[Interviews with K-odyssey] K-pop girl group Secret Number's Dita

연합뉴스 / 2021-11-27 07:00:39
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"To be a K-pop idol is amazing...don't give up!"
"I started to like K-pop because of 2NE1...they have their own characteristics"
▲ Indonesian K-pop idol singer Dita, a member of girl group Secret Number, poses for a photo prior to an interview in Seoul on Nov. 27, 2021. Secret Number recently released its third single album "Fire Saturday." (Yonhap)

 

 

SEOUL, Nov. 27 (Yonhap) -- Dita, the first female K-pop idol from Indonesia and member of girl group Secret Number, has said becoming a singer in another country is something she never expected.

"I didn't really think I was going to be a K-pop idol, but it feels amazing," Dita said in an interview with K-odyssey on Nov. 27 at Vine Entertainment, located in Seoul. 

The 24-year-old singer, who admires 2NE1, opened up about gaining strength from her beloved fans and presenting better performances as a way to repay her fans' love.

 

Even for Dita, who aspires to continue working with music in the future, it wasn't always easy to become a K-pop idol. However, the singer advises aspiring K-pop idols to not give up "because it's worth it." 


Here is the full interview Q&A with Secret Number's Dita:

Q. Secret Number recently dropped its third single album "Fire Saturday." It has been about a year after the release of your second single album, how do you feel about releasing this new album?

A. I was actually kind of worried because we weren't doing anything for almost a year, so we were worried our fans were going to forget about us. But then, after we released ("Fire Saturday"), the reaction was..I was surprised and kind of relieved that the fans were still there for us.

Q. "Fire Saturday" is receiving a lot of love from fans around the world and I'm sure you are working a busy schedule for different promotional activities. Could you tell us a little bit about your daily routine?

A. On promotion days, we're almost always at the music broadcasting station. We wake up at around 5 a.m. and go to the salon but sometimes we do our makeup in the broadcasting station. We do dry rehearsals, camera rehearsals, and actually perform on stage. In the middle, we have interviews as well. We try to pack as much stuff we can get done in one day. We're currently done with promotion (for "Fire Saturday") now, so these days we're taking our time and we have, like, fan sign events. Fan sign events are my favorite because I actually get to talk to fans and really absorb their positive energy and it's really healing for me.

Q. I heard you liked baking and even baked cookies for the other Secret Number members.

A. I love baking so I still bake. I still give it out to people. My go-tos are brownies and cookies. I know people like my brownies and cookies and they are also really easy to give out--because I can't finish them by myself. But I do make other stuff like cinnamon rolls, apple crumbles, and I'm going to try and make pie.

Q. What are some of your other hobbies and what do you like to do in your free time?

A. I really like drawing as well, but during promotions it's really hard to find the time. It usually takes me four to five hours because I really like to get in the zone and draw. I want to get back to drawing, and a fan also gave us a piano as a gift, so I also want to try learning piano as soon as possible.

 

 

▲ Indonesian K-pop idol singer Dita, a member of girl group Secret Number, poses for a photo prior to an interview in Seoul on Nov. 27, 2021. Secret Number recently released its third single album "Fire Saturday." (Yonhap)

Q. You are the first female idol from Indonesia to debut as a K-pop idol. Did you ever imagine yourself debuting as an idol and living a life as a celebrity?

A. Not to put this in a negative way, but I didn't really make plans in my life. I knew I loved (performing on) stage and I knew I wanted to perform, so any opportunity that came to me, I just took it with responsibility. I had this mindset of (thinking) "if I'm going to take it, I know I'm going to take it and finish it till the end." I was also doing a lot of stuff before my audition (in Korea). I really didn't know I was going to be a K-pop idol, but it feels amazing.  

 

▲ Indonesian K-pop idol singer Dita, a member of girl group Secret Number, talks during an interview in Seoul on Nov. 27, 2021. Secret Number recently released its third single album "Fire Saturday." (Yonhap)


Q. When did you decide to become a K-pop idol?

A. It's not that I had a specific moment (to become a K-pop idol), but when I signed the contract, actually, I was like "I'm going to do this" and "I'm going to keep doing this until I make it."

Q. What made you decide to come to Korea? 


A. I just loved performing and that is also why I went to New York to learn in a musical school. At that time, I was doing Broadway auditions and little gigs. But on the side, I was also doing K-pop dance covers and I took K-pop dance classes because I really enjoy listening to K-pop. So, that's how it started.

Q. You mentioned that you've done Broadway auditions, do you have a favorite musical?

A. A few days after I arrived in New York, I watched "Chicago." I cried, not because I was sad, but because it was so good. It just came to me and I think it's still my favorite Broadway show. "The name on everybody's lips is gonna be...Dita♪" (Dita sings 'Roxie' from Chicago score)

 

 

▲ Indonesian K-pop idol singer Dita, a member of girl group Secret Number, talks during an interview in Seoul on Nov. 27, 2021. Secret Number recently released its third single album "Fire Saturday." (Yonhap)

 


Q. Which K-pop idol group was your favorite?

A. I started to like K-pop because of 2NE1. 2NE1 was huge and they are so cool. (2NE1 members) are all different and we can tell their own characteristics.

Q. Were there any differences between when you were a trainee and after you debuted as an idol?

A. When we were trainees, we only had monthly evaluations and that was it. (The monthly evaluations) were how we would monitor ourselves and receive feedback. But the feedback we got after our debut, were so much bigger because it's not only from the company; it's also from my family, my fans, and also from myself because I was able to see (myself) minutes after my stage. (The fans also) always gave us comments and support messages, which I think was a huge difference.

Q. What would you say is the biggest difference between living in Korea and Indonesia? Could you tell us what was particularly surprising at first?

A. The public transportation was very well systematized in Korea. I really liked that. Also, recycling. I kind of really like it. I really like to organize stuff so it is so satisfying for me.

Q. Are there things you wanted to do or places you wanted to visit in Korea that you haven't done or gone to yet?

A. I've always wanted to go to Busan and Jeju. I went to Busan for a shoot but it was really short. We only stayed for two days and one night. We didn't really get to do a lot of things beside the shoot, so I really want to go back to Busan again. For Jeju, I think the view is going to be awesome.

 

▲ Indonesian K-pop idol singer Dita, a member of girl group Secret Number, talks during an interview in Seoul on Nov. 27, 2021. Secret Number recently released its third single album "Fire Saturday." (Yonhap)


Q. How long has it been since you left Indonesia? Did you have time to visit your family and friends after making your debut as Secret Number? Do you ever feel homesick?

A. I went to New York around 2015, so it's almost been seven years (since I left Indonesia). I visited (my family) once for my sister's wedding and it was nice seeing my family. I forgot how that felt (to be with family). I'm not sure if this counts as being homesick, but when I'm the happiest, like when we receive an award or something, I'm also thinking, "I wish my family was here so I could share this happiness." It is an overload of happiness but I don't know who to share it with. I always share it with my members but they're in the same boat as me, whereas my family have known me since I was born. I think when I'm the happiest, it's also the hardest because I want to share it with them.

Q. Have your parents ever visited Korea?

A. They were actually planning to visit me for my debut. They bought the tickets and everything but because of COVID-19, they delayed it and (the trip) later got cancelled because (the situation) kept getting worse and worse. So, they have not been here after my debut. They can only see (me) through YouTube.

Q. Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

A. If there is any chance, I would love to be doing music because I love music. I'm not going to lie; idol is not a life time job so I think I just want to keep giving people music, performances, or anything I can give them.

Q. Do you have any specific goals you want to achieve as a singer?

A. I want to make another comeback next year with more songs and promote (our group) as much as we can. I also want to make as much music we can for our fans. 

Q. Any words you would like to say to the fans all over the world?

A. Hi guys, this is Dita from Secret Number. First of all, I want to thank you all for your love and support for us. We're going to work hard to give you more music and happiness in the future, so keep supporting us! Thank you!

Q. What would you say to people in Indonesia who aspire to become the next "Dita"?

A. For others that are planning to or dreaming of becoming a K-pop idol, (I want to say) it's not that easy, but you can do it. Just don't give up because it's worth it.

 

 

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