1TEAM Members Talk About Their “MIXNINE” Experience, Role Models, And More
Five-member boy group 1TEAM recently made their debut with “VIBE.”
The group includes Lee Rubin and BC (Jin Sungho), who previously appeared on JTBC’s “MIXNINE” and Mnet’s “Boys24.”
At their debut showcase on March 27 at the Olympic Park K-Art Hall, the 1TEAM members talked about their trainee periods, their experience on survival programs, and their role models in the industry.
Lee Rubin said, “I was a trainee for a long time. I was at a lot of different agencies and in a lot of different groups that fell apart before their debut. When 1TEAM set our debut date, I got nervous despite myself. I listened to lectures given at my agency and learned about how to manage stress as a trainee. The lecturer said, ‘People don’t have to be perfect. They can rest at times.’ I felt more at peace with myself after hearing those words.”
BC said, “The CEO tells us to write three lines in a journal every day. What we did that today, what we felt, what was memorable. Looking back on the past helps us prepare for tomorrow. He told us to read more than one book a month and the members each picked out a book and we talked about what we read with each other.”
Rubin also picked Shinhwa as his role models. “The CEO and the staff have all worked with Shinhwa for a long time. It naturally came about that we liked Shinhwa as well. They put out albums regardless of the trends.” 1TEAM’s agency, Liveworks Company, is one of the companies that handles Shinhwa’s promotional activities as a group as well as managing Shin Hye Sung and Lee Min Woo’s individual careers.
Rubin said later about his “MIXNINE” experience, “It’s hard to tell what level your skills are at when you practice only inside the company. I went on ‘MIXNINE’ and I could tell what level the other trainees were at, and improved from the judges’ advice.”
BC added, “I learned how hard the trainees at other agencies work. I reflected on myself, ‘Do I work this hard?’ It became a motivator for me to work harder, and it was good to be able to talk over our concerns with other trainees.”