[K-POP/J-POP] CN Blue : Graces ELLE Japan’s December Issue (DETAILS)


In the midst of the many dance group in Korea, CNBLUE uniquely stand firm as a band style group. They studied music for half a year, last year in Japan where they did live house and live street performances. They performed their own song with a high musicality, in Korea they were dubbed “the rookie that is not like a rookie”, while in Japan their live house ticket performances were always sold out in an instance.

Leaving all other aside, all four members have a model type figure with 180cm tall, making them ideal to be called “KkotMiNam” (handsome) idols.

Now, let’s get to know more about them.

What kind of group is CNBLUE?
MH: as you can see, we’re a 4-member band consisting of a bassist, 2 guitarist and a drummer.
JH: (in Japanese) we’ve said this before, but our goal is to be a successful live band.

Your 2nd single [I don’t know why] had been released.
JH: I composed the song [Lie]. The lyrics is in Japanese, in my opinion you can capture the emotion better with Japanese than English. I can’t write in English because i don’t know English. I wish that I know many languages so that i can express what’s in my heart.
YH: I write and compose the song [I don’t know why]. I thought that I want to try doing what i’ve never tried doing before and sweden synthesizer had been popular to use these days, so i experimented with that kind of style. It’s a song that capture the emotion after debut until now.

How do you compose songs in the midst of your busy schedule?
JH: Yonghwa hyung do not sleep to compose.
YH: Because it’s something that I like, refreshing and composing at the same time.

Is the result of your experience of studying in Japan included in these 2 songs?
YH: I think it influences about more that 80% of the song.
MH: If mine and Jungshin’s song included in the album, i think it would have shown everything we have learned.
JS: I’m currently learning how to compose from Yonghwa hyung.

All 4 members came to Japan to study music. I’ve heard that they they enjoyed Japanese drama and fashion, what do they think about Japanese women?
MH: I think Japanese women way of speaking and accent is cute. I’m not fuss about nationality, my ideal girl is  someone that’s like a friend, that i can feel comfortable with when i’m around her. Right now i’m still young…
YH: Many japanese woman sounds a bit nasally, i think it’s their charm. Actually i like girls that can always be there for me to support me.
JH: I like the main female lead character in the movie [Be With You]
JS: the female character in Japanese drama, how they cook and the way they speak, I can feel their charm.

Yonghwa and Jungshin has a lot of interest in fashion, could you alight us with your obsession on clothes, including the other members too.
YH and JS: (in chorus) there’s A LOT~ we could really talk a lot.
MH: I’m not really into fashion before, i got many influence from the fashion enthusiastic Yonghwa hyung and Jungshin. I like wearing sweats and also the neat and tidy, smart type clothes. I like the brand Bottega Venetta.
YH: I like TOPSHOP in Harajuku and also MERCIBEAUCOUP.
JH: I don’t really know much about fashion.
YH: Jonghyun has a lot of Adidas (laugh). He’s always in sweats (training wear).

Seems like Jungshin also has an obsession on clothes
JS: My wardrobe consists of black and white. I like Junya Watanabe and Comme des Garçons (both are Japanese brand)

You are also a model for casual brand in Korea, right?
YH: That brand is the best! please advertise it.

You debuted in Korea last January, going back and forth to Japan in between your hectic schedule, everyone is worried about your health.
JH: MH skin is very smooth like a baby. I also do what he’s doing… I always try to look things from the bright side, now I’m paying more attention so that the stress is not piling up.

What do you do to relieve stress?
YH: Performing. Relieving it on stage.
JH: I can forget all my troubles when I’m performing.

Finally, what is CNBLUE dreams and goals?
YH: I want to perform at places that we haven’t got the chance to perform, I would like for our music to be heard by more people and be band that receive love by many people in the world.
MH: I would like for us to continue together even we become a Grandfather, that is what I really wanted.

JUNG YONGHWA

Q. When you were young, what did you want to be when you grow up?
A. I would like to perform in front of a lot of people.

Q. Who’s the most influential people in your life, till now?
A. Family. I learned about a lot of pop song from my older brother.

Q. Favorite mother’s cooking food?
A. Fried Chicken Coated With Sweet Tangy Sauce (Tak-Kang-Jeong)

Q. Favorite place in Tokyo and Korea?
A. In Tokyo – Shinjuku, Shibuya, Yoyogi park, Harajuku. In Korea – Hongdae street in Seoul

Q. The most memorable event during your street live performance in Tokyo?
A. The one we did in beside Shinjuku station, our first live. There were a lot of Koreans.

Q. Besides Japan, other country you would like to study music?
A. Sweden, England and US.

Q. One word that describes your personality
A. Cheerful

Q. CNBLUE good and bad point
A. Good point – we have a lot of potential, and we’re committed to show that.
Bad point – we’re still new and still lack of experience.

LEE JONGHYUN

Q. When you were young, what did you want to be when you grow up?
A. I wanted to be an athlete

Q. Who’s the most influential people in your life, till now?
A. Father. He told me that A Man has to achieve what he wants to do in life.

Q. Fave things other than music
A. All kind of sports. Hobby: watching dramas and movies

Q. Favorite place in Tokyo and Korea?
A. In Tokyo – Shibuya. In Korea – beach in Busan

Q. The most memorable event during your street live performance in Tokyo?
A. On the way to live performance, got pulled off by the police

Q. One word that describes your personality
A. Preseverance

Q. What are you going to be at 30 y.o
A. I think I would like to establish myself as an artist

Q. Fave drama and movie
A. I watch a lot of Japanese movies and dramas. For movie [Be With You], for drama [Pride]

LEE JUNGSHIN

Q. When you were young, what did you want to be when you grow up?
A. When i was young, there were many kinds of job that i wanted to do such as businessman, photographer, police officer. It changed as i grew older, when i started knowing about music, I started wanting to become an artist.

Q. Who’s the most influential people in your life, till now?
A. My parents. They taught me to be friendly and get along in life and give me encouragement. They also told me to keep being honest (straight forward) and have a sense of justice.

Q. Fave things other than music
A. Taking pictures in a place where many people walk by. Billiards and also shopping.

Q. Favorite place in Tokyo and Korea?
A. In Tokyo – Shibuya and the streets in Shinjuku. In Korea – lake, La Festa (shopping mall) and Western Dome. There are also lots of events in Ilsan.

Q. Are you still taking pictures now? Do you have plans to publish your photos in a photo blog or a photo gallery?
A. I’m quite busy these days that i think that i have to return the camera that my uncle gave me. such a waste. Right now my photography skill is still lacking, i would like to study more if i have the time.

KANG MINHYUK

Q. When you were young, what did you want to be when you grow up?
A. Until middle school, I wanted to be a baseball player. Then i started to have an interest on music as a hobby in middle school, for a proffesion, i wanted to be a lawyer.

Q. Who’s the most influential people in your life, till now?
A. My parents. They taught me to have a grateful heart and respect others.

Q. Favorite mother’s cooking food?
A. bean paste stew and kimchi stew

Q. Fave things other than music
A. I like baseball and soccer. and I also like traveling.

Q. Favorite place in Tokyo and Korea?
A. In Tokyo – around Shibuya. In Korea – Sky Park in Sangam Dong, downtown Seoul

Q. You studied piano and flute when you were young, do you still have the time to play these days? Are you still listening to classic musics?
A. Sometimes when i play, i feel that i can’t play well. I’m thinking to learn it again. First time learning about music, whether it was piano or other, it was classic. These days i even listen to ‘new age’ type of music.

 

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