Watch: Rain And Zico Share Thoughts On Each Other And Bang Si Hyuk + Their Roles In “I-LAND”
Mnet’s upcoming reality show “I-LAND” released a new interview of the show’s producers Rain and Block B’s Zico!
“I-LAND” is the first project from BELIF+, a joint venture between CJ ENM and Big Hit Entertainment. Launched by Mnet, “I-LAND” is an observation reality show that follows the creation process of next-generation K-pop artists. The program will share the process of participants competing against and working with each other. Recently, Mnet announced that Rain and Zico would be participating as producers, while Namgoong Min will be the show’s storyteller and Bang Si Hyuk will be the general producer.
In the interview, Rain and Zico raise anticipation for the upcoming program. Zico begins by describing “I-LAND” as the ideal place that contains all that’s necessary in order to foster global K-pop artists. Rain explains, “Through diverse tests, the contestants will carve out their own fates with their teammates.” He adds that the process will unfold like a story in a movie and that he feels as if he has become a character in this fantasy-like world.
Zico also shares his thoughts on his role, explaining, “As a producer and as someone who has started this field of work earlier and gone through the experience of it, I want to personally supply the know-hows that I experienced and accumulated till now.” Rain explains that since he has directed performances for nearly 20 years, he feels as if he could teach contestants about how to look the best on stage while having an enjoyable time.
Furthermore, Rain reveals that it is an honor to work with Bang Si Hyuk as a member of the producing team since he also auditioned in front of the producer 21 years ago. Zico praises Bang Si Hyuk for his achievements and talks about Rain’s influence on him as an artist by revealing that he was so captivated by Rain’s performance of “How to Avoid the Sun” that he still watches the performance to this date. Rain also compliments Zico as a producer with an exceptional understanding of the current trends. Finally, the two wrap up the interview by sharing their excitement for their upcoming collaboration as producers.
Watch the full interview below!
“I-LAND” will premiere on June 26 at 11 p.m. KST.