At the end of January, Infinite wrapped the North and South American leg of their second world tour, the Infinite Effect World Tour, in New York, marking yet another milestone in the group's half-decade together. While the dazzling performance proved why the septet's live show is a cut above other K-pop acts, what's perhaps more remarkable is what the guys show behind-the-scenes.
Fuse was the only outlet to chat with Infinite during their U.S. tour, and we not only found out about their plans for a new group comeback, but also got some insight into the undeniable bromance they've created throughout the years. Read on to see their heartwarming responses about what they've learned from one another, along with their best fan memories, album news, and what they thought when underwear was thrown at them.
Fuse: Welcome back to New York, Infinite! What have you guys been up to?
Sungyeol: We're happy to be here in New York. When I was here two years ago, I wanted to go to the Statue of Liberty, but I wasn't able to go. But this time, I actually went to it and I was really happy to see it. I felt free when I saw it.
Hoya: I also went to the Wall Street to visit the bull statue.
Woohyun: Yesterday I went to Phantom of the Opera. Wow.
How were the previous cities on the tour?
Sungyeol: We had shows previously in L.A., Vancouver, Santiago, and all that. New York is really cold right now, but when we were in Chile, it was really really hot, and we really enjoyed the weather.
Sunggyu: And the wine!
You're coming to the end of your Infinite Effect world tour, which is your second world tour. How is it different than your first, 2013's One Great Step?
Hoya: Even though I'm a singer and performer, on the first tour I was amazed by all the place that I hadn't been to yet. Fans were always amazed to Infinite, but it was amazing for us to see all the fans from all around the world. We decided to do an even more perfect show this time, compared to the last shows, and that's what we're trying to do on this tour more than ever.
You had some surprising items throw onstage. L, I heard someone threw their underwear at you. What was your reaction?
L: (Laughs.) First off, I was embarrassed. Really embarrassed. It came to me as a culture shock because I didn't realize really passionate fans from South America threw their underwears to us. I was embarrassed, but at the same time I was happy about it. I felt good.
Sunggyu: He's keeping it! (Group laughs.)
L: (Laughing.) Joke! He's just kidding.
Were there any really memorable fan interactions or really touched you?
Hoya: For me, the fans in Poland were not just screaming, but stomping the ground so the whole venue was shaking like it was an earthquake. It was amazing.
Woohyun: When we sing, the fans were singing along together. Singing is how we connect with the fans. It's really fantastic.
I heard you're dealing with a leg injury, Hoya. How is it?
Hoya: It's getting a lot better, but it's still injured. I'm exercising everyday to make sure I can give a better performance.
I've always loved how every member is involved in sub-unit and solo projects. Are you planning of any new units or solo albums at the moment?
Dongwoo: We're always thinking about new units. We're thinking about it and planning for it, but nothing confirmed.
You've been together for five years. What have you learned about one another in that time?
Hoya: There's a lot to learn from one another. Everyone has their own advantages so we always try to learn good things from one another, not bad things.
Sunggyu: I learned from Sungyeol--he's the type of person who thinks a lot and considers a lot. He's a very direct person, but he thinks a lot before he takes action. And he colors his hair a lot, but that's something I don't want to learn from him.
Sungyeol: And I've learned from Sungjong. I'm amazed by Sungjong's reaction to fans and [how] he's always so loving to fans. And that's something we look up to. In fact, we think Sungjong could be a politician or some kind of lobbyist.
In your five years together, have there been parts of the job that you haven't liked?
Dongwoo: Lack of sleeping.
Woohyun: Sometimes we feel bad when the members aren't together. Yesterday, we had [split into] two teams. We had a tourist team and a shopping team. But Sungjong went out by himself. It was something I felt bad about because I wanted to be with him. So I was kind of sad because he was kind of sad and that's tough.
Who was the tourist team and who was the shopping team?
Sunggyu: Shopping team was me, Woohyun and Sungyeol. Tourist team was Dongwoo, L and Hoya. And Team Sungjong. Three teams!
You clearly have a lot of good teamwork. How do you resolve issues?
Sunggyu: We fight! (Laughs.) But then we say sorry. Communication and conversations resolves all issues. And then shopping team will shop.
And looking forward, what else is coming in 2016? What are you excited about?
Woohyun: We're working on a new album. We're also preparing the encore concert of this show in Korea for Korean fans.
What message do you have for the international fans who are already missing you?
Hoya: We want to say, we're away but our minds are together. It might be "out of sight, out of mind," but we'd rather say out of sight, in mind. That's actually why we composed the song "Together," because we're always together. Even when we're away technically.