Q&A: K-pop star KANGDANIEL is on the pursuit of happiness

Ora Sawyers

New York (AP) — KANGDANIEL is one of K-pop’s brightest stars, but at just 26 years aged, he’s presently realized there is more to life than dazzling lights and fancy dining places.

New York (AP) — KANGDANIEL is a single of K-pop’s brightest stars, but at just 26 many years previous, he’s currently acquired there’s far more to existence than shiny lights and extravagant eating places.

“I like to go after joy because in the finish, time is not everlasting … we have to improve our contentment and it is virtually imprinted in my brain,” defined the “Paranoia” and “Nirvana” singer. “There are instances when I experienced to do anything that I did not want to and I did not have no money, and there was no result that I anticipated. I was shocked since money didn’t give me joy.”

KANGDANIEL, selected by Forbes Korea as one of its leading 40 stars for 2022, is wrapping up his 1st North American tour, with the remaining stop in Los Angeles on Saturday.

KANGDANIEL’S route to superstardom started in 2017 following profitable the 2nd period of the truth Television set expertise collection “Produce 101,” which led to the formation of the K-pop boy band Wanna Just one. He went solo two many years later on. He launched his debut album, “The Story,” previous year.

KANGDANIEL, who publicly struggled with melancholy and stress problem in 2019, claims the pursuit of happiness is not a fanciful want but a way of lifetime.

“A great deal of men and women say, ‘Oh, without money you are not content.’ For me, those two factors are different,” explained KANGDANIEL, who grew up listening to an eclectic combine of Green Day, Nirvana, Michael Jackson and Usher. “That’s why I pursue pleasure above every little thing.”

In an job interview, the avid “Star Wars” admirer talked about achieving the American audience, pursuing film roles, and the pressures of fame.

Remarks have been edited for brevity and clarity.


AP: This is your initially tour in the U.S. K-pop is so huge all more than the globe. Does crossing over to American followers issue?

KANGDANIEL: K-pop lovers are all above the environment but The usa is very particular because of the Billboard chart. It has a extended historical past, and everybody in the earth has heard of it before. It’s actually perfectly recognized and to be provided in the chart, it would be my honor. And I consider the American viewers has excellent ears for great songs. So, if I have much more fans in the U.S., they would give me additional determination to get the job done more challenging.

AP: You are viewed as as one particular of South Korea’s most influential celebs. What does that imply to you?

KANGDANIEL: Just one factor I felt for confident, even if I want it or not, I believe I have much more accountability.

South Korea is my property country and there are many stars from the place … it’s a duty due to the fact they acknowledge me as one of the famous people. So, anything I do, and all the songs I make, I experience like I have to do far more and be a lot more imaginative.

AP: Would you ever reunite with Wanna 1, even if it was just for one exclusive project or tune?

KANGDANIEL: It’s not something I can just (strategy) overnight. But of course, I’m extremely open up to it. So, if there is a fantastic chance, I’d in all probability do it. And a little (while) ago, there was an awards ceremony. We executed with each other as a team, and I actually liked it. It was so a lot pleasurable, and I was in a position to master a great deal.

AP: You lately built your performing debut in the Disney+ sequence “Rookie Cops.” How was your expertise as an actor?

KANGDANIEL: It was really fun … it was a tiny little bit different from what I predicted, but then the discovering approach was very exciting and I enjoyed it.

I enjoy functioning on a Television series, but subsequent time, if there is an possibility, I’d like to make a movie due to the fact I’ve normally loved movies. So yup, upcoming time, if there is a possibility (to movie a movie), I’d like to do it.

AP: What was different about filming the Television show than you expected?

KANGDANIEL: The program! (laughs)

AP: K-pop is a world phenomenon and most of the artists are extremely young. How have you personally dealt with the fame?

KANGDANIEL: We can say it is accurate that K-pop stars are comparatively young in comparison to other artists in various scenes and various countries … but truthfully speaking, age doesn’t seriously outline the artist. It does not truly make a variance because in Korea, we say there is no age (limit) when studying issues in education.

I don’t definitely enjoy performing a large amount of social media accounts, despite the fact that I have a single, and I don’t glimpse at my cellular phone for hours … I want to talk and get motivated by others, but not also significantly information — just ideal sum for the reason that I want to have an understanding of on my possess, instead than comparing myself with many others.


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