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[TRANS] Lee Jungshin on “Cinderella and The Four Knights” Casts’ Interview by Kstyle Japan

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— From December 22nd, “Cinderella and The Four Knights” will be broadcasted. Please show us your impression towards this drama to be broadcasted in Japan

Jungshin : Since I want to have communication with fans, so I’m more into SNS. Japanese fans even watched the drama while it’s being broadcasted in South Korea, they even cheered us a lot. But after all I’m happy that it will be broadcasted in Japan. I think it’s a good opportunity to see myself as an actor, other than a singer. “Cinderella and The Four Knights” is a drama that may give you a light heart attack. Many people wrote on my SNS “it’s a drama that has such affection yet I can’t stop watching it”. I think it’s an attractive drama that will become addictive once you watch it!

— What made you want to appear in this drama?

Jungshin : Since the characters’ theme of this drama is about young age, I felt that its interesting. I’m not like other actors who have appeared in so many works but I’ve appeared on five drama so far. Even though this work can be done easily by an older people, but still, it’s also a “youth-romance-things” drama which targets young people. I’m 26 years old now, I thought about “When there’s a chance to appear in a drama before I’m getting older, what would it be?”, so I thought about a bright drama! That was the thought and the reason on why I want to do this work.

— What kind of characters did you play?

Jungshin : From what I saw it’s simply a bright character with positive energy. There was a time when I was worried about “how can I make it on my own (way)?” for this character, but the answer is unexpected. It was said that there are many parts that’s similar with my own figure (in real life). I’m also a bright type, but there are also times when I occasionally can become negative, but I’m basically the positive one. Later after I noticed that I can resemble (the character) as myself, I was able to relax and acts as “Lee Jung Shin”. I’m not that rich (chaebol) person (LOL), but since I’m being an entertainer and a singer…there are many things in common. There are a lot of parts where the word I spoke (in the drama) is similar to the word that I speak to myself, so I thought maybe it could make me grow for 1 or 2 stages…?

— I have a question for Lee Jung Shin. When Kang Seo Woo appeared dressing up like a woman, it was pretty impressive. But from your point of view, do you think when Seo Woo dressed up like a girl looks good?

Jungshin : I guess you could laugh because it wasn’t fit nor suitable at all, but I was pretty uneasy about that scene~! I have a thick legs hair… (LOL) Is it called “Ashige (in Japanese)?” I’m still good with my thick legs hair, but my legs are thin like a woman. So, it looks like a hairy woman legs, I guess fans will be disappointed…. For people who had expected for a solid/firm man thighs…I’m sorry but I’m here with my thin legs (LOL).

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— On the drama, Kang Seo Woo wrote “Confession” and “You Pour a Star” for Eun Ha Won who played by Park So Dam, but which song does Jungshin himself got attached more from those two?

Jungshin : Hmmm…if I have to choose one from two maybe “Confession”. I felt great to be able to participate in the OST with two songs “Confession” and “You Pour a Star”. I’ve never participated in the OST of the drama I’m playing, but with this drama I was able to challenge myself for the first time, and fans were pleased (delighted)! Even in CNBLUE activities I’ve never sung any part other than chorus, but it seemed like there are some who wants to hear my voice more (LOL). I feel like my heart is full when people saying “I was glad to hear your voice”.

— On this drama, there are many actors who has the same age, how was the atmosphere on the shooting site?

Jungshin : So far, all of the shooting sites on dramas that I’ve appeared have nice atmosphere, but shooting sites for this drama was also really good. We’re close even with the younger, same age, or older actors…. Kim Yong Gun senior was there, and he really has that kind of sense. When I knew that there is a senior, I thought that I’m going to feel awkward, but Yong Gun senior is a very funny person and loves to throw some jokes, so it was fun to have a shoot (for the drama).

— What kind of work does “Cinderella and The Four Knights” casts do?

Jungshin : Even though I’m more into a singer, but I also work as an actor, and this work is the 5th for me, I felt that I was able to make a step forward as an actor. Of course, there are parts that I regret, some parts that seems fine/successful, I have various thoughts on it, even after it all ends, the regret still remain. But, you can’t grow without regrets! Even during my activities with CNBLUE, we did the tour and its DVD released six months after the tour ended, although there are parts that I think it’s cool even if I watched it, but there are also some parts that I think weren’t that good. But, it become a noticeable evidence that I’m growing on that six months. I said this because at some point you can improve further more the good ones, like you can see it by your own eyes looking on it and say it to yourself “don’t do this in the future” (for the not-so-good part). For me this work is like “a step forward of the growing process” and “an important experience”.

— Please tell the ‘watching point’ to the Japanese viewers who have been looking forward into “Cinderella and The Four Knights”.

Jungshin : Even the point of a heart-throbbing part between male and female may vary to each person and depends on the country itself, but I hope Korean “heart-attack” (heart-throbbing) point will be wide-spread to Japan! Also, to fans who said that they like me (LOL), from now on, even if you can’t see this drama on any websites or else on internet, as long as you can see it through TV easily, I also feel happy. Even to all my fans who have watched over me from my debut on 2009, I hope you can relax while enjoying it (the drama).

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Source : Kstyle Japan

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[TRANS] CNBLUE “EUPHORIA”Album & Japan Major Debut Anniversary ‘in-depth’ Interview with Kstyle Japan

CNBLUE released a new album to celebrate the fifth-year debut anniversary! “It’s filled with happy songs…I want you to listen to it to be happy”

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CNBLUE released their fifth new album “EUPHORIA” on October 19th on their fifth-year debut anniversary.

On the album, the lead song is “Glory days”, with other songs in total 10 songs, “Puzzle”, “Be OK” written by Lee Jong Hyun, meanwhile “Stay with me” written and composed by Lee Jung Shin, it has plenty compositions which leads to a “euphoria”. This time, they challenged to have an ‘in-depth’ interview. We heard about the album production and its secret story of their fifth anniversary, also we had a variety talk and also the tour that they’re going to perform in November.

―This fifth album was created along with the moment of five years of Japan debut. Please tell me what’s your thoughts to put “EUPHORIA” as the title.

Yonghwa: Ah, it’s Jungshin’s responsible to describe this, it’s him!

Jungshin: Yes. “EUPHORIA” in Italian means “happiness”. It’s five years after Japan major debut. We’ve got a lot of happiness from fans and also everyone in these five years, so we hope that by putting this title the happiness continues in the future. The songs in the album are packed with our feelings of gratitude to our fans.

Jonghyun: Since it’s full of happy songs, I hope that you all can be happy by listening to it.

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―The lead song “Glory days” is a very positive song, I think I can feel happy by listening to it.

Yonghwa: It is, right? I put a message that “From the past up to the future, I want to spend the time, such as dreaming together forever”. Even it’s a lot more pointed toward/about us, but I wrote it for everyone who support us.

Jungshin: I think the mood will increase as soon as I listen to it, right? Even if it’s (performed) in the tour (the mood) will rise.

Minhyuk: Yeah, that’d be fun.

―In “Glory days” Music Video, there’s a child actor who has appeared in a lot of Korean dramas, which is familiar to Kstyle readers. Following the appearance (of a child actor) in your Korean song “YOU’RE SO FINE” this would be the second time (they have a child actor appeared on their MV), but it’s a fantastic piece.

Minhyuk: Yes. We want to express the world of the dreams that we saw when we were child.

Jungshin: On the solo scene, each scene is different. The scene where we’re on a studio set, and the scene where the child actor appeared are synchronized to symbolized members’ childhood, it’s like we created our own dream world.

Yonghwa: I have various shades, so I didn’t indicate a dream only, but dreams. It’s led from the scene of the child, he is walking while feel troubled and guided by the butterfly which is a symbol of a dream, and then going the adventure as he goes through the woods.

Minhyuk: The scene where I play the drums and I was hanging around is symbolized by the water droplets on it. It synchronized with the scene where the child is playing with water on the river. I like a quiet atmosphere.

Jonghyun: I’ve been surrounded by those sparkling, the scene where I got a look at the sky and pick it, it actually may can be done in our childhood, and seeing a scene which has things that can be done for a long time ago in a Music Video was a nostalgic feeling.

Jungshin: In the part where I came out, I’m like hanging on something like white strings, it symbolized a tree, which means an old memory and old things.

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―Listening to the stories and see the Music Video, makes me understand it more. From the 10 recorded songs, started from “Glory days”, please tell me your favorite song.

Jonghyun: Mine is the opening song “Be OK”. I’m a person who always Be OK, so by made this song I hope that everyone can Be OK (and let’s be OK together). If you don’t want to be struggled or troubled, then let’s have some fun?

Minhyuk: Mine is song number 4 “Face to face”. It’s Yonghwa’s song, the lyrics and the song itself is unique. Somehow, the tune can make me feel excited.

Yonghwa: Mine is the 6th song “Royal Rumble”. On the lyrics I’m talking about the dream, the song itself has it’s lightness tune that makes me want to move my body naturally while listening to the song. It has a catchy melody, which can remain lingering on your feeling. I can imagine something while listening to a relaxing music.

Jungshin: Mine is the 8th song “Stay with me”. I choose it because it’s my song (LOL). When recorded my own song for the first time, it’s “Daisy” on the previous album “colors”, it’s an English lyric. This time is the fifth anniversary, and since it’s Japan album, so I want to make this song in Japanese. I think that it’s a good song to be listened, and I’m glad for it.

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―It’s Japan major debut fifth anniversary. Right now, what kind of feelings do you have?

Jonghyun: When I’m saying (or explain) something it would be long, very long, so I think short speaking is better, so…..(LOL). (he may refer for other members to explain about it since he loves to talk a lot XD)

Jungshin: But, the point is CNBLUE’s live activities in Japan. Came in 2009 with the Spartan training, CNBLUE began from street live where we don’t have anyone to listen to us.

Jonghyun: If there’s no money, we always have ourselves hungry.

Jungshin: When we’re ready to have a major debut, and play live in front of so many fans, we could also take out 5 albums (for ourselves). It’s (a moment) full of gratitude.

Minhyuk: Not only about album and live, since we also planned a variety of events to commemorate the fifth anniversary, I hope everyone can join us, let’s enjoy it together.

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―Start at Makuhari Messe Event Hall on November 2nd, until at Budokan at November 30th, for about a month, “CNBLUE 5th ANNIVERSARY ARENA TOUR 2016 -Our Glory Days-” will be held across the country. Because it’s fifth anniversary, I guess it will be good to see Yonghwa dancing during “Wake up” song like on the previous tour which shocked the audiences and is more than expectation?

Yonghwa: We’ll do our best (LOL). We want to do something special. Ah, not only my dance (hahaha). With new songs, there’s also new arrangements of the stage’s set. I’m thinking about what kind of thing that can make fans happy…… Anyway, please look forward to it!

―On December 10th-11th, the annual “2016 FNC KINGDOM IN JAPAN – CREEPY NIGHTS-” will be performed in Makuhari Messe. What kind of performance will CNBLUE have?

Jungshin: CNBLUE style has been decided and is a great deal!

Yonghwa: I think the set is about who is the KING. It’s a special set list! Since it’s not only our fans who come to the Kingdom, shall we compressing the nice thing about us? There are so many cases this and that, but don’t worry, we’ll show you the best live!

Writer: Yukari Sakamoto

JP-ENG trans by alvianashin

Source : Kstyle Japan

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CNBLUE 5th Japan Album “EUPHORIA” : Tracklist and Tour Details

≪Release Information≫

5th Album
『EUPHORIA』
Release date : 2016.10.19

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【First Press Limited Edition A】CD+DVD

WPZL-31236 / ¥3,800(exclude tax)
<CD>
All 10 songs, include 「Glory days」「Puzzle」「Take me higher」
<DVD>
「Glory Days -Music Video-」「Glory Days -SPECIAL FEATURE-」

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【First Press Limited Edition B】CD+DVD
WPZL-31238 / ¥3,800(exclude tax)
<DVD>
「SPRING LIVE 2016~We’re like a puzzle~ @NIPPON BUDOKAN」Multi Angle
・「Puzzle」
・「Take me higher」

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【Regular Edition】CD
WPCL-12444 / ¥3,000(exclude tax)

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【BOICE Limited Edition】CD+DVD+Goods
WPZL-31240 / ¥4,800(exclude tax)
<DVD>
CNBLUE Japan Major Debut 5th Anniversary OFFICIAL FAN MEETING 2016 -BoiceTATION-
<SPECIAL LIVE>
・Domino
・Hide and Seek
・IRONY
・Realize
・Radio
・Hold My Hand

<Goods>
Pop-up photo book “brave four man’s adventure – Once upon a time…~”
BOICE Limited Edition is a product available only for BOICE JAPAN member purchase

[Songs]
1. Be OK
2. Glory days
3. Take me higher
4. Face To Face
5. Puzzle
6. Royal Rumble
7. Every time
8. Stay with me
9. Slaves
10. Blessed

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≪Tour Information≫
【CNBLUE 5th ANNIVERSARY ARENA TOUR 2016 -Our Glory Days-】
2, 3 November 2016 – Chiba・Makuhari Messe Event Hall
9, 10 November 2016 Osaka・Osaka Jo Hall
17, 18 November 2016 Aichi・Nippon Gaishi Hall
24 November 2016 Fukuoka・Marine Messe Fukuoka
29, 30 November 2016 Tokyo ・Tokyo Nippon Budokan

 

Are you ready, BOICES? ^^

 

Source : excite music Japan


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CNBLUE 5th Japan Album “EUPHORIA” & Tour Decision, and also “CN5” Campaign details

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CNBLUE is going to celebrate the 5th Japan debut anniversary with the long-awaited 5th album “EUPHORIA”, which was announced by the members during Abema TV & FRESH! Live on September 5th!

It will be released on October 19th this year, just like CNBLUE had their Japan debut on September 19th 2011, and it’s just about their 5th anniversary of Japan debut. On this work, EUPHORIA <happiness>, which will be ‘given’ on the 5th debut anniversary, would represent the current appreciations and blessings, and the anniversary album would represent the future of CNBLUE.

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This album will be released in 4 different items, Limited Edition A, Limited Edition B, Regular/Normal Edition, and BOICE Limited Edition. Limited Edition A contains of CD & DVD which includes the MV of the lead track “Glory Days” and it’s MV making package. Limited Edition B contains of a Multi Angle video package from the May 2016 Arena Tour “LIVE SPRING 2016 -We’re like a puzzle- @NIPPON BUDOKAN”. The BOICE Limited Edition includes the addition of a SPECIAL LIVE DVD Video from March 2016’s “CNBLUE Japan Major Debut 5th Anniversary OFFICIAL FAN MEETING 2016 -BoiceTATION-” as a limited privilege, “pop-up book about ‘brave four man adventures – Once upon a time…~” as limited benefits also included.

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Also, on how the 5th anniversary should be commemorated as the “EUPHORIA = happiness” and celebrate it with fans, they have “CN5” campaign which contains five major benefits as a form of appreciation and awards. The first award “CN1” is “all tour performances admission Glory passport gift!!” It’s on sale in the FNC JAPAN ONLINE STORE, where all four types of “EUPHORIA” is packed in the original box of “EUPHORIA BOX SET”. This CNBLUE BOX set was made to commemorate the Japan debut 5th anniversary, but it’s limited only for 5000 sets, first come first serve, there will also be a lottery for those who purchase this box set with a present of a pair admission ticket to all performances of “CNBLUE 5th ANNIVERSARY ARENA TOUR 2016 -Our Glory Days-” called “Glory passport”.

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The second award is “CN2”, “become the fifth member of CNBLUE! EUPHORIA PREMIUM 5 SHOT photo session invitation!!”. Image of “EUPHORIA” original jacket photo, all CNBLUE members and the only selected winner who fits with CNBLUE as five?! A rare “EUPHORIA = happiness” chance to be invited to the 5 SHOT photo session. A commemorative photo that has been captured will be given to you on the spot.

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The third benefits “CN3”, “invited to the ”EUPHORIA” premium release event-through happiness and luck autograph session!!” Deep talks about the production of “EUPHORIA” album which is more tasteful with all the members participated on it, the premium release event consists of signings of all members.

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The fourth award is “CN4”, “invitation to the photo session with the members right after the live performance!! ‘Meet & Greet & Glory’!!” We want to invite you to “CNBLUE 5th ANNIVERSARY ARENA TOUR 2016 -Our Glory Days-” Meet & Greet event that takes place in all performance venues. Met with all members who just showed off the hot performance on stage, and, being in a group photo, it’s an event that promises you the best after-show memories.

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As an extra, there’s “CN4.5”. On September 21st, CNBLUE DVD / Blu-ray SPRING LIVE 2016 ~ We’re like a puzzle ~ @ NIPPON BUDOKAN” will be released and those who purchase it will have a chance and invited to Meet & Greet event held at the venue of all performances of <CNBLUE 5th ANNIVERSARY ARENA TOUR 2016 -Our Glory Days->. Terms and conditions applied, you have to check the official site for more information.

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The fifth benefits “CN5” is a present in a lottery for fans, “CNBLUE 5th Anniversary original badge”, fan’s CNBLUE debut 5th anniversary logo emblem design will be featured in the original badge. For more information about the CN5 campaign please check to the campaign site :

PC : http://wmg.jp/cnblue/cn5/
Mobile :http://wmg.jp/cnblue/cn5/sp/

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In addition, along with the album, the tour in five cities with 9 performances were announced. With the album “EUPHORIA”, CNBLUE is going to spread the blessing and gratitude to the whole country.

Source : excite music Japan, Warner Music Japan – CNBLUE Official Page

Translation by alvianashin @ 4cnboice


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Lee Jonghyun (from CNBLUE) 『SPARKLING NIGHT』Official Interview

Either band or solo, I only want to enjoy the music with fans

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“Moonlight Swing” become the lead song of your first solo album “SPARKLING NIGHT”, but it comes out with a swing genre, which is quite unimaginable.

…I never thought about it also. So it’s funny (laughs). It’s a song that’s composed by an American or European song writer, where I can’t compose such piece of music like that. Because, there is something that’s carved in a DNA. But in Japan swing music isn’t a major one, also since J.Y. Park’s “Swing Baby” is a hit song at its time and people sing it at karaoke so I’m quite familiar.

 

The lyrics are very romantic, but are you a romantic entertainer?

…Considerably, romantic (laughs). But, I’m too embarrassed to actually do it in action, so put it as lyrics is better. I think every man has the pieces of himself which looks like the lyrics.

 

About escorting of your dream girl, what will you do?

…Well, I’ll do anything what she wants. That’s important, isn’t it? So if there’s anyone that makes me interested, I’ll find out about what type of man that she likes, if she likes a quiet man then I’ll become a quiet man, if she likes an interesting man then I’ll be an interesting man (laughs).

 

It’s changing yourself?

…Yes. Anything for you (laughs).

 

In Moonlight Swing MV it shows off yourself dancing without guitar, but this is also surprising.

…It’s not dancing! It’s about feeling the rhythm. There are 2 dancers with me, but I’m not dancing, I’m just shaking (laughs). The set is gorgeous, then I sang in the mood for a gorgeous man. It’s quiet but very good.  More than I expected, it was fun.

 

In the album, the lead songMoonlight Swing written by the song writer’s and also the other 5 songs, Jonghyun’s self-written 4 songs, and a cover of “I LOVE YOU” from Yutaka Ozaki has been recorded. I was thinking and guessing that you only do your favorite blues and quiet song to be on your solo and it’s challenging to have various genre.

…There’s also blues, but probably my configuration is surprising? It’s a place where my own song is, and not a band sound. Of course CNBLUE is a band, we do a refreshing band sounds, but in solo it’s about the unusual ideas which is also a refreshing overlook. In band, I have to discuss things to the members one by one, but this one I can do my favorite things alone by myself, it’s easy (laughs).  But, I also feel lonely when I’m doing solo.

 

I wonder if any CNBLUE member considered to participate in your album?

…Everyone is busy with shooting for drama (laughs). The fact is, I was supposed to get to write a song for Yonghwa, but Yonghwa also can’t be meet that often since he is go abroad for shooting (laughs). But I was motivated.

 

As a solo entertainer, what type of artists would you describe yourself?

…I don’t think about myself as a solo artist that much. Solo or band is just the same. I’m just having fun with music. Also, to play the guitar at home or stage it’s also just the same, I might say such “because it’s live broadcasting today, I have to put the fight in” without consciousness and it’s fun, it does the same in any time. I also did a Japan solo fan meeting last August, and number of people who came is more than my expectations. For the following stage is not a fan meeting, because I made a solo album, it’s about music and I want to share the time with live performances. It’s an album to be enjoyed along with the fans.

Translation : alvianashin @ 4cnboice

Source : Lee Jonghyun Official Page – Warner Music Japan


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[TRANS] 26072016 Kstyle News Interview – “CNBLUE Lee Jong Hyun Sparkling Debut! Swingy & Moody mid-summer night dream atmosphere for you”

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After celebrated and greeted audiences with the 5th “Anniversary Year” of CNBLUE’s Japan major debut, guitar & vocal Lee Jong Hyun now having his solo debut. He is going to release his 1st album “SPARKLING NIGHT“ on July 27th. The lead song “Moonlight Swing” is the best tune to swing your mood, if you listen to it, you’ll have no doubt that everyone is excited hearing this. More than that, he will have his first solo concert in August, which will show off his sparkling stage and plays. We will deliver such a pure interview of him, no edits or additional things!

Congratulations for you solo debut. This is the other new side of Lee Jong Hyun which hasn’t been shown in CNBLUE, but is this what you expect?

Jonghyun : When I see it from fans’ way (or, point of view), I think it’s fascinating to only see what you’re doing alone by yourself, I think it’s entertaining.

How about the music?

Jonghyun : In CNBLUE, we also do deep blues which we haven’t done before, but it has a little differences (from mine). The lead song (Moonlight Swing) has the swing, but it also has an addition of blues, but in CNBLUE we really do various kind of genres for songs. However, in CNBLUE we also dare to take the challenge and change (the genre or style) like, “ok, now we will show up like this”. But for mine, I’ll be like “I recently like this kind of music”, and then try to reflects that.

It seems like this album is packed with Lee Jong Hyun’s favorite musics (or, genre). Above all, you’re interested of blues on the inside.

Jonghyun : Because I’m a guitarist, I’ve thought so much that someday I’ll do blues. It’s my first time to have my own album, it’s my own pleasure. I’m looking forward to hear what everyone think when they hear the song(s), it’s a pleasant (for me). Originally, I like blues. When doing a jam (jamming), I’ll do/play blues. Particularly, when (I) do jamming, blues will just begin (to play), but not everyone do (or, into) blues, right? So when blues was sung and the music has just begun, I have the feeling that I went back into the high school days or go back into the end of teenage year.

You’ve been addicted to blues since high school?

Jonghyun : In general, (play music) from rock to blues has the feel, but I think it’s (an) unusual (pattern) if move from blues to rock. But for the people who are playing guitar, I think there are many who has the same type (or, taste of blues) like me.

Blues is heavy (kind of genre to be produced or played), isn’t this album need a deep of work from you?

Jonghyun : No, I don’t think so (laughs). It may have some songs that can be listened to relax. In an interview you will often ask me “What is the concept of this album?” In fact, I didn’t think too much that sort of concept while I made this album. The lead song’s concept of this album is the only thing that I care to, it has to be easy listening, to be played as their favorite songs (or, genre) with other songs, or to be tried (in order) to be explored and take various challenges (to make such music). Actually blues music that we talked earlier was made two years ago. At that time when I heard (or, got the tune), I record it on my iPhone. The iPhone itself may contain around 100 songs on it, but 5 of them was chosen to be included to the album.

Do you record it in iPhone in any situation?

Jonghyun : I also sing in airplane’s toilet (laughs). This album also has one song which was recorded in the toilet. Actually I need one more song to complete the album at that time, so I was thinking “Because there are 100 songs (on the iPhone), I have to try to make it fresh (or, produced it further into a full song). So when I did live in Nagoya on May, after finished the concert I go to the toilet and sang “La, La, La~”, it felt nice. I recorded the melody in the toilet, and play the guitar when got back to hotel. I also often to make the lyrics on airplane. It’s not wasting time, isn’t it? I wrote a lyric and a full song when I went to Europe in one way flights, which makes the time passed.

What is the difference between making a song for CNBLUE and making a song for your solo album?

Jonghyun : There’s no determiner/standard/concern (of writing lyrics for both). If you’re saying about “Moonlight Swing”, firstly, in fact it has a different (kind) of lyrics. I want it to be a love song which has the lyrics to be said like “to enjoy ourselves with everything without worrying about a thing even from under a stressful condition, just like a Peter Pan”, then I want to hear it a little more and rewrote (if there’s some lacks of the song), and after that decide it to be the lead song. If doing this (kind of) song to CNBLUE might be difficult. If give it to the band, it will be difficult in a musical way.

[I’m going to do my own music. It’s like a hobby and it’s like I’m doing fun/good things]

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Did you proceeded it from the time when your solo debut planned?

Jonghyun : Because last year was busy with drama and variety schedules, for this year I think I’ll do everything slowly. So at the beginning of the year, the other members said “why don’t you just work? We all are going to work, what are you going to play with?” half-jokingly. “No, last year I’ve been busy, I’d like to rest this year” I answered. But one day in February, I called the CEO in my office and ask “do I not work? Does the album can’t be out/issued in the summer?” He told me “You don’t have time to prepare”, the CEO refers to the song that has been recorded in iPhone, and I said “there’s also another song”. The song slightly has different images from the song (made) for CNBLUE. If it isn’t the good song which can be convinced, what do you want to do? So at that time I asked if I can try to made the song better by sending it to other composers. For example, “Moonlight Swing”, I also asked if the song can be offered (any help) to other person (composers), I thought I can’t make it (if didn’t offer the help of other composers). And then I came out making my solo album, I made it and study (the musics), and I think it’s fun.

From long time ago before this, is there any feeling that someday you want to have solo debut?

Jonghyun : No~ there wasn’t any. However I’ve never thought that I would have solo debut. But I also often hear the office asked me “When will it’s done?” so I’ll answer “I’ll finish it in a good/right timing”. The blues song was made two years ago. But among 100 songs in iPhone, there are 10 songs which didn’t recorded by myself.

Upon your solo debut, what kind of ‘yell’ that you got from the other members?

Jonghyun : I said “I’ll do a solo. Will do live also in August”, and Minhyuk responded “I’ll hit the drum” because actually he couldn’t do it before since he was busy shooting for a drama. Jungshin also said “I’ll write lyrics”, Yonghwa later said to me “Let’s make a song together”, but, guys, I (will) not do it in Korea. But maybe I’m willing to do it (in Korea) (laughs). I appreciate that.

Even so, with no support from other members, so it’s more into a self-produced (album)?

Jonghyun : I guess I’ve never thought myself as a producer. Because a producer will gather many staffs for the music itself, but for me, I’m doing my own music just by myself. It’s like I’m doing a hobby and funny thing(s).

I think there’s a feel of a singer-songwriter, isn’t it?

Jonghyun : No, there isn’t any feeling about it, at all. I don’t think “music is life”, but I’m just like the others who has the same way playing guitar as a hobby, and doing it because it’s fun.

On the last year’s fan meeting you also said that “music isn’t a job, turn it into a hobby”. When do you start to feel that way?

Jonghyun :  It’s from 3 years ago. Until then, I have the feeling that “I’m a guitarist, I’m living my life as a rock musician”, I also do music for other artists as a composer. However, when it comes to work, I feel more stress. At that time, if I get more stress, I might purely enjoy the guitar, and got idea(s), so since then, I thought “I’ll stop refers music as a job”.

So now you’re enjoy doing music?

Jonghyun : Yes. Earlier, I even feel a pressure on myself when I’m on stage, “I’ll show my best to everyone today”, and also think “It’s the worst!” if I get a little failure. But now we will laugh if we made mistake. It became such a good idea to not be limited to music.

Does being an actor in the industry is also a hobby?

Jonghyun : Of course, it is. I don’t want to think (of it) as a job.

Well, what if I ask you “what is your job?”

Jonghyun : Then I’ll answer “I’m not working. I’m playing” (laughs). I love to play, music and actor and fishing and snowboarding, I’m doing it in order to enjoy all of that. So, it all has become a hobby. For fishing, I recently fishing a flounder (laughs).

[Since I grew up in Busan, I think “romantic = sea”]

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“Moonlight Swing”, under the moonlight, but the song called…a dream come true. What is that you’re dreaming of right now?

Jonghyun : If anyone ask me “What’s your dream?”, then I’ll answer “I want to be like a normal people with a cool looks”. It might be a ridiculous dream…. Began to start (doing) music, was also the reason (for me) to looks cool. However, looking good = cool is different. People are all a good person in general, but is there anyone who have a good figure (also)? For example, Eric Clapton. So whether he looks so warm, I think I’m going to be like “I want to hug him!” Even during the live and if he had play on stage, or even he is outside the stage, he still looks like a nice person. I also want to be like that.

Although being warm, does have a little good-looking is ideal?

Jonghyun : Well, that would be best. Richie Kotzen (former guitarist of Mr. Big) is also great. He also enjoying music like it’s a fun thing on his life, yet he also looks cool.

In this song, you sing a romantic scene of a summer night. Please let us know a romantic night memories of summer that you have.

Jonghyun : I grew up in Busan, I guess “romantic = sea”. Because you can relax and go to the beach, and then go to the sea at night once you feel sad. When I was a junior high school student, I went to the sea together with my friends around 5.30 PM in the evening, we didn’t do anything, no speaking, I was watching the sun set all the way. Because while watching the sunset, I was in a deep emotion and think “during this life, do I just go around to see this?” I think it’s a bit like a funny thoughts (laughs).

When will you make your body and soul swing?

Jonghyun : When I think it’s fun. I also swing during live, it makes me want to dance when playing a fun song/tunes. I also danced on the PV, it was pretty fun.

Finally, in this summer, please tell us your idea about how to sparkling the fans.

Jonghyun : Please come to my solo live. I made a lot of songs to be enjoyed together with you, I think it can be sparkling while being played at the concert!

According to the straight response to the the interview at the studio and made such a cool pose, he conveyed his pure music and passion into words, without any edits. Even this time, we say Jonghyun is romantic. We told him and he respond, “Thank you. I want to be a romantic guy in all over the world,” and he laughed. We hope you’ll keep looking forward into the purely romantic rock musician’s first solo album and solo performances.

Source : Kstyle News

Trans by alvianashin @ 4cnboice


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[TRANS] Live Report CNBLUE 「SPRING LIVE 2016 ~We’re like a puzzle~」 in Tokyo Budokan by Mnet Japan

CNBLUE, said that their 5th Anniversary Tour has the highest sense of unity!!

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4-membered rock band CNBLUE has just celebrated their final tour of 「SPRING LIVE 2016 ~We’re like a puzzle~」in Osaka-Jo Hall on May 31st 2016.

This tour is a Spring Concert for Single “Puzzle” which released on May 11th. Start from Nagoya at Nippon Gaishi Hall on May 22nd, Tokyo at Nippon Budokan on May 26th-27th, and Osaka at Osaka-Jo Hall on May 31st, 3 cities with 4 performances and 40,000 audiences. This live report will tell about the Tokyo Budokan concert on May 27th.

Ever since their Japan major debut stage at Yokohama Arena back in 2011, CNBLUE has been well-known with their center stage that’s surrounded by the audiences. In this tour, rather than having a center stage, it provides a normal position seat for the audiences but with 360 degrees shaped (the seats surrounding the stage, meanwhile the stage is just normal but can be visible in 360degree view). It’s only a simple stage configuration to show-down the performance, rather than relying on the LED monitor video production to set a rock band looks.

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The opening starts with a new-released song “Puzzle”. Even it’s CNBLUE’s first wedding song themed, Yonghwa skipped his vocals from the start, he was running around from the main stage through the back of the stage. He made such a distance to the audience seats and stretched his hands to the fans. “I was always at the center of the stage being rotated, but today, instead of rotating, there are 3 person running around the stage in front of me”, Drummer Minhyuk said. The distance itself has an inevitable excitement.

In addition, for the classic songs “Can’t Stop” and “Hold My Hand”, Yonghwa moved from guitar to piano section, the venue starts to rise and join the song at the chorus part, and then play the nostalgic song of their indie era “Lie”. The new song, of course, made the audiences happy, but also tickles the heart of audience and also surprising since it’s a long-time-ago song for them. At the up-beat rock song “Ryu Can Do It”, Yonghwa enjoyed singing the rap part, he also did the “Mworago” dance during “I’m Sorry” and putting the hands up and down while having a call-and-response session with the audiences, which make the venue explodes. Yonghwa and Jungshin running around the stage’s runway, and made fan’s excitement reach it’s climax. Yonghwa got sweaty, “It’s like I just took a shower (laughs). You guys always cheer me up, it’s impressing to see it from the top of the stage,” said him proudly with a deep emotion. During Jonghyun’s MC part, a male fan shouted “Saranghaeyo~!”, which means Jonghyun also has male fan (LOL).

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In the ‘Ballad Corner’, Jonghyun made a big success, since he has a number of successful ballad song for CNBLUE. After a long time, Jonghyun sang “Eclipse” with a pure vocal and acoustic guitar sound. Yonghwa rushed to the corner and said “I want to dance!” with a high spirit. Jonghyun said “the tension is rising too much”, the fun is also unbearable since it’s been a long time for Yonghwa whose recently active in China for shooting a movie. He also said “Let’s enjoy it all today, it won’t come out again for twice!”, “Hide and Seek” started and he even dance without his guitar. In “Wake up” the fans gone extremely crazy because suddenly six trumpets, trombone, and saxophone horns in any sections (of the stage) and surprised the fans. Each member made themselves as the lecturer for the choreography, but then Jonghyun shows an appreciable dance ability, which makes the audience surprised and yelled “o~” as their voice of admiration. Meanwhile, Jungshin was struggling to dance and everyone cheered him “Good luck~”. Jonghyun tried to change the rhythm of the drum while Minhyuk still dancing at the center of the stage, he said “Everyone, let’s do it!” which also makes audience’s focus moved.  After successfully made such a deep communication with fans during “Wake up”, they then pulling the climax again with the strong bass arrangement on “Lady”, continued with their Korean track “Cinderella” and their latest one “YOU’RE SO FINE”, made fans full of excitement and put them together as a squad in the sense of unity, and also didn’t give them a time to breathe.

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At the encore, Yonghwa took the baton to command fans for making a “wave” from the top to the second floor seats at Budokan Arena, “That’s the best wave ever! Buy the DVD of today’s concert later! You’ll see how good it is” he said with satisfaction. “Budokan has become one”, Junghin said, “today’s live is appealing. I’ll always say thank you. I filled with a deep emotion to be able to do live with you all together. Since the songs are well-made, it also good to be performed live! Let’s be happy in the future, 10 years, 20 years…even if we’re running all the way for 70 years, we want to sing together with you all. I pray for everyone, I pray for KUMAMOTO. I hope by listening to our music you can do your best in the future. We’ll see you again in LIVE!” and Yonghwa conclude it all with his smile, then closed with the live performance of “YOUNG FOREVER”.

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In addition, the members of rookie trainee from FNC Entertainment who join the survival program to be debuted, [d.o.b], appeared as the opening act for the tour. The Band Team performed CNBLUE’s “I’m Sorry” and the Dance Team performed “I’m a Loner” with their own arrangement.

On October this year, CNBLUE is celebrating their 5th Anniversary of their Japan Major Debut. They start this ‘Anniversary Year’ tour with the new song “Puzzle”. Keep an eye into CNBLUE’s activities more in the future!

 

Source : Mnet Japan News

JP – ENG Trans by alvianashin @ 4cnboice