We interviewed CNBLUE about their new song ‘Go Your Way’ in our last issue, and then we interview them about their new album ‘WAVE’ in this issue. Let’s read it.
Your new album in Japan ‘WAVE’ that is been 1 years and 1 month since your last album will be released in September!
Jungshin: I think this album is very good!
I think so. I think it’s going to be a famous album. So, why did you name‘Wave’ this album?
“Wave is the shape that has top, middle and bottom. We think our album includes various of songs like wave shape, so we named this album ‘WAVE’.”
Yonghwa: Our music expands the world like wave… forever…
Is this the meaning that the people who hear this album as if rides the wave, or your music rides the wave?
Yonghwa: That has lots of meanings. We think we want people who hear our songs will feel our music like they ride a wave, and we want our music spread out the world while involving other people. Personally, I think it is the best that CNBLUE’s music spread out far afield.
We think there are many songs that were felt fresh in this time’s your album. First of all, we would like to hear about Introduction that is the first track. You restore to put the introduction in your album. It is the same as your indie label album and your 1st album. We interviewed when you released your 1st album, you talked about an introduction that can express the world of your works like a concert starts with an introduction.
Yonghwa: This is not why we put an introduction in our album this time. We made a guitar riff first, and then we put a melody on it. So we started to think about an introduction.
Jungshin: An introduction has to come the first of the album, I think if we hear it, we can understand the atmosphere of the album.
How does Jonghyun think about it?
Yonghwa: do you think the same?
Jonghyun: An introduction makes an album stands out. We hear the whole album through the introduction, we can feel fresh aura.
By the way, we are going to ask the song that was composed by Yonghwa. About ‘Radio’, this is the lead song, isn’t this?
Everybody: Yes it is.
We think this time’s your album has the element of EDM (*Electric Dance Music) especially ‘Radio’
Jungshin: It might not so
Yonghwa: Jungshin, the interviewer is still asking.
Jungshin: ahaha… Sorry.
I’m keeping to ask. (Laugh) Especially ‘Radio’ has Dubstep (*repercussive electric sounds) that is used in EDM through the song and has the strong electro sounds. But its lyric is kind of…
Yonghwa: Kind of analog?
Yes. I am really interested these parallels between a digital and an analog. Where did you get this idea from?
Yonghwa: I had a consciousness of these parallels. There was already the word ‘Radio’ when I composed this song. The arrange has the elements of digital, but it has also the elements of analog sounds. That lyric is also an analog like, because I had an image that a sense of nostalgia. When we arranged it, I always remembered an image that an analog in a digital. I think that I could make this song interesting.
Except the ‘Radio’, ‘Lonely Night’ has lots of scratch sounds and ’Still’ has an electric sound before the bridge. Although I think this time’s your album has the elements of EDM through the whole album, what do you think a fusion with EDM and Rock?
Yonghwa: EDM and Dubstep are popular now, and I think EDM is similar to Rock in some part. The reason is rhythm. I think the rhythm is similar. EDM and Rock has a big difference for the instrument. But when we try to make use of their talents, they seem fit to each other. A digital and a band is only different from the color,
There are some similar elements, in fact.
On a personal note, I thought EDM is completed by oneself in a home. On another front, Rock is consisted as a band. It is a big difference.
Yonghwa: Because I like collecting equipments, I used to buy lots of instrumental and equipments and look up them. About a band, there is each member of each instrument and try to make one music. But DJ is a work by oneself, like work seriously thoroughly, right? For example, I can choose the melody’s length and when I take the effect, it’s depends on ourselves. This is the big difference. But I think EDM is easy to try. If I could just say without fear of misunderstanding, I think we can challenge EDM without study, because we used to express rhythm and melody using by instruments, but now digital can make these sounds using by one equipment. I know EDM or sounds of electronic coming from the sounds of connection of the equipments, originally. I think we must learn about EDM more because its sounds is do creative and has an element that we have to learn.
Are doing EDM sounds too hard to play as a band?
Jungshin: I don’t think so. Our music has had various music styles like synthesized music and using only band sounds. So I don’t feel the difference of music style.
But will you feel the difference when you have a concert?
Minhyuk: Actually, there is a difference between a concert and recording. Especially at a concert, I usually feel that it’s hard. We can find the best way of playing for us with changing the playing style or a way of expression while recording. But on a concert, it’s like an all-or-nothing bet and we should challenge. So EDM is hard to try and has a limit to try in that way.
EDM and club culture is more popular in Japan than in Korea, we are happy that you released like that song that was like your challenge. Anyway, we were talking about only EDM, but we wonder, are you go often to the club?
Jonghyun: We are totally not go there.
Yonghwa: I don’t like club (He said in English) haha~.
Jungshin: Daikiraide~su(He said in Japanese : I don’t like it)
Yonghwa: Are you sure?
Jungshin: Well. Honestly, I don’t like too much loud music.
Jonghyun: About me, It doesn’t meaning that I don’t like a club, but I rarely go there.
Yonghwa: Actually, I want to go, but I’m not feeling like doing this. Because I feel tired for the next day.
Jonghyun: We are the kind of people to like staying at home rather than to go out.
Are you the type that you want to go but don’t go?
Jonghyun: actually not. We tried to go sometimes. But we were not able to dance like crazy.
Minhyuk: I just want to go there for listening music.
Yonghwa: Bounce, Bounce~
Jungshin: We have to drink…
Jonghyun: We like to play quietly.
Yonghwa: Of course we like club-music. We hear various of music without any reference to the genre, so anything goes for us. But as a playing place, we don’t like club… (Laugh)
*Part to will be on Awesome magazine interview
Trans by Satomi @ CNBOICE
Edited and Posted by Tara Lee @ CNBOICE