[Trans] TVXQ “Hope to be a group that will be unpredictable even if it falls to the ground”

“We were doing somethings all along, but we weren’t in Korea.” That was Uknow Yunho’s reaction to the comeback after 1 year and 8 month of break as TVXQ with new title song ‘Catch Me’. It was unusually long break for an idol group, and there were a lot of things that happened before and after that. However, they were not only calm but were relaxed, and there answers were simple and firm. TVXQ! who are comfortable enough now to say that “we could go down all of sudden, but that’s ok”. What do they have in their mind when going up the stage. The story we shared with TVXQ, who think about now, and more so about the future.

 

Q. You’re already 9 years into the business. 
Uknow Yunho: I think we lived about 4 years just really busy, and we went through a transition period, and we fought like so freaking much. So that’s why I wrote like that in the ‘Thanks to’. “While we fought, cried, and smiled through the 10 years, we became like this.” To be honest, a man saying things like I like you eye to eye to a man. That doesn’t really work out well. (To Changmin) Can you do that? I can’t. (laughs) I get really embarrssed expressing myself, and I think we’re a relationship where words are not necessarily required. If he’s not around, I just kind of feel like I’m missing something.

“Wanted to make it feel like 2 solos on 1 stage”

Q. Since it’s a comeback after 1 year and 8 months, you pretty much had a 2 year long break in that 10 years.

Uknow Yunho: I didn’t think time would fly by so fast. As we had so much of a break, we wanted to return when we had more confidence in the song. As we tried to show a different side, I think it took us rather long. Just the fact that we’re doing Korean activities makes me happy. Doing a lot of international activities makes me lonely… (laughs) there is pressure, but it makes me rather excited.

Q. You planned the Seoul Concert for the 1st sage of World Tour < TVXQ! LIVE WORLD TOUR ‘Catch Me’ > in November. That must feel interesting
Uknow Yunho: I really wanted to be on a solo stage in Korea. It was something that I really really wanted, and it seems like I have my own little resentment for not standing there for about 3 years. (laughs) I wish it would be a lot of fun and a comfortable concert. If it was “AHHH! We gotta show them something. See we’re so awesome!” kind of a concert before, I want concerts to be just something we all enjoy now. Of course it does have to be awesome (laughs)

Q. It seems like you want to approach in a more softer sense, but the sound of the title song is still strong.

Uknow Yunho: Yes. It is still strong The sound is intense, but if you listen to it, the melody’s easy. Dubstep is currently in right now, and we tried with the idea of “putting melody into the dubstep and singing”. It was harder than we thought to be honest. Anyways, the overall sound is strong, but there are parts in the melody such as the chorus where we tried to take it very easy.

Q. Is there a reason why you wanted to go easy?
Max Changmin: With the song ‘Wae’, we put forth a strong image. So if we do a similar song, we thought that we could just be considered to ‘do just those strong things’. We could solidify a unique image for TVXQ, but we could also be confined to it. We thought a lot in the direction of listening as easily as possible. The overall concept of the album is a story about the inner side of a human. We tried very hard to deliver it simply without being too obvious.

Q. But TVXQ has a strong image of intense SMP like the ‘Rising Sun’. 

Uknow Yunho: We know that SMP-like stuff, which are represented by intense sound are considered ‘TVXQ-like’. We’re not saying that we won’t do those. We will continue to do them. However, we’re seeking change within it. Music that we can do because we are a duo, Performance we can show because we are a duo. That’s what we’re trying to materialize. To be more specific, like two solos on one stage. Showing Changmin’s charms at one point, and then showing my charms. We’re seeking lots of changes that we can make because we’re a duo.

“Choreography that details the lyric. Have to act a lot”

 

Q. Since you’ve been constantly releasing album for nearly 10 years, you probably have unusual attachment to each album. 
Uknow Yunho: That’s why we participated a lot in the producing of the album this time. To be honest, all there was before was the company staffs getting together and deciding, but starting with this album our participation has increased. They asked a lot of our opinions, and we made each track of the album with lots of thoughts. Sometimes they asked “isn’t this better than this” in terms of the beat of the song, and asked in other times “I think we could add the piano in here. How does that sound like?” Since we made the album together like that, our first goal became making something new for ourselves.

Q. The lyric for ‘I Swear’ was written by Changmin. How did that work.

Max Changmin: ‘I Swear’ was written with the fans in mind. I didn’t get to say words like “Thank you, I love you” a lot. As far as I know there are a lot of friends who seek my affection… I wrote it with a repenting feel thinking of those friends. (laughs) I am always thankful, but I just don’t say if often because I don’t think it’ll carry honesty in it if I say it too often. I try to do it very seldom  in the right time and right place. (laughs)

Q. You must’ve put in some opinions about tracklist or the mixing process.

Uknow Yunho: Yes. In terms of the tracklist, the A&R team pre-selection with all the songs we get first, but we discussed a lot with all the songs we got. As well, things like controlling the highs and the lows of the vocal… we didn’t really talk about these things before. As we started participating in the song production, we started expressing our thoughts on mixing as well. We tried to put in more care and listen to it more for each and every song of the album. Personally, I like the song ‘How are you’. It feels like Maronie, a 90s group. There are some harmonies from the ‘Cocktail Love’ as well, and an overall things that touch the 90s sentiment. It was a song that I actively said it’s really good and it should definitely be in our album.

 

Q. Why did you want to touch the 90s setiment.

Uknow Yunho: I liked the Noise hyung-nims who were active in the 90s, and I liked Maronie and Satellites…a lot (laughs). Ah, I really liked them. As well, TVXQ! will  meet its 10th year next year, and I get the feeling that the trend from back when we debuted is coming back recently. I think that ‘trends come back every 10 years’ is really true. The music industry focused on the 80s for a while, then electronic sound was in, and there were even songs with 80s feel to an electronic sound. Of course it doesn’t mean that we’re going to do ‘Hug’ now. (laughs) I just think that a softer and comfortable melody like then could do well.
Q. It seems like you put in a lot of care into the music video performance. It won’t be easy reenacting it live on stage again. 
Uknow Yunho: It’s hard. (laughs) It feels like my life expectancy is decreasing. It was pretty much a ‘turn-over-new-leaf’ for ‘Wae (KYHD)’ as well and… (laughs)
Max Changmin: When I got the song first, I didn’t think like that. But when the choreographer produced the choreography and showed it to us, I thought ‘I don’t want to sing this song live’… but when the time comes, I end up doing it. I have to. (laughs)

Q. The organization of the choreography is very intricate.

Uknow Yunho: A choreographer called Tony Test made it, and he really gave it a story. At first, he came after seeing the <Avengers> so he was going to create a choreography with just the ‘Hulk’ character. Tony made 4 different choreography with this one song, and the current version has the good parts from those 4 versions. For us, we didn’t really get a choice and we just learned it all. But ‘Catch Me’ is about a man who seem like he’s sending a lover away but not really, despite the strong beat, so it seems like he changed the choreography to vary in overall as it went on because there were parts that were inconsistent with the sound and the lyrics. The super gentle guy at first gets more intense and roars, and then he comes back to the starting point. As well, the part in the beginning where Changmin and I are standing is actually one body. When Changmin is singing I’m Changmin’s inner self and performing. When I’m singing, Changmin’s my inner self. The visible emotions are demonstrated by the back dancers. We organized the choreography to detail the lyric as closely as possible, so if you see it with the lyrics, it’ll come at you a little differently.

“It seems like we’re in love/hate relationship”

 

Q. You said that you “fought a whole lot” at first. Are there conflicts when you’re trying to figure everything out?

Uknow Yunho: Well for ‘Wae’ it was the first time for the two of us to do promotional activities… so there were frequent times when we had different opinions. We talked about it few times on TV, but it seems like we’re in a love/hate relationship. Kind of like Love and War…? (laughs) Well first of all both of us are greedy. As such, we put in a lot of effort into our work, but even after we finish something the expectation level changes depending on the day’s emotional state or feelings. So in such situations we have differing opinions. In order for it to be a little smoother, it seems like we need to set some sort of rules first. So we practice a lot. And when there are differing opinions like this, the whole act of mediating, practicing, and perfecting it is us challenging our own limitations. The fact that we’re realizing a thing by another through such process is meaningful in my opinion.

Q. Were you worried that the impact that can be delivered could be reduced compared to when you were a 5 member group. 
Uknow Yunho: When we were five, we had a charm of five people. When we are two, we have a charm of two. It’s a completely different story, but I can definitely tell you that we improved a lot when we became just the two of us (laughs) You can’t help it. When we were five, we could sufficiently make a system that will make up for the lack of someone. But when we are two, when someone’s desperately singing the other must dance, no buts or ifs. (laughs) There is no time to rest, at all. Especially in concerts, if you look back after preparing about 30-somewhat songs, you’ve really learned a lot and improved a lot.

Q. Are you still feeling the pressure for being just two.
Uknow Yunho: There are parts that we got fierce, trying to make up for the empty spaces, and there are parts where we got to relax more. It’s half and half. Much things could’ve happened within 1 year and 8 months. The break was long, the trend changes very fast, and we know for sure that we’ve been forgotten a lot from people’s memory. But we don’t want to force it back. As well, there probably are people who don’t like us. Because we are just two, we feel the negative sides a lot more as well. The pressure is doubled. However, we don’t want to package it to be something better. We just want you to see us as we are.
Q. The fact that it’s half fierce and half relaxation is a look of the transformed TVXQ. What is the biggest change you’re each feeling right now. 
Uknow Yunho: In my personal feeling, it feels like we’re give a more grown-up feels since we became a duo. Of course, I like idols too. (laughs) As long as I’m in the age for it I want to do idol music. Although I do think that it’s all the same music regardless of whether something’s idol or not, but if you see it objectively, there’s more masculinity and I like that.
Max Changmin: It seems like we get to focus more on each person than before. It’ll be so for the audience as well, but it’s also like that on our part. The fact that we can look into each one of us in more focused light. That’s the biggest change.

Q. So what is the colour that TVXQ that is now duo want to show as singers?

Uknow Yunho: I want to be agroup that can try all genres. We like really different music styles. As we, who are so different, are together Changmin could be the main sometimes, and sometimes I could be the main, to show off various colours. I want to hear words like “chameleon-like group”.
Max Changmin: Umm. Yunho hyung’s words are correct, but I think a little differently to be honest. I think saying ‘I want to do something like this’ is a little too arrogant. I’m not opposed to the idea of becoming a ‘chameleon-like group’. (laughs) So it’s like the shear act of saying ‘this is our colour’ could be the idea that puts you into a mannerism. To be honest, we’re still going through lots of trial and error these days, and I think we will continue to experience them. I think we’re still at a stage where were discovering music that we can be good at, and finding things we can show better.

Q. The current idol market in Korea is starkly different from when TVXQ debuted. How does TVXQ want to remain in this.
Uknow Yunho: We want to remain as always new TVXQ. I think we showed the audience who’re interested in us something a little different every time, in our own way. If we sung cute songs for ‘Hug’, we tried a change in ‘Rising Sun’, and I think we got to show sexiness that was appropriate for our age for ‘Mirotic’ and for ‘Wae’ we had natural changes as a result of the changes we faced then. This album’s what follows next. It seems like we are more experienced now, and as such, we want to try something new again. It’s not easy, but we really want to be an unpredictable group. To be honest, we could go down senselessly. But even still, I want to be an unpredictable person, and I’d like it if TVXQ is like that.
Q. Any ‘dream’ the two of you have through this activity.
Max Changmin: It seems like I’m more relaxed than before, so I think it’ll be more fun than ever. As well, I hope that the audience feels ‘ah, they’re really enjoying what they do’ by seeing such things from us.
Uknow Yunho: I just want them to see us as we are. Criticisms are fine, and anything’s fine. If they can sense that we’ve tried to seek some change while doing that, nothing could be better. We worried a lot because we wanted to break our own frame as well.

 

Translation by Fuzzybunny

Original Article: http://news.nate.com/view/20121004n08293

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[Trans] TVXQ, the best of the male idols? “We’re a group with history”

9 year old idol TVXQ is coming back after 1 year and 8 months of break to try the top spot again. TVXQ, who feel like grown up men now, returned with mass media appeal on their unique colour.

◇ “The elementary school students these days don’t know TVXQ very well”

Group TVXQ, who will not embarrass the title ‘the best’ 2nd generation idols, will meet its 10th anniversary next year. As TVXQ!’s debut song ‘Hug’ was played in the end of recently popular ‘Report 1998’ which brought back the 90s boom, it cannot be denied that TVXQ has entered the path of middle-aged singers.

However, it is also true that as TVXQ brought forth strong performance as its strength, there was a strong conception that TVXQ is ‘stylish’ rather than a ‘familiar’ group, and they could not reduce the distance between them and the mass media.

Uknow Yunho said that “we could not bring back a style like the last song,’Wae (KYHD)’. Under the goal of going closer to the mass media we tried hard to play out the melody easier while not losing our weapon.”

Apparently the producer and songwriter Yoo Young Jin PD also cared about this point as well for them. “He really took care of us because next year’s our 10th anniversary. He said that ‘I want at least you to go with mass media appeal in your mind’”

Uknow Yunho, who said that the elementary school students these days don’t really know TVXQ very well, said jokingly, “People who heard our music in their elementary school are all over 20 now. We were actually thinking about targeting the elementary school students this time. We had even made choreography that younger audience can follow along” to draw out big laugh.

In continuation, Max Changmin said “The younger friends don’t really know the 1st generation idols that we saw and grew up with. We thought that if we become singers who can appeal to fans of various age and if the younger people like our music as well we could pass this on to the next generation singers by showing us (like the 1st generation idols that we saw and grew up with)” to point out the importance of mass media popularity.

“As it has been about 10 years, we feel directly that the past trends are returning. Our goal right now is to try discover various genres and we’re still in the search for it. There are also lot of genres that we tried new this time as well.”

◇ Uknow Yunho – Max Changmin ‘Wae’ for just the two of them. “Activity that brought confidence”

TVXQ didn’t start out as duo from the beginning. It must’ve been not easy to fill up the empty spaces on the stage for TVXQ!’s Uknow Yunho and Max Changmin who started anew with the last 5th album ‘Wae’.

Max Changmin said that “It was very new to try music for us two after being active for over 5 years and to come out as the two after not so long hiatus. When we were doing the Japan, I was worried a lot because we had to sing 25~30 songs in 2.5~3 hours for just the two of us.”

However, he added that “I think we proceeded through with even more concentration than usual. After doing it, we knew how to make the stage with two. We felt that we could sufficiently lead long stages.”

TVXQ, who stuck together during not too short of a time and returned anew with confidence, said that the key point of this activity would be how to sublimate their unique strong performance and an easy-listening song.

Uknow Yunho said “I can’t say that there isn’t a difficult part in this song, because it has our colours in it. However, we made the chorus part – which is usually listened to the most- a little easier and put in lots of compromises in the album.”

◇ Uknow Yunho “More surprised at the news for being in the same company as Kim ByungMan than Jang DongGun”

Recently TVXQ!’s company SM Entertainment has took over AM Entertainment, allowing TVXQ to be in the same company as actors such as Jang DongGun and actresses such as Kim Ha Neul.

To this, Uknow Yunho said that “It could mean more opportunity if the company gets bigger. It is realistically true that as more professionals come the suport gets bigger. It seems like they’re trying to give lots of opportunity to the artists as well.”

He continued that he hasn’t met AM Entertainment’s actor Jang DongGun or the recently joined Kang HoDong yet and honestly revealed “I never thought we’d be working in the same company”.

Specifically, Uknow Yunho expressed his affection towards Kim ByungMan and drew attention “I was shocked more that Kim ByungMan sunbae and I are in the same company than with Jang DongGun sunbae. We were in the same tv show as well and I personally went when (Kim ByungMan’s) father passed away. I always thought he was a great person.”

He also said that “We talk to each other sometimes. I called as soon as I saw the news, but the phone was off. I think he must’ve been at the jungle” and revealed disappointment.
Kim ByungMan is currently in the middle of shooting SBS “Happy Sunday – Kim ByungMan Rule of the Jungle in Madagascar” so he couldn’t be reached by the phone.

As Uknow Yunho and Max Changmin both tried to transform into actors, they clearly stated their desire as not just singers but as actors as well. So it is a situation where synergy effect is expected as the grounds for actors is increasing in the company.

◇ Good Student image? “Think we can be a little more relaxed now”

TVXQ, who are always so polite, are so well mannered they don’t seem like a 9 year old sunbae idol. So there is a little disappointment in not seeing their easy-going and honest side.

Max Changmin said that “It is true that we’re keeping ourselves within a frame. But we can’t just act out or get ourselves into a trouble all of sudden. But I think we are at an age where we can be a little more comfortable than before. I think we have to break the old images”, making us expect their perhaps slightly changed selves.

Max Changmin, who’s known as the Kyuline by being close to Kyuhyun from Super Junior expressed his desire to appear on MBC ‘Golden Fishery – Radio Star’ by saying “I saw the ‘Radio Star’ and I really wanna appear in it. There wasn’t a friend that knows me a lot, but Kyuhyun is there as the MC so I’m thinking that he could slander and pick on me”.

However unlike Max Changmin Uknow Yunho expressed his desire to appear in SBS ‘Healing Camp’. He revealed that he’s “a mania for ‘Healing Camp’” and added that he wishes to reveal various sides that have been hidden until now to the national fans by appearing in various varieties.

TVXQ, who apparently goes onto the stage and put there life up there. They aren’t seasoned for 9 years without nothing. Although they’re already on top, they dream of a little bigger world.

“If we’re talking about international activities, we’d like to build new records that international fans in Japan couldn’t try yet, like increasing the size of the national tour n Japan to make it a dome tour. We also think how great it would be to grow up to be able to perform solo (*solo as in just TVXQ) on stages such as New York Madison Square Garden, which even world-level stars consider a dream stage”.

TVXQ puts importance on concerts, where their real abilities are proven and growth occurs as singers. “When we hold concerts in Japan people from various ages come to see the show rather than just the mania fans. We hope that we can become famous for holding fun team that’s worth watching the concert.”

“We dream of deviation too, but NO public lover!”

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*is my explanation. Please do NOT take this to where this data or excerpts from it will be used as an anti or mockery purpose. Do NOT ask me about the last line… it was there. I don’t get why it’s there, but it was there. It doesn’t mean that either of them are dating.

Just reblog if you’re on tumblr. If you’re not on tumblr, take the whole thing in full including this part. I don’t go around searching whether someone’s took my data or not, but it does come to my attention randomly and at random times – usually because I google my own stuff because I can’t find it on my tumblr with the back button, and copying the whole thing and claiming the credit does piss me off. This is not the first time. If you do that one more time, I am messaging you / going to your site and throwing a shitfit. Or maybe I will just stop translating. I can read the thing in original form no problem. Why bother? Doesn’t help me in any way :p

To the rest of you, enjoy the boys.

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