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[TRANS] CNBLUE interview on anan web Japan

[Explore the K-POP Swamp] CNBLUE appeared! Who wants to be a president if you’re at work?! #21

 

Popular 4-member band CNBLUE celebrating their 5th anniversary of Japan major debut in 2016. Looking to the visual concept of their new song “SHAKE” we imagined that it’s about “salary man”, and “if you work for a company…” things. (Although it seems that work may can’t be handled if you’re in the same company with a such cool salary men…) Don’t miss the exclusive video at the end!

 

[Can I become a pen?!] Vol. 21

 

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“SHAKE” is decided (to be on) this summer with a refreshing summer tune!

For half of a year in 2009, CNBLUE performed their music along with their spartan training in Japan to take the root of a band’s culture. During that period, they went to live houses and had street live performances for over 100 times! Building a solid foundation as a band, we asked these 4 people who grew into a popular band and talked about their new song “SHAKE”.

—Please tell me about the new song “SHAKE”.

Yonghwa: “I want to cheer up the listener” is a thought when I put my feelings into this song.

Jonghyun: “Song Camp” is trending worldwide, there’s a way for the (music) creators to gather and make songs together, “SHAKE” was made by four people, Yonghwa, myself, one American and one a German. We’re immediately uniting and “let’s make a fun song”, it turned out like that.

Minhyuk: As soon as I heard it, it’s so nice, my body moves naturally according to the rhythm.

Jungshin: We’re glad to have a bright song like title song “Glory Days” on our 5th anniversary album to the discography of CNBLUE. It seems to be really fun when do the song live, I’m looking forward to that now.

 

—It’s fun to wrap up a colorful and pop MV. The stage is an office, but, if you work on a company what position that you want?

Yonghwa: Unconditionally a President (LOL). “NO. 1” is a motto in any industry.

Jonghyun: Since I don’t want to carry a big responsibility, I’m the 2nd place. I think being the director or vice president of an entertainment (company/industry) is suitable.

Minhyuk: I’m good as a Hira salary man (worker)*

Yonghwa: So, what if both of you come to my company?

Minhyuk & Jonghyun: …

Yonghwa: Think about it again! You two seems to be far from being used (LOL).

Jungshin: Me?

Yonghwa: Jungshin might be better. Yes, let’s have a contract!

Jungshin: How much is the monthly salary?

Yonghwa: 3000 yen.

Jungshin: I’ll refuse it politely (LOL).

 

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—There’s a lyric says “Today is about to high, isn’t it?”, what would you do on such day like that?

Yonghwa: Basically, it’s always high. Whatever I do outside is always high, but it will go down at home.

Minhyuk: I get in touch with my friends, driving, and play sports. Soccer, baseball, basketball, and golf, I’ll do anything. I’ll also go to gym.

Jonghyun: In my case, I’ll go fishing anyway. I was about going to go tomorrow, but it seems like the manager doesn’t want to let me go, so I tell a lie “no fish will come out tomorrow” (LOL)

Jungshin: I enjoy playing billiards with friends and watching movies in my personal studio to feel (or, to get) the mood high. I also do shopping. Recently, I bought a sofa to be used in the studio.  Since it’s going to be used for a long time, so I chose it well. Super satisfied!

Minhyuk: Hey, what studio?

Yonghwa: Minhyuk, you’re not coming in?

Minhyuk: No….

Jonghyun: It’s a studio or a work room. Minhyuk, since you’re practicing drums in a room that everyone use, so it’s no problem.

—On the other hand, have you been feeling down lately?

Jonghyun: A while ago. The manager says “no fish will come out tomorrow” (LOL)

Yonghwa: I, if I don’t have time and I can’t exercise, I’ll be fuzzy. But, since I went to the gym yesterday, it feels fresh now!

Minhyuk: Exercise will relieve your stress, right?

Yonghwa: Since Jungshin himself didn’t exercise at all, so I took him to the gym yesterday.

Jungshin: I, I don’t need to exercise because I have a body (LOL)

—Although CNBLUE shining the most during live band (performance), what kind of things that you aware about on the stage?

Jungshin: Before, there was a place/spot where I’m looking forward into and “I have to look cool (here)”, but now I’m not that conscious to it. It becomes natural.

Yonghwa: Eh?! It’s not the most natural thing though (LOL)

Jonghyun: Actually, Jungshin is the coolest one (LOL)

Minhyuk: (LOL). Anyway, it’s important to enjoy the stage. Since we have many nice songs, with “SHAKE” also, we’ll be glad if you dance at the venue.

 

—By the way, a new recruit audition will be held by FNC Entertainment and Warner Music as a team, right?

Jungshin: I just heard that (LOL)

Yonghwa: (Receiving explanation from manager) Everyone is welcome!

Minhyuk: Right now, it’s not only instrumental performances and songs, but also many kind of positions are required, so it will be serious, I’d like to give spiritual/mental care to those who passed.

Yonghwa: Minhyuk is kind of gentle/friendly.

Minhyuk: But it says “lie” in the face (LOL).

*T/N: Hira salary man or also can be written as ヒラリーマン (hira-riiman): a salary man with no title. Could be the lowest rank or lowest title of an employee in a company *cmiiw


 

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Yonghwa

Born on June 22nd, 1989. He is in charge of vocal and guitar. He gets into R&B songs that were (played) in the studio! Even when he was shooting with cool images, he stepped out if he has a chance, and other members also staff were burst out laughing (because of him).


 

 

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Jonghyun

Born on May 15th, 1990. He is in charge of vocal and guitar. Although he is in a super simple black pants and white shirt with no tie, his self-appeal is drifting. Actually, he took off one button just before shooting.


 

 

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Minhyuk

Born on June 28th, 1991. He is in charge of drums. Minhyuk is a cat lover, he is crazy about the special issue about cat on “anan”.  He sighs every time he turns over the page, and keep saying “cute~ ♡”. After the interview, he took it home.


 

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Jungshin

Born September 15, 1991. He is in charge of bass. During the interview, he was poked on the neck by Yonghwa who was on the next door, and suddenly become a “7-year-old child”. He didn’t move and was dodging in a cool way.

Don’t forget to watch the exclusive anan web video here!

Source: anan web

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[TRANS] Lee Jonghyun 1st Solo Tour “~Welcome to SPARKLING NIGHT~” Encore Concert Report by KStyle Japan

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Guitarist and vocal of CNBLUE, the 4-member band from Korea, Lee Jong Hyun, held a tour of [1st Solo Concert in Japan ~Welcome to SPARKLING NIGHT~] on summer to commemorate the release of his first solo album. As an encore performance of the tour which mobilized about 18000 audiences on 5 performances in Osaka, Nagoya, as well Tokyo, it was held at Tokyo International Forum Hall A on Sunday, December 25th. There were 5000 audiences and it had so much fun, he shouted “I’m not lonely!” (!?) The Christmas special live report is here.

 

A lively red drape curtain fits perfectly for Christmas season and gorgeous eye-catching stage with a team consists of drums, basses, guitars, keyboards, saxophone, and a group of male and female chorus. Jonghyun as the MC greeted first “Merry Christmas!”, “Thanks for coming everyone, even though it’s Christmas Day. Actually, there weren’t any plans (for me) on Christmas but this live then decided, I thought that I won’t be lonely since there are you guys who waits (for the live). I’m rather happy. Let’s make the best Christmas today” he said. Even the MC is special because it’s a Christmas performance, the set list and overall production (of the live) were also upgraded.

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The venue was cheering for excitement when the song begins to play, Jonghyun’s vocal wrapped it all up (the audiences’ cheers). As the heat rising slowly, Jonghyun’s live performance tastily soak up the excitement, the venue was filled with warmth as of Jonghyun’s song has such a healing power.

At the end of the main part, after enthusiastically singing the Korean version of a famous song “I LOVE YOU” by Yutaka Ozaki which had been sung by him since he was 15 years old during high school, a Christmas song medley of “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” which added by a jazz arrangement that fits the performance itself was presented, along with “Jingle Bell” and “White Christmas”. A mirrored ball hanging on the stage’s ceiling reflected red and green Christmas color lights and turned the stage like a merry-go-round, when Jonghyun finished singing he said “It’s Christmas, right? Everyone will get angry if I don’t sing (Christmas song) properly” showing his gentle smile.

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When it got more powerful during Christmas medley, Jonghyun catch a fun conversation afterwards with “not lonely” as a keyword and the venue heats up. “Today, we’re not lonely! There are people who can sing a song with, together.” By that thought, he said “I want you to sing with me in a huge voice”, trying to urge the audience as usual, “we’re not lonely!”, then made the venue gone loud, “I’m so sorry (for considering everyone as a lonely person). I was wrong” and Jonghyun laughing hard.

Next, during MC part again he said that “Starlit Night” is a favorite song in the final (such as encore), then started to have a Sparta guidance to sing the Chorus. While handing the microphone to fans who were sitting in the front row, “ah, too bad (LOL)”, “barely/just there (girigiri)”, “not yet”. When audience said “terrible”, he responded “Ahahaha, you are yelling at Christmas (LOL) but I guess it will be fine since every of you sing with a big voice”, anyway, audiences were stick with attitude (following the rules on the venue/concert) and it was impressive.

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When Jonghyun came out for the encore, he said “the voice is getting smaller” and then the venue called Lee Jonghyun with a “huge voice”. Both Jonghyun and fans were maximizing the possibility of enjoying the live each other, it felt like the strength is surely stronger than the opening one, it was moving.

In response of the claps that didn’t stop even after the band members’ greeting, Jonghyun appeared alone on the stage for a double encore, holding an acoustic guitar. While playing guitar for the first time on that day, he prepared himself and then singing the last song “a.ri.ga.tou”, “this song will be meaningless unless if everyone sings together”. It was like a nostalgia after all.

Heard the “huge voice” of the fans, Jonghyun showed a different and vivid expression when playing guitar, as well with the best smile. On MC part, “It’s hard to do this live alone, but I’m happy because I can sing my songs together, it’s fun. I want to do it little by little every year”, saying his goals. As a guitarist and vocal of CNBLUE, also as a solo artist, what kind of activity will he show next year? It’s the first solo tour of singer Lee Jong Hyun which its charms shine glowingly.

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LEE JONG HYUN 1st Solo Concert in Japan Encore Live

~Welcome to SPARKLING NIGHT~

2016.12.25(SUN) @Tokyo International Forum Hall A

 

<SETLIST>

M1 Moonlight Swing

M2 These days

M3 Lucid dream

M4 Call me

M5 Hate you

M6 I just need a..

M7 Blind Love

M8 Smile

M9 Be OK

M10 Pina Colada

M11 Foxy

M12 Show Me More

M13 I LOVE YOU

M14 X’mas MEDLEY

M15 SHINE DROP

M16 Starlit Night

EN.1 Blessed

EN.2 voice

WE.1 a.ri.ga.tou.

 

P.S.

Not exactly all text from the article translated, just parts that related to the live. Any correction are welcomed 🙂

 

Trans by alvianashin

Source : KStyle Japan

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[TRANS] CNBLUE Members BEST 3 from rankingbox Japan

Jung Yonghwa BEST 3 Memories of Japan Major Debut 5th Year Anniversary

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1st – Guerilla live in front of Shinjuku Station, Tokyo

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CNBLUE went to Japan for a spartan training in 2009. While we had a poor-living together, we were active on the street and small live houses. On the first-time we sang in front of Shinjuku Station, of course, there are no audiences at all. But two years later after did guerilla live in front of Shinjuku Station we made our major debut with “In My Head”, and 7000 people came. At the same time in Shinjuku, the audiences were growing from zero to 7000 people. It’s amazing to remember about that now! It’s touching!

2nd – First time in Yokohama Arena

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“392” live is the end of our indie era. On that day, we were announcing our major debut through a press conference and told fans (about major debut) through the live (concert). For the first-time arena tour, it’s a turning-around center stage. At that time, I couldn’t remember what kind of performance I’m playing, but I still remember that my body was shivering because of a shining lighting and it was filled with a lot of fans. I was nervous, I’ve worked too hard, with a limited physical and mental strength, I fell down right after the live ends (LOL).

 

3rd – “In My Head”

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On October 19th 2011, CNBLUE made a Japan major debut with “In My Head”. It was sung live for the first time on “392” live at Yokohama Arena, when we announced the major debut. Since then I played (the song) live for many times, the feeling to sing it on each year changed, there is something different even if I listen to my singing (to that song) later on. That’s interesting. Also, when this song goes live, the tension will surely rise, it will become very hot! It’s surprisingly become hot while singing!


Lee Jonghyun BEST 3 Things to Seek on a Lover

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1st – Personality

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I think I’m that “nice” and friendly/kind person. But after all, the most important thing is about personality, right? I think that this is the most important thing for men and women to see for a partner. I’m that type who will aggressively appeal the person I like in a gentle way. I’ll try to find out what things that she likes, and will do a such effort(s) to fit with her and things that she likes. But I’m not that gentle to the person I’m not interested. It’s not that good in being good/kind to everyone. It will be quite rude/impolite even if you make your partner/opponent misunderstood (because of the good treats).

2nd – Thoughts

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I’m a person who can understand my own way of thinking, and, also the one who will respect other thoughts. My way of thinking is very simple. The policy is “to live happily right now”. Taking care of her is important, even work and hobbies are also important, but I’d like to do those happily. Basically, it’s the man who will try his best and devote himself for the woman, but I also have my own world, so I want her to understand on my way of thinking/thoughts. I also respect her as much as I can. I think it’s wonderful to have a relationship that can understand and respect each other.

3rd – A Family person

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It may be an old thought, but isn’t marriage is the end of a love affair? After all, I hope for the one who will become my wife is a family person. A person who protect her families just like my mother is ideal. Actually, I look at cooking as a hobby, I can make quite anything fairly. Even if I have to say it to myself, that my skill is pretty good (LOL). Since my hobby is fishing, I’m good in making a fish’s fillet. Last time, I caught fish and make its sashimi then put it in Jungshin’s house. I’m unexpectedly that homely guy as well.


Kang Minhyuk BEST 3 Favorite Japanese Food

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1st – Sushi

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When I come to Japan, Sushi is the No. 1 thing that I definitely want to eat. I love every kind of Sushi! There’s nothing that I don’t like. Hikarimono and Sea urchin are OK. Since this promotion was only for one night, I don’t have the chance to eat Sushi, so I ate ramen for dinner with Jungshin. But then, I heard that Yonghwa and Jonghyun had eaten Sushi, right now, I’m a bit shock… I’ll definitely take a revenge during the tour, I really want to eat good Sushi!

2nd – Omurice (Omelet Rice)

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Japanese omelet rice with eggs are fluffy and delicious, right~? There are places that have this in Korean franchise/convenience store, but it’s totally different. That fluffy things are impressive. It has a deep taste/feel of the rice (LOL). I also choose an omelet on the menu of our 5th anniversary cafe (15th – 23rd October at cafe manduka Shibuya). In Japan, it is a dish that boy wants the girl to make, right? I will eat everything she made deliciously!

3rd – Bamboo Steamer Dish

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Right now, Bamboo Steamer Dish is a bit trending in South Korea. When I want to eat it, sometimes I went to the one (place which sell it) in South Korea. But, we can do/make it at home, aren’t we? Next time, I’d like to buy the “Bamboo Steamer” and make it at home. I like various ingredients on it like vegetables, but after all there has to be meat! But I prefer beef than pork! When steaming the meat with vegetables, it has a slight taste of veggies, but it all healthy and refreshing. It only steaming a simple dish, but this is a “simple is best” dish.


Lee Jungshin BEST 3 Favorite Fashion Items

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1st Hoodie

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My recent favorite is parka hoodie. I love “VETEMENTS” brand. It has a coordinated stylish oversized street style. I usually like both casual and traditional style, I wear both, but parka hoodie is fun and easy, so, I like it. About my favorite fashion, I think you can understand it by checking through my Instagram. All the pictures are Simba? Ah, I’m sorry (LOL).

2nd Damaged Jeans (Ripped Jeans)

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Do you say it as Damaged Jeans in Japan? In South Korea, it called Destroyed Jeans. It (the name) seems strong in South Korea (LOL). I only wear Damaged Jeans recently. The damage itself is cool and I like the bigger one. A light denim color is better, I think the heavy/thick color one match for upcoming season. Damaged Jeans with Parka Hoodie, I guess if it all comes with short boots will be like a style for autumn.

3rd Accessories

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I think that the fashion point is a watch and a bracelet. I don’t wear rings and earrings recently. Watch is on left hand, and bracelet is on right hand. It’s a NO for digital watch. I like a classical metal belt, but now I love gold watches. I wear not only one bracelet, there are gold and silver one, both are thick and thin, a coordinated square and a chain, I like to put it well-balanced.

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Source : rankingbox.jp

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