Hoya, “Even if for 15 seconds, after I acted as a different person there was a pleasant feeling”
In tvN <Reply 1997>, unexpectedly the one who was in charge of the mellow axis was Junhee (Hoya). Either him laying his head down on the desk, staring at his crush Yoonjae (Seo Ingook), or when he showed us how it felt when the person you like takes the confession you’re revealing after a long time as a joke. It was the reason why we got more curious than before about Hoya who has lived for 2 years as the one in charge of the group Infinite’s rap and dance. He whom showed us 100% of Junhee with a delicate look in his eyes or a sentimental way of talking, we wanted to hear what kind of young man he is. What kind of future did he expect? While saying “Even if I’m getting an interview by myself, I can’t feel the emptiness of not having the members?” with a joking expression on his face, the innocence of a 22 years old, the vigor of the 22 years old promising that he would keep on dancing, singing and acting even when he’ll get old, can be seen.
Dongwoo “At <1000 Songs Challenge> Woohyun sang and I focused on supporting him”
We heard that today you recorded SBS <1000 Songs Challenge>.
Dongwoo: Woohyun-sshi sang and I focused on supporting him. (Laughs)
Woohyun: I think I sang around 100 songs and Dongwoo-sshi is a friend with good reactions so we recorded well. His cheers were like the cheers of 100 warriors.
Hoya: If you just have a tambourine in one hand, you don’t have anything to be scared of.
Dongwoo: Instead the people in the audience were looking at me weirdly. Because I was working even harder than them. (Laughter)
Hoya: Maybe they felt a sense of crisis when they saw hyung. (T/N: Because he was giving better reactions than the audience)
You’re always smiling but it looks like you’re always sincerely happy.
Dongwoo: Woah, it’s really fun. Even today during <1000 Songs Challenge>, there were talks from time to time, Jang Yoonjung sunbaenim is quite funny. He talked so well that I laughed a lot.
Hoya: Oh, are you dissing the other sunbaenims saying that they aren’t funny! Lee Hwijae sunbaenim was there too!
Dongwoo: No, personal preference, personal preference!
Sunggyu: You have to write it in big letters. ‘Jang Dongwoo, Jang Yoonjung sunbaenim over Lee Hwijae sunbaenim!’ ‘As expected, singer over gagman!’
Dongwoo: What is this, are you making up article titles now? (Laughs) You can’t do that.
It seems that Dongwoo always suffers these kinds of things. (Laughs)
Hoya: Even when I was practicing on my acting, Dongwoo hyung got tricked.
Dongwoo: This friend’s acting improved so much it surprised me. He suddenly told me his lines from his drama but I got tricked and asked him what happened. (Laughs)
Sunggyu: It’s because Dongwoo’s reactions are good, Sungyeol’s are nice too, I also always practiced with Dongwoo when I was doing the musical. He replied to all of my lines. Even for the laughter points, if Dongwoo laughs, they laughed at the same moment as him on stage, he’s a really precious member when we’re preparing. So maybe among us, the member who acts the best is Dongwoo. Because at point the leading increases. He gets immersed in it too! (Laughs)
Hoya: He can just read it though (Laughs)
If so, doesn’t Dongwoo feel like challenging acting too?
Dongwoo: I’m interested in doing things like sketches at radios but I think it would be too hard to do it in front of a camera. Once I did some acting on MBC Everyone <Infinity Girls> (Laughs) Was it ‘What is this?’, I feel like it was pathetic myself…… Even if any director saw it, they wouldn’t want me, so rather than a drama, I want to try a sitcom. If I just get the opportunity!
Hoya: “I also usually record my songs on my recorder and listen to them”
The choreography of ‘The Chaser’ doesn’t have a definite point like the scorpion dance, so you must’ve have studied how to keep on maintaining the tension?
Hoya: For this song, there’s no dance break, we had to show the dance in a flow during the whole song. Especially during the chorus, we had to show sexiness, so we studied a lot how to show the line of our legs sexily. We needed enough sexiness for the girl who left to come back. Hahaha.
Sunggyu: We prepared the album when we were all busy with our solo activities but we didn’t have enough time to practice the choreography so we were really worried right up to our comeback.
Hoya: It was a situation where we had to rent a ballet classroom or a yoga center in Japan to practice. Anyway, after making our comeback and, as we kept going on stage, I feel like the performance was completed little by little.
Not only for the dance but the voices you sing with received more reviews saying they were sexy. It looks like you practiced your singing intensively.
Hoya: I also usually record my songs on a recorder to listen to them, I’m constantly practicing my singing. I keep on practicing rapping with Dongwoo hyung, and as for the singing, Sunggyu hyung gives me lessons. Sunggyu hyung is my singing teacher.
Sunggyu: Aw, I don’t teach him anything. He is a friend who sings better than what you would think.
The two of you show a good chemistry (T/N: Literally ‘Show a good breath’ in Korean) on variety shows too. It’s the kind when Sunggyu does a comment and Hoya returns it to him.
Hoya: Ah, that’s lung piercing (Laughs) I’m the kind to practice a lot in my daily life. I also usually put on the TV while eating with Sunggyu hyung and we talk back to each other.
Sunggyu: Hoya has the style of a striker.
Hoya: The entertainment world’s striker, the gag world’s striker.
Sunggyu: You’re Messi, Messi
Hoya: Uh… Infinite’s shoot-dol
The reaction to the punch line you’ve been pushing the most “I say Ho! You say Ya!” seems to be a bit little?
Hoya: I’ve been pushing it for 2 years but there’s still not many results.
Sunggyu: Far from pushing it, it seems that he’s been pulling it.
Hoya: The fans said they liked it but I don’t really know about other people. I hope it can become a punch line soon on Ranking King.
Woohyun “I receive advices from SHINee’s Key for my airport fashion”
Woohyun is the style to throw in comment until it makes people laugh in variety shows?
Sunggyu: He is also a friend who works really hard. As a member in the same group as him, I’m proud and I think that he’s cool. Hoya works hard too but during a broadcast, Woohyunnie will try to make around 200 funny points.
Woohyun: The other friends are doing well, so I’m just enjoying it.
Sunggyu: He says this now but Woohyun thinks the most before a broadcast and works hard to get ready.
Woohyun: Aah, I’m this kind of sensitive and thoughtful person. (Laughs)
Sunggyu: Unexpectedly, he’s a considerate friend who does a lot of sacrifices for the team. Ah, because I said ‘unexpectedly’ it’s a bit weird?
He looks like he’s also the kind to prepare thoroughly his fashion too. You’ve been wearing glasses often these days, is it an item your close friend SHINee’s Key recommended to you? (Laughs)
Woohyun: I’ve been wearing glasses because I’m from the elite, (Laughs) I never received any advices from Key. He looks like he would recommend good things but he never did. (Angry) These days I got to know a lot of informations on brands too so I feel like he’s been keeping me in check too!
Sunggyu: Ayy, that’s not it. Woohyun takes pictures of his clothes and receives the confirmation from Key.
Woohyun: I do that a bit for the airport fashion. (Docile) I usually have two styles left at my final choice, I could just wear one when going and the other when coming back but it makes me worry like this. Now I know the basics. When I leave, I wear colorful and fancy clothes that give off a ‘Now I’m going abroad’ feeling, when coming back I wear a relaxed style that shows that I’m tired.
Hoya: Aha, when going, a fancy feeling. When coming back, an ‘off from work’ feeling!
Sunggyu: Because he’s so professional, Sungyeol sees Woohyun as an icon. Woohyun gives fashion advice to Sungyeol too.
Woohyun: But I never gave this kind of advice…… (Laughs) You’re just accusing me.
When you get greedy during funny situations like these, there must be a lot of times where your stories don’t match and you expose other members or exaggerate things too.
Woohyun: That’s why our members are so funny. Because we can’t predict it ourselves either. (Laughs) These days L is really funny too, Sunggyu hyung and Hoya are always funny, it would be nice if Dongwoo was a bit funny. He keeps on having fun by himself so I’m curious about what’s so funny too. He’s always laughing alone.
Dongwoo: It’s funny! (Laughs)
Hoya: You have to share the fun, hyung is only imagining it and is already laughing. You have to go a step further.
As your variety skills got better, it feels like it got stronger music wise too. Especially in the song ‘That Year’s Summer’ from the album, you show a different image from your usual image.
Woohyun: That’s right for the main vocals too but it’s a song where the voices match well to show the big progress of the sub-vocals. That’s why it’s a song that the fans really like. For once, it’s not me but L who’s in charge of the high notes so it broke the register, (Laughs) I think it was nice because it showed a new taste in the group’s voice.
Not for the group but personally, which song was the newest experimentation to you?
Woohyun: I’m the kind to put more strength in my voice but in ‘With” I used less strength and I tried to make it appealing so I personally like it a lot. There are several voices in this song but even so, to not make it boring to the people listening to the album, I kept on trying to do various things. I lost a lot of weight so I think that I look a bit more trim now (Laughs) Starting from this album, I’ll try to challenge again my singing skills.
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Sungjong “When we were practicing, I practiced my expressions over and over while looking in the mirror”
Sungjong showed his acting in Tooniverse <Makirae Show> too. Compared to the quantity, it was the acting with the biggest impact in the team.
Sungyeol: Of course he became the president of elementary schoolers after doing that! He received tons of lemon candies as gifts. (Laughs)
L: His popularity with children is really no joke. Once, we were filming in front of an elementary school and all the kids went, “Oh, it’s Sungjongie there!”. (Laughs) That time we realized Sungjongie’s popularity.
Sungjong: (Sighs) They didn’t even say ‘Sungjongie’. They said “It’s the person who appeared in Makirae Show!” When I heard that I realized that the children watched it more than what I thought. Because I didn’t receive private lessons, it was awkward but since it’s a program that young friends watch, I did my best to be bright.
Woohyun: But Sungjongie is really popular to noonas too. When they just see Sungjongie they go “Woojjujjujju”. (T/N: Sound you make to amuse babies)
But when you sang ‘The Chaser’ this time, you received a lot of reviews saying that your stare got a lot more intense.
Sungjong: Ah, (while bowing) thank you. The hyungs monitored me and gave me a lot of advice, it helped me a lot. When we were practicing, I practiced my expressions over and over while looking in the mirror.
More especially, during the concert, you had a ‘Troublemaker’ performance which became a hot topic. Unexpectedly, Sungjong gave up on the woman’s choreography?
Sungyeol: Ah, suddenly this friend, in the morning, I opened my eyes and was hungry to death and he suddenly asked ‘Hyung, do you want to do Troublemaker?” At first I was confused.
Sungjong: I got the idea first so I went to suggest it to the CEO. But the song wasn’t a problem, the most important thing was that it wasn’t me who was going to have the girl’s role but Sungyeol hyung. (Laughs) How was it?
Sungyeol: Of course I thought that it was this friend who was going to do it so I said “Alright, you’re going to pick Hyunah?” but he said no! Since he directly said he wasn’t going to do it, I refused. But he kept on trying to persuade me, I wanted to do an unprecedented transformation so in the end I agreed. The conditions for me doing it was that he had to kiss me for real. (Laughs) It’s because I wanted to show something even cooler than what we already did. So the both of us did our best to get ready. I even exercised to get ready to rip my clothes.
Sungjong: We wanted to show a reversal.
L: In my opinion, the performance of these two was the flower of the concert. The screams were even louder than for the group performances.
Sungyeol is also the tallest member but is there a special reason why you selected him to be your female partner?
Sungjong: He’s also good looking, and I felt like hyung would do it well. (Laughs) And since he never showed this kind of image, I thought that it would be exceptional. As for me too, until now, I think that I showed more girl group dances than a cool image so I kind of wanted to show a different side of me.
Sungyeol: But because my parents were at the concert that day, I was embarrassed. (Laughs)
Sungjong: That’s why….. I was really sorry to Sungyeolie hyung’s parents.
Sungyeol: Well, they just talked about the concert and didn’t say much about that performance. We’ll keep it to ourselves. (Laughs)
Sungyeol “There were times where I lied but I’m the honest kind”
Sungyeol is the one doing the performance’s opening for ‘The Chaser’. You must’ve been really pressured?
Sungyeol: I was scared because it was the first start. They told me to confidently beat the stage while doing a model walking but matching the rhythm is really hard. So I emphasized on my expression, I think I managed well to put away my usual playfulness in my voice and on my face.
When you first debuted, you gave a really mischievious feeling but these days you got more quiet. You also tried to win seriously on Mnet <Ranking King> Brain Battle, (Laughs)
Sungyeol: Ah, because I got 1st place in the pilot survey at that time, I wanted to keep that ranking so I played the game sincerely. I couldn’t disappoint the fans who picked me so I didn’t thinking about air time and I wanted to appear at the last second when they all fought with each other and tidy up everything but…… it didn’t went as I wanted.
Sunggyu: Because it was the Brain King, I wanted to do my best too. I got greedy, the writer noona told me where there was a good weapon so I just believed what she said and as I moved their I met Woohyun too soon. It’s a pity. I didn’t think of my character and wanted to do well but that image sticking with me, it was to the extent where I thought it was God’s will.
Analyzing other people’s moves while going by himself, Sungyeol’s smart image strengthened too.
Sungyeol: That time, it was just that everything the other did was noticeable. I didn’t especially watch or something like that, I think it just got edited well on broadcast.
Your observation skills are good too but it seems that your personality is the one to tell everything you observed. You said you couldn’t lie at all.
Sungjong: It’s because he has nothing to hide.
Sungyeol: Ah, there were times where I lied too but I’m the honest kind. But because I’m so frank, even in situations where the other side could be hurt, I would just say it all. In the past, I already said something bluntly to Sungjongie about his expression, he was maybe embarrassed about it. Now that I think of it, I’m sorry.
Sungjong: But isn’t it good instead that he talks honestly? In the end, thanks to the advice hyung gave me, I fixed my lacking part so it helped a lot. It’s just…… it’s also out of pride. (Laughs) Just kidding.
Also, truthfully, how did you feel doing the showcase after riding the helicopter? It must’ve been scary..
Sungyeol: It wasn’t scary at all. I even prepared medicine in case I got airsickness but I didn’t need it. It wasn’t only me, the other members too, it was something tiring to experience so we enjoyed it and even better. When we were moving, we even fell asleep comfortably.
Sunggyu: More than that, CEO told us to not be pressured about it. ‘Did I ever tell you anything after seeing you on stage? I’m always trusting you guys. You’re doing well so let’s do it as you’re already doing it. ’ He told us that and we got the showcase and rode the helicopter.
Sungyeol: (Laughs) He prepared the helicopter so we wouldn’t be pressured!
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In the current music industry, Infinite is obviously the most self-made group. Along with splendid marketing, they did some acting and variety at the same time, without any help, they made their characters familiar and thanks only to their performances, they raised their popularity. In a time where the members’ names and personal talents are used in front line, Infinite is one of the rare teams to be remembered for their music first. Furthermore, their performance stands out with the guitar riffs of their song and their choreography, showing a totally different temperature than the trend these days’. These last 2 years weren’t an easy path made of luck and know-how, it’s the story of their efforts to convince people of their thoughts while they stayed quiet. Also, Infinite made their successful comeback with ‘The Chaser’ that gained the public’s trust and the fandom’s love.
However, the young men are saying that their trophies are still amazing and surprising. They told us that even now, what was important was practicing and making efforts as well as the people around them who strive for the team’s success. Their excessive modesty could even be mistaken for insincere greetings. But rather than taking about themselves, leader Sunggyu talks with even more heat when praising the other members and even every time his hyungs’ reply, maknae Sungjong nods and repeatedly comments: “It’s really like that”, “Hyung, you really became cool”; when listening to the seven members’ stories with young men’s freshness and youths’ passion in both of their hands, we got to know that their shiniest weapon was their innocence. The tears they shed on stage and the sweat dripping in their practice room are still absolutely real. Also when sharing stories with them, we didn’t get bored at all. Right now, we’re revealing seven stories that can guess what is going to make the day of Infinite who are stepping on the takeoff board.
Sunggyu - “The team being successful is always my top priority”
We thought he was the delicate voice who used a lot of breath but it seems that for this album his voice got a lot stronger.
Sunggyu: I was in charge of the chorus in ‘The Chaser’, but I did my best to make my voice cooly louder to give a refreshing feeling. It’s a song where I personally did a lot of new experimentations.
It’s known that the CEO always participates deeply in the whole producing too but, concretely, what kind of concept did he suggest this time?
Sunggyu: When we just debuted, we were watching movies together or when we were filming the music videos, he told us ‘Your eyes have to show it better’ while showing us personally but now, he doesn’t talk to us about this by himself that much.
L: Now he trusts us and leaves it to us, instead he jokes more. He told us ‘This time you will have to go wearing hanboks’ (T/N: Traditional Korean outfits). (Laughs)
Sungyeol: Really, until the day before our comeback, I thought we would have to tie our hair in topknots.
Sunggyu: He only talked to us about things like these. ‘This time you have to show something more Korean’, ‘It will have to hold the Orient’s beauty’.
As the main vocal, appearing on KBS ‘Immortal Song’ gives you a chance to win, did you prepare something especially for it?
Woohyun: I appeared on ‘Immortal Song’ too and I got a lot of aunt and mother fans, I think that Sunggyu hyung will get a lot of mother fans too.
Sunggyu: Actually, there isn’t such a thing as bids for victory. It’s just about overcoming my nervousness to do well because no matter who sees it, if I do my best, they will think nice of me. Also, the bids for victory are Infinite to me. The team being successful is always my top priority.
With your solo activities and overseas promotions, your schedule must have been busy, it seems that it got harder, little by little to take care of your dongsaengs as a hyung, who is the leader.
Sunggyu: I think it got easier instead. Because even if I don’t say it they all know how I feel.
L: Right. Because we know he’s scary. (Laughs)
As your dorm got better, you must have less things to nag about too.
Sunggyu: Because we’re all busy, we don’t really have the time to talk about our life in the dorms, because I don’t clean, I’m not in the position to say anything to the other members about it.
L: Yeah, I’m the one working hard cleaning!
Sungjong: L hyung is the really clean style. He cleans up every messy thing.
Sunggyu: If you get married to this kind of man it would be tiring, really. Because it’s not good if he’s too detailed.
L: No. I would clean everything and even wash the dishes? I feel good only if I do so.
If so, what did Sunggyu scolded you the most about lately?
Sunggyu: I really don’t say anything to them. These days the misunderstandings about me keep on piling up. I said it on SBS <Strong Heart> too but people think that I get tired the fastest. I actually get a lot of medications as gifts, I’m not even the style to take these meticulously, even worse, I thought that rather than taking vitamins as pills, it was better to get them from fruits, I’m the style to be really bad at doing things for my body. Really, the thing I take care of the most importantly is food. It’s all I need.
L “Following the concept, I change my character”
These days, the word ‘L-Co-Removed’ (T/N: L-Cosplay-Removed, the fans made this up from the word ‘Ordinary-Person-Cosplay-Removed, the fans call him that when he takes off his ‘L cosplay’ and is his normal Myungsoo self) is popular among the fans. It seems that when coming off stage, you show the real Kim Myungsoo more clearly than the L concept.
L: Following my mood, I also think I got a bit brighter.
Sungyeol: We also think that he’s really different on stage.
L: Oh, how?
Sungyeol: Ah, it’s not the Myungsoo we knew, why does he look so cool on stage?
Sungjong: Myungsoo hyung has a fresh charm and the hyung on stage shows charisma. He has two kinds of charms.
L always introduced himself saying that he was in charge of ‘the cowardly image’; for this stage too, does the concept have the same extension?
L: It changes for each song. When we were doing ‘Be Mine,” I had a cowardly expression, now I’m trying to show an image that is a bit more manly. Following the concept, I change my character little by little, I try to have emotions that match it. Like how Sunggyu hyung had a wounded sexy charisma. (Laughs)
Did accomplishing your performances this way help for your acting? tvN ’s Hyunsoo’s character has actually a lot of common points with L on stage. Since he gives a taciturn and serious feeling.
Sunggyu: That’s why it was easy. Because he lived while transforming from daily Myungsoo who is very mischievious to L on stage, he could suddenly transform to serious Hyunsoo when he was filming. (Laughs)
L: Of course, there’s that (Laughs) but there were also a lot of difficult points. L and Hyunsoo are similar but in fact, L is a celebrity while Hyunsoo is a character that can exist in real life. I studied this subtle difference and got ready, but I was really worried because if I got it wrong, it would look like both were L. Moreover, because I personally never received acting lessons, I received a lot of help there.
Sungjong: Really, this hyung did a lot of research.
For this concept, you also showed to the fans that you matured as a vocalist.
L: It’s not to the point where I can brag about it, it’s because Toy’s ‘Living By Your Side For A While’ (T/N: The song Myungsoo sang at Second Invasion) was the song I sang when I attended the auditions for Infinite. Because I wanted to set a stage with a special meaning to me, I went to suggest to the CEO myself that I would sing that song. And for the encore concert I sang ‘Love Generation’, I selected this song because I felt like I had to repay the fans who cheered for us at the concert. It’s the performance that made me think that Inspirits are my girlfriends, because the reaction was so big I was really taken aback.
For this album’s promotions, it looks like you really expressed your love for the fans a lot.
Woohyun: Rather than thinking we got 1st place because we did well, I was even more thankful to the people who cheered for us so it made me cry.
L: Truthfully, I was really worried about the hiatus. But the only fact that our fans were waiting for us like this, made me really very happy. Being able to be 1st once again, I think that’s why we got even more moved than when we got 1st for the first time. I’m thankful to everyone who loves our song but I really felt that my love and thankfulness for the fans got even bigger for this comeback.
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FULL interview with 10Asia.
Last part. (,) = interviewer’s notes ; [,] = my notes
Infinite | “If we could hear ‘they’re from Infinite’ even when we’re by ourselves”
Dongwoo says he’s ‘like the mother’, but when I see it, he’s the (genius or idiot). -L
Infinite’s Sungyeol, Sungjong, Sunggyu, Woohyun, L, Dongwoo, Hoya. (Starting from the left)
10: Dongwoo-sshi, do you still write journal entries?
Dongwoo: I haven’t been able to write them recently. I changed my diary too. I received one with a lock as a gift.
10: They say that you showed it once to Sunggyu-sshi because he should know of the members’ worries as the leader, but did you show it to him again after that time?
Dongwoo: I haven’t shown it to him once.
Sunggyu: Truthfully, I didn’t want to see it either. You’re supposed to write how you feel in a journal entry, but Dongwoo only has, “I did this today. I practiced. I ate.”…
10: You said that you’re the self-called mom of Infinite…
Sungyeol: If our mom was like this, it would be bad.
Dongwoo: Sungyeol told me, “It would be bad if Hyung was my dongsaeng”. He said that he wouldn’t have left me alone. Heuheuheu. But I like my current personality.
Sunggyu: He thinks that he’s really meticulous, considerate, and that he takes care of everything.
Sungjong: When we’re just having a conversation, Dongwoo hyung thinks he’s giving us advice.
Sunggyu: When we forget to turn off the lights and lie in bed to sleep, he says, “Want me to turn it off for you?”, and then once he turns it off, he laughs like he’s really proud.?
Sungyeol: And if we don’t notice that, he gets sad. And when we ask why he was late, he would say that he was carefully taking care of things.
Dongwoo: Because I take care of these little things, I laugh easily at minor things. That’s why when I laugh at our members’ talents [like Sungjong’s girl group dancing] , saying that it’s funny, they don’t believe me. Heuheu.
Sungyeol’s famous as the ‘elementary schooler’, but he’s actually an (elementary schooler). -Woohyun
10: The ‘Day of an Idol’ video that Sungyeol-sshi recorded last year received a lot of attention. Why did you record it?
Sungyeol: After seeing the ‘Day of an Office Worker’ become an issue, we recorded it become an issue too.
10: Why was Sungyeol the only one in it?
Woohyun: Because Sungyeol has the most playful, elementary schooler image. If Sunggyu hyung did it, it would’ve been a documentary.
Sunggyu: If I did it with my depressed expression, it would probably have come up in the news like, “Do idols live like this”, “The serious reality of idols”. I think it fit Sungyeol the best.
10: Do you think it became as much of an issue as you wanted it to be?
Sungyeol: Yes, I thought there was quite a reaction to it.
Woohyun: Truthfully, I don’t monitor things much so…
Sunggyu: And for me, I get anxious when Sungyeol does something…
10: In ‘Children of the Night’, Eun Jiwon-sshi played the games really fiercely. Don’t you get nervous when you’re with someone who’s a senior by 10 years?
Sungyeol: Eun Jiwon senior is the original elementary schooler/choding. So I was worried if I could go forth with my elementary schooler character or not, so I just said a really light thing. In a really childish way. Then he received that well [helped make the conversation live]. He actually told me to go more with it, and was really kind to me.
10: You seem to be showing animal imitations as your talents, but don’t you have thoughts of showing something cooler?
Sungyeol: After revealing the monkey expression in my identification card, there’s nothing else to do now. So I’m doing more upgraded imitations of animals. I don’t match with cool things.
Sunggyu: That’s Sungyeol’s charm. He looks handsome, but he’s not afraid of wrecking his image, and I think it’s amazing that he actually enjoys it.
Woohyun: Are you jealous?
Sunggyu: I’m not jealous of things like that. Although I’m jealous of his looks…
Although Sunggyu’s known as the charismatic leader, he’s actually a (timid, nagging person). - Sungyeol
10: Sungyeol-sshi said that if he could be any member for a day, he would be the leader because he wants to command the others around about cleaning. Specifically, how do you want to do it?
Sungyeol: I would just rest and make others do it.
Sunggyu: I help with the cleaning too. The kids keep saying in interviews that I only command and don’t clean, but I’ve never done that before. It’s really unfair! Sungyeol is lying for the laughs, he’s a really shameless friend.
Sungyeol: Well, me and Hyung are different teams for laundry. I was really going to do the laundry after showering, but when I was about to shower, Hyung kept nagging at me to do the laundry…
Sunggyu: We can’t push it off.
10: It must really be something when you have to scold your dongsaengs at this age, for not doing laundry.
Sunggyu: That’s right. There’s a lot of times that I feel sorry to the members because I’m the hyung who’s lacking and doesn’t really have anything special about him, but I’m in this position because of my age. Truthfully, is there anyone that actually wants to nag?
Sungyeol: (Pointing to Sunggyu) Here! Hahahahaha.
Woohyun: You just have to see the end, don’t you.
Woohyun says he’s the self-called ‘core person’, but the moment he has the most existence is (when he doesn’t talk). -Sungjong
10: What’s the reason that Woohyun-sshi gets called by the leader?
Sunggyu: Because Woohyun’s the dongsaeng right below me [not much of an age difference], and we use the same room. I always see him and Woohyun has a bit of a celebrity mind. Namstar!
Sunggyu: It’s not a bad meaning, I think it’s really good that he has confidence. But I’m saying this so that his mind doesn’t overflow with it. But, I don’t call him that often.
10: You probably don’t just go on broadcasts, but events too. And I feel that your know-how to make the mood would be a bit different. If you learned something during this time, what is it?
Hoya: They like it when you pick out person by person.
Sunggyu: Although it’s hard to do it often, I sometimes hold their hands too.
Sunggyu: Woohyun usually does the commenting, but it’s sort of short. He starts with ‘Hello~’, heuheu, then finishes it off with “Okay, we’ll send out the next song~ See everyone next time~”.
10: Do you practice comments separately?
Woohyun: Haha, with just a feeling. I don’t think it’s bad though.
L: It works well in places like the market, but it gets sort of a cold reaction from places with elders or a high-class event…
Sungyeol: It works well on the streets.
Although L is apparently in charge of the ‘mood’, he’s often (not often, he’s usually clumsy.) - Hoya
10: On a variety program, L was asked “What are high-heels in 2 letters”, and he responded with platform shoes [통굽].
Dongwoo: Wow, it’s a really traditional word. Platform shoes!
10: Have you never heard of ‘kill heels’?
L: Kill…heels? I don’t know.?
Sungjong: Shoes with high heels!
Sunggyu: Do you want to wear them?
Sungjong: Haha, that’s okay.
10: Is there something you want to do once you succeed greatly?
L: I want to… Ah, what was the question again? I like to collect limited edition items. Although I don’t have many, I like collecting cameras too. I like figures too. I put them all into boxes because we share rooms now, but I would like to start a collection of something. You could say I’m a collector.
10: If you were to record a commercial, what would you like to record?
L: Clothes, or cameras. Canon, Nikon, Olympus. Anything
The Road to Being a Top Star:
Sungyeol “There were times when I went to the convenience store with my make-up on and they didn’t know who I was”
10: Was there a time after debuting when you felt something like ‘we succeeded a bit’?
Sunggyu: Not at all.
Woohyun: Because we’re under pressure to do better, we can’t feel anything like that.
10: Out of 10 people, how many do you think can recognize you?
Woohyun: Mm, about 1 to 2 people?
Hoya: When I went to my hometown, Changwon, for Chuseok, I walked around a department store with a lot of people for a couple of hours. Only 6 people noticed who I was and they weren’t average people, they were our fans.
Sungyeol: There are times when I went to the convenience store with my make-up on and they couldn’t tell who I was. I kept looking around with anticipation that they would notice who I was, but they just kept on doing their own work…
Woohyun: From that person’s point of view, they’re probably wondering why this kid’s wearing make-up.
L: There are people that occasionally ask, “Are you a celebrity?”. And if I’m wearing my stage outfit, they ask, “Are you a singer?” and when I say, “Yes, Infinite.”, they say, “Infinite? I’ve never heard about them?” …
Sungjong: I went to eat duck meat awhile back, a fan saw me and wrote a post in our fancafe. ‘I went to a restaurant and Sungjong was monitoring himself through the TV. At first I thought it was just a good-looking kid, but I looked closely and it was Sungjong~’
Sunggyu: Did you just call yourself good-looking?
Woohyun: In the end, it’s just praising himself!
They Need Our Attention:
Sungjong “When I went to eat duck meat, my fans saw me”
10: Woohyun-sshi, a picture of you wearing the same sparkly training suit as Hyunbin-sshi made an article saying you were his ‘doppelganger’.
Woohyun: I really took the picture as a joke, but there were about 1400 comments.
Dongwoo: Are you sure you weren’t serious and just pretending that it was a joke? Heuheuheu.
Woohyun: But 1390 of the comments were cold reactions like, “Wanna die?”, “Where does he look like Hyunbin?”, “The clothes and hair is Hyunbin, but the face is Nam Woohyun”.
10: Sungyeol-sshi has pictures come up, saying that they looked similar to Yoo Ahin-sshi.
Woohyun: This kid probably had like 1600 comments. Hahaha.
Dongwoo: At least Woohyun had defending comments like, “Woohyun didn’t say that he looked like him”, but Sungyeol didn’t have any comments like that.
Sunggyu: Woohyun’s fans still said, “Woohyun looks better/cooler”, but fans of Sungyeol said, “That’s a bit” …
Sungyeol: Things like, “They don’t alike at all. Do you want to die before the dawn?”
Sungyeol: Truthfully, I don’t think I look alike either. Why, why, why! I don’t know why that even came up.
Woohyun: But because of that, our popularity went up a bit. Anti-fans are fans too. It’s okay because we just need to change their hearts. I would like to hear ‘Oh? He’s from Infinite’ when we go around by ourselves, after this album.
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well, there goes a couple of hours. ;___; have fun reading them though :D
uh, there’s a translated version of this going around, but it’s not the complete one. it just has a selection of questions. this is part 2 of the full interview. (,) - interviewer’s notes, [,] - my notes
Infinite | “We want to record with ‘We Got Married’ with Orange Caramel”
10: Are there any members that are going to participate in the MBC Lunar New Year’s special ‘Idol Swimming Championship Competition’?
Sungyeol: I was part of the YMCA children’s swimming team, so I decided to go out for the 50m freestyle. But truthfully, even 25m is hard for me. I thought my heart was going to explode when I was practicing the 25m.
10: What is a variety program that each of you think you can do?
Dongwoo: KBS ‘Let’s Go! Dream Team’. Me, Sungyeol, and Woohyun recently had a meeting with them.
Hoya: When I watched it when I younger, I thought that I could do good if I did it too [Dream Team]. I’m confident in obstacle courses. In the ‘Idol Track and Field Competition’ last year, I was the last runner for the relay race, and I passed 4 people and got the bronze medal.
10: The largest happening on a variety show was in MBC’s ‘Quiz to Change the World’ when Sungjong-sshi went on the MC’s table and danced laying down. What were you thinking then?
Sungjong: Ha… It’s my world.
10: Weren’t you nervous?
Sungjong: Not at all. I wanted to do more, but I thought I would become disliked so I just did a bit.
Sunggyu: There was a time when our CEO put a ban on Sungjong doing girl group dances. Because he would become disliked if he continued to do it, our CEO said in a serious tone, “I’m not going to leave you alone if you dance one more time.”, but since there was nothing for him to do on variety shows, he took off the ban. I was shocked at first with the dances, but now I don’t give it much thought. Because I became used to it.
Although Sungjong is the magnae, he is (an influential person). - Dongwoo
10: Sungjong-sshi has a lot of aegyo and his voice is soft, but it seems like you would be above your hyungs at some time. As the magnae, what do you think when you see your hyungs?
Sungjong: I respect them sometimes,
Sungyeol: Wait! He’s lying! Our members are normally shy, so we decided to stay together during yesterday’s ‘Idol Track and Field Championship Competition’, but Sungjong kept going to play with other singers. So I went next to him to play also, but he told me, “What are the hyungs doing? The hyungs are playing by themselves over there, right?”. I mean, it’s not like it’s wrong, but…
Woohyun: “If you don’t have anything to do, you can follow me” He said that, right? Haha.
Sungjong: No, I was just curious about what they were doing. (Laughter) Anyways, I sometimes respect the hyungs, and since they take care of me a lot, I like it. But there are times when I seem more mature.
Sungjong: It’s not once a month, but about once every couple of months?
10: When I see how you’re relaxed and confident wherever, it seems like you grew up with a lot of love.
Sunggyu: Truthfully, I told Sungjong during our trainee days… Ah, am I allowed to say this?
Sungjong: Ahahaha, just say it.
Sunggyu: One day I said, “You’re really pretty,” and Sungjong had a really serious tone and said, “Hyung, it’s really hard to find a person like me.”
Hoya: That’s right. I was watching a music program with him awhile back, and when he was looking at the girl groups, he said “I look prettier”!
Sunggyu: But since Sungjong says those words, it’s cute. If someone like Hoya said it, that would be really scary.
10: Since you’re in your 3rd year of high school, you’ll be taking your college entrance exams. Will the hyungs be of help when you study?
Sungjong: They will probably be of help. The hyungs came out of high school too.
Sunggyu: Yeah, that’s true, but… yeah. We all came out of high school!
Sungjong: I was just trying to say that everyone has much more knowledge then me…
Girl Groups That Are Too Far To Have:
Hoya “I think I can do good if I go on ‘Let’s Go! Dream Team’”
10: If you were to go on MBC’s ‘We Got Married’, is there anyone that you would want as a partner?
Woohyun: Orange Caramel. Since they have three people, we’ll send three people. Hoya and me, and Sungjong seems to like them too.
10: What do kind of mind do you have when you record a variety show with a girl group?
Woohyun: We should pretend to be playful.
Sungyeol: Like, it’s our true meanings, but pretending to be playful? Hahaha
Dongwoo: Are you sure you’re not pretending to be truthful when it’s a joke/play?
Woohyun: I do a lot of playful actions on the camera. Saying stuff like, “There shouldn’t be any reason needed to liking someone”.
Sungyeol: That’s a restricted video for fans.
10: Sunggyu-ssi, you were couples with 4minute’s Jiyoon in MBC’s ‘Bouquet’ , Sistar’s Soyu in MBC every1’s ‘Children of the Night’ and participated in MNET’s ‘Scandal’.
Sungyeol: He’s the scandal maker.
Sunggyu: The person I like changes for every show I do. I’m serious then, and really do love them. Although, once it’s over and I come back to the dorms, I like my members more!
10: I think Sungjong-sshi is the person who’s the least nervous when meeting female celebrities during recordings.
Sunggyu: Because he has confidence. Because he knows that his looks aren’t common.
Sungyeol: Because he knows that he’ll be liked no matter where he goes!
Sungjong: Ah.. I become like this.
Hoya: I’m a bit on the shy side, but since Sungjong goes around and plays well with girl group members, he told me to follow him one time and he tried getting me to talk with a girl group member. Out of nowhere, making me burdened!
Sungyeol: For me, I wanted to become friendlier with them too, so I asked him to take me with him and play together. So, he dragged me and just made me stand, then the two of them [Sungjong and the girl group member] just kept talking by theirselves.
Woohyun: Sungjongie, what do you talk about with them?
Sungjong: I talk about a variety of things. ‘Noona, I watched the program well. That was really good.’ Stuff like that.
Woohyun: Wah, are you just talking about it even after not seeing it [the program]?
Sunggyu: Truthfully, Woohyun’s social skills are very good too. But Woohyun’s the type that thinks about what to talk about and then goes to talk to them, so if the conversation gets changed, he gets flustered like, ‘Ah this is bad. What do I do!’. Sungjong is just born with it.
Sungyeol: I really thought he was amazing when I saw it. His social skills are the best. He went to Miss A’s Min-sshi and started off with, “Noona, I danced ‘Breathe”, then she replied with, “Oh, really?”. Then after 5 minutes later, he starts speaking informally with her.
Sungjong: That’s why you guys should talk with them when I bring you. Because I don’t know what to do as a third person.
Although Hoya is known as the ‘top of the food chain’, he’s actually (a soft kid). - Sunggyu
10: You filmed Mnet’s ‘Infinite! You Are My Oppa’ before debut.
Woohyun: Oh, I don’t want to think about it again!
10: When you think about that time, what do you regret the most?
Woohyun: My looks! There was a different person from me. My bangs looked weird, I was chubby, and my skin wasn’t great.
Sungyeol: My shaved side of the head too.
Dongwoo: My speech. I couldn’t understand what I was saying. And after debut, I wasn’t called my name a lot. It’s always ‘Kenyan’.
L: They asked if he was really a Kenyan, and he stutters his words and can’t speak Korean well. What’s worse is that he was born in Seoul too.
Hoya: I think I had too much greed. They gave me a quiet ‘Busan male’ concept in the beginning, but since I thought that my cuts wouldn’t come out, I talked a lot during the first recording. It really made everyone laugh at the scene. But it was all edited out from the broadcast! And my speaking didn’t even come out, but on the captions it said, ‘big mouth [talking a lot]’. Wow, it was the first time I was called a big mouth. And I later heard that they edited it out because it just wasn’t something that a rookie should be saying. Ah…
Sungyeol: But what we felt when we monitored the 1st episode, was that no matter how much we talked or didn’t talk, the motionless L got more screentime than us.
Sungjong: The writer hyung had promised me that he would create a daebak [amazing, great in this case] thing at the end, but I don’t know what I was thinking when I recorded it. My mind to record my best was going ahead too.
Hoya: When we were recording the 1st episode, me and Sungjong were the stars, but we gradually disappeared from the screen…
10: Then who do you think was the largest beneficiary from the program?
Hoya: Sungyeol. It was Sungyeol’s prime time then. When I went to the fancafe, there were only talks about Sungyeol. Sungyeol oppa, Sungyeol oppa. Until the album came out. Haha.
10: What happened afterwards?
L: Sungyeol’s fans slowly came to us. Haha.
Woohyun: We thankfully took them. But if we were to do a reality program again, I could do much better.
10: If you were to do another variety program, what kind of concept would you like to try out?
Hoya: Something like MBC every1’s ‘Idol Army’. Not because a different girl group will come out each time, but because we can show something every week. A dance or song, games, things like that. But I would like it if we didn’t film it at the dorms. It’s really tiring.
My Apartment That’s Waiting For Me:
Woohyun “My looks in ‘Infinite! You Are My Oppa’ were a bit…”
10: Is your dorm still the 2-story house in Mangwon-dong that came out in ‘Infinite! You Are My Oppa’?
Sungyeol: Yes, our CEO said that he’ll move our dorm when we get in at least 10th place for KBS ‘Music Bank’.
10: What place were you last week?
10: Is there a neighborhood that you have planned out?
Sungjong: It just has to be an apartment.
10: What do you expect from that apartment?
Sungyeol: I would like it if there were at least 3~4 toilets. It’s urgent. It’s hard to have seven people use only one.
Dongwoo: We need a microwave too, but we recently got it as a present.
Sungyeol: We really needed it to reheat chicken breasts. It was a frozen product, but since there wasn’t any way to reheat it, we always turned on hot water and made it defrost naturally, hehe.
10: How do you divide the housework?
Sungyeol: We rotate doing the laundry once a week, and the dish washing is done by the person who ate from it. But there’s someone who secretly eats in the middle of the night and just leaves it because they’re too tired. Even when we try to catch the culprit in the morning, it never works. How do we catch them.
10: Is there a member that you’re suspicious of?
Infinite: (Stares at Sungjong with no words)
Sungjong: What? Why?
Sungyeol: Magnae is getting tired of a lot of things lately…
Sungjong: No~ I do mine.
My Girlfriend is Manager Hyung:
L “Sungyeol’s fans slowly came to us after the album came out.”
10: How are the roommates set up?
Dongwoo: Our manager hyung recently went to the first floor. We all cheered then. Assa! So now me and L, Woohyun and Sunggyu hyung, and Hoya, Sungjong, and Sungyeol share rooms.
10: Why did you cheer then?
Sunggyu: Well, we can sleep late if we want to, and sleep early if we want to. Our manager hyung is a really sensitive person. He doesn’t talk if he’s mad and he pouts, and if we do something wrong, it goes on for a long time. He seems like a girlfriend.
10: What made him mad for the longest time?
Sunggyu: When we were riding in the car awhile back, Hyung was saying something and Sungyeol fell asleep for a bit. Truthfully, we can fall asleep, right! Then Hyung started getting angry and told us that we changed, I mean, it’s really scary. Telling us that we’ve changed even though it hasn’t been long since we debuted. But that’s all because he loves us and cares for us. Because we’re mostly everything to hyung, haha!
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"Our CEO said that if this album doesn’t do well, there’s not going to be another album"
An Intro After Staying Up All Night:
Infinite’s Dongwoo, Hoya, Sunggyu, L, Woohyun, Sungjong, Sungyeol. (From the left)
10: There was a recording for MBC’s ‘Idol Track and Field Competition’, right? How were your scores?
Sungjong: We failed. Hoya hyung could’ve done well, but he was eliminated at the preliminary round.
Hoya: When the person next to me fell, I also fell too.
Sungjong: But since we could still get our reactions caught [on camera], we stayed to cheer others on.
10: The recording probably finished near the morning, but what’s your schedule after this interview?
10: Were there any breaks after promotions for the 1st album till comeback?
Hoya: We did events, practiced, recorded, and received vocal training. It wasn’t a break.
10: What did you do last Christmas?
A Final Determination - Evolution:
10: To start off, tell us about your album.
Sunggyu: Our album title is ‘Evolution’ and the meaning is to evolve. That’s why the participation amount is higher than the first mini album. Our vocals got more mature and you can see a more colorful group dance on stage. Dongwoo and Hoya also personally did the rap making. And for a song like ‘Can U Smile’, it’s a song that was supposed to go into our first album, but after adding more to it for completion, we recorded it again. All six songs are good songs, filled with our eagerness. And besides anything else, it’s an album that must! (Infinite: Euhahaha!) succeed.
10: But I think the reason that the second album must succeed is different from ‘wanting to receive popularity’.
Sunggyu: Our CEO said it in a serious tone. If this album doesn’t do well, he’s not going to release another album.
10: Will your CEO really not release another album? (Laughter)
Sunggyu: Ah, I don’t think he’ll really do that. Haha. But if we think like that and work harder, our next album will come out, and if that does well, we can do things like unit groups. Although there’s no set plan, Woohyun, for instance, can do a ballad solo or since Hoya and Dongwoo like hip-hop, they can go have promotions near that road. Truthfully, the problem isn’t that our company isn’t pushing us towards it, but if the results are not as great, we think that we’ll lose courage so we’re going to work hard to not have any regrets.
10: For the 1st album, Epik High’s Mithra had helped with the rap making, but since he enlisted into the army, you probably did it all by yourselves for this album. How was it?
Dongwoo: Although I did it since I was a trainee, Mithra hyung had helped us to create a better quality for the 1st album. It was fun to do it all by ourselves this time.
Hoya: For those with a lot of experience, they just write it once and say okay, but we had to write five to six raps for it to pass. Even then, if the arrangement changes, we had to rewrite it. I learned a lot.
10: Infinite’s songs have that trendy 90’s pop feel. And although the songs’ colors are great now, I feel that everyone has a different style of music that they want to do.
Sunggyu: I honestly like R&B and African-American music, but our group songs can’t always be the same with the genres I like. And the dance songs we do now are fun.
Scorpion Transformation, Feel Released/Free!:
10: Infinite’s performance is the representative for perfectly fitting group dances, is there a tip to do BTD’s point ‘scorpion dance’ well?
Woohyun: You need to always have a scorpion pose.
Hoya: When I first taught the scorpion dance to Sunggyu hyung, he said ‘I don’t think I can do it’.
Sunggyu: Our CEO was watching from the sides at that time and said, “We probably won’t be able to do this dance because of Sunggyu”! Wow, it really gave a scar to my confidence, but the reason why I couldn’t help but agree, was because I really thought that we wouldn’t be able to do it because of me. But it seemed to work after practicing so hard. That’s why I think it’s important to have a faith and mind that you can do it.
Hoya: Truthfully, anyone can learn and do the move, but you need to have a relaxed look when you stand up, as if it were nothing. But there’s a moment where you’re released/feel free after doing the scorpion dance. It’s when everyone does their own freestyle dance after sweeping the floor.
10: What do you think of during that moment?
Dongwoo: Ah, freedom.
Sungjong: It’s my world~
Sunggyu: People like Hoya and Dongwoo, who like dancing, start dancing because they’re excited, but I look around for my original spot and go back to it. Since I need to do a high-pitched adlib, I straighten up my breathing, do hmhm, and go to the back.
Dongwoo: Everyone is thinking something different even though we’re on the same stage. Heuheuheu.
Become a traffic light:
Sunggyu “I truthfully like R&B and African-American music”
10: Because Dongwoo-sshi dyed his hair red [T/N: This was before his hair color changed] and Sungjong-sshi dyed his hair blonde, you guys really stand out. How was this chosen?
Sungjong: Our CEO said that he was going to dye my hair blue no matter what after ‘She’s Back’, but he saw how this hair color came out and said it was good, so I kept it like this.
Dongwoo: My hair color was normally wine-colored, then it turned into a cherry color, then a tomato color came out, and then it finally became red. They bleached my eyebrows and colored it together, so it changed every time. It was pink, yellow, red, lilac, and the eyeliner was always changed between blue and green.
Sungyeol: And together they became ‘the sun and dawn’, the beginning and end. I kept asking because I wanted to dye my hair too, but they said it wouldn’t match me…
10: If you could dye your hair, what color would you do it?
Sungyeol: Green to be really unique!
Just What is Noir?:
10: I heard that the concept for the ‘BTD’ performances was ‘noir’. How did you prepare for it?
Sunggyu: Our CEO came to the dorms in the middle of the night and showed us a Hong Kong movie. Movies like ‘A Better Tomorrow’ and ‘To Love With No Regrets’. Our CEO watched it in middle school and was really impressed by it; he decided that he would do something similar to it one day. And then he made us do it.
Hoya: There was a similar scene in KBS’ ‘I’m Sorry, I Love You’. Riding a motorcycle.
Sungyeol: Something that didn’t make sense from what our CEO said was, “The main character always dies in the end of a noir movie, a public pay phone always comes out, and since they smoke cigarettes in there, think of it and practice your expressions.” I mean, what is he telling us to do…
Dongwoo: We have cellphones, so why is a public pay phone really necessary…
Sunggyu: And what was worse was that a public pay phone didn’t even come out in the movie. Heuheuheu. When it came out once in the end, our CEO said, “There we go, the public pay phone came out!”. And there was a movie that was a noir, and the main character didn’t die?
10: What did you feel after watching those movies?
Sungyeol: Is that kind of guy… cool?
Dongwoo: What is noir. That we have to.
Sunggyu: Movies that recently came out like ‘A Sweet Life [달콤한 인생]’, are really fun and cool, I’m not really sure about old movies… But I think we felt a somewhat bitter and a grim mood.
Woohyun: Then we went to the practice room and practiced expression in the middle of the night. It sometimes comes into my mind when I’m on stage.
10: If you had to choose, who was the coolest/handsomest?
Infinite: Yoo Dukhwa!
Hajime Mashite [[Nice to meet you]. Watashino Sunggyu Desu [I Am Sunggyu.]:
10: I heard you’re getting ready for your showcase in Japan.
Woohyun: It’s planned for April, but since it’s our first foreign showcase, I think it will be really meaningful. And besides Hoya, none of us have ever gone to Japan.
L: For me, I have this illusion about Japan.
10: …What illusion?
L: Wait, why are you looking at me oddly? Haha. Just, after I just heard things about the performance system like the camera rehearsals are done a day before, and the sounds systems are good, so I think we can show a good stage.
10: You probably will need to learn Japanese, are you prepared?
Woohyun: Probably… Sunggyu hyung is probably preparing.
Sunggyu: I received lessons awhile back. Hajime mashite [nice to meet you]. Watashino Sunggyu desu [I am Sunggyu].
10: But if you make only one person do the translating, there’s that negative point that you don’t know what they’re saying about you…
Woohyun: We can do that much too.
Sungjong: We’ll just believe and entrust it to him.
Woohyun: Hajime mashite. Watashino Woohyun desu. Arigatou gojaimasu [Thank you]~
7 Years Later, Diving Into the Audience at a 19+ Concert:
Dongwoo “It was fun to personally do the rap making”
10: The largest dream for rookie singers is to have a solo concert, what side of yourselves would you like to show if you could stand on a stage like that one day?
L: I’m learning how to play the guitar, although it’s still insufficient. If we were to do a concert, I would compose my own song and sing it.
Sunggyu: I believe that it will take about 7 years.
Sungjong: I want to sing a song that I’m confident in, then sing one measure of a trot and dance. And what I want to do more than anything is to jump into the audience! Then have the fans move me around.
Woohyun: You’ll die like that.
10: If Sungjong-sshi jumped into the audience and was in danger, what would you do?
Sunggyu: I would jump in also.
Woohyun: He would already be dead by then.
Sungjong: (Doesn’t give into it) I want do that too. Going on a wife, no I mean, wire and coming down amazingly like in a musical.
Woohyun: What? Wife [T/N: Said in English because Sungjong got confused about it.]? Wife?
Sungjong: Hanging my leg on the line and going shu~oong, backwards.
Sungyeol: I want to do a comic dance with Sungjong or a trot and give happiness to the audience.
Dongwoo: Euheuheuheu, I would do the…
Sungjong: We would have a VIP area for Dongwoo hyung and he can sit and watch what we’re doing.
Dongwoo: I just want to enjoy it together. Hahaha.
Woohyun: Well, since he does the work by just watching. There’s a rumor that if he goes as a panelist, he can do the reactions of 100 people because he laughs so often.
Sunggyu: I want to sing a R&B song while playing the piano and do rock songs with a band.
Hoya: I want to do a special stage that I can’t on broadcast, and concerts have 19+ stages too. I want to show a heated performance like Usher does at his performances.
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