Legendary group Sechskies signs into YG Entertainment!
Sechs Kies members, Eun Ji Won, Lee Jae Jin, Kim Jae Duck, Kang Sung Hoon and Jang Su Won, have completed signing their exclusive contracts with YG Entertainment. Businessman turned Ko Ji Yong was unable to sign the contract due to personal reasons, but his participation in the album and concerts is very possible.
Sechs Kies debuted in 1997 with Song of a School Life and The Way This Guy Lives and immediately gained a fan base. As they continued releasing tracks Couple, Leaving You and more, each of their tracks topped the music charts and they were one of the first groups to begin the boy group movement.
After disbanding in May of 2000, the members who lived separate lives for the last 16 years had a dramatic reunion on the stage of MBC Infinite Challenge’s 90’s Legends.
Although it was a rainy weekday, 6,000 fans gathered at the location in just a few hours after the location was revealed. The young fans had transformed into businesswomen and moms, but their passion for Sechs Kies had not changed. Viewers were touched by the tears of joy from fans who missed the boy group.
On May 11, YG Entertainment announced their official contract with Sechs Kies and the group will perform with the support of YG Entertainment.
As YG Entertainment’s Yang Hyun Suk will personally produce Sechs Kies, we look forward to their quick return to the music scene.
*NOTE: Yang Hyun Suk’s brother-in-law Lee Jae Jin is a member of Sechkies.
Jaeduck: He envied us but sincerely congratulated us. He even posted on his social media. Seeing him so happy, I realized that I’m living with a good person. (Laughs)
-Do you get along with your rival H.O.T.?
Jiwon: We started as rivals, but 20 years have passed. I’ve done a lot of shows with Heejun, and Jaeduck lives with Tony. We did have a few misunderstandings back then because we didn’t talk, but as years passed, I feel like we’re real friends now. Back then, we didn’t even have time to have real talks because people were so busy making us rivals. Now, we say whatever’s in our minds to each other. I go to public bath houses with Heejun. H.O.T. and Sechs Kies at a public bathhouse together.. You couldn’t imagine such thing back then.
-Do you have any plan of solo albums?
Sunghoon: We just started as Sechs kies. We need to establish the group first.
Jiwon: I did have something in progress, but I stopped working on it.
-You call yourselves “Maheun-dol”, but you guys look young.
Jiwon: Yeah, people don’t see us our age. I mean, we did keep it pretty well. We’re pretty proud of the fact that nobody had plastic surgery. I think that’s why we look more handsome than when we were younger. You know how greenbelts are untouched? Well, our faces are like that. We didn’t touch them, so they remained the same. Ah, only if we had the physical strength, I think we’ll be a match for people in their 20s…
-Fans are a little different too, right?
Jaejin: It feels a little weird when I’m singing and fans shout “I love you”. They are so young compared to us. Back then, they were all our age, but since many of them are way younger than us now, it feels weird to hear “I love you”. So I tell my fans not to say “I love you”.
Jaeduck: I feel so uncomfortable when the fans say “You’re handsome”. I’m embarrassed because I think I’m not handsome.
-You guys have international fans too.
Jiwon: It’s all thanks to YG. They have a lot of internatinoal followers. They just give it a try because we’re part of YG. How would they know us, otherwise?
-You guys are all old enough to marry now.
Sunghoon: I’m not thinking about marriage right now.
Jaejin: I’m going to get married when the contract ends. I want to go on blind dates. There are not that many opportunities to meet people. I’m a little lonely nowadays.
Jiwon: I’ll be heading to a silver town* (senior housing). I’ll be the most popular one there… What if all the members go together?
-What are your further plans?
Jiwon: I honestly don’t know. We can’t do something just because we want to, you know? I want to do performances with unique concepts. I want to do some collaborations since there are some great hoobaes at YG. Such collaborations will help different generations connect. G-Dragon or Taeyang featuring will be nice. It’s just a hope, but I definitely want to try. YG is the only company where young idols and reunited 1st generation idols can perform together.
-Last words for the fans.
Jiwon: Words are never enough to express. Thank you for protecting, thank you for waiting.
Jaeduck: Everything that’s happening now is all thanks to the fans. Unbelievable things are happening. Miracles- a series of surprises.
-Last words for the members?
Sunghoon: I want none of us to get hurt. Even getting hurt gets in the way of promoting. We have to think about our age, guys. Take care of yourselves.
Jiwon: I want to maintain this. We weren’t active for long, but we’ve spent years together. We have more things to show, and more room to grow.