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April 9, 2011

CNBLUE talked about their ‘First Step’ with Nate

The 4-member band formed by Jung Yunghwa (22), Lee Junghyun (21), Kang Minhyuk (20), Lee Jungshin (20), CNBLUE, in which, each member plays their own instrument and they also have their own forceful vocals. They have participated in different areas of the showbiz, like drama, fashion show, music production and so on . They have released their 1st regular album, ‘First Step’ and the title song ‘Intuition’ has achieved good results in many music charts and on 1st, they also won the 1st place of in Music Bank.

The name of their album is called ‘First Step’ and their music career has also stepped out the 1st step. The leader Yunghwa said, ‘ the album ‘First Step’ is dedicated to the fans of CNBLUE. The songs of the album belong to different genres, like Rock and Ballad, etc. In order to deliver the feeling of ‘live’ to the audience, Yonghwa said they avoid recording the songs so many times when they were producing the album.

Other groups similar to CNBLUE who have not debuted for a long time, usually release a single which contains only two songs at the beginning since it is not necessary for them to release more songs in order to reach the market fast. However, CNBLUE released an album containing 12 songs after 1 year of their debut. They have composed the lyrics of 10 songs. The member who is in charge of vocal and playing guitar in the team, Lee Junghyun said, ‘as a band, we have to listen to different types of music, so our stage have been enriched by it then we thought we should release a regular album.’

CNBLUE is not the group that you can call them ‘a group of luck’. Before their debut in January in Korea, they have already doing their live in Japan. They could play their music wherever and left after they finished singing their songs. They went to the playground of Tokyo’s elementary school and open streets to perform. At that time, they would push a small cart with their stuff inside. There were many times that they could not balance themselves and failed which brought small bruises to them. The drummer, Kang Minhyuk said after recollecting his memories,’ that was the time that we had been suffering. However, since we had our fellow members by our side at that time so we were strengthened by each other.’

The members said CNBLUE is a ‘band’ without hesitation. When they first introduce their title song ‘Intuition’ to the stage, the concert was broadcasted by the guerrillas date. (a TV programme). That was a Monday when there was still spring frost and the temperature was low. Jungshin, the member who played the bass in the team said, ‘all the members were therefore ,’ worried before the concert’. (whether there would be any fans came) but then we were greeted by the cheer of the fans when we were on the stage… I was really impressed.’ After his words, his fellow members nodded. On that day, CNBLUE has attracted 4000 audience to their concert.

This’ band’ is also identified as ‘idol’. Lee Jonghyun said, ‘in the following 2-3 years, our band image would be steadily established.’ The leader, Yonghwa said,’ the people who have watched our performance would recognize us and change their perception naturally.’ The maknae, Jungshin has a bigger dream,’ I hope we CNBLUE can stand out of our culture and enrich it like a breeze of wind.’

Translated by: Rice @cnbluestorm

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