a lot of fun while recording this song—there was a lot of emotional excitement all around.

TAEHYUN:“Blue Hour,” the lead single. It’s Disco Dance Pop and very upbeat and exciting so I couldn’t keep still from dancing during the recording process.HUENINGKAI:I really enjoyed “Blue Hour” and “Wishlist.” I’ve never tried Disco before, and “Blue Hour” is our interpretation of the genre. They’re both very fun tracks, so I really liked recording them.

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Big HitYou’ve all had a more active role writing the songs on this EP. What track are you most proud of and why? How has your song-writing evolved over the last year?TXT:This album encompasses a lot of genres like Disco, Nu Gaze, Future R&B, Dance Hall, and Pop Rock. It was a great experience working with all of them. Our lead single “Blue Hour” is great because it’s TOMORROW X TOGETHER’s unique take on Disco. In terms of the EP as a whole, we had great experiences brainstorming ideas and writing lyrics. SOOBIN and TAEHYUN helped write the lyrics for “Ghosting,” and YEONJUN, TAEHYUN, and HUENINGKAI helped with the lyrics for “Wishlist.” We've grown musically in that we were able to immerse ourselves into the music and expand our understanding. Some of us have become agile in the lyric-writing process, and we'd like to think our musical spectrum has widened.

You debuted during this big moment of K-pop really taking off in the U.S. and globally. How does it feel to now be part of it, representing K-pop abroad alongside BTS and other peer groups?TXT:Thank you for your kind words. We don’t think that we “represent” K-pop; we’re simply doing our best at what we can do.

YEONJUNWhat is your dream goal of accomplishing in the U.S. music scene?SOOBIN:I’d like to perform at a large venue in front of many people. I think it will be an extremely valuable experience.YEONJUN:It’d be a dream to collaborate with globally renowned artists on stage at an iconic music award ceremony.

BEOMGYU:I want to go on tour and perform in front of many, many of our fans. I wish there would be MOA to greet us wherever we go.TAEHYUN:I want to become an acclaimed artist. It would mean a lot if TOMORROW X TOGETHER could perform for a big award show.

HUENINGKAI:Collaborations with other artists would be an honor. I’d also like to participate in an award show and perform for many people.HUENINGKAIBig Hit EntertainmentWhat’s been the biggest lesson you’ve taken from your teenage years as you enter your 20s (or get close to them)?

SOOBIN:Don’t rush yourself. Do your best at your own pace.YEONJUN:There are certain things you can only do as a teenager. Enjoy these things. No regret. Read more: ELLE Magazine (US) »

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