K-Pop Fan Interview: Chantal

Chantal party design 3 by AT KPOP NOW

Could you tell us who you are, where you’re from and give us a little description about yourself?

Hiiii!! My name is Chantal. I’m 19 years old and I live in The Netherlands. My hobbies are dancing, horse riding, photography, traveling, listening to music and going places with my friends.

So how long are you a K-pop fan and how did you get introduced?

A friend of mine introduced me to BTS in September 2019. I was sceptic at first, because I listened to other boybands, but I decided to give it a try. I started learning about the members and listening to their music. In October I officially stanned them as first K-Pop group.

Why do you love K-pop and what makes it different compared to other genre’s?

I love K-Pop, because it has plenty of diversity. There are a lot of different dancing styles in K-Pop and so does their fashion. Most of the groups are telling beautiful messages through music and they work that out in their own language. The fact that K-Pop can spread this throughout the whole world, is really special to me.

If you make K-pop related content could you tell us what you do and why?

I just started an Instagram account for dancing covers (I haven’t posted a cover yet). I actually started dancing too, because of K-Pop. When I found out this is a huge passion of mine, I signed up for lessons and now I’m also doing dance education at school!

Could you tell us your top 5 K-pop groups (in no particular order):

BTS, Stray Kids, Blackpink, Mamamoo and Itzy

Out of those 5, if you had to pick a number 1, who would it be and why?

Definitely BTS. Not only, because it’s the first group I stan, but their music content is different than others. The messages of being secure of yourself and loving yourself, are truly inspiring for the audience that appeal to them.

Who’s your bias. Could you tell us your top 5 (in no particular order):

I actually don’t have a bias. Most people are pretty shocked when they hear that, but I just can’t choose! Every member has something special in their personality or appearance and I also don’t really feel like I have to pick a favorite one. Although, there are always some members who grab my attention more than others. In BTS: it’s the maknae line. Jimin, V and Jungkook are hitting a little different for me. In Stray Kids: it’s Bang Chan, Hyunjin, Han and Lee Know. In Blackpink: it’s Rosé and Lisa. In Mamamoo: it’s Solar and Hwasa. In Itzy, it’s Lia (wow that’s one!). I should’ve warned you to not ask me this question lol.

Imagine getting a wish granted, but it has to be K-pop related: could you tell us what your wish would be and why?

To become a K-Pop background dancer or someone related to a K-Pop idol. I’ve always wanted to be a good singer, but I don’t think songwriting and stuff is something for me. I’m on my way to become a professional dancer now, so I would love to make that a dream come true. I also don’t want to be in a label where it’s forbidden to have a relationship or to be dating someone. I think people should be free to live their personal life and especially their love life, but as long as it doesn’t affect their progress.

Let’s spread some love by giving a big shout out. Who would you like to give a shout out to and why?

A big shoutout to my friend Danique! Without her, I would’ve had no idea when I found out about K-Pop. Also, because I started listening to it we signed up for K-Pop lessons in our city where we are learning K-Pop dances and having a lot of fun! I really found my passion in those songs and now we are developing in more styles and signed up for other dancing classes!

And last but not least: if you could change the world with just one positive message (it doesn’t have to be K-pop related), what would it be?

If I could change the world, it would be to respect and value each other. There are too much people in the world that just can’t accept an opinion and that’s where the drama starts. It’s going on in the world at every moment, but also in K-Pop and I think we should let it be as it is. If you don’t like something or someone, it should be fine and you go on with your life instead of hating or causing trouble.

Official social media link:

Instagram (main): @chantalvdridder_

Instragram (dance):  @dancebychantal

Instagram (photography): @chantalcaptures

Tiktok: @chantalvdridder





Founder and creator @ At Kpop Now "I just love the whole K-pop scene. Not just the artists, but also the fans. The stories directly from the community. From collectors to influencers, from store owners to dancers and dj's. Just everything. To me personally: it's all about the stories."

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