With the advent of so many survival shows and subsequent project groups, we’ve seen a number of established groups pushing forward without a full lineup (Nu’est W, ACE, etc.) and we’ve seen a number of trainees poised to debut with a group held back while their compatriots tour the globe for ten to eighteen months. It sucks, but there has been some great success with both the project groups and those that have pushed forward despite the upheaval. Nu’est W has won me over so much more thoroughly than Nu’est had done…and I don’t know if it’s because I love an underdog, if I bonded with them on Produce 101 Season 2 more than I had thought, or if the music is just that much more interesting now. I mean, I liked them before, but I would raise a family with them now.
Brand New Music actually went a slightly different direction with a couple of trainees that didn’t make it to Wanna One. Youngmin and Donghyun both did pretty well on the show and garnered a solid fanbase within the public and amongst the other trainees. They are hardworking, talented, and seem like incredibly nice guys and were all but debuted as part of the Brand New Boys. But alas, two of their members were selected to be a part of Wanna One. Their company had a choice to make – put the kibosh on Brand New Boys and figure out new plans, hold off on debuting the group for the nearly two years before Woojin and Daehwi were available and table activities for Youngmin and Donghyun, or figure out a new plan for the duo while the others were promoting. Thank all that is good and pure that they went with the third option and the world was blessed with MXM.
The duo officially debuted in September 2017 with their EP Unmix and has continually put out content over the course of the last year and a half-ish. They have two EPs, a studio album, and a fist full of singles to drool over. They’ve even done a Makestar photobook to tempt us into opening our wallets even further. That’s a lot of stuff in less than two years. They are working their asses off to really hone a fandom.
But now, with the conclusion of Wanna One, Brand New Music is openly talking about bringing their boy group back into action. They’re preparing to debut Brand New Boys this year and with all of the experience all four members have had (I honestly don’t know if it will just be the four of them or if there are more I’m forgetting) throughout 2017 and 2018 and the amount of care and attention Rhymer, the CEO of BNM, has given to their development, I am almost breathless with want for it. I don’t want MXM to disappear and I’m putting my desire for their subunit to continue to produce music into the stars, but I’m also excited to see what all of this talent is going to do when given the space and time to finally come together as grown artists.
I have so much faith in them.
So here’s a taste, if you are unfamiliar with MXM to this point, of what you’ve missed and what you can expect. WOOT!
Knock Knock (Tak Remix), MXM