The word Kaachi won’t mean a lot to many people, however to K-pop fans around the world, they may know it as the name of a girl group based in the UK.
The group – made up of Nicole, 20, Coco, 26, Dani, 21, and Chunseo, 20 – is a multi-national K-pop group, based in London, who debuted with the song Your Turn earlier this year.
Their debut garnered a lot of attention, both negative and positive, with many questioning how they could be known as a K-pop group when the majority of them weren’t Korean.
Following the buzz, Daily Star Online spoke to the members, who revealed all there is to know about the rising group.
Leader Nicole, born in Venezuela, told us: “The reason we say we’re K-pop is because we’re including the language, we’re doing the synchronised dancing when we’re performing as a group, singing at the same time, something which has been used in K-pop since it was created.
“Visually we try to make it how the visuals from music videos look, because we like how it looks, but also we tried to have some of the western style as well.
“So K-pop, pop, people like lots of different things but as long as people enjoy our music we are good with either of those labels.”
Their debut song, which has close to 10million views on YouTube, definitely caused a stir among K-pop fans, and for the only Korean member, Coco, that’s exactly what she wanted to do.
She explained: “It might be a little bit abstract, but as a Korean, I want to challenge K-pop, so that’s why I’m doing Kaachi.
“I think not only Koreans, but people in any other country, all people can enjoy K-pop or music, whatever, I just want to gather people together in music.”
British member Dani added: “If people don’t want to label us as K-pop that’s fine. What’s more important to us is the fact they enjoy our music, regardless of whether they think it’s K-pop or not.
“We’re doing something that’s a little bit different, so it’s not like traditional K-pop, so we can understand why people would not be sure.
“But as long as people are enjoying our music, are listening to us and appreciate our talents, then that’s the most important thing for us.”
So, other than sounding like “catchy”, which their song definitely is, what does Kaachi mean?
Dani explained: “It has two meanings in Korean, depending on how you spell it.
“One means value, and the other means together. So the idea is that together we bring value.”
The girls have certainly caused a stir so far and told us they were preparing for future music, however couldn’t give too much away.
That news and any subsequent comebacks will more than likely garner the same mixture of reactions from those who enjoy their music and those who don’t.
But youngest member Chunseo, from Spain, told us that they try and focus on the constructive criticism rather than solely negative comments.
Coco added: “This is art and art is always subjective.”
She continued: “I think it is also one of the processes to become better and grow more.
“Actually, there are so many precious comments, because we can see there are still our fans and they always support us, so even though the reaction wasn’t positive, they always supported us and we really appreciate it – that’s why we can work.”