An EP is a musical recording that contains more tracks than a single but fewer than an album or Long Play
It would be recalled that on March 31, 2023, the K-pop group unveiled an image showcasing a first look into their upcoming mini album through their official social media platforms.
The teaser image shows still photos of a bed on a puddle of water, a reading lamp, and a boxing ring, all tinted in shades of blue.
After a 6-month long tour of 29 shows across 21 cities, the 13-member boy band finally released their tent Korean-language mini-album ‘FML’, alongside a visual for one of its two singles, ‘Super’.
The EP was released on April 24, 2023, and titled “Fuck My Life (FML)”
It had songs such as “Dust”, “I don’t understand but I luv you” and FML, the title track.
The song seamlessly blends modern sounds with traditional beats. Listening to the song, the 13 members’ performance and synchronization are unmatched.
One of the tracks titled “Fire” is without a doubt a masterpiece and typifies what great music should sound like.
In the song, the singer spoke about having the confidence to rise against all odds. He however, said that he has got the fire and will never retire.
But in FML, which has become one of the favourite tracks in the EP, Seventeen explains why “Fuck My Life” has been a way of expressing his experience in life.
All the 13 members were featured in the clip, which had a narrator asking, “How do you define the world that surrounds you? In the middle of this f—ing world. You’re not allowed to feel happy. But you deserve to be happy. So fight. Fight for your life.”
This is a lyric everyone can relate to.
Seventeen is considered a “self-producing” idol group, with the members actively involved in songwriting and choreographing, among other aspects of their music and performances.
They perform as one group and are divided into three units – Hip-Hop, vocal, and performance – each with a different area of specialisation.
They have been labeled “Performance Kings”, “Theater Kids of K-Pop”, and “K-Pop Performance Powerhouse'” by various domestic and international media outlets.
Seventeen also sets itself apart for being larger than most Korean idol groups. The size creates opportunities for visual storytelling through the act’s formation in performances.
They were 13 members, combining dance-pop, R $B, and even some dubstep and Hip Hop units comprising native South Korean members S.Coups.
Despite its large size, Seventeen has also earned recognition as one of the most synchronized K-pop acts.
The choreography video for “Don’t Wanna Cry,” for instance, shows all members dancing with extreme precision and near-perfect timing.
All the 13 members have contributed to the group’s creative process since their debut in 2015.
The group consists of S.coups, Wonwoo, Mingyu, Vernon (the hip-hop unit), Woozi, Jeonghan, Joshua, DK, Seungkwan (the vocal unit), Hoshi, Jun, The8, Dino (the performance unit).
The reason behind their name is that they are 13 members, plus 3 units, plus one team – Seventeen!
The leader of both Seventeen as a whole and the hip-hop unit, S.Coups shoulders the most responsibility. His leadership strength lies in his ability to find opportunities for all members to shine, sometimes by stepping back himself. With a stage name that combines “S” for the first letter in his name, Seungcheol, and “Coups” for “Coup d’état,” S. Coups has a dominating presence onstage as he raps and dances.
The Korean media and general public have described them as the “Self-Produced Idol.
Seventeen are not the first idol to self-produce, but they have been able to show their talents and they were celebrated for it.
They were heavily involved in all creative aspects of the group, from music to choreography isn’t the only impressive thing the Seventeen did.
They were recognized for being one of the most synchronized acts and have rightfully earned the title “K-Pop Performance Powerhouse.”
Although Seventeen debuted in 2015, their journey started back in 2012 when Pledis Entertainment posted on their YouTube channel a video titled Seventeen TV, hinting at the debut of a new boy group in the company.
The world was first introduced to the trainees through Seventeen TV which was streamed on UStream.
The live-streaming show went on for five seasons in the span of two years and showed the trainees as they went through the training process in the company’s iconic “Melona” green practice room.
With the company facing financial difficulties prior to the launch of the new boy group, their initial debut set for 2013 got pushed back multiple times, which led some trainees to leave the company before debuting.
At some point in that time, the group decided to take matters into their own hands and began learning how to make their own music. Woozi, who is now known as the main producer of Seventeen, got his start in composing music by playing around on an application he found on member Wonwoo’s Macbook during trainee days.
Eventually, a teaser dropped on April 19, 2015, revealing that the remaining trainees would appear in Seventeen Project.
Unlike other elimination-style debut shows, the 13 members worked together through a series of missions to improve their skills to impress the general and music industry professionals rather than competing against each other for a chance to debut.
Doubts of success simply based on their large headcount, the song peaked at No. 13 on the Billboard World Digital Song Sales Chart. The EP itself peaked at No. 4 on Gaon—marking an incredible beginning for the rookie group to assert itself as the known “Self-Produced Idol” they are today.
The path to success hasn’t been the easiest when faced with many challenges, but with a strong sense of teamwork and enough passion to literally destroy a stage floor during a performance, Seventeen have become one of the most well-known and respected idol groups in the music industry today.