- Name: Park Sehyun (박세혁)
- Birthday: October, 18th, 1991
- Birthplace: Seoul
- Position: Vocal
- Sub-Division: Dragon
- Age: 23 (22 Internationally)
KWI is back with interview with your favorite K-Pop idol. This time, it’s our turn to get to know more about the rookie from Stardom Entertainment, ToppDogg!
ToppDogg debuted officially on October 24, 2013 with their first mini album, “Dogg’s Out”. They immediately gained attention from K-Pop lovers, with the group formation which has thirteen member in it. Do you want to know more about ToppDogg? Let’s read our fun conversation with Kidoh, Yano, Jenissi, Xero, Hansol, P-Goon, Nakta, B-Joo, Hojoon, Atom, Seogoong, Sangdo, and Gohn here~ ^^
Q: Hello Topp Dogg. We’re from Korean Wave Indonesia. Congratulations for your debut! Can you tell us the meaning of “ToppDogg”?
[ToppDogg] “ToppDogg” was created by Cho PD, our boss in Stardom Ent. LTD. It means the winner. We like this name. We feel like we can be the real winner if we compete with ourselves.
Q: Can you tell us about your debut album? How long was the preparation and what kind of music genre is included in your album?
[ToppDogg] Every member had different period of preparation, from three months to eight years. Our debut album (Dogg’s Out) consists of five song with the title song “Say It”. Every song has different genres, for example, hiphop, dubstep, R&B, K-Pop.
Q: What was your impression to each other, when you find out that you were going to be in the same group?
[ToppDogg] “Soooooooo~ many members~!!” We know that ToppDogg has 13 members. Actually, we were too confused at the beginning because of the amount of 13 members.
Q: For Kidoh. You produced a few songs in ToppDogg’s debut mini album. What do you feel about it?
[Kidoh] Firstly, thank you for your interest. I produced two songs in this album. “A Girl Like That” and “Playground”. These two songs are different, because “A Girl Like That” is a solo song, but “Playground” is a group song. I feel like producing these songs is my chance to show off my skills.
Q: Cho PD have said that there’ll be sub-units in ToppDogg. What do you think?
[ToppDogg] ToppDogg is planned to be four units (Dragon, Knight, Wizard, Lion) and solo debuts. Every unit and solo will have a lot of music styles. We want to show variety of our music and performance. You’ll be able to enjoy them soon.
Q: What kind of music genre that you want to try in the next album?
[ToppDogg] It’s a secret! ^o^ But you can count on us.
Q: Who’s your role model?
[ToppDogg] We think BIGBANG is an extraordinary idol group, because every member has their own character, skill, and music style. ToppDogg, which has 13 members also has different styles from each other, and we plan to form units and go solo.
Q: Aside from the division of positions for each member (rapper, main vocal, leader, main dancer, maknae, etc.), can you mention your special/unique skill for each member?
[ToppDogg] Kidoh and Gohn can be producers. All members of the Wizard can make choreography.
Q: Yano and Atom are in the maknae line and they’re both rappers. Between the two of them, who do you think is more deserving to be the maknae?
[ToppDogg] It’s hard to answer this question. ^^;; Both of them are childish. We think it’s a good thing for ToppDogg, because they give inspiration and energy.
Q: Who is the “Mom” and “Dad” in ToppDogg?
[ToppDogg] The “Dad” is P-Goon, because he’s the leader. The “Mom” is Jenissi, because he’s very caring to the members.
Q: Who’s the mood maker in ToppDogg? What is the reason?
[ToppDogg] The leader, P-Goon is the mood maker. But sometimes Hansol can also be the mood maker. He has a high level of concentration and impact to the team.
Q: Who has the 4D character in ToppDogg?
[ToppDogg] Seogoong! He has great sense of humor.
Q: Decide the English skill ranking of each member.
[ToppDogg] Kidoh is very fluent in English and Yano can also speak English.
Q: How do you see ToppDogg by next year?
[ToppDogg] We have a lot of hope for our future next year. We want our fans to know more about ToppDogg through our new albums and live performances.
Q: Aside from Korea, you already have a lot of fans from all over the world, including Indonesia, What do you feel about it?
[ToppDogg] We didn’t expect a lot of fans to like our music. We hope that our fans will give us the chance to pay it back.
Q: What’s the meaning of fans to ToppDogg? Is there any unforgettable memory with your fans?
[ToppDogg] On the day of our first broadcast, our fans sent a cake with the shape of ToppDogg logo. It was very impressive.
Q: What’s your hope and plan in the future?
[ToppDogg] We have a lot of plans for units and solo. We really have a hope for each of our album and our unit and solo performance. But, above all, we really want to meet our fans at our live performances. For that, we’ll do our best.
Q: What do you know about Indonesia? If you have a chance to come to Indonesia, do you want to come and meet the fans here?
[ToppDogg] We really hope to be able to come and meet the fans in Indonesia. We want to let the fans know about us from our music and performance directly.
Q: Please say a few words for your fans in Indonesia.
[ToppDogg] Hello Korean Wave Indonesia and the K-Pop fans in Indonesia. First, we really appreciate your support and attention. Finally, we’re able to debut with our first mini album (Dogg’s Out). We want the public to know about ToppDogg and our music. We can’t wait to show our music and performance in person to all of you. We think that can happen soon. We have a lot of plan for our music. Our next song is already prepared. You’ll be able to hear the good news in the near future.