SNSD’s 10Asia Interview Part 2
Q: In “Hoot,” you each take turns receiving the spotlight. Is there anything that you pay particular attention to when you each sing your parts?
Taeyeon: What I was surprised while monitoring ourselves was that each member was putting on facial expressions as well while doing the choreography. And I thought that must look refreshing for the third person. And I wanted us to be able to express ourselves in line with the lyrics.
Q: Sunny and Jessica, you each sing in very unique voices in your parts. What had the director asked of you?
Jessica: That I sing in a sharp voice. We each went with how we feel based on that.
Sunny: When we were recording, the director said there’s a part where my voice sets the basic tone for when we sing altogether, so he asked I sing in a really unique voice. As if I was being strangled. (laugh)
Q: The choreography for “Hoot” is extremely complicated. How did you rehearse?
Jessica: We didn’t have much time so we ended up being able to concentrate in a short time.
Tiffany: We all know now what I need to do to make myself look pretty and that the member standing next to the one in the spotlight needs to do well for that person in the spotlight to shine even more. I think that’s how we were all able to do so well.
Q: How did you practice the dance moves?
Taeyeon: We work with a foreign choreographer but because he was very busy, he taught us just for a few days, so we just keep repeating by ourselves after that.
Yuri: It’s like class because he’d tell us to take it from the beginning to a certain point. So the choreographer wrote our names on a paper and told us where to stand and all.
Sooyoung: I think the choreographers have a harder time than us. For example, if I’m way in the back, they’ll worry about how to pull me all the way up front. (laugh)
Sunny: So sometimes, we’ll make suggestions since we have it figured out better and they’ll take our opinions into account.
Q: You also dance in time without looking at each other.
Sooyoung: That really just comes from sense. (laugh) I saw on the Internet that Taeyeon and I cross over each other but I mean, how on earth did we do that without stepping on each others feet? (laugh)
Taeyeon: We both don’t want to shed any blood. (laugh) We all got stepped on a lot in the past. (laugh)
Sunny: There’s a part where we dance as if we’re walking in “Run Devil Run,” right? But since Sooyoung’s legs are so long (laugh) she once pierced me with her heels. It didn’t show since I was wearing black tights but when I came down from the stage, my stockings had stuck to my skin because I had bled (laugh). We’re wearing boots on purpose this time — to avoid getting hurt. (laugh)
Jessica: We definitely concentrate better now. When we first debuted, we didn’t know what we were supposed to do and lacked concentration but we’re put in situations where we have to learn the choreography in three days and shoot the music video so our concentration has become better as well.
Q: What do you think makes that possible?
Jessica: We eat a lot. (laugh)
Tiffany: There’s almost a convenient store set up on the sets of our music video shoots. That’s why our managers say who’s been saying Girls’ Generation eats 800 kcal a day… (laugh)
Yuri: That we actually eat 8000 kcals. (laugh) They’ve said they want to post up photos of us eating.
Tiffany: I think we make it through the hard times because we have each other. I’ll bear through whatever because someone else will be too and when one person laughs, everyone ends up laughing.
Q: Having such a relationship amongst your group must even more help nowadays with you pursuing your activities in Japan.
Sunny: I’d say that rather than us having become closer after going to Japan, we naturally came to band together after it became decided that we would be going. Should I say it came from sort of a fear of what we haven’t experienced? I think that’s why we banded together even more.
Q: What influence do you think your activities in Japan have on you?
Yuri: I think it’s been a chance to make our music known to a wider audience and maybe a chance to upgrade ourselves?
Sunny: “Gee” and “Genie” are song we promoted in Korea so we were able to remedy the shortcomings to make them more perfect and it also helped for when we prepared for “Hoot.”
Taeyeon: I saw that members of AKB48 are fascinated by how we practice and dance as a whole group so I think that’s what we can show through our activities in Japan. We want to be as professionally perfect as we can at least when we’re on stage.
Q: There’s rumor you’ll be appearing on NHK’s year-end show “Red and White Song Battle.”
Sunny: We’re still new to the singing scene in Japan so we’d be grateful to get to go on the show. But to think of spending December 31 there… (laugh)
Q: Isn’t is sad not being able to just play during Christmas and New Years?
Tiffany: You gain some, you lose some. And I think we’d rather be disappointed if we weren’t asked to attend year-end award ceremonies.
Sunny: And it’s not like we have anything else in particular to do. How sad. (laugh)
Q: What’s your future goal? You’ve already achieved so much.
Tiffany: We’re still hungry. (laugh)
Taeyeon: Yuri took part in the album this time but I think more and more members of our group will take part in producing future albums. Everyone is very interested in composing or writing songs. And I once met a French person in Japan who asked we go to their country as well. We also read a lot of comments on YouTube by our fans in Europe asking for us. So we’d like to perform in Europe one day.
Jessica: But in the mean time, I’d like for us to do a lot in Korea. We’re working in Japan as well but since we’ve also released an album in Korea.
Tiffany: Yeah! It’s nice being home. (laugh)
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