CNBLUE is a strong rock band from Korea. They have trained their music skill as a street musician in Japan for half a year in June 2009. They did also have their music activity in the small venue. They officially debuted on January 2010 in Korea with their mini-album ‘Bluetory’, and also debuted in Japan on October 2011 with the single ‘In My Head’. Now they are grown to a popular band based in the world. Their documentary film ‘The story of CNBLUE/NEVER STOP’ was revealed on 17th January. We, Excite Music staff, got a chance to interview them who are coming to Japan for the movie’s PR.
Excite: When the offer of the documentary film comes first, what do you think about it?
Jonghyun: I think it is too early for us. But since we can film a documentary again, not only this time, it would be good if this film takes part in the process of growing. The title is very ‘NEVER STOP’(Laugh). Because the camera crew filmed lots of video, I thought it was too much(Laugh). But I felt sad when the filming was over.
Minhyuk: I worried first how I should be taken. When the filming was finished, I felt sad too. The camera crew had followed us wherever we were going. In fact, I felt it was annoying (Laugh). But when it was finished, I worried that they had taken the scenes they needed.
Excite: How do you feel after watching this documentary?
Minhyuk: I feel ashamed because my face came up on the big screen.
Jungshin: I also feel ashamed and I wonder to appear on the screen of a theatre. And then, because we have shown our natural self, this film is well made.
Excite: There is a scene in which you visited Shinjuku which is the place that you have had a street performance. We think the street performance was such a hard experience for you, but were there any encouraging events?
Yonghwa: When we did a street performance for the first time, some Korean college students stopped to watch our performance. It was very happy for us.
Jonghyun: Yeah, we were agonizing to keep our performance in that situation because nobody watched our performance. But when we were going to finish performance, they stopped to watch us. It was a great encouragement to us.
Excite: Did you interact with other bands?
Jonghyun: No, we did our utmost to play with each other.
Jungshin: While we were appearing at live house, there was a band who was interested in us. Because we were not good at Japanese, even though we (CNBLUE and the other band) could not communicate, they helped us. They gave us advise and a drink. It was a big help to us.
Yonghwa: They have given us half-finished drinks (Laugh) Of course we received it.
Excite: We were impressed by a scene in which Jonghyun said “I felt to be taken as Vocalist from our band”. It was because Yonghwa had decided to appear in the drama ‘You Are Beautiful’. Now all members are active as an actor, but why are you keeping band activity?
Jonghyun: Because we like music very much, so band activity is not as much work as a hobby. Since music is our favorite, we are keeping to do that.
Excite: Even if you have had something bad, playing with members is fun and you can forget it while playing?
Jonghyun: The stress that I usually have goes away when I listen to music or when I have a concert.
Excite: The first half of your world tour was filmed in this documentary and the last half of it will start next week. By going around the world, are there any changes in your mind?
Yonghwa: Especially nothing. I feel everybody loves my obsession with music, so I have thought that I will do what I want to do.
Excite: What is your obsession with music?
Yonghwa: Composing music, writing lyrics and arranging a lot of music.
Excite: Does this mean that it’s not perceived differently according to the country?
Yonghwa: Yes, it does.
Excite: I see. At the end, please message fans about your documentary film.
Jungshin: This is a movie that has depth, as it’s a work different from a variety program or fiction. Because our natural selves were filmed in it, it would make our fans happy. We keep going our way, please give your love to us. Our Best Album named ‘PRESENT’ is going to be released on the 5th of Februar.
Yonghwa: Exactly, this is the best album that has gathered our Korean songs, please listen to it!
Reveal: the 17th of January~
Translated by Satomi @cnboice
Posted by Linda @cnboice