Source: Vogue Japan September Issue 2012 Chinese Translation: HyunBar66 English Translation: Stephanie (@5StarsAs1/ www.i-kpoplovers.blogspot.com) Please do not edit/alter the contents and credits when reposting. TQ! :)
TOUGH & TENDER
Collaborating with B'Z, Kim HyunJoong's all-rounded flexiblity
idol groups are gaining many popularity in Japan indeed but as a solo
singer Kim HyunJoong have proven his overwhelming ability in Japan. For
the first time, Japan's well-known rock band, B'Z have composed song for
other artistes which garnered many attentions. With the soft
charismatic side of him in dramas as well as the rocker side of him in
music, here's Kim HyunJoong's interview from Vogue Japan.
performance on stage had always been a mesmerizing one for fans below
stage. With his charming bright smile, sexy yet masculine image together with his 4-dimensional answers during interview indeed
have captured many young hearts out there. If we do not pay enough
attention to what he was trying to say, we might not have any idea what
he just said!
Q: Kim HyunJoong is actually a tough guy but also having a tender and gentle side of him, right?
I think I have both the personalities. On stage I showed the manly side
of me, in dramas I showed the gentle side of me, whichever side it is,
that's a side of me.
'4-Dimensional', 'Alien' character, a conversation on the great wisdom
who is a solo singer currently, debuted from the 5-member group SS501
since 2005. He is known as the 'Leader' as there's members with similar
Known for his
handsome image, he was casted in the Korean version of 'Boys Over
Flower' as Yoon Jihoo and also Baek Seungjo in 'Playful Kiss',
expressing his talents well as well as his charisma.
What really made him rose to the popularity was the top Korean variety show 'We Got Married'. It is a variety show that
pairs up Korean celebrities to show what life would be like if they
were married. In this show, Kim HyunJoong was paired up with another
Korean female celebrity who is 7 years older than him. There's a scene
where Kim HyunJoong gave his driver's license photo to his 'wife' in the
show with a small note 'If you are feeling lonely please see this' and
because of this innocent behavior he was then known as 4-dimensional,
attracting more fans' hearts.
No matter how true my attitude is in programs, I will also consider how
I should present myself in programs before I talk or act. Obliging the
rules and reading the scripts for TV programs or interviews beforehand
in order to know what I should present to fans. Showing my true self to
fans and getting good reviews from everyone is a blessed thing. (laughs)
Q: Is there any special '4D' reason behind why you are using a normal cell phone instead of using a smartphone? Q: If you are not using a smartphone, what do you use to listen to other people's music on the go?
I feel alright even if I'm using a cellphone now (Laughs) and I don't
really mind what;s in the top trend now. Because I rather prefer
button-touching cellphone instead of the touchscreen smartphones, so
perhaps I'll consider using a cell phone.
Nothing (laughs). Because I spend more time in the car moving from
place to place, so I;ll usually turn on the radio to listen to music.
:: 2nd single's song composed by B'Z
After releasing his first solo album Break Down on June 2011, he had
been very active in the music industry. He had also released his first
Japanese single Kiss Kiss/Lucky Guy in January 2012 which topped the
Japanese Oricon Chart in 2nd place. Next he released his 2nd Japanese
single Heat in July 2012 which was composed by Japan's well-know band
B'Z and it's the first time they have composed songs for other artistes.
Q: We heard that HyunJoong is also a fan of B'Z, having all their albums too.
I think Matsumoto Takahiro and Inaba Koshi are a perfect combination
group. Because they are very talented in composing unique songs and
lyrics, I guess this is the reason why they were so loved back then.
With the same reason, I am a big fan of them.
Q: Kim HyunJoong loved rock music very much.
I've joined the band in my high school last time. In Korea I loved Seo
Taiji and in Japan I loved B'Z. The song Heat is totally B'z's style. At
first I was worried whether I could sing this song well enough but
after endless times of practice, I'm indulged to the song already. I
love the addicting tempo and lyrics. I will put all my effort in
performing this song so to express what this song is supposed to bring.
Q: During the recording, Inoshi Koshi have taught you how to perform this song?
He gave me some advice on how to express this song and thanks to him,
this song was recorded perfectly. All in all, they are a well-respected
sunbaes in the music industry and they are the ones I admire very much. I
was very nervous when I first met them, but they were very friendly
welcoming me. Working together with such well-respected sunbaes in the
same studio, I've learned many new things. The Japanese single this time
is the production of Japanese, and it's my first time performing a rock
music, even though there are many challenges, but because of this
challenges, I learned many new things and I'm very happy.
Appreciating every moments, practicing for his new drama
Vogue video shooting took place at late night and after it ended, Kim
HyunJoong returned to his hotel and did the interview and started
practicing for his new drama.
I'm preparing for my upcoming drama 'City Conquest'. Even though I'm
busy with the Asia Fanmeeting and time is insufficient. Even so I have
schedules on that particular day, upon returning to the hotel, I will
practice for my drama if I have any spare time.
Q: What is your character in the new drama?
A: I'm Baek Mir in the drama who is a man struggling with
abandonment and growing up an orphan, who falls head over heels in love
easily. he fights against the harsh world that tore his family apart.
This is a total different character from before. As the shooting for the
drama is around the corner, the determination to make this drama a
success is becoming stronger and I will work hard for it.
Q: Heard that the first shooting location will be in Japan. The weather is very hot in the summer.
I love working during the summer. Not only for the drama, but for my
album as well as fanmeetings. Putting all my best into everything I do,
becoming the only one in my fans' hearts.
Let's meet somewhere in the universe during the concert someday!
Q: Where's your dream in the future for working so hard?
A: Hmm...universe. I will gather all my fans in the universe and hold a concert there (laughs)
the interview with a 4-dimensional answer. Then let us support him until
his dream to hold a concert in the universe succeed!