As a member of the longest-running idol group Shinhwa, singer Andy has expressed his ‘personal opinion’ regarding the DBSK controversy.
Andy made his debut with Shinhwa in 1998 under SM Entertainment, also DBSK’s management company, and has attained much popularity since then. However at the end of their contract period, the members transferred to another agency and have all remained active up until now.
In a recent interview with Sports Donga, Andy cautiously commented, “As a fan of DBSK even before they made their debut, I sincerely hope they can work together as a group again. If they can find another solution, they must understand that they have to start all over from scratch.”
Referring to the time when Shinhwa left SM, Andy emphasized, “It was very difficult. They have to understand that when idol groups leave the agency they made their debut with, they have to work even harder than when they made their debut.”
With several of his fellow members currently serving their military service, Shinhwa’s group activities have temporarily been put on hold and Andy has since then been active in his own solo projects, including grooming and producing for newcomers. He has recently held a national casting event to discover new talent.
Thus, from the perspective of a producer, with regards to the current state of the music industry, Andy expressed, “It’s dangerous for idol singers who achieve great popularity within a short period of time to only place importance on their own efforts. They have to recognize the abilities and capabilities of the company that has discovered and groomed them.”
Credits: Sports Donga + Absolut Shinhwa