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Posted by AKP STAFF Thursday, February 24, 2011

Dalmatian on their comeback, their past, and their loyalty to their fans


When Dalmatian debuted last year with their first mini-album, "Round 1", the group was only able to perform for about two weeks before they wrapped up for a variety of different reasons.  Thankfully, the boys made their return earlier this month and are more determined than ever to show that their nine years of training haven't gone to waste. With two title tracks in tow, the group is receiving the full backing of their agency in order to run a successful promotion this time around.  The members also received complete control over their music direction, lyrics, and styling; they even got help from some of Korea's top producers, like Shinsadong Tiger. Leader Inati revealed, "We really did directly produce everything as much as we could, as well as participate in writing and composing the songs.  The unique style of 'Lover Cop' was our idea, and fortunately, our agency gave us their complete trust.  Even during such difficult times, they produced two music videos for us, so we'll be working extra hard in order to pay them back (laughter)." The group started earning hype nearly four to five years before they actually debuted, so it's easy to see just how long they've trained. For Inati especially, nine long years have gone by. He expressed, "There's really nothing that I haven't tried.  During my senior year of high school, I constructed everything from the street sign to the drains for a hospital, and even did heavy construction work outside of that. Sometimes I worked at a market, and sold items in a stationary store. I think those experiences help me a lot in music." Inati isn't the only member who experienced a difficult time, as the rest of the members also carry strong backgrounds and experiences. Day Day rapped Shinhwa's eighth and ninth albums, and even performed on stage for Hyori's "Shall We Dance." He was even JYP Entertainment's rap instructor for the Wonder Girls and miss A. Dari was also a famous name in the underground scene, and Jisu, who's especially talented in the piano, spent his trainee years helping guide recordings under various composers. He's even worked in a shopping mall for a kids' clothing store in order to buy his own instruments. Youngwon was famous in Busan for his dance skills, and Daniel prepared to debut with B2ST's Yoseob in another agency.  When that fell through, he returned to his hometown in the States and worked various part-time jobs before returning to his dream of becoming a singer. In order to learn Korean, he took the initiative of working in a Korean bakery to brush up his language skills. Their name, like the dog breed, means that they'll always be loyal and never betray their fans. Inati concluded, "We want to be a friendly, honest group, much like the people you can find next door. Like a dalmatian, we'll become a group loyal to our fans!" Source: OSEN via Nate

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