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[TRANS] CNBLUE Interview on Haru Hana Magazine Vol. 38

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The new album, which was put their feeling of thank to the fans has been accomplished.

CNBLUE who marks 5th anniversary of their major debut in Japan will release their 5th album ‘EUPHORIA’. This album, which means happiness is the special one which was put their feeling of thank to the fans who spent 5 years together has been accomplished.

Yonghwa: Because this album will be release our 5th anniversary year, we made it with the theme of the feeling of thankfulness.

Jungshin: We are happy to have got the love from fans until now, and we are also happy if we keep offering a good music to fans. That’s why we named the title of the meaning of happiness for this album

 

—The lead song ‘Glory Days’ was made by Yonghwa, how did you make it?

Yonghwa: I wanted to make a warm atmosphere song to say our thankful message for fans. First, I wrote a lyric of that I wanted everybody to have a smile. We didn’t have any other choice as a lead song excepting this, because I made this song in consideration of the 5th anniversary from the start of making.

Jungshin: This is a good song for our 5th anniversary! This has a happy atmosphere.

 

—The album has 10 songs. Which one is your favorite?

Minhyuk: I like ‘Face to Face’, because its lyric is funny. And it has a medium tempo like ‘Don’t Care’ and ‘With me’ that Yonghwa-hyeong made before. It has various faces depending on my feelings.

Jonghyun: I like all of them, but I suffice it to say that ‘Be OK’, ‘Slavers’ and ‘Royal Rumble’. I made ‘Be OK’ and ‘Slavers’ for my solo. But if I made all of my composed songs for my solo, there would be no songs for CNBLUE. So, I decided those songs are for CNBLUE. I sang them myself first, but I thought Yonghwa’s voice suit them. Both of them were good.

Jungshin: I composed a song ‘Stay With Me’. I wrote ‘Daisy’ in English that has been in our previous album, but I thought Japanese fans were happy if I wrote a lyric in Japanese, so I tried it. I think Japanese is a romantic and emotional language. This song is a song that I put the message for the fans. Because fans are here for us, we were able to overcome big challenges. This is the message that we’ll support to each other.

 

—How did you have your recording process?

Minhyuk: We always record own part depending on oneself schedule.

Jonghyun: I gave an advise when the recording of the song that I made. I requested yonghwa to sing ‘Be OK’ to speak.

Jungshin: I was listening that Yonghwa-hyeong was singing my song ‘Stay With Me’. He‘s sung it to my image, and I was happy.

What do you want to say to the members when you look back at the past five years.

—This year is the 5th anniversary of your debut. If you named these 5 years like ○○days, what do you want to name it?

Jonghyun: ‘The days of my 20’s’

Minhyuk: How about ‘A short moment’ days? It seems 5 years are long, but look back it, it’s short.

Yonghwa: ‘Happy’ days for me. Because I had a happier time than hard time.

Jungshin: ‘We have a long road to travel’ days. I know that the 5th anniversary is one of an important event, but we can say it if we would have 10 year anniversary and 20 year anniversary. We still have a long way.

 

—Well, what do you want to say to the members when you look back at the past five years?

Yonghwa: I want to say to Jungshin that you grew in height than the time of the debut. To Jonghyun, challenge more to fishing (Laugh). And to Minhyuk, try to make a song

Minhyuk: I always thank to my elder brothers (Yonghwa and Jonghyun) making a great song. Although I haven’t joined to compose songs, I have never rushed and will never be. Now I’m satisfied to play CNBLUE songs.

Jungshin: I want to say to the members that I hope we’ll play together, even after 10 years, 20 years and 30 years.

Jonghyun: Thank you for your hard work, and we’ll go together.

 

—If you say to yourself in 5 years ago, what do you want to say?

Jungshin: I want to say myself that try to challenge a lot of things. When I look back at the time of debut, I could something like practice and more. And I want to say “ Be patient and win yourself”! (Laugh)

Yonghwa: I think I say “Envy you”. I had a hard time, but I think slightly that I want to go back. Because I was young, I could try to everything.

 

—The end of this interview, would you say a message for fans?

Jonghyun: Even though I’m not a special, Thank you for making me a person who can have a concert.

Jungshin: I wrote the lyric of ‘Stay With Me’ in Japanese for fans. I hope you like it.

Minhyuk: Thank you for being rooting us these 5 years. I hope we’ll make music and concert together.

Yonghwa: I am impressed many fans come to our concerts every tour. I wish I could have enough time to say thank you to everyone directly. Thank you!

 

★Personal interview

[Yonghwa] My nature of humanity hasn’t been changing by time

Q. The dance scene in your concert got good reaction, can we watch that again?
A. hahaha. If fans enjoy it (Laugh). Because I wanted fans to enjoy it, I might do that again. The things I want to do is an acoustic concert. If I have a chance, I’ll do it.

Q. You’ll appear the drama ‘The package’ in 2017, why did you decided to appear this drama?
A. This is the type of drama that we haven’t had in Korea, and I was attracted to this love story and the setting that the characters go to the trip. This is the warm story. I’ll stay in France two month for the shooting. I think it’s little bit long, but I’m exciting.

Q. What is your ‘First step’ in your life ever?
A. Started learning piano when I was 6 years old. My mom made me learn it, but this is the reason that I’ve dreamed to be an artist.

Q. What is the event that changed you?
A. Nothing special. I’ve changed adjusting to the real world as time goes along. But my nature of humanity hasn’t been changing by time

Q. Are you the type of person who can express the feeling honestly?
A. It depends on the situation. If I have to say something, I say. if I have to hide something, I do so.

Q. What is the thing that will save you when you have a bad day?
A. Nothing. Because I’m not a type of person who bothered myself.

Q. Please tell us that you and the other CNBLUE members are good for each other.
A. We have became good for each other while spend a time together. Especially we have similar tastes in food. Even if we had some issues, we would reach an agreement.

Q. What is your favorite food, one that you won’t get tired of even if you were to eat it every day? Is there something that you have been using from the child?
A. Coffee! I take a cup of black coffee every morning. I feel the start of the day when I take it. I haven’t been using anything from the child, but now my favorite is portable speaker. When I go the oversea, I exactly bring one.
Q. When you look a mirror, what do you think?
A. I have a slightly swollen face today…(Laugh). I check my condition when washing my face every morning.

Q. What is the things that holding yourself?
A. Nothing. I always do everything that I want to. I’m getting into preparing for new drama. Because the shooting is going to start soon, I’m memorizing my line desperately.

Q. Are you a type of person who always wants to meet a person you like? If you can’t meet, how do you express your feeling to a person?
A. I am a type of person who want to meet a person I like all the time. I know we can’t it all the time when I am busy at work, but I try to do. I want to send a selfie to each other.

Q. If you have farewell foreboding, You would say goodby first?
A. No, I can’t say goodby from me. If I was in this situation, I would wait to be say so. And I have no choice at that time.

 

[Jonghyun] I’m a simple person. I express any feeling honestly, except anger

Q. How was your solo concert in Japan?

A. I was happy and enjoyed it. Even I’m not a special, Thank you for making me a person who can have a concert. Thank you (Laugh). I sang using by hand microphone, because I wanted to concentrate to sing.

Q. Why are there some songs written in English?

A. Nothing special reason. But I think the atmosphere matches.

Q. What is your ‘First step’ in your life ever?

A. Buying a guitar. At first, I didn’t think anything, but I wanted to be cool.

Q. What is the event that changed you?

A. Myself. Even if I got the influence by reading books or watching movies, changing myself is myself in the end.

Q. What is the thing that will save you when you have a bad day?

A. I rarely feel blue, because I don’t think deeply. I forget soon the things that might be my stress.

Q. Are you the type of person who can express the feeling honestly?

A.Yes. I’m simple. I try to not get mad, but I express except it.

Q. Please tell us that you and the other CNBLUE members are good for each other

A. I already don’t feel like that. Since we are together these 10 years, I don’t think the compatibility any more.

Q. When you look a mirror, what do you think?

A. I think many things like too much drink last night, slightly swollen my face or something like that. I don’t think I’m handsome (Laugh).

Q. What is your favorite food, one that you won’t get tired of even if you were to eat it every day? Is there something that you have been using from the child?

A. Rice and ‘Ore no Humburg’ (The restaurant name in Japan). I used to eat at there like every day. I haven’t been using anything from the child. I’m a type of a person that I get bored soon.

Q. Are you a type of person who always wants to meet a person you like? If you can’t meet, how do you express your feeling to a person?

A. Of course I want be with the person who I like all the time. I try to contact with the person. I think I’ll do my best.

Q. What is the things that holding yourself?

A. It’s not fishing (Laugh). I went to fishing every day even in Japan though. I got about 30 sea basses. Because I don’t like boredom , so I try to find something fun. I think what do I do today, every morning. I can say that I’m under the control of joy.

Q. If you have farewell foreboding, You would say goodbye first?

A. I don’t say from me. I think if I had farewell foreboding, the other person would realize it. But if we are going to break up very fast, I might as date her at all.

 

[Minhyuk] 4 pieces that has different characters gather, and perfected CNBLUE

Q. You had solo fan meeting in Japan. How was it?

A. I was surprised because many fans came out to the event, in spite of it was my first fan meeting. I was impressed everything, but especially I enjoyed singing by myself.

Q. You’ve been started to preside at Music Bank from this Summer. How do you appreciate yourself?
A.  Because it’s only short time since it has started, It hard to appreciate myself. But I enjoy it. Solbin who preside together is a dependable person. I try to introduce musicians.

Q . What is your ‘First step’ in your life ever?

A. My first step is becoming a family born to Kang family. Because of having my own family, I came into the world and learn a lot of things. And I’m here now.

Q. What is the event that changed you?

A. I think I’m always changing. I can learn, realize and be influenced while I come in contact with many people. I keep changing myself by being influenced by people than the nature and some things.

Q. What is the things that holding yourself?

A. Work out. I think it’s important in my life. Working out helps us to cheer up our tired mind.

Q. Are you the type of person who can express the feeling honestly?

A. I’m a type of person that I express my feeling to my close friends.

Q. Please tell us that you and the other CNBLUE members are good for each other

A. 4 pieces that has different characters gather, and perfected CNBLUE. We are good for each other.

 

[Jungshin] Becoming the member of CNBLUE, it makes me strong.

Q. You appears the drama ‘Cinderella and four knights’ in Korea. Are there some untold stories?

A. We are almost the same age, I enjoyed the shooting. I keep in touch with Jung Ilwoo hyeong and Park Sodam. My role is similar to me.

Q. Please boast about your dog Simba!

A. I have wanted to have a Golden Retriever for a pet, and he came my home two years ago. He gives me a smile and happiness. I love him and think as a family. That’s why I post his photo and video on SNS. It’s like parents who post their child’s photo on SNS (Laugh). We are said to look alike, though, we might more alike while we are together. When I can’t go dog-walking, my elder brother goes for doesn’t get a stress.

Q. What is your ‘First step’ in your life ever?

A. When I was a trainee, I bought a bass guitar with my money for the first time. I was a student and not have enough money at that time, but the bass guitar was 1 million won.

Q. What is the event that changed you?

A. Joining CNBLUE. I was weak, but joining CNBLUE was one of a chance that I turned out to be strong.

Q. Are you the type of person who can express the feeling honestly?

A. I am a really honest person. Of course I control my feeling in public. When I talk with close friends, I say something honestly, it might make them hurt. But I think I have to express the feelings.

Q. What is the things that holding yourself?

A. My parents and Simba. Simba is one of my family who accepts my too much love.

Q. Please tell us that you and the other CNBLUE members are good for each other

A. We haven’t been having any trouble with the time of choice a food menu because we have similar favorite.

Q. When you look a mirror, what do you think?

A. I need to be more stronger.

Q. What is your favorite food, one that you won’t get tired of even if you were to eat it every day? Is there something that you have been using from the child?

A. Beef. The other day, I went to Osaka and ate meat. They were delicious!

Q. Are you a type of person who always wants to meet a person you like? If you can’t meet, how do you express your feeling to a person?

A. I know it’s best that we can see all the time. But if we can’t see each other, I control myself. I don’t get stress because of it. I keep contact with her, but I’m not a person that always want to check my cell phone.

 

<5 answers talk>

Q. What is the happiest moment in these 5 years?

  1. Major debut
  2. 2nd album release live~392~
  3. Summer Sonic (Music festival in Japan)
  4. Live concert in Nihon Budokan
  5. Live concert at Saitama Super Arena, Yoyogi National Gymnasium and more..

Q. 5 best foods in Japan

  1. Beef bowl
  2. Japanese style hamburger
  3. Sushi
  4. Ramen
  5. Hitumabushi (Chopped broiled eel over rice)

Q.What is the thing that yourself or member has changed since the debut?

  1. The vocal skill was improved (Yonghwa)
  2. Getting muscle (Minhyuk)
  3. Turn out to be short hair (Jungshin)
  4. CNBLUE’s stance has not been changing (CNBLUE)
  5. Weight cycling (Jonghyun)

Q. What is the most ROCK moment?

Yonghwa: When I was a trainee, I ROCKed (Laugh) Jungshin and I have had big hole for earrings.

Jungshin: Yonghwa-hyeong had 12mm and mine was 10mm

Yonghwa: We don’t have them anymore. We always ROCK on stage!

 

 

Trans by Satomi 

Posted by alvianashin

Magazine Scan credit to  YFFTW

 

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