Hello and welcome to Fan Chant, a new weekly column for K-pop fans, stans, and newbies alike. Each week, I’ll be rolling out interviews, lists, and all kinds of content to keep you in the loop on the latest and greatest from our friends in Seoul and beyond.
I’m a Contributing Editor here at Consequence, and while I have the joy of getting to write about so many things — pop and indie music, festivals, and even film and TV — one of my most favorite parts of my job is getting to write about K-pop. I love how passionate K-pop fans are; it’s genuinely rewarding as a writer to get to share my work with people who pay attention to every word choice and turn of phrase in a piece.
The first piece of writing I ever had published here at Consequence was about BTS (way back in 2020, in the “Dynamite” era, which feels like a lifetime ago now). Since then, I’ve had the joy of getting to know so many wonderful artists who might fall under the K-pop umbrella, or make music adjacent to the K-pop world.
If someone were to go tell 2020 Mary that she’d interview j-hope about his solo album someday, let alone within the next five years, she’d probably have thrown up. I’m so thankful to get to share these kinds of special conversations with such incredible, attentive fans — and now, Fan Chant can be a weekly destination for just that.
Thanks for reading, and stay tuned for more treasures to come each week!
Also please consider subscribing to Fan Chant’s weekly newsletter, where I’ll be including some exclusive content and commentary with the fan community. To start, tomorrow I’ll let you know my initial takeaways from the “Bad Decisions” listening session I’ll be attending. Subscribe here!
— Mary Siroky