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April 6, 2011

CNBLUE’s Interview on Monkey 3


Before they debuted in Korea, they had already developed their solid performance skills in Japan by performing on streets and clubs. They have participated in producing most of the lyrics and melody together with the arranging of the music in their 1st regular album. They are not idols but musicians. CNBLUE has been improving step by step. As soon as their title song’ Intuition’ released, it has captured the 1st place in the chart of Monkey 3. Monkey 3 had an interview with CNBLUE who has come back with their 1st regular album.

Q: Hello. Every member of CNBLUE, we are Monkey 3, the music website. Can you greet us?
A: Hello, everybody of Monkey 3! This is CNBLUE! Nice to meet you.

Q: You have released your 1st album ‘First Step’ and it has captured the 1st spot of the chart of Money 3 soon afterwards. Congratulations! How do you feel about this 1st album?
A: We released the album, then when our staff informed us that we have topped the music charts, we are really shocked. We want to thank for all of your love that you showed us.

Q: I think that you have started your advancement into a musician, just like the title of your album, ‘First Step’. Can you briefly introduce this album? What is the concept of this album?
A: As you said, ‘First Step’ showed our advancement into a musician. We have participated in this album so much. We wrote lyrics, composed the melodies and arranged the music and we also played the musical instruments. We have involved in the production of over 10 songs. That’s why we had been delaying the release of the album.

Q: The title song ‘Intuition’ is about the intuition that the lovers have for their relationship. Is the intuition of CNBLUE members good? Which member has the most accurate intuition?
A: All members have good intuition. Yonghwa is the one who seems to have the best out of us. Our handsome hyung can sense the bad things with his intuition.

Q: The music video of ‘Intuition’ is very special. The concept is being rebellious? Were there anything special when you shot the MV?
A: When we were shooting it, we had to push away a big policeman, Minhyuk is too thin that the police seemed to be a double of him. Therefore, when he pushed the policemen, he would be pushed back. After that, we sat down and laughed at each other for a long time. It was very memorable.

Q: There are 12 songs in the album that you released in Korea. Can each member recommend a song for us?
Yonghwa: I recommend Just Please. Please listen to it!
Junghyun: I recommend Lie. Because you can feel the sadness when you are listening to it.
Minhyuk: I recommend Intuition! I do not want to say anything when I am listening to it.
Jungshin: I recommend Imagine. I feel good when I hear the sweet melody.

Q: For most of the songs in this album, you have participated in lyrics writing, melody composing and arranging. Where do you get the inspiration mostly?
Yonghwa: I get it from my experience. And I can get second-handed experience by listing to others’ stories too.
Junghyun: I really have to get inspiration in order to write a song. I will get it from watching films, dramas or reading books. I am trying to get second-handed experience.
Minhyuk: I will try listening to music and watch movies in order to get the feelings.
Jungshin: I think Yonghwa hyun is the one who writes most of the songs. I am trying to gain more experience to write songs myself.

Q: You were first debuted in Japan and you had many songs which have entered the chart of Oricon. What is the difference between working in Japan and Korea?
A: In Japan, we mainly have street and club performances but in Korea, we often do performances which will be broadcasted. In Japan, we are mainly performing. Our indie and concert experience is a major reason why we could debut. Ever since we debuted in Korea, we are mainly promoting for broadcasting then.

Q: There are many live shows in Japan. Live performance can be the tombstone of a band. What are your most memorable performances?
A: We had a tour earlier this year and it was the most memorable live for us. I believe you have to perform live which fans can be sympathized with if you want to have more tours in the future.

Q: Which musicians are your role models in creating music, or in other words, who have exerted the greatest impact in your music?
Yonghwa: Bon Jovi! He is really my favorite musician and I want to follow his suit.
Junghyun: Bon Jovi and Eric Clapton. Whenever I listen to their songs, I will get a piece of peaceful mind.
Jungshin: My idol is Mr Big. Mr Big demonstrates how good the image of a band can be.
Minhyuk: Maroon 5 and Radiohead. They are my role models.

Q: How is your life of band’s practising? You have to practice your musical instruments most of the time?
A: Our schedule is a bit tight with both of our practice and composing songs. If we have to attend a lesson, then I have to turn up late for practice.We feel good if we can play our instruments better. We want be ambitious in this field so we think we need more practice.

Q: Among all of the performing arts, namely films and dramas together with music, which one do you like most?
A: Of course we would choose music since we love it. Moreover, we would like to try acting too. We all have acting experience and this time, I (Yonghwa) and Minhyuk will shoot another MBC drama. If there are good dramas, I will always try to take up the role offered.

Q: How do you keep yourselves strong ? What is your favorite exercise?
A: We try to keep fit when our schedule is not too tight. Since there is a small part in front of our office, we sometimes squeeze times to play badminton with our staff there. It is really fun.

Q: When there is no schedule, how would you spend your free time?
Yonghwa: I mainly spend my free time on music.
Junghyun: I will listen to other songs.
Minhyuk: I will write songs and listen to a lot of songs.
Jungshin: I will watch movies, dramas and do online shopping.

Q: It has been over a year since you debuted domestically. You have gone through so many days but you have been able to succeed. What are your plans and goals in the future?
A: We have to stick with our goal, we want to do music as CNBLUE will do. In fact, we cannot really care about the response from the public. We are going to create more music and please anticipate more from CNBLUE in the future!

Q: We wish that your album can achieve daebak result. Please share some words with us at last.
A: Everyone of Monkey 3 family! CNBLUE’s 1st album ‘FIRST STEP’ was released. We will work hard for you at this moment. Now, the frost in Spring still has not ended when the season is changing, please take care of yourselves! Thank you.

Source: Monkey 3
Translated by: Rice @cnbluestorm

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