CNBLUE in B-Pass Magazine April 2012 Issue

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Q What’s your essential item at live performance?
Water! I drink 4 or 5 plastic bottles of water at live, and 4 more bottles after live. I used to wear rings on stage, but these days I don’t like it. Maybe because I became old? (laugh). In the past, I hoped to make my fingers on guitar look cool. But I sweat a lot in playing, so lately I rarely wear them.

Q What’s the first CD that you bought?
Back Street Boys’ CD. Maybe around 2nd year in elementary school?

Q What’s the first live concert that you attended?
The first concert that I attended was Yim JaeBum’s concert that I went with my friends, in junior high school. I remember that I managed to get the ticket since there were not many concerts held in Busan. Since I was a big fan of him, I was so moved to watch him in the flesh.

Q What’s the first instrument that you tried?
I started learning piano at 6, and kept it till I was in 2nd year in junior high. That helps my band activity in the musical aspect. I got a good ear for music thanks to learning piano for a long time. It’s like, I can catch the sound when I play.

Q Didn’t you get tired of piano as a boy?
Not at all. I had a lot of fun. Once I started music, I would concentrate on it and keep playing piano all night. There are not so many differences between that time and now, in that I love music.

Q Tell us your musical roots
Bon Jovi! The first time I watched his live performance, I got shocked. The performance, songs, his voice, all of them were very cool. Until that time, I didn’t have many chances to listen to western music. I watched it for my first time on MTV western music channel. Also, my big (cousin) brother used to be a western music fan, so I listened to it with his iPod. The person who made me want to do band is Bon Jovi, too. I definitely can say that my music roots = Bon Jovi.

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Q As the graduation season is coming soon (March in Japan), tell us an impressive episode relating to your graduation or your school life.
I don’t remember

Q Tell us a recommendable CNBLUE’s song for “graduation” season
“Lets Go Crazy”

Q What item are you into lately?
Handphone. I play the game in holiday.

Q Tell us an artist or a song that you are interested in lately
Red Hot Chili Peppers

Q What’s your favorite “mom’s home cooking”? Or what’s your specialty dish?
Miso chigae

Q What made you laugh out loud lately?
Jungshin’s headbanging

Q If you got anything you want for a single day, what would you want?
I don’t want anything

Q If you had a pet, what animal would you have and what would you name it?
Dog. The name would be “Chin-chan”

Q Please predict your previous life
I think there’s no such thing as a previous life

Q If you were not an artist, what would you be?
Trainee and always work hard

Q If you watch a movie on a date, what genre do you choose?
Horror movie. Paranormal activity.

Q If you could be a member of another band, in what band, what part would you like to take?
None I guess

Q If you could bring only three things to uninhabited island, what would you bring?
Hand phone

Q If you go private traveling only with (CNBLUE) members, where will you go and what will you do there?
I want to go to hot springs

Q What idea that you want to try for B-PASS do you have?
“The way of Summer Sonic”, something like that.


Q What’s your essential item for live performance?
This bracelet? I got this from fan(s) and wear it other than at live, too. Before I didn’t  wear accessories, but once I started wearing, I came to feel that something was missing without it. And, at live, I put about 15 extra picks on mic stand. I never use all of them, but I feel uneasy without them. I can give the picks that I don’t use to the audience as present.

Q What’s the first CD that you bought?
Eric Clapton’s best album that I bought at the first year of senior high. That’s rather late. But that album is still my treasure.

Q What’s the first live concert that you attended?
L’Arc~en~Ciel’s first concert in Korea. This is at senior high, too. Because they’re few concert of foreign artists in Busan, I hadn’t had chance to see till I came to Seoul. Since it was the first time to see band’s live performance, I had a lot of fun and thought they were cool.

Q What’s the first instrument that you tried?
Acoustic guitar that I bought at the first year of senior high. Till that time, I had wanted to do music by singing, and sung Korean songs. But since I found Eric Clapton, I thought that singing with playing guitar is super cool, then I bought a cheep guitar and practiced.

Q Tell us your musical roots
As a turning point, all in all, that would be Eric Clapton? I have been good at sports since I was a child, and I achieved good results at judo too. But while I was looking for something that I could get involved in, I began to sing. After that I became into guitar thanks to Eric Clapton, and I got interested in band in the influence of Richie Sambora (the guitarist) from Bon Jovi and Mr.Big, that’s why I’m here. That’s my musical strides.

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Q As the graduation season is coming soon (March in Japan), tell us an impressive episode relating to your graduation or your school life.
At the graduation from junior high, we had a party. It was a lot of fun.

Q Tell us a recommendable CNBLUE’s song for “graduation” season
“a.ri.ga.tou.”

Q What item are you into lately?
Guitar

Q Tell us an artist or a song that you are interested in lately
ONE OK ROCK “Yes, I am” “Wherever You Are”
RADWIMPS “One Man Live” “いいんですか?”(Iindesuka?/Is it okay?)

Q What’s your favorite “mom’s home cooking”? Or what’s your specialty dish?
Stir-fried Kimchi

Q What made you laugh out loud lately?
With just watching JungShin, I always can’t help but laugh

Q If you got anything you want for a single day, what would you want?
I want to be an invisible man or I want wings

Q If you had a pet, what animal would you have and what would you name it?
Dog. Its name is “Kon chan”

Q Please predict your previous life
Shogun (principal of samurai)

Q If you were not an artist, what would you be?
Athlete

Q If you watch a movie on a date, what genre do you choose?
I watch a movie that she likes.

Q If you could be a member of another band, in what band, what part would you like to take?
I don’t mind whatever band it is, but I want to try being a bassist.

Q If you could bring only three things to uninhabited island, what would you bring?
Convenience store, house, and ship

Q If you go private traveling only with (CNBLUE) members, where will you go and what will you do there?
I want to try going to hot spring

Q What idea that you want to try for B-PASS do you have?
Interview in the form of conversation with other artists


Q What’s your essential item for live performance?
A metronome. If there’s no metronome, it’s dangerous (laugh). The sound would be good. And then, special shoes for playing drum. The sole part is harder and not as slippery as common shoes. But that  doesn’t mean all drummers must wear it, but to me, I feel more comfortable wearing it while performing.

Q What’s the first CD that you bought?
I think it was Maroon 5 CD that I bought when I was in middle school. Because I was influenced by my sister, I listened to many CD that my sister bought such as NSYNC, Backstreet Boys, Westlife etc. As for Korean singer, I really like Shin Si Kyung and Seo Taeji. I even had all Shin Si Kyung  albums. I really liked ballad songs back then.

Q What’s the first live concert that you attended?
I really like to see live stage. Since I was a kid, I watched many performances like musical, but I forgot what was the first one I watched.

Then, which was the live stage that impressed you?
L’Arc~en~Ciel performance in Korea back in 2009. I’ve watched ballad and pop rock live stage before, but nothing like Laruku did.

Q What’s the first instrument that you tried?
Piano. I learned piano since I was in elementary school, from 1st grade until 5th grade. But I got tired of it (laugh). So, I learned flute since elementary school 5th grade until middle school. The first time I learned drum was when I was in middle school because of my friend who had a band.

Q Tell us your musical roots
By watching my middle school friend’s band performance, they were not only singing. I think singing while playing instrument is cool. It became my turning point, from classical music to band. At that time, I realized Maroon 5’s existence.

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Q : It will be graduation season soon. Please tell us about your school and graduation story!
MH : During my middle school graduation, I played together with friends all day long.

Q : Please recommend a song that describe about your graduation or trip.
MH : Speaking about trip, it’s “Let’s Go Crazy”

Q : What are the things that you are addicted to recently?
MH : Drum and sport

Q : What is the song that you are interested in recently?
MH : Tongue Tied by Grouplove

Q : What’s your favorite “mom’s home cooking”? Or what’s your specialty dish?
MH : Miso chigae. I’m not good at cooking.

Q : What was the funny thing that make you laughed a lot recently?
MH : It’s not a big laugh, but I was just happy to found someone that looked like YUMA SARMAN (cast of Kill Bill).

Q : If it’s a day that you can get  anything you want, then what is it?
MH : Time

Q : If you’re able to have a pet, what will it be? And what’s the name?
MH : Cat. The name is Ceko.

Q : Please imagine your previous life!
MH : Bird?

Q : If you weren’t an artist, what would you be?
MH : Student then become a salary man.

Q : If you go on a date, what movie will you watch? Romance? Comedy? Horror? Anime?
MH : Love comedy. I think it will let you enjoy the time.

Q : If you were in other band, what band is it? What position?
MH : Maroon 5’s keyboard.

Q : If you go to unpopulated island, what are the 3 things that you want to bring?
MH : Music player, friend and mattress.

Q : If you get a private trip for only the 4 members, where will you go? And what will you do there?
MH : Wherever is okay. I want to go for a long time.

Q : Lastly, what’s your hope for B-PASS?
MH : Please sell a lot~ ^^


Q What’s your essential item for live performance?
There’s no essential item in particular. Except bass (laugh). In the meaning of “essential”, what is essential before live is to eat enough and to go to restroom just before the performance without fail.

Q What’s the first CD that you bought?
Probably that is Mr.Big’s CD that I bought in junior high. Since before I bought CDs, I had listened to CDs that I borrowed from friends or to cassettes.

Q What’s the first live concert that you attended?
I think it is when I went to an orchestra concert with my family in elementary school. When I went on my own is… I don’t remember.

Q Then, what live concert was impressive?
Last year, Maroon 5’s concert in Korea. They were very cool and there were a lot of things to learn as a musician.

Q What’s the first instrumental that you tried?
Piano. In early elementary school years, I learned piano for one or two years. But I forgot all and I can’t play at all (laugh). I met bass in junior high, and officially started playing in senior high. Now I’m in a band and I’m glad to have chosen bass.

Q Tell us your musical roots
Mr.Big. In elementary school, I had a friend who was a big fan of Mr.Big and let me watch their live DVD. At the moment I watched it, I got totally hooked on. Though I had listened to other bands or hard rock before that, I didn’t see band music the best. However, Mr.Big’s music was too shocking for me to compare, and they opened my eyes to band music. That’s why they are my roots!

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Q As the graduation season is coming soon (March in Japan), tell us an impressive episode relating to your graduation or your school life.
During high school graduation day, I didn’t have much time to take photos.

Q Tell us a recommendable CNBLUE’s song for “graduation” season
“Now or Never” and “ Try Again, Smile Again”

Q What item are you into lately?
Japanese hamburger and omelet & rice

Q Tell us an artist or a song that you are interested in lately
Red Hot Chili Peppers and Bon Jovi’s songs

Q What’s your favorite “mom’s home cooking”? Or what’s your specialty dish?
About mother’s taste, it’s Korean friend rice.

Q What made you laugh out loud lately?
A lot!

Q If you got anything you want for a single day, what would you want?
Plane

Q If you had a pet, what animal would you have and what would you name it?
Cat. The name is Hey Man or Hey Girl

Q Please predict your previous life
Someone from royal family.

Q If you were not an artist, what would you be?
Maybe I will still involve in the art field.

Q If you watch a movie on a date, what genre do you choose?
Romance. More Than Blue (Kwon Sangwoo movie in 2009)

Q If you could be a member of another band, in what band, what part would you like to take?
Mr Big’s bassist.

Q If you could bring only three things to uninhabited island, what would you bring?
Gun, light and tent.

Q If you go private traveling only with (CNBLUE) members, where will you go and what will you do there?
England (UK), because all 3 members said they want to go there.

Q What idea that you want to try for B-PASS do you have?
50 pages of CNBLUE photos and interview special edition

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— Yoyogi Live DVD- what point do you want it to be focused on?

MH: I want fans to see the performance of our major debut song “In My Head”.

YH: The fire went up.

JH: Both the fire and live performance were also very hot! The songs that you hear on CD/MV are different from what you hear at the live concert. Please feel that difference in this DVD.

YH: We played “In My Head”at the live concerts several times before, then I feel that song was completed. And we performed  some parts of our new song “Where You Are” at the concert, so that is also the highlight of this DVD.

JS: This live has a consistent flow from the beginning to the end, I’m glad if you can feel that whole atmosphere.

JH: We made preparations for this live over a longer time than ever before. Especially about our instruments playing, we had been very focused on that aspect, so please watch the details carefully, our individual play or the whole rendition and so on.

— Yoyogi Live DVD – your impression after watching it.

JH: Compared with our previous live concerts, I felt that “we have improved” (laughs). Especially on video, we can see our stage atmosphere objectively, so I can get another feeling as I was playing there.

YH: Sometimes I watch our previous DVD too, I feel that we’re improving.

— Opening music was composed by YH-san, right?

YH: Yes. I wanted to use siren sound, then at first I made sample sound which had the siren sound as the main, and then the strong opening sound was completed.

— There are some newly arranged songs. 

JH: We had made an effort very well to “Tattoo”’s new arrangement. We played this song many times before so we wanted to make another approach.

YH: At the rehearsal, we tried to make a new arrangement for this song. The audience response was quite good.

—(to YH) By the way, you said your favorite thing during live tour is eating local cuisine.
So you gained your weight. How about your weight now?

YH: I returned to my former weight. Didn’t you know just by looking at me? (laughs) I can’t give up to eat tasty food so I eat well and then do a lot of exercise. My weight very flexible.

MH: YH hyung eats well but he can control his body condition well too.

JS: He eats well and exercises well.

 I don’t think your weight can be that flexible..

JH,JS,MH: (at the same time) “iyaiyaiya” (no no no) (laugh).

JH: We are always beside him, so we can know it well just by looking at him.

YH: I ask members that if I’m getting weight, please let me know. The members can sense my physical condition.

— You guys has experienced many kinds of live concerts. What’s the most impressive live?

All: (at the same time) MTV unplugged!
(*This was interviewed the day after their MTV Unplugged live)

JH: I’ve gotten very nervous!

YH: As soon as we finished that stage, all four of us clap our hands together.

MH: I’m happy, but on the other hand, I felt a lot of pressure.

JS: We had heavy nervousness almost as same as our debut stage.

YH: MTV unplugged is the program that world famous artist has appeared in, Clapton-san or Bon Jovi-san and so on.
I feel that it was a very honorable experience.

MH: The pressure was heavy, but  it was a big chance for us and the feeling of satisfaction was very rewarding.

JS: The venue’s atmosphere was very good. It’s like a stylish bar, I felt so good.

— “Where You Are” was the #1 song on Oricon Weekly Chart. Where did you hear that?

YH: While recording.

JS: At first I was stunned.

JH: I clapped my hand as soon as I heard. Then I said “omedetou” (Congratulations!)  to YH hyung, JS and MH in order. At that time we were in the recording,  but I said “Let’s finish it now” unintentionally. I couldn’t play (guitar) for a while.

MH: This is the first time we got weekly #1.

YH: I think we are lucky. Our second single got #1. We really thanks to everyone who support us.

 CNBLUE had became “first Korean artist” for a few times. MTV Unplugged, Countdown Japan. Do you guys noticed it?

YH: We can’t believe it. But I think we still have lots of things to challenge now. In Japan, there are a lot of music festival, we had various good experience. We want to keep on challenging ourselves.

 Including “away” stage, right? 

YH: Last year LINKIN PARK-san live was a perfect “away” stage, we got badly nervous, but because of it, we were very enthusiastic. (laugh)

JH: It was good chance to let people who don’t know us to listen to our music.

MH: For one-man-live, we have a longer time (to perform) so I think of our pacing, but for music festival the length of our performance is short, so the power for each song gets stronger inevitably.

JH: At (such music festivals), I use my whole energy to play guitar.

YH: Like this, “ore wa rocker da!” (I AM A ROCKER!)

JS: ”Ore mo rocker da!” (I AM A ROCKER TOO!) (laugh)

 At music event or festival, did you interact with another bands?

YH: Yes, at Ontama Carnival on January, we talked with ORANGERANGE-san at the backstage.

JS: Before our major debut, we used to listened and watched their DVD, we studied form that. So we were honored to interact with them.

JH: I heard ORANGERANGE-san wrote to their blog about us. I’m really glad to hear that.

MH: Also SID-san,.. we interacted with other performers too.

YH: We watched all artist’s live perform, we studied many things from that.

— Your review for the past two years (since Korean debut)

All: Our live performance has improved!

YH: Now I couldn’t watch our previous live films/videos. (laugh) We were badly unskilled.

— You guys changed how you play your instruments, how to enhance the atmosphere, and the tension of your voice.

JH: It was only two years, so it is not too long ago. But we had so many experiences, I realized this so keenly.

About CNBLUE’s Korean comeback in March

YH: Since one year ago.

MH:  It has been a long time since our last release, so I feel a little anxious.

JS: But, even at the Korean stage, Japanese fans come there too, so I’m happy.

JH: Regardless of we are in Korea or Japan, we sing our songs that we released on both countries, then fans can be excited for songs from both countries. So recently I don’t care now whether I am in Korea or Japan. 

— About the Stand-Up by M Live – LA concert

JH: We’ve been visiting around Asia, USA  is going to be our first time, so it is our new challenge.

YH: We rarely perform with FTISLAND, so we are happy to go to Los Angeles with them.

JH: It’s not an exaggerated thing like CNBLUE is going “to advance in US”, I think we just go to LA to meet our US fans.

YH: When I go to the  US,  first I should eat hamburger, and then eat pizza..  ahh I have lots of things to do there. (laughs)

— Request for staff

YH: I want to appear on Summer Sonic! It was our first big music festival that we watched back in 2008. We all were shocked. LINKIN PARK-san, Hoobastank-san, and B’z-san, it was really cool, really fun. We thought we want to stand  on such great stage someday. Please support us, staff-san!

 

Scans by: BOICE Bluena |BOICE @risamin_329
Translated by: ketchburning @ cnbluestorm

 

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