It’s well known that INFINITE‘s Sunggyu is a huge fan of indie rock band Nell, and that the band’s lead vocalist Kim Jong Wan recently produced his album “27.” On May 15’s episode of KBS‘s “Yoo Hee Yeol’s Sketchbook,” Sunggyu talks about just how much Nell has impacted his life and career.
“I’ve loved Nell a lot since I was young – more than you could imagine,” he tells host Yoo Hee Yeol after choosing to perform Nell’s “Time Spent Walking Through Memories” as his first song on the show.
He explains that he used to listen to a lot of hard rock when he was younger, but when he was in his first year of high school he heard one of Nell’s albums on his friend’s mp3 player. “The moment I heard their album,” he says, “I just completely zoned out, it was that great.”
Yoo Hee Yeol then brings Kim Jong Wan out on to the stage to join the conversation about Sunggyu, how they met, and his role in the making of Sunggyu’s album “27.”
Sunggyu says that the first time he ever saw Kim Jong Wan in person was when Sunggyu was practicing in a basement recording studio and he saw Kim Jong Wan came down the stairs. “It was like something out of a movie,” he says. “I might sound like a bit of a pervert if I say this, but I even still remember what he was wearing.”
Kim Jong Wan admits that he hadn’t been expecting a lot before he met Sunggyu, but he was surprised to find that he really liked his voice. He even thought, at that point, that Sunggyu should perform as a solo artist. Although, he says that he’s glad it didn’t work out like that because INFINITE is such a good team. Sunggyu seems quietly thrilled to hear this, as Kim Jong Wan had never told him this before.
According to reports, the full interview included Sunggyu saying that he had become part of INFINITE because he had ended up doing an audition for the group when he was trying to get autographs from Nell.
Look at the adorable face of Nell’s biggest fan as Kim Jong Wan talks about what it was like to listen to Sunggyu singing one of Nell’s songs (no surprise, he liked it!).
You can check out the rest of the interview and Sunggyu’s performances on May 15’s episode of “Yoo Hee Yeol’s Sketchbook”!
Watch him sing “Time Spent Walking Through Memories” now!