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Akdong Musician Explain Why They Chose To Sign With YG Entertainment

Akdong Musician said YG Entertainment "didn't try to teach" them anything? But why did they go for the agency? Here's why.

May 18, 2014 09:50 AM BST
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In a recent interview with TV Report, successful sibling duo Akdong Musician explained why they made the decision to sign with YG Entertainment after they won "K-Pop Star 2".

The siblings said, "In the first place, we made our decision without any other motives. We reflected back on the entire audition process. We experienced the most freedom with YG Entertainment. [Yang Hyun Suk] heard our sentiments as artists, and he afforded us the freedom to experience for ourselves what this would all be like."

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Akdong Musician also shared their thoughts on SM Entertainment and JYP Entertainment. They said, "Both companies taught us well. However, YG Entertainment didn't try to teach us anything. Instead, they told us, 'You guys should [learn] to decide for yourselves, do something that's fun for you.' That's what we liked about them. They didn't make us undergo any sort of training. We used to listen to Epik High songs back then, but when we first met them it wasn't at all awkward and was actually fun. We liked that kind of environment."

Lee Chan Hyuk and Lee Soo Hyun admitted that they had no prior knowledge about who Yang Hyun Suk was. As they spent most of their lives growing up in Mongolia as part of a family on a missionary journey, it was difficult for them to adapt and become familiar with the K-Pop culture.

They shared, "Before we came on 'K-Pop Star', we didn't know anything about SM, YG, nor JYP. We looked them up and studied hard before we met the judges. We were even surprised to learn that Yang Hyun Suk is such a significant name in the industry. We only knew that he had been parto of Seo Taiji and Boys and sand 'I Know'. We even saw his dance rehearsal video. It was amazing!"

Now that they're settled in YG Entertainment, the siblings also opened up about their relationship with Yang Hyun Suk and how they felt a bit nervous after signing an exclusive contract with the agency.  They said, "We heard that [Yang Hyun Suk] was a scary person, so we naturally assumed he would really be like that. But when we got to know him as our CEO and not the show's judge, he was even more nicer when it comes to treating us. He took care of us as if he were our own father. When we had our meals, he would even set aside dishes for us so that we'd be able to eat comfortably. The people [at the agency] also surprised us."

Finally, the siblings shared how their relationship with their agency seniors is. "As part of the maknae group, we actually get along well with Lee Hi. The company adores all three of us equally. They also allowed us to go to the [YG Family concert] in Japan. Lee Hi thought she was going to be the youngest in the agency forever, but instead now she gets to be called 'unnie' by Lee Soo Hyun. We're really happy that we were able to meet Big Bang, 2NE1, and Epik High. It's amazing how we're now in the same company as the artist whose songs we listened and sang to all the time."

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