CNBLUE Excite Interview

CNBLUE Excite Interview

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CNBLUE released their 5th single “Blind Love”. The title song is a love song that has a medium tempo and is composed by Lee Jonghyun. The lyrics draw painful feelings leaving in one’s heart. The four-on-the-floor rhythm, which are bearing a comfortable groove, the hidden “heat” is conspicuous by the regularity of that rhythm. Cool and warm, stillness and movement… such a comparison produces dynamism. It’s characteristic for CNBLUE. Eventhough the dearest person isn’t in front of me now, when I closed my eyes, she emerged in my eyes. Jonghyun told about this feeling ‘Everyone surely has one each.’ This is an “opened” song because the listeners themselves can sympathize in piles. We asked them about this single during their visit at the height of the world tour.

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Excite: Making such a love song as a single is the first time for CNBLUE. Jonghyun-san made the lyrics and music, what did you imagine when you began to compose this?

Jonghyun: When I think which song is good, it’s spring after all, so I thought it should be a love song. I made this while thinking that everyone surely has one dear memory like this lyrics. Furthermore, I currently think our fans become glad to hear this song, but also other people will feel ‘This song is good’ when they listen to it. I wanted to make such a song.

Excite: Did you mean that you had the thought ‘I want to spread CNBLUE’s music more’ ?

Jonghyun: Yes. Some people don’t like rock music, but I wanted to make a song so that even if they listen to it, they can feel ‘good’.

Excite: You do compose while playing the guitar, don’t you?

Jonghyun: Yes. In the dressing room of an award ceremony at the end of last year. It was so harried because of many people…

Excite: Your concentration is great to make a song when you’re out of your room.

Jonghyun: I often to do so.

Excite: When other members listened to this song for the first time, what impression did they have?

Jungshin: When I listened to it for the first time, it wasn’t decided that this song would be the title song yet, but I wished this song would be title song. I felt the medium tempo sounded good. Until now, many of our songs are about a dream or hope, but this song is about love, and we can feel a sign of spring. I felt comfortable when I listened to it.

Minhyuk: Honestly t was  hard to choose which song makes a title song. All songs are good and have each own atmosphere. Both ‘Blind Love’ and ‘With your eyes’ are songs which are created by Jonghyun hyung’s sensibility and these styles are like Jonghyun hyung. ‘Blind Love’ is also the song which is gaining attraction at the live concert. We usually feel music with only the ears, but we can feel several feelings and effective lighting at the live concert. The song has such an attraction.

Jonghyun: Such a love song was included in our previous albums. I had a time where only I sing, but I thought ‘How about Yonghwa hyung’s singing?’ so I tried it once.

Yonghwa: This song doesn’t have a high key, so I could sing this easily. I sang it sadly with the feeling of loss during recording. I sing while remembering this feeling at the lives.

Jonghyun: In fact, at first  I worried. Yonghwa hyung hasn’t sung many of this kind of songs and I’m better at up-tempo songs than such kind of songs. So I worried ‘What if this song doesn’t match us?’ We didn’t need worries like this because this song was exactly for us. I felt so good.

Jonghyun: This song is a love song, but it is drawn in painfulness, it’s not to ‘like’, or for fun and excitement, as if feelings stay in my memories, so one can’t go anywhere else.

*Jungshin: Nostalgic is color of this song. The lyrics originally were like ‘when the cherry blossoms have fallen, I’ll always remember’, but I changed it on my way. I wanted to write a simpler lyrics this time.

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Excite: ‘With your eyes’ is also made by Jonghyun-san.

Jonghyun: This lyric has a strong power. We are still young, so It’s wrong to positively say ‘My life is like this!’ I don’t know it yet, so I meant ‘Let’s find it together’, anyway my life is mine, so we look at it through my eyes.

Jungshin: I love the guitar solo part of this song! I remained until the end of the recording to look at it. I thought it’s different from Jonghyun hyung’s phrase until now, is this a challenge!? This new style is really nice, so I always listen to this part now.

Excite: ‘Look with your eyes!’ I felt this is a strong massage to the society. Were you able to feel sympathy?

Yonghwa: I’m against looking with my eyes! We should feel with our mind!

Jonghyun: Hahaha Both are the same. Only the face has eyes, this message is ‘Look at the things in yourself.’

Yonghwa: You meant ‘Look with your eyes and feel it!’? I correctly know this haha.

Excite: Did you ever had a situation where you thought ‘Look with your eyes more and think!’ to anyone?

Minhyuk: I think whoever has one whom I want to tell one in my life. So this lyrics tell to everyone.

Jonghyun: I have listened to music which have messages like this, it gave me a power. I had thought ‘I want to make someday.’ and I tried this time. I think I should make such music that has a theme about life when I get much older, but I was surprised it started much earlier than I thought. I don’t know ‘What is my life’ yet, so this song include hopes ‘Let’s think together’.

Excite: ‘Greedy man’ was composed by Yonghwa-san. When was it born?

Yonghwa: This is a new song for this single.

Excite: I felt its well ventilated from fresh guitar cutting.

Yonghwa: I came up with its part for the first time. Thanks for it, I make this song from first to end. I wanted to make a simple song not especial showy. So both what I made as a demo and finished product is not different so much. In my  case, many  demo and arrange don’t have different so much.

Minhyuk: While he made the song, I listened to all parts of song in a day. From then I had known atmosphere of this song, finally completed just like first song. I’ve liked this song very much.

Yonghwa: I wanted to compose simple sound, but I wanted to write beautiful love story as lyrics.

Excite: Does it have any relation in between (Blind Love and Greedy Man) what ‘Blind Love’ lyrics is also sadly?

Jonghyun: No, not at all.

Yonghwa: I didn’t care  at all.

Jonghyun: I didn’t know other’s lyrics until it completed. I looked at his lyrics at recording for the first time.

Yonghwa: I’d written lyrics until right before  recording day. I thought sound is simple, so I write interesting lyrics, everyone can feel the real pleasure.

Excite: These 3 attractive  songs have each different personality. How do you want to give opinion to this single?

Yonghwa: Maybe everyone can listen to it with comfort and calm feeling. Our previous songs had a deep color, this single is what many people can listen with comfortable feeling. Anyway I want everyone to listen to many CNBLUE’s songs.

Jonghyun: We are ordinary  band, which has wide music. Please listen to our music!

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Excite: You’ll hold Zepp tour in summer after 2 yearsinterval. Please let us know your enthusiasm.

Jonghyun: We hold world tour now, so I thought we are too busy to hold Zepp tour. But we promised ‘We’ll hold many lives’ last year, so we want to meet you and we decided to!

Jungshin: Please look forward to Zepp tour. Please come, please!

Excite: Are you going to do impromptu corner like at Saitama super arena?

Jonghyun: No, we can’t do that anymore!

All: hahaha

Yonghwa: I started to do it, Minhyuk and Jungshin got nervous ‘Perhaps what do we do?’ I’m sure they thought so while I was doing.

Jungshin: That’s right!

Minhyuk: Yonghwa hyung felt pressure to do it alone, so he suddenly spoke to us. So I always listen his word carefully. I don’t enjoy it!

Jungshin: I look someone who is singing  with my eyes, but I absolutely concentrate to think in my brain!

Yonghwa: But if in I’m good feeling, maybe I can do. I don’t think melody especially, I sing words which I came up with before 0.1 second. I feel pressure if I think ‘I have to do’, but if I have comfortable feeling, I can do it. Because I’m genius! haha

All: …haha

Jungshin: I’m sorry~!

Excite: I’m looking forward to it!

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[My旬] [Mean : My Fashion]

We asked them about their favorite thing in what you bought these days!

 

A jacket, pants and shoes – Lee Jungshin

excite11I went shopping with members in Japan and I bought jacket and pants and shoes. A denim jacket has cool gold studs. Black pants has rare silver studs on back pocket. I bought basketball shoes, which I’m into these day. The color is purple and blue. Most important point when I buy clothes is whether it matches with me or not. So mirror in shop is important. I don’t care about any others’ idea. To be honest, even if others tell ‘It doesn’t match’, I buy it. I have my own style. As I get older, my fashion seems to be getting younger. I like comfortable fashion such as a hood or basketball shoes.

 

Meat – Jonghyun

excite15My best buying is food. What I buy almost meat. My habit is paying money when I eat with someone, so meat costs most of the money. That’s cost of meal. My habit is to treat someone. People from Busan are so, Yonghwa hyung, too. I don’t like to walk, so I don’t like window-shopping. My favorite style is uniform. I buy jacket and shoes and pants when I need these. I often wore T-shirt in summer, so I train my body. Whatever T-shirt  match , I train. It’s easier than thinking clothes I wear (he means rather than mix and match his outfit he’s likes more to match his body with the T-shirt he wears, good point).

 

Basketball shoes – Yonghwa

excite36White and navy blue basketball shoes. I bought it with Jungshin. But our interest are a little different, so we buy what we want to buy each other without talk. I think a little, then decide to buy. Before I bought so many things, some of them are what I wore only once. That’s why I became careful. Previously I liked shopping, now too. But I don’t think so ‘need’. I have so many things I want to buy.

 

A denim jacket – Minhyuk

excite22I bought denim jacket with nice detail. It’s usual comfortable jacket and not gaudy. I’ll try and fit it to various clothes. When I go shopping, my most important point is members’ advises. In case of buying expensive things, I especially ask members. I trust Yonghwa hyung’s advise the most. We have different interest but his advise is useful because he knows my style.

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*Editor and Translator’s note: the * part it should be Jonghyun’s word but on the excite music it’s definately written as Jungshin, so maybe they did mistake on that. You mau confuse since Jungshin did not wrote the lyric but Jonghyun.

 

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Trans by Satsuki @cnboice

Edited by Tara Lee & Linda @cnboice

Posted by Tara Lee @bpb decoded/cnboice

 

 

 

 

 

 

CNBLUE Blind Love Release Event by Excite Music

CNBLUE Blind Love Release Event by Excite Music

‘Fans are the best for me’ (Yonghwa)

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‘Blind Love’ Release Event, Communication at a Close Range

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‘There aren’t 5000 people, are there? 500 people, right?’ The cheers of the fans are so amazing that Jonghyun asked this in spite of himself. The purchasers of ‘Blind Love’ who won the lottery, gathered for ‘CNBLUE 5th Single “Blind Love” premium release event. With their precious tickets, their excitement was wrapped in the Nikkei hall all the time.

With the first song, ‘Where you are’, the atmosphere in the venue heated up fast. They played ‘I’m sorry’ as the second song, and sang it together with the fans, so their sense of unity was increasing. Using all of their body, the members played in front of the stage and performed with gestures on a simple stage which only carved CNBLUE. Between the songs, Jonghyun told the fans ‘Let’s sing as usual!’ and they played ‘Kimio’ as a band arranged version, which was different from the acoustic version at the previous fan meeting. Minhyuk looked back and said ‘This has a different attraction!’ in excitement.

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When they played ‘Time is over’, cheers like screams rose when only the title was announced. The bass sound played by Jungshin was vibrant in red lightings, which made a tense situation. The raps was strong, the singing was beautiful and the shouting was sharply, Yonghwa handled his voice well. We could feel a variation between his and Jonghyun’s warm voice, and could feel the several expressions of their songs. Yonghwa highly stirred up ‘Everybody in my head!’, the song changed into ‘In my head’ and all their excitement climaxed. Minhyuk greatly brought down his drum stick and showed dynamic drumming. When Yonghwa noticed ‘Next is the last song’, the audience looked reluctant. Finally it was the ‘main song’ of this day, ‘Blind Love’. ‘This song was the first song at the fan meeting, but today is the release event, so we prepared it as the last song. Please listen!’ said Yonghwa, while he continued speaking, he started playing a sound in blue lights. Yonghwa began to sing softly and warmly, which was different from the high tempo songs. It was fresh for me, and leaded us. Jonghyun’s beautiful falsetto and their calm playing were comfortable. It left a comfortable aftertaste.

After a short rest, the talk corner started. When the members appeared on the stage again, ‘Blind Love’ was played. Jungshin adjusted it, and then fans began to sing with him  too. It looked casual, but it was an impressing scene. MC Ayugai Ken asked ‘You stood in front of fans, How do you feel?’ Jungshin answered ‘It’s great!’ Yonghwa said ‘I for once felt big, like this venue is, but I’m impressed that I hear that the fans here are lucky fans.’ The MC asked ‘In this visit, what gave you an impression?’ Members revealed they had taken a walk together, shopped, ate in restaurants and so on. About the visit to Shabushabu, Jonghyun sayed ‘I like ponzu! Gomadare, too!’ (these are Japanese condiments) Yonghwa made us laugh ‘I like sukiyaki the best of all Japanese food. But it takes a longer time to cook sukiyaki than shabushabu, and I can’t wait when I’m hungry.’ Then, about the shooting of the ‘Blind Love’ music video, Yonghwa revealed ‘I felt cold when we were done shooting outside because of the heavy wind!’ ‘But I watched the music video later, why is it so short…!? Although I only had outside shooting.’ He talked about his shock and induced laughing. Jonghyun said that he was worried about Yonghwa and asked ‘Are you OK?’ when Yonghwa finished his shooting and returned. And he answered ‘I don’t know…’. This episode gave us a concrete imagine of this situation. It was such a bitter experience, but it paid off, ‘I could shoot with a sad expression, since it is a ballad song.’ Yonghwa said.

They reported about the decision of the Zepp tour and held a lottery for the poster present, the event reached it’s end. ‘I’m happy to make this live with the lucky you. We’ll meet at the Zepp tour! (Jungshin)’ ‘We’ll come soon for the Zepp tour. It was fun today, too. I’m looking forward for seeing you the next time!’ (Jonghyun) ‘I’m happy to be able to see your expressions. Really, fans are the best for me.’ (Yonghwa) ‘During a short time, we really heated up! We’ll meet at Zepp!! (Minhyuk)’ They said their last greeting, and the event finished. They made us feel a story in the live flux of their limited songs and showed friendly parts during the talking time. When the 4 members with a sparkling personality gathered, I again thought about how bright the light CNBLUE was.

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「僕にはファンが一番」(ヨンファ)
『Blind Love』発売記念イベント、至近距離での交流

「5000人じゃないですよね? 500人で合ってますか?」とジョンヒョンが思わず口にするほど、この日の歓声は凄まじかった。 「Blind Love」CD購入者の中から抽選により高倍率を潜り抜けて当選したプラチナチケットを手に、【CNBLUE 5th Single「Blind Love」発売記念プレミアム・イベント】に集まったファンたちの熱気が終始、日経ホールを包み込んでいた。

1曲目の「Where you are」から瞬時に会場は温まり、韓国で1位を獲得したナンバー「I’m sorry」を2曲目に披露すると、ファンは韓国語でともに歌ってみせて、一体感も加速度的に増していく。目立った装飾はなくCNBLUEという名が刻ま れただけのシンプルなステージに、手振りを交えて熱くパフォーマンスしたり、前へ歩み出て全身でプレイしたりするメンバーらの姿がよく映える。曲間のブレ イクでジョンヒョンが「いつも通り一緒に歌いましょう!」とファンに呼びかけた3曲目の「kimio」は、前日のファンミーティングのアコースティック仕 様とは異なり本来のバンドアレンジで披露。ミンヒョクは「違う魅力がありますね!」と直後のMCで興奮気味に振り返ってみせた。

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曲名がコールされただけで悲鳴のような歓声が沸いた「Time is over」は、赤いライティングが緊迫感を醸し出す中で始まり、ジョンシンの爪弾くベースの音色が心地よく躍動する。ラップは力強く、歌は艶やかに、シャ ウトは切り裂くように鋭く、変幻自在に声を操るヨンファ。ぬくもりを感じさせるジョンヒョンの歌声との対比、絡み合いにもメリハリを感じられたし、歌の 様々な表情を味わうことができた。昂ぶった状態のまま、ヨンファが「everybody in my head!」と煽り、「In My Head」へとなだれ込むと、盛り上がりはピークに。ひときわ大きくスティックを振り下ろすダイナミックなドラミングを見せるミンヒョクの勇ましい姿も印 象的だった。「そろそろ最後の曲ですね」というヨンファの予告に観客たちは「え~!」と心底名残惜しそうな声を挙げたが、いよいよこの日の“主役”となる 楽曲「Blind Love」へ。「ファンミーティングでは最初の曲でしたが、今日はリリースイベントなので最後に準備しました、聴いてください」(ヨンファ)という言葉に 続き、青い光の中、曲が響き始める。アッパーな楽曲で見せる姿とは異なる、優しいトーンでそっと歌い始めるヨンファの佇まいが新鮮で、引き込まれる。ジョ ンヒョンの美しいファルセットも永く耳から離れなかったし、落ち着いた演奏も心地よく、心地よい余韻を漂わせるエンディングだった。

小休止の後、トークコーナーがスタート。一旦ステージを去っていたメンバーたちを再び呼び込む際に流れた「Blind Love」に合わせてジョンシンが口ずさむと、リリース直後にも関わらず、ファンが重ねて歌い出して大合唱になっていたのも、何気ないけれど感動的な光景 だった。「皆さんの前に立って、いかがですか?」という司会・鮎貝健の問いに対し、「最高です!」とジョンシン。「昔はこれくらいの大きさの会場が大きい と思っていましたが、今は(当選した)500人がラッキーになる、と聞いて、感動しています」と感慨深げなヨンファ。「今回の来日で印象に残ったこと は?」との質問には、4人で散歩し、ショッピングや食事をしたことなどをメンバーが口々に披露。しゃぶしゃぶに行ったと明かし、「ポン酢大好き! ごまだ れも好き!!」とジョンヒョンが語ると、ヨンファは「日本の食べ物の中で僕はすきやきが一番好き。でも、すきやきは(しゃぶしゃぶと比べて煮えるまで)時 間がかかるから、腹ペコの時は待てない(笑)」と笑わせた。また、「Blind Love」ミュージック・ビデオ撮影のエピソードとして、ヨンファは、「外での撮影は風が強く寒かったです!」と告白。「でも、(完成した)ビデオを観 て、なんでそんなちょっとだけ…!? 僕だけ外で(撮影を)やったのに」とショックを受けたと語り、笑いを誘った。撮影から戻ってきたヨンファに「大丈 夫?」と尋ねると、「分かんない…」と答えた、というジョンヒョンの明かした秘話が、その状況をより具体的にイメージさせてくれる。つらい体験(?)が功 を奏し、「(バラードに合った)悲しい表情で撮影することができました(笑)」とヨンファは締め括った。

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夏からのZepp Tourが決定したことを改めてファンに報告しつつ、サイン入りのポスタープレゼントの抽選会を経て、イベントはラストへ。「ラッキーな皆さんと一緒にラ イヴを作れて、うれしかったです。夏のZeppで会いましょう!」(ジョンシン)、「またすぐZeppで来ますから。今日も楽しかったです、次もよろしく お願いします!」(ジョンヒョン)、「今日は皆さんの表情が見えて、うれしかったです。本当に、僕にはファンが一番です」(ヨンファ)、「短い時間ですけ ど、本当に盛り上がりましたね! Zeppで会いましょう!!」(ミンファン)とそれぞれに感謝を込めた挨拶をし、イベントは幕を閉じた。限られた曲数の 中でもライヴの流れにストーリーを感じさせ、トークでは気さくな親しみやすさを垣間見せたこの日。それぞれに個性を磨いた4人が集まった時、CNBLUE というバンドが放つ光とはこんなに眩しいものなのか、と改めて思わされる1時間だった。
(取材・文/大前多恵)

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Trans by Satsuki @cnboice

English edited by Linda @cnboice

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