Episode four of the new YouTube series K-Pop Evolution looked at the importance of fans in the industry.
During the episode, various K-Pop stars talked about their feelings towards the fans and their importance. PENTAGON‘s Jinho described K-Pop fans as “our allies.”
Fellow member Kino also stressed the importance of fans and their impact on an idol’s life.
Even if you want to quit, you end up getting back on your feet because you know they’re waiting for you. You don’t want to show them your weak side. That’s how they motivate you.
— PENTAGON’s Kino
There will be fans that follow idols throughout their careers, and NCT‘s Taeyong explained the bond between them, saying, “Our fans become fans of us, and we become fans of them.”
For Red Velvet‘s Seulgi, she believes that the importance of fans in the industry dictates their careers.
Since fandom culture plays a fundamental role in K-Pop, I think our top priority would be to satisfy the needs of our fans.
— Red Velvet’s Seulgi
Many fans will invest a lot of time and emotions into their favorite artists. SHINee‘s Taemin explained the dedication and investment his fans have when they create music.
The fans worry about the new album the same way I do. My mom says that the fans are like one mind with hers.
— SHINee’s Taemin
Whether fandoms can be positive or sometimes negative, there is no denying that it plays a huge part in K-Pop!
You can watch the whole video below.