Classical Musicians React: 15& ‘Sugar’


Jarod: I feel like…
Katie: Wait, wait… Umu: All right, so 15& is a duo under JYPE. Davis: Wait a second..you mean there’s not 15 of them? Umu: No. The reason why they’re called 15& is because both of them debuted when they were 15 years old. Davis: Ok, well that was gonna be my next guess, which is a little bit more insane to think about–15 years old. Umu: And they’re under JYPE, so same company as Day6, Got7 and Twice. Umu: Fun fact, again, one of the members completed same exact show as AKMU and Lee Hi, and she’s the one who won first place versus Lee Hi–one of the ladies in this. Lindsey: What?
Umu: Yes. Also, right now they’re working on solo careers, but they did put out a few duets together. But sadly, they aren’t like really together anymore. Umu: Don’t know why. But anyways, yeah, so this is 15&. Naoki: So is this referencing Maroon 5 in any way? Umu: Nope. Stephen: Sugar!
Naoki: Sugar! Yes, please! Katie: And! Ooh! Hugo: What?! That was great! She held the drumsticks totally wrong! It was like… Stephen: When they were like going down..like, you see how you hear the snare drum and her hands aren’t actually hitting the drum? Stephen: Sorry. Not to like, point out stuff like that, but it’s funny. Peyton: She’s not really playing those drums, but whoever is is killin’ it.
Davis: Yeah Davis: Whoever’s doing all of this like, weird Motown soul stuff in a K-pop song deserves an award. Peyton: For sure. Khanh: Wow! Khanh: That’s some close micing on those vocals Jeremy: I like this. Ooh, it’s building!
Hugo: I know, I like it! They’re building up! Lindsey: It just went to like more of a slightly different feel in the background. It got a little bit more like a 1, 2, 3, 4, whereas before it was more just like (snapping fingers slowly). A little heavier texture, too. Naoki: I’m liking the movement in the bassline.
Stephen: Oh, yeah. Naoki: How they use it when they’re not singing, to like keep it moving. It’s like riffed.
Stephen: It’s totally…Yeah. No, seriously, it reminds me of something like Bruno Mars would do, which is like kinda influenced by
Naoki: Oh, yeah, true , true, true.
Stephen: Like that James Brown kind of influence. Hugo: Ooh! That was a nice, ” Hey, hey, hey, yeah.” Kevin: Six, seven. Six, seven.
Khanh: Oh, wow! Kevin: Major
Khanh: Major. Yeah. Jarod: We often call the drummer in the big band the bus driver, because they really like, you know, take us where we’re going rhythmically, and just foundationally with the music. This could just use a little bit more drums. Naoki: The chords are pretty crunchy when they do “sugar”. Stephen: Yeah, I was gonna say, it’s like despite all the stuff we said earlier, it’s a super complex and really cool, interesting song.
Naoki: Yeah
Stephen: Like arrangement-wise, it’s super arranged, which is really awesome. Hugo: Oh, oh, oh! Oh sh*t! Okay, okay, I see you!
Jeremy: Ooh! Damn. Yeah! Khan: Oh! Kevin: Parallel major!
Khan: Yes! Emiel: This is nice. Different texture. Breakdown section. Kevin: Ooh! It went on the black! It went on the black borders! Khanh: What? What? Kevin: The sugar cube went on the black borders
Khanh: Oh, whoa! Khanh: Yeah!
Kevin Whoa! Jarod: I feel like…
Katie: Wait, wait.. Hugo: I was not expecting a rap in the middle of this,
Jeremy: Neither did I.
Hugo: and I’m actually really excited about it. Jeremy: Yeah Hugo: Yeah, then they come back!
Jeremy: That was good! Hugo: That was so good! Emiel: Back to the chorus. Henry: This is definitely a real bassist, and it makes a difference, I’m telling you. Katie:This is very like, I feel like I’m on a roller coaster, and I’m going through different parts of a theme park Jarod: True. Davis: Somehow, it seems like they’re combining styles, but it also still just sounds like its own thing, you know? Henry: I’m not so much confused by the images as I am confused by like the fused… Yeah, it kind of wants to be a couple different songs. Hugo: Damn!
Jeremy: I liked that.
Hugo: That was awesome! Jeremy: That was awesome!
Hugo: That was so cool! Jeremy: It was like really simple, and it was just like they kept a real. Hugo: Yeah!
Jeremy: It was like they were having a good time.
Hugo: And the song had direction.
Jeremy: Um, hmm. And like, the rap was surprising but not like the other one that was ????? like, oh! Oh, f*ck! What’s going on?
Jeremy: What’s going on? Hugo: It was like, oh! Cool! I dig this! Yeah!
Jeremy: Yeah. They did like a rap break. I liked that.
Hugo: Exactly. Well it gave it a break. Like it gave it a break, and then they led back into it, and it was awesome.
Jeremy: Right. Hugo: We’re like, f*ck yeah! I really dug that.
Jeremy: Me, too. Stephen: I thought that was great. So, like, besides, next all the stuff I said in the beginning about just like what it visually looked like to play the drums, it was actually a really sick song. Like, it’s super heavily arranged. They’d go from like regular, just kind of like common time or just like a regular groove to like cut time, which was really, really cool. Naoki: I thought they had really strong vocals, which was good,
Stephen: Yeah backed with like really good instrumentals, solid bass, solid harmonies. Yeah.
Stephen: Yeah
Naoki: It was fun. Emiel: That was good.
Henry: I really liked that. Yeah. I mean the drumming was infuriating!
Emiel: Oh, no.
Umu: What about it? Henry: It was all wrong. First of all… Emiel: It just looked off-sync. Umu: Oh, so in the music video it was totally wrong.
Henry: Oh, you can just see.
Emiel: It was bad. Henry: It’s like the snare drum happens on like, two and four, and she’s hitting clearly on one and three. Like no one even tried to teach her. Things like musicians not playing the instruments even remotely well. Or, like, you’d be really pissed off if the lip-syncing was off, wouldn’t you? So like,
Umu: That’s what happened. Yeah.
Henry: That’s important. Emiel: If you listen to this, it sounds like they didn’t cancel out frequencies with other tracks. It just sounds like, shhhhhhhhhh.
Henry: Oh, yeah, those drums sound poorly spliced. Emiel: Do you see how like, they have so much stuff going on that could just pop out so much more in the audio, but I feel like they just didn’t mix it at all, because all the frequencies from different tracks are cancelling each other out.
Henry: I think this was, again, we’ve been talking a lot about like small things that we’ve been picking up on, but I think the content of the song is cool. It shows that there’s like actual songwriting ability that can be had, and that these two are actually really talented. I really like their vibe together as the two females. I think that that’s something that we haven’t seen a whole lot of. Normally we see like a girl group as like many of them,
Umu: Um, hmm.
Henry: or a solo artist.
Emiel: True Henry: You don’t really see like a girl duo super often, or at least I can’t remember the last one that we’ve seen. There’s a lot of good stuff that was hidden or wasn’t as prominent because of the fact that there were things about it that were just sloppy. Davis: I realized…so I was trying to figure out why it sounded like it wasn’t ever like cadencing, and like rhythmically, it sounded like the phrase wasn’t really starting on one, so that was pretty cool. Like it was going, and then I was like, I think…is that where it’s going? But then it just kept going. Like it was really hard to find like a point where it actually was just like ba, du, du, and, okay! And here’s like a point.
Peyton: Boom!
Davis: We’re gonna keep going from there. I guess that’s an interesting way to keep the momentum of your song going is to, I mean, maybe harmonically you could go to one, but rhythmically, it doesn’t have the same like, landing thing. Khan: it’s really interesting, it opens up with with like kind of half-time, like hard groove. Kevin: Yeah, exactly. And it never comes back. Khan: Yeah Kevin: It’s like an intro. How cool is that? Khan: Like that snare placement. (mimicking snare) Kevin: Gah! Gah!
Khan: I like that. It’s so cool. And it works. Kevin: And harmonically it’s not the most interesting per se, but it works.
Khan: I thought there were some pretty cool moments in there. Kevin: Yeah, yeah.
Khan: Like the parallel major stuff.
Kevin: Parallel major and the relative major in the chorus.
Khan: In the chorus, yeah. Umu: Hello everyone, welcome to our channel. If you’re new, I’m the channel runner and producer of this series. Thanks for watching this video. If you enjoyed it, don’t forget to subscribe. Also, if you’re curious to see what else we’re going to react to in the future, go ahead and check the description for a bunch of links that I have to playlists and schedules. Also, please check our Patreon if you want to support us. Patrons get access to unedited, full length reaction videos, access to exclusive content, as well as early access to all the videos posted on here, and more. So thank you so much, and I hope you have a wonderful day.