“What Are You Up To”, TasteMakers? Our Artist of the Week is Kang Daniel!


Kang Daniel became a household name when he first appeared on season 2 of Mnet’s reality audition program Produce 101. With his boy-next-door charms and powerful performances, he quickly attracted the attention of fans all over the world, eventually finishing in first place during the final ranking.

After his breakthrough success as the center of boy group Wanna One, Kang Daniel finally made his much-anticipated solo debut in July earlier this year. With his effervescent personality, strong duality and versatile skills on the stage, it’s no wonder his popularity spans across all generations and genders 🌟

It turns out we have our very own DANITY within the MMT office - this week, we interviewed our UX designer Allison about her favorite artist. Why is Kang Daniel so popular? What is he like in person? What animal does he resemble? 🤔 Allison answers all the important questions and gives her personal insight into what Kang Daniel means to her - check it out below:

Q. When was the moment you first became a fan of Kang Daniel?

Allison: When he first appeared on Produce 101, it was his pink hair and lovely smile that stood out to me. Then, I thought he was especially cool when he finished learning the choreography for “Pick Me” and started teaching the other trainees the dance. Ultimately, it was when he performed “Sorry Sorry” on the show that he became my absolute one pick! 😍

In your opinion, what is especially charming about Kang Daniel? Why do you think he is so popular?

Although he has too many charming features to choose from, I think it’s his smile. When you see Daniel's smile, your mood is instantly lifted! I also think Daniel’s own unique character, duality, considerate personality, and stunning dancing skills are some of the reasons he is so popular (Daniel has previously said that when he dances, he thinks about how the choreography matches the lyrics and tries to tell a story through his moves).

Have you ever seen Kang Daniel in person? If so, what was your impression of him?

I’ve seen him from right in front of the stage at his concert. I thought his smile was mesmerizing, his dancing was so elegant and beautiful, and that his legs were really long!

What are your top 3 Kang Daniel songs and why?

“What Are You Up To”, “Horizon”, and “I Hope”. I love that I get to see all the different sides to Daniel in the music videos for these songs. As he endured some hardships before the release of his solo album, I also feel that the lyrics for these tracks all have deeper meanings attached to them and express his feelings and emotions. For these reasons, I found these songs especially relatable.

What is your favorite Kang Daniel performance?

His debut showcase performance was incredibly moving; he had pushed through difficult times to be able to finally come out on stage as a solo act 😭

If you had to describe Kang Daniel as an animal, what animal would he be and why?

A Samoyed. Kang puppy… no further explanation is needed 😂

As a DANITY, what is your favorite thing about Kang Daniel?
They way he is always so thoughtful and considerate of his fans! 😍

If Kang Daniel came to the MMT office, what would be your reaction?

I think my legs would give out the moment I see Daniel.. but I still hope he would come to my desk 🙏


If you could meet Kang Daniel, what is something you’d like to say to him?

Daniel~ “What Are You Up To” today?

Allison’s recommended picks to send you down the Kang Daniel rabbit hole:

Do we have any fellow DANITY out there? 🙋🙋🙋 What’s your story? How did you get to know and love Kang Daniel?

👇 MAKE for Kang Daniel to bring him to your city now! 👇

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