Kang Daniel Talks U.S. Tour, Happiness and Making Music for His Cats

When Kang Daniel speaks about making music and presenting his work to followers onstage he can not help however smile—a lot so, that even when he says “each second is a problem” within the Ok-Pop trade, making music at all times brings him happiness, he informed Newsweek.

The musician is at the moment on his “First Parade” world tour, which he’s set to take to the U.S. from March 3 to 18.

Forward of taking the present to New York and past, Kang met with Newsweek in London to debate his profession, his music and what followers can anticipate from him sooner or later.

Kang Daniel on His Profession, Happiness and Music

Kang Daniel performing in London throughout his “First Parade” world tour. The Ok-Pop star spoke to Newsweek earlier than the present about his profession, music and extra.
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Kang rose to fame when he took half within the second season of actuality present “Produce 101” in 2017. He got here first and was a part of the present’s group Wanna One till it was disbanded. Kang debuted as a solo artist in 2019 together with his EP “Shade on Me,” and he has since launched a number of EPs, dubbed collectively because the “colour trilogy,” his first album “The Story,” and he has additionally based his personal firm, Konnect Leisure.

He has an extremely sunny character, which is obvious each on and off stage, and it significantly shines via as he displays on his work within the trade up to now. When he smiles, you possibly can’t assist however smile with him, whilst he describes how his cats have grow to be a supply of inspiration when he writes love songs.

“I began out as a dancer, and I first began music in a gaggle setting,” the singer stated, reflecting on his profession. “I skilled a variety of pleasure once I was in that group setting, and once I first debuted as a solo artist I assumed I knew rather a lot about being [one].

“However, then, once I listened again to the music of my function fashions, and the kind of music that I wished to do, I noticed that there was a variety of depth in these songs. I need to put a variety of depth into my music as nicely.”

“After I discuss depth in music, it is primarily the artist’s true colours,” Kang went on. “I imagine that on the earth as we speak it is fairly often that we see love as the principle theme of many songs.

“I personally do not, comparatively, take pleasure in love as the principle theme however I can nonetheless write about difficult relationships, however I be sure that the proportion of the music that I create is much less skewed in direction of these kinds of songs.”

He then joked: “I actually loves cats, and generally I think about my relationship with my cats once I’m writing my music!”

The singer is snug to be open when talking about himself and his music, and this was evident when he later stated: “As I reside via life I imagine that my happiness is, at the beginning, crucial factor. Even in the case of love, and giving love, solely these which might be ready to try this are in a position to share these feelings.”

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A photograph from Kang Daniel’s present in London throughout his “First Parade” world tour.
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Kang has collaborated with quite a lot of artists through the years, together with rappers like Simon Dominic and Jessi. His most up-to-date collaborative observe noticed him launch the music “Look The place We Are” with 220 Child and Willim.

Discussing the method of selecting which artists he works with and the way he approaches these songs compared to his personal music, Kang shared: “It is not likely about selecting who I collaborate with, but it surely’s about how I can relate to a sort of music and the artists.

“So, for instance, 220 Child is a well-known EDM artist, and I’ve an curiosity in EDM music so it was fairly pure to me to pursue that collaboration.”

“The time period collaboration itself is sort of a enterprise time period, I do not prefer to strategy my music in a business-y approach however I imagine that what I need to obtain from any collaboration is between one artist to a different, and from one [type of] music to a different,” he added.

“Though I ask artists to collaborate with me, even when it is my music, I attempt arduous to suit it to the collaborating artist’s theme and their model.”

Reflecting on his profession as an entire, and what has been his greatest problem and spotlight through the years, Kang stated: “I believe, really, each second is a problem, and it is because of all of the workers members, the manufacturing staff [and] the tour staff that assist me deliver my music to life [that it’s isn’t anymore], and I’m grateful for that.”

He then added: “Personally I really feel that after a venture, like releasing an album or ending a live performance, [that] is once I really feel the best spotlight.”

In addition to making music, Kang just lately made his appearing debut in Disney+’s Rookie Cops, and whereas he informed Newsweek that he has an curiosity in directing a movie someday, his focus proper now’s his music: “I see myself persevering with as a singer and as an artist, however maybe sooner or later I will probably be a bit extra cautious with with my music once I strategy [making it].”

Kang Daniel on his ‘First Parade’ World Tour

Kang’s world tour is nicely underway, and at his London present the musician admitted that going out on stage for followers all over the world has at all times been a “fascinating” expertise for him.

In North America, the musician is about to carry out in New York, Boston, Toronto, Chicago, Houston, Dallas, Vancouver, San Francisco and Los Angeles.

“It is a new expertise each time and it is fascinating each time,” Kang stated of touring. “In Korea everyone speaks Korean, there isn’t any language barrier, whereas right here, overseas, to have the ability to talk via music and to share feelings via music is wonderful.”

Of what followers can anticipate from his present, he added: “I believe for the followers, a minimum of, the truth that they’ll come and see with their very own two eyes the present and pay attention reside can be refreshing and a brand new expertise for them, as a result of they’d have solely listened to my albums via playlists, and digitally, however in fact I at all times attempt my finest [for them].”

Sharing a last message together with his followers, Kang added: “What I need to say to the world is your well being is crucial factor, whether or not that is bodily or psychological well being.

“And, even except for concert events like this I need to have the ability to give wholesome and optimistic vitality, and vibes to my followers, and the truth that I can try this [makes me] actually, actually pleased. And, yeah, simply please regulate my music.”

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Kang Daniel poses with followers on the finish of his “First Parade” present in London. He’ll quickly head to the U.S.
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