LOS ANGELES, CA-
“… Don’t tell anybody… but I had my money on a different Korean pop act to break out in the states before BTS. That group was Day6. Why did I think they would break out first? Because they are an actual band (each member played an instrument) and their music just rocked harder. Over the years, Day6 has gone through some changes, with one member doing his mandatory military service in the Korean army, and 3 of the original members embarking in a “sub-unit” group called Even of Day. Park Jae-hyung p/k/a “Jae” a/k/a “eaJ” appeared to be the odd man out, but that hasn’t stopped him from working on his own music.
The joy that eaJ had on stage was palpable. He was clearly in constant disbelief looking out into the audience of 30,000, not believing the cheering fans when he asked, “How many of you people actually know me?” Even though the cheers were deafening, he laughed, “You’re lying!”
The funny thing about eaJ is that none of his “official” music is on any streaming platforms (except Youtube). So the fact that he’s performing on the main stage with that in mind kind of blows my mind. That’s not to say that he doesn’t have a ton of music that’s been released. In fact, during his performance, he had the lovely Seori, who performed just a little earlier in the evening, for their duet of “It just is” and also had keshi pull up on stage for “pillows”. eaJ then closed out his thirty-minute set with a passionate performance of “Guess Not”…”