K-Interview: We Are The Night

Nikhat Parveen, New Delhi

The Band ‘WE ARE THE NIGHT’ comprising members Goosy (Former Name 9Z), Lil FISH, Phatty.H, Lam; plays sophisticated and dreamlike cinematic sounds combining synthesizers and acoustic instruments. You can see their worldview through the lyrics that carry honest reflections on the theme of anxiety, hope, and love of the present generation. Starting with the single albums ‘Tiramisu Cake’ and ‘Star, Fire, Night’ in 2015, WE ARE THE NIGHT has changed its sound and musical style. In October 2015, the EP album ‘Star, Fire, Night and Such Things’ was released and the album was nominated for the best electronic music of Korean Music Awards. Their songs became famous being in a commercial wherein Park Shin-Hye, a Korean celebrity, appeared on numerous Korean TV shows. In 2018, they became popular among the public appearing on a TV show which is called KBS 2TV Yoo Hee-yeol’s Sketchbook. We would like to extend our thanks and gratitude to WE ARE THE NIGHT for doing an interview with us, which you can read here:

Could you tell us about the origin of your band name, “WE ARE THE NIGHT”? What does it symbolize for you?

Hello, we’re “WE ARE THE NIGHT.” We are a four-members indie-pop band based in Seoul. The team name for “WE ARE THE NIGHT” started with the title of our first album. When we were thinking about what to name the band, we thought that the message in the song “WE ARE THE NIGHT” was similar to the direction we wanted to go. I liked the two-sided way of expressing the word “night.”

How would you describe your musical style and the unique sound of “WE ARE THE NIGHT?”

Goosy/9Z: At first, our goal was to mix acoustic instruments and synthesizers in harmony. We wanted to find a middle ground between analog and digital. Now, I want to express the message in the album in various sounds. The goal is to make people feel as if they are watching a movie when listening to the album.

Goosy/9Z (Ham Byung-sun): Vocalist

Your album, Vertigo, was released in 2019, can you discuss the themes and concepts explored in this album?

Goosy/9Z: [VERTIGO] The album includes songs with various sounds such as “Bunker,” “Dizzy,” and “Snorkeling.” The most important part of this album was to bring back the most beautiful memories while listening to music. Starting with track 1, the last track is played, and I thought it would be an album where I can look back on my past memories.

Video Credits: WE ARE THE NIGHT

How do you balance your individual artistic visions and ideas within the band? How do you collaborate and make decisions regarding songwriting and recording?

Goosy/9Z envisages the concept and message of the album. And the composition mainly starts with Goosy and Lil FISH. After that, we start playing and arranging songs together, sharing ideas with each other. And usually, the recording is done by the band themselves. Depending on the song, I sometimes come and go from home and to the studio. These days, we also talk through video conferencing. I’m thinking about how to do it efficiently.

The band celebrated its 10th debut anniversary. Your debut album, “WE ARE THE NIGHT,” was released in 2013. Looking back, how do you feel about the album now? How do you think your music has evolved since then?

Lil FISH: When I think about our debut album, I was really passionate. That doesn’t mean that our passion has cooled down now. I had a spirit that wasn’t organized back then. I think I’m more careful and focused on the details now. Much has changed in the way you record and how you treat mix and sound.

Phatty.H: At that time, rock sound was the base, and the songs were full of energy and felt like running. The color is very different from now, but I think it’s an album that solves what I want to express at that time after a lot of consideration. I think I’m a little freer in terms of the genre now than I was back then.

Lam: When I listen to the music released before, it feels like I’m looking at a photo album from the past because it’s ourselves. Now, I think all those pasts have met and developed more maturely.

Lil FISH (Jung Won-joon): DJ, Guitarist, Lyricist, Producer

Your EPs Have unique and intriguing titles like “Fly, Avoid, Love the Future” and “The Green Ray.” Could You explain the meanings behind these titles and how they connect to the music on the EPs?       

Goosy/9Z: “Fly, avoid, love the future.” The present feels like a transition to the future, some middle ground. And my thoughts on the future were pessimistic. It’s because of people’s selfishness and greed. However, while working on the album, I came to believe that there is still a feeling of love and hope between people. I wanted to convey hope for the future to us who live today.

Video Credits: WE ARE THE NIGHT

“The Green Ray” is an album inspired by the title of the novel. I thought that we can see each other’s true feelings when we look at the green light in the novel. It’s an album where we thought, “Do we have a green light that we can see each other truthfully, and then what is the light?”

What challenges have you faced as an Indie Rock Band in the music industry? How do you navigate these challenges and continue to create and release music?

Goosy/9Z: The most important thing is whether it can be sustained and what the possibility is. In fact, we still don’t know this part. However, I think the most crucial thing in indie music is to focus on what I want to express. Making and enjoying your own music without being swept around. This is the only way we can do it.  

Lil FISH: I’m still thinking about it, but as a musician, it’s important to write songs without getting tired. I think listeners know that only when they continue to trust and love themselves.

Lam: The activities online are very interesting because it’s an era when everything is spread and known online. It is not limited to activities in Korea, but the route to expand overseas has been facilitated.

I really like your song “Dreamcatcher,” which has received positive attention from the audience. Could you share the story behind making this song and the overall mood of the song?

Video Credits: WE ARE THE NIGHT

WE ARE THE NIGHT: We release quite a few songs that express ‘summer’. Songs like “Hello and Goodbye” and “Summer FIaction” are included in the series. I wanted to release a song with a unique atmosphere that can only be felt in the summer season. I tried to capture a cool and dreamy atmosphere. It is the most hopeful song in our music.

Phatty.H (Hwang Sung-soo): Bassist, Producer, Synthesizer

Could you tell us the story behind your song “Tiramisu Cake?” What inspired you to write a song about this particular dessert, and how did you incorporate the theme of “Tiramisu Cake” into the lyrics and overall musical composition?

Lil FISH: I don’t remember when, but I was drinking coffee alone in a coffee shop. I looked around and they were all couples, and strangely enough, everyone was eating tiramisu cake on that day. At that time, WE ARE THE NIGHT was working on an album and I was thinking about what theme to write, but the name Tiramisu Cake itself felt very pretty. When I have a lot of worries, I usually approach it simply, so I didn’t even try tiramisu cake and hummed the words with a melody. A few minutes later, the chorus was made in a coffee shop and I remember going home and working on it smoothly.

Video Credits: WE ARE THE NIGHT

The album covers of your band often feature unique illustrations and art. Could you talk about the creative process behind designing the album covers? How do you choose the visual elements and artwork that best represent the music and themes of each album?

WE ARE THE NIGHT: Before releasing the album, we think about what images would be attractive when visually expressing the songs we worked on. I look at the works of various designers and send emails to my favorite designers. It explains the message of music that we think of and tells us what parts of his work resemble our music. With a few encounters, images are developed and completed as album art.

Lam (Kim Boram): Drummer

Are there any specific messages or emotions you hope to convey through your music? What do you want listeners to take away from your songs?

WE ARE THE NIGHT: Listening to our music and wanting it to be delivered to you is the power to keep life moving. We want to put various emotions that we feel while living in this era in music. And through that, I want to convey emotions such as consolation, hope, and love. Happy life, and happy memories.

What are your plans and goals for the future of ‘WE ARE THE NIGHT’? Are there any upcoming projects or collaborations that you are excited about?

WE ARE THE NIGHT: We’re taking a break and working on a new album. First, we are planning to release a new song in the second half of 2023. We are not in a hurry and trying to move on slowly.  

Once again, on behalf of our entire team at Hallyuism, we would like to thank WE ARE THE NIGHT for taking out their valuable time for this interview, and we are deeply honored. Wishing the team the best in all their future musical endeavours and life ahead! We hope you all loved reading this interview as much as we loved conducting it. Let us know your thoughts in the comments!



33 Comments Add yours

  1. Hema says:

    Its because of this article I got to know about another group which is cool and awesome. I will look forward to their activities:)

    1. Moumita Mondal says:

      I listened their song dreamcatcher which is a perfect summer song for me. Now I’m gonna listen all other songs too. Thanks a lot for this wonderful interview. Wishing the team a great future ahead. Fighting💜

    2. Dikshitha says:

      They’re so cool especially their thoughts😍😍…. wishing them good luck for their new album…🙌🙌

  2. Navya Sharma says:


    1. areezasaifi1 says:

      I really like their songs as they’re so different and inspiring. And i really enjoyed reading the interview. Great work done! ☺️👍💕♡

  3. I would love to listen to this band. Thank you for interviewing them.

  4. DJ says:

    Thankyou for this article 💞💞

  5. Asma Pandey says:

    Would love to listen this band

  6. aanchaltekriwal says:

    I like how they said they want to communicate emotions such as consolation, hope, and love through their music. I’m going check out more of their songs.

    1. Pooja Vishwanathan says:

      Very informative and well written. Wishing the team all the very best for their new album ❤️

  7. Anonymous says:

    I like how they said they want to communicate emotions. I’m going check out more of their songs.❤❤

  8. The idea of making a song as if it’s a movie >>>> NICE

  9. Sruthi E P says:

    Great effort 👍

  10. Tirna says:

    The interview is well written and amazing. I never knew of this band, I would be sure to check out more. Thank you for writing the article. 💜

    1. Pranjul Sharma says:

      Woah, I wasn’t aware of it earlier, thanks for sharing So passionate they are, the Summer and Hello are really best ^^

  11. Goldigajbhiye says:

    Me on my way to listen to their music 🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️

  12. Anonymous says:

    Wow this article really made me interested in their songs. I’ll listen to them right now.

  13. svt says:

    I really enjoyed reading the interview with WE ARE THE NIGHT and getting to know more about the band’s unique sound and creative process. Thanks to the article, I discovered their music and was impressed by their ability to blend rock, pop, and electronic elements into something truly special. The passion and dedication that the band puts into their music is truly inspiring. 🔥🔥🔥

  14. Anjum shaikh says:

    Really lots of respect to there efforts 😍😍

    1. areezasaifi1 says:

      I really like their songs as they’re so different and inspiring. And i really enjoyed reading the interview. Great work done! ☺️👍💕♡

  15. Devanshi Bisht says:


  16. Shruti gone says:

    Wow! I love the trio ❤️.and the article is written so good.🙏

  17. Melissa says:

    always excited to discover new artists with new tones and music

    hallyuism_india really helping me grow my interests. The article is so informative… thanks for info…..

  18. Melissa says:

    always excited to discover new artists with new tones and music. Very informative article…. Hallyuism really helping me grow my interests.

  19. Sabitri Manna says:

    NiCe article

  20. Rahana says:


  21. rynwrsi says:

    Listening to the music as i am writing this message. Great article

  22. I really loved the interview good to know about their works and the genres they are focusing ❤️❤️

  23. Jayati says:

    Great interview

  24. Isha Sharma says:

    Great interview

  25. Sabrina says:

    I found them on Spotify and really enjoy their music. It’s hard to get any information about indie groups when you don’t live in the same country. Thanks for the article!

  26. Shilpa says:

    Well done 👍

  27. Thanks to this intervieww, I discovered a new artist! Amazingly interviewed!

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