Q&A with KAI of EXO 💎
On July 4, KAI joined us at ED LIVE to teach an Artist Class for the choreo of his song "Mmmh." At the end of the class, he had a Q&A session and answered a few questions submitted by our trainees!
Q: What is the greatest thing you've learned during your trainee days, and now that you're a legendary idol what can you advise to those who are aspiring to be one?
A (KAI): Chaira from the Philippines sent me this question. There are two questions here. I'll answer both. The greatest thing I learned... First of all, the friends I made. Next, I used to be very introverted and shy. I learned the kind of optimism that let me break out of that. And honestly, there were days when I didn't want to practice. The people who trained with me, like my instructors for example—I know some of you guys do take classes here—when they come into class to teach, it's sometimes obvious that they're tired too. But they still push through and rally. I also had days when I didn't want to practice but still had to come in. And once I'm there, I still end up practicing. Through this, I learned to be consistent. Instead of not doing something because I didn't want to or because I was tired, since that only leads to more excuses not to do anything, continuing to practice taught me to be consistent and gave me the motivation to keep going.
For people who want to become artists, I have something I want to say. You have to think about why you want to become an artist. Do you want to become a superstar? Do you enjoy dancing and singing? That's very important. If you want to become a superstar and it ends up not working out, that might be difficult for you to bear. But if you just love dancing and singing, you can do anything, really. So taking care of your mental state is very important.
Q: What have you enjoyed the most in your process as an artist?
A (KAI): Andrea from Mexico City asked me this. First, singing and dancing and having fun was really enjoyable as well, but knowing the existence of fans, growing with them, seeing the fans increase, and maturing with them made me feel like I was growing with them, so I liked that. In addition, I can feel that I'm growing not only as a singer but also as a human. When I didn't know any better, I was just running forward like a racing horse. Now my perspective has grown wider as a human being, it's enjoyable to talk and interact with you all and teach you this dance. Sharing this growth as a singer and as a person is enjoyable.
Q: What kind of thoughts go through your head when you are on stage performing (such as the routine itself, the audience reaction, not messing up, etc.)?
A (KAI): Anto from Australia asked this question. First, I don't think about the choreography at all. As anyone here who has danced before would know, even if you don't remember a choreography, when the song plays, the dance comes. Like that, I don't think about the choreography, but it's fun and enjoyable when I'm dancing. Happiness is what I mostly feel. And when I do a concert, it goes on for a long time. Then the flow of the concert affects my mood. So these emotions go through my head. I express these things on the stage—if I'm happy, I express the happiness, and if I'm sad, I express that sadness. If I'm sad to say goodbye to my fans, I express that as well. So if you've been to an EXO concert, you would know—during the first part, I dance like my body is going to shatter, and at the end, when we're singing "Angel," we're sad to say goodbye to our fans and I feel this rush of emotions about the concert. These sorts of emotions go through my head.
We hope you enjoyed KAI's Q&A, and that you found his words helpful (or even inspirational)!