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CNBLUE will release their 2nd album in Japan ‘What Turns You On?’ on Aug 28th. They will be also released ‘Lady’ ahead of this album. In this summer, they have lots of live in Japan like Zepp tour and Summer Sonic. ‘Lady’ is a disco tune song that has a mature atmosphere, but it contradicts with their public image that is serious and good young man. Which is in fact their true figure?
Everyone says to us do not get a tattoo (Laugh)
—Before an interview, Yonghwa, you have got tanned, haven’t you?
Yonghwa: eh… why everyone asks me so …? Actually since I play golf recently, I’ve tanned. I didn’t get it on purpose, so I wonder why everyone asks me so.
—Eh? You said you play golf, right?
Yonghwa: Yes I am. I think it is better to learn as early as possible.
—…Well, What is it for?
Yonghwa: Because there is an image that adult plays golf. And I heard that it is good for posture fixing. I take the lesson as possible as I can only when I have time. Recently the number of young people playing golf has grown in Korea.
—Oh, I see. By the way, I am asking about your new single ‘Lady’. Is this a song for Japan?
Yonghwa: No, it is not. We don’t stick to in which country we would release it. We have a stance that we offer a song when we made at the time to release. This time, I had composed another ballad song but it is not like for summer, so I chose ‘Lady’.
—This song has mature atmosphere and it has dance tune.
Minhyuk: A rhythm sounds like disco. I think our live performance is going to be excited with this song. I am also excited to play a drum.
—There is an image that disco is sleazy in Japan. But your Japanese fan has an image that CNBLUE is a good young man and serious rock band.
Jonghyun: It is true. Our image for fan is “GENTLEMAN”… Since everyone has such as an image, so we have to be so …
—Huh? Are you meaning that this is not true in fact?
Jonghyun: Oh, no, no (Laugh). If we did bad things, our image would get damage even though there is such a good image for us. So inevitably conclude that we have to be a GENTLEMAN as an image that everyone have.
Yonghwa: An image of good young man and GENTLEMAN fit with our image (said it firmly).
Jonghyun: So we are looked at with such an image in Korea.
Jungshin: In fact, we are not outstripping the image.
Yonghwa: We are always (with a proud face) “serious people”.
—Huh? Is it true?
Yonghwa: Yes. Because the leader (=Yonghwa) is like that!!
Jungshin: (in low voices) Too much to say.
Yonghwa: (Glance at Jungshin).
Jungshin: (in low voices) oh, just a kidding.
—If you are so serious people, I think that the image of the disco is unexpected.
Yonghwa: Yes it is, that’s correct (admit openly, everyone laughed). So it goes like that. Since ‘Lady’ is the sexiest song we ever released, we get a disco image on stage.
Jonghyun: We do our best to get the atmosphere of disco, but when we walk off the stage once, we turn out to be serious people.
—Umm. You artfully dodge our question …
Jonghyun: No, no. Actually we are told that we are serious people from FNC staff and people who are close to us, not only by fans.
Yonghwa: So, I play golf.
Jonghyun: Members escape to some sports.
—Don’t you go a disco or night club in your free time?
Jonghyun: Totally not.
—Are you sure?
Jonghyun: We might think that we are telling you a lie (Laugh) but absolutely not.
—But you think you want to go there, don’t you?
Yonghwa: It is going to cost money …
Jonghyun: I think we wanted to go there when we were around 20 years old though; we have been so busy and couldn’t go. Even if we were here now, we have no idea what do we do… (Laugh) And since now we are doing KFHI (Korea Food for Hungry International), we want to be a good model for everyone.
—There is an image that CNBLUE = Serious people and good young man, in both of Korea and Japan. Do you think what a catalyst is?
Jonghyun: No idea.
—Is it FNC’s plan?
Jonghyun: No, it is not.
Yonghwa: It might be because we often wear a suit.
Jonghyun: Yes! It is it!
Yonghwa: Since we have worn a suit from the beginning, our image might be serious. Actually, when we wear a suit, we look so cool (Laugh)
Jonghyun: We didn’t have free time at all at the beginning of our debut. And now, even if we had it, we have no idea how to play because we have not been to play. So we do some sports.
—That’s why you play golf or muscle training.
Yonghwa: Well, I think public image is made by fans or everyone, not by us. Now, CNBLUE = Serious people and good young man, GENTLEMAN. It is okay for us now.
Jungshin: And people have an image for us the rock band that a tattoo does not match (Laugh). Everyone says to us do not get a tattoo.
Jonghyun: Not only tattoo, I had had three piercing holes in my ears but now I have never wear them.
—Even if you say so, in fact you might have lots of tattoos on your back (laugh)
All: No, no.
Yonghwa: But, kkk (awless smile). My back is absolutely full of tattoos.
—Wow, shows us!
Yonghwa: I am sorry. It is a secret between you and me. (*just kidding all (Laugh))
I thought that the impression when we listened to this song is important.
—Well, can I hear about a song ‘Don’t Care’? What kind of theme did you make this song with?
Yonghwa: This is the song that I want people who think that oneself are alone to hear this song. Don’t worry because I have family and friends … I wrote such a message.
—You wrote this lyric by replacing the fans and you.
Yonghwa: Since I am in this position, I could write this lyric. We have ‘the fan’ that is kind of special position for us, not only family and friends. Because I have the special privilege which general people don’t have, the existence of the fans come out in my head naturally. We have not had such a song that was expressing directly the connection with the fan and us, I wanted to write about this connection.
—Can we ask you about the sound of this song? Why did you make this such as an acoustic sound?
Yonghwa: Since the original was so. About a guitar, we used acoustic guitar only but at the time of recording, Jonghyun put the electric guitar sounds.
—The bridge was played by the brass horns, it is very impressive.
Yonghwa: Most of the songs have rap or the guitar solo part after chorus, but this song has the brass horns. This is the point of this song.
Minhyuk: Since I love that part, I attached my mind about the tone of my drum when I recorded it. I listened to it many times; I thought the sounds that fit with this song’s atmosphere.
Yonghwa: This song is not fancy but I thought that the impression when we listened to this song is important. So as Minhyuk had said, we cared about even one tone of the drum.
— As a result, it turns out contrasting song from ‘Lady’ that has fancy and digital sounds.
Jonghyun: It seems to have a style like Europe or England.
Yonghwa: Actually, there are some points in this song. Since it has a violin tone in the bridge, we can feel Oriental atmosphere. Depends on a person who listen to it the impression would be different.
Jungshin: There may be the people thinking this song to be a sad song. The bass line is simple in this song. If ‘Lady’ has an atmosphere such as digital, ‘Don’t Care’ has acoustic sound. So I feel this one seems more “band sound”.
—‘Monday’ is a song that was made from Yonghwa’s delusion of his specialty?
Yonghwa: Yes it is. The office worker would feel happy on Friday and they would also feel hard on Sunday night, and then greet Monday morning. I imagined like that and wrote this lyric.
—Your world tour will be continued after Zepp tour in Japan. What do you look forward to?
Yonghwa: A dinner with staff after live. I look forward to eat local food.
—Do you drink?
Minhyuk: Since we are tired after a live.
Jungshin: Not too much drink.
Yonghwa: We only drink the first one glass.
—You are serious people even in such as situation.
—Don’t you think you want to break down that image?
Yonghwa: More than 20 years, we are the same like this, so we can’t. We will stay like this now and in the future.
What is a color of CNBLUE’s personal plane?
—You told us your epic plan that after you conquered the world in your world tour, you will buy your personal plane, and whenever you want to eat Sushi, you would come to Japan using that plane. If it came true, is the body of your plane blue?
Yonghwa: No, Black!
Yonghwa: Because the spots are not easy to notice. (Everyone laughs) The inside makes black not to become dirty.
Jungshin: But If it was all back, it would be hard to see by people, isn’t it?
Yonghwa: It is okay because I make it highlighted block!
—When this plan would become real?
Yonghwa: Since this time’s world tour is our first time one, it might be around next world tour (Laugh)
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Trans by Satomi @ cnboice