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

New York (AP) — KANGDANIEL is 1 of K-pop’s brightest stars, but at just 26 many years previous, he’s previously realized there is far more to everyday living than dazzling lights and fancy eating places.

“I like to pursue contentment due to the fact in the close, time is not everlasting … we have to optimize our contentment and it’s practically imprinted in my mind,” spelled out the “Paranoia” and “Nirvana” singer. “There are instances when I had to do one thing that I didn’t want to and I didn’t have no funds, and there was no result that I expected. I was stunned because money did not give me pleasure.”

KANGDANIEL, selected by Forbes Korea as one particular of its best 40 celebrities for 2022, is wrapping up his 1st North American tour, with the ultimate halt in Los Angeles on Saturday.

KANGDANIEL’S path to superstardom began in 2017 right after successful the second year of the truth Tv expertise collection “Produce 101,” which led to the formation of the K-pop boy band Wanna A person. He went solo two yrs later. He unveiled his debut album, “The Tale,” very last yr.

KANGDANIEL, who publicly struggled with melancholy and stress condition in 2019, says the pursuit of joy is not a fanciful want but a way of life.

“A lot of individuals say, ‘Oh, devoid of funds you are not satisfied.’ For me, those two points are different,” stated KANGDANIEL, who grew up listening to an eclectic mix of Inexperienced Day, Nirvana, Michael Jackson and Usher. “That’s why I go after contentment over anything.”

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

Remarks have been edited for brevity and clarity.


AP: This is your 1st tour in the U.S. K-pop is so big all over the entire world. Does crossing about to American supporters make a difference?

KANGDANIEL: K-pop followers are all in excess of the world but The usa is extremely unique because of the Billboard chart. It has a very long heritage, and everybody in the planet has heard of it just before. It’s genuinely effectively known and to be included in the chart, it would be my honor. And I feel the American audience has superior ears for great music. So, if I have a lot more followers in the U.S., they would give me more inspiration to operate more challenging.

AP: You’re deemed as one of South Korea’s most influential celebrities. What does that necessarily mean to you?

KANGDANIEL: A single point I felt for certain, even if I want it or not, I believe I have extra accountability.

South Korea is my property place and there are numerous stars from the country … it’s a duty mainly because they figure out me as a person of the famous people. So, every thing I do, and all the new music I make, I come to feel like I have to do additional and be additional resourceful.

AP: Would you ever reunite with Wanna One particular, even if it was just for a person unique project or tune?

KANGDANIEL: It is not something I can just (approach) right away. But of course, I’m pretty open to it. So, if there’s a fantastic possibility, I’d probably do it. And a minor (whilst) back, there was an awards ceremony. We carried out together as a team, and I truly savored it. It was so a great deal exciting, and I was ready to master a whole lot.

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

KANGDANIEL: It was truly fun … it was a minor bit distinct from what I expected, but then the studying system was very exciting and I savored it.

I appreciate performing on a Tv collection, but following time, if there is an chance, I’d like to make a movie due to the fact I’ve always loved movies. So yup, next time, if there is a possibility (to film a film), I’d like to do it.

AP: What was distinct about filming the Tv set present than you expected?

KANGDANIEL: The routine! (laughs)

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

KANGDANIEL: We can say it is legitimate that K-pop stars are relatively youthful as opposed to other artists in unique scenes and various nations around the world … but truthfully talking, age doesn’t genuinely define the artist. It doesn’t definitely make a distinction due to the fact in Korea, we say there is no age (limit) when studying factors in instruction.

I don’t truly take pleasure in executing a ton of social media accounts, despite the fact that I have a single, and I really do not glance at my phone for hrs … I want to connect and get influenced by other individuals, but not far too substantially info — just right sum due to the fact I want to have an understanding of on my very own, fairly than evaluating myself with some others. (By Gary Gerard Hamilton/AP)

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