cignature Discuss Their New Music and Group Identity
cignature answer a wide range of questions about both their fourth EP and overall evolution.
cignature have released a new mini-album, Us in the Summer, which covers topics ranging from young love to reconnecting with one’s inner child. Read on to learn what they shared at a recent press conference about the new EP, their ideal group image, and so much more!
CHAESOL on the impact she hopes cignature’s music has
“In a world where expressing our love has become somewhat challenging, we aim to help people rediscover their inner innocence through our performances and music, as if they’ve returned to their childhood.”
The one word CHLOE uses to describe her youth: “treadmill”
“I just ran through whatever was in front of me… before I became a part of cignature I only studied… I knew nothing about K-pop, but I still… chased my dream of becoming a K-pop idol.”
DOHEE on public perceptions of cignature
“We hope that both the public and our fans see cignature as a group that brings happiness just by watching us. That’s the kind of group we aspire to be.”
JEEWON on her admiration of Aimyon
“Her music captures the essence of youth and its experiences, which resonated with us as we worked on this album. We aimed to create songs that convey the spirit of youth, drawing inspiration from artists like her.”
SELINE on a fact people will be surprised to learn about filming the “Smooth Sailing” music video
“There is a scene with fireworks that appears for like three seconds… While filming this scene, I remember the filming staff, as well as the company staff, put in a lot of effort to create the most beautiful firework[s]. They would light the fireworks one by one to create the most magnificent [ones]... the best… that I’ve ever seen in my life.”
SEMI on what she would tell her younger self
“It is something very common, but I’d still like to tell my younger self, ‘You’re doing great, so don’t give up. Keep following this path.’ It’s the same advice that led me to become a member of cignature, and I want to share that encouragement with my younger self.”
More of cignature’s most interesting Q&A responses
They do not currently have plans for shows in Latin America but expressed excitement about having them in the future.
Filming the “Smooth Sailing” music video in Japan was new for cignature, and they enjoyed the opportunity to improve their teamwork and bond while there.
The group members were very invested throughout the process of bringing this album concept to life, from offering fashion input to adding details to the choreography. They also unanimously chose “Smooth Sailing” as their title track after debating “50-ish” options!
The girls were asked which song from Us in the Summer best represents each member. DOHEE, JEEWON, and CHLOE were given “Smooth Sailing,” for nailing their vocals in it and the song’s overall mood. CHAESOL was given “Little Me,” for being a constant source of advice and encouragement. Lastly, SELINE and SEMI were given “Sorry So Sorry,” for channeling the song’s essence so well during the recording process.
They gushed about how well they felt their debut single, “Nun Nu Nan Na,” represents them, and SELINE even said she hopes the song becomes known as “the Bible of girl group debut songs”!
SEMI shared her wish to someday be on Running Man.
For new fans of cignature, CHAESOL recommends the song “Sirius,” saying that it “has the power to truly soothe your soul.”
SELINE said Santorini, Greece is her dream destination, were she to set sail for anywhere in the world.
They are all fans of hip-hop and would love to try a comeback in the hip-hop genre in the future.
They prepared for this comeback by getting into nostalgia-inducing movies and books, as well as giving the lyrics many revisions to capture the emotions just right.
They praised the music video’s director and expressed interest in working with him again on future videos.
DOHEE said the most major difference from her debut days is how much more excited than nervous she is when performing now.
JEEWON shared that the group members have gotten closer and can now sense what they are each feeling without having to say a word out loud. She went on to say, “The moments when we can uplift each other on stage are when I truly feel our growth as a group.”
Photos courtesy of J9 Entertainment.